olympian (107) - USA - JUL 17, 2002
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Bamsen78 (1965) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
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.
Dedollewaitor (13014) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Can @ Invasion U.S.A, Ulfborg 2013. Pours clear yellow with a small off white head. Maize, corn and dust. Thin . .
Meilby (5538) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
chrisv10 (9420) - DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
Rasmus40 (8884) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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
petewhitley (294) - JAPAN - NOV 17, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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biirusaikou (273) - - SEP 10, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
KeefOz (624) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
GoufCustom (399) - HONG KONG - JUL 23, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Theis (12131) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 12, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can at Hearton Hotel Kyoto. Clear golden - white head. Bread, light ight hoppy, ok medium malty, light light bitterness, hay, grainy, straw notes, medium body. Well....