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


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RATINGS: 1499   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - JUN 1, 2003
24 oz. can. No longer brewed in Japan, this crap is now brewed in Los Angeles California, by none other than good old Budweiser. No wonder it tastes exactly like a Bud. Pours out a piss yellow color, with no head to speak of. Sugary aromas, no hop aromas or flavors in here at all. Tastes more like a malt liquor than a lager. I won't be buying this again, that's for certain.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
john2364 (3) - USA - MAY 28, 2003 does not count
hoppy start and clean finish. leaves my mouth feeling very clean, almost no after taste. flavor is light, but very unique. very light on the palate. overall I would sat that this is a great beer to drink with food, it would also be great after a hard work out or bike ride.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2003
Efficient is the word that springs to mind. Clean, unassuming. If given this beer I would greet it with a mild thanks rather than HAI.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2003
Not overly good looking, but acceptable for a lager, with medium gold color and a decent white head. Aroma is also middle of the road, typical lager. The flavor is almost non-existant here. Not crisp like american standards/lights...just kind of bland and flat. Not a very good lager at all.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dwyerpg (4579) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 14, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2006 Smells very bad, ricey almost. Head is also very bad. The beer is decent, with a pretty dry finish. Funny to see a born-on date. Old rating (back when I was a novice) 5,3,6,4,13Orangish color, little head. Much better than Sapporo. Nice. Good finish, but still just an average beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2003
Very good with my very good Japanese dinner. Pretty crisp as expected, better quality than most in that it didn't break down upon warming.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Frank (2889) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2003
Pale yellow orange. Thick but diminishing foamy head. Intricate lacing. Grainy aroma with a hint of cut grass. Mostly flavorless. Very slightly sweet some earthy notes. Quick, clean finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2008 Not too bad for a ’standard’ beer. Not much aroma, but the taste is a bit bitter, which really is a good thing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
argo0 (11556) - Washington DC, USA - APR 5, 2003
(Paired with sushi) Clear golden body with small white head. Aroma is light and sweet, some bread. Taste is light, sweet and watery. Minimal bitterness that's in the swallow. It's not bad, but it's certainly not worth seeking out.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
fiulijn (14790) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2003
Blond color. Milder taste than the regular. The palate as well is too weak.

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