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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1580   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.16   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 5, 2005
Light gold colour with thin white head. Mild malt nose with slight citrus hints. Medium malt taste with slight dry hop finish. Minimal lace.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Purchased can at Whole Foodsí refrigerated beer section and consumed within the 180 day freshness limit from bottling date. Small white head that rapidly diminished and with spare lacing. Clear golden yellow color with clean slight citrus aroma. Light-to-medium bodied with lively carbonation. Starts with slightly sweet malty flavor and finishes with a faint dry hop bitterness. I enjoyed this refreshing lager beer with a seafood dinner.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Ratman197 (11384) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Bomber poured a clear piss yellow with a quickly dissapating white head. Aromas of light bread with a bit of corn.Palate was thin and watery. Flavors of... just a minute I think Iím starting to taste something, yes... its a bit of malt with a little sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Sampled with some sushi at local Japanese resturant. Pale gold with only a little white head. Very light pale malt aroma, quite plain. Fairly calm light malt flavor, a little bit of sweetness is present and there is decent carbonation activity. Clean finish, but nothing fabulous.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Golden color with minimal white head. Simple aroma and flavor. Mostly malty. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DrnkMcDermott (2914) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2005
24 oz. can, with the A-B "born on" date of 6 July 05. Well, what did I expect. Not much, but letís see: Canít deny it looks nice enough. Straw colored body under a fluffy head that seems to have a little too much stabilizer. Some malt, but just a touch of soapiness. Just has that same canned beer flavor of any other Bud. "No bitter aftertaste" generally means no hops, and thatís just what I get. Itís stereotypical of me to think there rice adjunct in this, but frankly, that would make it no different than any Bud, and thatís pretty much how it tastes, minues the trace of beechwood.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - SEP 3, 2005
(bottle at a restaurant; not even from Japan - made in LA by A-B) Pale lager gold with rapidly fading head and almost no aroma. Mild malt taste. Not bad, but just a boring lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Belial (71) - BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2009 Iím definitely a Kirin lover. The finish is very bitter and strong, but feeling your mouth invaded with this great cereal taste is a good experience

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TINOZACCA (146) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Good golden color. But no head and a very thin body, which i didnt expect. The taste is bland, and a little too bitter for me.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
jgentgesdo (682) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Pours pale yellow with almost no nose, but good bubbly white head and some lacing. The flavor is non-existent until you get towards the end of the palate, when some sour malt comes through. Bleh.

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