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Yebisu (Premium) - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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78
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150 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Japan

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Naerhu on 03-08-2001)
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Photo of nickfl
3/5  rDev -11.8%

nickfl, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of pettis
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks pretty much like any fizzy, golden-yellow beer. The head lacks density, though, and thins out quickly before disappearing

Grass, grain, and a little bit of citrusy hop zest in the nose. Dry, grassy, malty, with just enough Saaz-like hop spice and a nice, lingering hop bitterness on the tongue.

Dry, crisp, and refreshing, with a strong-enough malt body to keep it interesting for an easy-drinking pilsner. Hands-down my favorite mass-produced Japanese beer.

pettis, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of dgilks
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear goldenc olour with a smooth, foamy white head. Fair head retention.

Crisp, grainy aroma with a herbal, grassy hop note.

Light, crisp malt with some carbonic bite. Quite bitter.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

A crisp, clean, bitter lager. While it's nothing special it is nice and refreshing.

dgilks, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a translucent golden yellow in color with a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: very grainy aroma upfront alongside sweetness from the malts hints of citrus and spice as well.

T: the malty sweetness dominated the taste with some mild citrus, spice accents and a variety of grainy bready flavors.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild citrusy, grainy, and crisp finish.

D: was a decent dortmunder that was drinking really good and went really well paired with some yakitori and sushi.

Gobzilla, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mom brought this back from Japan for me.
Hoping for the best (that it tastes better than Sapporo Premium for one)

A- Crystal clear slighlty caramely gold. Decent amount of dirty white head.

S- I can already tell it's not as dirty as Sapporo Premium. Still, a lot of the same aromas in here. Sweet grain, burnt cream of wheat. I'm very thirsty so the ''beer'' smell is pulling me in but there's nothing really appealling in here. Some cream soda which is kind of nice.

T- Seems like I'm getting some nice lime and a bit of grapefruit from the hops which is nice. Nothing too dirty. Slight grapefruit rind bitterness. Taste is much better than smell.

M- Strange how it's kind of a two parter: thin in the front, full towards the back. High carbonation.

D- Quite good. Refreshing. Some nice hoppy flavors but a little dirtiness too.

About as good as I expected which is just a bit better than Sapporo Premium. I would buy it again if I found it for the same price or cheaper as other similar tasting german or Czech imports we get in dépanneurs here (Bitburger, Konig, Wernesgruner.

Yoonisaykul, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of chefelf
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I ordered this one at a sushi restaurant because it was the only "beer" on the list that I had never tried. Granted, it was a very short list. I'm not sure if this is even beer as I am very leery when they refer to the drink as "malt beverage."

That being said it was fine. There was something strange in the taste just as the beer hit my lips. Almost like a wet dog smell.

Overall it was fine. Totally average and went well with dinner.

chefelf, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap at the Yebisu Beer Museum in Tokyo.

A: Dark golden color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: has a sweet roasted malt aroma with a hint of spice.

T: Roaste malt flavor with a nice touch of bitterness. has a clean finish.

F: Light body, quite smooth.

Drinkable brew. Nice change from the standard Japanese beers. Worth a try.

soju6, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of gfreed
1.25/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I had this while waiting for a plane at Narita airport outside of Tokyo. The only thing good about this beer is that it helped me twiddle away an hour while sitting at the bar. I guess the glass was nice, too: it was clean and had no scratches. And the coaster on the bar was round and white and pleasant to look at. And... uh... well... hmmm... the bartender was courteous.

Everything else about this lager was terrible: wet-rope aroma, burned veggie taste, sour aftertaste, flat body. Sadly for me, this was the last thing I consumed before leaving Japan. Blech. To be avoided at all costs.

gfreed, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Good Lager. Better than the previous Sapporo Premium that I've had.

A: Clear golden-yellow color with a huge white head which dissipates quickly leaving no lacings at all
S: Nice smell of malts
T: Good taste of malts with a balanced bitterness
M: Very light body and medium carbonation
D: Good

eduardolinhalis, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of charlzm
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed April 23rd, 2010.

Drank from a bottle so cannot comment on appearance.

Aroma is dead typical for the Asian lagers I have had. Clean, ricey, grainy with a slight alcohol component. Despite this beer's claimed all malt ingredients, I call rice.

Flavor is exactly as you would expect from a Japanese lager - clean, crisp, almost like barely-flavored water. Almost no flavor at all, actually. A slight biscuity trace then thin, inoffensively lingering hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is somewhat dry, though not parching by any means. Sudsy.

Is this really one of the best Japanese lagers? Won't be seeking this one out for another round again.

charlzm, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of Boneheadmx
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a copper with a small head that subsides quickly into a half-finger head.

Smell is sweet, hops are very very faint to nonexistent.

Taste was rather surprising. Very sweet, lightly malty beer with a pretty clean finish. Hops are very light and do not overpower the taste.

Mouthfeel is much better than your run of the mill macro. Much less carbonation and thicker consistency make the beer quite enjoyable.

Drinkability is pretty high on this one due to its lightness. I'm quite surprised by what I thought would be just your average lager!

Boneheadmx, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a moderately doughy malt and fresh grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a clean cereal malt with a bright balancing hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a moderate carbonation.

Overall a pleasant and easy to drink lager.

plaid75, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of wl0307
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a 350ml can, produced in 09/2009, BB 05/2010, served lightly-chilled in a straight pilsner glass.

A: pours a dark yellow-ish straw hue, coming with semi-lively streams of small- and large-sized bubbles and a thin layer of white pillowy head.
S: actually the nose resembles Helles and Pilsener by 50-50, that the floral hints of hops come on a par with a lightly sweet and doughy sourness and rather clean grainy malts. A swirl highlights the maltiness with an additional touch of cream, but only just. Not bad.
T: the mildly-flavoured swallow of semi-grainy malts quickly gives way to an intensifying flow of floral hop bitterness and, along with it, a pleasantly dry undertone. In line with the tradition of Sapporo beers, this lager finishes really dry, thus making it more like a German Pilsener than a Helles lager. Plus, the malt flavour remains restrained throughout the drink, while in the end an interesting salty edge skirts the dry-ish touch, rendering a quaffable and inviting finish in each sip.
M&D: lightly carbonated, light-bodied, the flavour profile gears towards the dry and bitter side of hops not unlike the German Pilsener style. I once tried the bottle version and to my best collection this canned version is not too different - all in all a pretty decently-made dry lager.

wl0307, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of SargeC
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear golden brew with a foamy white head.

Smell: Bold malt presence with a good hop profile. Clean.

Taste: Sweet malt with a semi-bitter hop finish. Good attention to detail in this brew. Consistently good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Dry finish. Good consistency.

Drinkablity: Very well crafted all-malt beer. Deserves a place alongside the world's great beers.

SargeC, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of MisterClean
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

GF purchased while in Japan this summer.

A - Pours golden with 1.5 fingers of head, and dissipates moderately slow. No lacing.

S - Honey and DMS.

T - Honey, bittering hops, and DMS.

M - Full-bodied, well balanced, and slightly bitter.

D - Overall, doesn't compare to most dortmunders I've tried, but is drinkable in comparison to the adjunct lagers in the states. The bitterness and DMS content is a little much for the style and there is a lack of malt complexity. Will pass on further yebisus.

MisterClean, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a gold yellow with a light white head, fair retention, standard pale lager look.

S: Some bready malt and husky grain, but not a huge nose by any means.

T: Lighter flavour than I expected out of the all-malt label. Good pilsner-style malt, soft noble hop flavour but light.

M: This was good. Medium-bodied for the style, with a nice creamy mouthfeel, well done.

D: I've certainly had better Dortmunders, this was a bit of a letdown. Had it with some Chinese food and it seemed to work there.

Halcyondays, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of LittleCreature
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.0
Poured a finger of bubbly off-white head over a golden body with considerable chill-haze.

Smell - 3.5
A clean and pleasant aroma that is malty sweet and slightly floral, but balanced with spicy hops.

Taste - 3.5
You can tell that this is an all-malt lager; it is slightly sweeter but much richer and more full-bodied than your run of the mill pale lager. A clean taste of grain, caramel, faint fruit, and finishes with a dry, spicy bitterness

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Fine and lively carbonation give a smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability - 4.0
A great summer's session beer.

OVERALL 3.5
If it weren't for the price ($4.99 per bottle) this would likely be a frequent summer purchase for me. Unfortunately I am reviewing this on a cold autumn's day, it would be better appreciated (and possibly have scored higher) in summer.

LittleCreature, May 25, 2009
Photo of beerorRIP
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle to a clear pint glass: yields a think one finger head that reduces quickly to a thin layer of foam. the body is super clear, and straw yellow with some tiny bubbles lazily heading for the top. didn't notice much lace.

smells like a bit of hops, and then cereal-like grains. a bit of a sweet smell, but not much else. simple and non-offensive.

the taste has a nice bit of herbal hops, followed by some nice sweet malts. not too much in complexity, but well done and tasty. the bitterness is nice since it's hop bitterness, not lack of malt and astringent bitter.

not super carbonated like you might expect if you've had beer from this country before. the body is medium-light, as it's not as thin as other lager-type beer. the carbonation does tickle the tongue nicely.

easy to drink and light enough that throwing a few back isn't any kind of issue. perfect with those japanese dishes. a welcome replacement for the bad sake at a hibachi restaurant or sushi bar.

i was in japan and did try and find a whole bunch of beers, and recall this one being the best of the bunch. too bad it's rather pricey stateside.

beerorRIP, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firstly, I find it odd that the bottle of Yebisu I'm about to taste was brewed and bottled in Tokyo, yet the bottle of Sapporo Reserve I had earlier came from Canada. Odd, but that's business I guess, so OK....

Yebisu is an all malt beer and that's reflected in the color. It's a deep golden, and crystal clear. I can almost see my fingerprints through the glass, and fine bubbles rise steadily to the surface indicating that there's some sort of body there to keep them at that pace. The short but creamy head holds for a few short moments, receeds, and then thins to a whispy surface covering, leaving behind only minor spots of lace about the glass.

The nose expresses sweetish grainy malt and bright, floral and lightly spicy and woody/herbal hops.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a creaminess as the beer warms and foams. It's delicately tingly, then creamy. Smooth.

The flavor is very much as the aroma indicates, and it's surprisingly bitter at about 35 IBU's - somewhere along the lines of a German pilsner. So that's what you get here, more malt, more hops, and more bitterness than usual. Is it worth it? Yes, I think it's a really solid lager with a firm malt base, interesting hop flavors, and a rigid bitterness backing it. It's anything but a mass-produced adjunct lager. It finishes clean and dry with a lingering bitterness and some herbal and floral hop character.

Very nicely done! Certainly worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light golden colored lager with a good sized head.

Clean and strong Nobel hop scent with a biscuit malt backing. Herbal and clean there is a slight lemon aroma.

The taste starts out Clean and VERY malty for a lager. Hops are present but not that strong just an herbal and lemon aftertaste. OK bitterness but this is actually on the malty side of the equation.

Quite a great mouthfeel for a lager here.

Good beer though I prefer much more hop bite. Still I would drink this again.

Zorro, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of CMW
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this at the Dubliner in Shibuya, Tokyo.

A - The same as many macros, straw yellow with medium carbonation. Decent head but very little retention.

S - The smell is mostly hops and some malt.

T - Same as the nose, however malt is more dominate. There is a slight bit of hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Rather plain but a litle more body than your average macro. Definately has a dry finish that is pretty standard for Japanese beers.

D - I find Japanese beers as a whole very drinkable due to their light flavors and body.

CMW, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of jarmby1711
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Given that this should be reviewed as a Dortmunder , I have upped my scores a little .
Label expectations were for a big big malty beer , but it was low key on the malt and the hops added plenty of bitterness and not much flavour.
It was quite spritzy in the mouth, making for a cleansing but not sessionability quality.
My bottle was a strange volume of 334 ml and I liked the large eared fisherman on the label

jarmby1711, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of scottoale
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

334ml. brown bottle with gold foiled labels on front and neck, a small brown and white label on the back. It pours a bright yellow-gold with a faint haze, topped with a white 1/2" foamy head. Carbonation is good, the head eventually settles to a ring and some patchy lace.

The smell is somewhat sweet, with grain and huskiness. Raw malty brew with notes of cereal cracker and grain.

Sweet grain intro, very much like raw straw, with the grassy hop flavor taking it down to a quenching clean finish. Very nice grainy flavor for this style...rather tasty too my surprise.

Medium body with some wateriness to the mouthfeel, other than that it's a very easy too drink, sessionable type lager. I prefer it to the canned Sapporo I've had in the past.

scottoale, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of sleazo
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yebisu All Malt Lager

A_Pours a nice tan/gold hue with a soapy medium sized head. A nice stream of bubbles keep it afloat and in good shape.

S_Light grain aroma, not much more. At least it is not skunked.

T_A slightly sweet grain husk flavour kicks in at first. After this a very dry hoppy kick comes through. Mildly vegetal, it manages to taste like a lot of other brewed in Japan lagers. The finish is fairly bitter which makes this a nice match for a bowl of Tonkatsu Ramen.

M_Slightly thicker than the typical godlen lager.

D_Surprisingly not bad. A good choice at many Japanese restaurants or izakayas though a bit more expensive.

sleazo, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another Sapporo beer, eh? Unlike some of its siblings, Yebisu is actually brewed in Japan. But the bottle is only a 334 ml size. Well, shall I move on to the beer?

Big, creamy, and puffy dense head on top a body of semi-hazy goldenrod. The aroma is very sweet, akin to honey, with a pinch of cardboard, meh....tastewise, this is a pretty good beer. The hops come right off the bat and greet the palate. Malt level is high, providiing a strong and sweet flavor without anything nasty. Hint of aspirin, floral, and herbs. Crackery too. The body is medium, though it's a bit more snappy in feel than I'd like it to be.

This is a simple, yet flavorful pale lager. Sadly, the high price tag for a single bottle of this will have me choosing Sapporo/Sapporo Reserve over this the next time I want a Japanese lager.

DoubleJ, Jan 06, 2009
Yebisu (Premium) from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.