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


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RATINGS: 321   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.04   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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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."

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
olympian (107) - USA - JUL 17, 2002
The time I got into some Kirin, it was actually imported from Japan - not brewed under contract elsewhere. It is called an ’American standard’ beer - I wish, based on the ones I had!! This was a delicious, beautifully balanced beer with only one flaw: The color. It was a screeching sunshine yellow - I swear it was artificially colored, but it didn’t affect the taste a whit. I end as I began, though - I have not tasted the ’Made in Canada’ version. RE-RATE: I have now - nothing like the import I had some years ago. Not offensive, but bland, bland, bland compared to the original. The reviewers who state that it’s ’better in Japan’ are almost certainly right, I betcha.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 2/20
Erzengel (5062) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - MAY 21, 2015
Rated as Kirin Lager Beer, 5% Watery-grainy body. Harsh bitter, grainy strange, not pleasant.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
RafeAU (320) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - APR 9, 2015
bottle in osaka. an ordinary macro lager with nothing remarkable at all I can write about. I like the label.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
evergreen0199 (2287) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2015
Can from Lawson, Ibaraki, Japan. A golden coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Vague grassy, fruity aroma. Tastes similar, grassy, fruity, metallic. Forgettable Jp lager.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
Mackeon (136) - - MAR 15, 2015
Drink it near frozen on a hot Japanese summer’s day and it’ll work wonders. But so would most lagers. I do like the label, though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
willisread (600) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 1, 2015
Can from Family Mart. Sweet on the palate with a slight graininess present. Corn, rice and grains are noticeable tastes. Typically bland pale Japanese lager but better than Asahi and Ebisu for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
yenbeer (116) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 23, 2015
Perfectly drinkable but boring. Rather weak on the aroma and palate, and especially the coloring.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
jdjuice (410) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - DEC 3, 2014
Probably my least favorite of the big brand Japanese macros. Is pretty heavy for what it is, but is heavily carbonated and not smooth. No aromatic hops, and a carbonic acid sourness that’s rather unpleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bbertels (189) - NORWAY - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours strawcoloured, firm head, good carbonation. Not much aroma but a nice, refreshing taste of discreet hops and malts. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
samparkique4 (50) - - AUG 5, 2014
caramel, hay, cereal, chocolate, nuts, roasty, floral, herbs, dough, leather, leaves, soy sauce, skunky, lite-amber, clear, lite-frothy, light sweetness, medium-hite bitterness, umami, light body, thin feel, lively, fizzy, 中味後is lively and herbal Germany-pilsner lager bitter-sweet Hops presence and well-presence

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2014
From a bottle poured a straw color with a fair amount of head. Light malty flavor with a quick finish.

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