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Yebisu (Premium) - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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78
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128 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15%


Brewed by:
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Japan

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Naerhu on 03-08-2001)
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TXHops

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2003 19:27:15 | More by TXHops
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PartyHatjo

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: can

01-28-2004 22:11:02 | More by PartyHatjo
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chefelf

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 05:20:48 | More by chefelf
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49degrees

British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting brew that delivers far more hop value that one would traditionally expect from dry Japanese ale. I'm a big fan of IPA and ESB's, and love sushi, so tend to scope this one out when I'm looking for something a little different with some fresh cut fish. Sapporo's regular beer's are quite uneventful, but the Stout Draft from their Yebisu brand is a nice alternative.

This one, like traditional Japanese lager/pilsener styled beers, pours very very light, with moderate carbination and little to no head. Because of the high hop count, the aroma on this one is quite pungent and may catch many off guard.

The name itself is quite a misnomer, calling it a stout, when it's anything but that. It's mildly spritzy, almost fruity, and delivers a heck of a punch in the aftertaste department. It's not a beer that I'm wild about simply drinking on its own, but as an accompaniment with some great food, this beer is definitely a winner.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2003 18:39:25 | More by 49degrees
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Boneheadmx

California

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 03:08:44 | More by Boneheadmx
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beerorRIP

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 23:30:55 | More by beerorRIP
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pettis

Japan

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.

Serving type: can

11-04-2011 07:42:40 | More by pettis
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TokyoCO

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can bought in Japan, poured into a goblet. Served fairly cold.

A: Light golden in color. Very clear, bubbles rising from bottom.

S: Grain, slight hint of hops, light citrus notes as well.

T: Grain, barley, again a light hint of hops. Quite bitter, but maltyness is dominant. Not complex but very refreshing.

M: Light, high carbonation.

O: One of the better macro Japanese beers. Malt forward beer that has great grain notes. It really is refreshing.

Serving type: can

05-23-2013 09:44:05 | More by TokyoCO
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sharkheadlasers

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend brought this to me directly from Tokyo, Japan. This beer was a pale yellow straw color. The head was decent and dissipated quickly. The aroma was faint. The taste brought out a smoky malt. The hops seemed only to be there for bittering...very light hop flavor. The flavor also seemed to bring out the flavor of cigarettes.

Serving type: can

07-28-2007 22:35:14 | More by sharkheadlasers
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Healfdene

Japan

3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
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).

Serving type: can

10-26-2006 13:18:23 | More by Healfdene
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Norwegianbrewer

Norway

3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden with a white head. This is an industrial lager that I used to drink a bit of while i lived in Japan, this one was a gift from the wife when she came back from Japan last summer. It might have stayed a bit long in the can as there is a metallic taste to it. Otherwise there is slight diacetyl. The beer is very light, some hop bitterness and just a little malt sweetness.

Serving type: can

03-08-2014 20:23:04 | More by Norwegianbrewer
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Yebisu (Premium) from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
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