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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rbc82 (7) - USA - MAY 25, 2006 does not count
It’s 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 ’import’ 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 can’t 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 it’s best featured. Bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6842) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Foxbush (1832) - 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 (6713) - 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.

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