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


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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.76   EST. CALORIES: 99   ABV: 3.31%
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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Travlr (13734) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Bottle sample at Top of the Hops Biloxi. Extremely pale yellow color, white coca cola head. Light cereal aroma. Taste is watery.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Oakes (12854) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 20, 2008
Really pale straw. Aroma of broccoli-accented icing sugar. Extremely empty palate. Hollowed out, gutted, soulless. They mixed icing sugar, baking soda and water.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
bu11zeye (11978) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2007
(Bottle, at Thai restaurant) Pours a clear pale yellow body with a small, quickly diminishing, white head. Light aroma of sweet malt, cereal, and grass. Flavor of mild grass hops and light sweetness with a watery mouthfeel. Though very bland to the senses, it complemented the spicy Thai well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (11854) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 6, 2011
A: The beer pours a clear golden straw with a fluffy white head, with surprisingly good retention. S: Halfway decent nose. Not shockingly, it still pretty much just smells like rice. But, there is a bit of yeast and some light hop notes (mostly grass). Some light fruity esters of sweet apple. T: Flavor is not too bad either. Lots of rice with a light malt note. Grassy hops with minimal bitterness and some more green apple esters and yeast. M: The body is very light with a medium to high level of carbonation. O: I liked this one better than Sapporo light. Nicer flavor with a bit less reliance on the pure rice flavor.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
argo0 (11736) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 10, 2004
Clear straw head with white head. Aroma is cereal, some sweetness. Taste actually is grassy, but the body, alas, the body is absent, so that the flavor has nothing to rest upon.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
bhensonb (11685) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours light gold with a small white head. Very light bready aroma. Med minus body. Flavor is very clean - like barley flavored water. I can only imagine the hops. So this is more or less what our troops used to get. Poor bastards.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
jcwattsrugger (11286) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2008
12oz bottle-pours a dissipating white head and yellow color. Aroma is grain/husky, rice? Taste is grain/husky, rice/adjuncts for sure, cardboard, slight hops. 2.0 That was when it was cold. As it warms, its less palatable. Final 1.6

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Tmoney99 (11234) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2006
Bottle. Poured clear light pale color with an average rocky white head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Moderate grassy grainy aroma. Light to medium body with a watery texture with soft carbonation. Light sweet flavor with a light sweet finish of short duration.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2009

Date: November 21, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: hazy light yellow, wispy white head, streaks of lace
Aroma: light dry pale malt aroma
Flavor: light malt flavor, touch of sweetness, light cereal character, light balancing bitterness
Aroma: 4/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 4/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 7/20
Rating: 2.1/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *+ /4

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
hopscotch (9738) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2004
The sushimi that accompanied my Kirin Light was great. The beer did nothing but disappoint. It’s pretty much seltzer water. Not offensive. Not enjoyable. Just something with which to wash down the fish.

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