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Sapporo Yebisu Kohaku

Brewed by Sapporo Breweries
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
Tokyo, Japan


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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 2.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.76   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
biirusaikou (519) - - DEC 14, 2013
Mild caramel malt, red fruit aroma. Sweet malt, cherry, floral hops, bitter finish. Pretty decent and drinkable amber lager, clearly tastier than your usual industrial lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
petewhitley (323) - JAPAN - NOV 17, 2013
~This review was made some time ago via another application, and thus the specific details (beyond numerical scores) are no longer available~

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westkyoto77 (499) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 1, 2013
Draught. Burnt copper head, foamy aromatic white head. Roasted malt, fruit, good bitterness. Just the right amount of depth and a slightly sweet but rounded finish. Really nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (1943) - Hirakata, JAPAN - OCT 19, 2012
Can for 7-11. Mild caramelly malt , yeast, some sour grape, and clean hoppiness. Clear light reddish brown. Good light roasted malt; a sour tinge in mid palate; finish is smooth and mild. Thin-medium body, which thickens up a bit in the final. Pleasant, mild stuff. Could use a bit more body. Good

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bif (1379) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Can- Pours a clear amber color with a creamy off-white head that fades to bits of lacing. Mild aroma of fruit and some malt sweetness. Not a lot here. Taste starts with a bit of a hops nip, then some caramel sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Fairly light body, quite smooth and a bit creamy. Decent drinker, good for a couple. Fairly average run of the mill for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
faroeviking (10293) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 29, 2012
Lata. Clear nice deep amber colour. Sweet malty fruity toasty aroma. Good mouthfeel. Sweet malty fruity caramel flavour, quite pleasant for a Japanese macro!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
EdKing (1786) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2012 Rerate at Yebisu Bar in Kagurazaka. Served very clear light brown colour with nice white foam head. Taste is very grain husky, touch of toastiness but a light lagerish body and crisp bite. Biscuity malt but it lacks anything else.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
eijihappou (2) - JAPAN - OCT 13, 2011 does not count
The can is awesome every year. Last year they only had the Yebisu logo and got rid of all of the other text, so it was simplistic and awesome. This year they went with the wild text thing, but I still like the flavor. Definitely something to look forward to every fall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarrettB (986) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2011
Tokyo is notorious for its high fashion, high technology and high prices. A combination of import costs and tax laws pushes prices for beer up, evidenced by the surging popularity of brews made from rice and other grains, where the tax rates are much lower. Still, the big Japanese breweries continue to release their standard line of macro-beers to consumers unwilling to save a few yen by drinking something that vaguely resembles a beer. But even these consumers are settling for middling lagers - the Kirins, Asahis and Yebisus flowing at Japanese izakayas are the same pale lagers that craft beer drinkers stateside tend to decry. However, these same brewers see fit to release beers tailored to the seasons. Just last week Yebisu released the Yebisu Kohaku, or the Yebisu Amber. For a beer drinker thirsty for craft beer after Seattle’s elysian fields Japan is a desolate, hapless place. But even the Yebisu Kohaku strikes a note of familiarity. True, this beer is mimics stylized craft beer, like Killian’s Red or Blue Moon, but it stands out in refrigerator cases packed with all the same, bland pale lagers. There’s a lot of carbonation in this brew, but little head, and the aroma is typical of an amber, with some cinnamon and sugar present, but both in lighter quantities. The taste is also predictable - bitter at first, sweeter as it goes over the palate with touches of apple (also expensive in Japan) and then a gentle fade into a carbonated touch. It’s not bad, but it’s a much better than most of the super market varieties, and vastly, vastly more affordable than the craft beers available in Tokyo’s specialty stores.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beershine (5201) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Can. Amber, bright, clear with relatively thick and stable beige head. Nice looking for a swill! Aroma is sweet malt, some orange and rum. Clean, soft palate. Dry finish and has good malt character. Is not a bad beer.

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