21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not all that bad, i could dig this brew. It wasn’t the best, but it was a different beer, and it served its purpose of tasting like an average beer and containing some alcohol
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - SEP 3, 2002
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
I want my money back...it has the word "stout" on the bottle but it’s anything but. -1 on appearance for deceptive advertising. Skuny aroma, maltiness, mellow flavor, nothing remarkable.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I thought this was a perfectly good representation of the style. Even when room temp it never got too corny, or sickly sweet. It held it’s own. It’s not a world-killer helles, but it has all the right oily maltiness...mmmm. Fairly solid.
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - AUG 12, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A clear dark gold color. Some citrus and malty sweetness but still obviously a Japanese made beer. Has a dry lingering aftertaste. Had this at the Osaka Kansai airport for breakfast with Okonomiyaki
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 29, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear dark gold in color, the head is white and generous, the lace is adequate. Nose is all malt, very little else to notice. Front is sweet, the top light, the finish is acidic, dry, and has a hop presence. Ranks #955 on my master beer list.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - JUL 29, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
a well made dortmund export style lager. crisp and mildly hopped.
PorterPounder (5540) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
More flavor than most Japanese beers - misled by the word stout though - but not bad. Beats all of the ’dry’ Japanase beers I’m usd to.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2003 5/3/2003 - I bought this again because under the "Yebisu" on the label it says "Stout Draft" - Now doesn't that sound to you like it's gonna be a stout? Well, NO, it's still this Dortmunder style - and lucky me I just came home from dinner at Applebees - the only good beer they have is our local Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - So how do they compare??? This has the same flavors, but diminished and lighter. Color is two shades lighter; palate is thinner; The flavors present are almost exactly the same, but the Yebisu tasted almost watered down. Original rating: I was somewhat surprised at this. had more hops and character than i expected. still, it was a bit thin. dortumder? hardly. couldn't hold a candle to GreatLakes Dortmunder Gold.
ucsbdude (68) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - MAY 21, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very clean and refreshing.I couldn’t detect any hops though.Pretty standard Japanese lager.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2002
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Typical Japanese sushi lager cranked up a notch. I went to the local Japanese market looking for black beer and couldn’t resist a bottle that said stout on it but was clearly not. Gold, sparkly, small head, aroma hoppy w. a bit of that old sour barroom smell. Flavor is bitter, metallic, hoppy, a touch sweet. Frankly, I think if you’re going to have a Japanese lager with your sushi, your better of with something lighter, as I found that the flavors didn’t react well to each other.