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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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Photo of Beastdog75
2.13/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Beastdog75, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of kylehay2004
2.13/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

kylehay2004, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Jesstyr
2.1/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Jesstyr, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of zeff80
2.1/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

zeff80, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of Gusler
2.03/5  rDev -9%
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.

Gusler, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of tdm168
2/5  rDev -10.3%

tdm168, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of JamLand
2/5  rDev -10.3%

JamLand, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of Eman17
2/5  rDev -10.3%

Eman17, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of wangbruins
2/5  rDev -10.3%
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!

wangbruins, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of NJBeer265
2/5  rDev -10.3%

NJBeer265, May 23, 2014
Photo of tfsimpkins
2/5  rDev -10.3%

tfsimpkins, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of hopdog
2/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

hopdog, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of ROGUE16
2/5  rDev -10.3%

ROGUE16, Dec 05, 2011
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2/5  rDev -10.3%

twenty5, May 12, 2013
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2/5  rDev -10.3%

codynevels, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
2/5  rDev -10.3%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Wasatch, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of RespetoCerveza101
2/5  rDev -10.3%

RespetoCerveza101, Apr 19, 2012
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2/5  rDev -10.3%

Danobold, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of GMB
2/5  rDev -10.3%

GMB, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of Onslow
2/5  rDev -10.3%
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??

Onslow, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of LADYBEAST
2/5  rDev -10.3%

LADYBEAST, Feb 16, 2014
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2/5  rDev -10.3%

browniewithnuts, Aug 23, 2014
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2/5  rDev -10.3%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
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2/5  rDev -10.3%

Notacraftdrinker, Apr 16, 2014
Kirin Light Beer from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
56 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.