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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1573   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.17   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - MAR 13, 2006
An ok beer, I´ve drank this one at the sushi bars for years, as I did today, it goes well with fish, no offensive, easy drinking, grassy, lightly hopped, average, but consistant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dimitri99 (63) - USA - MAR 10, 2006
An okay Japanese beer if cold. So-so taste, yellow flavor. But at $1/draft in New York City - are you really going that astray? I would drink the first 2/3rds of one, then order another. :)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 8, 2006
Draught. Clear golden color with thin white head. Sprucy, grassy hop nose with a touch of corn syrup. Dry, with a subtle but pleasant grainy flavor accented by sprucy hops. Nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Pours a pale gold yellow color with lots of large bubbles cascading up the sides and a medium amount of fizzy white head. Aroma is slightly grassy and sweet, slight corn scent. Flavor has decent body for a pale lager, basically sweet corn and malt flavors with a hint of dry light hops and grass. Overall, not bad depending on your food pairing. Goes great with sushi.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
96beerCD (5) - USA - MAR 6, 2006 does not count
Pretty poor. It’s Bud under a different name. Maybe slightly better but still not worth the extra money its costs because it’s an "imported" beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 27, 2006
(24 oz can: $2.79 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) Date stamped on bottom of can: 22-Nov-05. This beer pours a picture perfect pale lager to me, medium straw in color, crystal clear in appearance, with a few dozen separate streams of carbonation bubbles that start very small and slow-moving at the bottom of the glass, and as they move up the glass, they gradually increase in size and speed. Mesmerizing to look at. The bubbly, snow-white pours to over an inch in height and settles in rocky fashion to a thin layer over several minutes, leaving scattered patches of chunky foam on the glass. But the praise ends with the visuals. Grassy and lightly sweet nose smells like generic macro-beer. Macro-like grassy and grainy flavor has a somewhat bitter finish and is further marred by a moderate metallic flavor that is strong enough that I am definitely not imagining it because this beer comes in a can. Body is light, clean, and quite carbonated for a lively mouthfeel and plenty of sonorous, reverberating eructations. This clean, macro lager really doesn’t taste any different than something like Budweiser, but Bud is far being the worst beer I’ve ever tasted either. The biggest issue with this beer is the very distracting metallic taste in every sip. But I bought this in the can for two reasons: so that I didn’t have to buy a six-pack, and because I figured the canned beer couldn’t be negatively affected by harsh lighting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - FEB 27, 2006
2nd favorite of japanese sushi beers. Would like to do a side by side with asahi. Creamy head, yellow fizzy beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 24, 2006
[bottle from Ichiban noodle bar] another crappy pale lager. Aroma is faintly of stale hops. body is thin, finish is slightly dry.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Ratings are tough. This is not that bad, and the bottle ads some life to a party. But how do you rate an aroma on something like this...? Overall refreshing and not horrid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
waolsen (1370) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
A dragon and a woman have a baby. With a story like that whats not to like. Except for the whole beastiality thing its kind of a cool story. Alright the story stinks but this is a nice lager. Easy drinking and non evasive this is a good beer with any meal. The flavor is not dominating that it takes away from your dinner. I only drink it when I’m having Sushi but I always go for this beer.

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