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


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RATINGS: 1524   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 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
R4N5H (133) - SINGAPORE - AUG 29, 2014
Pint on draught at Extra Virgin Pizza, Singapore. Good head and carbonation. Nice golden amber colour. Light malt, but not much else on the palate. Close to a pretty standard commercial pilsner, but a good effort. Safe choice.

   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2004
fairly bland but with just enough malt to put it ahead of the other Japanese lagers I’ve tried. Good with sushi.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fightfire4beer (132) - Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2006
bottle. big white head with a clear gold color. Grainy hop aroma. Grainy taste. Corn? Rice? Flavor so light I really can’t tell. ever so slight bitter aftertaste. nothing repulsive, nothing great. Take it or leave it.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
shackinetics (132) - Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2007
on tap at Busch Gardens - had no idea what I was ordering, at the time I thought it might actually have some character compared to their other offerings, but I was wrong and very disappointed. Light, fizzy and mostly flavorless. Pretty much the same yellow stuff that AB sticks in a host of blue & red cans. Not even satisfying when your chugging everything in sight in the hopes that you can forget that your outside walking in circles with thousands of other people for no reason.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a piss yellow color with a small white head. This one taste mostly water but a slightly fruit taste to it. It’s smooth with no aftertaste, but nothing about it stands out significantly.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - JAN 29, 2012
Poured from a small can. Brilliantly clear with nice head and good lacing. Aroma is slightly grassy. Body is medium and bigger than expected with light bread notes. A pleasant lager beer at a very reasonable price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hkrivera (131) - Guaynabo, PUERTO RICO - MAY 26, 2014
The smooth taste and mild aroma goes perfect with sushi. Otherwise, hyst a regular lager. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerloverEJ21 (131) - Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2006
I havent had many Japanese beers to compare this to, but I thought it was decent. Pour is clear yellow-orange with a lot of carbonation. Fresh smell. taste is slightly bitter, rice, wheat, little hops. Little to no aftertaste. I drink this any time Im eating sushi, which this beer goes great with.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - SEP 11, 2002
Not terrible considering this beer is associated with Anheuser Busch, but not great. It’s got a little of that dry Asian beer tast. But the flavor is still lacking.

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