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


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RATINGS: 1579   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 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Jabah (217) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
I usually only get this when I am eating sushi or something, so decided to buy it at the grocery store to give it a try in the comfort of my own home. Actually, I was going to cook with it, but elected to go with another beer so got stuck drinking this 24 oz. can tonight. Poured it into an oversized wine glass. Has a clear golden color, almost identical to the gold in their Kirin label. The aroma is a little skunky, but taste isn’t all that bad. Barley, malts, and other sugary flavors. A little metallic, but not too bad. The aftertaste is actually what saves this beer, smooth and sweet. Not too bitter as I would expect from the skunky aroma. Just recently found out owned by Anheiser, and brewed in California, so not really a Japanese beer. I totally agree about going with Sapporo instead. Might have to drink that next time I eat Sushi so I can get a fresh review in.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MaliMisho (215) - East Meadow, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2008
This beer was alright. It had a pale yellow body and was very light. Theres usually not much to say about a pale lager.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FlagstoneHill (214) - Erie, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Bottle Grainy, ricey, some hoppy notes. . Light gold. Thin white head. Lotsa bubbles. . very light flavor with very slight bitter start and hints of malt/sweetness in the short finish. . light body, watery, prickly carbonation. . Summer beer! Not something that I’d go out of my way for, but for the asian style, pretty typical

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
brew4fun (209) - West Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Deep golden with nice white head. Lacing OK. Not a lot of flavor, but at least it had some (re: Sapporo). Malty, no discernable hop flavor or aroma. Equal to the best US macro. Compared to other choices at the Japanese steakhouse in which I tried it, it was unfortunately the best. Not too bad, not too good. And definitely not "just right."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DBob5150 (209) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Although not remarkable, it was enjoyable. Pours pretty much like a typical American macro. Slightly hoppy aroma, that drinks easy with a light malted corn taste and a crisp dry finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2011
This is what I usually order when I eat sushi. I’m not sure why because it’s not that good but I guess I want to get the whole Japanese experience. Ugh. Anyhow onto the the review: Pours a pale golden yellow with a fizzy white head. Not much aroma to speak of, grainy and corn malt. Flavor is typical for a lager. Light and unflavorful, but I do find it to be pretty crisp and refreshing. Thin, fizzy. Quick finish. Not bad for the style though.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
BEERGUY007 (206) - Scotia, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2008
light golden color, white head that disappears, not alot of flavor..is this saporro in a different can?

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Puss Gutt99 (206) - Oldtown, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2002
too thin and too much rice influence

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2004
Pale color, a bit darker than a pils. Dry taste with hops aroma striving valiantly to rise above adjuncts.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2002
Not the worst macro in Japan - it does has some taste, but you wouldn’t drink it more than once.

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