Pyobon (728) - 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.
blackbock (100) - Shoalhaven NSW, AUSTRALIA - NOV 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) A pale megalager. Tastes a lot like its Tooheys and Hahn cousins. Clean on the palate and very refreshing. There is some hop flavour there, although bitterness is not very prominent. Nothing to write home about.
Rangi (380) - 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.
BarossaLuke (494) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 15, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A very pale lager without much of a head. Light malty aroma with just a hint of hops and a corn like aroma probably from adjuncts. On the palate there’s a touch of sweetness and that corny flavour again. Very light, refreshing but finishes slightly sweet. Brewed under license by Lion Nathan in Australia.
DuffMan (5186) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 31, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Clear golden, average white head. Aroma of pale cereal malts with a low skunky hop note. Flavour is clean pale malts with some nice grassy hop flavour and low bitterness in the finish. Finish is quite dry. I had this with blue cod fried with garlic, ginger, hot chili, and lemon and it was a very nice pairing. The mood and the food brought out the best in what is an average lager.
Jade (380) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy golden colouring, quite highly carbonated when poured. Frothy white head. Earthy, bready aroma that is not entirely unplesant, not great either. Taste is very similar to a mass produced Australian lager. It’s not bad - it’s a fairly pedestrian beer.
deusax (387) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - 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
mkel07 (2340) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2009
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
330ml bottle. Snow white foam cap taht collapses quickly. Plae and clear with good carbonation and a basic hop aroma. Overall rather bland and uninspiring with a medium level of bitterness. All in all nothing to get excited about.
davidm (1772) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
Stew41 (1569) - 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.