Kirin Megumi First Press Lager

Brewed by Tooheys (Lion Co.)
Style: Pale Lager
Lidcombe, Australia


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 2.15/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Kirin Premium Reserve Beer - First Press Method for a pure smooth taste - Kirin since 1888. "In Japan, purity is one of the highest pursuits of brewing. With Kirin this reveals itself in the special method of Ichiban, a word meaning first. Only the first liquid drawn from the finest barley malt mash is then combined with Noble hops. This first press method ensures purity and smoothness. The result is a Premium Reserve Beer." "Kirin is the name of an ancient mythical beast, which fortells the coming of festive and joyful events. When the Kirin appears, good fortune and good beer soon follow." Lion Nathan Australia has launched a new addition to its portfolio of premium beers—Kirin Ichiban First Press Beer. The launch is the result of a manufacturing and distribution agreement between Lion Nathan and the Kirin Brewery Company in Japan. Under the agreement the Japanese-brewed versions of Kirin Ichiban and Kirin Lager have ceased to be imported into Australia and New Zealand. They have been replaced with the locally brewed version of Kirin Ichiban First Press Beer. The premium lager is brewed and bottled at Lion Nathan’s Malt Shovel Brewery in Camperdown, Sydney, and features new packaging graphics will be unique to Australia and New Zealand. Lion Nathan Australia managing director Andrew Reeves said Kirin Ichiban was a natural fit for the company’s current portfolio. “Kirin Ichiban First Press Beer combines the strong cultural heritage of the Kirin brand with the pure, smooth taste of a locally-brewed premium beer,” Reeves said. “We expect the beer to be embraced by drinkers as the premium beer market in Australia continues to grow.”

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KeefOz (1838) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2017
BB 12/07/2017. Poured a crystal clear amber with a two-finger bright white dense foam head that retained very well but laced poorly. Carbonation high (but drops fairly quickly to low), lively and coarse. Aroma of grainy malt with no obvious hops. Taste of sweet pale malt with no real bitterness. Light body. Crisp, smooth and refreshing (while cold) with a short sweet finish that becomes bland quite quickly.

HopsTamer10 (1) - - NOV 28, 2016 does not count
I find the other reviews very harsh and I don’t agree with them at all. I was already a big fan of the Kirin Ichiban of Japan, which has a great taste. So this is not a surprise that this Kirin Megumi First Press I had the chance to try in Australia was one of the best if not the best beer I tried there. Very tasty. Moreover you can conveniently open the bottle capsule by turning it without a bottle opener. Kampai!

Maracuja05 (1280) - Mainz, GERMANY - SEP 27, 2016
[backlog] 12-01-15 // bottle at Sydney Festival. Pale yellow, crisp taste. Light grainy, light herbs.

StevieT (2013) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2016
From a bottle. Not anywhere near as bad as I’d expected, just a solid beer made to be drunk cold.

saltyfrog (6) - Baulkham Hills, AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2015 does not count
Very bland, very boring beer. It is drinkable if you have to do it, (as are most beers). Forget aroma or bitterness from the hops. It is barely there. At least it doesn’t have the strong unpleasant yeasty flavours of VB or Tooheys but other than that, not much to recommend it. Very generic beer.

TedE (1332) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2015
330ml green bottle into schooner glass. Nose is slight rubber tyre/metallic. Pale amber with fast reducing head. Medium carbonation. Light mineral water mouthfeel. Finish is lightly sweet then nothing.............

RafeAU (629) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Yawn. another boring lager brewed under license in australia. it’s not very similar to Japanese kirin.

Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2014
Light fruity aroma. Clear golden colour with excellent head. Nice honey flavour with smooth finish. Light smooth body with low carbonation.

Kita (2151) - Koper, SLOVENIA - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle, 0.33l. Clear pale golden color with medium frothy white head and sparkling appearance. Aroma of grainy malt, grassy hops and vegetables. Taste is moderate sweet malty with grassy sourness and light bitter finish. Liht body, dry texture and average carbonation in palate. Story about the first press seems to be first class scam...

jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2012
Bottle. a drinkable pale lager. nothing special, but on a hot day it would go down well. i have had worse.

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