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Kirin Classic Lager - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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Kirin Classic LagerKirin Classic Lager

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 20.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited visit their website

Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Naerhu on 02-29-2004)
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1/5  rDev -65%

Hopheadjeffery, Dec 22, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -38.8%

ygtbsm94, Jul 02, 2013
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1.76/5  rDev -38.5%

misternebbie, Aug 29, 2014
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2/5  rDev -30.1%

DrMindbender, Nov 08, 2014
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2/5  rDev -30.1%

davidwhatshisnam, Jun 19, 2014
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2/5  rDev -30.1%

WIBrewMan, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of tommy5
2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

tommy5, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of Naerhu
2.3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ingredients: malt, hops, rice, corn, starch.

Big rocky white head that lasts to the bottom of the glass. Hazy yellow body. Very spicy hop aroma for a Japanese lager with plain pale malt background. Quite more aromatic than the Ichiban Shibori.
Plain pale malt body flavor with rough bitterness.
A bit of harshness on an otherwise insipid beer.

Naerhu, Feb 29, 2004
Photo of soulgrowl
2.33/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: I'm tired of trying to come up with new adjectives or similes to differentiate between these cookie-cutter Japanese lagers. It's clear and yellow and that's all you need to know.

Smell: Light herbal-lemony hops and weak, sugary, fruity malts/adjuncts. Clean and bland.

Taste: I didn't know carbonated lemon dish soap came in cans now.

Mouthfeel: Frothy and spritzy and slick and syrupy.

Drinkability: Oh, how I tire of these fizzy, yellow beers. Even so, this one is pretty well put-together and largely inoffensive. More chuggable than drinkable.

soulgrowl, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of davidchollar
2.45/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours out of the beige 500ml can into a mug, looks just like every other japanese rice lager. clear, pale gold, low-medium carbontion, big fat bubbles, ugly white head that dies down soon. smells like every other japanese rice lager. adjuncts, very little hops or malts, not much to get excited about.

taste, mouthfeel and drinkability? that's right, you guessed it. very predictable and incredibly boring. but at least i have a funny line to put in this review. *ahem*... these PRETZELS are making me THIRSTY! ... thank you. you see, i already know this beer is macro fizzy crap, but i want to review it because i am trying to review as many j-beers as i can while i live in japan. so i got some pretzels to eat along with it. and you know what? not so bad. i'll give it an average drinkability score because it sure does a good job of washing down these salty beer snacks. other than that, not impressed.

the reason i'm not totally bashing kirin classic lager is because it's not so bad for the style. it's a style i will probably never get again once i move back home, but at least it's not as god awful as happoshu.

overall, not recommended.

davidchollar, Jun 19, 2006
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2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

mhkirin, May 13, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

OregonMicrobrew, Feb 19, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

Andy1978, Mar 07, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

spycow, Mar 08, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

stinkydaddy, Jul 05, 2013
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2.53/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

lamergod, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of donnebaby
2.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A pretty good-looking cream foam head on this beer that reminds of a boiling mud pit. The smell is worty and fairly unappetizing, although strong.

The taste has a bizarre chemical/processed/sour mineral element mixed in with an otherwise not too bad taste, positive on the hops, big on grain flavor. A big, stranglehold carbonation sensation that was pretty awesome.

They're copying off Sapporo I believe with the "classic" idea--from Sapporo's "classic" beer offering.

donnebaby, Apr 09, 2004
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2.68/5  rDev -6.3%

Brianross, Aug 12, 2014
2.73/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

GONZALOYANNA, Aug 28, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

EBeckett3, Aug 10, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

epim00, Jan 02, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

MrGaughran, Jun 27, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

WolfAlynn, Oct 02, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Amp, Jun 04, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

dgherm, Jan 27, 2013
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Kirin Classic Lager from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
70 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.