Japanese Name: グランド キリン
Release: June. 19, 2012
Type: Japanese Beer
Purchase Price: ￥238 @Popula (330 mL bottle)
Grand Kirin was first sold at 7-Eleven convenience stores across Japan last year. Although its exclusivity was stated to only be for short time, only recently did I come across Grand Kirin at another conbini chain, Popula. While picking up a few beers there, I had a hankering from some premium stuff. So here’s an updated tasting.
Pouring out Grand Kirin into my glass, I tried and get a nice head going. The bubbles are miniscule, leading to a uniformly smooth and creamy mouthfeel like you’d find off the tap. Your first mouthful will show off its malt, tons on the front almost bordering on malt vinegar notes without the vinegary acidity. Along with the malt the bitterness from the dip hops kick in right away with the bitterness transitioning through the mid-palate and down the throat. These flavors stick around through the whole glass of beer.
At its price point and limited availability, I’m sure that Grand Kirin isn’t a huge seller. However, it’s one of those beers you’d reach for along side Yebisu or Premium Malt’s. Grand Kirin continues to be an excellent Japanese beer, that’ll satisfy your craving for a more robust flavor than your average Japanese lager.