Kirin Akiaji - Autumn Brew | Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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Kirin Akiaji - Autumn BrewKirin Akiaji - Autumn Brew

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Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 20
Photo of JackieKu
2.31/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500ml can. Canned on 8/2015. Poured into tulip.

Ingredients: malt, hop, rice, corn, and starch.
The later 3 indicate it's definitely not a canonical Märzen.

A: Golden. Clear. Poured with 2 fingers high of head but sank soon.
S: Grainy and little sourness.
T: Typical adjuncts lagers, with slightly higher bitterness.
M: Light bodied. Moderate carbonation.
O: Nothing special but the design of can. Never drink it again.

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Photo of Raven3464
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy brown body with lots of carbonation.

Smell: A sweet lager smell commonly found in malty macro brews is apparent. Nothing really stands out here.

Taste: Again, nothing really stands out but the overly sweet metallic taste found in many Japanese macros is subdued. There is watery malts up front with a hint of sweet hops in the after taste (supposedly 1.3 times the amount of normal hops were used for brewing).

Mouth feel: Watery but smooth

Overall: I went in with low expectations and ended up experiencing a macro which isn't too bad. It's better than probably 90% of the other macro lagers sold in Japan. Then again, that's kind of like saying I can out run a tree.

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Photo of pettis
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just a couple weeks out of the brewery, this 2011 Akiaji ("fall taste") beer tastes just like I remember it from several years ago. It pours golden amber with a thin, but bubbly, head with a nose that gives faint hints of slightly-roasted caramel-like malt. Taste is dominated by malt and is quite sweet. According to the label, it uses 1.3 times as much malt as Kirin's regular offerings (for what that's worth). Above-average carbonation and smooth mouthfeel make this quite drinkable, though those accustomed to more hops may grow weary of the malty sweetness.

Judged as a Märzen, this beer is nothing to get excited about and should probably be rated a C- or so, but considering it comes from one of the big four Japanese brewers (think "BMC") and doesn't actually claim to be a Märzen (but rather a "fall seasonal"), it is a solid and affordable seasonal offering for beer drinkers in Japan.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.49/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - 1 finger of head that dissipates in about 30 seconds. No lacing. Almost no continued carbonation. Brass colored

S - Linseed oil. Faint malts. Little no no yeast. Pretty standard generic lager smells.

T - The tastes are a bit of an improvement, and make up for the so far so-so experience. There are pleasant mixtures of sugars, esters, milky lactose flavors, and some chinook hops. There are small amounts of yeast and hop and malt here. All the flavors are subdued but the balance is very nice. It finishes with a crisp sweet aftertaste.

M - A tiny bit watery, but that's to be expected for a macro beer in a can. Otherwise pleasant.

D - This beer is a seasonal favorite of mine. Every Fall in Japan I always make a point to buy at least one six pack so that they will keep making it. It's not an amazing beer, but cheaper than most of the domestic counterparts and has good flavor and balance. This is the kind of beer I like to finish the evening with after the taste buds have been sufficiently dulled.

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Photo of jpBeerGuy
3.14/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It's got a good bang for the buck. That's about it.

Appearance - Nice foamy head. Golden in color.

Smell - Earthy... smell of dirt and leaves. Maybe they added that in there to fit the theme? I dunno... but there are also hints of grains.

Taste - Meh... not bad. Just reminds me of a cheap bottle of 2005 Bordeaux. Not great but not terrible.

Mouthfeel - I almost wonder if there is soil in there....

Drinkability - Once you get past the initial shock of soil and leaves... you don't really want to keep going for more of it.

A swing and a miss... but sometimes the autumn brews are good from Kirin.

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Photo of bobsy
3.14/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straw yellow, with a rapidly diminishing white head. Sweet, leafy aroma. Surprisingly bitter, which helps provide a nice counterpoint to the malty sweetness. Light body and steady carbonation. Not too bad, but not really much of a flavour upgrade over a regular macro lager.

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Photo of SargeC
3.32/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, yellow colored brew with a foamy white head.

Smell: Light hop presence with buttery notes.

Taste: Clean brew without many standout flavors. Minimal hop bite in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Did not seem to match up to the style.

Drinkablity: Easy to down. Not a big departure from regular Kirin. Limited flavor bite to it.

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Photo of alebuff
2.46/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow a 6% Japanese beer from one of the big boys - and a limited brew for the Autumn. One to be tried for sure ? Well no, not really. One to be laid down and forgotten.

The can looks like a supermarket own brand cola or fruit juice. There is something of a rustic nose about it. The overlal taste verges on the bland. A mouthful of dead leaves if anything. How can they try so hard to make yet another less than ordinary beer ?

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.62/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale, clear-as-day, golden, brassy body with a fair, white head and decent retention.

Smell: Light, crisp, and sweet German-style malts with a demure undercurrent of herbal hops. Adjuncts are not as noticeable as they are in most Kirin products, but they're there and they're not fooling anybody.

Taste: Well-balanced and refreshing, with a pleasantly zippy hop edge. Not nearly as heavy as most in the style, but still quite flavorful. Malts are lighter, more crisp, and less nutty than your garden-variety Oktoberfest, but of course that reflects the tastes of this beer's country of origin. Could easily pass for a pilsener.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and airy, slightly sticky but clean and crisp overall.

Drinkability: I like it, and I wish it were available year-round. The hop profile is very nice, making it a beer you can savor despite its overall lightness.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Sickly yell with a pure white head.
S - Malty aroma
T - Medium maltyness (huge for the style), with a firm bitterness (also huge for the style). Not complex, but very nice.
M - Nice medium body.
D - I found this surprisingly enjoyable in its bold, refreshing flavor.

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Photo of jeshii
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Nice thick fluffy white head, but the color is totally lackluster.

Smell: Strong scent. Not especially interesting though.

Taste: Wow... it is bitter. Surprisingly so. Bitter after taste too.

Mouthfeel: Sits in the mouth well. No real special feelings or flavors. Bitterness really comes out in the aftertaste. Great carbonation level though.

Drinkability: The strong bitterness kinda takes away from the drinkability. But it isn't bad or anything. Just unremarkable.

Overall: It ain't half bad. But it ain't half good neither. The 6% is keeping me warm this cold autumn evening.

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Kirin Akiaji - Autumn Brew from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
3.1 out of 5 based on 20 ratings.
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