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Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
Japan | website

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Naerhu on 03-08-2001

BEER STATS
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90
Ratings:
164
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
19.94%
 
 
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Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 164
Photo of gfreed
1.29/5  rDev -62.2%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
2.06/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The average pour a golden yellow, the head modest in size, bright white, frothy, the lace a fine sheet to coat the glass. Nose is all malt, lightly sweet, crisp and clean. Sweet malt start, top cadaverous, finish is strikingly acidic, hops apropos to the style, dry aftertaste.

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Photo of BierReise
2.45/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

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Photo of sharkheadlasers
2.54/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

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Photo of Floydster
2.64/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can given to me by my host family in Japan while eating their teriyaki feast for dinner

Pour was very nice with a huge head and a nice golden color

Taste was not bad, but not overpowering in any sense and did not last long either

Could drink a lot of these because I did that night

Family thought I was weird when I was taking notes on this beer, did not understand the concept

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle of this little number at a Teppanyaki restaurant and was told by some dude who I'd only just met that it was the most expensive Japanese beer available in Australia. Didn't do much for my expectations since I've been very unimpressed with beers from Japan or indeed the entire Asian continent.

My first look at the pouring didn't help, either. A very normal and very lagery appearance - amber coloured, not very much carbonation - which I guess could be a good thing since I'm not a huge fan of fizzy beers - and a fair, soft head. I mean, outrageously standard and lagery in appearance. I expected a slightly bitter, slightly-rough but ultimately refreshing drop.

I was similarly unimpressed with the nose, again fairly standard lager. A slight hint of honey but minimal and not enough for me to waver from my belief that this would taste very much like your average Asian beer. Mostly just hops and water on the nose.

Then for the first taste - and first surprise. It was actually surprisingly flavoursome. A lot of hops and a fair herby flavour to it. Slightest sourness on the back palatte but there really isn't much of a back palatte anyway so it's quite noticeable. None of this was really expected given the nose and appearance. It didn't really taste like the standard chugging lager I had expected, although there were touches of that flavour in there. I have to say, it's not the most pleasant-tasting beer I've ever drunk, slightly too sour for my taste, not much of an aftertaste and still not as flavoursome as I like. Having said that though, this is worthy of a lot more respect than the watery swills known as Kirin Ichiban, or Yanjing - to name just two. It's not something I'd drink all the time, but it certainly is a respectable drinking lager.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.7/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer is a study in contradictions: The label calls it a "Stout Draft" in one place (and who knows that that is), then it reads "100% malt" and "brewed from 100% fine barley malt and select hops" elsewhere. Which is it?

Anyway, this is definitely the best Asian beer I have come across so far, but still not a great brew. Still, I think Sapporo may be on to something. Pours a very orange color with a medium off-white head. Medium sweet malt aroma. Lightly sweet malt flavor and medium effervescence. There was some hops in the finish but everything seemed understated about this beer. Nothing really stood out, but if I am in Japan I will order this before a Sapporo or Kirin.

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Photo of MisterClean
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

GF purchased while in Japan this summer.

A - Pours golden with 1.5 fingers of head, and dissipates moderately slow. No lacing.

S - Honey and DMS.

T - Honey, bittering hops, and DMS.

M - Full-bodied, well balanced, and slightly bitter.

D - Overall, doesn't compare to most dortmunders I've tried, but is drinkable in comparison to the adjunct lagers in the states. The bitterness and DMS content is a little much for the style and there is a lack of malt complexity. Will pass on further yebisus.

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Photo of tone77
2.79/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Still in Tokyo and back at the hostel enjoying some beer. Poured from a 11.2 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, a touch of malts. Taste is also mild, some malts, dry at the finish, lacking in flavor or punch. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a sub par beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.82/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thick white head, leaves a lot of lace, golden color. Nose is clearly skunky and not stout-like. Indeed the label has stout draft but this is a whole new definition of stout - not dark nor medium/heavy bodied. Label is veeery misleading and won't be purchased again even at $2,75 for 16oz.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of Morris729
2.91/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium golden color with a bubbly white head that fades into a thin lace. Nose is stale grains and a bit of cooked corn. Taste is a bit of sweet malts up front followed by some notes of wet hay and musty grains. Some mildly bitter hops are present in the end leading to a dry finish. Better than many other Asian beers I’ve had, it’s still no better than an average brew.

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Photo of charlzm
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed April 23rd, 2010.

Drank from a bottle so cannot comment on appearance.

Aroma is dead typical for the Asian lagers I have had. Clean, ricey, grainy with a slight alcohol component. Despite this beer's claimed all malt ingredients, I call rice.

Flavor is exactly as you would expect from a Japanese lager - clean, crisp, almost like barely-flavored water. Almost no flavor at all, actually. A slight biscuity trace then thin, inoffensively lingering hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is somewhat dry, though not parching by any means. Sudsy.

Is this really one of the best Japanese lagers? Won't be seeking this one out for another round again.

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Photo of oberon
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep yelow color with minimal head,smel of pretty much nothing maybe a tad of sweetness.Taste was malty and maybe some apple tartness but pretty weak in the flavor department,highly carbonated and a little thin on the mouth.Was expecting more not to impressed with this.

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Photo of Redrover
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As others have noted, the stout draft name is a bit of creative writing.

16 oz brown bottle with a fairly cool texture and label.

The beer pours a very light yellow with a soapy looking head. Not much lacing.

Beer does not have much nose. A little subdued malt and a grass aroma.

Taste is very sweet and I’m guessing that’s the malts talking. Virtually no hops. Beer reminds me of a sweeter version of an American Macro (think Old Style with more sugar). While the first taste is interesting, it did not hold my attention.

Mouthfeel is fine, but drinkability is no more than average. Not a good beer to pair with spicy food as the sweetness will not help cut the heat.

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Photo of chefelf
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of TXHops
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a gold yellow with a light white head, fair retention, standard pale lager look.

S: Some bready malt and husky grain, but not a huge nose by any means.

T: Lighter flavour than I expected out of the all-malt label. Good pilsner-style malt, soft noble hop flavour but light.

M: This was good. Medium-bodied for the style, with a nice creamy mouthfeel, well done.

D: I've certainly had better Dortmunders, this was a bit of a letdown. Had it with some Chinese food and it seemed to work there.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yesibu (Stout Draft - huh?) poured a clear straw color with a modest white head. Funny, doesn’t look like a stout, draft or otherwise. Smell was a bit on the grainy side, sweetly malty, with some notes of floral hops. The taste was pretty sweet also. There were hints of tart apple in amongst the malt flavor and it had a light hoppy bite on the back of the palate. The feel was light, dry, and refreshing.
Strangely named, Yesibu (Stout Draft) is a decent beer to pair up with various Asian dishes, particularly spicy ones. By itself, it’s pretty average.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.11/5  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

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Photo of Norwegianbrewer
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color. It poured with a moderate sized head consisting of big bubbles that never completely faded away and left some lacing along with a thick ring on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of adjunct malts in the nose—corn seems to stand out in particular along with some notes of grain.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of corn along with notes of grainy malts. There is a bit of initial sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish leaves a good amount of dryness in your mouth.
O: This beer is easy to drink but the taste isn’t overly special. It’s not that bad compared to some of the other beers in the style.

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Photo of Healfdene
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
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).

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Photo of PartyHatjo
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear yellow with light amounts of visible carbonation. The head is just a thin layer of white bubbles and dissipates immediately. Very minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Aromas are of sweet adjunct malts (primarily corn and grain). Very mild aroma overall.

T: The flavor matches the smell, adjunct malts (corn and grain), some sweetness, and a slight bitterness on the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Nothing special but not bad... probably would describe it as average for the style. Easy to drink and could be a session beer but personally I don't want to have a lot of this beer (I would save my time/money for something I enjoyed more).

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