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Sapporo Yebisu Mellow Premium

Formerly brewed at Sapporo Breweries
Style: Premium Lager
Tokyo, Japan
Serve in Lager glass


on tap


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 2.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
This limited version of Yebisu Beer has been given longer lagering time for rich, mellow flavor and satisfying smoothness.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
improvjock (327) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Can. Pours a clear gold with small white head. Almost no aroma, but some sweet malts peek through. Flavor is of really sweet malts. Texture is a little heavy and syrupy. Not the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Black can. Nice dark brown-black color with not much head but has a good hue. Roasty aroma that also has interesting fruit character. Rich malts, fudge, chocolate. Good palate with low carbonation. Flavors peter out at the finish. Falls short of great but is a good drinkable brew without serious flaws.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wombata (620) - Kobe, JAPAN - SEP 26, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2010 Appearance: Transparent brownish yellow Aroma: More subdued floral aromas than The Hop. Moderately roasted malt, honey, ripe peach. Flavor: Some sweet roasted grain, honey, stonefruit (peach and apricot). Comment: The initial sweetness turns drier on the mid-palate. Compared to The Hop, the malt is reigned in by bittering hops. Rising bitterness and understated roasted grain/coffee note appear on a moderately complex and lasting finish. 2009 version. Color: Orange with brown tint. Aroma: A pretty and earthy, floral hop aroma with yeast, some pear/stonefruit malt, and roasted grain. Palate: Very smooth. Flavor: Firm but not excessive bittering , ripe orange malt and finishes with toasted grain, malt, and mild to medium bitterness that lingers. Comments: Good balance and integrated flavors with a little complexity from these flavors and the bitter finish. Well-made and has held up over 9 months in the fridge. This time I scored it a 3.5. Yebisu’s house style tends to be smoother and less bitter overall, but this has enough to keep this beer interesting. I prefer this, their dark beer, and their Kohaku over their other beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 16, 2009
Can (nice colours). Clear deep golden colour with a nice medium off-white head. Malty aroma with caramel. Good mouthfeel. The flavour has a nice maltiness with a pleasant bitterness and caramel. Malty bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Can from KyotoLefty. Golden pour and white head. Like an American pale lager. Bland and corn-flavored.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ron (3619) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Can at the RB Rochester Gathering, Aug. 30/ 09. Thanks, KyotoLefty! Clear golden color. Foamy white head with a little lacing. Very light aroma with hints of metal and grain. Sweeter malt flavor with slight hops in the background. Slight hop bite at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jb (2968) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Can at the RB Rochester Gathering, Sept. 09. Thanks, KyotoLefty! A nice offering to kick off our gathering. Very dry, a bit fruity, a bit metallic (I wrote that it was a can, but I am half picturing a bottle, so confused). Not bad, not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - JUN 4, 2009
2009 Edition. Have not drank regular Yebisu in a long time so tough for me to compare the two; however this was a pretty good beer. It didn’t seem all that mellow in it’s taste (and it didn’t seem all the "Premium" either actually) but it carried some aspects of a good real ale...very smooth on the palate with a slight creaminess to it. Reminiscent of Anchor Steam beer but with less of a distinct hop profile and a bit more of a caramel presence.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KyotoLefty (9405) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 4, 2009
2009 Version. I think it is the same recipe. Nice, light amber color, orange tints. Looks good. Thick, foamy head. Aroma is basic Yebisu but with a bit more caramel and something slightly smoother. Palate also nicely smooth. Flavor has a bit of caramel sweetness, some depth. strong hop bitterness in the finish. Decent enough stuff, though not all that special.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BelgianBeerGal (3869) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Canned. Clear golden colour. Foamy white head with a little lacing. Very light aroma with hints of metal and grain. Sweeter malt flavour with slight hops in the background. Gentle finish with a little bitterness and metal bite. Average

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