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


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RATINGS: 1647   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."

KapitiCritique's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 5, 2011
A bottle at the Cheese Factory in KC. They have a number of Boulevard beers on menu as well. Pours a beautiful deep straw colour, head dissipates quickly, not much lacing, persistent carbonation - this is the sort of beer you drink in a tall flute glass, slightly yeasty fruity nose- distinctive pears; very dry, a tad bitter, does not have the salty CO2 of many US pale lagers; quick finish, good sparking carbonation. Good example of the type. This bottle brewed in Japan. I was in Japan when it came out, the can pictured here is a garish example. It was well received by the expat community. The scores here reflect a snooty beer-bongers snootiness. This is an excellent example of the style. The fact that I only drink a bottle of this every few years is irrelevant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
GraemeL (9) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 20, 2016 does not count
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 (78) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
chromeotaphor (148) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2016
Een zachte toegankelijke pils. Doet denken aan een zachtere versie van Warsteiner. Erg goed in balans voor een pils.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cajun (388) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - AUG 13, 2016
Bottle - Pours pale straw, fizzy white head. Hay, grass, some light toasted bread and a hint of fruit. Slight bitterness. Not as imperfect as other pale lagers that magnify imperfections.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
drdisque (760) - Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2016
From a bottle poured into a shaker. A solid fairly full bodied pale lager. Dry clean malty finish. Effervescent. Just a touch of bitterness. Slightly above average for the style.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
rotaman14 (561) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - AUG 10, 2016
Malt and wet cardboard aroma. No real bitterness or sweetness in the taste, just coooked vegetables and carboard.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
sm89walt (1947) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 9, 2016
Keg - Sydney Opera Bar. A clear, effervescent straw yellow with a small but lasting and lacing white head. Aromas of citrus, grain and biscuity pale malt. Light to medium body, medium to full carbonation and a soft to moderate length and intensity bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Maits (158) - ESTONIA - AUG 1, 2016
Yellow/golden clear color, quite nice white head. Drinkable lager, which hasn´t any good taste to mention. Not bad, let´s say average lager.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TedE (985) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2016
500ml can into glass. Clear pale yellow beer with fluffy white head. Sweet malt nose, a little metal. Clean and bitter, finish is short and tinny. Adequate Asian lager.

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