Kirin Brau Meister | Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

Kirin Brau MeisterKirin Brau Meister
8 Ratings
Kirin Brau MeisterKirin Brau Meister

Brewed by:
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

Style: Japanese Rice Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Naerhu on 08-23-2005

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Photo of pattysykes
2.03/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the tap at Kirin City, Shibuya. Pours bright amber with large pillowy head. Aroma is a bit sour, and that follows in the taste. Some wood notes.

Medium body and a little carbonation. Aftertaste is quite unpleasant: bitter and sinewy.

Really underwhelming "premium" beer.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 24oz can, dark green, bottle date of NOV16 into standard pint glass.

L: Straw gold color, great clarity, two finger white fluffy head with excellent retention.

S: Grains, some malt, little amount of grassy hops.

T: Classic German Pilsner flavor, slight bitterness first, fades into a malted grain flavor with slight hop presence.

F: Creamy, medium bodied.

O: Not your average Rice Lager, well done by Kirin. Slightly unbalanced but drinkability is still decent. Classic German Pilsner if it wasn't made with rice.

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Photo of TrojanRB
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft at Nagoya Castle hotel.

Creamy head, 2 inches, nice and clear golden. Very clean and smooth. Not your average Japanese rice beer. Has great body, very drinkable. Neutral flavor.

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Photo of jpBeerGuy
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites from Kirin which has been taken off the shelves. Bastards...!

Appearance - Nice golden brown color with a thick frothy head.

Smell - Very grainy with a lot of malt aroma.

Taste - Mmmmm at first it's bitter and then it's meaty and the finish is the hop.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and delightful.

Drinkability - I can drink this all day.

Recommended if you can find it!

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Photo of bobsy
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark yellow body with a small white head. Full bodied malt aroma, with some fruit and flora/grassy notes. Quite sweet, but also dry, with a nice leafiness, reminiscent of a pils. Pleasant bitterness. Medium body and carbonation... quite refreshing taste. Not bad for a macro beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kirin Brau Meister,
can, brought over from Japan, one side all in Japanese, except for the English words: Kirin Premium Beer", with German in and around the logo, and with some phrases in German on the other side. I can read neither language, so have no idea what I'm in for...but I bet it's gonna be a German style lager, of some sort...

Clear, faded yellow, gigantic, bubbly white head, slowly drifting down...

Lightly sweet aroma, then dry, revealing not much of anything...just beer-y, but not unpleasant, either...

Sweet up front in the flavor, then dry right off... little hops, moderate malt, very clean,, wait, here come some hops...crisp, perfectly drinkable, light bodied,...little bit of grainy texture...this is one that grows one you, flavors flower a bit once on the palate...

Classic German pilsner, I'd say. Not bad at all.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick robe of foam covers this darkish gold in color lager. The nose is fairly sweet, with fruity esters -- yet spiced up nicely with hops. Taste is full-flavored with a spicy hop presence but also unbalanced with the alcohol significantly showing through. I blame the rice adjunct. Good hop bitterness.

Not the worst beer to pick up off the shelf in a combini -- hopefully it sticks around for more than a couple of months. All the best Braumeister.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed with: Hops, malt, rice.

The label goes on and on about how german this beer is supposed to be. And how they introduced the hops in three stages.

A - Dark yellow transparent body with small white head.
S - Full malty aroma
T - Big malty flavor, with only the oddest bitterness that shows very sharply on the side of the tongue. Its like goya bitter or metallic bitter. Not sweet, not dry, well balanced.
M - Fine carbonation, medium body (for the style as a rice lager, a huge, almost port wine like intensity of body).
D - I was pleasant surprised by this in its robust flavor. I dont think I will be hitting again, but I definately enjoyed this above average beer.

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Kirin Brau Meister from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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