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Kirin Light Beer | Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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2.22/5
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193 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
Japan
kirin.co.jp

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 08-05-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,831
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
193
pDev:
25.68%
Bros Score:
1.85
 
 
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1
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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of TheDM
2.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This brew poured a medium head of fine to medium sized white bubbles that quickly disappeared. Its body was a straw yellow and was very carbonated. It had a very mild malt aroma and a skunky cheap macro swill flavor of weak hops.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.29/5  rDev +3.2%
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…

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Photo of vabeerguy
2.29/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of tbryan5
2.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of cliff1066
2.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Hopmodium
2.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of tommy5
2.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of deadliest
2.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of SicemWT
2.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of reyna311
2.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Jame515
2.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of harpus
2.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
2.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of beernads
2.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Tobie
2.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of LehighAce06
2.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of AKuehn47
2.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of petermethot
2.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of morebeergood
2.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Went out to dinner on Friday with my wife to a nice sushi place in Roslindale. After looking at the beer menu, went with Kirin Light mainly because I've never had one before. Poured into a pils style glass. Extremely pale body; barely yellow at all. Lots of carbonation but no head. Looks like sparkling water. Smells like rice. Tastes way too watered down to have any real flavor. Body was paper thin and merely just liquid. There is absolutely nothing behind this beer. When they say "light", they mean they removed everything. I think a Coors would taste better. I'd never order a Japanese light beer again after this poor showing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My girlfriend says that this beer smells like wet-dog. She makes me laugh. Actually the beer smells quite grainy for a light lager, and with an earthy hop character that hinges on the pungent side. The good news is that that's the worst of it. The beer pours an expected crystal-clear, fizzy brew with fleeting head retention. After the aromas, the flavors offer little of anything. Very faint pils malts and rice, but those are short lived. The hops only encorage a balance and are equally as fleeting. The feel is quite watery and carbonated. The beer simply offers little character or interest.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.22/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Like most of the Oriental beers I've had, this poured a very pale yellow, with little head or lacing, a touch of carbonation, a grainy aroma and taste and a short dry finish. All that said, it was okay when paired with a Spicy Seafood Noodle soup, but I could have done much better. At least it wasn't fattening.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.19/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of bb-magic
2.18/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of tone77
2.17/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Kirin Light Beer from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
Beer rating: 2.22 out of 5 with 193 ratings
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