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


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RATINGS: 1494   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."

KapitiCritique's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, - 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 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
R4N5H (59) - SINGAPORE - AUG 29, 2014
Pint on draught at Extra Virgin Pizza, Singapore. Good head and carbonation. Nice golden amber colour. Light malt, but not much else on the palate. Close to a pretty standard commercial pilsner, but a good effort. Safe choice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
chapmanli (29) - CHINA - AUG 24, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2014 light yellow water beer with aroma malt and wheat,small white heading disappeared quickly,heavy bitterness

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
waiake (51) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 22, 2014
630ml bottle, was expecting much more, very pale gold colour with a fluffy brief head, the aroma is bigger than the watery mildly hoppy taste

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
sinfull (815) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Regular , boring lager. Pale golden color , malty aroma and taste . Sweet with minimal bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
16erBlech (24) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - AUG 17, 2014
0,33l bottle at Hanil Sushi in Wien 18. Tasty, pleasant bitterness. Refreshing ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
edavilagarza (3) - MEXICO - AUG 15, 2014 does not count
Hops right front of me, malty, beautiful gold yellow color, little head retention, lack of foam. Very malty taste. Nice presentation with beautiful design on the label. Lager beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Lightrider (307) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Bottle into a larger glass. Aroma is weak malt. Pour is a light yellow. Taste is very light. Finish is clean. High end bud, nothing high end here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Rob_D_UK (752) - Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2014
Golden colour with medium fast-disappearing head. Malty aroma. Medium hops in aftertaste.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Ctplt777 (116) - - AUG 3, 2014
Meh this was gross. I was getting some sushi and thought what the hell I’ll try it. Wet cardboard and paper. Cream corn grass staleness. Not the best aromas. Taste is bearable but not that great. Taste is not its strong suit. Overall won’t be trying this again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jimsal27 (237) - New York, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Bottle. Golden color with with white head. Malty aroma. Some hops in aftertaste. Regular lager.

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