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


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RATINGS: 1566   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 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 hasn’t 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 it’s 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Dogbrick (9344) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2002
The draught version was better, which isn’t really saying much. Tastes like what it is, A-B’s version of an Asian lager. Blah.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2002
Whatever, it was made in California by Busch. This was the blandest of beers. Incredibly thick head, took 10 minutes to pour out of bottle. Wasn’t worth the wait.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ARMed (622) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2002
Not a big fan of the Ichiban, thought I have to admit it hits the spot when eating good Asian food!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Radek Kliber (6616) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 9, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2008 Can 330ml
Listed as 5.5% Appearance: Standard edition pale golden lager with light creamy top converted into fizz after while.
Nose : Plain sweet aroma of pale malts with faint hop accents.
Flavor/Palate : Thin on body but with fair profile , malty with earthy hop feel . Sadly finish even more ghostly. Green hop shown but nothing under , you just looking for more yet nowhere to be found. This brew is waste of time on all aspects.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
sarie99 (50) - San Francisco, Alabama, USA - AUG 4, 2002
Brewed in Los Angeles. Typical Japanese beer flavor. Somewhat metallic, and an old flavor. Need to drink this one very cold.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2002
Easy going and efficient in its distribution of malt. Not much else going on.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jaymobrown (1732) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2002
Dry bitter brew. No real flavor. Aroma of day old beer in a can. Nothing really to grab a hold of here.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
eczematic (1322) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2002
Stuffed full of chemicals and adjuncts (rice?) but at least there is some discernible bitterness if you concentrate very hard. Slight banana flavour as it warms which I dont think is intentional. Japanese VB.

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