Kirin Lager | Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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

Style: Japanese Rice Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Naerhu on 03-10-2001

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pDev:
23.93%
 
 
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Photo of jbu0126
2.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of sqpat
2.75/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.52/5  rDev +50.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly simple and easy to drink example of a rice lager, with just about enough flavor to complement a Japanese meal without overpowering it. Refreshing and quite thirst-quenching too.

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Photo of Eychung
2.82/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +60.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well, here we go, just what I needed, a beer style I'm not entirely enthralled with but will try to say some positive words the best way I know how.
Poured into a pilsner glass, the appearance was a clear yellow color with rapidly rising carbonation bubbles trying to fill a rapidly dissipating little white head. Barely any lace.
The aroma had corn syrup, sweet rice, light floral hop tones and light tones of alcohol.
The flavor copied the aroma fairly spot on. I'd say mostly corn syrup in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied, perhaps just a pinch above. Carbonation felt decent. ABV felt as projected. Mild sweet corn/rice finish.
Overall, though not a style I seek often, this actually isn't a bad beer. One thing it does have going for it is there aren't really known flaws to this.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
2/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of TheIPAHunter
2.11/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of gardner254
2.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of AtaraxiaDnB
2.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Nace4
2.52/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mattreitz49
2.74/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of MKrauss
2.11/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of sephyrott
2.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of doktorhops
3.06/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is it: The real Kirin, made in Japan with malt, rice and corn, in all its 334mls of glory. If you’ve ever had that other crap they sell here in Australia - Kirin Megumi or whatever it’s called - you might think that you’re not missing out on anything. But you are: Real Japanese Lagers are a delightful crispy treat - like Peking duck. Problem is if want a real Japanese Lager you need to shop at a Japanese boutique grocery store, and they’re few and far between. I shop at Genki Mart Alderley, they have a small but decent selection of real Japanese beers... it’s a shame the powers that be at Kirin feel that they have to brew their Lager as a crappy Aussie Macro Lager under licence - there’s got to be a real market for authentic Japanese Lagers now.

Poured from a 334ml bottle into a stein.

A: Hazed light golden body with a 1 centimetre white head that compacts down to a lace blanket. Looks fairly good as far as Lagers go, not sure about the haze though - a bit uncommon with this style. 7/10.

S: Aroma is quite Sake forward, which is to be expected whenever rice is on the malt bill. Grainy notes, along with a touch of sweet corn round out a brew that is almost entirely malt-driven, again: to be expected. Overall the aroma is nothing remarkable, however real Japanese Rice Lagers tend to be average in this department. 5/10.

T: Dryyyy, malty/grainy/Sake from the get-go. Mid palate accentuates that dryness with - you guessed it: more dryness, hint of sweet corn as well. Finish is like a crisp winters day in the Sahara - long and dry. Did I mention dry? Yes? Ok, glad I covered that off. Taste couldn’t be further from the crap that’s brewed under licence that I’m starting to wonder if they even try to follow the original recipe. 6/10.

M: Mid to light bodied, none of the wateriness of the Australian brewed version, and a thin but active carbonation. Heaps better than expected. 7/10.

D: This is not a bad beer at all, not Yebisu Premium good, not Koshihikari Echigo good either, but a nonetheless decent example of a real Japanese Rice Lager which has been completely distorted by this “brewed under licence” crap. Why not just come out and say it - we Kirin brew under licence because we can trick consumers into thinking that they’re actually drinking a Japanese Lager when they’re really just drinking an [insert country name] Lager instead? #drinkrealjapaneselagersnotcrap 7/10.

Food match: Get some salted edamame beans and go for gold(en beer).

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Photo of Hackattack
2.75/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was good when import brews were a big deal and the American craft brew revolution was in its infancy.

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Photo of joemama76
2.02/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
2.85/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Iamjeff6
2.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.57/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of FireScourge
3.34/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Annayolei
3.46/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honestly, one of my favorite beers. Tastes much better from tap than a can. Warm, nutty flavor, goes with everything. It's worth a shot if you can find it anywhere in the US.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
2.67/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 16oz can with canning date of NOV16 into stein.

L: Yellowy yellow! Little thin layer for head.

S: Malt, some hops. Plain smell.

T: Lots of rice grainy flavor, not very much malt to it with a decent amount of hop flavor.

F: Light-Medium body, easy on the palate.

O: Meh, Japanese Budwesier.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Super clear colored straw yellow diet looking beer. While it foamed up big temporarily, it gets an F for a retention grade. Aroma was like an industrial warehouse.

Taste, metallic. Water. Heavy water. Lacking hops. Full of carbonation. I guess if you're just trying to have an unassuming beer with some kind of exotic cuisine, you might reach for this. The rice usage definitely keeps it super light.

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2.5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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Kirin Lager from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
Beer rating: 2.34 out of 5 with 288 ratings