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


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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
almopina (87) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 29, 2006
Clear golden colour with a white head that disappeares quickly. Light corny and grainy aroma. Very sweet malt taste with basically no hop notes. Light and fresh mouthfeel. Slight acidity with a slight metallic aftertaste. A nice pale lager for people who like very sweet beers with basically no hop bitterness. An interesting beer in the sense that its sweetness would pair well with many light food.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Finn (7039) - Troms, NORWAY - OCT 27, 2006
Bottle 0,5l at Aki Japanese Bistro London WC1 15 Sep 06. Clear golden coloured. A small white head. Metallic aroma. Hardly any flavour. OK to sushi.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2006
Bottle at home. Light yellow - white head. A very watery beer. Light malty, "vegetable", sweetness, some hop !?!! Not much of anything.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Rune (12063) - Troms, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2006
500ml bottle at a Sushi place near Holborn in London. Starts with a huge white head over a clear, straw yellow body. Nice lacing on the glass. Light and fresh mouthfeel. Grainy aroma. Served far too cold to spot any flavour - all with the exception of some sugar sweetness. Did not do any harm to the sushi food (15.09.2006).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - OCT 21, 2006
I wouldnt say that this is a good beer, but at the same time, for certain foods, this is great. For example, I would never pair an arrogant bastard with sushi. That would be terrible. This beer is light, has not much flavor, but is just about perfect when eating something as light as sushi.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2006
(Bottle) Pours golden with fizzy white head. Sweet and malty. Rather unbalanced with a slight metallic aftertaste. High level of carbonation, but low flavor. Nice to try, but not a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TechMyst (167) - Fox River Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2006
FRESH: 4 months old on a 6 month exp.
PURCHASED @: Jewell-Osco
COST: @2.00
HEAD: large white
LACE: thin rings
COLOR: Clear straw
AROMA: light malt
MOUTHFEEL: thin; foamy
PALATE: soapy
TASTE: like a light lager with rice not corn adjunct
COMMENTS: not bad, very nice actaully; 145 cals. A-B is affiliated w/ these guys?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Tmoney99 (14189) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2006
Bottle from Party Source. Poured light amber with an average fizzy white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Moderate sweet grainy aroma. Light to medium body with soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a light bitter finish of short duration.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 14, 2006
(Canned, "Brewed under the strict supervision of Kirins brewmaster by Anheuser-Busch, Inc, Los Angeles, CA") Clear golden color with a smallish, mostly fading head. Sweet, corny-grainy aroma. Sweetish, corny-malty flavor with practically no hop bitterness. Slight acidity. No finish to speak of. Light-bodied, not quite watery, slicky palate with medium, smooth carbonation. A very easy lager for those who like it sweet and hate the bitterness - not for a true beer lover, that is. Does beat a below-average bulk lager with harsh hops, though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Anglofile (138) - Piti, GUAM - OCT 13, 2006
Bottle. Japanese restaurant in Guam. It was better than my Sapporo. It is very watery but still sweet. My favorite Japanese beer that Ive had.

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