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Yebisu (Premium) - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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BA SCORE
78
okay

150 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd. visit their website
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 KimenTshom
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of stoutman
3.7/5  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 willjschmidt
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
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 tjd25
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
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
3.1/5  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

Photo of mickeymac
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
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 TheHammer
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Murph
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
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
2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
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 mpenske
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

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.

Photo of od_sf
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

Photo of zerk
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
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
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
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 GRUUMSH
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of ironchefkook
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of sloejams
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
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 weerezboy
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.47/5  rDev +31.5%
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 amano_h
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
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 Mgm54
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of pbrian
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Yebisu (Premium) from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.