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Kirin Light Beer - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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Kirin Light BeerKirin Light Beer

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 173
Avg: 2.22
pDev: 44.59%
Wants: 1
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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Kirin Brewery Company, Limited visit their website

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 08-05-2002

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.46/5  rDev +55.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kirin Light (3.2% alcohol by weight) has a thin, white head, a clear, bubbly, straw appearance, and not a whole lot of lacing left behind on the sides of the glass. The aroma is faint, but one does detect sweet grains and some malt. Taste is of sweet barley malt, standard beer flavor, some mineral water notes, and a touch of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Kirin Light finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and dry. Overall, for a beer, it is good, and for a light beer it is most excellent. No off smell or tastes, whatsoever.


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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, light yellow body with an airy, well-sized, white head.

Smell: It's a pretty mild aroma at best, with only some light, clean notes of barley and spicy hops.

Taste: A thin, light taste of malted barley marked by a faint degree of sweetness and lightly spicy hops with a complimentary bitterness. Clean, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. A tad watery.

Drinkability: A light beer, of course, but one that's at least clean-tasting and fairly refreshing. There's a lot of true horrors in the land of lagers, but, thankfully, this wasn't of them.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.08/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up at a company friday event. Worth an extra label in my label books, and another review:

Poured into 12-oz tumbler, this extremely pale-gold beer has a fast-forming and fast-dissipating head. The aroma is pretty clean and neutral, with a light pils maltiness. Very clean flavor. Much better than many light beers. The malt is not particularly grainy, though there's not much taste at all. Hop bitterness is quite light, though it is detectable if you look for it.

I haven't had a lot of light macros, but this one is definitely better than the average run-of-the-mill light. It's quite clean, and non-offensive.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.03/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours a clear golden straw with a fluffy white head, with surprisingly good retention.

S: Halfway decent nose. Not shockingly, it still pretty much just smells like rice. But, there is a bit of yeast and some light hop notes (mostly grass). Some light fruity esters of sweet apple.

T: Flavor is not too bad either. Lots of rice with a light malt note. Grassy hops with minimal bitterness and some more green apple esters and yeast.

M: The body is very light with a medium to high level of carbonation.

O: I liked this one better than Sapporo light. Nicer flavor with a bit less reliance on the pure rice flavor.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
2.95/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The ABV on this is 3.31 (BA please note!)

The color is very pale yellow, the aroma bland , this reminds me of O'Douls near beer!

This was served at Hama Sushi, when I asked, I found out it's not from Japan anymore but brewed by the same makers of Bud Light!

She suggested Asahi, which will be in another review!

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Photo of stan66
2.88/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy tone on my glass, head minum retention, almost non existent. carbonation low. Taste is a little weak with notable touch of hops. barley not too present. A pleasant light beer. Would prefer this beer over other light beer as coors or miller.

I am not sure if I will try this once again. Too pricey here.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.86/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear maize-gold with a frothy white head that started out 2 fingers high and was very active on the surface with tiny eruptions and craters. The head soon diminished to a thin, fizzy covering while retention was moderate and the lacing non-apparent. Visible carbonation was very light.

s: There was a slight skunkiness upon first opening which thankfully was not detected on the actual nose. The aroma had light corn, dried rice and was very light overall.

T: For flavor there was some light dried butter grains with hints of fresh lemons. Overall was hard to judge, but was clean, crisp, refreshing, and faired well considering the style, which is all you can ask.

M: light, a little watery, with a brisk lemon hopping while finishing with a dry hoppiness. For a light beer it actually felt pretty good on the tongue.

D: Drinkability overall was average, per style. Certainly had no problem putting this down and at 95 calories and being a light beer I would ponder to say this is one of the better light beers (with exception of sam adams) that ive tasted, and I could drink a couple of these without hesitation.

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Photo of tgbljb
2.85/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pale yellow color with modest white head. Smell is very minimal with only a slight sweet note to be found. Taste is very light, but also refreshing, and moderately enjoyable. Finish is more of a refreshing taste, but offers nothing out of the ordinary. Expensive spacer.

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Photo of Lazerlobe
2.76/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: An aggressive pour yields a finger and a half of head that seems to be holding down the fort. Moderate lacing is supported along the fortifications.

S: Hay, dilute sugar, low grade pot dominate with little else rounding out the bouquet.

T: Sharp metallic bite mixes with a thin undercurrent of faded floral hop, watered down malt syrup, and dry grass.

M: A prickly carbonation tickles the tongue and gives the beer some feisty character.

D: Only if hard up and dry.

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Photo of PatriotUSA
2.76/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer had a moderate sweet taste that disappeared quickly. There was also a low level of carbonation. If I have another I will want it really cold and only to quench a thirst. Clearly not a session beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.75/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Went out to the hibachi steakhouse last night and they had the last two on the menu that I had not tried, this being one of them. Poured a dull straw yellow with a big white fizzy head. Lots of visible carbonation, but the fizzy yellow water type, no lace. The smell was very faint, if there at all. What I could pick up was maybe a hay, or wheat smell. Again very very faint, and hardly there at all. The taste was very light and non descript, but that is about what one would expect from a light lager. A light grain, just enough of a taste to know I was not drinking water would be the best way to describe it. Decent feel, again just the cold well carbonated. Crisp, and a clean finish, no aftertaste. Overall this was totally forgettable, as I imagined it would be. Their version of Bud Light I imagine and if thats the case, it is spot on. Nothing to see here, move along people.

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Photo of Drew966
2.74/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kirin Light Beer pours a light golden yellow with a thick white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is grainy. The taste is also grainy, with a touch of corn flavor jumping out at me. There's nothing offensive here, but really not much going on either. A decent choice if you want a light lager.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.62/5  rDev +18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was down in Baltimore this past weekend, visiting a college chum and attending the annual Brewers' Art Mid-Atlantic Holiday Gathering. I took Amtrak to Penn Station and then began walking south to The Brewers Art when I passed Aloha Liquors, a little store that never fails to have something new and unusual available, prompting me to stop in. I scored a 22-ounce bomber of this, as well as some Korean gems that are sure to be just as good.

My initial pour netted me two-plus fingers of foamy, bone-white head with extremely limited retention. Hey, I realize that I am not the handsomest of guys, but do you have to take off so quickly? Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. I have urinated darker water than this. Nose had a faint lager/corn adjunct sweetness, but it was all pretty mild. Mouthfeel was thin and watery with only the barest of taste in the mouth. I am glad it was nearing my bedtime as this was a major snooze-a-thon. Holy boring, Batman! Finish was equally band and ho-hum, making for a less-than-scintillating experience. That said, I do not feel that I should dun it too badly. I knew what I was buying, but I had never seen it before, either in CAN or bottle, and I have certainly had much worse, including from the style. Hey, it beats a cup of tea before retirement, I promise you. Don't avoid it if it is one of the few options open to you - it could be the lesser of several evils.

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Photo of PhageLab
2.61/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Extremely pale yellow, reminiscent of white grape juice. Produced a fingertip of head that actually lasted a while. Suds cling to the insides of the glass. Lacing is minimal to non-existent.

S - Smells faintly of corn, grain, and grass. Other than that, nothing really here.

T - Initially not bad at all for the style. Very light watery taste that is complimented with something oddly sweet. Aftertaste however reminds me of pocket change.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation, tinge of something coppery. Not entirely pleasant.

D - Pretty decent, overall. I'd actually prefer this over 99% of other bmcs. I do like the Ichiban a little better, but I'd have to say I'd take this over any other light beer.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
2.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Ok, well, Raul sat down to sushi and the waitress just put a Kirin Light in front of him without asking. Ok. Hmm...

Like my last relationship, this thang is transparent. Like, I can see right through it and see all the bullshit. Taste? Smell? Where?

Goes down easy, but so do a lot of things.

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Photo of theopholis
2.56/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours an absoutely crystal clear straw color with a tight, white head. The head has no retention, leaves no lacing, but the body continues to effervess for quite some time.

Aroma - A corny, sour-mash up front, with a hint of malt sweetness and bittering hops in the background. Aroma of cooked corn to. About what you would expect from an American macro-lager.

Taste - Not much taste at all. Very crisp and refreshing, but so light, there is very little taste. This would be a decent lawn-mower beer, but that's it.

Mouthfeel - Light body. Very crisp and clean. CO2 level is just about perfect for the style.

Drinkability- With the canned corn aroma and severe lack of taste, it's not the most drinkable stuff in the universe. It ain't horrible tho.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - fairly standard light golden color. Much more carbonation than the other Kirins. Half-finger of seltzery white head that quickly bubbles away.

Aroma is very lightly skunked, but clears out after a moment. Fairly pils-like, but light.

Taste - not too bad. Some malty, pilsnerish notes coming through, very bubbly, watered down to about what I'd expect. Not bad for a light, but I wouldn't pay the extra import price for it.

Mouthfeel - crisp, very carbonated with a trace of malt left behind, just slightly sweet.

Drinkability - for hot weather, sure. I think I'd choose a cheaper alternative, but it'll drink.

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Photo of HockeytownBrew
2.5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had at the Japanese attraction at World Showcase in EPCOT.

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear yellow. Crystal clear. Short and thin head that fades extremely quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Slight scent of rice and grains.

T: Same as the scent, along with a slight sweetness.

M: Very light. Moderate carbonation.

D: Very good.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
2.5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sneaked a 12 oz. bottle at Beard's 40th birthday party. Not much too this beer...very light tasting lager with hardly any flavor. Nothing to object to, but nothing to like either.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on date of 13Jul09 and this one is brewed under 'supervision' by AB InBev in LA. Pours a very clear, very pale yellow with a fizzy white head that initially fades fast to a slowly decaying coating. There is just a bit of lacing on the glass.

Does not smell like much at all. Carbonated water and maybe a light graininess with some rice. Very unoffensive and neutral smelling beer.

Taste is on the mild side, even for a light lager with a few hints of stale grains...much like seltzer water and the rice additions only accentuate the effect. If you want a light beer with the least amount of flavor, this one is a good choice.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy bright white head that quickly reduces to nothing. Minimal lacing is observed.

S: Light aromas of grain and rice adjunct malts.

T: Slightly sweet with flavors of the rice and grain adjunct malts. Some light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Very easy to drink and very sessionable. This is probably one of the less offensive light lagers as it at least still has some taste to it. Would not be on the top of the list of beers to have again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.39/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear, very light straw gold body. It's topped by a full, foamy, bright-white head head, but unfortunately it drops almost immediately! It keeps a thin foamy collar but hardly any surface covering, and leaves no lace. The aroma is nice with a softly sweet graininess. Exceptionally clean. The body is light and gently crisp in the mouth - quite appropriate for a light beer. The flavor, however, expresses less character than the nose might lead you to believe. There's just a mild touch of grainy maltiness, and it's much less sweet than might be expected. It doesn't really finish as much as it just ends. In fact, the entire flavor is just like a short dry finish. Disappointing.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.35/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Crystal-clear and straw colored with a head that resembles dishwashing soap lather and suffers poor retention. Moderately carbonated with poor lace. Slightly skunky with a slightly sweet grain aroma, more like corn, actually, and a little spicy hops. Taste begins with slightly sweet maltiness and slightly biting carbonation, the taste just fades to a bit of spicy hop bitterness at the finish. The finish is crisp and dry.

In defense of this beer I must say that it is better than many American lights, although that may not be saying much. Still, if one must drink a light beer, this may be one of the better ones. The label copy notes "only 95 calories", so its clear that the caloric content is of more importance to the target audience than the taste.

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Photo of TheDM
2.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This brew poured a medium head of fine to medium sized white bubbles that quickly disappeared. Its body was a straw yellow and was very carbonated. It had a very mild malt aroma and a skunky cheap macro swill flavor of weak hops.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.29/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Straight from the bottle

A: Pale in color, almost clear in the stream coming from the bottle. The head is fizzy and dissipates almost instantly. Pretty standard so far.

S: Very slight aroma of something almost Belgian which is interesting but it’s difficult to discern.

T/M: Tastes bubbley and a bit malty with some bitterness near the end. It’s pretty bland overall, like seltzer or diet Gatorade.

Yet another contender in the made-with-the-purpose-of-getting-you-drunk category. Because we need more of those…

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Kirin Light Beer from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
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