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Kirin Megumi First Press Lager

Brewed by Tooheys (Lion Co.)
Style: Pale Lager
Lidcombe, Australia


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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 2.15/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Kirin Premium Reserve Beer - First Press Method for a pure smooth taste - Kirin since 1888. "In Japan, purity is one of the highest pursuits of brewing. With Kirin this reveals itself in the special method of Ichiban, a word meaning first. Only the first liquid drawn from the finest barley malt mash is then combined with Noble hops. This first press method ensures purity and smoothness. The result is a Premium Reserve Beer." "Kirin is the name of an ancient mythical beast, which fortells the coming of festive and joyful events. When the Kirin appears, good fortune and good beer soon follow." Lion Nathan Australia has launched a new addition to its portfolio of premium beers—Kirin Ichiban First Press Beer. The launch is the result of a manufacturing and distribution agreement between Lion Nathan and the Kirin Brewery Company in Japan. Under the agreement the Japanese-brewed versions of Kirin Ichiban and Kirin Lager have ceased to be imported into Australia and New Zealand. They have been replaced with the locally brewed version of Kirin Ichiban First Press Beer. The premium lager is brewed and bottled at Lion Nathan’s Malt Shovel Brewery in Camperdown, Sydney, and features new packaging graphics will be unique to Australia and New Zealand. Lion Nathan Australia managing director Andrew Reeves said Kirin Ichiban was a natural fit for the company’s current portfolio. “Kirin Ichiban First Press Beer combines the strong cultural heritage of the Kirin brand with the pure, smooth taste of a locally-brewed premium beer,” Reeves said. “We expect the beer to be embraced by drinkers as the premium beer market in Australia continues to grow.”

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
saltyfrog (6) - Baulkham Hills, AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2015 does not count
Very bland, very boring beer. It is drinkable if you have to do it, (as are most beers). Forget aroma or bitterness from the hops. It is barely there. At least it doesn’t have the strong unpleasant yeasty flavours of VB or Tooheys but other than that, not much to recommend it. Very generic beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TedE (634) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2015
330ml green bottle into schooner glass. Nose is slight rubber tyre/metallic. Pale amber with fast reducing head. Medium carbonation. Light mineral water mouthfeel. Finish is lightly sweet then nothing.............

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
RafeAU (553) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Yawn. another boring lager brewed under license in australia. it’s not very similar to Japanese kirin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2014
Light fruity aroma. Clear golden colour with excellent head. Nice honey flavour with smooth finish. Light smooth body with low carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Kita (1594) - Koper, SLOVENIA - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle, 0.33l. Clear pale golden color with medium frothy white head and sparkling appearance. Aroma of grainy malt, grassy hops and vegetables. Taste is moderate sweet malty with grassy sourness and light bitter finish. Liht body, dry texture and average carbonation in palate. Story about the first press seems to be first class scam...

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2012
Bottle. a drinkable pale lager. nothing special, but on a hot day it would go down well. i have had worse.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
deusax (458) - Grenoble, FRANCE - APR 9, 2012
Typical mass produced lager, nothing original here. Not bad, but not good either

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rangi (661) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 29, 2012
Always enjoy a Kirin after a hot day wondering around the shops with the missus. It’s clean, cisp, and refreshing and goes down so easy so you can sneak down 2-3 pints to numb the pain before shoping recommences. A good beer to order while you make your mind up about the beer you realy want to order.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyobon (1180) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2012
(On tap @ Ocean Room. Note that this seems (also) to be sold in Australia as Kirin Megumi - see the Kirin Australia website www.kirinbeer.com.au which refers to it as both First Pressed and Megumi). Clear pale straw with good white head. Subtle aroma that is sweet and malty. Lively carbonation gives good mouthfeel. Flavour is basic sweet light malt with some bitterness in finish. Overall, this beer is fine. No way is it a great beer, but for its style it is good and, as when I sampled it, with a Japanese meal it works well.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Stew41 (1821) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2012
No better or worse than any other local pale lager, albeit I think this is brewed under licence? Dry structure, not too fizzy, some sweetness late (of the corn kind) and inoffensive. Certainly a better option than VB and the like.

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