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


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RATINGS: 1578   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
JK (5028) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Yellow with a moderate white head. Hops and some very minor floral elements in the flavor.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
bb (7643) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Bottle. Pale yellow with a white head. Big bubbles. Harsh aroma and taste. Not much else going on. Crisp. I’ll pass on another.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Bottle. Pale clear glimmiering gold color. Pungent skunky aroma, assorted grains. Sweet grainy cheap lager taste, with a handful of corn kernals. Low on the offensive scale, also low on the flavor scale.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Bottle. Yikes....did somone put Sapporo in my glass? See my review on Sapporo Premium Draft.....no difference...well, this might be worse.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Tejas (931) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Weak, bland, & completely awful but hey it’s Japanese beer brewed in California by Bud. What do you expect?

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Stew41 (1808) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2005
Clean pale gold. Commercial larger nose, nothing special. Slightly stale mouthfeel, very clean, refreshing, high filtered style. Ok to consumer for a spot of research but not too exciting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
jde123 (767) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Wow, look at that can! Not only is this can bigger than any can of beer I have purchased, it has the best artwork. Be that as it may, from other raters, this beer may fall far short of the can design suggests. Pours clear, with giant quickly dissapating head. Nice clean fresh aroma, nothing skunky yet. The taste is highly metallic, I should have guessed. Still, refreshing it is, and I think it is better a little warmer than normal. Still not everything can be roses and peachtrees. Tastes like the normal swill served up by macro brewers.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
AAO (102) - Næstved, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2005
Ligth golden color big white head. Flat taste no bobble´s and no finish... very boring beer!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2005
Clear golden colour with small white head. Malty soapy aroma with some sweetness. Flavor is sweet in an artificial way. Thin palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ALLOVATE (2651) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2005
Didn’t know what to make of this one, talk about parched..... I need a glass of water!! Poured a brilliant gold, with effervescent bubbles holding up a decent white head, with good lacing. Aroma was subtle, rice wine, apples and bitter hops. In the mouth, it tasted like I imagine a rusting car body would taste, only dry, crisp and weirdly refreshing. Subdued, but unusual. Not for my liking, but has it’s place.

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