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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1647   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Just below average beer in my mind. For a country that doesnít sweaten any of its food, the two Japan beers Iíve had so far were a bit sweet. I just wasnít impressed with this one and will stick to Saki when drinking imported Japanese alcohol. The sushi at the establishment I consumed this was quite good, though.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beerdedone (3228) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2006
Can. pours yellow with a white head. Aroma of sweet malts and grain. Flavor is weak, malty, grainy, carbonated. Thin bodied, i expected worse.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 Light yellow. Felt scratchy as I drank it. The little taste it had died quickly.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rbc82 (7) - USA - MAY 25, 2006 does not count
Itís an import! It must be great! Seriously, not bad at all, but not special either. I found the flavor to be present at least if not special. Goes well w/ dinner. Nothing to justify the íimportí markup though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fightfire4beer (132) - Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2006
bottle. big white head with a clear gold color. Grainy hop aroma. Grainy taste. Corn? Rice? Flavor so light I really canít tell. ever so slight bitter aftertaste. nothing repulsive, nothing great. Take it or leave it.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Delirium (657) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2006
Can. Yellow fizzy beer, unsurprisingly pretty similar to the other Japanese macros. A bit sweeter than Sapporo and definitely than Asahi, but an odd metallic sweetness. Nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - MAY 19, 2006
The 12 oz bottle poured a sparkling clear dark straw colored beverage with a small fizzy white head that was mostly diminishing and left virtually no lacing on the glass. The aroma had a pleasant light malt character to it with subtle notes of citrus in the background. The body was light with a lively carbonation and a watery texture. The flavor starts off just barely on the sweet side. As the flavor matures through the medium length finish, it takes on a light, pleasant bitterness. The finish is crisp and refreshing.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2007 Wetherspooons Beer & Cider Festival May 2006 at The Falcon, High Wycombe and from the keg. Pale, slightly cloudy. Aroma is odd and vinegary, a touch of butter - possibly old. Boring keg lager, thst is softly flavouired - and that is about itís best featured. Bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6723) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2006 Sampled on draft this beer poured a pale golden color with a small white head. There is only a faint aroma with a vague macro-ish element. The flavor is dry and nutty with very little body, no hops to speak of and no aftertaste. Bland and inoffensive.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
beerkoz (11) - West Palm Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2006
HORRIBLE!! Either I got a bad 22oz can that was cold, then warm, then cold, then warm, or something. The only taste I got was that of ALUMINUM CAN. After three gulps, the sink got the remainder.

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