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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1617   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.17/5   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 29, 2003
Had on tap at P.F. Chang's on March 29, 2003
A so-so beer. Nothing really stands out - neither good nor bad. A fizzy yellow beer, the head is slight and the taste is weak. Niether good nor bad, this one sits right in the middle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2003
unremarkable but not offensive. I was acutually able to finish the beer, which is a good sign. Light fizzy flavor, a tad fruity aroma, but not much else

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2003
Had at Chang's Mongolian Grill. Largely unspectacular. Hints of malt. Slight hops in the finish. Still more flavor than a BMC. Oh, and on the bottle it said it was brewed under the supervision of the Kirin Brewmaster by Anheuser-Busch Los Angeles Ca.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - MAR 2, 2003
Medium white head rapidly diminishing. Clear, light bodied and some noicable malt flavor and a moderate bitterness at the end. Dry finish and lively carbonation. Not bad but suggest you keep on looking.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
CapFlu (4961) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a thin and quick dissipating white head and a pale gold colour. Slight hop aroma. Sweet flavours and fizzy carbonation. Boring.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - FEB 11, 2003
(10Feb2003--12oz.bottle) Ho hum. The 2.38 number here (as of 11Feb2003) is about right, perhaps a bit high. Decidedly small, quickly receding head. Inactive carbonation leaves the beer on the flat side. Light hop aroma...well, very light. Dry body, light, sweet fruit, with some proteins to fill the mouth. In summary: fairly unoffensive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2003
Pale color, weak but pleasant aroma, fairly well balanced. Nothing that's a turn-off, but nothing special either.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
boto (2007) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2003
Another macro beer. It is pretty smooth, however. Decent enough for a night at a Japanese steak house. I was kind of suprised to see that it is now brewed in The States by that purveyor of fine brews, A-B. Didn't they slam others a few years back for contract brewing????

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JAN 24, 2003
a smooth beer with a refreshing palate and unique taste reminisant of ginger.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Decent for the fact that it wasn't offensive. Some malt detected. Perfect with the Tako Sushi.

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