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


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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.77   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."

tone77's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
tone77 (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Has a pale yellow color. Smell is mild, some corn. Taste is greatly lacking, some light malts. Overall a flavor is greatly lacking, even for a light beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
rubbishystuff (2069) - 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 (1287) - 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 (3531) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BMMillsy (1756) - Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Found this to be very smooth and inoffensive. Not a go-to, but really not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (3838) - Xalapa, MEXICO - FEB 7, 2015
Apart from a bread smell there is nothing to talk about. Golden light beer with a nasty aftertaste than only those who are not into craft beer like.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Travlr (16876) - 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
jackl (5916) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle at some chill Japanese place in DC. Straw gold with a small head. Nose is bread, candy corn, light candy corn and syrupy. Pretty lightweight stuff. Flavor of apple fizz, honey. Water. Nothing to this.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
crossovert (9734) - Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2014
355ml bottle, produced in the us by ABInbev. pale color. Almost no smell. lgiht water and spice. Light flavor, easily crushable, not good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
DCLawyer (1941) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle->shaker at a Thai restaurant. Pale gold with light white head. Corn, rice, some malt. Watery and bland, but was OK with spicy Thai.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
1FastSTi (3346) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours to a golden body with a starch white head. Aroma is cereal and flaked corn and rice. Crisp light lagered beer. Flavor is clean lager and pairs well with the sushi. Light rice. Lower corn taste than most. Crisp palate.

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