Japanese Name: 琥珀ヱビス
Release: Oct. 16, 2013
Type: Japanese Beer（ビール）
Purchase Price: ￥259 @Popula
You know holiday season is approaching when you spot that familiar red can gracing the cooler shelves. Yes, Kohaku Yebisu is back in town and has been for a while now. No doubt you Japanese beer lovers have purchased a few of these to quench your winter thirst. Readers of Beers of Japan know that Kohaku Yebisu is one of my favorite beers here in Japan, so I am quite biased in my review. However, it’s been a while since I’ve written about this one, so here goes.
As the name states, Kohaku pours out a brilliant red in the glass. Its head is very light and frothy displaying a wonderful contrast to that maroon color, while the roasted crystal malt shows off on the nose. Your first mouthful tingles the tongue with effervescence and the bitterness of the hops starts showing off on the mid palate. The full bodied earthiness of malt finishes the gulp, leaving a lingering bitterness that makes you reach for your second gulp.
Kohaku Yebisu never ceases to satisfy. Hurry up an start get yours while it’s still on the store shelves!