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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1638   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Finest barley malt, premium hops, smooth finish, no bitter aftertaste.

Editor's Note: Also brewed in the US: "Anheuser-Busch began brewing Kirin Lager, Kirin Ichiban and Kirin Light at its Los Angeles brewery in 1997. The agreement marks the first time Anheuser-Busch has produced foreign brands for sale in the United States."

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
DarkMagus (499) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Rater-friendly 135ml can. Unnecessarily large and frothy head. Always scary, because you know it’s unnatural. Clear yellow color, VERY light. Pretty weak aroma of corn, grass, and a bit of hops, and some mysterious sweetness. Strangely sour, yet slightly bittersweet flavors. Vaguely interesting, but still so much like any other macro-brewed pale lager, that it’s just not worth drinking unless there are no other options.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2007
Bottled. Brewed by Wells and Young England. A very pale yellow coloured lager with no head. Nasty skunky, corny aroma which is very unwelcoming. The taste is better with some bittering crisp hops and some smooth flavours. Still not anything Id seek out, but at least it doesn’t taste how it smells.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2007
Pale golden in colour, lingering white head, great lacing. The aroma is grainy, herbal, grassy, crisp and sweet. The flavour was crisp, sweet, some grassy hops, some corn. Watery mouthfeel, thin body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes pretty quick, grassy and sweet. Basic and uneventful.

650ml Bottle.
Gift from by brother-in-law.
Production date April 20, 2006.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
blinesam (235) - USA - JAN 14, 2007
Bought a bottle at Martinetti’s in Brighton. Smells like Beast. Slightly hazey golden color. Super light taste. Has gross, rice-like after taste. Taste like old rice. Note: this beer was drank slightly after the freshness date. I can’t imagine anyone drinking this regularly.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gnoff (9509) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2007
(33 cl bottle at Haket, Göteborg) Weak malty scent. Clear golden color, white head. Light fresh malty taste. Medium to light body. Low bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
RobBestwick (806) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 10, 2007
Bottled. Fresh floral aroma, pours with a light golden hue and small head. Highly carbonated. Reasonably hoppy lager flavour but with no real character to it. The palate is a little thin and there is not much aftertaste. A very average pale ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Fizzy and light, not much better than Miller to make up for the pricy import difference

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
tennisjoel (1334) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2007
22 oz bomber. I’m not big into Asian food, although I have found that I am more fond of Japanese than Chinese. I visited Benihana for a friends birthday, and so, I figured I should rate a Japanese beer. Anyway, I digress. This was consumed from a 22 oz bomber. Pours clear golden with an average head which quickly disappears. Some corn and rice scents. Not an offensive beer. Easy drinking swill and IMO very comparable to Budweiser. Some flavor here which is more than can be said for many in this category. Not a beer I will be buying in the future at around $7. But it was worth a rate, nonetheless.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Swarzbeer (43) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2007
Bottled, light, no aroma, very little taste, balanced, but not much of a beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Muggus69 (2020) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2007
330ml bottle brewed by license here in Australia, which is a bit disappointing. Light aroma of rice with a bit of hop to it. Gold body with white head. Easy drinking lager really, slightly skunky if it gets a bit warmer. Dry finish, bit of hops present, but nothing to write home about.

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