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Kirin Light Beer - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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BA SCORE
56
awful

136 Ratings
THE BROS
46
awful

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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 2.23
pDev: 26.91%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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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1/5  rDev -55.2%

DustinSWB, Oct 14, 2013
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1/5  rDev -55.2%

Zachtheporter, Mar 02, 2012
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1/5  rDev -55.2%

rvcram9219, Dec 07, 2013
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1/5  rDev -55.2%

Totalpackage411, Sep 30, 2014
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1/5  rDev -55.2%

crisis44, Jun 01, 2012
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1/5  rDev -55.2%

bigwilliez13, Jan 22, 2012
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1.02/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a clear gold with a quarter inch cream colored head. Dissipates quickly. No lacing at all. Smells of sweet corny malt.

Taste is really bad. Sour and unpleasant. Mineral watery in character and lightly vegetal. Mouth is watery. No crispness. Limp, yet fizzy. Blick. This is foul. Run, don't walk.

ViveLaChouffe, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of DarthKostrizer
1.08/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Look: Yellow and totally see through 1/4 inch white head and no retention

Smell: Um there isnt one

Taste: Hint of 6 row malt and that's it WOW

Mouthfeel: Thin with medium carbonation

Overall: Very drinkable beer but why would you pay money for a beer with no flavor. Only drank this one because I needed the cap for my bar top

DarthKostrizer, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of pmcadamis
1.18/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - Pale, and I mean pale yellow...nearly colorless actually. A small wispy white haze is all that's on top of this beer, and no lacing is to be found.

S - Not much to smell really. A little bit of rice, a little bit of a sour, almost lactic note is there too.

T - Oh God, that's not really very good. I recall enjoying the normal Kirin Ichiban with some sushi, but this falls far short of that respectable brew. There isn't any flavor to be found apart from a mild sourness that reminds me of spoiled milk.

M - Super-thin, super-carbonated, and super-weak.

D - Pretty bad. This is a far cry from the "real" Kirin Ichiban...if you are trying to save calories, eat a little less rice beneath your sashimi and stick with the real stuff.

pmcadamis, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of BigSTing
1.2/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had a 22oz bottle of Kirin Light at happy hour at a local sushi spot. By far the worst beer I've ever had. It tasted like watered down urine. I actually don't mind light beers in most cases. I wasn't expecting much, but the taste, or lack of taste, was offensive. I'd rather drink the world's cheapest Malt Liquor than this swill.

I'm not going to give this "beer" a proper review because it doesn't deserve it.

I'd stay away

BigSTing, May 09, 2011
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1.23/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Wow. Ichiban came from this brewery? Scary thought.
The best thing about this beer is someone else paid for it. Even then it was hard to drink it and not insult my host.

Poured a rather vibrant yellow color with with a good-sized head consistenting of big bubbles. No lace to speak of.
Smell is some hops with nothing else save a slight metallic mustiness, if that is possible.
Taste is harsh hoppiness, a metallic note and naught else. A faint, almost ghost-like, hint of malt way late in the aftertaste.
Bitter and rough, watery and light-bodied (expected). Highly effervescent, almost fizzy. You could drink this, but I wouldn't suggest it.

PorterLambic, Apr 30, 2010
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1.25/5  rDev -43.9%

Lare453, May 12, 2013
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1.25/5  rDev -43.9%

ahommell, Aug 16, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -32.7%

ckr1451, Sep 01, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -32.7%

CraigTravor, Jul 20, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -32.7%

Absolut, May 30, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -32.7%

MrGaughran, Jun 27, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -32.7%

Baldjosh, Nov 07, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -32.7%

SoCaliC8, Jan 17, 2014
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1.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Sallow maize, not the 'rich amber color' that is claimed. The cotton white head isn't as soft, as unsticky and as short-lived as the heads on some beer of this style, but neither is it anything special. It looks slightly pathetic as is deflates, and results in no more than scattered sudsy specks of lace.

The nose is almost absent. And what I do appreciate... I don't appreciate. Kirin Light doesn't really smell like beer at all, more like faux beer. At best it smells like low-alcohol beer. Even though it doesn't make me turn away in disgust, I have no desire to keep on sniffing.

Because Kirin Ichiban (a Japanese rice lager) was so weakly flavored and had such a light body, I wasn't expecting much out this offering. Actually, it has a little flavor (although I wish it didn't). It tastes as artificial as it smells; as if beer extract was added to lightly carbonated distilled water.

There's nothing resembling malt or hops in the flavor profile. The brewery must have a terrific sense of humor since (in addition to the 'rich amber color' gag) they claim that Czech hops are used. Trust me, there isn't one shred of hop flavor or hop bitterness is this abomination of an alcoholic beverage. At 3.31%, we can't even count on alcohol to add a little flavor.

Amazingly, the body/mouthfeel seems lighter and more insubstantial than water. How is that possible? A fine fizziness early gives way to a barely noticeable fizziness late. This beer has one of the most crapalicious mouthfeels that I've run across in a long, long time.

Kirin Light is bad. It's even worse than some low-alcohol beer and I have a hard time thinking of them as beer at all. My advice can be boiled down to one word that can be found on the reviewing drop-down menu next to the number 1.0. And that word is... avoid.

BuckeyeNation, May 20, 2006
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1.6/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

When I took my first taste of this brew, I knew instantly that I was not going to like this one. It poured a small white creamy head with small bubbles. There was fair lacing with this brew. The body was straw yellow in hue. It had a mild malt aroma and it was bitter tasting from start to finish. This brew was light and watery tasting.

hotstuff, Jun 25, 2003
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1.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Pretty much looks like carbonated urine after a night of drinking, a big white head that leaves absolutely no lacing.
S - Corn and iron
T - Same, this big metallic after taste really messes this beer up.
M - Good carbonation I guess, that's something, but overall a little oily feeling
D - Just stay away, Kirin regular isn't half as bad as this light crap

yaegerje, Aug 01, 2009
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1.75/5  rDev -21.5%

Robyn, Jul 30, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -21.5%

sirsteve42, Oct 25, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Got this with 4 other Asian beers (plus 1 Budweiser to make a 6 pack) from the Japanese restaurant I work at.

Appearance: Unimpressive- very very pale gold color with a smaller head that leaves very quickly and leaves a tiny bit of lace. The lace is a slight plus, I guess.

Smell: An extremely faint smell, but smells of grain and corn.

Taste: Almost no flavor to be found, but has just a hint of sweetness and adjunct (rice, maybe some corn).

Mouthfeel: Very watery. Hey, at least it's refreshing.

Drinkability: I could drink these things all day, but that's only because they're so thin and tasteless. Wouldn't go out and buy this ever again (not even at a restaurant), but would drink it only if it were a hot day and some cold ones were around. Seriously, this beer isn't even worth a try.

Mosstrooper, Dec 30, 2008
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Kirin Light Beer from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
56 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.