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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1597   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Giochaurand (234) - FINLAND - MAR 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours light yellow. Aroma is malts and hay. Taste is light malts and a bit of citrus.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ordybill (824) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Poured from the large bomber size at a Japanese Steak House in Douglasville, GA. into a pint glass. Aroma- Has that malt aroma that I remember well from my Marine days spent in Japan. Appearance- Has a weak clear yellow color that reminds me of watered down Miller High Life. Taste- This is purely a Japanese version of an American Macro Lager, it is ok at best. Palate- This is a light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a slight skunk finish to it. Overall- Kirin Ichiban is not "number one" in my book when it comes to Japanese macros. I find Asahi and Orion to be far superior in flavor both in Japan and imported into the states.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slaz (57) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2015
Pours golden yellow with a short white head. Aroma is yeasty with a hint of rice, taste is slightly sweet, dry, with a hoppy finish. Overall a fine lager from Japan, way better than NL’s most produced beer ’Heineken’.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
willisread (1296) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 2, 2015
Can from anywhere in Tokyo. Had this at many a hanami party. One of the better Japanese macro lagers. Slight malty aroma. Grainy taste with rice also noticeable. Palate has some sweetness and a dry, crisp finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
fajry (1264) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 27, 2015
Fľaša. Zlatá farba, biela pena. Vôňa trávová, železitá, umelá. Chuť práznejšia, sladká, kukuričná. Opäť jemná železitosť a trávovosť. Slabá horká dochuť.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
luttonm (3416) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Draft in NYC, accompanying some amazing Korean fried chicken. Sweet, pale malt. A little rice sharpness. Great fit for food. A bit bitter in middle, sweet up front, and finishes plenty clean. Pretty fine.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
dhatton (234) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Pours pale golden topped with a thin white head. Subdued aroma of barely and grains. Taste is of cereal. Relatively thin mouthfeel with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
McWorta (1136) - LUXEMBOURG - FEB 18, 2015
Golden colour with a small white head. Aromas of straw, barnyard, some hay and some maltyness arises. Light carbonation, thin texture, light body. Brief malt, bready sweetness offers a clear hoppy bitterness which lasts only for a moment. Short finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
stevencon (517) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Pours a crystal clear yellow. Visible carbonation yields a white head that vanishes immediately. Weak bread aroma. Taste is light with a bit of sweet malt. No real hop notes anywhere. Drinkable without flaws.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
ColovianTrader (451) - - FEB 13, 2015
Sweeter than a standard lager. Notes of grain, rice, corn and faint citrus. Well carbonated.

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