biirusaikou (335) - - DEC 14, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
petewhitley (307) - JAPAN - NOV 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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Westkyoto77 (403) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
maekchu (1693) - Hirakata, JAPAN - OCT 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
Bif (1256) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 25, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lata. Clear nice deep amber colour. Sweet malty fruity toasty aroma. Good mouthfeel. Sweet malty fruity caramel flavour, quite pleasant for a Japanese macro!
EdKing (1702) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
eijihappou (2) - JAPAN - OCT 13, 2011 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
GarrettB (898) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Beershine (5193) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.