jonas (7577) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 20, 2009
Amber, cappucino cream
Light caramel nose
Sweet, light fruity start, a bit roast enough aromatic and grassy hops to balance.
Sweet roasted caramel finish.
Light sticky, medium to light body.
faroeviking (10913) - FAROE ISLANDS - OCT 5, 2009
Botella with a rip-off cap. Bought in Yanai city, Yamaguchi. Bit unclear orange colour with some tiny floaties. White medium bubbly head. Aroma of fruity hops and malt. Good mouthfeel. Flavour is a bit sweet with fruity hops, toasty malt and a pleasant bitterness. "Deep and rich taste.." well for a macro Kirin: yes. Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2009
Bottle at K’s Hostel, Kyoto.
Clear amber/brown – white head. Caramel, roasted, light hoppy, grass, resin, light bitterness, high malty, soft body, light sparkling. High carbonation. DruncanVeasey (8226) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2009 Pull-top bottle. Brassy marmalade looks with fine bits in suspension, even after it’s been standing for a couple of weeks. Pours clear and orange-golden with a dense well behaved and lacing collar. Distinctly Belgian (yeast,hops,spice?) aroma with pine and marmalade, juniper, Rowntree’s lemon and lime, tangy wine gum citrus, possibly spice. Blindfolded I’d swear this was a lean, tangily hopped, discreetly spiced Belgian specimen of about 7%. Far more balanced and appetising than some of the commercial Belgian stuff, in fact. Clean and natural aroma, begging that first sip. It coats the mouth with the promised orange peel and marmalade tang, botanical freshness, lime, grassy hop and coriander pepperiness. Some faint malt nuttiness in the finish, stubborn custard cream linger. Deep and rich taste from non-filtered process indeed. Seriously impressive, light years from any Japanese macro I’ve tasted, and proof that with a little effort and finesse even a massive yen-swallowing beast like Kirin can put out a decent bottle-conditioned ale. There’s hope for Marstons and GK yet. Hats off to them, and Dirtman for exhibiting the good taste to bring me a bottle over. Maybe he does know what he’s on about after all. jonno (2761) - JAPAN - JUL 19, 2009
About as good as you are going to get from these guys. A full bodied lager, but still without something to give it it’s own voice. decent if nothing else is available
bozoNZ (778) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 7, 2009
990ml bottle c\- my bor’s recent trip. Rich amber in the glass. Looks rich and full when it’s poured. Nice of a fruit packers warehouse. Fruit, wooden crates and things just been sitting around for years. Nice rich fullness in the mouth, glazed peel and dried orange / tangerine but lacking any decent hop character to give it real wow factor. KyotoLefty (10264) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 16, 2008
Kirin’s newest and most ambitious “chilled beer.” An ale with 4 malts, including both wheat and barley, and cascade hops. Deep copper / orange color with a medium to tall white head. Reasonably fragrant aroma of fruit, hops, malt. Can’t tell if there is wheat in there too??? Rather rich malt taste, caramel, fruit, some darkish fruits as well. Medium to better hop bitterness, as well as a dab of hops aroma—could use a bit more of that, can’t really tell it’s Cascade in there. Relatively well-balanced and definitely hoppy for a mainstream beer. Probably based on their grand ale but with much better malt and complexity. Good, worth drinking, though not really a craft beer—and not all that special, but near the top of what the majors make. buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - SEP 15, 2008
This is the big Japan brewery trying to reach the drinker of fine microbrews and they do a pretty good job of almost getting there...key word being "almost." First of all, the beer looks and smells great. A deep reddish burnt orange hue topped with an impressive thick foamy tan head that lasted throughout the duration of the drink (nice lacing to boot). Taste of bitter hops, caramel, somewhat spicy and bold. Finish was not as memorable, but overall, A for effort. mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2008
Pours a very cloudy orange with a thin head and with good retention. Aroma is sweet with a light hint of orange. Tastes hoppier and maltier than I would have expected, nice body, decent carb. Still a lager. Rich taste! Heheh. motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 17, 2008
bottle with one of those old pull-off tops like coopers sparkling used to have. surprising pine aroma, hints of orange rind and some chewy bitterness, a pretty good premium lager