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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): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,567
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
193
pDev:
25.68%
Bros Score:
1.85
 
 
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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 63
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2/5  rDev -9.9%

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2/5  rDev -9.9%

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2/5  rDev -9.9%

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2/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of valkyre65
2.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of rfgetz
2.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Gusler
2.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As a rule I’d never sample one of these “Light” beers, but as I was given a sixer by my neighbor, as her soon to be daughter-in-law is from Japan, so she bought the beer only to find out she doesn’t drink, so here goes nothing.

The beer escapes the bottle a very light translucent yellow with a moderate in size bright white head that is frothy in texture, and the lace a very thin sheet to conceal the glass. Nose is all malt what there is of it, crisp and clean, start is sweet, thinly malted, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish is sternly acidic, hops sparse and the aftertaste desert dry, drinkable if you’re into light beers and I must say a tad better than most.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
2.07/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Photo of Backer2004
2.1/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

The closest beer I recall that tastes almost exactly like water. Although this may increase its drinkability score, no other positive qualities could be found. Appeared almost like water with a few squeezes of lemon. No head or carbonation. First time I have had a Japanese beer and I hope this will not deter me from trying a few others.

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2.1/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this at the local sushi joint since it was happy hour and half price. It wasn't worth the money...

A: Light, watery, yellowish and urine-like. bubbly head that disappears immediately.

S: Light stale beer, very metallic and no real excitement.

T: Metallic carbonation with a side of water. Not offensive in any way, but I'd rather drink ice water. The flavor just isn't good.

M/D: Watery, so it goes down easy. The ease of drinking is a detriment in this case, because its not really worth having.

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Photo of eduardog22
2.1/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of zeff80
2.12/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Poured out a light yellow color. Highly carbonated with next to no head.

S - It smelled sweet and of corn/grains.

T - Tasted like corn and a little watery.

M - It is thin and very light-bodied.

D - Not the worst light lager, but certainly not the best. Nothing really jumped out at me.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.13/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Kirin Light: a Japanese interpretation of an American Light Beer that is actually brewed in America. I really don't know if that makes any sense, but that's exactly what this is. Kirin Light does lack some of the more nasty elements of American light beers, but it still maintains the same wateriness that you can find anywhere else.

Kirin Light pours a pale yellow straw color with a 2 finger foamy white head that disappears in under 30 seconds. The smell is light and clean, consisting mainly of some light malts and some crisp fruity smell. The mouthfeel is fizzy and watery, of course. The main flavor is some light grainiess (with some bready/toasty flavor noticeable at first), with some dryness on the palette. Light hop bitterness in the finish. There are some husky adjunct flavors present, but there are notes of some "funky tap water" taste here. If you live or have lived in a town with some nasty tasting tap water, you'll know what I mean. There is little aftertaste, with just some graininess, and there is no alcoholic warmth here either.

A bland, watery light beer is all that's here. Nothing too foul, but nothing that would warrant a second purchase either.

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Photo of EdTheEdge
2.13/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of mmmbeer89
2.14/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.14/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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2.15/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of farfromstout
2.15/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this at a hibachi grill. Asked the guy if I could have the lager...shows back up with the light. I said, "You don't have the lager?" He goes, literally, "This is better." WOW!

Okay, I am not going to completely bash this. If you read on the side of the label, it says brewed by AB! "Under the strict supervision of Kirin". Well, since I haven't had any other Kirin products and this is claimed to be brewed identically by supervision of the parent company, then so be it.

It was slightly carbonated water. A bit of bitterness that may of been thrown in there as a last ditch effort for some type of flavour. Mouthfeel and taste hit the BACK of the tongue like you are scraping it with your toothbrush in the morning. Unfortunately won't forget that beer for a while. At least the Hibachi was good.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 tbryan5
2.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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