Kirin Lager | Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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Kirin LagerKirin Lager

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Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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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Ratings: 289 |  Reviews: 71
Reviews by IPAescotch:
Photo of IPAescotch
2.38/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Maybe a little the average AB product, more or less the same.. Smells like nothing at all, maybe slight wheatiness. Tastes of rice adjuinct. No esters or bitterness. Light sugar and barely perceptible malt role. Refreshing like water or instant lemonade, easy to drink. Reminds me of mexican beer, particularly tecate. I could be wrong but im betting they both use rice.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tbryan5
1.75/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of tjumfrid
2.1/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Todd
2.42/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Label has the mythical Kirin on the front, half deer and half dragon, bringer of good fortune. Bottled on date on the back.

Appearance: Pale golden, slightly hazy with a foamy crisp white head. Falls to a thin lace with some stick.

Smell: Faint sulfur, light musty raw grain and foral aroma.

Taste: Slightly bitty, creamy mouthfeel, light body. Hop bitterness strikes first as a weak tea-like citrus flavour (lemony) with a slight raw hop flavour and twang. Malt is nearly non-existent with a light dextrin sweetness and some dry grain flavours that lend to the crispness of the brew. Finishes with residual hop rawness that coats the palate, metallic notes and some grain husk dryness.

Notes: A run of the mill lager. Certainly not impressive, but also not revolting. A very commercial example of a modern day American Lager. I must admit that it pairs extremely well with sushi -- so it's true, each beer has its time and place.

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Photo of chip26
1.67/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Jason
1.72/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12 oz brown long neck bottle with an A&B “Bottled On” date on the back label. Brewed by Anheuser-Busch in the US. Problematic head retention but the clarity is fine and throws a pale yellowish hue.

A “too clean” aroma of faint grain and cereal addjunk(rice).

Astringent up the ying yang with a huge drying husk flavour, not a taste that you want at all. Hops are there but placid in flavour and bitterness is very processed.

Here is my Enlgish-Haiku review:

This beer brings me pain
The taste hurts from tongue to mind
Down the drain it goes

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Photo of Billolick
2.18/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottled on date of 10-2-03
Pours light straw, with a white head. Bit of hops in nose, not much else. Very Light bodied lager, high carbonation. Not much malt, hops, or flavor. Some nasty off flavors, apple/cotton candy. Tried this one at my local sushi place, I'd have a bud or miller next time, this stuff is nasty.

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Photo of GuidedByVoices
2.75/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in pint glass.

Appearance: Yellow color with about one finger of white head, some lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Banana, mostly. Maybe some malts and rice.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste like banana and rice, at least that is the best way I can describe it.

Overall: Not a bad beer, goes well with hibachi and sake.

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Photo of wattoclone
3/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of xdefeatsy
3/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.86/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Poured almost clear, a little yellow coloring, big head, withers away quickly. No aroma other than hydraulic fluid and metal.

Taste, more metal, and that's about it. Metal water. No hops, lots of carbonation. This stuff is $7 a 6 pack, are you kidding me? They charge less for water at concerts or sporting events. A decent beer with food I guess, if you don't want to have anything competing flavor wise with the food.

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

Photo of ADR
2.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pale color, big bubbled head that splits in an instant. Very weak in most categories, head, color, flavor. Watery to the extreme, though I taste no corn characteristics. But with such little malt flavor, it might benefit from a little sweetness. It is dry but the hops are uninteresting. I had a lot of Kirin's in Japan as well and it doesn't come off well there, either, IMO...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Light straw yellow tone with a white fizzy head leaves minmial lacing, sorry looking lager. Aroma: Grainy corn and rice combo with some husky offness with a touch of hops should be clean and fresh smelling like a nice crisp lager should be. Taste: Grainy huskiness along with the corn and rice adjuncts not what I was looking for when dining Japanese, is drinkable but the flavors didn't work for me. Mouthfeel: Thin bodied fizzy carbonation doesn't satisfy me. Drinkability: Well, yeah I will probably never give this one another shot much rather settle for a Sapporo before this one.

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Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of rastaman
1.1/5  rDev -53%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

The same as the Ichiban, but even less interesting, no flavour, easy to drink, boring for us beer freaks, not that great a beer.

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Photo of acurtis
1.75/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of Brenden
2.11/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

This might be the palest beer I've seen yet; if not, it's pretty close. Some style (Kolsch comes to mind) are quite pale but have plenty of substance, but this just looks watery. It does have some color, a white-yellow hue. The head, clean and white, is never more than foam but does keep that. It also manages very light spotting.
Raw grains, almost harsh, an earthy must, some rice and a whiff of grass are all I get in the nose.
Some herbal leaf minerality under a bite of grains with an oddly astringent note hit the tongue. There's a little tanginess to it, though it's mildly sweet as well. It's extremely light, but it's so far from clean as to be harsh, and some corn husk isn't exactly vegetal but doesn't help the astringent aspect. If anything, there's a sort of almost sulfuric taste, something more noticeable than in the aroma.
The feel isn't as bad as the flavor would portend; it actually feels less harsh and grainy than it tastes, which is unusual. It dries out much too hard for a light-bodied beer, though, and despite a thin texture it's fairly bright. It certainly is crisp, at least.

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Photo of SetarconeX
2.02/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured that yellow, urine color which always gives me a sense of foreboding. The head vanished without a trace in less than a second. I was impressed here. This one's got read Houdini head.

Tastes horribly astringent, with a slightly bitter finish. Much more flavor than your average mass-produced lager, which I value, even if it's an odd, tangy, mildly unpleasent flavor. Better than than no flavor at all. We're not talking about a vodka here.

In 2/3rds of the sushi bars I've ever been in, your beer choices are confined to this, and Sapporo. Drink the Sapporo. It's not great, but it's better than this.

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3/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.03/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although this is brewed by Anheuser-Busch in Los Angeles, they must be sticking to the actual Kirin guidelines as this beer is far below their normal quality.

Its slightly hazy golden body is topped by a decent-sized head of creamy white foam that diminishes shortly but leaves some thin lace in its wake. The nose displays some lager yeast sulphur over a bit of grainy malt and a drop of floral hoppiness. The body is light, and it's gently crisp with a fine and median carbonation before warming to become slightly creamy across the palate. But apart from its sulphur constituent, the flavor is not much different than most mass-produced American lagers. Its lightly grainy, but obviously adjunct-influensed, character is balanced by a firm bitterness and some dull, leafy, herbal, and grassy hops. It finishes short and dry - almost like a light beer! There's not alot going on here.

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Photo of fthegiants
2.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Bierleichen
2.75/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Photekut
1.25/5  rDev -46.6%

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