Kirin Maroyaka Kobo | Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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Kirin Maroyaka KoboKirin Maroyaka Kobo

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Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Naerhu on 09-24-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 6
Reviews by saztheorybook:
Photo of saztheorybook
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a murky gold that was kind of gorgeous, kind of gross. Definitely unfiltered, healthy, and robust. The head was white and it retained a little bit all the way through to the end, a surprise for a Japanese beer. The smell was sweet with the malts making a big appearance, but it was very syrupy. Drinking it, I thought, "Goodness, Kirin made a good beer." And I stick by that. The first set of flavors were barley and sugar. It's well balanced and not particularly bitter. Very sweet with citrusy tones.

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Photo of shertzogovina
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle brought to me by a freind of a freind who came back from Japan.
Had no idea what the style of the beer was before opening the bottle.
After opening, one thing is clear - this is no english bitter.
It had the appearance of a Witbier. Cloudy and yellow with a nice white head and lively bubbles.
The aroma though, is lager-like, with some DMS and rice and sour milk with only a bit of fruitiness and hops.
Upon tasting it seems that this was intended to be a Witbier indeed.
Tangy wheat, light citrus and some spiciness dominate.
A medium body and spritzy carbonation help with the drinkability powered by a dry finish.

Definitely a specialty brew from a macro-brewery. nice try- not bad.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is Kirin's "premium beer" using "living hops"! It comes in a bottle, a rare luxury for mainstream Japanese beer, and it's got a chic label--as well as a chic price.

This beer looked incredible in the glass. Large, slow-moving, concentrated-bubble head and a dusty-gold, cloudy color, like a duststorm in front of a late-afternoon, yeah. In fact, drinkability goes up just by looking at it. Fun lacing too, creating a maze up and down my tall glass.

The smell was sweet and malty, and the taste was flavorful grains with gracious hops. It had a neat, clean taste, yet not lacking in meatiness. The non-filtration really tells. Besides Heartland, this has to be my favorite Kirin product.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Website claims that this is a 100 percent malt beer using both wheat and barley. I had to guess at the type of ale, all the site said is that it is a top fermented, unfiltered beer. The site also states that only aroma hops are used, which I believe considering the amazing aroma.

Amazingly active white head. Opaque yellow body. A bouquet of wild flowers jumping of this beer.

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Photo of benoist
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow. Where did this one come from? Not at all what I expected when reviewing a Kirin product. For a large-scale macrobrewery known for a rather unremarkable mainstream beer, this one's a terrific offering.

Appearance is excellent, almost shimmering and golden in the glass, with a haziness reminiscent of Unibroue's "Blanche de Chambly". The unfiltered nature of this beer really shows. Large, active, bubbly head, with some very exciting lacing. Overall, a wonderful beer to look at.

This beer's aroma is quite impressive as well, with grains and hops pervading the initial nose before giving way to a deep maltiness. Interesting.

The taste is thick, malty and sweet, but quickly dissipating to an aftertaste filled with a bouquet of fresh flowers. The aftertaste is remarkably clean, and lingers very nicely. Even by microbrewery standards, this beer has a very unique and well-crafted taste.

Overall, very drinkable and a first-class effort from a macro trying to make some inroads into the craft beer arena. Definitely worth a try!

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pineapple juicy translucent cloudy yellow. Head is white, fair-sized and kind of unstable, breaking down into a thin, cratered film in a matter of seconds; not nearly as sexy as the head on a wheat beer should be.

Smell: Ripe banana, musky white pepper, and an oh-so-bready combination of yeast and wheat. Mildly vinous but a bit muddly and not as fruity or zesty as I'd like a wheat beer to be, but the wheat base is solid. Hops add a light citric zing in the background.

Taste: Maroyaka, indeed. A wheat beer tailor-made for the happoshu crowd, this is inoffensive and mild, a bit grainy, a bit bready, and a bit fruity but mostly bland. Hops provide a slight grassy, tangy bitterness with a hint of lemon, but otherwise this beer is all about the wheat.

Mouthfeel: Soft, smooth and well carbonated, but overly thin, which gives it a watery character that doesn't help the somewhat watery taste.

Drinkability: This is a lousy bitter but an alright wheat beer. Don't expect the fruity-spicy flavors of a traditional Hefe, but rather the refreshing lightness of an American wheat ale... and I do mean lightness.

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Kirin Maroyaka Kobo from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
3.63 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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