Kirin Light Beer
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

Kirin Light BeerKirin Light Beer
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Style:
Lager - Light
Ranked #241
ABV:
3.2%
Score:
58
Ranked #50,159
Avg:
2.24 | pDev: 25.89%
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
208
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Nass from Florida

2.75/5  rDev +22.8%
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
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

1.75/5  rDev -21.9%
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
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EMH73 from New York

1.8/5  rDev -19.6%
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
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mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

2.14/5  rDev -4.5%
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
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ordybill from Georgia

1.59/5  rDev -29%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This beer literally looks like a glass of water with sudsy white head. The smell is slightly more aromatic than tap water. It did go pretty well with my cigar (due to the lack of flavor).

Jun 19, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.19/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Super light yellow pour, thin white head without anything in the lacing/retention/ department. Aroma was mild and absent.

Taste was also mild and absent, must be a fan of water to recommend this to someone. If you like craft beer they're probably just dicking with you. Over carbonated, amps the long boil hops creating far more bitterness in a watery beer than you'd hope.

I guess there's no off flavors, it has that going for it.

Jan 26, 2016
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vabeerguy from Virginia

2.29/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

In the interest of transparency, I am not much of a light beer drinker lately but have tried a number of them. Poured this one from a bottle into a nonic pint glass. Color is a pale yellow. No head unless you do a quick straight pour. My wife says it tastes skunky like a Corona light (back in the day I used to drink these so I know what she means). There is a subtle taste of banana which I suppose is somewhat of a redeeming quality. This beer is definitely not in the same league as a Sam Adams light but is better than many other light beers on the market.

Oct 24, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

2/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-Pours a straw color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight grain hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight grain flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A mediocre lager

Sep 24, 2015
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DuffDaddy from Florida

2.5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sneaked a 12 oz. bottle at Beard's 40th birthday party. Not much too this beer...very light tasting lager with hardly any flavor. Nothing to object to, but nothing to like either.

Aug 03, 2015
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PatriotUSA from Missouri

2.76/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer had a moderate sweet taste that disappeared quickly. There was also a low level of carbonation. If I have another I will want it really cold and only to quench a thirst. Clearly not a session beer.

Oct 08, 2014
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RaulMondesi from California

2.58/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Ok, well, Raul sat down to sushi and the waitress just put a Kirin Light in front of him without asking. Ok. Hmm...

Like my last relationship, this thang is transparent. Like, I can see right through it and see all the bullshit. Taste? Smell? Where?

Goes down easy, but so do a lot of things.

Jan 15, 2014
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.46/5  rDev +54.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kirin Light (3.2% alcohol by weight) has a thin, white head, a clear, bubbly, straw appearance, and not a whole lot of lacing left behind on the sides of the glass. The aroma is faint, but one does detect sweet grains and some malt. Taste is of sweet barley malt, standard beer flavor, some mineral water notes, and a touch of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Kirin Light finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and dry. Overall, for a beer, it is good, and for a light beer it is most excellent. No off smell or tastes, whatsoever.

RJT

Nov 01, 2013
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

2.14/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Half finger head on a clear straw to bright golden colored body. aroma is minimal with grains and some sweet corn. Flavor is the same but I am happy there are no off putting flavors although little flavor is there at all. Light body and moderate to high carbonation. Easy to drink, not flavorful but nothing really to turn you off. Basically slightly bitter water.

Dec 05, 2012
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

2.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy bright white head that quickly reduces to nothing. Minimal lacing is observed.

S: Light aromas of grain and rice adjunct malts.

T: Slightly sweet with flavors of the rice and grain adjunct malts. Some light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Very easy to drink and very sessionable. This is probably one of the less offensive light lagers as it at least still has some taste to it. Would not be on the top of the list of beers to have again.

Jun 07, 2012
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stan66

2.88/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy tone on my glass, head minum retention, almost non existent. carbonation low. Taste is a little weak with notable touch of hops. barley not too present. A pleasant light beer. Would prefer this beer over other light beer as coors or miller.

I am not sure if I will try this once again. Too pricey here.

Apr 22, 2012
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

2.17/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a touch of corn. Taste is downright weak, maybe a hint of malt, very water like. Feels light in the mouth and overall was lacking in flavor, even for this style.

Mar 14, 2012
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

2.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had these at an overpriced dinner for the quality with a borderline crazy chick. They had a similarity of appearing light and ditzy. Aroma wasn't offensive, very mild and bland of medicinal corn notes.

Really wasn't much to speak of, lots of water, more bitterness than it should have given the lack of much substance to the beer. Prickly carbonation. Pretty clean overall except the bitterness, must be a decent use of rice to this beer.

Dec 27, 2011
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

2.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was down in Baltimore this past weekend, visiting a college chum and attending the annual Brewers' Art Mid-Atlantic Holiday Gathering. I took Amtrak to Penn Station and then began walking south to The Brewers Art when I passed Aloha Liquors, a little store that never fails to have something new and unusual available, prompting me to stop in. I scored a 22-ounce bomber of this, as well as some Korean gems that are sure to be just as good.

My initial pour netted me two-plus fingers of foamy, bone-white head with extremely limited retention. Hey, I realize that I am not the handsomest of guys, but do you have to take off so quickly? Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. I have urinated darker water than this. Nose had a faint lager/corn adjunct sweetness, but it was all pretty mild. Mouthfeel was thin and watery with only the barest of taste in the mouth. I am glad it was nearing my bedtime as this was a major snooze-a-thon. Holy boring, Batman! Finish was equally band and ho-hum, making for a less-than-scintillating experience. That said, I do not feel that I should dun it too badly. I knew what I was buying, but I had never seen it before, either in CAN or bottle, and I have certainly had much worse, including from the style. Hey, it beats a cup of tea before retirement, I promise you. Don't avoid it if it is one of the few options open to you - it could be the lesser of several evils.

Dec 14, 2011
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DarthKostrizer from California

1.08/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Look: Yellow and totally see through 1/4 inch white head and no retention

Smell: Um there isnt one

Taste: Hint of 6 row malt and that's it WOW

Mouthfeel: Thin with medium carbonation

Overall: Very drinkable beer but why would you pay money for a beer with no flavor. Only drank this one because I needed the cap for my bar top

Oct 12, 2011
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CaptJackHarkness from New York

2.95/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The ABV on this is 3.31 (BA please note!)

The color is very pale yellow, the aroma bland , this reminds me of O'Douls near beer!

This was served at Hama Sushi, when I asked, I found out it's not from Japan anymore but brewed by the same makers of Bud Light!

She suggested Asahi, which will be in another review!

Aug 25, 2011
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Wasatch from Colorado

2/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pale yellow color, some carbonation, little foamy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is sweet, grainy, with some rice notes. The taste is sweet, kinda malty, grainy/ricy/skunky. Light Body. Would not drink this one again.

Aug 14, 2011
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brokensail from California

3.03/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours a clear golden straw with a fluffy white head, with surprisingly good retention.

S: Halfway decent nose. Not shockingly, it still pretty much just smells like rice. But, there is a bit of yeast and some light hop notes (mostly grass). Some light fruity esters of sweet apple.

T: Flavor is not too bad either. Lots of rice with a light malt note. Grassy hops with minimal bitterness and some more green apple esters and yeast.

M: The body is very light with a medium to high level of carbonation.

O: I liked this one better than Sapporo light. Nicer flavor with a bit less reliance on the pure rice flavor.

Aug 06, 2011
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HockeytownBrew from Michigan

2.5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had at the Japanese attraction at World Showcase in EPCOT.

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear yellow. Crystal clear. Short and thin head that fades extremely quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Slight scent of rice and grains.

T: Same as the scent, along with a slight sweetness.

M: Very light. Moderate carbonation.

D: Very good.

Jul 20, 2011
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TheBeerAlmanac from Kentucky

2.29/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Straight from the bottle

A: Pale in color, almost clear in the stream coming from the bottle. The head is fizzy and dissipates almost instantly. Pretty standard so far.

S: Very slight aroma of something almost Belgian which is interesting but it’s difficult to discern.

T/M: Tastes bubbley and a bit malty with some bitterness near the end. It’s pretty bland overall, like seltzer or diet Gatorade.

Yet another contender in the made-with-the-purpose-of-getting-you-drunk category. Because we need more of those…

Jun 16, 2011
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

2.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 18Jan11. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - No head. Small white lace. Clear pale gold body.

Smell - Slight, hidden banana. Not much else.

Taste - Mostly flavorless except for some sligh corn and stale metallic off flavors.

Mouthfeel - Boring. No effervescence. Sickly acidic.

Overall Drinkability - Disappointing. Will try re-rating with a fresher bottle, but not sure it will help.

May 23, 2011
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Beer rating: 58 out of 100 with 208 ratings