Kirin Lemon: Kirin Beverages’ Iconinc Soda Drink

Introduced in 1928 by Kirin Brewery Company (present Kirin Beverages), Kirin Lemon has similar features to Sprite compared to Mitsuya Cider.

While cider reminds many Japanese of Asahi Mitsuya Cider, Kirin Lemon is Japan’s most iconic lemon-flavored soda drink.

Kirin Lemon Soda Drink

Kirin Lemon from Kirin Beverages

Kirin Lemon (キリンレモン) is also a clear and colorless carbonated beverage using pure water, and its fizz is brisk, like Coca-Cola Sprite.

Kirin Lemon vs Coca Cola Sprite

However, unlike Sprite, this drink contains no fruit juice. Instead, it uses extract from Setouchi Lemon, which makes its taste/flavor more citrusy than Mitsuya Cider.

Kirin Lemon Soda Drink

Kirin Lemon is not sweet compared to Mitsuya Cider and is more lemony than Sprite. Therefore, you can decide which to choose depending on your mood.

Ingredients/Nutrition Facts

Kirin Lemon Ingredients

The ingredients and nutrition facts of the original Kirin Lemon drink are as follows. (The beverage contains no caffeine or preservatives).

You can compare them with Mitsuya Cider and Sprite by checking this post

Sugars (High fructose corn syrup, Sugar), Lemon extract, Carbonic acid, Acidifier, Flavoring, Sodium hydrogen carbonate

Nutritional Values

Kirin Lemon Nutrition Facts Label

Nutritional Values per 100 ml
Calories 34 kcal
Protein 0 g
Fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 8.6 g
Salt equivalents 0.06 g


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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