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Yebisu (Premium) | Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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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
Ranking:
#42,249
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
177
pDev:
14.84%
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3.6
 
 
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Ratings: 177 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Gusler
2.06/5  rDev -38.9%
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 Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Dogbrick
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
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 Nunya
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of laituegonflable
2.65/5  rDev -21.4%
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 dleiner
2.72/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of snaotheus
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Todd
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
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 UncleJimbo
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on draft in Japan.

This lager poured a clear, golden yellow color with thick, creamy, white foam that had good staying power and left a coating on the glass. The smell was faint and malty. The taste was light: slightly sweet malt, hints of hops (floral and bitter) in the background. The mouthfeel was clean and smooth with medium-light body and medium carbonation. The aftertaste was mildly hoppy. This was an easy-drinking lager on tap.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.35/5  rDev -30.3%
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 Redrover
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
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 Pegasus
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
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 GCBrewingCo
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Floydster
2.64/5  rDev -21.7%
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 +17.8%
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 -3.3%
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 -11%
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 thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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 daliandragon
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
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 beers. 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 Celtics76
1.75/5  rDev -48.1%

Photo of rodmanfor3
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Poupae
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Yebisu (Premium) from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 177 ratings
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