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


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RATINGS: 1507   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.16   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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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 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2004
Pale color, a bit darker than a pils. Dry taste with hops aroma striving valiantly to rise above adjuncts.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
DocLock (7915) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2004
Had this with Japanese food. Poured pale yellow. Aroma of adjuncts and some hops. Not very good. Finishes slightly sour and metallic. Pass on this.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Jayson2425 (167) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - APR 13, 2004
Tastes like shit, looks like shit, smells like shit. Do you get where i am going from here? One of the worst beers i have ever had. I would rather drink a skunky 40oz then this stuff

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2004
Amber with a weak white head. Downhill from there. Nothing remarkable about the aroma or the body or the taste. On a par with a Bud or Bud Lite. Totally unimpressive.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2004
Bottled: My favorite beer to accompany sushi. Clean, crisp, good carbonation. Flavor is not exceptional but a slight sweet malt presence is detectable. For the purpose I use it, Ichiban is solid, palate-cleansing beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2004
(Draft) Pale golden body with a minimal white foamy head. Malty, metallic, adjunt-addled aroma. Flavor is not as bad as I was expecting, but it is not so great either. The hop bitterness is very subdued. Crisp light and fizzy body. Overall not too bad compared to others in this same vein.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Pours gold with a white head. Aroma is malty, grassy and skunk. Flavor, although minimal, is slightly sweet and grassy. Hop bitterness is totaly lacking. Body is watery and overcarbonated. Nothing to offend, but nothing to please, either.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Bottle. Dark golden and clear with a small white head that quickly fell to a flat smooth surface. Aroma is a bit pungent, with prominent malts, touch of hops and a bit of skunk. Flavor is bigger than most beers brewed by AB (this one under license of Kirin in LA), with a lot of hop bite along with some spiciness and soap. Light body and assertive carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2004
Deep gold colour (like a Bohemian pils). No real head, though. Slightly malt and oily, but only slightly so, like a very light Bohemian pils. Moderate body. Much softer than the regular Kirin Lager (which I just had). Maltiness dominates, but is not particularly well-extracted. Light grassy bitterness and continental hop undertones complement the malts. Not bitter enough to be a proper pilsner, but it has many of the same components. Decent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
heemer77 (5104) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Typical light lager. Light and thin with a little sweetness. While not unpleasant, it lacks any real character.

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