Brewed by Kirin Brewery Company
Style: Pale Lager
Tokyo, Japan


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RATINGS: 1492   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.16   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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Finest barley malt, premium hops, smooth finish, no bitter aftertaste.

Editor's Note: Also brewed in the US: "Anheuser-Busch began brewing Kirin Lager, Kirin Ichiban and Kirin Light at its Los Angeles brewery in 1997. The agreement marks the first time Anheuser-Busch has produced foreign brands for sale in the United States."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2005
Cleam, sweet, banana aroma. (By clean I mean not-adjuncty.) Blonde with minor head, quickly gone leaving the golden nectar to speak for itself. It spoke with a hint of honey, lager bitterness and solid blonde malt. Pleasant buttery finish. (I feel compelled to add that I drank this at cellar temp; Iím sure itís a great deal blander straight outta the fridge.)

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Pours an unnatural golden color with a fully receding white head. Aroma is corn, rice, DMS, and no barley to speak of. Taste has metallic bitterness and corny stale cardboard ímaltinessí. Mouthfeel is sticky (nasty), light/medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall, when compared with Kirin Light, which I just rated, I have to say this is the more disgusting of the two. Being fuller bodied and more sweet just seems to increase my dislike of this beer. No redeeming qualities, at least the Light version was refreshing. I decided this beer wasnít worth finishing, so this foul liquid found a new home in the sewers. When will the pale lager pain end??

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2005
This is the best japanese beer iv had, and well though that doesnt say much this is a hell of a lot better than the others.Aroma is minimal, less corn than normal, more hops. Taste is littly sweet but a reasonable body for a pale lager, with some malt and hops saying something at least and trying its best to stay away from baked beans and corn.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Wow, a surprise! A Japanese pale lager. What a miracle. Boring though not horrible. Just a normal beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - NOV 29, 2005
Look, this beer is a pale lager, so you have to rate it for the style. Weíve got lots of very crappy pale lagers here in Panama, and this one is MUCH, MUCH better. I didnít get the corn or rice tastes, I got a nice softly malted barley and very mild hops. Not bad at all for the style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) British version brewed by Charles Wells in Bedford. 5,5% ABV in my version called "Kirin Ichiban Kirinís Prime Brew". Fully golden with a creamy head. Soft, lightly sweet with both corn and rice added. Not much aroma. Or body. Or flavour. Or bitterness. But yes, it does quench your thirst. 260201

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
WeldMan (2) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2005 does not count
bleh, I should have just bought Budweiser. Very bland, leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FlagstoneHill (213) - Erie, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Bottle Grainy, ricey, some hoppy notes. . Light gold. Thin white head. Lotsa bubbles. . very light flavor with very slight bitter start and hints of malt/sweetness in the short finish. . light body, watery, prickly carbonation. . Summer beer! Not something that Iíd go out of my way for, but for the asian style, pretty typical

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nekronos (3633) - Xalapa, MEXICO - NOV 3, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2006 Well, maybe not the best Japanesse beer, and I think they are the best in Sakes. But although it has a good colour, the taste was not as good as you may think.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Picked up a bottle in Parisí Chinatown (sic). Poured a pale yellow with some scum on top. Nose is a bit malty as istaste. Thin and watery. Refreshing but not much else. Not a bad Lager, but nothing interesting.

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