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


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RATINGS: 1490   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.16   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - FEB 10, 2004
bottled and on draft: always smells somewhat skunky, im not sure why? if its the rice adjuncts or what, but a slight bitter taste and not in a hoppy way. little or no hop character. slight sweet taste. not my favorite of the asian lager/pilsener styles....drink sapporo instead, it tastes a little better.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2004
Only a very slight skunk odor when the bottle is opened. I detect some hops in the aroma, but few in the actual taste. The flavor is a slightly sweet malt/ wheat. The color is a light gold. no aftertaste. Easy to drink

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
zach8270 (3423) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Pale straw yellow with a thin head and very little carbonation. Faint hoppy aroma. Initial sweet hoppy taste followed by a slight malt wave. Very thin and watery with not much aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Dry grainy hoppy aroma.Pale gold appearance with small quick head.Sweetish grainy grassy flavor with some bready malt.Dry grainy finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Light golden color with a dissipating white head forming a lasting lid. Aromas of light hay and hint of herbal hops. Initial sweet flavor, not necessarily malt, followed by a dry malt and hop tea. Linger has a somewhat pleasent malt linger. Clear and unassuming. Really not much here.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2004
The beer I tasted was brewed by Lion Nathan in Sydney, dunno if that makes it a different beer. Anyway it was darker than expected for a "Japanese" beer, clear as with good head retention. Aroma lightly malty, not much going on but no real off flavours. Sweet candyish malt with absolutely no hop character. Very clean. Boring and sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SpringsLicker (3126) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2004
This is another Macro style lager (A-B has thier hand in it what else?) Nothing spectacular. Have it at the Japanese Steak House - you'll live through it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Shag (2598) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2004
A pretty standard beer not far off the mark from the Kirin Lager. Some sweet malt flavor but mainly another bland lager. Clean crisp dry finish. Nothing complex at all. Something you drink at the local Japanese steak house and little else!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Okay, I gotta check the reviews *before* I go beer shopping next time... Sorry, I'm not even gonna justify this swill with a full-on review. I should have known by the "Brewed under the strict supervisvion of Kirin's brewmaster by Anheuser-Busch" claim on the lable. Cool "half dragon/half deer" picture on the bottle. Other than that, there is nothing interesting about this beer. "Special single-press process uses only the most flavorful portion of the finest ingredients. Your reward is all the nuances of flavor and complexities of the character only a first press beer can offer" aside." WTF, is this an olive oil?!? What the hell are they pressing? If there's a "second press," are they admitting that Bud is their waste-product?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
LeopardMan (53) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 5, 2004
Not Bad...but then, unremarkable. Virtually no head, aroma or flavour. Then again, I'd have another...unless I were paying for it.

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