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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1645   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 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 (4628) - 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.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Yay - another pale lager. Pale clear gold with a decent fizzy white head, bubbly. Sweet macro aroma of corn, rice and stale grain - fairly dry. Tastes the same - sweet and harsh, grainy, mouthfeel is watery, harsh - ah, hell, it’s a pale macro lager, you know the rest.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
pineypower (3050) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Had this one at PF Chang’s damn good resturant...anyway on to the beer. Pours out a typical yellow color, malty nose. Not the same nasty sweet stale smell you would get from an American macro..cough cough Bud. Taste is pretty much bland sweet malty with not much but a slight incling of hops, which I was suprised at.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Cool ass logo, relatively lame beer. Sweetish smell (hardly there) came from this golden headless beer. Very little carbonation. screw on caps are bad omens usually. The taste has a light (i mean i only imagined it after swallowing) taste of honey. Really pretty bland. Inoffensive is a good word, because it wasn’t bad. then again, neat-o logo, half deer, half dragon thing.

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