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Kirin Classic Lager - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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Reviews: 8
Hads: 55
Avg: 2.71
pDev: 22.51%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Kirin Brewery Company, Limited visit their website

Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Naerhu on 02-29-2004

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Reviews: 8 | Hads: 55
Reviews by lamergod:
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2.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

App: Average Asian beer. Piss yellow with a 2 finger head that disappears considerably quick. Has a lot of carbonation and I had a really cool swirly carbonation that I was pretty impressed. Maybe it's just my bottle but what the heck, it's pretty cool.

Smell: Nice sweet smelling malts and that's it. There is also a bit of skunk smell in the beer.

Taste: Pretty mediocre. Heavily carbonated. Some malts taste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated much.

Drinkability. It's a light beer but the lack of flavour makes it not drinkable.

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2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.26/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

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Photo of Fuzzycuffs
3.75/5  rDev +38.4%

Photo of Griffith
3/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of EBeckett3
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of hophugger
2.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev +10.7%

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2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of jpBeerGuy
3.22/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not my favorite lager but it has character.

Appearance - Looks like a typical Japanese beer from Kirin. Golden in color, white head, bubbly, and some lacing on the glass.

Smell - It's got a nice aroma. Not very strong up front but if you get a good whiff, you can detect the hop, and malt, as well as some rice and whatnot. A little sweet smelling.

Taste - It's pretty good. Not very rich for a lager but it's good. The best part of it is the finish. It's got a nice bitter finish that makes you feel good.

Mouthfeel - Not so creamy but it's not so watery either.

Drinkability - I can go for a couple of these but there are more interesting beers to move on to after having one.

Overall, it's an OK lager. Just not the same as others.

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2.25/5  rDev -17%

2.7/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle served in a Lager glass.Enjoyed in 1995.
Pours light golden in color. Brief white crown.Smells like a regular light lager,floral hints.Slightly sweet at first sip comes grainy,dry rice flavor.Light body,medium/heavy carbonation.Quite bland.

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1/5  rDev -63.1%

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2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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1.75/5  rDev -35.4%

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Kirin Classic Lager from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
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