Brewed by Kirin Brewery Company
Style: Pale Lager
Tokyo, Japan


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 2.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.54/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Specially limited autumn brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
GoufCustom (1566) - HONG KONG - SEP 7, 2013

500 ml can bought at 7-Eleven in Metropolis Plaza, Sheung Shui.

Two-finger head and crumpety white foam which last for 1 minute; Small sticky lacing lacing and active carbonation; Strong sweet smell of lager malt, with rice, bread, very light wet cardboard and strawy grass; Medium sweet taste of malt, with rice, light bread, corn syrup, light wet cardboard, light liquorices, light alcohol, moderate citrus, and strong straw; Mid to Light body, thin with slightly slick palate; Mouth feel is a close to pretty rich body, somewhere in between a strong pale and premium lager. Strong and fairly chemical sweet corn syrup and light booze dominates, like a scaled down Euro super strength. Booze is light and testable, with knock-on come after 5 minutes. Typically cheap one for a 6% strong pale; Hoppiness is surprisingly strong in strawy nose, notable taste in liquorices, citrus and very strong straw, but bitterness and astringency peters oout very fast for a hollow finish; Slightly dry after taste, quite sweet and boozy to mouth.

Comments: This is more like a powered-down version of Euro malt liquor: strong malty body and taste, very notable but not too overbearing adjuncts, and quick boozy knock-on, with some pretty nasty strawy hoppiness to boost. Not as bad as I feared, but still too sweet and chemical for me to like it. Once is enough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
biirusaikou (2477) - - AUG 26, 2013
Peppery grass aroma. Sweet malt, herbs, dry finish. Nothing too exciting but ok autumn brew, probably not Kirinís best version.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Bacterial (2811) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Can brought back by one of my students from Japan. Iím glad to try it, but it might have been better if it was confiscated at customs. Light yellow with a thick white head that dissipates quickly. Kind of a pilsner nose to it - a little yeast, a little bread. Drinkable, slightly bitter. I would tolerate this better after several small glasses of sake or as I am stuffing myself with sushi. Iím not sure what makes this autumn or special - might be nice to try it along side their regular beer. Except then you would need to drink their regular beer. <insert obligate USA chant here>

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dalekliz (908) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Can. Pours a clear yellow with a bubbly white head. Yeasty and sweet aroma, of malt, grass, and a hint of hops. Taste is crisp and bubbly, of yeast, malt, and a bit of hops. Lingering bubblyness. Very light, but not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maekchu (3400) - Hirakata, JAPAN - SEP 4, 2012
Can from local Yamaya store. 2012 version of this Kirin seasonal. Grassy malty aroma with just a touch of hops. Clear straw. 1-cm, white head, a bunch of bubbles streaming skyward. Sweet initial; light cookie sweetness in mid palate; balanced finish in which a little bit of hoppiness peeks out from behind the leaves. Thin body, but a little more full-bodied than the regular lager. This seems thinner and less malty than last yearís version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - APR 25, 2012
Molto molto piý buona della normale miri.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saurononline (135) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 29, 2012
Strange taste, never tried anything really similar, but the final sensation itís good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
shoulderbroken (3660) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 16, 2011
From a can. Yellow gold colour with white head. Aroma, bit of caramel, bit of hops, little bit of spice. Taste is a bit metallic, bit weird grainy and a bit caramel, spiced apple. Hints of various flavours, but nothing seems to really come through to the front. Fizzy in the mouth. Not wild about it, too chemically and bland.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2011
Can, Chez Martin, Yonago, Japan, 22/09/1 (írich taste of autumní, apparently). Straw with a thin head. Almond and battenberg on the palate; vanilla, rubber...bog standard strong lager without a trace of autumn. Vomited coriander aroma.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jonno (2462) - JAPAN - SEP 19, 2011
When I put the ratings in, the total is only 2.5/5, but you all things considered you could do a lot worse for an industrial lager. Traditionally better than the Winter seasonal. 2011 Can 6%. Absolutely beautiful packaging - a real eye catcher this year (changes year by year). Piss yellow pour. Metallic nose with a bit of caramel. Full bodied. A bit of bread/dough and caramel. Much better when cold, as it warms it is quite cloying with the caramel. Minimal hop presence. Straight forward almost helles style lager.

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