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Kirin Tanrei - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 2.69
pDev: 22.68%
Wants: 16
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited visit their website

Style | ABV
Happoshu |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tjd25 on 06-16-2004)
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WIBrewMan, Sep 01, 2014
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cfrobrew, Aug 21, 2014
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3.08/5  rDev +14.5%

Brianross, Aug 11, 2014
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2/5  rDev -25.7%

CraigTravor, Aug 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev +11.5%

zjohnson715, Aug 05, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -44.2%

AMCimpi, Jul 29, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -53.5%

mrjez, Jul 27, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev +2.2%

aoampm, Jul 27, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -16.4%

prisoner1572, Jul 24, 2014
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3.04/5  rDev +13%

Very clear pale yellow in color, the thin white head dies down quickly but does leave just a bit of a thin ring at the edges of the glass.
There's lots of rice in the nose, a little biscuit by way of malts, and it's husky without being very dry. It does run semi-dry, particularly as the vaguest note of grass comes in. Some grains run through and some fruit notes I assume are esters, darker but with something less sweet and more crisp like pear that hasn't ripened yet.
It's a little pale on the tongue, yes, but that's the style. There's a bit more of a twang in the taste, tart green apple skins and a bit of lemon zest. The rice is used well in this brew, integrating a soft flavor that doesn't put down the strongest foundation to put much on, but works for a very light brew.
It's a light body for sure, and runs a touch thin, but I have to assume that, since it holds up a good crispness, keeps pretty clean and without any grainy astringency, and has at least a modicum of smoothness, it's pretty good for the style though not overall.

Brenden, Jul 23, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -16.4%

BigCheese, Jul 14, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

threedaggers, Jul 12, 2014
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2/5  rDev -25.7%

GiaLvo, Jun 20, 2014
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2/5  rDev -25.7%

KimenTshom, Jun 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +20.8%

endless1408, Jun 05, 2014
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2.73/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

metter98, Apr 26, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev +2.2%

smithj4, Apr 26, 2014
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ygtbsm94, Aug 18, 2013
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2.46/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

tone77, Jun 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev +11.5%

Adambeerdude22, Mar 11, 2013
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Kirin Tanrei from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
66 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.