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


on tap


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RATINGS: 326   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.04   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Original recipe, low-temperature fermentation, longer aging.

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 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
HuskerTan (981) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - DEC 27, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle. A- Corn, grass, cereal. A- Golden color, clear liquid, minimal head. T- Corn, grainy, malty. P- Light body, average texture, average carbonation, crisp dry finish. O- A crisp dry lager than is not all that refreshing. Not bad, but a lot left to be desired.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Bamsen78 (4445) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
Can @ Scooper Tasting in Ulfborg. Pours clear pale yellow with airy white head. Faint aroma of yeast with touches of hops and rice. Sourish, ricey and grainy flavour, with a good deal of yeast and hoppy notes. Mildly bitter finish. Watery. Nothing special.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Dedollewaitor (14811) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
Can @ Invasion U.S.A, Ulfborg 2013. Pours clear yellow with a small off white head. Maize, corn and dust. Thin . .

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Meilby (9728) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2013
Can 350ml @ fonefan
Pours clear golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt and hint of floral. Taste is light sweet and light bitter. Body is light, texture is thin, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
chrisv10 (12964) - DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
Can, 5%. Clear yellow with medium white head. Aroma is malt, fruit and grainy. Flavour is malt, grainy, hop, medium sweet, little thin and a little bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Rasmus40 (14250) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
Can @ fonefan tasting. Clear yellow with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty and light hoppy - straw. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Dry and light bitter finish. 231113

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
petewhitley (400) - JAPAN - NOV 17, 2013
~This review was made some time ago via another application, and thus the specific details (beyond numerical scores) are no longer available~

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
biirusaikou (1262) - - SEP 10, 2013
Corn, straw smell, Dry corn, rice, light honey, bitter alcohol finish. Not the worst of its category but still a quite brain-damaging industrial lager.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KeefOz (1151) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2013
Draught at Harajuku Gyoza, Fortitude valley, Brisbane. Poured a clear pale gold colour with a one-finger white foamy head that diminished quickly and laced OK. Very little carbonation (ie nearly flat). Aroma of slightly sweet malt. Taste of sweet malt fading to nothing (no hops influence). Light body. Smooth clean crisp finish. Aroma, taste and palate comparable with other large commercial brewery lagers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GoufCustom (1105) - HONG KONG - JUL 23, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2013

355 ml ‘sakura on white’ can bought at Market Place by Jason’s in Langham Place, Mong Kok.

Piss pale golden yellow colour; Half-finger head and white foam which fades in 30 seconds; Minimal lacing and slight carbonation; Pungent smell of malt, with light inoffensive skunk, pretty strong rice, very light bread, traces of lemon and grass; Very light sweet taste of light malt, with strong rice, light bread, light liquorices, very light citrus, and grass with hint of skunk; Light body, watery palate; Taste profile is like a watered down German Pils, with characteristic bitterness, no sweet taste, low malt taste, no fouls except the initial skunk nose and taste which was gone completely after 5 minutes; fairly low rice taste; Hoppiness is low citrus and grass nose, Pils-like grassy taste and very strong bitterness, with lasting astringency for a rather good finish. Slightly dry after taste, quite bitter to mouth.

Comments: This one is another surprise from the much-maligned Kirin. Just when you think this is just another crappy macro, it manages to show some impressive German Pils-like bitterness. If it wasn’t being thinned out as a Pale, it could have been a pretty solid Pils. Way better than Kirin Ichiban, but still a long way from the Japanese macro standard bearer Asahi Super Dry. Still, quite likeable.

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