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Kirin Tanrei - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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BA SCORE
68
poor

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 21.45%
Wants: 15
Gots: 1 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Happoshu |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tjd25 on 06-16-2004)
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threedaggers

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

07-12-2014 14:11:09 | More by threedaggers
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GiaLvo

Italy

2/5  rDev -27.3%

06-20-2014 14:56:49 | More by GiaLvo
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KimenTshom

California

2/5  rDev -27.3%

06-20-2014 13:33:32 | More by KimenTshom
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endless1408

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev +18.2%

06-05-2014 15:43:02 | More by endless1408
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metter98

New York

2.73/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas that resemble skunk are present in the nose—I'm not sure if these are from the sweet potatoes because it doesn't taste like rice or corn.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and tastes a little skunky, but is a different type of skunk than one you would associate with a beer that comes from a green bottle and is more subtle.
M: It feels light-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems a lot like an American Adjunct Lager, but doesn't have much of the adjunct flavors that you would normally expect in the taste and aftertaste.

Serving type: can

04-26-2014 21:50:38 | More by metter98
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smithj4

New York

2.75/5  rDev 0%

04-26-2014 21:38:03 | More by smithj4
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ZOSO2192

New York

1.5/5  rDev -45.5%

03-30-2014 19:07:16 | More by ZOSO2192
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warpedrevolution

Washington

3/5  rDev +9.1%

03-26-2014 08:46:55 | More by warpedrevolution
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Dicers

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

09-29-2013 05:07:20 | More by Dicers
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tommy5

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -18.2%

09-13-2013 11:32:05 | More by tommy5
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -18.2%

08-18-2013 00:56:39 | More by ygtbsm94
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tone77

Pennsylvania

2.46/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yay, another Japanese beer to review. Poured from an 11.2 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is virtually nothing, a faint hint of malts. Taste is light, bland and boring. Some malts, an unusual aftertaste. Feels light in the mouth and overall is not an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: can

06-20-2013 05:51:03 | More by tone77
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Adambeerdude22

Kansas

3/5  rDev +9.1%

03-11-2013 06:08:16 | More by Adambeerdude22
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weerezboy

Washington

2.75/5  rDev 0%

03-06-2013 21:45:58 | More by weerezboy
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spycow

Illinois

2/5  rDev -27.3%

01-14-2013 04:47:23 | More by spycow
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev +27.3%

01-09-2013 20:58:39 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev +9.1%

10-17-2012 03:15:00 | More by t0rin0
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.15/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another can smuggled in country by my sister in law, thanks Terry!
Pours a crystal clear pale golden color with a huge fluffy white head that shows moderate retention and some lace. Smells grainy and a bit sweet with malt. Smells like a PBR if you asked me. Taste is a bit sweet with a grainy malt edge, light pomme fruit, floral hops provide enough balance, but leave little flavor behind. Medium to thin body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet grainy mouthfeel. Very clean, nothing objectionable here, but nothing exciting either. If I had a hankering for some pale lager and I was in Japan I might reach for one of these, but its certainly nothing I would go out of my way for.

Serving type: can

02-14-2012 23:31:35 | More by johnnnniee
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EinWeizenbitte

California

2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-01-2012 20:48:01 | More by EinWeizenbitte
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shivtim

Georgia

1.83/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Grabbed a can of Tanrei Draft from Family Mart. It's themed to the national soccer team ("Samurai Blue"). I wasn't expecting this to be any good, but was happy to try a new style of beer.

Another clear brew. Light yellow. Small white head. Quite effervescent.
Nose is grains and aluminum.

The taste is very bland. Maybe a slight hint of malts... mostly just watery indistinct rice/corn (?) and an iron-ey tinge. Even a bit of weird ethanol burn. Really not that good, verging on bad.

Mouthfeel is OK. Slightly watery, but well carbonated.

Overall not good. To be avoided.

Serving type: can

11-24-2011 13:10:39 | More by shivtim
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nickfl

Florida

3/5  rDev +9.1%

11-16-2011 06:03:49 | More by nickfl
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +45.5%

11-15-2011 18:54:32 | More by HopStoopid120
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +45.5%

11-15-2011 04:43:53 | More by JAHMUR
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pettis

Japan

3.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Essentially a low-malt take on the Japanese lager/"rice lager" style, Kirin Tanrei is a classic "happoshu" (see note below). For what it is, it's not bad.

A: Sparkling gold with a thin bubbly head
S:it gives off a grassy, grain-like aroma.
T: The lack of malt leaves this beer lacking in favor, though I wouldn't say it tastes bad. The use of rice really comes through and lingers in the aftertaste.
M:Mouthfeel is thin, but in an easy-drinking way suitable for a pilsner-esque beverage.

This (near-) beer is very drinkable if you looking for something along the lines of a lawnmower beer. Should only be of interest to one-time curiosity seekers or those living in Japan and on a budget (roughly $0.50 less per can compared with the typical Japanese lager).

*[As mentioned in the style summary for "happoshu," this isn't so much a clear "style" as a separate alcohol tax category created by the Japanese government for malt beverages with less than 67% malted barley content or that contain adjuncts beyond those stipulated in the tax code (this includes rice and corn but not, for example, coriander--thus many imported Belgian witbiers are legally classed as "happoshu"). Major brewers began producing these low-malt "rice lagers" when the tax on legally define beer was raised, thus creating a market for happoshu as a cheaper substitute. The biggest-selling happoshu varieties actually contain less than 25% malt, since this places them in the cheapest of the three "happoshu" tax brackets.]

Serving type: can

09-04-2011 12:41:15 | More by pettis
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +52%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Einweizenbitte for hooking me up with this can; review #900, style tick #93. Shared at a tasting. NB: I've obviously never had this style before, but I'm going to try to review according to what it's trying to be - obviously any style that mandates that 2/3 of the fermentables be non-malt won't live up to my own tastes for beer, but that doesn't mean the beverage isn't exactly what it's supposed to be.

A: Clear straw body under a finger of fine, frothy, bubbly eggshell head. Great retention, plenty of delicate lace. Gorgeous Happoshu.

S: Well, it smells like rice and lightly sweet pilsner malt. Much more rice. Maybe a touch of grassy hops. It's definitely very rice-ish, but that's the whole point of the style, right? Very crisp + clean.

T: Lightly sweet, very lightly hoppy, and very, very ricey. The flavors are never too intense, but the finish lasts for...e...ver, and is pure fermented rice. It really has nice depth of flavor, even if it's a flavor I don't personally enjoy.

M: Light, water, smooth body. Not fizzy enough to make the rice pop as much as I bet it could.

O: I can totally understand why this beer (and every other one in this style) gets slammed mercilessly: it tastes terrible to anyone who truly enjoys good beer. I firmly believe, though, that it's perfectly valid to make products for people who don't possess refined tastes (insert "Twilight," NASCAR, or other joke of your choice here; sorry for any offense), and for people who want a beer that tastes more like rice liquor than beer, Happoshu is perfect; it's just a guess on my part, but I have a feeling that this one gets the style just about right. I'll die happy if I never have a sip of Happoshu again, but this was a terrific experience.

Cheers!

Serving type: can

07-31-2011 21:29:53 | More by woosterbill
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Kirin Tanrei from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
68 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.