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 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ozzy70 (795) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 15, 2016
12 oz. bottle. Pours clear straw, slight white head. Aroma was malty and grassy. Taste was mildly sweet.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
archies (6) - - FEB 10, 2016 does not count
Biere limpide blonde légèrement dorée. Collet quasi absent et effervescence moyenne. Gout et arôme quelconque.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
MrHoefenbraeu (25) - - FEB 10, 2016
Eine 33cl Flasche als "Vorspeise" zu Shushi gegönnt. Helle klare Farbe, schwacher Schaum. Im Geschmack fällt es weder auf noch ab.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tightslice (963) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 8, 2016
Bottle from Beltramo’s in Menlo Park, CA. Slightly herbal and honey on the nose. Maybe some honey-nut cheerios. Fairly clean, grainy with a nice touch of honey-ish malts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
tfontana (697) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Bottle pour into shaker pint glass. Aroma is mild malt, some champagne-like yeastiness. Appearance is clear weak yellow with ephemeral ring of off-white head, no sparkle, no lacing. Taste is as aroma--mild malty sweet with some dry champagne-like yeast. Palate is light bodied with thin texture but dominant feature is over-the-top too lively carbonation. Overall, a beer to have to clear the throat with asian food (as I was doing). No other reason to have it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PlutonowyMan (481) - POLAND - FEB 3, 2016
Kolor: jasno ?ó?ty, klarowny, bia?a, sporych rozmiarów piana. Aromat ca?kiem przyjemny, wyra?ne nuty kwiatowe i delikatnie owocowe. Smak jest zdecydowanie gorszy, du?o myd?a, lekka s?odowo??. Wysycenie ?rednie w kierunku do wysokiego. Wysoka wodnisto??

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
bbbeer (729) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2016
Pale yellow, a little bubbly. Minimal aroma. Light body. Generic lager flavor. For a mass produced lager it’s kind of acceptable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
AlainG (1965) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2016
Un autre exemple d’une bière "qu’on savait" ordinaire. Elle est blonde dorée et sa mousse s’évanouit sans traces apparentes. Un nez de sirop et d’herbes mouillées. Un goût de sucre raffiné où une effervescence picote le palais et un aspect minéral. Ça se boit sans penser. (Embouteillée le 26 oct 15)(1715-160116)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nausicaaonacids (50) - PORTUGAL - JAN 15, 2016
My favorite commercial beer in Japan. I’m not a connoisseur but it was ideal for noodle based dishes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChadPolenz (1690) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2016
I’ve tried several Japanese macro lagers and they’re all very similar to other countries’ popular pale lagers. I’ve actually had Kirin Ichiban several times over the years (at hibachi and sushi restaurants) and I’ve never really been impressed. This particular edition is brewed in the United States by Anheuser-Busch, though trying to find a fresh bottle is a challenge. Despite it being all-malt, it’s a pretty boring lager.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 8/22/15 and cost $1.29 ($0.11 per ounce).

Appearance: Beautiful golden hue; crystal clear with visible carbonation. Pours to a large, white, foamy head which retains and laces remarkably well.

Smell: Lightly sweet pale malt blend. Faint touch of floral hops, otherwise quite mild in the nose.

Taste: As I said, I’ve drank this beer many times, and one thing I’ve noticed is that it’s consistently inconsistent. Some bottles are much sweeter than others; some are tinny and dirty-tasting. This particular bottle was somewhere in the middle, in that it was more mild and bland than anything else. I will say I notice a bit of light malt, but it’s not especially delectable or particularly sweet. This is interesting, because I recently drank a year-old bomber of this beer at a sushi restaurant that was very sweet due to its age. Light-bodied pale lagers aren’t the types of beers you usually associate with aging well, but I can honestly say that year-old bottle was better than this remotely fresh one. To its credit, I don’t really find it repugnant at all. Just a touch of metallic sensation and maybe even a faint spicy hop presence. Its only crime is being not just dull, but extremely so.

Drinkability: At only 5% ABV, Kirin Ichiban is equivalent to Budweiser in potency, though it is not a complete fizz bomb. Mouthfeel is quite light and there’s a watery sensation to each swig. Slightly refreshing while in the mouth, which is nice, along with an almost completely clean aftertaste which is also nice. Though I use that term in a relative way.

RATING: 4/10

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