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


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RATINGS: 1590   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 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
DonMagi (5595) - 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. We’ve got lots of very crappy pale lagers here in Panama, and this one is MUCH, MUCH better. I didn’t 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 (25073) - 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 Kirin’s 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 (214) - 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 I’d 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 (3838) - 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 Paris’ 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 22, 2005
Pours golden in colour with a thin white head. Pale malt and some grassy hops in the nose. The taste is not bad for a pale lager, somewhat malty, and more bittering hops than most other pale lagers I’ve sampled but at the end of the day it’s still a pale lager.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2005
Bottle. Deep golden with no head. Aroma is malty and mild. Taste is pretty malty for the style. I had this at a Japanese steakhouse, and it went just fine with the food.

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