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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

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Reviews:
90
Ratings:
164
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
19.94%
 
 
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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 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 bobsy
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colour with a large fluffy white head. Floral aroma with sweet honey. Some caramel and honey in the flavour. A very decent malt profile, that had hints of Dead Guy to it (but with far toned down hoppiness). Medium body with lighter than expected carbonation. This is a very decent offering from a macro, and probably the best beer I've had from a major producer.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium straw color, medium head. A medium bodied draft style lager. Nicely malty with a nice hop bite. Clean and crisp taste. Light taste but with some flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and round. Finish is crisp and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Nice beer. I don't mean to go on a RANT here, but STOUT DRAFT is confusing!!

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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 snaotheus
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2015-04-15
330ml can served in a hotel tumbler in Japan.2015.11 and 2015.03 are both on the bottom of the can; I presume the former is "best by" and the latter is "canned on". From what I remember, years and years ago, this was my favorite of the mass-produced Japanese lagers.

Pours clear golden with a big white head that fades moderately quickly. Not a lot of carbonation. Smell is lager with a slight honey tinge, maybe a little flower.

Taste is slightly tangy, moderately lagery, overall mild but pretty pleasant.

Mouthfeel is dry and clean. Overall, not bad at all. Vastly preferably over Asahi and Kirin.

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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 DogFood11
4.01/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle going for a whopping $2.79 a bottle. Yikes. Easily managed white head sits atop a golden bodied beer. Traces of sliding lace.

Well this is pretty damn good. Price per value could be argued negatively but it is good. Very smooth malts and the body is firm enough that it seems almost milky smooth. Small but effective bitterness. I pulled back a couple of these and wanted a third. Gobbly stuff.

Notes: If the price was right this could be a staple sessioner in the beer fridge but at roughly $18 a sixer I'll pass.

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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 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 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 eduardolinhalis
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Good Lager. Better than the previous Sapporo Premium that I've had.

A: Clear golden-yellow color with a huge white head which dissipates quickly leaving no lacings at all
S: Nice smell of malts
T: Good taste of malts with a balanced bitterness
M: Very light body and medium carbonation
D: Good

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Photo of brendan13
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Fairly dark golden colour poured with a medium sized fluffy white head.
S - Floral & grassy notes on top of a slightly sweet grainy aroma.
T - Very much like the smell.
M - Light to medium bodied, fairly high crisp carbonation.
D - Nothing to get too excited about. Just a nice, well balanced and refreshing lager.

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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 Naerhu
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

White 2 cm head on a yellow gold body. Leafy malty aroma. Reminds me of a restina, firm lasting bitterness, but more than the average Japanese lager. A little husky, rich flavor. Significantly different from the common Japanese swill, but nothing amazing.

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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 doktorhops
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
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 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 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 kbub6f
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a few days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-65F.

Ah, I get it. It's a "stout" as in: "That's a pretty darn stout lager". This clear gold beer has a big, sticky, coarse white head. The collapse is noisy, uneven and clumpy. Good lacing. Very little carbonation.

I smell muchu roastiu nutsu, along with proof of lager. The taste starts off with candy giving way to a sourish, nutty middle. The finish is tangy and slightly sour. This is actually pretty darn good.

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Photo of sleazo
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yebisu All Malt Lager

A_Pours a nice tan/gold hue with a soapy medium sized head. A nice stream of bubbles keep it afloat and in good shape.

S_Light grain aroma, not much more. At least it is not skunked.

T_A slightly sweet grain husk flavour kicks in at first. After this a very dry hoppy kick comes through. Mildly vegetal, it manages to taste like a lot of other brewed in Japan lagers. The finish is fairly bitter which makes this a nice match for a bowl of Tonkatsu Ramen.

M_Slightly thicker than the typical godlen lager.

D_Surprisingly not bad. A good choice at many Japanese restaurants or izakayas though a bit more expensive.

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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 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 atis
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden colour, white head with partial and down-sliding lacing.

As it says on the label, aroma is mostly pleasant malt with some floral character. Flavour is similiar with rich malt and bittery finish, maybe with some sourness on the back. Overall, very drinkable and refreshing, very good for the mainstream beer.

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Photo of vancurly
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold, white head that sinks.
Grassy aromas, tinge of sulfur.
Nutty grains and strong hop bitterness. Flavour reminds me of Resch's Pilsener of a decade or two ago, implying the use of Pride of Ringwood. Some nutty grain flavour.
Bitterness a tad unbalanced.
Good, crisp, & refreshing, but bitter.

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Yebisu (Premium) from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
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