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

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RATINGS: 140   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."


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
newyork (1) - - MAY 12, 2012 does not count
Unlike the other reviews for this beer, I will claim that this is one of the world’s best beers. Smoothness, genuine hops taste with zero bitterness! Subtleness is the essence of this master brew from JAPAN. ’Little taste as said in these reviews is only that people reviewing are not understanding this beer at all’ This blows away regular Kirin in taste. While people may call it watered down, I say not the case! It was created for supreme drinkability, with select flavors with the one bad thing to me beer has BITTERNESS! This beer is BETTER then ALL light beers, period!! Micro brews while interesting, at least none I have run across have ever come close to a ice cold Kirin Light. note the KIRIN LIGHT in tap does have a clear edge to Bottled Kirin Light which is already amazing !

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Well I don’t care what anybody else says, this is a very pleasent beer. It was smooth and very refreshing. Ok it does not have a lot of individual character but it is pleasent and far better then its low rating suggests. Much better then most big US beers.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pbird (39) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2005
The Kirin brewery was actually bought out by Anheiser-Busch, so this is probably why the beer is good, especially with Japanese cuisine.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peanut8117 (11) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2007
Refreshing, light beer that won’t ruin your diet! Light aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ronaldtheriot (1288) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Kirin Light (3.2% alcohol by weight) has a thin, white head, a clear, bubbly, straw appearance, and not a whole lot of lacing left behind on the sides of the glass. The aroma is faint, but one does detect sweet grains and some malt. Taste is of sweet barley malt, standard beer flavor, some mineral water notes, and a touch of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Kirin Light finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and dry. Overall, for a beer, it is good, and for a light beer it is most excellent. No off smell or tastes, whatsoever. RJT

3.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
seminole22 (11) - columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2007
I love this beer. It is very refreshing and leaves a great aftertaste. It is also low in calories and you can drink a ton of them.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2008
8/28/08 From the bottle. Aroma is very light sweet corn, simple but tasty. Appearance is clear yellow with a suprisingly well maintained fluffy white head. Flavor is classic pils sweet/sour, slightly corny, with a carbonic noble hop metallic bittering; not bad. Mouthfeel is low bodied with a moderate carb texture. Overall, light and simple.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cheap (4130) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Looks like lighter yellow sparklin water. A lighter enjoyable beer on the palate. Better than many domestic light beers. Fun, fizzy bubbly palate. Slight industrial linger in the background but otherwise well behaved. Overall good experience for this lager loaver. Looking forward to another bottle of this stuff. One of the better pale lagers I’ve tasted.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChainGangGuy (4393) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Appearance: Pours a clear, light yellow body with an airy, well-sized, white head. Smell: It’s a pretty mild aroma at best, with only some light, clean notes of barley and spicy hops. Taste: A thin, light taste of malted barley marked by a faint degree of sweetness and lightly spicy hops with a complimentary bitterness. Clean, crisp finish. Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. A tad watery. Drinkability: A light beer, of course, but one that’s at least clean-tasting and fairly refreshing. There’s a lot of true horrors in the land of lagers, but, thankfully, this wasn’t of them.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (11106) - 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.


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