Yebisu (Premium) - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 159
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Japan

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Naerhu on 03-08-2001

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on a JAL flight to Tokyo today. I don't think it's marketed to America in great (if any) numbers, so I took the chance to try it.

The appearance was really good, surprisingly good lacing on the glass and nice dry-looking foam in general. The aroma is neutral malty, pretty good. The flavor was all malt, nice for the style. Very drinkable, I had two in quick succession. (384 characters)

Photo of vancurly
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold, white head that sinks.
Grassy aromas, tinge of sulfur.
Nutty grains and strong hop bitterness. Flavour reminds me of Resch's Pilsener of a decade or two ago, implying the use of Pride of Ringwood. Some nutty grain flavour.
Bitterness a tad unbalanced.
Good, crisp, & refreshing, but bitter. (305 characters)

Photo of Healfdene
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color. Smells kinda nutty. Wheaty? Something like that. Before it was even described to me as one of Japan's finer beers, I thought this beer was one of the best I'd had here. Which is of course not saying much. Quite drinkable, and one of the beeriest beers in Japan (as most seem to taste like expired alcoholic tonic water). (338 characters)

Photo of kgotcher
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours amber tinted black color with brownish head. Aroma is porterish with some roastyness to it. High carbonation for a dark beer. Taste is on the light side with just hints of dark roasted and chocolate malts, bit of mild hop flavor but with such an overall lightness this beer does not really need a lot of hops. Overall a nice drinkable beer, nothing really special about it but a decent flavor and high drinkability, feels a lot lighter than it looks due to thin body and high carbonation. I could go through a few of these with some Japanese BBQ. (552 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle of this little number at a Teppanyaki restaurant and was told by some dude who I'd only just met that it was the most expensive Japanese beer available in Australia. Didn't do much for my expectations since I've been very unimpressed with beers from Japan or indeed the entire Asian continent.

My first look at the pouring didn't help, either. A very normal and very lagery appearance - amber coloured, not very much carbonation - which I guess could be a good thing since I'm not a huge fan of fizzy beers - and a fair, soft head. I mean, outrageously standard and lagery in appearance. I expected a slightly bitter, slightly-rough but ultimately refreshing drop.

I was similarly unimpressed with the nose, again fairly standard lager. A slight hint of honey but minimal and not enough for me to waver from my belief that this would taste very much like your average Asian beer. Mostly just hops and water on the nose.

Then for the first taste - and first surprise. It was actually surprisingly flavoursome. A lot of hops and a fair herby flavour to it. Slightest sourness on the back palatte but there really isn't much of a back palatte anyway so it's quite noticeable. None of this was really expected given the nose and appearance. It didn't really taste like the standard chugging lager I had expected, although there were touches of that flavour in there. I have to say, it's not the most pleasant-tasting beer I've ever drunk, slightly too sour for my taste, not much of an aftertaste and still not as flavoursome as I like. Having said that though, this is worthy of a lot more respect than the watery swills known as Kirin Ichiban, or Yanjing - to name just two. It's not something I'd drink all the time, but it certainly is a respectable drinking lager. (1,790 characters)

Photo of joecast
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

clear yellow with a fine, foamy white head. good stability. tiny bubbles, medium carbonation.

sweet malty aroma, with some spicy hop characteristic. nothing too mind-blowing.

flavor is a good mix of malt sweetness, light hop spiciness, and a dry finish.

smooth mouthfeel is fuller than expected, but very welcome. wasnt sure what to expect from this, but a pleasant surprise. (385 characters)

Photo of davidchollar
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is the expensive premium beer here, a little more spendy than other japanese macros (j-macs) but noticeably better taste

looks clear and golden, very bubbly. thick egg-white head, sticks around for a long time.
smells like beer. you can actually smell it from a little distance, which gives this sapporo beer extra points. rich and malty, sweet smell but also just a hint of hoppiness.
tastes smooth and crisp, by j-mac standards quite bitter and not too sweet. i guess you could say it is balanced. nothing extraordinary, but smooth going down, doesn't have that tap water taste i'm used to. definately better than asahi and kirin.

this is the beer to drink with sushi or other japanese cuisine. (711 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a layover at Narita airport on my way back to the states from Korea. I loved the fat fisherman in the can design. Poured fairly light, maybe more toward yellow than gold with minimal scent but not grainy or skunky like many Japanese beer. Taste was upbeat and the beer tasted very crisp and clean in the mouth. Looks like they have some quality water supplies at Sapporo after all. A surprisingly good Japanese beer that doesn't offer tons of flavor but is very refreshing and easy to drink. A pleasant goodbye from the land of the rising sun. (563 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"I'm turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese,
I really think so."

--The Vapors (and their veiled paean to onanism)


Particulate-flecked goldenrod with a slight orangish tint. The eggshell colored head displays a magma-like surface with popping bubbles galore. The cap lingers for a while, eventually laying down a decent amount of thick lace in small sheets. I like unkempt looking beer.

The nose is just okay for the style. On the good side, it smells like fresh grain. Unfortunately, there's very little hoppiness, which is surprising. I do get a whiff of sweet, floral hops, but like the aroma in general, it isn't outgoing enough.

Yebisu tastes scarily similar to legions of Euro pale lagers emanating from Eastern Europe. There's an acceptable malt structure with a mildly sweet, untoasted grain flavor. Hops are more prominent on the palate. Trouble is, I don't care for the varieties chosen. I'm guessing that German nobles are in use, which is probably what's responsible for my impressions of an average Czech pilsener or an EPL.

Hops outlast malt, as they so often do. The result is that the finish is bitingly hoppy and impressively dry. Thanks to the generous amount of ingredients, the mouthfeel is solidly medium, maybe even medium-full for the style. I approve.

Super Premium Yebisu Stout Draft (everything except 'Yebisu' is a misnomer) grew on me with drinking. It will never make me forget my favorites of the style, but was enjoyable while it lasted. It makes no serious missteps and is worth a look if you happen to run across a bottle. (1,584 characters)

Photo of ChrisBowers
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fairly good example of the style. Was sold to me as a stout at RFD's, which I was not happy about when I saw the pour, but I decided to try it anyways. Crisp, slightly dry, nice hop bite at the end. Very pleasant session beer if nothing else, though there's plenty of other beers I'd buy for the price that was charged. (319 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured ever so slightly hazy with fine chunks in the pale straw golden beer. The head was white and tall and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was saaz hops as first poured and then settled into a malt tone with saaz hopping playing the backup role. The aroma from the malt also contained a light caramel impression.

The flavor was malty and sweet with a light caramel flavor and a crisp hop bitterness that was substantial enough to balance the malt.

The finish was even with a crispness that caused the beer to dry out in the final stages of the aftertaste. The body was medium. The beer actually has a bit of alcohol warming that becomes apparent the longer you sit after consumption.

16 ounce bottle. Not the most interesting beer I have ever had, but if I was in Japan, at least I would know of a beer I might be able to locate that had a bit of flavor. (881 characters)

Photo of tjd25
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head is dense, the color pale golden with an apparently high level of carbonation. A very tasty brew. The fruityness of peaches and lemon give the beer a very round mouthfeel, with maybe a fig like dryness. Hops encircle the palate in a nicely balanced way. Pretty nice. (274 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As others have noted, the stout draft name is a bit of creative writing.

16 oz brown bottle with a fairly cool texture and label.

The beer pours a very light yellow with a soapy looking head. Not much lacing.

Beer does not have much nose. A little subdued malt and a grass aroma.

Taste is very sweet and I’m guessing that’s the malts talking. Virtually no hops. Beer reminds me of a sweeter version of an American Macro (think Old Style with more sugar). While the first taste is interesting, it did not hold my attention.

Mouthfeel is fine, but drinkability is no more than average. Not a good beer to pair with spicy food as the sweetness will not help cut the heat. (688 characters)

Photo of PartyHatjo
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured golden, and had a rapidly fading white head. Not much in the way of lacing either.

The smell was somewhat sweet, with a bit of a floral hop nose. There was also a pronounced metallic smell that probably came from the can.

It has a very clean taste, not particularly malty, but the metallic presence in the aroma was not present in the taste. There was a mildly sweet initial taste, with a very mild bitter aftertaste that lingered on the back of the tongue. However it was a very smooth beer; it didn't have any painful overcarbonation. In fact it may have been a little undercarbonated (possibly causing the rapidly-disappearing head).

Overall drinkability was pretty good, I could have a couple of these, but wouldn't if a different beer was present. (771 characters)

Photo of donnebaby
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This "premium all malt beer" is the most expensive widely marketed beer in Japan, made by Sapporo. If you show up at a party with a six of Ebisu, everyone wants to be your friend--because they know right away you're a HIGHROLLER.

A rich bronze color with big bubbles. Virtually no head whatsoever, giving it instantly a gold jelloesque appearance. The nose is not too impressive, barely perceptible maltiness (did I really perceive it?!).

It tastes great though, with some nice crisp hoppy bitterness and round malty body. There's an extremely sharp carbonation onset--very nice mouthfeel--which changes over to clean hops and then abruptly stops. Very nice, very nice. (675 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yesibu (Stout Draft - huh?) poured a clear straw color with a modest white head. Funny, doesn’t look like a stout, draft or otherwise. Smell was a bit on the grainy side, sweetly malty, with some notes of floral hops. The taste was pretty sweet also. There were hints of tart apple in amongst the malt flavor and it had a light hoppy bite on the back of the palate. The feel was light, dry, and refreshing.
Strangely named, Yesibu (Stout Draft) is a decent beer to pair up with various Asian dishes, particularly spicy ones. By itself, it’s pretty average. (559 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium straw color, medium head. A medium bodied draft style lager. Nicely malty with a nice hop bite. Clean and crisp taste. Light taste but with some flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and round. Finish is crisp and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Nice beer. I don't mean to go on a RANT here, but STOUT DRAFT is confusing!! (351 characters)

Photo of Beastdog75
2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Yebisu is a premium beer by Sapporo that is supposedly 100% malt. It also carries the misleading "stout draft" tag on the label. Once you get past that misnomer, this turns out to be on of the more flavorful Japanese beers, even though in the end it really isn't anything special.

Yebisu pours a nice golden color with a thin 1 finger head that disappears in under 30 seconds. The smell was cheap and musty at first, but later some light malt and some fruity hop aromas made their way through. The mouthfeel is thin and sudsy. Flavor is quite crisp and clean (perhaps a little too clean). Nice cracker-like malt qualities, some fruitiness is detectable with some light/moderate hop bitterness in the finish. Although it claims to be 100% malt, the dryness in the finish seems "ricey." The dryness continues into the aftertaste, and the malty flavors actually stick around for awhile. Yebisu finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

As mentioned, this has a little more flavor that its brethren, but this is a pretty unremarkable beer. The flavor was crisp, clean, and quite drinkable. I would probably go for this if I see it in a Japanese restaurant. (1,155 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

White 2 cm head on a yellow gold body. Leafy malty aroma. Reminds me of a restina, firm lasting bitterness, but more than the average Japanese lager. A little husky, rich flavor. Significantly different from the common Japanese swill, but nothing amazing. (255 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on draft in Japan.

This lager poured a clear, golden yellow color with thick, creamy, white foam that had good staying power and left a coating on the glass. The smell was faint and malty. The taste was light: slightly sweet malt, hints of hops (floral and bitter) in the background. The mouthfeel was clean and smooth with medium-light body and medium carbonation. The aftertaste was mildly hoppy. This was an easy-drinking lager on tap. (449 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep yelow color with minimal head,smel of pretty much nothing maybe a tad of sweetness.Taste was malty and maybe some apple tartness but pretty weak in the flavor department,highly carbonated and a little thin on the mouth.Was expecting more not to impressed with this. (279 characters)

Photo of BierReise
2.45/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Honey colored, slightly cloudy, hardly any head or flavor really. Wasn't too bad once it warmed up a little. I like Japanese beer but this one is not a quality brew. Served it's purpose which was to wash down some Japanese food. I can't say enough enough about this beer for the required 250 characters. (303 characters)

Photo of TXHops
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmmm, Stout Draft. That oughta mislead a lot of folks. I’ve looked at the bottle in stores several times, frequently expecting the beer to be at least somewhat dark in color. It never has been…

The beer emerges from the glass a bright gold color, with an embarrassingly large bubbled head of Bud-like foam. Luckily, the secondary head that slowly grew was composed of acceptably small bubbles, creating a more aesthetically pleasing ring of foam along the edge of the glass, looking much like snow drifts. The aroma wasn’t much to write home about—a touch of light apple and the vaguest hint of grain and hops? Maybe? Since I just finished a Sapporo Reserve (it’s Japanese beer night), this one was a welcome homecoming to all malt. Sort of… The body was a bit fuller than the Sapporo, in league with a Dortmunder Export like Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold. The carbonation was fairly high and slightly prickly. An initial, fairly strong (for a light-ish lager) flavor of malt and grain (yes, they’re different IMO) dominated the front of the beer. The graininess was quite German, reminiscent of fresh St. Pauli Girl, and the maltiness was quite refreshing, from a standard lager. After the upfront grainy maltiness, lesser flavors take control. The hops (Noble, but not Saaz I’ll wager) provide a constant bitter backbone for appley tartness and foamy mediocrity.

Maybe I had hopes too high for this beer, but really, it’s nothing special. I’m happy that it’s all malt, and in a Japanese restaurant or a pinch, I’d drink this beer for that reason alone. In reality, it’s interchangeable with most all of the “Continental Lagers” I’ve had—Becks, Grolsch, Heineken (if not skunked). On the positive side, I realty appreciate the smoothness in the body (after the foamy carbonation settled down a bit thanks to my repeated swirling) created by NOT using fermentable adjuncts.

Not bad but not special in any way, other than being an all malt Japanese macro brew. (1,984 characters)

Photo of Morris729
2.91/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium golden color with a bubbly white head that fades into a thin lace. Nose is stale grains and a bit of cooked corn. Taste is a bit of sweet malts up front followed by some notes of wet hay and musty grains. Some mildly bitter hops are present in the end leading to a dry finish. Better than many other Asian beers I’ve had, it’s still no better than an average brew. (381 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.82/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thick white head, leaves a lot of lace, golden color. Nose is clearly skunky and not stout-like. Indeed the label has stout draft but this is a whole new definition of stout - not dark nor medium/heavy bodied. Label is veeery misleading and won't be purchased again even at $2,75 for 16oz. (289 characters)

Yebisu (Premium) from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
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