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


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RATINGS: 1561   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
egajdzis (5514) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2004
Gold color with a small white head. Mild adjunct laden beer aroma and taste. Rinsed down some kobe steak tonight at hibachi.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2004
This one was pleasant when paired with other lagers, but I’m not a lager fan. At any rate, easy to drink, reasonably balanced with minimal hops/malt. ok beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
GoldenCrown (18) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2004
The smell put me off this beer before I tasted it. Yet the fine yellowy gold appearance enticed me enough to go ahead and taste it. The most distinctive quality of this beer, to me, is the gentleness in the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2004
FInally a "Premium Lager" that actually lives up to it's name. Pours a dark yellowish body with a thin white head. Lots of nice carbonation present. Aroms is of candy and apples. Taste is citrusy, sweet, and reminds me of a white wine. Finishes like a wine as well, except for the carbonation, which makes this nice and crisp. Well done! A great lager.

   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 (8376) - 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.

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