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Kirin Lager - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

Kirin LagerKirin Lager

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155 Ratings

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 2.28
pDev: 25%

Brewed by:
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited visit their website

Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Naerhu on 03-10-2001)
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Photo of tone77


2.79/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Goodbye Hong Kong. Hello Tokyo. Time to try a few Japanese beers on my travels. Poured from an 11.2 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, a touch of malts. Taste is light, some malts, rather bland and boring. Feels light in the mouth and overall, while nothing offensive, just left me wanting more.

Serving type: can

06-19-2013 07:07:59 | More by tone77
Photo of Cavanaghty


3/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in pint glass.

Appearance: Yellow color with about one finger of white head, some lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Banana, mostly. Maybe some malts and rice.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste like banana and rice, at least that is the best way I can describe it.

Overall: Not a bad beer, goes well with hibachi and sake.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2012 21:48:36 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of rodney45

New York

1.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had on tap at DOJO, NYC.

A: Straw yellow, with a surprisingly lingering head.

S: Very little smell, possibly malt, more like the smell of a freshly printed xerox copy paper.

T: Light malt flavor and it has an off astringent chlorinated water taste. Slight hop bitterness, but very fleeting. Dry finish.

M: Light body with little bitterness and no content.

O: This is a below average lager by any definition. Really has no character, and its awfully boring. I wouldnt recomend.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2012 02:42:09 | More by rodney45
Photo of mynie


1.98/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Can I just write the word "eh" and be done with this review?

It goes fine with sushi, because the flavor of sushi is pretty light compared to most of the highly salted and cheese-laden foods I eat, and this basically tastes like beer-flavored water.

Like, if KoolAid made a "Beer" flavor and your poured it into seltzer, this is what you would get.

There are no off nodes. Absolutely nothing unpleasant. But it's basically yellow water.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 06:56:31 | More by mynie
Photo of pettis


2.25/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very thin yellow with lots of carbonation, though little to no head remains after a minute or so. Pale straw, starch, and rice in the nose with only the faintest hop spice...yep, this is a "rice lager" all right.

Taste is...ok, I suppose if you want something cold, fizzy, and beer-y to go with food or pub snacks. The rice and starch have really cut the taste of the malt, and there is much of a hop presence.

Serving type: can

11-02-2011 09:56:06 | More by pettis
Photo of Macca


2.38/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is the genuine article, brewed in Japan, and is 5% abv.

This pours a clear straw colour with a fluffy white head that drops away quickly.

Normal boring clean aromas that you expect from Japanese macro. Slight bit of sulphur.

The palate is the same as the aroma. Clean and boring. Nothing offensive.

Thin in the mouth.

There's nothing really wrong with this other than it's boring.

Serving type: can

08-31-2011 08:25:52 | More by Macca
Photo of Wasatch


1.53/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pale yellow color, some carbonation, little fizzy white head, with not much sticky lacing left behind. The nose is grainy, ricy, skunky. The taste follows the nose, not much going on at all. Light Body, mostly water. A big dissapointment, would not recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 00:29:40 | More by Wasatch
Photo of dali27


2.03/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into bar glass.

A: Clear, very pale gold color. Thin white head.

S: Light grainy smell. Nothing much else.

T: Metallic tasting. Very watery. Not much flavor.

M: Thin, like water.

D: Easy to drink, however nothing that you would actually want to drink.

When the choice at the sushi place is Kirin or Sapporo, I'm choosing Sapporo. Or actually I think I'm choosing the iced tea. Iced tea and sushi really go great together and it tastes so much better than this.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 23:29:06 | More by dali27
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

1.63/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

the only beer left at shogun i had night tried, had this when i went out to dinner with my wife a couple weeks ago.

super light in every aspect i swear it poured out almost clear with no color at all. aroma is pure light rice and corn with just a hint of something stale or off in the back, but seriously soo light nothing was really noticeable. the taste was ore of the same, soo light i could not even tell it was there. gone in a flash i had this one down in no time.

overall just not even a beer to me, i not compliment dinner and was more just a waste of 3 bucks.

Serving type: can

03-05-2011 16:53:03 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of soju6


2.65/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had with Japanese meal in Fussa, Japan.

A: Pours a very pale yellow color with large head that fades quickly.

S: Basicly no real aroma just a trace of grain.

T: flavor is on the light side, just a bit of grain and light bitterness and fairly dry finish.

F: Light body, crisp and clean.

D: A non offensive beer, best when served with Asian food.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 16:17:38 | More by soju6
Photo of IPAescotch


2.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Maybe a little the average AB product, more or less the same.. Smells like nothing at all, maybe slight wheatiness. Tastes of rice adjuinct. No esters or bitterness. Light sugar and barely perceptible malt role. Refreshing like water or instant lemonade, easy to drink. Reminds me of mexican beer, particularly tecate. I could be wrong but im betting they both use rice.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2010 05:01:29 | More by IPAescotch
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


1.84/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Poured almost clear, a little yellow coloring, big head, withers away quickly. No aroma other than hydraulic fluid and metal.

Taste, more metal, and that's about it. Metal water. No hops, lots of carbonation. This stuff is $7 a 6 pack, are you kidding me? They charge less for water at concerts or sporting events. A decent beer with food I guess, if you don't want to have anything competing flavor wise with the food.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 00:59:00 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Finite


2.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Overall very light and clean.

So watery its I found myself double taking a few times that it wasnt really water.

Not much really to say other than its very easy to drink. Aroma and Taste is non-existant. Very simple rice lager. Washed down a meal I guess but really for $7 a bottle you need to offer a bit more than that.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 05:09:53 | More by Finite
Photo of deanhead


3/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brilliantly clear beer, straw in color, without any head.
Virtually no aroma to be found here.

Slightly spicy flavor, most notably grainy & slight malty taste.

Light bodied, crisp and refreshing but mostly uneventful beer.

It's underwhelming and un-remarkable. If its the only game in town go for it, otherwise your better off trying something with more flavor.

The best thing about drinking this beer would be some spicy food or a sweltering hot day.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 15:47:26 | More by deanhead
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

2.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a 3" head with large bubbles. The head falls apart quickly.

Smell: some hints of grass are all that is detectable here. Barely any aroma to notice.

Taste: light grainy malt base with some hints of grass and very littel bitterness. Not much else flavorwise.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp throughout, with a hint of dryness late. Aftertaste is clean.

Drinkability: all around boring beer that can be consumed with some hot and spicy food, but not as a stand alone session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 14:12:12 | More by Gavage
Photo of SargeC


3.43/5  rDev +50.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold brew with a sticky white head.

Smell: Hint of citrus, hops, decent malt presence.

Taste: Hint of fruit. Citrusy hops with limited, yet present malt. Clean, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Comes across thin. Dry.

Drinkablity: Easily consumable. Cheap and readily available, but has limited character.

Serving type: can

01-19-2009 09:04:37 | More by SargeC
Photo of thierrynantes


2.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2001.

Appearance : Blond (clear) color, with white foam head (not persistent).
Smell : malty aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : hoppy persistency, pretty watery.
Drinkability : a not impressed beer in the style Japanese rice lager.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 16:07:47 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of CampusCrew


1.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

had this at a sushi house waiting for my order.

appearance: light yellow

smell: bitter, low hoppness

taste: not a fan, low flavor rice lager

mouthfeel: flavor, zeroness, blank

drinkability: not a fan, a blank beer with zero taste. I'd rather have bud light and thats bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 19:23:15 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

2.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is decent - yellow body with a fluffy white head and some lacing. Sweet, slightly leafy aroma. Body has a very mild bitterness, a good dose of sweet malts and little else. Fairly bland and inoffensive, but not particularly pleasurable. Like water, really, but more expensive. Carbonation is high and body is light.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2008 20:02:34 | More by bobsy
Photo of WHROO


3/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Typical straight down the line lager...
Poured into a pilsner glass, with big head & good lacing. Straw golden in colour with average to good carbonation.
Aroma was pretty bland - no real maltiness, just a lighter lager aroma.
Taste was neither here nor there - a tiny bit a malt, a pinch of bitterness but nothing that stands out.
Mouthfeel is not too bad with some refreshing carbonation.
A very non-offensive (bland) beer...i'd imagine the mass drinkers who just want to drink a beer without it being too sweet or bitter would enjoy the likes of this.
Overall not too bad, but then again not too good either...Average on all accounts

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 00:51:19 | More by WHROO
Photo of TurdFurgison


2.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this with a ramen dinner last night in Kyoto. This beer was just average in every way, maybe under-average as more neutrality of flavor didn't seem possible. It's splitting hairs to compare it with Kirin Ichiban, as the similarities are easier to detect than differences, but I'd say Ichiban is a better product. I had it 2 nights ago in Tokyo with dinner, and it was just on the positive side of neutral.

There is no need for anyone to ever sample this beer, water is a better choice every time.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 23:53:27 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of Absumaster


2.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I know that this beer gets very low reviews, but when you look at the intent of the beer, being a easy drinkable beer, without too much body, this is a good beer.
It pours a golden color with a small head and little carbonation. Smell reminded me of vegetables and rice, with a slight metallic taste. In the background some maltiness.
Taste was bland, some maltiness and very little bitterness. For the rest not much taste, not even when the beer warms.

Serving type: can

06-11-2006 11:03:02 | More by Absumaster
Photo of davidchollar


1.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

looks exactly like a japanese rice lager. clear yellow, good fizzy head.
smell is almost nonexistent. ketchup packets and cigarette breath faint, but not terrible, smells like it looks.
tastes like you would expect, poor. kirin is trying hard to be the producer of the most different kinds of bad beer, they have many. yuck. aftertaste is bile.

Serving type: can

10-19-2005 12:46:03 | More by davidchollar
Photo of tesguino


2.23/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

beer make of rice also like sapporo; nice flavor, hops, and rich in adjoincts; special for the seafood and fish, try with cheese; full bodied flavor; its bottle label design is one of the most beatiful in the beer world; 78% recommended. not good for mexican food.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2005 17:59:03 | More by tesguino
Photo of tgbljb


2.9/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a pale yellow color with a nice puffy white head. Smell is virtually non-existent with only a bit of metallic noted. Taste is very light with nothing offensive or overly enjoyable. Finishes as a refreshing beer, but no better or worse than any other lager. Drinkable, but nothing to go out of my way to get.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2005 00:07:38 | More by tgbljb
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