Winter beer

19 Oct

I just got a case of Kirin Beer’s latest beer*.
(*Actually, it’s a 発泡酒 (Happoshu) which is a low-malt beer. These are popular because they avoid the high beer tax in Japan and therefore are cheaper. They taste quite the same as “regular” beer, so I like them.)

This new beer is called 「冬麒麟」 (“Winter Kirin“).

It tastes very good. It has a “mild taste” just as it says in the ad.
This is a temporary beer offered by Kirin Beer for this winter season, so if you’re in Japan, I recommend trying a can or two.

(The Kirin Beer Company is named after a mythological dragon-like creature called 「麒麟」 (Kirin)…not a “giraffe” which is also called “kirin” in Japanese but written 「キリン」.)

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12 Responses to “Winter beer”

  1. Samual Adams fan October 20, 2010 at 7:35 am #

    I like San Adams best.

    Do they sell it in Japan?
    This Winter Beer looks good too!

    Nice blog you got here.

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    • tokyo5 October 20, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

      >I like San Adams best.
      Do they sell it in Japan?

      I guess you mean “Samual Adams Beer”.
      Yes, they sell that beer and many other beers from other countries in Tokyo.

      >This Winter Beer looks good too!

      It is. You should try it if you get a chance.

      >Nice blog you got here.

      Thanks you. Feel free to comment often.

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  2. Cyril Murray Brown, Sr. October 20, 2010 at 2:09 am #

    Budweiser is not exported to many countries where it’s available. The beer is manufactured there. Ireland, for instance.

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    • tokyo5 October 20, 2010 at 2:15 am #

      Yes, you’re right. Budweiser is brewed and canned in Japan locally by Kirin Beer.
      I had forgotten about that. It had been an import beer with a higher price years ago until Kirin Beer purchased the brewing rights for Japan.

      So I guess it’s probably no more expensive here than a Japanese beer.
      I guess I’ll try a Budweiser brewed by Kirin and see how it compares to a Kirin Beer.

      Thanks.

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  3. Cyril Murray Brown, Sr. October 20, 2010 at 1:09 am #

    Interesting enough, Budweiser is popular in other countries. Perhaps not in Japan though.

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    • tokyo5 October 20, 2010 at 2:03 am #

      >Budweiser is popular in other countries

      Really? I was under it wasn’t popular in other countries for the same reason it’s not so popular here—the domestic beers are cheaper (no import tax) and taste better than Budweiser.

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  4. Cyril Murray Brown, Sr. October 19, 2010 at 1:32 am #

    Kirin was probably my favorite beer then. I also drank San Miguel, which was on every Army base, Asahi, and one other I can’t recall at this time. The beer was in a bottle with a picture of a dragon(?) on it. Thanks for providing this information.

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    • tokyo5 October 19, 2010 at 2:33 am #

      >Kirin was probably my favorite beer then.

      It is my favorite. Which beer is your favorite now?

      >I also drank San Miguel

      I’m not particularly fond of that one.

      >Asahi

      Asahi Beer is good too.

      >The beer was in a bottle with a picture of a dragon(?) on it.

      The only Japanese beer that has a dragon-like logo is Kirin. Kirin Beer is available in bottles…so maybe it was Kirin.

      >Thanks for providing this information.

      Sure.
      Click here to read my post about Japan’s major brewers.

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  5. gigihawaii October 19, 2010 at 1:31 am #

    I would love to try it, but I hate the metallic taste of a can. I prefer my beer in a bottle. This week, David bought Corona.

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    • tokyo5 October 19, 2010 at 2:27 am #

      Corona’s good. Kirin sells bottled beer too…but I don’t think this particular one is available in bottles though.

      Are Japanese beers popular in Hawaii?

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      • gigihawaii October 19, 2010 at 2:58 am #

        not really. I believe Budweiser is the most popular beer in Hawaii.

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      • tokyo5 October 19, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

        Budweiser. I’ll drink it if offered to me…but not my first choice.

        Although it’s popular in America, it’s not so popular in other countries.

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