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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1689   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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ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Cool ass logo, relatively lame beer. Sweetish smell (hardly there) came from this golden headless beer. Very little carbonation. screw on caps are bad omens usually. The taste has a light (i mean i only imagined it after swallowing) taste of honey. Really pretty bland. Inoffensive is a good word, because it wasn’t bad. then again, neat-o logo, half deer, half dragon thing.

JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Pours a very light amber color with white head. Aroma of grains, malt and hops. Flavor followed aroma, but added nothing new. Somewhat flat finish, but by far one of the best brews from Japan that I’ve had.

rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2006
This beer poured a crystal clear little bit darker than straw color into a pint glass. It had a 3 finger white head that lasted about 2 minutes until it was at about at a finger’s height. After the initial burst of bubbles from the pour there are very, very, few left coming up from the bottom of the glass. The head does leave some lacing on the glass as I drink it. It has a very grainy smell. I swear I got a whiff of Fritos. Yep! There it was again. So, we’ll say that’s corn. This one will not win any awards for it aroma, unless of course you like Fritos. The taste was acidic and bitter, with no malt flavors at all. I found it better to guzzle this beer than to let it wander around my mouth. A guzzling beer. I’ll have one more because I bought 2 cans as a something to drink while brewing. Note: I had this a long time ago when it came from Japan. I liked that one. This is really trash. It’s very acidic, no malt balance at all and brewed by AB "under strict..." Who are they trying to kid?!

Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - MAR 13, 2006
An ok beer, I´ve drank this one at the sushi bars for years, as I did today, it goes well with fish, no offensive, easy drinking, grassy, lightly hopped, average, but consistant.

Dimitri99 (63) - USA - MAR 10, 2006
An okay Japanese beer if cold. So-so taste, yellow flavor. But at $1/draft in New York City - are you really going that astray? I would drink the first 2/3rds of one, then order another. :)

GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 8, 2006
Draught. Clear golden color with thin white head. Sprucy, grassy hop nose with a touch of corn syrup. Dry, with a subtle but pleasant grainy flavor accented by sprucy hops. Nothing special.

roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Pours a pale gold yellow color with lots of large bubbles cascading up the sides and a medium amount of fizzy white head. Aroma is slightly grassy and sweet, slight corn scent. Flavor has decent body for a pale lager, basically sweet corn and malt flavors with a hint of dry light hops and grass. Overall, not bad depending on your food pairing. Goes great with sushi.

96beerCD (5) - USA - MAR 6, 2006 does not count
Pretty poor. It’s Bud under a different name. Maybe slightly better but still not worth the extra money its costs because it’s an "imported" beer.

DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 27, 2006
(24 oz can: $2.79 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) Date stamped on bottom of can: 22-Nov-05. This beer pours a picture perfect pale lager to me, medium straw in color, crystal clear in appearance, with a few dozen separate streams of carbonation bubbles that start very small and slow-moving at the bottom of the glass, and as they move up the glass, they gradually increase in size and speed. Mesmerizing to look at. The bubbly, snow-white pours to over an inch in height and settles in rocky fashion to a thin layer over several minutes, leaving scattered patches of chunky foam on the glass. But the praise ends with the visuals. Grassy and lightly sweet nose smells like generic macro-beer. Macro-like grassy and grainy flavor has a somewhat bitter finish and is further marred by a moderate metallic flavor that is strong enough that I am definitely not imagining it because this beer comes in a can. Body is light, clean, and quite carbonated for a lively mouthfeel and plenty of sonorous, reverberating eructations. This clean, macro lager really doesn’t taste any different than something like Budweiser, but Bud is far being the worst beer I’ve ever tasted either. The biggest issue with this beer is the very distracting metallic taste in every sip. But I bought this in the can for two reasons: so that I didn’t have to buy a six-pack, and because I figured the canned beer couldn’t be negatively affected by harsh lighting.

WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - FEB 27, 2006
2nd favorite of japanese sushi beers. Would like to do a side by side with asahi. Creamy head, yellow fizzy beer.

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