overall
5
57
style
Brewed by Kirin Brewery Company
Style: Pale Lager
Tokyo, Japan

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1687   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BelgianBeerGal (4020) - 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.

2.2
   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.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Borup (13797) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2006
Bottle. Golden colour with a small white head. Aroma and flavour of rice, malt and hops.

2.9
   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.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jonno (2732) - 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

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2006
May have elevated my rating because this went spectacular with squid sushi. Very average but will order whenever Japanese is served.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
lasonovich (151) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2006
Another pale lager that is very Japanese. Still better than american beers but very light without a great deal flavour. I could take it or leave it but it wasnt really memorable.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
WSSmiles (124) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2006 Poured bottle. It was very average all the way around, not a thing exciting about this beer. Aroma was hop and malt. When poured it was a golden yellow, with a small white head that was very carbonated. Palate was non existant. Flavor was a water down Bud. Sorry not again.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jrob21 (3646) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Yep, not a lot exciting going on here. Not sure if I should even rate this one but, here it goes. Reminds me of Bub light with a different wrapper.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
brew4fun (209) - West Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Deep golden with nice white head. Lacing OK. Not a lot of flavor, but at least it had some (re: Sapporo). Malty, no discernable hop flavor or aroma. Equal to the best US macro. Compared to other choices at the Japanese steakhouse in which I tried it, it was unfortunately the best. Not too bad, not too good. And definitely not "just right."


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