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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1668   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.17/5   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 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2006
From an 12 oz. long neck brown bottle with a "Freshest Taste Within 180 Days Bottled Date," 27/Sept/05. Made an average appearance, poured a marco lager golden with a small foamy white head that slowly reduced to a fine lacing. Had an macro lager aroma, grassy, rice grainy and pale malts, like a Budweiser. Moderate carbonation and a slick light bodied mouth feel, easy drinkability. Had your basic macro lager taste, a little grassy hop bitterness, some rice graininess, bland pale malts and a crisp finish with some grassiness lingering in palate, smooth tasting overall. This is your average macro lager in all aspects. Purchased as a single for $1.00 and I believe I was slightly overcharged considering what a six of Budweiser goes for.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Sharp aroma typical of lagers but with heavier hops than most American versions. Pale gold body with a light white head. Thin taste similar to Budwiser (not coincidental given this is brewed by their company for the US). No malts at all and heavy hop notes in the ending.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2006
Golden. White head. Sweet little bready aroma and taste. Watery. Not again...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Zeswaft (1706) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2006
about as good as a pale lager can get which is still not good. Light, crisp, and clean. Not worth trying.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
morrdt (715) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2006
24 oz. can. Woot! Nothing too impressive about this beer, other than the aftertaste. Drinkable, but I wont go looking for this beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
rlgk (18834) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2006
Light golden, small white head. Sweetish, malty aroma, some corn. Weak malty flavor, some fruit. Thin and boring.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
McKnizzle69 (89) - Machesney Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Bottle: Not much to talk about as far as aroma. Decent head with little carbonation. This is the Miller Light of Japan. Really bland and watery

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
harrisoni (17589) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2006
Draught. Gold colour with thin white head. Some dead pale malt aroma, some odd citrus fruit. Can I taste rice and maize? Certainly some adjuncts in this. Then a sickly prickly finish. I wouldnt wish this on my worst enemy. Too gassy and flavours are indistinct

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Draught. Ok, let keep this simple. This tastes like corn and sugar. Corn and sugar. Not even fresh corn. Canned corn and sugar. Its not good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
lovelacm (48) - Niceville, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Large bottle @ I Love Sushi in ABQ, NM. Large white, frothy head atop a clear yellow body. Not that much aroma to pass along.. some grains, but thats it. Light, unobtrusive flavor, but nothing special (definately not Special Premium Reserve quality). Yes, this does put out the fire of oriental spices, but not much more.

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