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


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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.76/5   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."

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
gregwilsonstl (2142) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Clear light gold, Fizzy head. Smells like urine, tastes like corn. Pretty poor excuse for a beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
ffbot (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 25, 2016
Dropped the bottle and shook it up so its all head, the smell is watery and thin. The taste is also watery and with a mild grainy whatever presence. Average for a light beer

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
ordybill (1340) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2016
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This beer literally looks like a glass of water with sudsy white head. The smell is slightly more aromatic than tap water. It did go pretty well with my cigar (due to the lack of flavor).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
SDalkoholic (2359) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 14, 2016
Bottle from Seafood City: Poured a light straw gold liquid that was full of large carbonation bubbles that stuck to all the surface of the glass. The head was fizzy but still thicker than other light beers. Aroma was subtle yet had a big aroma of quality malts that bring out the smell of sourdough or wheat bread and smells near identical to the original Kirin recipe but toned down just a notch. The flavor is actually refreshing and taste good despite this being a light beer. Flavor is typical adjunct flavorings such as rice and even though it has a pleasant dry finish it also reminds me of cheap malt liquor.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Leafs93 (2132) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2016
Hibachi, not much choice. Pours gold, fizzy white head. Aroma is mostly corn. Light bodied, no taste, meh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Msdrbeat (498) - East Lansing, USA - JAN 5, 2016
Bottled. Pours golden clear. White head. Wheaty aftertaste that dissipates quickly.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
rondphoto (4100) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 21, 2015
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Light amber color, white head that quickly drops to the rim, bits of lace that slide back in. Aroma is weak, uninviting adjunct. Taste is watery light malt that tries to put more than carbonation in after the swallow, but has no success. A barely light brew, not enough to justify a rating.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nazzty (1271) - Ödåkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2015
Quite a special taste, bamboo shoots? Perfect for Japanese food and other Asian dishes.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
rubbishystuff (2334) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2015
Just so little flavor. But thankfully no overwhelming off flavors either other than a little skunkiness but the bottle might have been old. Thirst quencher at best. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
jjuf1853 (1301) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle pours a crystal clear pale yellow color with a short lived white head. Zero lacing along the glass. Sweet malty aroma of corn. Flavor is quite light and sweet. Overall pretty bland with just a hint of hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Frank (4024) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Japanese beers tend to be on the light side in general and this light version of a Japanese beer is no exception. It is reasonably hoppy (unfortunately a bit skunky even served from a brown bottle) w/ a crisp, light palate. Lower than average alcohol makes it a good beer to have alongside food for lunch if you tend to be inclined to drowsiness after meals. Otherwise, this is like a slightly more hoppy version of Bud Light w/ a slight apple note and not much else going of flavorwise.

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