Kirin Lager | Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Japanese Rice Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#47,235
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
295
pDev:
24.58%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
70
Trade:
0
 
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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 295
Reviews by WHROO:
Photo of WHROO
3/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Typical straight down the line lager...
Poured into a pilsner glass, with big head & good lacing. Straw golden in colour with average to good carbonation.
Aroma was pretty bland - no real maltiness, just a lighter lager aroma.
Taste was neither here nor there - a tiny bit a malt, a pinch of bitterness but nothing that stands out.
Mouthfeel is not too bad with some refreshing carbonation.
A very non-offensive (bland) beer...i'd imagine the mass drinkers who just want to drink a beer without it being too sweet or bitter would enjoy the likes of this.
Overall not too bad, but then again not too good either...Average on all accounts

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ZOSO2192
1.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of ROGUE16
2/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of rodney45
1.9/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had on tap at DOJO, NYC.

A: Straw yellow, with a surprisingly lingering head.

S: Very little smell, possibly malt, more like the smell of a freshly printed xerox copy paper.

T: Light malt flavor and it has an off astringent chlorinated water taste. Slight hop bitterness, but very fleeting. Dry finish.

M: Light body with little bitterness and no content.

O: This is a below average lager by any definition. Really has no character, and its awfully boring. I wouldnt recomend.

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Photo of thierrynantes
2.53/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2001.

Appearance : Blond (clear) color, with white foam head (not persistent).
Smell : malty aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : hoppy persistency, pretty watery.
Drinkability : a not impressed beer in the style Japanese rice lager.

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Photo of mikesgroove
1.63/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

the only beer left at shogun i had night tried, had this when i went out to dinner with my wife a couple weeks ago.

super light in every aspect i swear it poured out almost clear with no color at all. aroma is pure light rice and corn with just a hint of something stale or off in the back, but seriously soo light nothing was really noticeable. the taste was ore of the same, soo light i could not even tell it was there. gone in a flash i had this one down in no time.

overall just not even a beer to me, i not compliment dinner and was more just a waste of 3 bucks.

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Photo of Robyn
1.75/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of oglmcdgl
2/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of baos
1/5  rDev -57.6%

Photo of TheIPAHunter
2.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of beerpadawan
2.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of SargeC
3.4/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold brew with a sticky white head.

Smell: Hint of citrus, hops, decent malt presence.

Taste: Hint of fruit. Citrusy hops with limited, yet present malt. Clean, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Comes across thin. Dry.

Drinkablity: Easily consumable. Cheap and readily available, but has limited character.

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Photo of 1p5v
2.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of bobsy
2.49/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is decent - yellow body with a fluffy white head and some lacing. Sweet, slightly leafy aroma. Body has a very mild bitterness, a good dose of sweet malts and little else. Fairly bland and inoffensive, but not particularly pleasurable. Like water, really, but more expensive. Carbonation is high and body is light.

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Photo of chefduff2
2/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of DmanGTR
1/5  rDev -57.6%

Photo of Brenden
2.11/5  rDev -10.6%
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 spycow
2.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of DioS
2.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of cwd
1.25/5  rDev -47%

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
1.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of Macca
2.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is the genuine article, brewed in Japan, and is 5% abv.

This pours a clear straw colour with a fluffy white head that drops away quickly.

Normal boring clean aromas that you expect from Japanese macro. Slight bit of sulphur.

The palate is the same as the aroma. Clean and boring. Nothing offensive.

Thin in the mouth.

There's nothing really wrong with this other than it's boring.

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Photo of CampusCrew
1.5/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

had this at a sushi house waiting for my order.

appearance: light yellow

smell: bitter, low hoppness

taste: not a fan, low flavor rice lager

mouthfeel: flavor, zeroness, blank

drinkability: not a fan, a blank beer with zero taste. I'd rather have bud light and thats bad.

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Photo of pettis
2.26/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very thin yellow with lots of carbonation, though little to no head remains after a minute or so. Pale straw, starch, and rice in the nose with only the faintest hop spice...yep, this is a "rice lager" all right.

Taste is...ok, I suppose if you want something cold, fizzy, and beer-y to go with food or pub snacks. The rice and starch have really cut the taste of the malt, and there isn't much of a hop presence.

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Photo of kfourte
3/5  rDev +27.1%

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Kirin Lager from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
Beer rating: 2.36 out of 5 with 295 ratings