TedE (397) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2015
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.............
RafeAU (326) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Yawn. another boring lager brewed under license in australia. it’s not very similar to Japanese kirin.
Danev76 (506) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2014
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light fruity aroma. Clear golden colour with excellent head. Nice honey flavour with smooth finish. Light smooth body with low carbonation.
Kita (1367) - Koper, SLOVENIA - MAR 3, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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...
jdpeebs (687) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2012
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. a drinkable pale lager. nothing special, but on a hot day it would go down well. i have had worse.
deusax (457) - Grenoble, FRANCE - APR 9, 2012
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Typical mass produced lager, nothing original here. Not bad, but not good either
Rangi (632) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 29, 2012
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Pyobon (1060) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(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.
Stew41 (1793) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
Jimthechap (1984) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 18, 2011
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
There’s something disturbing about how light in colour this beer is and yet is still 5% abv. The white head disappeared instantly and there were scents of light maltiness and frehly cut hay, also just a hint of skunk. Low marks for aroma as what is there isn’t up to scratch.
As far as taste goes, there is a sweet maltiness initially and then it’s gone. While it doesn’t taste bad, there’s nothing to suggest that it deserves any better mark than it is given.
I think this is very much a time and place beer. Probably fitting in Japan or to match Japanese food. On it’s own on a wintery Sunday afternoon in Christchurch, NZ where the only similarity to Japan are the earthquakes? Not a winner I’m afraid. I might try again at the height of summer.