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


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RATINGS: 1556   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 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Shrews629 (193) - Kentucky, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Very clear straw colored. Bright white head that was very fizzy with little retention or lacing. This looks like a "macro" for sure. Several bubbles streaming to the top. The aromas was corn and grain. Some malt character. Maybe a faint biscuit. Everything was very faint. The taste was of a cereal grain and corn. Some minute bitterness. Not a real pleasing taste. Tastes like a "macro" also. Getting a stale, metallic taste too. The mouthfeel was light and watery. It is refreshing and crisp. Doesn’t leave much aftertaste at all. This might be fairly refreshing if it was 110 degrees in the shade. I probably wouldn’t want this under any other circumstances however. I could finish it, which is always positive I guess. Does have a cool little label on the bottle though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2002
Similar to other beers from Asian countries. Not bad, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
greystreet80 (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2002
Not too bad, by far the best Anheuser Brewery product. Looks pretty weak though, a high yellow piss color.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bewyder (189) - FRANCE - DEC 16, 2014
La lager japonaise à la meilleure rondeur à mon goût et de celles que je connais, ce qui reste limité en soi.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2002
Thin, lacked ’oomf’, tasted like a flat Budweiser. I can drink this stuff, but I don’t exactly like it. Oh? Imported by AB? Now that explains the Bud taste.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2003
From a can, beer pours (in Chimay glass) an applejuice (piss, read 'urine')-golden color with virgin-white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of strong straw, grass, vegetal. Flavor is of a watered down straw, grass - not too prominent. Still a drainpour. Looks awful. Tastes awful. Just another sucky, yellow beer - and there's plenty of them. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2004
a golden colour, little head flavours and bitterness very well balanced. clean tasting lager.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
carlitos99 (184) - The Big Apple, USA - MAR 17, 2005
Of course I order this with Sushi and thats about it. The beer is malty and I would say skunky too, but for some reason it has a good alcoholic kick compared to other japanese beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Golden color with minimal white head. Simple aroma and flavor. Mostly malty. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2004
Bottled: My favorite beer to accompany sushi. Clean, crisp, good carbonation. Flavor is not exceptional but a slight sweet malt presence is detectable. For the purpose I use it, Ichiban is solid, palate-cleansing beer.

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