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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1579   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.17   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
frankenkitty (1981) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Pours a pale golden with adequate carbonation and a white head that was quickly a film. Aroma starts inoffensive with grains and milky lagering yeasts, but adjuncts creep up the nostrils late. Light corn syrup starts the flavor sweetly, but a Hallertauer hop bitterness takes over for a moment before a quick dive back into sweetness. Mouthfeel is thin but sticky with diacetyl butters lingering slightly. I started out thinking this was a pretty good lager, but as it wore on it became only slightly better than the typical A/B offering.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
HogTownHarry (6293) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Yay - another pale lager. Pale clear gold with a decent fizzy white head, bubbly. Sweet macro aroma of corn, rice and stale grain - fairly dry. Tastes the same - sweet and harsh, grainy, mouthfeel is watery, harsh - ah, hell, itís a pale macro lager, you know the rest.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
pineypower (2754) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Had this one at PF Changís damn good resturant...anyway on to the beer. Pours out a typical yellow color, malty nose. Not the same nasty sweet stale smell you would get from an American macro..cough cough Bud. Taste is pretty much bland sweet malty with not much but a slight incling of hops, which I was suprised at.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Cool ass logo, relatively lame beer. Sweetish smell (hardly there) came from this golden headless beer. Very little carbonation. screw on caps are bad omens usually. The taste has a light (i mean i only imagined it after swallowing) taste of honey. Really pretty bland. Inoffensive is a good word, because it wasnít bad. then again, neat-o logo, half deer, half dragon thing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Pours a very light amber color with white head. Aroma of grains, malt and hops. Flavor followed aroma, but added nothing new. Somewhat flat finish, but by far one of the best brews from Japan that Iíve had.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2006
This beer poured a crystal clear little bit darker than straw color into a pint glass. It had a 3 finger white head that lasted about 2 minutes until it was at about at a fingerís height. After the initial burst of bubbles from the pour there are very, very, few left coming up from the bottom of the glass. The head does leave some lacing on the glass as I drink it. It has a very grainy smell. I swear I got a whiff of Fritos. Yep! There it was again. So, weíll say thatís corn. This one will not win any awards for it aroma, unless of course you like Fritos. The taste was acidic and bitter, with no malt flavors at all. I found it better to guzzle this beer than to let it wander around my mouth. A guzzling beer. Iíll have one more because I bought 2 cans as a something to drink while brewing. Note: I had this a long time ago when it came from Japan. I liked that one. This is really trash. Itís very acidic, no malt balance at all and brewed by AB "under strict..." Who are they trying to kid?!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - MAR 13, 2006
An ok beer, Iīve drank this one at the sushi bars for years, as I did today, it goes well with fish, no offensive, easy drinking, grassy, lightly hopped, average, but consistant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dimitri99 (63) - USA - MAR 10, 2006
An okay Japanese beer if cold. So-so taste, yellow flavor. But at $1/draft in New York City - are you really going that astray? I would drink the first 2/3rds of one, then order another. :)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 8, 2006
Draught. Clear golden color with thin white head. Sprucy, grassy hop nose with a touch of corn syrup. Dry, with a subtle but pleasant grainy flavor accented by sprucy hops. Nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Pours a pale gold yellow color with lots of large bubbles cascading up the sides and a medium amount of fizzy white head. Aroma is slightly grassy and sweet, slight corn scent. Flavor has decent body for a pale lager, basically sweet corn and malt flavors with a hint of dry light hops and grass. Overall, not bad depending on your food pairing. Goes great with sushi.

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