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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1635   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 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 (9431) - 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 (797) - 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 (1323) - 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 (2000) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 3, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2007 Pours clear gold with a thin white head. The aroma is on the sweet side with little if any hops. The flavor is sweet as well with not much effort at having much in the way of hops to balance out the finish. I find this to be the case with most of these Japanese Macrobreweries. Lots of sweet with very little bitter to the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BelgianBeerGal (3708) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Bottle/draft. Just a simple beer, nothing special. Kirin is not my favorite Japanese beer but I do prefer the Kirin Lager to the Ichiban variety.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
POD (198) - USA - DEC 28, 2006
Free bottle. Poured golder with reasonable white head. Not much aroma... perhaps slight hops. Flavor was malt beer. Mouthfeel was cold and full of carbonation. Light hop and malt aftertaste. I found nothing offensive in this lager. Likewise, nothing memorable. It was just pretty okay.

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