Yebisu The Hop | Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Yebisu The HopYebisu The Hop

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Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by davidchollar on 04-05-2007

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Reviews by SargeC:
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

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Photo of MrKennedy
2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

350ml can purchased from Liquor on Oxford, poured into a Shepheard Neame pint glass.

Pours a glowing golden colour with a 1cm head of foam that dies relatively quickly.

The aroma is of sweet malt and a little yeast, little of the hop that the name suggests.

The taste is pretty well balanced, the slightest bit of hop flavour preventing this from becoming yet another Asian lager.

The mouthfeel is its best attribute, medium bodied for the style, well balanced finish.

Overall, it doesn't live up to the name and is relatively bland.

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Photo of eye2
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Macca
2.89/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This pours a clear bright golden colour with a tiny head that drops quickly and leaves little cover.

All I got on the nose straight up was predictable macro metallic notes but as it warms up a bit some nicer hops notes do come through. Actually quite pleasant after a while.

And there is that predictable bready grainy macro taste on the palate. The hops can't save it unfortunately. Blergh.

Sweet mouthfeel.

Another bland Japanese lager.

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Photo of saztheorybook
3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

there was a nice gold color but the head disappeared fast with no lacing. The hops dominated the smell, bitter and a little tiny bit floral, although some malt and tinniness came through. The first taste is the hop, which is bitter and lingers even through the finish. Bam. They got that right, but unfortunately, tin was the other major force in the taste. Otherwise, it was pretty refreshing. If it were bottled instead of canned, I think I'd positively love it.

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Photo of sharkheadlasers
3.74/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this from a friend who brought it directly from Tokyo, Japan. The beer poured a nice golden straw color. The head formed up and dissipated like Budweiser. There was a mild hop aroma. The taste was mild and moderately hopped. There is enough hop flavor to say that hops were definitely used. The mouthfeel was crisp and light. This would be a great beer after mowing the lawn.

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Photo of toweringpoo
3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this when it first came out a while ago and I wasn't impressed but I decided to give it another shot tonight.

Looks slightly darker than your average Japanese macro-lager. Nice frothy white head dissipates pretty quickly. Constant bubbles coming up all over the glass is very appealing.

Smell is pretty nice. Slight hops come through, certainly not enough of a hop aroma for a beer with the name "the hop" but pleasant nonetheless.

First taste was what I like to call "yuck-city" however subsequent sips were more enjoyable with some notable hop flavor coming through and the strong bready, yeast flavor weakening to enjoyable levels.

Mouthfeel is good. Pretty strong carbonation, which I think suits the style well and is very enjoyable

This one goes down pretty nicely and is surely a decent replacement for your average convenience store beer.

Baby steps, Japan, baby steps. :D

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

can I picked up at supermarket. still a year before drink before date.

a: what you would expect from a macro japanese lager: straw color; little to no head

s: sweet and malty smell hit nose first followed by a pretty hoppy finish in the nostrils

t: an interesting and well-done mixture of hops and sweet grain flavors.

m: lightly carbonated and a light; a little bit syrupy in texture

d: pretty nice light flavor blend and hop presence for a macro lager; pretty damn enjoyable and drinkable

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Photo of JeremyBrews
2/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Brass, like a tarnished tuba bell. Head is a 1-minute long, last dying flail. No lacing.

S- The Cheap Hop, skunk, slight simple adjunct sugar smell.

T- Starts bitter, finishes skunk, apple juice and cheap, boring malt.

M- Watery.

D- Tastes like a cheap, watery pilsner. Nothing special or noeworthy at all going on with this beer.

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Photo of jeranbrews
1.93/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Barely one finger of head that died very quickly. Bubbling that continued for about 2 min. Zero lacing and a dull corn oil color.

S - There is a noticeable The Hop smell that is best described as cheap pilz hop and grass. Although the smell was there and The Hop was The Only Smell i could find, it wasn't impressively strong. Very simple, kind of mild. Not sure what the goal of this beer was.

T - Ok, well The Hop smell wasn't that impressive but the taste should be better, but not so. The Hop left a bitter raspy scrapping taste that seems like they were trying for a DIPA but they just didn't make it. This initial taste dies off quickly and if you really really dig hard you can find a malt flavor. This is neither dry nor sweet. They held back too much on the malts, the hopping, the aging, everything. The aftertaste is so mild it's hardly worth mentioning.

M - Unremarkable in a good or bad way.

D - Sapporo tried to make a premium specialty brew but in fact they just made the same exact beer that you could get everywhere... in a green can. It's a macro brew, and it's a reserved society, but they really need more risk taking. There's not much special about this. And for this price about US $2.50, there are literally hundreds of pilzners and IPAs that can get the job done cheaper and better. This was too sweet to be a great pilz, and to me it just tastes like the regular Yebisu and Amber Yesbisu with slightly more of The Hop. So my advice... stay The Away.

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Photo of Talisker
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a land of bland, undistinguishable macro-style lagers, Sapporo's Yebisu "The Hop" is a nice standout. California hopheads shouldn't get excited, but there definitely is an extra kick of bitter hops in the nose and taste here.

350ml can purchased from 7-11 for 100 yen (about $0.90), poured into a glass in my hotel room. Clean straw color, moderate head, but the bubbles keep rising from the bottom like there's no tomorrow. Smells mostly like a macro lager (this one has a "100%" on the can, which I believe means it's all malt - no rice), with a surprising little edge of tangy hops. Drinks clean, more going on than most Japanese beers (the "dancing" on the tongue is almost like a rye whisky compared to a bourbon), surprisingly long finish.

Decent stuff. Not worth doing an international trade for, but seek it out if you're in Japan.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I happened to come across a beer with a name like this in a Hong Kong grocery store, of course I had to get it. Appearance was typical of the style, pale straw/gold, but with a nice head and decent lacing. Aroma was, true to packaging, nice: strong floral and spicy noble hop aromas. Granted my expectations were very low, but I was surprised by this one. Flavor was less impressive, but still decent and by no means objectionable in any way. Mouthfeel light-medium, good carbonation. Drinkability above average. Best macro Asian beer I may have ever had.

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Photo of wdf210
3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Floydster
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce can from a Japanese liquor store like 7-eleven

Best beer I had while spending a month in Japan

Hops took over this one and the head was huge for a pilsner

Drank this several different times

Golden yellow pour with a nice grainy smell

Could drink a lot of these at one sitting

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Photo of shigg85
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Naerhu
4.02/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks like any other pale yellow pilsner, only the head is quite small.
S - Piney sticky leafy aroma, with nice chewy notes (kinda like Jever)
T - Nice bitterness on the side of my tongue, ganja-like leafy german hoppyness nicely balanced with a slightly sweet long lasting maltyness.
M - Full bodied for the style, medium carbonation.
D - Very nice for a Japanese macro, unbelievably nice.

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Photo of davidchollar
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours from the bright green can a very typical, but surprisingly enticing clear and light straw color. Actually quite brilliant with an attractive fluffy head, it's a good-looking brew to come home to after a long day. The can humorously advertises in that Japenglish way that I've become immune to: The exquisitely refined aroma of this beer is from select aroma hops and aroma hops, Yebisu yeast and slow maturation.

The description is funny, but the beer delivers. Nice, actually great smells for a macro. Hoppy enough, I think I can tell a difference between this and the standard Yebisu. This reminds me of Nagoya's Landbeer, Kinshachi Blue label pilsener, which is a wonderfully hoppy, crisp micro brew.

While I was impressed right away, the more I drink I think it's good, but not great. Mouthfeel, bitterness and finish, pretty much everything is just medium, average or a little better than average. It's definitely tasty. I can't wait to pair this with food, right now I'm trying it for the first time, by itself. I just wish the other Japanese macros would copy Kirin, who is making some nice macro ales. Sapporo, Asahi and Suntory seem to make lagers and near-beer only.

If you ever see it, try the Nagoya blue label pils I mentioned, I believe that one blows this away. As does the Inuyama pils, but that probably goes for pretty much any craft beer. But this is definitely better than almost everything being pumped out by Kirin, Asahi or Suntory. Kanpai! Recommended!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"The exquisitely refined aroma of this beer is from select fine aroma hops and aroma hops, yebisu yeast and slow maturation". This is from the can, I was surprised Sapporo didn't catch the repeated words (unusual for a quality-conscious company).

I can't say this version of a pilsner was hoppy enough for me, despite the name. I could definitely detect the malt base, and honestly this didn't seem too far from Yebisu Premium to me (which is presently my favorite Japan macro). But you should at least try it in Japan if you see it, as most of the Japanese beers (Kirin, Asahi, Sapporo) are too much like Bud or Miller for my tastes. Just don't expect a hops bomb.

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Photo of Norseman
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of soulgrowl
3.91/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Weird, if I recognize that section of floor and wall, I uploaded the picture for this beer but never reviewed it. Anyway...

Appearance: Gold bullion, crystal-clear yellow lager body with a tall, rough, spittly, and ultimately unimpressive white head.

Smell: Very aromatic from the hops used, herbal and floral - reminiscent of lavender - with a slight citric edge, like lemongrass. The spice is rooted in a lightly caramelized pale malt base that provides notes of white wine and bread.

Taste: Balanced but noticeably hoppy, not in a too-bitter or aggressive way, but simply a flavorful way. Very peppery, with a heather/rosemary herbal/floral tone and a soapy citric tang. Malts are quite simple, sweet and biscuity.

Mouthfeel: Light, of course, but not without some sticky thickness. Carbonation is bright and the finish is clean. Well-suited to the flavor.

Drinkability: I was unimpressed with this beer the first time I had it, but I've enjoyed it more and more every time I've had it since then. Now that I'm actually sitting down to focus on it, I am really quite impressed with the nuanced hop flavor here. Not your average fizzy yellow Japanese lager. Refreshing, yes, but also rather captivating.

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of snaotheus
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a small hotel glass

Pours clear golden yellow with medium fast-fading head, fast fizzy carbonation. Smells lagery, bready, sweet.

Taste is not bitter enough, more sour than anything. Far too sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is somewhat dry, quite light. Not a great beer, not a terrible beer, I certainly won't go out of my way to try it again.

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Photo of wl0307
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB 09/2010, served chilled in a straight pint glass.

A: pours a pale golden hue, lightly carbonated and clear, coming with a moderately frothy white head with good retention. Looking promising.
S: the nose is dusty and assertively floral-grassy hoppy (almost 40-60), topped with a very light lemony note and corn-ish grainy malts as of a German Helles, only slightly sweet in comparison with a heavier lager (e.g. pale Bockbier). Overall, "The Hop" is more aromatic hoppy than a normal lager and rather pleasant indeed, albeit far from being complex.
T: slightly "plastic" comes the foretaste (reminiscent of either an adjunct-rich lager or a very very dry lager), but soon the grainy & slightly honey-ish malt flavour as well as floral hops' aroma & bitterness catch up, leading towards a slightly dry aftertaste where fruity+grassy hoppiness also lingers for a while. No unnecessary note of sticky/sugary touch of cheap grains is left in the end; rather, it's pleasantly dry-ish without much bitterness, more like a drier Japanese lager or German Pilsener.
M&D: the moderate level of smooth fizz makes the beer easily drinkable and helps its good quality shine through, while the body and palate are at most light as far as the abv. level is concerned. However, the overall flavour fails to deliver a more hoppy profile except for the additional hop aroma - not an issue, if this is what was meant to be achieved in the first place, though. All in all, pretty quaffable and not bad at all.

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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