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Kirin Light Beer - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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BA SCORE
56
awful

133 Ratings
THE BROS
46
awful

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 2.23
pDev: 26.46%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-05-2002)
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3.75/5  rDev +68.2%

Guden, Jan 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +68.2%

mwar, Dec 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +68.2%

jjarreau, Aug 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +57%

t0rin0, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.44/5  rDev +54.3%

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.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Raziel313
3.25/5  rDev +45.7%

Raziel313, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev +39%

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.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of allengarvin
3.08/5  rDev +38.1%

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.

allengarvin, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.03/5  rDev +35.9%

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.

womencantsail, Aug 06, 2011
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3/5  rDev +34.5%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev +34.5%

WoodBrew, Feb 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev +34.5%

DOCRW, Friday at 02:58 AM
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3/5  rDev +34.5%

CMOrak, Jun 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev +34.5%

hockenbeer, Feb 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev +34.5%

KingBiscuit, Jul 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev +34.5%

kfourte, Dec 04, 2011
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3/5  rDev +34.5%

Furley80, Feb 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev +34.5%

nickfl, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
2.95/5  rDev +32.3%

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!

CaptJackHarkness, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of stan66
2.9/5  rDev +30%

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.

stan66, Apr 22, 2012
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2.9/5  rDev +30%

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.

beerthulhu, Sep 11, 2008
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2.88/5  rDev +29.1%

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.

tgbljb, Mar 24, 2006
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2.75/5  rDev +23.3%

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.

Lazerlobe, Sep 09, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev +23.3%

Basoos1, Saturday at 04:47 AM
Photo of mikesgroove
2.75/5  rDev +23.3%

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.

mikesgroove, Jul 15, 2007
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Kirin Light Beer from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
56 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.