Kirin Ice + Beer

Kirin Ice + Beer Can (Front)

Japanese Name: キリン アイス プラス ビール
Brewer: Kirin
Release: Jul. 27, 2011
Type: Japanese Beer(ビール)
Alcohol: 5.5%
Purchase Price: ¥217 (Lawson)

Kirin Ice + Beer Pour

Tasting Notes:
Before my beer drinking days, beer over ice was the standard drink of my grandfather in Hawaii; he’d give me a taste when I asked, and it tasted like strange water. Walk into a bar and ordering beer and a glass of ice and you’ll get some stares in most places. This is the path that Kirin has chosen to go down with its newest creation, Kirin Ice + Beer. In the current Japanese mindset of energy savings, what better way to refresh yourself than a cool glass of beer, but instead of using a refrigerator to cool that beer, you’re keeping it cool with ice. Do this with a standard beer and you’re just diluting the goods, but this special brew is made to be poured over those cold rocks. Let’s take a gulp, and find out if this brew hold up.

Out of the can, this beer is somewhat darker than your average Japanese brew, and with it’s rich aroma you can tell this lager was brewed for some dilution for the Japanese market. Chilled over ice, Kirin’s Ice Plus Beer has a lot of depth a lot of beer drinkers are looking for, and the casual lager drinker will be happy that the flavors do not go overboard, being minimized by the dilution of the ice, in the end producing a beverage that is refreshingly cold with a hint of sweetness. Those looking for a stronger brew, can just forgo the ice, and you’ll get the unadulterated taste and aroma.

Whether you like the concept of Kirin Ice Plus Beer, or not, the interesting point for me is that Kirin decided to produce a “real” beer instead of a dai-san happousei brew. For my palate, I actually enjoyed this one over ice. It had some nice rich malty flavors, however I found myself drinking it quite fast as I did not want the richness to be diluted. The next can I buy will be drunk minus ice.

Find your very own can of Kirin Ice + (plus) Beer in the cooler of your favorite Japanese convenience store chain, while supplies last.

Kirin Ice + Beer Can (Back)

Official Site
Check out the 2012 Kirin Ice+Beer package design.

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5 Responses to Kirin Ice + Beer

  1. Hello again,
    Have to say it was good to see Kirin release a real beer this time, the other two main breweries in Japan just release dai-sans for their summer releases.
    I’ve had the Kirin Ice+Beer a couple of times now, think it’s becoming one of my favourites (maybe just during this oppressive Japanese summer though!).


    • DM says:

      Thanks for connecting Jim! I had a few cans in the fridge, but when I came back from the US they were all gone. I’ll try to get a few more before summer’s over. So, do you drink it over ice or straight up?

  2. Over ice. To be honest I hadn’t thought of trying it straight up. Guess I’ve been in Japan too long…always follow instructions to the letter! 🙂

  3. Pingback: Kirin Ice+Beer (2012): drink your beer on ice while watching the 2012 London Olympics in the hood. | Beers of Japan

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