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Kirin Light Beer - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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Kirin Light BeerKirin Light Beer

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60 Reviews

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 176
Avg: 2.22
pDev: 44.59%
Wants: 1
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited visit their website

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-05-2002

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Reviews: 60 | Hads: 176
Photo of vabeerguy
2.29/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

In the interest of transparency, I am not much of a light beer drinker lately but have tried a number of them. Poured this one from a bottle into a nonic pint glass. Color is a pale yellow. No head unless you do a quick straight pour. My wife says it tastes skunky like a Corona light (back in the day I used to drink these so I know what she means). There is a subtle taste of banana which I suppose is somewhat of a redeeming quality. This beer is definitely not in the same league as a Sam Adams light but is better than many other light beers on the market.

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Photo of morebeergood
2.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Went out to dinner on Friday with my wife to a nice sushi place in Roslindale. After looking at the beer menu, went with Kirin Light mainly because I've never had one before. Poured into a pils style glass. Extremely pale body; barely yellow at all. Lots of carbonation but no head. Looks like sparkling water. Smells like rice. Tastes way too watered down to have any real flavor. Body was paper thin and merely just liquid. There is absolutely nothing behind this beer. When they say "light", they mean they removed everything. I think a Coors would taste better. I'd never order a Japanese light beer again after this poor showing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My girlfriend says that this beer smells like wet-dog. She makes me laugh. Actually the beer smells quite grainy for a light lager, and with an earthy hop character that hinges on the pungent side. The good news is that that's the worst of it. The beer pours an expected crystal-clear, fizzy brew with fleeting head retention. After the aromas, the flavors offer little of anything. Very faint pils malts and rice, but those are short lived. The hops only encorage a balance and are equally as fleeting. The feel is quite watery and carbonated. The beer simply offers little character or interest.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 18Jan11. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - No head. Small white lace. Clear pale gold body.

Smell - Slight, hidden banana. Not much else.

Taste - Mostly flavorless except for some sligh corn and stale metallic off flavors.

Mouthfeel - Boring. No effervescence. Sickly acidic.

Overall Drinkability - Disappointing. Will try re-rating with a fresher bottle, but not sure it will help.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Like most of the Oriental beers I've had, this poured a very pale yellow, with little head or lacing, a touch of carbonation, a grainy aroma and taste and a short dry finish. All that said, it was okay when paired with a Spicy Seafood Noodle soup, but I could have done much better. At least it wasn't fattening.

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Photo of tone77
2.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a touch of corn. Taste is downright weak, maybe a hint of malt, very water like. Feels light in the mouth and overall was lacking in flavor, even for this style.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.15/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had these at an overpriced dinner for the quality with a borderline crazy chick. They had a similarity of appearing light and ditzy. Aroma wasn't offensive, very mild and bland of medicinal corn notes.

Really wasn't much to speak of, lots of water, more bitterness than it should have given the lack of much substance to the beer. Prickly carbonation. Pretty clean overall except the bitterness, must be a decent use of rice to this beer.

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Photo of farfromstout
2.15/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this at a hibachi grill. Asked the guy if I could have the lager...shows back up with the light. I said, "You don't have the lager?" He goes, literally, "This is better." WOW!

Okay, I am not going to completely bash this. If you read on the side of the label, it says brewed by AB! "Under the strict supervision of Kirin". Well, since I haven't had any other Kirin products and this is claimed to be brewed identically by supervision of the parent company, then so be it.

It was slightly carbonated water. A bit of bitterness that may of been thrown in there as a last ditch effort for some type of flavour. Mouthfeel and taste hit the BACK of the tongue like you are scraping it with your toothbrush in the morning. Unfortunately won't forget that beer for a while. At least the Hibachi was good.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.14/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Half finger head on a clear straw to bright golden colored body. aroma is minimal with grains and some sweet corn. Flavor is the same but I am happy there are no off putting flavors although little flavor is there at all. Light body and moderate to high carbonation. Easy to drink, not flavorful but nothing really to turn you off. Basically slightly bitter water.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.13/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Kirin Light: a Japanese interpretation of an American Light Beer that is actually brewed in America. I really don't know if that makes any sense, but that's exactly what this is. Kirin Light does lack some of the more nasty elements of American light beers, but it still maintains the same wateriness that you can find anywhere else.

Kirin Light pours a pale yellow straw color with a 2 finger foamy white head that disappears in under 30 seconds. The smell is light and clean, consisting mainly of some light malts and some crisp fruity smell. The mouthfeel is fizzy and watery, of course. The main flavor is some light grainiess (with some bready/toasty flavor noticeable at first), with some dryness on the palette. Light hop bitterness in the finish. There are some husky adjunct flavors present, but there are notes of some "funky tap water" taste here. If you live or have lived in a town with some nasty tasting tap water, you'll know what I mean. There is little aftertaste, with just some graininess, and there is no alcoholic warmth here either.

A bland, watery light beer is all that's here. Nothing too foul, but nothing that would warrant a second purchase either.

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Photo of zeff80
2.12/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Poured out a light yellow color. Highly carbonated with next to no head.

S - It smelled sweet and of corn/grains.

T - Tasted like corn and a little watery.

M - It is thin and very light-bodied.

D - Not the worst light lager, but certainly not the best. Nothing really jumped out at me.

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Photo of Backer2004
2.1/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

The closest beer I recall that tastes almost exactly like water. Although this may increase its drinkability score, no other positive qualities could be found. Appeared almost like water with a few squeezes of lemon. No head or carbonation. First time I have had a Japanese beer and I hope this will not deter me from trying a few others.

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Photo of Jesstyr
2.1/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this at the local sushi joint since it was happy hour and half price. It wasn't worth the money...

A: Light, watery, yellowish and urine-like. bubbly head that disappears immediately.

S: Light stale beer, very metallic and no real excitement.

T: Metallic carbonation with a side of water. Not offensive in any way, but I'd rather drink ice water. The flavor just isn't good.

M/D: Watery, so it goes down easy. The ease of drinking is a detriment in this case, because its not really worth having.

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Photo of Gusler
2.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As a rule I’d never sample one of these “Light” beers, but as I was given a sixer by my neighbor, as her soon to be daughter-in-law is from Japan, so she bought the beer only to find out she doesn’t drink, so here goes nothing.

The beer escapes the bottle a very light translucent yellow with a moderate in size bright white head that is frothy in texture, and the lace a very thin sheet to conceal the glass. Nose is all malt what there is of it, crisp and clean, start is sweet, thinly malted, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish is sternly acidic, hops sparse and the aftertaste desert dry, drinkable if you’re into light beers and I must say a tad better than most.

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Photo of wangbruins
2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Very light golden, thin looking, not much head, and only slightly translucent

S- Lots of citrus...mostly lemons with some oranges

T- Some lemon and wheat taste, very light orange also

M- Light and crisp, very thin

D- Do you want to drink a case at once? You can!

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Photo of hopdog
2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Enjoyed at Japan in Epcot after walking around in 90 degree heat.

I can't say this had any special aromas of tastes...grains, some corn, and lighter grassiness. It did go down fast on the hot day, but then again so did the glass of water.

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Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pale yellow color, some carbonation, little foamy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is sweet, grainy, with some rice notes. The taste is sweet, kinda malty, grainy/ricy/skunky. Light Body. Would not drink this one again.

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Photo of Onslow
2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

pours with a big soapy foam head .. tastes abit tart, slightly metallic, and cheap low grade make yo mama cry wholesale corn ... smell is low, 2 non pigeon ... driankable but there are soooo many better (non budweiser made) light lagers out there.. and what is the deal with sushi??

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Photo of erosier
1.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a golden yellow color that is completely see-through and has a short and thin white colored head that leaves little lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Smells of rice and that tingly alcohol smell you get from sake.
T: Tastes like water mainly with hints of rice flavoring.
M: Very smooth, very watery, good amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, it was like fizzy water with a bit of rice.

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Photo of Higravity
1.87/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Well I had the Kirin so lets see if the light is as good.

Wow this is pale yellow, or moderatly hydrated man piss. White head that leaves no lace. Smells of boiled rice and taste of almost nothing. My mouth thinks I am drinking soda water, at least I can drink it quickly.

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Photo of EagleTalon
1.86/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

They are now importing this beverage into the "beer wasteland" of Oklahoma convenience stores. I don't know if it required watering down or not...probably not, judging from the touted 95 calories and the other reviewers comments. Regardless, here goes:
Pours to large soapy bubbles that dissapear. Color is water and light straw. Aroma is carbonated water, malt, adjunct grains and a weak dose of pungent hops. Taste is mostly carbonated water with a splash of malt, cereal and hops. Bitter finish that sours and turns into a metallic, stomach-acid aftertaste. Probably better suited for pairing with food to mask the aftertaste.

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Photo of Jason
1.85/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz brown long neck bottle with an A&B “Bottled On” date on the back label. Brewed by Anheuser-Busch in the US.

The head retention is awful, barely a ring of lace. Good clarity, but that is a given. Very pale yellow colour.

Clean aroma, too clean with a hint of cereal grain.

Masterful crispness within a thin malty character, thin bodied and full of light cereal grain flavours. Hops are just another pawn in the game of lackluster flavours. Clean, clean and clean with little flavour to notice and a seltzer water influence.

What would be the politically correct term for this beer? Japanese American Light Crap? Please this beer is horrible, and now it is brewed in the US like that would make any difference other than someone cutting costs to line their pockets.

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Photo of Portertime
1.85/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chock one up for another crappy light beer. Pretty much a watered down version of Kirin Ichiban. Pours a pathetic, thin, yellow tinged seltzer water. Smell of maybe dried corn and rice if you put your nose right up to it. Tastes like watered down ricecakes. One more light beer for the drain.

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Photo of jwc215
1.83/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Born on date - as it's made for Kirin by A-B:

Pours light straw yellow with a thin white head that becomes a wide disappearing patch. Typical for style, at best.

The smell is not much of anything but seltzer water and some husk.

The taste is of lightly sweetened carbonated water. Pathetically void of anything, even for the style. Maybe some light husk, certainly seltzer water. Finishes...well, it hardly began, so there's not really a finish. Not really...anything, really. Yet, there's something going on that just doesn't taste right.

This reminds me of lightly sweetened carbonated water much more than a beer - even a macro light. Sad. A neighbor of mine likes this. She can keep it. I'll pass.

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Photo of Rootdog316
1.82/5  rDev -18%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a light yellow color into the pint glass with almost no head. Very thin lacing, mouthfeel and palate. Pretty standard light beer. Looks like nothing, smells like nothing and tastes like nothing. Its certainly not offensive but its hard to say its good. Its carbonated water with a dash of alcohol. Not recommended at all...although I wonder how it would go along with sushi...probably not worth trying.

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Kirin Light Beer from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
58 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.