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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1597   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 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Foxbush (1563) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2006
This is truly a bland lager with no body and nothing that defines it. This was my first Japanese beer. The 22 oz can is special with a mythical half deer , half man on the side. The head frothed over in the glass. It settled down and the color was a clear gold. I don’t eat sushi so I probably will not be drinking this lager in the future.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
trafford (171) - Germantown, Tennessee, USA - MAY 3, 2006
One of the better Japanese brews and goes great with sake and sushi. I sampled this with six other Asian style beers and this was one of the best. A nice malty flavor that is typical of the Asian variation of a pale lager. Quite refreshing!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
KnutAlbert (6398) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 28, 2006
Bottled, brewed under licence in England. A bland lager with no taste to speak of at all. Slightly sweet. Most places would have a better lager on tap than this.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KSS (102) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2006
Clear sparkling yellow-gold color topped with a fluffy crean colored head. Sweet, smooth corn and barley malt flavor. Average for the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - APR 19, 2006
Heavily carbonated, very light golden but not quite yellow. Sweet, grassy, a little skunky, all very mild in aroma. Starts watery leading to a bitter in the back of the mouth that fades leaving a grassy hop flavor. Light. Better than many in this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rdawson321 (145) - USA - APR 16, 2006
Very light beer, and of surprising quality. Smooth and easy to drink. Very little on the malt side, but a decent hoppy taste. Good brew.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
wernesgruner (45) - USA - APR 16, 2006
Slight spice aftertaste, similiar to when you eat a whole lot of carrots, nice gold hue, small white head. inital taste of maize and spices, slight hint of fruit

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
TBone (14784) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 16, 2006
Bottled, alc. 5.0% (BB 08/2006)
Brewed by license in UK.
Pale yellow, small white head. Weak maize-corn, malty nose. Quite light palate.Sweet fruity maltyness. Also aftertaste is sweetish malty. Somewhat you can expect from Asian pale lager.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
oh6gdx (23707) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 16, 2006
Bottled (5%). Golden colour, small white head. Malts in aroma, along with weak hints of maize. Strong maizeish and malty flavour, with a bit metallic hints. Not for drinking separately, but I think with food, especially spiced, it would be ok to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2006
Rather light, nothing that stuck out. Not bad, but tasted much like a light beer. You can tell that there was time put into the brewing process, the problem is that it just came out an average beer. Not bad, I got it at a Japanese restaurant, so it went perfectly with the meal. I would drink it again.

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