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


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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 99   ABV: 3.31%
With just 95 calories and full-flavor, Kirin Light is one of the few great world-class Lights.
Canadian barley malt, Czech hops, rich amber color.

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."

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
raymow (1166) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Looks like urine - very pale gold. Smells and tastes like a skunky German beer. This one is not much better than drinking a glass of urine - hopefully I just had a bad bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2003
Bland watery light beer. Some mild graininess and some dryness, but altogether just bland and watery. Color is a pale yellow color.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
hotstuff (4512) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 23, 2003
When I took my first taste of this brew, I knew instantly that I was not going to like this one. It poured a small white creamy head with small bubbles. There was fair lacing with this brew. The body was straw yellow in hue. It had a mild malt aroma and it was bitter tasting from start to finish. This brew was light and watery tasting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
thedm (5215) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 22, 2003
This brew poured a medium head of fine to medium sized white bubbles that quickly disappeared. Its body was a straw yellow and was very carbonated. It had a very mild malt aroma and a skunky cheap macro swill flavor of weak hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2003
Is a beer or a barley malt water? Pale, very little malt, no floral hop, very little bitterness, no finish. Nothing. Not enough taste to be bad, not enough taste to be refreshing. Just water with a little alcohol. Not as bad as some of the reviewers have suggested, but the best phrase I found in the earlier reviews is "not worth bothering with."

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Aurelius (4773) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2003
This was nearly flavorless. Somehow, I need to figure out how to indicate (via ratings) that a beer is bland, but not bad. Decent lager aroma. Good label and graphics. Pale gold. Fizzy. Palate was like malty seltzer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
PorterPounder (6526) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2003
Wow - I am the 10th rating - make or break? Slight, sweet fruity aroma. Little to no head - almost clear appearance. Reminds me a bit of Michelob Ultra. At first refreshing - but ends up being kind of dry as it gets near the end. Nothing really offensive - mainly because there is nothing really there. Overall, thin and watery.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2003
The little malt profile in the Ichiban is stolen from the light version. Order the cold Saki instead!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 28, 2002
Had a few of these in bottles. Ultra-faint nose of yeast. Pours an ultra-light sparkling yellow. The average white head is frothy, mostly diminishing and has no lacing. Neutral and bland tasting, like Perrier without as much flavor. A most undesireable light watery and fizzy body.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
IslandHaole (1157) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - NOV 26, 2002
It rather a difficult task to assign a rating for a product that has virtualy no taste. Some slight hop bitterness at the finish reminds me this is a beer and not just soda water. One of the poorer examples of Japanese beer. I would only drink this again to dislodge wasabi off of the roof of my mouth.

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