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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1644   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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."



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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
obxdude10 (2262) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Just like the Kirin lager this is a very average pale lager, basically your run-of-the-mill lager beer, but still better than Bud or Coors, and this goes pretty well with sushi, mainly because this has pretty neutral flavors, corn & rice in the nose & flavors, slight hint of hops toward the finish

0.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Crafty07 (404) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2007
There aren’t many times that I can’t even finish the pint. I left this crap in the glass. Stay away.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cybercat (5046) - Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2007
"Ichiban" means "number one" in Japanese - a bit of a pretentious name for a beer that is really more mediocre than outstanding. Not a bad beer, just average.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
yngwie (16482) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2007
Bottled. Clear, almost golden beer with a small white head. The aroma is weak, with just some fruity notes. The flavor is weak as well, with some fruityness, hops, grass and malty hints. Medium body and a hop-fruity finish. Could’ve used a lot more of everything. (070106)

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
sinte (499) - Udine, ITALY - JAN 29, 2007
Botlle 0.33L. Clear yellow body (very pale) with a small, fizzy, white head, fully diminishing with no lacing. Aroma is very faint with some sweet notes and some herbal hints of hops. Flavour is somehow bitter-sweet, but very attenuated: watery. Light body with a watery structure; lively carbonation and light metallic feeling in the finish. Not satisfactory; watery.

1.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Bottle. Pours yellow with a small head. This beer always tastes skunky to me and I’ve had multiple bottles and they are fresh so something is not right there. Pretty watery and flavorless. Could be somewhat refreshing if it weren’t so skunky.

1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
DarkMagus (501) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Rater-friendly 135ml can. Unnecessarily large and frothy head. Always scary, because you know it’s unnatural. Clear yellow color, VERY light. Pretty weak aroma of corn, grass, and a bit of hops, and some mysterious sweetness. Strangely sour, yet slightly bittersweet flavors. Vaguely interesting, but still so much like any other macro-brewed pale lager, that it’s just not worth drinking unless there are no other options.

1.4
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2007
Bottled. Brewed by Wells and Young England. A very pale yellow coloured lager with no head. Nasty skunky, corny aroma which is very unwelcoming. The taste is better with some bittering crisp hops and some smooth flavours. Still not anything Id seek out, but at least it doesn’t taste how it smells.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2007
Pale golden in colour, lingering white head, great lacing. The aroma is grainy, herbal, grassy, crisp and sweet. The flavour was crisp, sweet, some grassy hops, some corn. Watery mouthfeel, thin body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes pretty quick, grassy and sweet. Basic and uneventful.

650ml Bottle.
Gift from by brother-in-law.
Production date April 20, 2006.

0.6
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
blinesam (235) - USA - JAN 14, 2007
Bought a bottle at Martinetti’s in Brighton. Smells like Beast. Slightly hazey golden color. Super light taste. Has gross, rice-like after taste. Taste like old rice. Note: this beer was drank slightly after the freshness date. I can’t imagine anyone drinking this regularly.


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