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


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RATINGS: 336   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.04/5   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."

olympian's rating

   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 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
R4N5H (837) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 8, 2016
On tap at BQ Bar, Boat Quay, Singapore on 21-Sep-2016. Clear pale colour with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet grain and malt. Light body and high carbonation. Taste of grain, rice and barley. A pretty average run of the mill lager.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Maracuja05 (743) - Mainz, GERMANY - SEP 26, 2016
[backlog] 11-04-15 // bottle in Melbourne. Light yellow. Clear. Sweet grainy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Skarecrow (268) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 27, 2016
330ml bottle BB 30/1/17 Grainy aroma. Light straw color. Slight head. Grainy sweet taste with mild bitterness. Another green bottle lager slosh product.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TedE (1015) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2016
350 ml can into glass . Pale yellow beer with bubbly white head. Perfectly clear with the odd bubble. Aroma of rice and plastic malt. Watery bitter taste. Tinny stale finish. Average Asian lager.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
melush (2949) - SPAIN - MAY 5, 2016
• Kirin Lager Can 35cl / Lata 35cl. @ MaxValu Taiko, Nagoya, Japon. A: Golden / Dorado. T/S: Malt, sweet, watery / Malta, dulce, aguado.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
visionthing (4831) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 5, 2016
On tap at Kirin City, Tokyo. Clear golden with a white head. Mild, sweetish malty aroma with hints of cooked vegetables and grass. Fairly standard industrial lager. A bit sweet with some bitterness.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jann3 (303) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 13, 2016
Just another bulk lager. Pale golden, slightly malty, slightly watery. Taste has a nice fruity twist, which distinguishes this brew from hundreds of other bulk lagers. Drinkable. (350ml can, 5% abv version)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
YantarCoast (972) - Moscow, RUSSIA - OCT 31, 2015
500ml bottle. Pours pale yellow with a frothy white head. Malt and grain aroma. Taste is grain, rice. Harsh bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
olliejobbins (1578) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2015
as 330ml can of Kirin Lager beer in HK. drank straight from can. aroma is grain, wet straw and malts. medium carbonation. strong malts (for a generic pale lager) in the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Moravius (1131) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 25, 2015
Flasche (Kirin Lager beer, 5 %; 633 ml) aus dem Pyongyang Shop in Pyongyang. - Goldgelb, klar; schöne Schaumkrone. - In der Nase sehr blasse Malzsüße, ganz schwache zitronige Hopfennote und ein Hauch von Urin. - Antrunk schlank und mild hellmalzig, gefolgt von schwacher, leicht grasig-krautiger Herbe. Durchschnittlich rezent, leicht mineralisches Mundgefühl, angenehm süffig. Im Abgang schwache, leicht grasige Hopfenherbe. Längerer, blaß bitterer Nachtrunk. - Aromatisch eher dünn aber süffig und ohne Fehlaromen. An Hopfen wurde erkennbar gespart, aber eine aromatische Restbittere macht dieses Bier angenehm zu trinken.

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