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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 DarthKostrizer
1.08/5  rDev -51.4%
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

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Photo of Pegasus
2.35/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
1.24/5  rDev -44.1%
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.

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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 Drew966
2.74/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
1.2/5  rDev -45.9%
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.

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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 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 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 ViveLaChouffe
1.03/5  rDev -53.6%
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.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
2.5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sneaked a 12 oz. bottle at Beard's 40th birthday party. Not much too this beer...very light tasting lager with hardly any flavor. Nothing to object to, but nothing to like either.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
1.78/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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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 hotstuff
1.62/5  rDev -27%
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.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
2.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Ok, well, Raul sat down to sushi and the waitress just put a Kirin Light in front of him without asking. Ok. Hmm...

Like my last relationship, this thang is transparent. Like, I can see right through it and see all the bullshit. Taste? Smell? Where?

Goes down easy, but so do a lot of things.

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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 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 theopholis
2.56/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours an absoutely crystal clear straw color with a tight, white head. The head has no retention, leaves no lacing, but the body continues to effervess for quite some time.

Aroma - A corny, sour-mash up front, with a hint of malt sweetness and bittering hops in the background. Aroma of cooked corn to. About what you would expect from an American macro-lager.

Taste - Not much taste at all. Very crisp and refreshing, but so light, there is very little taste. This would be a decent lawn-mower beer, but that's it.

Mouthfeel - Light body. Very crisp and clean. CO2 level is just about perfect for the style.

Drinkability- With the canned corn aroma and severe lack of taste, it's not the most drinkable stuff in the universe. It ain't horrible tho.

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Photo of PhageLab
2.61/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Extremely pale yellow, reminiscent of white grape juice. Produced a fingertip of head that actually lasted a while. Suds cling to the insides of the glass. Lacing is minimal to non-existent.

S - Smells faintly of corn, grain, and grass. Other than that, nothing really here.

T - Initially not bad at all for the style. Very light watery taste that is complimented with something oddly sweet. Aftertaste however reminds me of pocket change.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation, tinge of something coppery. Not entirely pleasant.

D - Pretty decent, overall. I'd actually prefer this over 99% of other bmcs. I do like the Ichiban a little better, but I'd have to say I'd take this over any other light beer.

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Photo of TheDM
2.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This brew poured a medium head of fine to medium sized white bubbles that quickly disappeared. Its body was a straw yellow and was very carbonated. It had a very mild malt aroma and a skunky cheap macro swill flavor of weak hops.

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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 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 CaptJackHarkness
2.95/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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!

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