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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

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 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 WoodBrew
3/5  rDev +34.5%

WoodBrew, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of tone77
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.

tone77, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
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.

twiggamortis420, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
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.]

Cyberkedi, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of Lare453
1.25/5  rDev -43.9%

Lare453, May 12, 2013
Photo of ROGUE16
2/5  rDev -10.3%

ROGUE16, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
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…

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 16, 2011
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 10, 2009
Photo of tgbljb
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.

tgbljb, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of petermethot
2.25/5  rDev +0.9%

petermethot, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of tommy5
2.25/5  rDev +0.9%

tommy5, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Feb 03, 2004
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 allengarvin
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.

allengarvin, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of cliff1066
2.25/5  rDev +0.9%

cliff1066, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of twenty5
2/5  rDev -10.3%

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

JamLand, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of Pegasus
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.

Pegasus, Feb 16, 2003
Photo of RonaldTheriot
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

RonaldTheriot, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Jame515
2.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Jame515, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Drew966
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.

Drew966, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of Zachtheporter
1/5  rDev -55.2%

Zachtheporter, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of PorterLambic
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
Photo of NJBeer265
2/5  rDev -10.3%

NJBeer265, May 23, 2014
Kirin Light Beer from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
56 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.