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


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RATINGS: 1682   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 5, 2011
A bottle at the Cheese Factory in KC. They have a number of Boulevard beers on menu as well. Pours a beautiful deep straw colour, head dissipates quickly, not much lacing, persistent carbonation - this is the sort of beer you drink in a tall flute glass, slightly yeasty fruity nose- distinctive pears; very dry, a tad bitter, does not have the salty CO2 of many US pale lagers; quick finish, good sparking carbonation. Good example of the type. This bottle brewed in Japan. I was in Japan when it came out, the can pictured here is a garish example. It was well received by the expat community. The scores here reflect a snooty beer-bongers snootiness. This is an excellent example of the style. The fact that I only drink a bottle of this every few years is irrelevant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Towey1989 (2449) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2017
Bottle at The Green Dragon, Leek (JDW) Pours a clear golden colour with a fizzy white head. Aroma of sweet grain, banana and subtle grassy hops. Taste of grain, some banana, a little maize , slight honey, and subtle grassy hops. Light bodied and moderate carbonation. A sweet, grainy bitterness in the finish. Not an exciting beer but its something different to regular lagers. Its very sweet yes but I enjoy the honey and banana flavours in this and I dont get any metallic/minerally flavours. Surprising decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALIBALI (1551) - Kiel, GERMANY - APR 7, 2017
Muffiger Belgianfruitycitrusearthsmell trifft saures Spezial Lager!!! Gar nicht so bel....war allerdings auch schon leicht benebelt ;)....Aus der 0,33 Buddel vernascht. Beim Sushifuttern nach den 2017er SPRING BOCK DAY... :)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stupre (274) - Nanterre, FRANCE - APR 2, 2017
33cl bottle @ japanese restaurant. Bire trs classique mais incontournable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Juks (286) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 31, 2017
330ml bottle at Mysushi, Tallinn. Pours clear golden colour, small white head. Aroma is mildly malty, sweet, corny, veges. Taste is corny, malty, sweet, hay, watery. Lively carbo, tgin body. Weak, tasteless, average macro lager.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bjakk (756) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - MAR 26, 2017
Yellow, clear. White foam that dosnt last. Mild sour aroma, toffee, hay. Sweet, hay, grain. Mild aftertaste. High in carbon.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KoNrRiI (1412) - rhus, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2017
0.33 draft @ Okonomiyaki
Sweet aroma, malty, rice. Same goes for the taste, surprisingly sweet and seems simply Japanese with all that rice, some jasmine, delicate fruits, and some cardboard. Overall a standard pale lager though relatively drinkable and sweet.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
daydesiang (66) - MALAYSIA - MAR 19, 2017
Good lager overall, malty nose, some barley taste, finish dry and short. A refreshing beer for the hot weather. Best served chilled!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
glacier (263) - Warszawa, POLAND - MAR 12, 2017
Kolor słomkowy, wodnisty. Piana słaba zostawia otoczkę. Zapach słaby, lekki ryż, minimalny karton. Smak kwaskowaty, wodnisty, pusty. Lekki nijaki lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
schavuitje (193) - APELDOORN, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2017
Licht gele body met een bubbel schuim top,een naar kruiden ruikende aroma hop smaak van zachte biscuit achtige mout en een nauwelijks proefbaar bittertje met een net niet droge afdronk

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
oobawa (1083) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2017
Basic lager, no more, no less. Starts out with a grassy, pale malt sweetness, then develops a lemon-apple backdrop before growing somewhat buttery with a tad of Czech hop funk. Drinkable, not very good, you know the score.

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