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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1654   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 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Hansen (8435) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2006
So many beers, so little time. Donít waste time on this one. Itís ok, but like all the others. Yellow, clear. Medium head, white. Not much aroma, flavor has a sweet start, finish is a little bitter, grass.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Cold 12oz bottle, served along with miso soup and sushi. Pours a clear golden color with a moderate light tan head, which dissipates quickly and leaves some lacing. Aroma is of light hops and hay, with floral notes. Taste is grainy and crisp, with light bitterness and a hint of lemon. Fizzy on the tongue. Ending is grainy with light bitterness.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
berkshirejohn (6067) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2006
330ml bottle - brewed under license by Charles Wells, Bedford, UK - light gold colour with lasting white head - no aroma, little taste

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
SSSteve (4006) - - SEP 7, 2006
gold. creamy head. moderately sweet grainy malt aroma. grainy flavor. sharp carbonation. man thats pale. did they specially reserve this one just for me?

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2006
Straw yellow with little head. Some light tasting malt, virtually no hops and even less finish. Not great, but better than most.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Fin (9680) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2006
Bottle picked up the íDodgy Delií on the Cowley Rd, Wed 23rd August. Pours a pale yellow colour, tastes bland, just about detect malt and hops if you try hard enough, but quite disappointing really.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2006
bottle - Oh look, itís yet another piss yellow, grainy smelling pale lager. I did pick up a little hops in the nose too. The good news is itís better than Bud, Miller, and a number of other beers of this style. Though maybe I was favorly biased because I was enjoying some good food at the time that I tried the Kirin. The bad news is that itís still not very good. Thereís some mild malt flavors, not much hops, a thin body, and a dry feel more consistent with the Asian pale lagers. Thatís about it.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JFGrind (2006) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2006
Brewed by A-B in California and two bucks a bottle at the soon to be Bradyís now Old Chicago in Trevose, PA. A little more bitter than I thought it would be, but other than that just another pale lager.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2009 Draft.

Pours clear light yellow with a modest white head. Slightly sour, grainy aroma, sweet grainy front end to the flavor, metallic hop finish. Drinkable but not much more to say.

Revisit in Tokyo, Draft. Yeah, what it says above. Either Iím smoking crack or this is way worse than Asahi. Never would have guessed.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rauchbier (3808) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2006
Bottle from Sainsburys, Charles Wells version. Gold, thin short white head and moderate condition. Low grain and slight fruitiness in the nose, a little butteriness in the mouth with a gentle chalky hop note and a short sweet finish wiith a hint of flowery hops.

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