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


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RATINGS: 311   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.03   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Headbanger (3231) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle (Old Notes-Under supervision by Molson)-Pours golden with a small white head. Aroma of corn and grains. Taste of the same. This light bodied brew is not as bad as I was expecting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sledutah (4283) - Utah, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Can near the entrance to Sensō-ji Temple
Drank from the can, assume it was clear golden. Aroma of lager malts and cereal. Tastes of cereal, grassy and lemon

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1650) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 18, 2014
Can from Family Mart. An adjunct lager made with barley, hops, rice, corn & starch. Mild aroma of a grolsch like character. The taste is sweet, light grainy & a bit sugary.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackisle (603) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2014
Clear pale golden, small frothy white head, some lacing; sweet nose, corn, grass, hay, bit fruity; moderate sweet, slightly bitter; light body, watery mouthfeel; average carbonation; crisp dry finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
fonefan (34232) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2014

Can 350ml.

Clear medium yellow colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, cereal, bread, pale malt, light cardboard. Flavour is moderate sweet with a average duration. Body is medium to light, texture is watery, carbonation is soft. [20131123]

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
HuskerTan (459) - Holdrege, 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 (2958) - 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 (13696) - 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 (7246) - 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 (10786) - 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.

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