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Kirin Nippon Premium


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Formerly brewed at Kirin Brewery Company
Style: Premium Lager
Tokyo, Japan
Serve in Lager glass


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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 2.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ernest (7352) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Rated Apr 2008. Head is mostly diminishing. Body is medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (grain, husks), trace hops (herbs), with a note of DMS. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly husky, slightly unclean. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrennanF. (5) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2009 does not count
Pours clear and golden, with a thick, foamy head. The smell reminds me a little of Olde English (yes, the malt liquor – I’ve had my share) or maybe a Cream Ale, like Genesee. I can taste some mild fruitiness, and perhaps a slight funk. This beer left me kind of burpy, more than the others. Is there a technical term for that? It was also kind of sickly sweet and mildly cloying.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KyotoLefty (9404) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 1, 2008
From the can. An all-malt beer made with only Japanese ingredients. Hmmm, is that supposed to make it better??? Sweet, fragrant aroma, very malty. Fruity, cherries with a sweet rich malt character. Rich, but a bit too sweet. Hops lacking. Nice enough, though, and a good break from “dry.” Better than your usual large-maker’s Japanese beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 17, 2008
canned. better than most of the other canned 5.5% lagers ive tried here in japan lately. golden, a decent amount of nitterness with lightly grassy notes, clean and not too industrial

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 26, 2008
This premium lager pours a light gold color from a 12oz can. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, and cereal. Medium bodied lager. The malts are fruity, sweet with a noticeable amount of cereal. The hops are slightly spicy. Nice balance. No off flavors. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
douglas88 (8462) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 24, 2008
Another can from Garrett. Pours a light and clear gold with a small white head. The aroma is mostly corn and malt. The taste was a good surprise; a sweet and light malty body with some corn and grasses and perhaps some sweet candy thrown in. Smooth and not bad at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KnutAlbert (6713) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 9, 2008
Canned. Golden lager. Some malty body, but rather watery and with a metallic finish. Not very premium if you ask me!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Can: Gold, coppery. Nose of light malt, subtle husk and lightly acidic hops. The flavor is strong and acidic. Lots of char, husk, clean, but not great.

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