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


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RATINGS: 1522   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 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 5, 2004
(4 Jan 04, 5% ABV) A medium yellow brew with an average white head and no lacing to speak of. I noted a light malt and grass in the slightly sweet-smelling aroma. This is an unremarkable but drinkable beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Suttree (5259) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Nothing special. Fizzy yellow and clean, well made but not distinctive. Goes OK with Sushi.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Braudog (5894) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Clear gold with bubbly white topping and a soapy aroma. Highly malt-sugary flavored and light on the tongue. Standard.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2003
very slight aroma of yeast; pale, washed-out yellow with a very thin head; bitter taste and astringent feel - not at all to my taste

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2003
On tap at Summits Wayside Tavern- I ordered this for the free pint glass. Pale yellow color with a small fizzy head. No real aroma. Slightly better than BMC but not by much. Dry finish. Nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fryjohn (12) - Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2003 Light aroma (difficult to distinguish due to being served with other food in a Japanese restaraunt), Yellow/gold appearance, light hoppy flavor, not strong, suitably dry, but not overly so. Went well with the food being served.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerandBlues2 (10065) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2003
Pale yellow with a small, fizzy head that dissipates quickly. A slight hint of fruit and hops in the aroma. Starts out very slightly sweet then turns bitter. Dry on the end.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Draft - Had at sushi dinner. Very thin, with light malt flavor. Do they use hops? Only good with food.

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