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


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RATINGS: 1647   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 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2005
When did A-B start making this u/contract? This is not the 1st time Iíve had this beer, but itís the 1st time itís been brewed in LA by A-B. It might just be me but the quality has slipped a little bit. Maybe Iím biased... Clear golden, head is gone in 30 sec. Smells like Bud, tastes very light...goes very well with Teriyaki.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
SDalkoholic (2339) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 6, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2012 Review Update: So Iím trying to re-visit beers that it has been years since my last time tasting and this is one of them I absolutely hated when I first had it 7 years ago. This time around I had it fresh from a bottle at a sushi bar and not from some dusty old stock liquor store. Aroma is much more better my second time around with a semi sweet scent of bread and grains that actually smells appetizing. The drink itself is much more flavorful than I remember even though it doesnít taste as refreshing as an Asahi or Sapporo. For sure hits the spot on a hot summer day and goes down easy with raw fish, ginger, and wasabi. friday, may 06, 2005: Original rating A:2 A:1 F:1 P:1 O:2 = 0.7 Looks like piss in a glass with some floating pieces of dust. No head and the aroma is that nasty pale lager smell. Dissgusting to drink and just a horrible beer to have a mouthfull of it.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2005
What the heck is this, Japanese Budweiser? Itís not as thick tasting as Budweiser, but it clones it in every other respect: rice in the nose and in the flavor, weak hops, paltry malt, and some weird straw aftertaste happening. Only rated better than Bud ícause itís not Bud, and it goes good with sake. Sake bomb! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ACE FREHLEY!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 27, 2005
Ligth golden with disapearing white head. Bitter sweet aroma with a hint of alcohol. Refresing taste with growing bitter sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 26, 2005
UPDATED: APR 27, 2005 Bottled. Pours a light golden with a white head. Aroma is sweet malty. Taste is malty, and ever so slightly hoppy. Medium bitter sweet aftertaste

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
doostinjcap (43) - Newport, Oregon, USA - APR 24, 2005
A very light and an obvious cheap beer... despite all this Kirin Ichiban is an enjoyable ale. Its so smooth and to top it all off... there is an obvious vanilla hint in this asian delight. I definatly canít complain!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
leaparsons (9851) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2005
Bottle. Brewed by Charles Wells in the UK. Golden with a white head. Aromas are grain and sweetcorn can juice. Flavours are sweet grain, corn and some hops. Its very mediocre but inoffensive.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2005
Contract brewed in LA by Anhueser-Busch? That seriously detracted from the beer before I even tasted it. Born on dating? Please. It poured light and clear with a thin white head. very little aroma, but with slight notes of grass and grain. Thin and watery mouthfeel. Very bland and watered down. Not a lot of flavor. Itís neither good nor bad. Itís drinkable. Itíll wash sushi down, but so will water.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 12, 2005
This is your standard pale lager. Doesnít do much to stand out. Just fits in with all the others. In other words... thereís nothing to describe here.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 Not bad for a light pilsner--that is, when combined with pickled ginger and wasabi. In other words, my beer of choice with sushi.

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