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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1677   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2006
not much of an aroma. maybe corn and a little hop. Clear golden in color with a very thin white head. Very sweet taste. very watery. Not all that impressed with this beer. I think I would rather drink the light if I had the choice!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
greenmanalishi (540) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2008 330ml bottle. Another Oriental beer, another weak, watery beer...in my experience the two are almost synonymous. Would have to agree with several other reviewers that its better than most in its class, but thats not saying much. The best thing I could say is that its light, and refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JAM3S (15) - Thomastown, AUSTRALIA - SEP 24, 2006
(bottle)- Poured this into a dimpled mug. Great creamy head. Very pure yellow appearance, one of the yellowest ive seen. The taste has some fruity notes, followed by an aftertaste of malt. But it has a thin body, and a disapating head. Not the best brew, but not the worst either. Very drinkabe and above average for its class.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Hansen (8543) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2006
So many beers, so little time. Dont waste time on this one. Its ok, but like all the others. Yellow, clear. Medium head, white. Not much aroma, flavor has a sweet start, finish is a little bitter, grass.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Cold 12oz bottle, served along with miso soup and sushi. Pours a clear golden color with a moderate light tan head, which dissipates quickly and leaves some lacing. Aroma is of light hops and hay, with floral notes. Taste is grainy and crisp, with light bitterness and a hint of lemon. Fizzy on the tongue. Ending is grainy with light bitterness.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
berkshirejohn (6330) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2006
330ml bottle - brewed under license by Charles Wells, Bedford, UK - light gold colour with lasting white head - no aroma, little taste

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
SSSteve (4006) - - SEP 7, 2006
gold. creamy head. moderately sweet grainy malt aroma. grainy flavor. sharp carbonation. man thats pale. did they specially reserve this one just for me?

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2006
Straw yellow with little head. Some light tasting malt, virtually no hops and even less finish. Not great, but better than most.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Fin (10159) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2006
Bottle picked up the Dodgy Deli on the Cowley Rd, Wed 23rd August. Pours a pale yellow colour, tastes bland, just about detect malt and hops if you try hard enough, but quite disappointing really.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2006
bottle - Oh look, its yet another piss yellow, grainy smelling pale lager. I did pick up a little hops in the nose too. The good news is its better than Bud, Miller, and a number of other beers of this style. Though maybe I was favorly biased because I was enjoying some good food at the time that I tried the Kirin. The bad news is that its still not very good. Theres some mild malt flavors, not much hops, a thin body, and a dry feel more consistent with the Asian pale lagers. Thats about it.

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