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Sapporo Yebisu Kohaku

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


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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 2.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
This may still be the draught version. If you drink this in a can after October, 2015, then you need to rate Yebisu Crystal Amber. --KL

(or Amber) The beautiful amber color and the rich taste will offer you a satisifying beer experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GenkiGonzo (774) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 27, 2015
Draught at the Yebisu Museum. Amber, copper with a very small head. Aroma has a hint of caramel with grainy malts. One of the more flavourful beers from Yebisu.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
GoufCustom (1217) - HONG KONG - MAY 6, 2015

350 ml can bought at YATA in Moko (Grand Century Place), Mong Kok.

Clear ruby amber colour; Less than one-quarter finger head and soapy white foam which fades in 20 seconds; Small sticky lacing with slight carbonation; Quite pungent aroma of lager malt, with very light roast, caramel (as the beer warms), molasses notes, faint toffee, light bread, very light lemon and faint grass; Very light sweet taste of moderate amber malt, with very light roastyness, nutty notes, moderate caramel, light toffee, molasses notes, light bread, light lemon, low bitter hops and grass notes; Close to light body. Slick palate; Mouth feel is strong amber maltyness in a pretty thin body. Very macro-ish with lingering taste of omnipresent light amber roast. Otherwise, it’s pretty characterless – caramel, toffee, molasses, yeast and hops are close to minimal, nevermind any fruityness. Safe but B-O-R-I-N-G…. Hoppiness is very light lemon and thin grass in nose and taste. Bitterness is notably very low for an abrupt, low astringent non-finish; Slightly dry after taste. Easy and slight bitter to mouth.

Comments: Like the name Kohaku (amber) suggests, if amber-style maltyness is what this one aims for then it hits the bull’s eye right on, because that’s all there is to show for. It’s pretty much a Macro Amber Lager - safe, no character, and easy for the stomach. Okay for the style, but I rather head for a comfy Helles than this.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sevenlee (1618) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAR 21, 2015
Pours a clear red colour with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, pine, grass and hints of hops. Taste is medium sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
douglas88 (7587) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Can thanks to Masaki. Pours a reddish amber color with a small white head. A nice light fruity, toasted malt nose. Sweet toffee, caramel, very light. An unpleasant dirty harsh grainy flavor in the finish. Otherwise, this is fine. OK beer. Decent. Quite fruity.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
john_henry (123) - - NOV 18, 2014
One of the best mass produced lagers I’ve had, but still nothing to get too excited about, a lot better than most though. We’ll worth trying for the price.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3564) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 3, 2014
Can at Matsukawa Saketen. A deeper amber gold than the Suntory. More of a grainy rough smell. Taste is similarly rough maltiness at first then caramel/toffee. It is ok but I preferred the Suntory fall beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnCook101 (457) - - SEP 12, 2014
Draught from the Yebisu museum in Tokyo. Clear copper, huge creamy white head, which holds in most of the aroma. Sweet initially, a fair bit of malt flavours, some pine and a little fruit. Mild bitter finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, but fairly light bodied without the head.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
yenbeer (174) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 12, 2014
A nice variation from the other Yebisu offerings, but smell and taste come off somewhat harsh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
biirusaikou (1494) - - 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 (427) - Nagoya, 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~

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