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


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RATINGS: 1638   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
imdownthepub (12927) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2007
Tinned, 500ml, at Wagamama’s Reading. Pale gold with white head. I’d forgotten this one. Thin, corny, malt lager with little hop character. Some sweetness, quite tinny, metallic. Doesn’t really appeal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (12811) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2011
Didn’t know what to expect from a Japanese pilsener, but apperantly nothing. Just a regular pilsener, like so so many others.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lubiere (12704) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2009
A pale lager with a thick collapsing white head. A lightly herbal malt aroma, lightly hopped. In mouth, run of the mill lager, with light German hops. 500 ml can from japan, thanks Karl.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
bu11zeye (12616) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2007
(Bottle, at Thai restaurant) Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Light aroma of corn grain and rice. Flavor of bland hops and some sweetness with a watery mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
bierkoning (12193) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAY 21, 2007
Bottle. Rice and grain in the aroma. Almost neutral flavor, maybe a hint of hopbitterness in the aftertaste, but don’t expect too much of it. Clean and boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12128) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2013
12oz bottle-thin white-yellow. A-sweet grain-caramel. T-sweet grain-caramel, some hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerandBlues2 (11979) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 10, 2003
Pale yellow with a small, fizzy head that dissipates quickly. A slight hint of fruit and hops in the aroma. Starts out very slightly sweet then turns bitter. Dry on the end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pinball (11897) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2008
bottle, carrefour, mallorca, spain. as "japan’s prime brew kirin beer" aroma slight fruity, other than that any ordinary ale, appears clear yellow, small white head, flavor is sugar, malts, slight hops (spicy, good), great for the style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Bov (11768) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 15, 2000
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2010 canned - clear pale blond colour with a little head retention; aroma of rice and nothing else; the palate is gently oily and it has a moderate malt backbone, quite sweet and with a shy bitterness; notes of malt and rice in the finish

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2008
24 ounce can. Pours a clear golden color with a large billowy head, decent head retention and lacing. Very rice-like, sweet aroma with some very grassy, almost metallic hops. Taste is tart and bitter malts along with bitter hops. Sort of a gummy bear fruitiness is in there too. Clearly rice is used in large quantities here. Medium bodied.

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