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Kirin Pilsener

Formerly brewed at Kirin Brewery Company
Style: Pale Lager
Tokyo, Japan


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 2.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Also called "Revival Taisho-Era Lager" in Japanese. Made for Kirin’s 100th Anniversary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maekchu (3460) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 4, 2013
Can (notes from tasting session). More “German” than the usual flavorless Japanese pilsener / More hops and a longer aftertaste. Distinctive. But... rice!!! And that gives it a grainy and somewhat harsh taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
improvjock (327) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Can. Pours a clear golden yellow with frothy white head. Aroma of floral hops. Heavily carbonated. Smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is crisp and lightly bitter. Not too bad, but nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 16, 2009
Draught at the Kirin Hiroshima Brewery restaurant as Kirin Taisho Era Lager. Clear gólden, nice white head. Fresh aroma of mild hops and something grainy. Ok mouthfeel. Fresh flavour of grassy hops with a mild sweetness, some grains and a pleasant bitterness (the best part of the beer).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Capa (2727) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2009
This one actually had noticeable hops in it, though there seemed something off about the bitterness gained from them. Easily drinkable and not all that bad when cold, but if it warmed up a little much those odd tasting hops were rather off-putting. A decent street drinker, though.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
KyotoLefty (9305) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 28, 2008
Can. Light aroma of fruit, cereals, corn. Pale golden color with a tall white head. Creamy, dull cereal flavor, rather sweet, with a bit of hops. Corn again. Not interesting at all. Why did they bother?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2008
From a can poured a clear golden colro with a good amount of head. Mild pilsner flavor with a lingering aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
KnutAlbert (6712) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 7, 2007
33 ml can. Strong malty smell. Peculiar hoppy taste, a whiff of euchalyptus. Quite bitter, OK finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (7293) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2007
Small white head quickly shrinks. Yellow body with light carbonation. Strange rubbery eucalyptus aroma with hoppy notes. Dry grassy hoppy malty taste with rubbery notes. Very straight pilsener taste. Clean, chalky mouthfeel. Dry grassy aftertaste. Nice! (0.35l can bought in some grocery store in Tokyo.)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2007
330 ml can. Light yellowish golden colour. Medium-sized white head that clings to the glass. Floral hop aroma. Crisp carbonation. Grainy flavours and a somewhat harsh hop flavour. Quite bitter for a pilsener. Long lasting dry hop bitterness. Light-bodied, but some rounded and sweet malts can be detected. Not you average pilsener, but overall not particularly good either. A bit rough. (Courtesy of larsga)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DarkMagus (503) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2007
In the absence of other options, this is an acceptable brew. Foamy white head atop a clear yellow body. Slightly hoppy aroma with traces of rice. The flavors are sweet, but balanced by a hoppy bitterness. The aftertaste is all rice. (And the ingredients on the label state that rice is used...) Not awful, certainly a good choice when your only options are Japanese macros... but can’t stand up to a true example of a Pilsener.

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