Yebisu (Premium) - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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78
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159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
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 donnebaby
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.62/5  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.

Photo of SargeC
3.83/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of willjschmidt
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can, that my wife brought back from Tokyo, into a pint glass.

A: A bright golden color, quite a bit more color than your standard macro lager.

S: Grains, malts, a little bit of hops.

T: Probably the best Japanese beer that I've had. It starts off with a rich malt flavor that goes down smooth. It follows with a slightly bitter hop finish. It's crisp, very drinkable and quite tasty.

M: Light bodied, crisp and clean.

D: Very drinkable. It's a much better beer than your standard Japanese rice lagers.

Photo of TheHammer
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Head went out of control on the pour, giving me more then two fingers. It did stick around for a while but lacing was absent. The body has steady carbonation and it's a darker gold colour.

Smell: Roasted grain with a slight floral hop note. It's just not strong enough to make a big play though.

Taste: A little bumpy roasted grain to start that turns sweeter quickly and ends with some floral hops. Not a lot of complexity here, but well done in it's simplicity. Needs a bit more of a kick.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation helps out the entire beer although starts out a little odd and excessive. The transitioning is easy going. A slight floral hop aftertaste also does a good job.

Drinkability: Fairly light, although not quite as light as I'd like it to be. The carbonation keeps on going after it's down, but it's not out of control. Refreshing and there isn't a lot to complain about.

Final Thoughts: I'm finding that the simpler styles of Japanese beer are done well, but not quite well enough to justify their import costs. I mean they solidly thump the macros and a lot of the European import Lagers, but aren't quite as good as local craft offerings. I'd really like to see Sapporo bring some of their other brews over to brew locally. Not sure how they could market it, but I've been a fan.

Photo of stoutman
3.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The "all-malt" on the label is a misnomer to a true malt lover. Guess yebisu is a malty beer compared to other to japanese zymurgical efforts.. this beer is dry, with a light malty mouth taste and feel. The hops too provide a mild aftertaste to the palate. All in all, a decent refreshing flavor. Served ice cold, this light beer could be a thirst quencher.

Photo of tjd25
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of jarmby1711
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
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

Photo of mickeymac
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't even know this beer existed until last night at a sushi restaurant. The label caught my eye: "all malt" making it unusual for Japanese beer. I tried it and was very pleasantly surprised. It's darker in color than other Japanese lagers. The hop aroma is actually fairly strong and the malt smell is there too. It's has a pleasantly sweet taste and is not as dry as other Japanese beers. This is a surprisingly good beer. Seek it out next time you're out for sushi.

Photo of Murph
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a decent white head that sinks quickly and lots of yeasties floating around as I didn't know the beer was bottle conditioned when I was pouring it. Slightly sweet malt smell with a husky grain quality to it. The beer has a very dry and grainy start to it that makes it rather refreshing and quenching. The brew retains this excellent dryness until a short and sweet malt burst at the end comes through. It is then back to the dryness for the slight lingering finish however. The graininess provides a very dry and crisp mouthfeel which makes the brew very refreshing and very drinkable. I can imagine that this would go excellent with sushi and other japanese foods.

Photo of BierReise
2.45/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of gfreed
1.29/5  rDev -61.9%
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.

Photo of zerk
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is by far the best beer I've had in its style... dry, as you would expect... malty, and refreshing. Deep gold, with a very thin head... malty smell and flavor, with a balancing hop bitterness. Thin to medium mouthfeel, and highly carbonated. There just might be no better compliment to a good sushi dinner.

Photo of Beastdog75
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazed bright yellow with a thin head of moderate retention. Some spotty lacing to it. Aroma was of clove and citrus. Taste was surprising; crisp with a bready note that shifts intio a tangy citrus flavor: lemony-grapefruit. It reminded me of a spiced wheatbeer. This was served very cold at a local Japanese restaurant; the taste definately improved as it warmed.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.47/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 1 Pint bottle has particulates in it leading me to believe it to have some bottle conditioning. Pours golden with just a hint of amber to the color. The Head is thick and luxurious settling quickly to a fine lace on the glass with the faintest hint of tan color. The nose is reminiscent of very fresh and bitter hops. The nose released from the head is quite good. The 1st sip is malty and sweet. This is quite good. Malt with hops and a distinctive bitter aftertaste. Well balanced beer though the finish builds to a powerful bitter. But I like Bitter so Hoo Rahhh! Mouthfeel is like liquid silk. Verrrrry smooooooth beer. I am so happy I tried this one. Not quite a 5 but damn close - especially for an Asian beer.

Photo of sloejams
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite sushi spot in Los Angeles just started carrying this which is a step up from my usual draught Kirin.

I actually quite like some of the macro rice Japanese lagers when paired with raw fish. I realize they are all made somewhere other than Japan. Yebisu is not.

It's has a nice malt profile - something you won't find in the rice beers. It also has a slight yeast flavor - something I've never really came across in lagers. It's a unique beer and quite tasty. Enjoyed with some sushi, if every you get the chance.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: generous frothy head sits atop copper colored body

s: noseful of syrup malty sweetness w/ slightest hint of what may or may not be bitter hops at the finish

t: flavor actually has surprising amount of good bitterness for a macro lager but overall sweet grainy malts dominate

m: nice and creamy for the style but still very refreshing with nice crisp light carbonation

d: incredibly drinkable; i think this is the ultimate session macro lager not too heavy not too watery; just right

i think this is by far one of the best of the higher end japanese macro lagers.

Photo of pbrian
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like everyone else, I had this at a Japanese restaurant last night. It was definately an above average lager. What struck me was how different (in a good way) a mass-produced lager can be without the use of adjuncts. Hoppier, maltier, creamier than any US macro. Enjoyable.

Photo of CMW
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of ChrisBowers
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of utfiero
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First, a word about my high rating- the rating is relative to all lagers, not to all beer ever made. Second, review is of a made in Japan Yebisu.

Color- clear gold. Medium head quickly settling.

Aroma- mild bread and hops.

Taste- Clean, smooth, and refreshing. Finishes with a mild lingering dryness with hint of mellow citrus. A Lexus of lagers. Coworker from Singapore drove to Malasia 4 hours to hand it off to another coworker who personally fly this can to Austin.

Tasted May 2, 2010.

Photo of davidchollar
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of kgotcher
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Yebisu (Premium) from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.