Yebisu Kohaku | Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

Yebisu KohakuYebisu Kohaku
35 Ratings
Yebisu KohakuYebisu Kohaku

Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by bobsy on 10-12-2008

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Photo of kofukasho
2.72/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of vfgccp
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spycow
3.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz can with canning date of SEP16 into standard pint glass.

L: Lighter Amber color, finger width off white head recedes into thin layer. Good lacing.

S: Very subdued smell, mild malts and hops. Hard to identify hop character.

T: Smooth malt, eases into slight hoppy bitterness. Quite tasty.

F: Light-Medium Body, easy on the palate.

O: Not what I usually like in an Amber/Red but not too shabby.

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Photo of daigakusei11
3.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wontonst
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into pub glass. Has a thick head with an amber color. Has a thick head with excellent retention. Malty smell. Rich taste that's quite hoppy. I especially enjoy the feel, it's creamy with light carbonation - quite a pleasant experience.

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Photo of Ob1wan
2.38/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Very macro brew tasting. Disappointed considering I like their lighter brew.

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Photo of Pretendbeard
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Zond
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.53/5  rDev +9%

The aroma initially gives off the sour, skunky quality typical of Japanese macrobrews; there is also some spiciness, caramel; a touch of woodsy hoppiness comes through over time. The off-white head diminishes to a film that sticks around; the body is a brilliantly clear copper/deep amber. The flavor is quite malty with a good amount of bitterness—tastes more like an English pale than an American amber; the hop flavor is extremely low but seems to have a fruity character; the very sweet caramel finish leaves an aftertaste like having eaten whole malted barley. Medium body; soft and somewhat frothy carbonation.

I don't mind Yebisu too much in general, but like other big Japanese brands, they seem to have an issue with that sour, skunky aroma. Thankfully in this case, however, it doesn't persist for long after pouring. Overall, this one is pleasantly smooth and drinkable, quite sweet with a bit of spiciness and bitterness to round it out. While the aroma is not especially impressive, nor the flavor especially complex, I must say that—all things considered—I'm fairly impressed.

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Photo of GarthT
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of TheEggCrasher
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of tommy5
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of dar482
3.39/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the brewery in Tokyo.

The beer pours out with a nitro like head with a light amber color with some brown and gold.

The aroma has lots of grain, bready and nutty malt, along with floral, grassy hops.

The flavor is bolder than other adjunct beers. There is a bright grassy hop note and spicy hops at first then there's lots of breadiness and grains like corn. There is that adjunct bitterness on the end with some more grass and a bit of mold.

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Photo of rickdude
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Norseman
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of weerezboy
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of gsr
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of shigg85
3.93/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Yebisu Museum in Ebisu, Tokyo. Poured into a half-pint glass. Beautiful clear bronze-red brew with a thick creamy white head that retains. Roasted malt flavor with a bitter Chinese tea flavor. Smell a bit flat, even lacking the roasted notes. Bitter smell comes out a bit later in its life. Very thin spotted lacing around the glass. A bit gassy, but a pleasant slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall, a great red ale especially if served on tap.

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Photo of soju6
2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear amber color with a creamy off-white head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Mild aroma of fruit and some malt sweetness. Not a lot here.

T: Taste starts with a bit of a hops nip, then some caramel sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, quite smooth and a bit creamy.

Decent drinker, good for a couple. Fairly average run of the mill for the style.

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Photo of JohnQVD
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of GuidedByVoices
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

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Yebisu Kohaku from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.24 out of 5 with 35 ratings
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