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


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RATINGS: 1522   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
jkm (217) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2007
Pale yellow with a thin white head, thin and watery body, average carbonation. Very little flavour and bitterness. Sweet & fizzy. Not terrible but not great.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
scoobysnak (329) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Not really into the whole asian beer thing but whatever. Nothing special nothing horrible. Pretty plain jane to me. Not much else to say.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Sticks73 (28) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Bottle. Poured to a clear golden color with a qucik flyffu qhite head that disappeared as quick as it formed. Very fizzy and a faint aroma. Very thin body and watery. Clean & lite with little to no flavor. Quick beginning, fast middle and end. After taste was confusing: bitter, sour and acidic.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ELab2 (38) - USA - APR 7, 2008
Decent lager. Very little after taste so itís pretty good for drinking with a mild Japanese meal like sushi.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2008 Sampled from the bottle, but trust me their artwork on that was quite impressive as well. As far as the beer goes.... golden colored, seemed to pour a pretty decent head but halfway through the beer it was pretty much gone. There isnít much aroma. You can smell all you want, you just wonít find much. This is what it is, a notch above the American swill we have here. Very light bodied and smooth. Slightly sweet and somewhat grassy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Block (1489) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Pale yellow pour with no head. Regular macro beer. No flavor and watery. Only plus was that it came in a 22oz bottle.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2008
Typical oriental macro brewed lager. Corny grassy taste. Hot day beer. Very watery.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Enjoyit (3479) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2009
Pale yellow of color wtih a white head. A pretty ordinary lager aroma - flat, malty and almost no hops. A thin flavor of malt and no hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
wheresthepath (1615) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2009
[330ml bottle from Wing Yip, Edgeware Road, London] This is for the UK version produced under license by Wells & Young at 5% ABV. My wife and sister-in-law insisted that I buy an oriental beer to go with an oriental banquet that they were preparing, and this was the most unusual (hah!) one in the oriental supermarket we visited to get supplies. It pours the usual gold with a moderate, diminishing white head. Slight fizz, definitely less than is usual for a mass-market "world lager". It smells quite attractive - lemony with light malts - and I was starting to hope it might be better than my expectations. However, none of this is evident in the taste which is very bland, with some cardboard and corn. The finish does have more bitterness than many other lagers. Not the worse pale lager Iíve had by a long stretch, but nevertheless a forgettable beer indistinguishable from the millions of other "world lagers". Interestingly though, whilst it held little attraction as a drink in its own right it did seem to be the best drink of those we tried to go with my wifeís delicious spread of neoodles and dim sums - no flavour to compete with the food, and just enough fizz to cut through the carbs without being so fizzy that it made you bloated. So it does have its uses... c3

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Poured a clear medium yellow. Nose was of biscuit and grains. Taste is grainy, a little sweet in the middle, mild hop bitterness, finishes with an off chalky graininess.

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