OP here. I have to disagree with you on that. For one, American mass-manufactured beer is some seriously weak-sauce. It's probably the worst beer that isn't manufactured in mexico or china.
Secondly, I'm not gonna compare even import beer to something that I'm going to find in a microbrewery. There's usually not gonna be any contest there.
Third, Kirin has a quite earthy flavor, and it manages to avoid having that shitty miller and budweiser taste. It's a good beer. Not a great beer, but a good one that I can enjoy drinking.