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.
visionthing (4379) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 5, 2016
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
jann3 (254) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 13, 2016
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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)
YantarCoast (763) - Moscow, RUSSIA - OCT 31, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle. Pours pale yellow with a frothy white head. Malt and grain aroma. Taste is grain, rice. Harsh bitterness.
olliejobbins (1578) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2015
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
Moravius (1001) - Beijing, CHINA - SEP 25, 2015
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
futre7 (202) - Taipei, TAIWAN - AUG 20, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bought in a Takoyaki restaurant in Osaka. Solid lager. Great for hot days. Not as distinctive as Ichiban and indeed not as complex a lager. To me it is a watered down version of it. Frothy head and typical colouring. Taste is very like Ichiban but without the extra bitter malt finish that you get with its brother. Very crisp though...it’s just a shame you can’t buy it in Taiwan.
Tarosama (80) - Northumberland, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2015
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
It tastes very artificial or should I say “engineered”. It’s tastier than Asahi. It has good body and big froth. The beer must be really cold to enjoy this beer, which at the same time cover up unpleasant bitterness(what kind of hop do they use ?).
waiake (605) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 1, 2015
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
from a 650ml bottle another average macro lager very faint malt aroma & a sweet mild fruity malty lightly bitter taste quite drinkable just not much too it
jpkeskinen (455) - FINLAND - JUN 29, 2015
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Drank from a bottle. A very typical macro lager. The only clear component in the taste is a slight bitterness.
SG111 (982) - New York, USA - MAY 23, 2015
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottled. Pours very pale yellow color, like well hydrated urine. Aroma is sweet apple, sort of like a wet cardboard Aroma. Very sweet. Flavor is much better than the aroma. Light crisp flavor bit of caramel malt sweetness. Slight slight slight hop undertones.