Kirin Classic Lager - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
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3.25/5 rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
For starters, this beer is MILES better in the bottle than in any size of can (from 115mL to 2L)! This is an unprejudiced bottle review.
Appearance: Looks like it's supposed to look, pours decently from the bottle, with half a centimetre of head, a decent amount of lacing, and the colour of a diabetic's urine. For the style, good.
Smell: Not altogether septic, smells like any good-by-Asian-standards Asian lager. Definitely comparable to Tiger or Asahi Super Dry or any of those other well-known so-called Premium Lagers from Asia. I can smell some adjunct presence but it's not overwhelming, and the grassy hops smell like a Bavarian field in the springtime, which is enough to give it a pass on the aroma side of things. PLEASE NOTE that smell and taste are quite strongly affected for this beer when poured from a can.
Taste: Cold. Well, there's some hoppiness there. I don't know what to tell you - it tastes like you're drinking a beer, and if it's a cold beer in hot weather then it's not bad - it's not skunky and it's not overly artificial-tasting so it gets a pass for taste as well.
Mouthfeel: Again, better in the bottle than in the can. Easy to swallow, doesn't leave any gross feelings in the mouth etc etc etc.
Drinkability: Higher than almost all Japanese beers I've had since arriving here. No adjuncty aftertastes, easy to get down, and actually quite satisfying.
Overall: Despite the inconvenience, and the extra weight in the backpack when riding a bike etc, it's worth getting bottled beers here (well, I guess that's pretty true anywhere). Even though I can get a choice of fifteen beers from a vending machine 100m from my house, it's worth going the extra mile for a bottled beer that's at least marginally better.
Kirin's beers are easily better than those of Asahi, and better than most of Suntory's beers. But since everyone drinks beer from the can here, it's hard to find a variety of Japanese beers in the bottle. I suppose the popularity of the can in Japan can only be understood by those who have had to sort the garbage in this country.
In short - quite a good Japanese beer. I wouldn't call it a rice lager; while rice may be involved, it's been pretty well eliminated from the final product, as evidenced by a non-slimy palate after finishing the beer. Mouthfeel is OK so rice content is under control.
Not bad, worth a try, one of the best easily-available Japanese macros.
Serving type: bottle
10-09-2008 11:42:08 | More by Weizenmensch
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