Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2005
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clean pale gold. Commercial larger nose, nothing special. Slightly stale mouthfeel, very clean, refreshing, high filtered style. Ok to consumer for a spot of research but not too exciting.
jde123 (764) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 5, 2005
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Wow, look at that can! Not only is this can bigger than any can of beer I have purchased, it has the best artwork. Be that as it may, from other raters, this beer may fall far short of the can design suggests. Pours clear, with giant quickly dissapating head. Nice clean fresh aroma, nothing skunky yet. The taste is highly metallic, I should have guessed. Still, refreshing it is, and I think it is better a little warmer than normal. Still not everything can be roses and peachtrees. Tastes like the normal swill served up by macro brewers.
AAO (102) - Nśstved, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2005
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Ligth golden color big white head. Flat taste no bobbleīs and no finish... very boring beer!
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2005
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Clear golden colour with small white head. Malty soapy aroma with some sweetness. Flavor is sweet in an artificial way. Thin palate.
ALLOVATE (2383) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Didnít know what to make of this one, talk about parched..... I need a glass of water!! Poured a brilliant gold, with effervescent bubbles holding up a decent white head, with good lacing. Aroma was subtle, rice wine, apples and bitter hops. In the mouth, it tasted like I imagine a rusting car body would taste, only dry, crisp and weirdly refreshing. Subdued, but unusual. Not for my liking, but has itís place.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Japanese Beer is sexy. And this is the best Japanese beer Iíve tried yet. Itís got a more complex flavor than Sapporo for the same amount of money.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 5, 2005
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours clear and golden with no head. Aroma is light malt. Flavor is malty with slight hops flavor. Drinks like most American cheap beer, until I drop a shot of saki into it and get hammered. For 3 bucks during happy hour we have a damn good time with these 22oz bottles and sides of saki. Long live saki bombers and good asian food!
jefcon (1377) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not a bad color to this golden pale lage, especially when it sits side by side with a macro. Still, it jsut looks watery, with no head and a crystal clear body. Aromas are grass and barley. Flavors are somewhat the same, with lots of grains and no hops or malt to speak of. Body is smooth, but unremarkable.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 3, 2005
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours a pale gold color with a small head. Starts bland and finishes bland with only the slightest of taste. Not only is there no aftertaste, there is no taste to speak of. A very mediocre beer.
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
According to the bottle, "Kirin is the name of an ancient mythical beast, which foretells the coming of festive and joyful events. When the Kirin appears, good fortune and good beer soon follow." I guess I had the good fortune to buy just one bottle of this. Iím still waiting for the good beer to follow. Poured a pale gold colour with a rocky 1.5cm white head. Lively carbonation - big champagne-like bubbles. Light citrusy hop aroma. Maybe some melon characters. Nothing especially inviting. Thin body with some hoppy dryness in the finish but precious little else going on. A little barley malt in the middle perhaps. Rather astringent finish. Fine with food, otherwise keep searching.
Marketed as Kirinís "Premium Reserve Beer". (Bottle, Best Before June 1 2005)