overall
5
57
style
Brewed by Kirin Brewery Company
Style: Pale Lager
Tokyo, Japan

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1682   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
marcus (9991) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Pours clear yellow with a fluffy white head and a cheap beer aroma. There is a faint caramel malt flavor with some hop bitterness. Theres nothing else to say about this one.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Bottle , Brewed By AB in the US . A clear light straw color pour with a thin fizzy short lasting white head , no lacing , medium carbonation . Aroma is slightly grainy ,a little corn and a hint of sweetness in the background , faint hops . Flavor is light and crisp , again a very light sweetness with some faint hop notes , nothing offensive , light body , thin watery mouthfeel typical of the style , light grainy finish , sessionable and drinkable , a good try but probably nothing I would buy again . . . meh

1.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2010
This was a pretty standard asian beer albeit a little heavier in the malts than others i have tasted. Color was pale gold and it didnt have much of an aroma. Pretty hard to drink.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
blankboy (7595) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2010
Bottle [12oz] at Sushi Xtra. Pours a clear, bubbly gold with a small diminishing fizzy white head. Aroma is sweet, with rice and grain -- overly sweet and dull. Flavour is watery and sweet, grainy with rice. Light to average bodied. A whole lot of meh.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Bcoble003 (290) - Jblm, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2011
No aroma what so ever, and a strange taste that is hard to descibe... it not horrible just not use to it.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
khhoeie (51) - NORWAY - AUG 12, 2011
Very light beer. Not too much taste. Fair enogh, Id rather say. Probably good if youre hot, sweaty and dehydrated. But, on the other hand, what doesnt taste good in such a setting? ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2011
650ml bottle. Clear light golden pour with average white head that sticks around a little longer than most macro swill. Smells....rancid. Almost like someone left corn sitting out and it turned and then that same someone threw a bag of white sugar on it for reasons unknown. Tastes much better than it smells...not that thats saying a whole lot. Its a little sweet and has that corn mash edge to it but theres a nice crispness. Certainly a step above most lawnmower beer, but not a big one.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Rodriguez (357) - Quito, ECUADOR - JAN 16, 2012
Vegetable flavor, no bitterness, small head, no body, kind of strange beer, just ok for a hot day.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
rane (1057) - Nibe, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle. Pale yellow with white head. Aroma straw and hay. Taste some bitterness, a little malt. A rather dull and boring pale lager.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2012 Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. From notes. Originally reviewed 11/26/2008. Although not expecting much from a Japanese macro brew, Kirin still leaves a lot to be desired. It pours a very light straw yellow, and has almost no distinct smell. The odor does vary from an American macro, probably from the use of rice. There is a small head, leaving almost no lace on the glass. It tastes almost exactly as it smells, nondescript and dull. The one upside to this beer is the drinkability. Although it would not pair well with almost any food due to the lack of flavor, it was smooth enough to wash down the sushi I was enjoying without getting in the way.


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