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Kirin Light Beer - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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Kirin Light BeerKirin Light Beer

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BA SCORE
56
awful

124 Ratings
THE BROS
46
awful

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 2.23
pDev: 26.91%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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twiggamortis420

Texas

2.48/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 10:28:28 | More by twiggamortis420
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

1.75/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a rather typical and uninspiring clear straw yellow with not much of a white head. Aroma is weak and watery, barely like beer at all. Flavor is malty, on the thin side, all too typical of light beers. Texture has only a little fizz to it. Still I’m glad I gave it a fair shake. [Insert joke about light beer here.]

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 01:59:42 | More by Cyberkedi
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tone77

Pennsylvania

2.15/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 03:55:41 | More by tone77
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3/5  rDev +34.5%

02-23-2014 01:17:33 | More by WoodBrew
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ROGUE16

Delaware

2/5  rDev -10.3%

12-05-2011 20:21:01 | More by ROGUE16
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Lare453

Florida

1.25/5  rDev -43.9%

05-12-2013 15:52:48 | More by Lare453
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

2.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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…

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 01:49:47 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 23:01:32 | More by hopdog
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev +29.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 02:59:30 | More by tgbljb
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

2.53/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 22:12:55 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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tommy5

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev +0.9%

09-13-2013 11:29:23 | More by tommy5
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petermethot

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev +0.9%

06-25-2013 22:27:31 | More by petermethot
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DarthKostrizer

California

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

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 01:33:49 | More by DarthKostrizer
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allengarvin

Texas

3.08/5  rDev +38.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 16:17:43 | More by allengarvin
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cliff1066

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev +0.9%

01-04-2013 17:12:40 | More by cliff1066
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -10.3%

05-12-2013 21:06:46 | More by twenty5
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Pegasus

Texas

2.38/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2003 19:20:12 | More by Pegasus
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JamLand

Texas

2/5  rDev -10.3%

04-15-2014 18:18:11 | More by JamLand
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.44/5  rDev +54.3%
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.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 20:45:36 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Drew966

Florida

2.73/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2007 00:42:37 | More by Drew966
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

1/5  rDev -55.2%

03-02-2012 03:53:27 | More by Zachtheporter
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Hopmodium

Washington

2.25/5  rDev +0.9%

05-25-2012 00:30:22 | More by Hopmodium
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PorterLambic

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 01:13:34 | More by PorterLambic
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pmcadamis

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 15:39:17 | More by pmcadamis
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codynevels

California

2/5  rDev -10.3%

11-18-2011 01:51:41 | More by codynevels
Kirin Light Beer from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
56 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.