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


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RATINGS: 1638   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.17/5   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2006
Rather light, nothing that stuck out. Not bad, but tasted much like a light beer. You can tell that there was time put into the brewing process, the problem is that it just came out an average beer. Not bad, I got it at a Japanese restaurant, so it went perfectly with the meal. I would drink it again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - APR 11, 2006
Aroma is like a pale lager should be, but with a honey, bubblegum tinge. Body is pale, cheap head. Taste has a like fruity flavor to it. Not as bad as bmc, but won’t drink it again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2006
This was a very light beer with not much head when poured from a bottle. There really was not much flavor and I would put this in the class of many of the macro pale lagers

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
PopeGelasius3 (54) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2006
I was let down when i found out that an American brewery made this beer. Tastes like an American brew but much stronger and more bitter. At times, almost hard to drink because of the bitterness and carbonation. If you want Japanese beer, go to Japan.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2006
had during a business lunch at a local japanese place. not much expected here and not much fullfilled. very clear, very light, aroma of grain or rice, taste is dry. if this is the best of japan as the banner advertised, i’m a little worried for them over there.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kingfiogojr (78) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Not a bad Japanese brew. Very crisp, malty. Hints of rice and corn. I enjoyed it with Sushi and the artwork is good.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
wheatbeerboy (103) - Addison, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2006
I purchased a can of this Jap brew because I wanted to try something new. After sampling this beer I realized one thing, the Japanese should stick to making sake and sushi. Phu-Yuk!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sanmiguel (118) - Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Another watery, dry, yet appetizing and refreshing Asian pale lager. Good carbonation. I could taste the hops and maybe rice (?) while supping it. Kirin Ichiban had a mellow, squash-tasting finish. Interesting... Recommended with Japanese food. as it quenches your thirst.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RichardGretton (4612) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2006
Bottle. Pale beer with a nice frothy white head. The aroma is very yeasty and slightly dry, and the flavour is slightly dry, watery and yeasty. Overall an average beer for the style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Pours a pale golden with adequate carbonation and a white head that was quickly a film. Aroma starts inoffensive with grains and milky lagering yeasts, but adjuncts creep up the nostrils late. Light corn syrup starts the flavor sweetly, but a Hallertauer hop bitterness takes over for a moment before a quick dive back into sweetness. Mouthfeel is thin but sticky with diacetyl butters lingering slightly. I started out thinking this was a pretty good lager, but as it wore on it became only slightly better than the typical A/B offering.

<font size=-4>24 Oz. Can from <a href=http://www.dominicks.com/>Dominick’s

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