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The alcohol contents in Kirin lager is 4.90% by volume and in Kirin Ichiban is 5% by volume.
However, according to some beer comparison websites on internet, the Kirin beer imported in America has alcoholic contents of about 6.8% and 188 calories which is quite heavier as compared to Kirin lager and Kirin Ichiban.
Kirin’s range of alcoholic beverages
Kirin has a line of alcohol beverage products which includes beer, low-malt beer, non-malt beer, chu-hi, shochu, wine, and whiskey; all of these offer consumers new ways of enjoyment about great-tasting alcoholic beverages in a variety of lifestyle scenes.
The company’s wide line-up of beers comprises Kirin Ichiban Shibori, which is made with an all-malt formula and the first press brewing process to deliver a clean, smooth, and full bodied beer taste.
The Kirin Lager beer is considered as one of the most popular beers in Japan for more than 120 years; the Kirin Tanrei Green Label, in which the carbohydrate contents is reduced by 70% to make it a refreshing light taste; and the Kirin Nodogoshi Nama, which has a crisp and full bodied taste.
With all of these beer products including Kirin Chu-hi Hyoketsu, that is a market leading and ready to drink product, chu-hi since its launch in 2001, the company also offers something for its every customer.
In addition, the company strives to create exciting new value to the market by introducing its products with new value propositions.
The company also manufactures and does marketing for Chateau Mercian, which is one of the most widely recognized brands of Japanese wine, and it imports fine wines from all over the world such as Casillero del Diablo from Chile.
Kirin also offers a large variety of affordable and great tasting wines that customers can enjoy with their meals every day, including the Mercian with no Antioxidants added and the Mercian Every, in which these are both made in Japan; the Frontera and Sunrise are imported from Concha y Toro, which is a leading wine company in Chile; and the Franzia which is imported from California.
In addition to these, the company encourages its customers to discover exciting new ways of enjoying wine and to try combinations of food and wine which they have not tried.
Taste the Kirin difference
For the beginners to experienced, that is for any type of drinkers, this beer is far better in a bottle than in any size of a can (from 115mL to 2L)!
Its appearance looks like how it’s supposed to look, it pours decently from the bottle with half a centimetre of its head which is a decent amount of lacing and the colour is quite amazing.
It smells like any good-by-Asian-standards Asian lager and definitely comparable to the Tiger or the Asahi Super Dry or any of those other well-known Premium Lagers from Asia.
Its taste is cold, which is well, as there is some choppiness there like you are drinking a cold beer in hot weather then it is really good!
Its mouth-feel is also better in the bottle than in the can which is easy to swallow and does not leave any odd aftertaste.
Drinkability of this beer is quite higher than almost all Japanese beers and no adjunct aftertastes, easy to get down and actually quite satisfying.
Kirin’s beers are really better than those of Asahi and also better than the most of Suntory’s beers, but since most of the people prefer canned beer in Japan, it’s is hard to find a variety of Japanese beer in a bottle unless you are dining at a restaurant or paying a visit at specialty liquor shop.
In short, Kirin is quite good Japanese beer and can’t be called as rice lager; while the rice may be involved in it, it is been quite well eliminated from the final product, as it is evidenced by a non-slimy palate after finishing this beer.
Mouth feel is also adequate so rice content in this beer is under control.