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Kirin Megumi First Press Lager

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

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 2.15/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.28   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.”


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Danev76 (478) - 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.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Kita (1042) - 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...

1.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jdpeebs (687) - 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.

2.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
deusax (442) - Grenoble, FRANCE - APR 9, 2012
Typical mass produced lager, nothing original here. Not bad, but not good either

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rangi (571) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyobon (910) - 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.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Stew41 (1736) - 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.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Jimthechap (1620) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 18, 2011
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.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Bottle 330ml. Pretty boring. Aromas of straw and a hint of citrus. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and short-lived. Thin and watery in the palate. Pale yellow, with a head that doesn’t last.

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
bmeup (515) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - SEP 7, 2010
Not a pale lager fan, but really, this is just awful. I rated Epic Lager @3.2 so my rating for this effort is about right. BTW not purchased, and can’t understand why anyone would, and then write a book length review?


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