Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 3, 2005
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours a pale gold color with a small head. Starts bland and finishes bland with only the slightest of taste. Not only is there no aftertaste, there is no taste to speak of. A very mediocre beer.
highlandlad (1429) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
According to the bottle, "Kirin is the name of an ancient mythical beast, which foretells the coming of festive and joyful events. When the Kirin appears, good fortune and good beer soon follow." I guess I had the good fortune to buy just one bottle of this. I’m still waiting for the good beer to follow. Poured a pale gold colour with a rocky 1.5cm white head. Lively carbonation - big champagne-like bubbles. Light citrusy hop aroma. Maybe some melon characters. Nothing especially inviting. Thin body with some hoppy dryness in the finish but precious little else going on. A little barley malt in the middle perhaps. Rather astringent finish. Fine with food, otherwise keep searching.
Marketed as Kirin’s "Premium Reserve Beer". (Bottle, Best Before June 1 2005)
brocker (99) - Salina, Utah, USA - JAN 19, 2005
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2005 It’s yellow, with a head like the one in your toilet bowel after pissing into it from standing on top of a ladder. (Big bubbles dissipating fast.) Smells like the inside of your kitchen garbage can, and beer.
Taste is bad, little hoppy and with astringency comparable to hairspray. Shameful.
If buy this, youv’e made a bad choice. If you drink it, you’’ll be sorry.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Standing on it’s own, not a very remarkable brew. Moderately malty flavor with a nice bit of a bite of hops. Kind of a metallic aftertaste. But goes really well with sushi and sashimi of all kinds.
HighlanderOne (1038) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2005
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2008 RE-RATE - poured from bottle 5/2008. Astringent aroma with malt. Dark for a pale lager, head disappears. Some malt, hardly any hops in flavor. slightly metallic aftertaste. Bubbly feel. Finish disappoints. There are better choices in this category.
madquacker (1061) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2005
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Flat and grainy. Hard to get interested in this. Dull as dishwater except for the cool dragon on the label.
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2005
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Yellowish color with almost no head. Very mild flavor and almost no trace of hop taste.
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2005
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2005 Cheap yellow gold pour with a flimsy white head. Unimpressive and unnatractive typical pilsner aroma. Rice and grassy hops in flavor. Sushi would be the best part of this meal...not so much the beer.
nick76 (4290) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2007 A little weak and the flavor and only slightly better than average. I am not sure if rice is in the mix but I swear I taste it in there somewhere. Very malty and dry. A compliment to Asian food but not something I want to drink often. A not very memorable beer.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2004
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours a pale, clear yellow body with a small bone white head. Very weak grassy, malty aroma. Flavor is malty, grassy, bland. Not a very good beer. Harsh aftertaste. Eeeehhhh.