Yebisu (Premium) | Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
Japan
sapporobeer.jp

Style: European Export / Dortmunder

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Naerhu on 03-08-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,999
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
184
pDev:
15.09%
 
 
Wants:
7
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32
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Photo of Lawrence77
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Remember when you were in teh single digits and got a sip of dad's beer? That is what this tastes like. IT's like being young and having a sip of PBR - nice little mix of suds, tart, malt and alcohol. Enjoyed it in Kitakyushu, like a coffeeboss (lol).

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Photo of morrowd3
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly flavorful dortmunder/export with a nice hoppy profile with a strong malt sweetness and medium carbonation. A nice beer to pair with a meal or light snack.

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Photo of Marvicsin
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.34/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jonmbell
5/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of AtaraxiaDnB
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JMikeWBuckley
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Slightly citrus aroma. Dry mouthfeel

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Photo of flyingpig
2.35/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

350ml Can from Family Mart, Hanzomon, Tokyo (¥242):
A very basic & cheap tasting lager that didn't have a whole lot going on really, I can now see why this is one of the Japanese lagers that never seems to make it as far as the UK. It was an easy enough beer to drink, mainly down to the fact that it was light & bland for the most part, it was however relatively skunk free expect for at the very end of the taste but it's not really one that I'd recommend.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of icemanls4
3.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IMZep
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeoClassicist
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of monkist
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Rated this beer retrospectively and now I'm penning a review after having had it again a few times during the week.
When a year ago I had and rated it first, it felt quite good on the plane to Japan, now it became rather interesting (which, in this case is something on the verge of being okay and strange).
In the nose I feel light hints of apples that follow in the taste, reminding me of kölsch but it is a japanese lager: clean and skarp in production, drinkable but doesn't leave a great remark.
Had much better in the Yebisu series (the Hops), could drink it again if I had to.

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Photo of HyphenatedAmerican
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Eman17
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dcbeers
3.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nmwhitehead
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dleiner
2.72/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of doktorhops
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this classic Japanese all-malt beer in a quaint little Japanese shop called Genki Mart (in Alderley, Brisbane). This is probably the first Japanese all-malt beer that I’ve gotten my mitts on. Now ‘all-malt’ is a bit of a nebulous term - all beer contains (or should contain) malt right? In the US it is used to distinguish beers that aren’t brewed with any adjuncts (corn, rice, basically anything that isn’t malted barley) however in the Japanese context it simply means that you’re drinking ‘beer’ rather than ‘happoshu’ [also beer] - which contains a malt ratio of less than 67% to avoid the dreaded ‘beer tax’... confused and slightly parched now? I know I am - so let’s dive right in - KANPAI TEME!!!

Poured from a 334ml bottle (odd bottle sizes again from Japan) into a stein.

A: Clear golden body, with a fluffy 1 inch white head and plenty of carbonation action in the glass. Quite Lagery I must say [indeed] why thank you sir [no thanks necessary sir] indeed sir. 7/10.

S: It’s a malty cereal invasion - this beer couldn’t smell more like Lager if it tried: Dry and without a skerrick of hops... welcome to Japanese beer! Aside from the obvious lack of hops there isn’t much else to speak of here - malty cereal invasion - sounds like a potential cartoon idea. 7/10.

T: Taste is quite clean - cereal malts, malty cereals, grains with a hint of - you guessed it: Malt... it finishes quite dry with a touch of honeyed sweetness that is lacking from most other Japanese macro Lagers. A hint of bread dough notes linger on the palate too. No hops detected (of course). The aftertaste is pretty clean and neutral - quite well-balanced as far as Lagers go. 9/10.

M: Medium bodied with a dense but slightly flat - because I left it sitting on the kitchen bench before opening it - carbonation. 8/10.

D: I would hate to say it, why? Maybe because this beer is brewed by a macro brewer: Sapporo - I hate macros yo, but this is one of (if not) the best Japanese Lagers I’ve laid my tongue on. It’s dry, smooth, well-balanced, and without that vegetal aftertaste that I find with most Lagers - and it pairs excellently with Takoyaki or Karaage. Overall if you’re seeking a decent Japanese all-malt beer experience you can’t go wrong with Yebisu... In fact I’m going to get a few more of these for my next Takoyaki cook-off, kore wa totemo oishi desu [or something along those lines]! 8/10.

Food match: Japanese food, natch!

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Photo of thechaun
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Imo this is the best mainstream Japanese beer. Smooth, easy drinking and it actually has flavor (compared to other mainstream Japanese beers). Just wish I had an easier time finding it Canada.

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Photo of Fezzz
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerman1977
2.73/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of LukeGude
3.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 184 ratings