Kirin Tanrei | Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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Kirin TanreiKirin Tanrei

Brewed by:
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

Style: Happoshu

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by tjd25 on 06-16-2004

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Photo of TNeedles
1.24/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

goes with sushi I guess?

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1.5/5  rDev -44.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
1.83/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Can thanks to EinWeizenbitte. Shared by drabmuh. Served in a Four Peaks Kiltlifter pint glass. Thanks all around for assisting me in reviewing the elusive 104th style.

Pours a straw color with a single-finger white head that is pretty bubbly. There is plenty of visible carbonation. No lacing and some light retention. The nose is some really light grain and husk plus some under-ripe pear.

The flavor goes way downhill. Any fruity note is gone and all that remains is a bunch of rice and a lot of grain husks. The mouthfeel is quite thin and watery. Not a beer I really enjoyed but I am glad to finally try this style and see what it's like.

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Photo of shivtim
1.85/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Grabbed a can of Tanrei Draft from Family Mart. It's themed to the national soccer team ("Samurai Blue"). I wasn't expecting this to be any good, but was happy to try a new style of beer.

Another clear brew. Light yellow. Small white head. Quite effervescent.
Nose is grains and aluminum.

The taste is very bland. Maybe a slight hint of malts... mostly just watery indistinct rice/corn (?) and an iron-ey tinge. Even a bit of weird ethanol burn. Really not that good, verging on bad.

Mouthfeel is OK. Slightly watery, but well carbonated.

Overall not good. To be avoided.

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Photo of AgentZero
1.95/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Golden colored beer with a little bit of a white bubble head. A lot of carbonation, but no real stick on the sides.

S - Grain, malt sweetness, some apple, not a ton else.

T - Thin, watery, rice, grain. I'm not sure what this style is exactly, but I hope this is not what they are going for.

M - Thin, carbonated, watery.

O - I don't like this beer, not sure if I just don't like the style or if it is this beer, but nothing I care to have again.

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2/5  rDev -26.2%

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2/5  rDev -26.2%

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2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -26.2%

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2/5  rDev -26.2%

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2/5  rDev -26.2%

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2.03/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

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2.16/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a bright pale yellow color and is crystal clear. A thin white head pops up, has pretty much no retention and leaves on lacing at all.

S- Smells of stale crackers and a bit of a metallic smell. Nothing really else here.

T- Taste is also pretty boring. A bit of cracker, grains and a bit of an off taste almost sour or funky.

M- Very light in body and high in carbonation.

D- Overall, pretty boring and nothing really going on here. Reminded me of quite a few macros here. Probably something that I wouldn't seek out again, but glad I got to try it.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Again, thanks to EinWeizenbitte. Beer is yellow and clear. It has a nice head of white bubbles, no lacing, moderate carbonation.

This beer has an odd aroma, its sweet and grainy but also kind of fruity...plasticy its odd.

The beer is light and flavorless. Its like a gross glass of water. nope.

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2.25/5  rDev -17%

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2.25/5  rDev -17%

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2.25/5  rDev -17%

Photo of thesilverhand
2.25/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear yellow with a thick white head that dissipates quickly.
Somewhat sweet aroma, no hops. The flavour is mild, with nothing standing out. There's a touch of bitterness, but no strong flavours. The mouthfeel isn't great - it's more prevalent than the flavour itself - and is quite sharp with high carbonation in action.
The aftertaste is very dry and unobtrusive. It's not bad for what it is, but what it is isn't a beer to write home about. But as the can boldly states, they were weren't going for great beer. The stated goal: "Sheer refreshment! Open up the smooth taste that goes perfectly with good times."

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2.25/5  rDev -17%

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2.3/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Darkish yellow body with a pure white head.
S - Mild grain without any hop or malt presence.
T - Startchy, no hop or malt, bland
M - Light, dry, simple, short, carbonated.
D - I think the saving grace of happoshu is the same with any light beer. They must be refreshing and there must be something to compel you to take another drink. Although this was light, it was just not refreshing, it was just blah.

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2.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to EinWeizenBitte for his generosity in providing this can

This beer is something I was warned about in advance, but I must taste it to learn more about it. It appears to me as a pale golden straw with a frothy white head. The smell wasn't kind to me at all. There is a bit of sour rice mixed with some body odor as if sweat from Japanese laborers was used in the canning of this product. The taste isn't really all that good either. It reminds of old apple cores, but is not really all too bad. It's just really not a flavor that is desirable. The mouthfeel is rather dry for my liking, I'm unsure if that is to the style, but it's not pleasant due to my cottonmouth. This drinks ok, not really all that bad, but I really am okay with these beers staying in Japan.

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2.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This experience was made possible by EinWeizenbitte. Can shared by drabmuh. A huge thank you to both Todd and Matt.

Served alongside Asahi Honnama Red

A: The beer is transparent and light yellow in color. The head is light, white, fluffy and stands in at about a half inch tall. As it fades, it manages to leave some faint traces of lacing on the pint glass.

S: An odd, off sweetness lurks. Hmm...

T: The taste is of grains and corn with a cheap, macro lager flavor. Overall, there is an odd flavor that basically seems off kilter.

M: The beer is thin in body, with adequate carbonation. The aftertaste fades quickly, which happens to be a good thing, for the most part.

D: This being the first time I have ever tasted a happoshu, I was thrilled at the opportunity to indulge in this very elusive beer style. While it was very cool from an experience standpoint, the beer itself wasn't that enjoyable.

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Photo of portia99
2.44/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz can courtesy of my ex-wife who was doing some scientific experiments on a bunch of Japanese beers and had some leftovers to share. Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a mostly clear, but chill-hazed pale wheaty straw golden color. A finger of rocky white foam barely lingers for a moment and falls quickly to the surface and leaves some foamy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - I'm not sure I've ever encountered a beer (or a water even) that has less aroma to it. I am struggling to find something in here. I think I am getting a bit of a soft, sweet malt aroma, but this is really a push...

T - Has the distinct Japanese lager flavor that I come to expect. Somewhat sweet and sugary up front, grainy, soft maltiness. Hops are a passing thought only...can't really say there is much noticeable bitterness or flavor. Pretty watery and not at all distinctive - this could be any nondescript Japanese lager that I've had at sushi restaurants over the years.

M - Light in body with ample and fizzy carbonation. Soft, sweet, watery...feels like I could drink 100 of these...goes down like water. Not sure this has a place in my drinking repertoire outside of the sushi restaurant.

O - Pretty bland and non-distinct. Side by side with any number of Japanese beers...I'd be hard pressed to pick this one out. It has its place as a clean, easy drinker...and probably would complement a sushi dinner, but as a standalone drink, it is lacking a lot of character.

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2.48/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yay, another Japanese beer to review. Poured from an 11.2 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is virtually nothing, a faint hint of malts. Taste is light, bland and boring. Some malts, an unusual aftertaste. Feels light in the mouth and overall is not an enjoyable beer.

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