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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1678   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 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Koyo (251) - SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2010
Tried on bottle. Common lager taste, no bitterness, very watery. Disappointing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nihon (247) - Vernon, Connecticut, USA - AUG 19, 2007
This is for the special reserve, which wasnt on the list. The aroma is kinda malty, color is light yellow. Wow really light flavor, perfect for the Japanese palette. But not for my American tastes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Pours gold with a white head. Aroma is malty, grassy and skunk. Flavor, although minimal, is slightly sweet and grassy. Hop bitterness is totaly lacking. Body is watery and overcarbonated. Nothing to offend, but nothing to please, either.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pumpkin87 (245) - - JUL 3, 2015
Pours clear straw yellow with small white head that soon vanishes leaving only minor skim. Light aroma of malt, yeast and cereal. Taste is mild and pleasant, good for accompanying sushi or spicy food without being assertive. AB InBev is the actual brewer, so this in most respects this is another macro lager. But theres a refreshingly crisp rice note. Those who want to brag about how big and bold and alcoholic their microbrews are will flee. Its a beer to have with Asian food on a hot day, when you want to have more than one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2009 Smell is average cheapo American style lager - unremarkable and inoffensive. Golden lager color with decent head retention. Thicker in the mouth than a lot of similar beers. Flavor is bland, with a bit less adjuncts and a tad bit more hop presence than BMC. Its relatively pleasant and easy to drink. Ive had worse, but doesnt seem like something that anyone would have a reason to seek out.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2007
clear yellow pour with a medium sized head. danky hops and malt in the aroma. slightly bitter flavor very thin mouthfeel and bit dry in the end. easy drinker nothing special.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JanVittrup (243) - Kbenhavn V, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2009
Somewhat filtered straw colour; almost no head. Not quite pee like aroma - but close. Weak aroma anyway. Some bitterness and sourness. Thin body, fizzy fresh. Palate and sourness makes it fresh. Not bad if offered. But not good. Purchased in SuperBrugsen.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Lalli (243) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 24, 2010
0,33 l bottle (I think this was brewed in Kaliningrad of all places...). Nice golden color with a big and fluffy white head. Nose is very malty, with a hint of grass. Flavor is also malty, but a very watery body domiates. Not very memorable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Steely (241) - , SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2010
Clear golden color with a rich sparkle. Nice shining white head. Aroma is light malty with a hint of citrus. Quite plain malt flavor yet refreshing. Very dry finish with a sugar and tobacco aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
HampshirePhil (241) - Portsmouth/London, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2013
330ml bottle - Dry coppery smell with heavy carbonised aroma. Strong and epidemic carbonation giving it a distilled taste. Weak watery taste and overly malted barley taste.

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