Kirin Light Beer
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
Light Lager
Ranked #140
Ranked #30,239
2.29 | pDev: 27.51%
Apr 07, 2023
Aug 05, 2002
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Rated: 3 by Latarnik from New Jersey

Apr 07, 2023
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

2.93/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
i definitely dont think its fair or correct that this is rated as the 55th worst beer in the world here on BA, i totally disagree, and while its not among the best in this light international lager space, its certainly not among the worst beers on the planet. i like the new art on it, more modern than what is pictured here, and i always enjoy these asian ones in the large format, never seen this one before now i dont think. anyway the pour is impossibly light, lesser than straw colored, pretty clear, and actually with a pretty and puffy pure white inch of head on it, it looks right on actually, with lots of carbonation rising up and a nice light golden shine. the nose is minimal, but its less chemical and cheap and obviously adjuncty than so many others, maybe faintly metallic, but not unappealing at all, very little hops here but not totally invisible in the aroma, lager yeast evident too, although also very minimal. the flavor starts off rather refreshing, generically grainy to me but nothing weird, its thin in feel but the carbonation is so high it never feels watery. its only at the end where it gets a little yucky, a strange bitterness rises up, hints of rubber and wet paper, and it lingers through the very dry finish unpleasantly on the tongue, not sure what this is, its an unfamiliar flaw, almost lightly smoky somehow, a faint molten plastic element too, but really kind of distinct to this. a shame because it was cooking along just fine before this. still, it doesnt ruin this drink, and this ended up being a fine sushi companion, way better than its ratings here, especially compared against only similar items. not sure why this has fallen so far down the list, id drink it again...
Apr 01, 2023
Rated: 1 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

Jan 06, 2023
Rated: 3.5 by TallGuyCM from California

Sep 28, 2022
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Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

1.98/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2
Poured from a brown bottle into a clear glass. Pour was a little yellowish in color with very little head. Smell is ??? The taste is weak, and almost like beer. Overall, this was lacking in flavor and everything else.
Jul 31, 2022
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +76.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
(12 oz bottle, bottled on 10FEB21; purchased cold single from Shangy's two days ago... poured into a 14 oz mug)

L: brilliantly-clear, pale brass-colored liquid; fizzy, fleeting white foam on the pour, gone in two minutes, leaving a thin collar... no lacing

S: grain husk, hint of sulfur, light lemony accent... relatively high intensity; could smell it as it poured

T: surprisingly bold flavors, crackery and doughy malt, of course cut rather dry, but with that husky flavor swelling up in the aftertaste... after a few beats, some bready and lemon pithy notes emerge and linger

F: smooth, light-bodied flow... not much contour or drag... mildly fizzy; light peppery warmth... dry, but not cut, clipped, or parching... if it was slightly more cut, quick, and honed, it'd be darn near perfect

O: despite the age of the bottle, this example was in relatively good condition and I'm pleased that it was more than passable and enjoyable for its kind... I could totally see getting this as a cheap, palate-cleaning accompaniment to wings (1965)
Jul 30, 2022
Rated: 2.47 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Jul 25, 2022
Rated: 2.9 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Mar 02, 2022
Rated: 3 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jan 03, 2022
Rated: 2.25 by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

Dec 24, 2021
Rated: 3.59 by NastyNorseman from New York

Aug 26, 2021
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Reviewed by BB8Bbbeer from Florida

4.74/5  rDev +107%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
Beer lovers will not be taking home any gold medals for how many people have watched the Tokyo Beer Games so far.

In several major markets around the world, the Beer audience has fallen since 2016, as beer drinking becomes more fragmented and drinkers drink in Japan when audiences are mostly asleep in the United States and Europe.

While data from the opening beer ceremony and first few nights of beer events indicate that the Kirin Light is the least drank Beer in recent history across Europe and in the United States. However, drinking Kirin Light is up in Australia and Japan.

Comparisons with previous beer reviews are imperfect given the different times zones, the COVID pandemic and fewer beer options in the past but an upward trend is clear.
Aug 01, 2021
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Reviewed by BeerByBelle from Florida

4.07/5  rDev +77.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
The caramel color looks pleasant, but lacks carbonation, making the pour a little underwhelming. Though it is light and isn’t hoppy, it has more flavor than many other light beers. I would definitely drink it again.
Aug 01, 2021
Rated: 2.5 by mamaraza from Texas

May 01, 2021
Rated: 2 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
Rated: 2.02 by PatrickCT from Connecticut

Mar 17, 2020
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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

2.75/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
The pour is hay colored. The taste is watery, malty, gulpable, rice, & some sweetness to round it out. I agree that this a bland beer but hey it's only 95 calories. This is an easier drinking Kirin Ichiban Lager beer, sorry but 3.2% abv is really low btw. Cheers! C
Nov 22, 2019
Rated: 3.45 by Wasted_Youth from Indiana

Oct 27, 2019
Rated: 3.4 by bankboy66 from New Jersey

Sep 28, 2019
Rated: 1.81 by M_chav from New Mexico

Jun 29, 2019
Rated: 3.13 by SaveWaterDrinkBeers from Maine

Apr 23, 2019
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Reviewed by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

1.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75
Bought a 6-pack bottles $6.29 Don Quijote
Made in USA. Will update if I get a Japan made one.
Light clear golden color
Light mouthfeel
Medium-light carbonation
Light malt flavors, a tinge of bitterness
Overall it is light in every way, including flavor. Wouldn't buy again unless its the made in Japan version to see if it is different.
Apr 19, 2019
Rated: 2 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Mar 13, 2019
Rated: 2.99 by jesuschrist666 from Oklahoma

Feb 01, 2019
Rated: 2.33 by edthehead from Maryland

Oct 30, 2018
Rated: 2.5 by paulish from New York

Sep 26, 2018
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Reviewed by EMH73 from New York

1.8/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75
This beer was given to me free at a sushi bar. Pours a clear light yellow with a one inch, poorly retained white head that left very little lacing. Smells like lightly malted water. Tastes pretty much the same as it smells, with some notes of grain. Light bodied watery mouth feel, moderate carbonation. Another example of a poor light beer.
Jun 03, 2018
Rated: 3 by MarioH from Texas

Feb 15, 2018
Rated: 2.75 by R11415 from New York

Dec 27, 2017
Rated: 1.5 by dwarren1969 from Tennessee

Aug 27, 2017
Rated: 1.64 by UCLABrewN84 from California

Aug 17, 2017
Rated: 2.02 by rfgetz from New Jersey

Jul 05, 2017
Rated: 2.64 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Jun 15, 2017
Rated: 1.49 by fthegiants from California

May 03, 2017
Rated: 2.5 by Marvicsin from California

Jan 08, 2017
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Reviewed by mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

2.14/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25
light, watery, coppery, not a whole lot of flavor comes thru. A hint of some grain in the smell but nothing else really, Basically what i expected it to be.
Dec 29, 2016
Rated: 2.07 by Can_has_beer from Texas

Dec 04, 2016
Rated: 3 by BrewskiBrandon from Missouri

Oct 05, 2016
Kirin Light Beer from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
Beer rating: 57 out of 100 with 224 ratings