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


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RATINGS: 1556   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 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
smaynard6000 (718) - Apopka, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2014
22oz can. Pours fizzy yellow with a foamy white head. Grainy aroma. Light bodied with slightly sweet finish. Watery. Sweet flavor with subtle grain notes. Pretty standard among fizzy yellow beer. More flavor than light beer though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Iznogud (1296) - CROATIA - MAY 6, 2014
Bottle, 330 ml from Japan. Golden yellow with white head. Average industrial lager, certainly not the worst one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
RhetoricalAns (513) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2014
Yellow pour with a fast dissipating white head. regular macro lager, some grainy aroma and flavour but overall fairly thin.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
christhoel (284) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2014
floral, amber, clear, minimal head, lightly bitter, light sweetness, light body, thin feel, lively, wasn’t very good to be honest

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
gorkogrlo (208) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 3, 2014
Can 0.5 l. Golden color, small-medium head. In aroma boring metal, grass profile. In flavor almost the same but with some grains/malt. Just boring.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Jabah (166) - 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 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2002
I wasn’t a big fan of Sapporo until I tried this poor attempt at a brew. This isn’t any better than Miller or Bud so don’t spend the extra money.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2002
Mine says 5.5% ABV on the bottle. Pale straw clear with a large medium lasting fine bubbled off-white head. Faint sappy bitter hops aroma fading to bland nothing when warm. Very thin soda watery body and palate. Faint stale bitter and mild corn sweet flavours. Significantly less than ordinary.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 12, 2003
Almost no aroma. Light in colour, flavour and bitterness, and has no aftertaste. It is highly carbonated. Actually made under licence by Lion-Nathan, this is sort of an Australian version of a Japanese imitation of an American Standard.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - OCT 15, 2003
Tasted like Bud Light. Light yellow color with no head. Some balance...but not much from the aroma or flavor. Won't get this again.

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