Brewed by Kirin Brewery Company
Style: Pale Lager
Tokyo, Japan


on tap

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RATINGS: 1682   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Finest barley malt, premium hops, smooth finish, no bitter aftertaste.

Editor's Note: Also brewed in the US: "Anheuser-Busch began brewing Kirin Lager, Kirin Ichiban and Kirin Light at its Los Angeles brewery in 1997. The agreement marks the first time Anheuser-Busch has produced foreign brands for sale in the United States."

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Fizzy and light, not much better than Miller to make up for the pricy import difference

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
tennisjoel (1425) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2007
22 oz bomber. Im not big into Asian food, although I have found that I am more fond of Japanese than Chinese. I visited Benihana for a friends birthday, and so, I figured I should rate a Japanese beer. Anyway, I digress. This was consumed from a 22 oz bomber. Pours clear golden with an average head which quickly disappears. Some corn and rice scents. Not an offensive beer. Easy drinking swill and IMO very comparable to Budweiser. Some flavor here which is more than can be said for many in this category. Not a beer I will be buying in the future at around $7. But it was worth a rate, nonetheless.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Swarzbeer (43) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2007
Bottled, light, no aroma, very little taste, balanced, but not much of a beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Muggus69 (2363) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2007
330ml bottle brewed by license here in Australia, which is a bit disappointing. Light aroma of rice with a bit of hop to it. Gold body with white head. Easy drinking lager really, slightly skunky if it gets a bit warmer. Dry finish, bit of hops present, but nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 3, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2007 Pours clear gold with a thin white head. The aroma is on the sweet side with little if any hops. The flavor is sweet as well with not much effort at having much in the way of hops to balance out the finish. I find this to be the case with most of these Japanese Macrobreweries. Lots of sweet with very little bitter to the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BelgianBeerGal (4014) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Bottle/draft. Just a simple beer, nothing special. Kirin is not my favorite Japanese beer but I do prefer the Kirin Lager to the Ichiban variety.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
POD (198) - USA - DEC 28, 2006
Free bottle. Poured golder with reasonable white head. Not much aroma... perhaps slight hops. Flavor was malt beer. Mouthfeel was cold and full of carbonation. Light hop and malt aftertaste. I found nothing offensive in this lager. Likewise, nothing memorable. It was just pretty okay.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Borup (13610) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2006
Bottle. Golden colour with a small white head. Aroma and flavour of rice, malt and hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2006
This being my fist attempt at Japanese beer wasnt a total disappointment. Not a bad color when hitting the glass, but the head disappated quite rapidly. The taste was somewhat sweet but I have no idea sweet of what. If I was in Japan, I would now know one beer to order.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jonno (2687) - JAPAN - DEC 25, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2009 My beer of choice when it comes to the japanesemacrobrewries...has that little something extra that makes it that bit smoother and refreshing

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