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


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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 99   ABV: 3.31%
With just 95 calories and full-flavor, Kirin Light is one of the few great world-class Lights.
Canadian barley malt, Czech hops, rich amber color.

Editors 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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wrecktem (37) - USA - APR 27, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2005 Kirin is one of the better Japanese macro-brews, and the Kirin Light is probably my favorite of them all. Refreshing, although it possesses not too much in the way of a distinctive flavor. It is worthy of recognition precisely because it fails to offend in the most common ways of other macro-brewed pale lagers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Well I dont care what anybody else says, this is a very pleasent beer. It was smooth and very refreshing. Ok it does not have a lot of individual character but it is pleasent and far better then its low rating suggests. Much better then most big US beers.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2005
So non-dememo that I almost forgot to rate it. Light fizzy yellow. No aroma. Flavor is lightly rice oriented, ultra-faint berry note. The best thing going for this beer is that it isnt actively offensive.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
dwyerpg (6026) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 15, 2005
This beer is almost clear in color. Head is atrocious. The beer is extremely watery and the little taste that exists is terrible. I dont know that this beer can even claim it would be good for sake-bombing.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Pale yellow, fizzy bubbles, no head, no lacing. Nose of DMS and light malts with alcohol. Brief hop note with a grainy finish. Boring watery lager, not too exciting but not completely repulsive.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2004
Oh my god...the only good thing about this beer is that it was NOT never ending...more malty than BMC, but almost a full point less ABV...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Bottle pours a very clear pale yellow, medium frothy white head, good carbonation, with slick lacing. Corn & light fruit on the nose. Flavor is... well... non-existant. I mean, Pale Lagers arent my favorite, and its quite understandable why now. Dont waste your time with this one.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Braudog (6630) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Paper thin yellow with Bud-like head (thats because its brewd by A-B!). Airy aroam. Hardly any flavor at all ... this is gutsy to call this beer.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 21, 2004
Bottle. This was obtained on the big "crappy beers that I havent had" run that I just did. Typical pale lager appearance with an initially large but rapidly dissipating head. Clear golden hue. An absolute skunkfest - Im not kidding about the 1 in aroma. The flavor is rather...hmm, "salty" is the best word. Grainy, skunky as well. Downright nasty. Maybe the funniest thing about this experience was that this Asian chick I've been dating named Tina walked into my upstairs bathroom 30 seconds after I poured most of this junk down the drain and briefly rinsed it. She immediately walked out and said "Smell bad in here!"

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
hopscotch (11024) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2004
The sushimi that accompanied my Kirin Light was great. The beer did nothing but disappoint. Its pretty much seltzer water. Not offensive. Not enjoyable. Just something with which to wash down the fish.

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