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


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RATINGS: 1545   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bochi23 (116) - Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2007
Japanese equiv. of AB or Miller. Growing up in Japan, this beer gets high marks (for a macro) from me for mostly nostalgic reasons.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 5/20
matalec1984 (115) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Pours a crisp gold with a small white head that is short lived Aroma is very faint but a slightly malt and sour note is apparent. Crisp and, lightly carbonated. A little heavy for a light lager

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
LBarouf (114) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2012
650 ml bottle. Aroma: flat, little floral notes and hay. Yeast, and alcohol (very lightly). Appearance: crystal clear golden robe, with lofty white head which vanishes somewhat fast "a la" commercial beer. Taste: Feels sweet with a hint of umami. Palate: light body, thin and oily texture, lively with long astringent finish. Overall: Bah... itís ok. I would not insult my guest by offering them that, nor my hosts by refusing it. I will not buy again thatís certain. No complexity in this one.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Canít believe I havenít rated this one yet. Itís a good match for sushi, but not much else. Straw yellow pour, shrinking white head. Lots of corn in the flavor. Taste testing blindfolded, I hope I could distinguish this from a US macro.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sputerbug (114) - Nacogdoches, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2006
16oz bottle.Pours clear golden with a small white fast fading head.Slight aroma of malt and hops.There is a small amount of hops with some maltiness that is easy to drink but lacks flavor.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
njbfr (113) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Pale yellow with a white head. Light malty aroma. Flavor of rice and light malt with a sort of herby aftertaste. Not a pleasant beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2005 Cheap yellow gold pour with a flimsy white head. Unimpressive and unnatractive typical pilsner aroma. Rice and grassy hops in flavor. Sushi would be the best part of this meal...not so much the beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Weefannybaws (112) - Paisley, SCOTLAND - AUG 14, 2013
330ml bottle. Normally drinks taste better the more alcohol has been consumed; When tasting this beer, I had already consumed a fair amount. It had an aroma of lemons and farts. Taste of citrus and iron. Quite refreshing though. Would go well with crisps or nuts.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Oysteib (112) - NORWAY - NOV 21, 2014
From bottle. Golden colour. Extremely average lager. Nothing wrong with it. Sort of makes sense in a Japanese restaurant.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stopherbomber (111) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 18, 2007
had it on tap at jolly gardner in putney, slightly fruity and easy to drink, not too gassy.

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