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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1688   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.19/5   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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Fin (11067) - 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.

patrick767 (4474) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2006
bottle - Oh look, it’s yet another piss yellow, grainy smelling pale lager. I did pick up a little hops in the nose too. The good news is it’s 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 it’s still not very good. There’s some mild malt flavors, not much hops, a thin body, and a dry feel more consistent with the Asian pale lagers. That’s about it.

JFGrind (2074) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2006
Brewed by A-B in California and two bucks a bottle at the soon to be Brady’s now Old Chicago in Trevose, PA. A little more bitter than I thought it would be, but other than that just another pale lager.

OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2009 Draft.

Pours clear light yellow with a modest white head. Slightly sour, grainy aroma, sweet grainy front end to the flavor, metallic hop finish. Drinkable but not much more to say.

Revisit in Tokyo, Draft. Yeah, what it says above. Either I’m smoking crack or this is way worse than Asahi. Never would have guessed.

rauchbier (3949) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2006
Bottle from Sainsburys, Charles Wells version. Gold, thin short white head and moderate condition. Low grain and slight fruitiness in the nose, a little butteriness in the mouth with a gentle chalky hop note and a short sweet finish wiith a hint of flowery hops.

hayduke (5731) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 22, 2006
16 oz bottle. Poured yellow with small head. Nose of malt and a little hops. Bland, but actually easy to drink. Better than Bud.

PetStain (14) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Not much to this brew. Easy to drink with a good, if not a bit boring, taste. Nothing stands out, but it isn’t bad.

Capa (3628) - DC, Washington DC, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Thin, slightly matly brew. Very little taste, with only a hint of bitterness in the finish. Very unimpressive, though not "bad."

Sputerbug (118) - Nacogdoches, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2006
16oz bottle.Pours clear golden with a small white fast fading head.Slight aroma of malt and hops.There is a small amount of hops with some maltiness that is easy to drink but lacks flavor.

jake65 (4033) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Mostly grain and some sweet malts, no real hops to speak of. Unimpressive pale lager, but not awful like some.

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