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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
Japan
sapporobeer.jp

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
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
166
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
20.23%
 
 
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Photo of kgotcher
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours amber tinted black color with brownish head. Aroma is porterish with some roastyness to it. High carbonation for a dark beer. Taste is on the light side with just hints of dark roasted and chocolate malts, bit of mild hop flavor but with such an overall lightness this beer does not really need a lot of hops. Overall a nice drinkable beer, nothing really special about it but a decent flavor and high drinkability, feels a lot lighter than it looks due to thin body and high carbonation. I could go through a few of these with some Japanese BBQ.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Yebisu" was the all-malt version of the Sapporo line (no rice). On draft it was quite glorious for a simple and clean beer, but sadly its no longer available in NYC - or at least extremely difficult to find.

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Photo of Todd
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16oz custom Sapporo bottle. Label states that this is a 100% malt brew, a super premium stout (as in strong) draft. A chubby, cheerful character holds a large red fish and a fishing pool. No freshness date.

Appearance: A bright, clear, light golden with a very nice bubbly white foam head. The lively carbonation keeps a thin ringed lace with some stick.

Smell: Quite aromatic with a distinct floral nose and faint grain. Very clean smelling.

Taste: Interesting and unique falvour. Malt flavour is incredibly smooth and creamy on the palate, lightly fruity, sweet with grain flavours and a crisp medium body fullness. A mellow malt richness can be detected in the consistency. Hops are lightly bitter, a little lemony, floral and tea-like towards the end. Finishes clean with some slickness on the palate.

Notes: This is a rather good imported lager. Totally beats the pants off of so many, and could possibly be the best out of the entire Sapporo line-up of beers. The fact that it is ceramic cold-filtered also comes across in the overall finish of the beer.

The beer is named after one of the 7 Shinto gods of goodluck, Yebisu is a gentle god that brings wealth. Yebisu beer was first brewed in 1887.

Thanks to Yukiko Ueyama of Sapporo USA, Inc. for the fresh samples.

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Photo of pbrian
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

350ml can poured into a pils glass by freshness date.

A:
Slight hazy golden yellow in color with one finger white velvety head with moderate retention, it leaves some stickiness lacing, high visible carbonation.

S:
The smell consists of aromatic floral hop, slight herbal and earthy yet a bit spice, light biscuit malt, dry grain and lemony zest.

T:
Subtle sweetness from biscuity malt with moderate bitterness from hop to unite, fruity and citrus zest reveal to make cascade layer of flavors. Aftertaste is mingled by hop bitterness along with zesty citrus and slight sweetness.

M:
The body is light with good crispness from lively carbonation lending a refreshing yet smooth mouth feel. Finish is clean and dry.

O:
Clean and go down well easy either drinking it alone or pairing with some foods, high drinkability.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.0
Poured a finger of bubbly off-white head over a golden body with considerable chill-haze.

Smell - 3.5
A clean and pleasant aroma that is malty sweet and slightly floral, but balanced with spicy hops.

Taste - 3.5
You can tell that this is an all-malt lager; it is slightly sweeter but much richer and more full-bodied than your run of the mill pale lager. A clean taste of grain, caramel, faint fruit, and finishes with a dry, spicy bitterness

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Fine and lively carbonation give a smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability - 4.0
A great summer's session beer.

OVERALL 3.5
If it weren't for the price ($4.99 per bottle) this would likely be a frequent summer purchase for me. Unfortunately I am reviewing this on a cold autumn's day, it would be better appreciated (and possibly have scored higher) in summer.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This "premium all malt beer" is the most expensive widely marketed beer in Japan, made by Sapporo. If you show up at a party with a six of Ebisu, everyone wants to be your friend--because they know right away you're a HIGHROLLER.

A rich bronze color with big bubbles. Virtually no head whatsoever, giving it instantly a gold jelloesque appearance. The nose is not too impressive, barely perceptible maltiness (did I really perceive it?!).

It tastes great though, with some nice crisp hoppy bitterness and round malty body. There's an extremely sharp carbonation onset--very nice mouthfeel--which changes over to clean hops and then abruptly stops. Very nice, very nice.

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Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a moderately doughy malt and fresh grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a clean cereal malt with a bright balancing hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a moderate carbonation.

Overall a pleasant and easy to drink lager.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured ever so slightly hazy with fine chunks in the pale straw golden beer. The head was white and tall and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was saaz hops as first poured and then settled into a malt tone with saaz hopping playing the backup role. The aroma from the malt also contained a light caramel impression.

The flavor was malty and sweet with a light caramel flavor and a crisp hop bitterness that was substantial enough to balance the malt.

The finish was even with a crispness that caused the beer to dry out in the final stages of the aftertaste. The body was medium. The beer actually has a bit of alcohol warming that becomes apparent the longer you sit after consumption.

16 ounce bottle. Not the most interesting beer I have ever had, but if I was in Japan, at least I would know of a beer I might be able to locate that had a bit of flavor.

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Photo of stoutman
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of tjd25
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2005.
Appearance : clear color, white foam head.
Smell : malt
Taste and mouthfeel : In the mouth it is very dry. The finish is lightly acidic.
Drinkability : pleasant and refreshing beer in Dortmunder-style lager from the Japanese Sapporo

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Photo of 49degrees
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of joecast
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

clear yellow with a fine, foamy white head. good stability. tiny bubbles, medium carbonation.

sweet malty aroma, with some spicy hop characteristic. nothing too mind-blowing.

flavor is a good mix of malt sweetness, light hop spiciness, and a dry finish.

smooth mouthfeel is fuller than expected, but very welcome. wasnt sure what to expect from this, but a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Zorro
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light golden colored lager with a good sized head.

Clean and strong Nobel hop scent with a biscuit malt backing. Herbal and clean there is a slight lemon aroma.

The taste starts out Clean and VERY malty for a lager. Hops are present but not that strong just an herbal and lemon aftertaste. OK bitterness but this is actually on the malty side of the equation.

Quite a great mouthfeel for a lager here.

Good beer though I prefer much more hop bite. Still I would drink this again.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant clear yellow with tons of white foam. Spotty lacing.

Light, milky, skunky, dry, piney.

Deep wooden flavor. Oaky, light, crisp, dry, buttery, nice even coating, bitterness is spot on, zero sweetness.

This is a damn fine foreign brew. Thanks Brian and Diana for the travel brew!

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Photo of daliandragon
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a layover at Narita airport on my way back to the states from Korea. I loved the fat fisherman in the can design. Poured fairly light, maybe more toward yellow than gold with minimal scent but not grainy or skunky like many Japanese beer. Taste was upbeat and the beer tasted very crisp and clean in the mouth. Looks like they have some quality water supplies at Sapporo after all. A surprisingly good Japanese beer that doesn't offer tons of flavor but is very refreshing and easy to drink. A pleasant goodbye from the land of the rising sun.

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Photo of scottoale
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

334ml. brown bottle with gold foiled labels on front and neck, a small brown and white label on the back. It pours a bright yellow-gold with a faint haze, topped with a white 1/2" foamy head. Carbonation is good, the head eventually settles to a ring and some patchy lace.

The smell is somewhat sweet, with grain and huskiness. Raw malty brew with notes of cereal cracker and grain.

Sweet grain intro, very much like raw straw, with the grassy hop flavor taking it down to a quenching clean finish. Very nice grainy flavor for this style...rather tasty too my surprise.

Medium body with some wateriness to the mouthfeel, other than that it's a very easy too drink, sessionable type lager. I prefer it to the canned Sapporo I've had in the past.

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Photo of sloejams
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium golden color with a decent snow-white head and spectacular clouds of rising bubbles, lots of thick, sticky lace. Nice aroma of sweet malts, grain, and hops. Taste begins with grain flavors and a sting of carbonation, mild bitterness and dry characteristic appear midway through. Slight sweetness and a bit of metallic bitterness bring the taste to a close. An eminently refreshing and drinkable beer.

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Photo of soju6
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap at the Yebisu Beer Museum in Tokyo.

A: Dark golden color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: has a sweet roasted malt aroma with a hint of spice.

T: Roaste malt flavor with a nice touch of bitterness. has a clean finish.

F: Light body, quite smooth.

Drinkable brew. Nice change from the standard Japanese beers. Worth a try.

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Photo of zerk
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of beerorRIP
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.82/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Yebisu (Premium) from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
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