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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1654   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."

SamTheBarrel's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
SamTheBarrel (777) - Vallentuna, - SEP 21, 2013
355 ml bottle, labelled 5.0% ABV. Pours clear light golden, with a big frothy white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of white bread, hay, corn and a hint of citrus. Taste of white bread, corn and a little citrus and spices. Light body, light-medium carbonation, slightly sweet and bitter, somewhat dry. What I liked the most about this beer was the golden exotic label, itís okay to drink with sushi.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
minutemat (4452) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2016
330ml bottle @ Umai, the new Japanese restaurant in town. Pours clear gold, medium white head. Aroma is soft sweet malts. Taste is on the light side, light pale malts, soft sweetness. Not a bad pale lager, inoffensive, but just a bit light on taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UFleku (46) - SOUTH KOREA - OCT 18, 2016
Appearance : golden yellow average white foam Aroma : slightly bitter Taste : lightly sweet corn light bitterness Palate : lots of carbonation light body Japan pale lager

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Rod_beer (40) - DF, MEXICO - OCT 16, 2016
Golden clear colour, white foam head, fades away in a second. Aroma is slightly bitter, hints of corn, some hops around, nothing special. Taste is lightly sweet, again, some corn and hops on it. Lots of carbonation, weak body, watery mouthfeel. Standard "big brand" lager on all specs, but not in a negative way. Itís just one more standard beer. Try it, but donít expect anything special.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bierdimpfe (501) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2016
Bright pale straw color with lots of pearly activity. Foamy white 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with fiant lacing. Flavors of corn, sweet grains, rice, lemon, red liquorice. Good sharpness with lots of sugars, not too syrupy and doesnít feel too adjunct. Slick and smooth medium body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Light finish, slightly dry rice feel, lingering roasted malts, and slightly skunky. Very crispy and the malt is of good quality. Accessible and refreshing in a hot summer day. Decent flavors, well intensified, and balanced. Overall good quality craft.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
daigoon (152) - - OCT 13, 2016
On tap. Dark clear Amber color, small white head with no lacing. Unmemorable taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Nurmis (428) - Oulu, FINLAND - OCT 8, 2016
0,5l bottle at Gatwick airport in Wagamama. Quite basic pale lager, on the dry side. Not much flavour. Not bad though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
L_Lovecraft (263) - - OCT 7, 2016
Malty, golden with a good white head not very persistant, light body, medium carbonation, malty...not so special but a classic of japan.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
GraemeL (23) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 20, 2016
Straw yellow, small lasting head with nice lacing. Aroma subtle malt-not bad. taste is relatively clean, not much malt, not much bitterness, not much of anything.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ffelipe (81) - BRAZIL - SEP 5, 2016
Cerveja acobreada, aroma levemente frutado, saboroso gosto do malte, leve amargor. Saborosa

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
kdd230 (35) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2016
330 cl bottle in Thailand. Pours pale straw colour. Little head retention; aroma of sweet rice. Little more in the taste. Rather pallid. Strange aftertaste of metal. This version is brewed by San Miguel in Thaliand.

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