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


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RATINGS: 1444   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2002
Not bad for macroswill. The nose isnít putrid, consisting of light maltiness. Taste is clean, with less adjunct and sugary tastes than the typical macro. Finish is dry and lightly bitter. Body is thin. A shade or two darker than straw yellow macro color with the same wispy white head that all macros have.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 25, 2002
Gold color, small head. Light and crisp taste. Good flavor. Good balance of hops and malts. Simple clean taste. Some hoppyness and slight tingle on tongue. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Well made beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rkn65 (106) - st. clair shores, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2002
Well if Bud can do this for a foreign beer why canít they do it for themselves. Nice taste and finish very good wuth sushi.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElGaucho (2161) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2002
No aroma to speak of. Very little head, gold in color. Nice, smooth flavor. Good at what itís trying to be. Goes great with Japanese food.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2002
A very blah beer. Donít try this (although the name is fun to say).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madsberg (9655) - SÝborg, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2002
Clear light yellow. Not much nose, but notes of malt can be recognized. Flavour is sweet and bland. Miss some hops and bitterness.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - SEP 11, 2002
Not terrible considering this beer is associated with Anheuser Busch, but not great. Itís got a little of that dry Asian beer tast. But the flavor is still lacking.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dave420 (55) - O.C, California, USA - SEP 6, 2002
what the hell??? on the bottle this stuff said it was made by anheiser busch? smelt exactly like budweiser, taste like it but with a little more flavor like how they should make budweiser.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2002
What does "ichiban" mean? Is that better or worse than regular Kirin lager? Tastes the same to me. Mine was brewed in California, US Kirin hasnít come from Japan for some time.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2002
Boaring macro impression of a japanese lager. Find it funny that it is listed as Tokyo when itís brewed here in the U.S. Poured a light golden yellow with a small head, aroma was weak and grainy with a taste to match although there was a hint of maltiness that gave it an extra point or two.

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