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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1592   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.17   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 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
McKnizzle69 (89) - Machesney Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Bottle: Not much to talk about as far as aroma. Decent head with little carbonation. This is the Miller Light of Japan. Really bland and watery

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
harrisoni (15665) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2006
Draught. Gold colour with thin white head. Some dead pale malt aroma, some odd citrus fruit. Can I taste rice and maize? Certainly some adjuncts in this. Then a sickly prickly finish. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. Too gassy and flavours are indistinct

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Draught. Ok, let keep this simple. This tastes like corn and sugar. Corn and sugar. Not even fresh corn. Canned corn and sugar. It’s not good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
lovelacm (48) - Niceville, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Large bottle @ I Love Sushi in ABQ, NM. Large white, frothy head atop a clear yellow body. Not that much aroma to pass along.. some grains, but that’s it. Light, unobtrusive flavor, but nothing special (definately not Special Premium Reserve quality). Yes, this does put out the fire of oriental spices, but not much more.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
mike4aker (27) - USA - JAN 6, 2006
The only good thing about this beer is that it will cut through spicy flavors. Nothing special.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Dorwart (2459) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Large white head of frothy bubbles. Almost no carbonation. Rice and corn aroma. Nothing that special for a "Special Premium Reserve". Weak, watery cornflakes and rice. Medium gold in color. No real offensive characteristics. Can easily do without.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
stouby (4141) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2005
Bottle, in Gothenburg (040413). Fully golden with a white head. Aroma light malty (corn, rice) and hoppy. Flavor light sweet and bitter. Light body. My version was 5,5% .

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
oldrtybastrd (3274) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Pours a light golden yellow color. Aromas of grains and maybe some minor hop action. Flavor was crisp, but sort a bland. Still better than most lagers.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2005
12 oz bottle. Given to me by some Japanese exchange students that I hosted for Christmas. Aroma of mild pale malts and hops. Pretty much indistinguishable from any other macro lager. Flavor is also mild and indistinguishable, though pleasant and inoffensive. Probably a good sushi beer, I’ll give that a try at the first opportunity. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2005
This one has a lingering maltiness which made it real difficult for me to finish. There are some hops and breadiness here and it isn’t very well blended. I swear I had a great Kirin lager before but this wasn’t it.

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