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


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RATINGS: 329   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."

BelgianBeerGal's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BelgianBeerGal (3500) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Draft/bottle. Just a simple lager with nothing special. I do prefer this to the Ichiban variety.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
YantarCoast (586) - 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 (1525) - 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 (906) - Beijing, CHINA - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
futre7 (196) - Taipei, TAIWAN - AUG 20, 2015
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Tarosama (80) - Northumberland, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2015
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 ?).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
waiake (532) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 1, 2015
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

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
jpkeskinen (410) - FINLAND - JUN 29, 2015
Drank from a bottle. A very typical macro lager. The only clear component in the taste is a slight bitterness.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
SG111 (667) - New York, USA - MAY 23, 2015
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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 2/20
Erzengel (6242) - 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 (553) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 9, 2015
bottle in osaka. an ordinary macro lager with nothing remarkable at all I can write about. I like the label.

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