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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (13966) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2004
Deep gold colour (like a Bohemian pils). No real head, though. Slightly malt and oily, but only slightly so, like a very light Bohemian pils. Moderate body. Much softer than the regular Kirin Lager (which I just had). Maltiness dominates, but is not particularly well-extracted. Light grassy bitterness and continental hop undertones complement the malts. Not bitter enough to be a proper pilsner, but it has many of the same components. Decent.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
gunnfryd (13345) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 6, 2007
Bottle.Golden colour with a white head. Aroma is fruit, malt. Flavour is fruit, malt, grass.Thin

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (12962) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle from BevMo. Bottled on 03OCT08. Gold color with a substantial white head. Aromas of honey and fruit. Near medium body with frothy carbonation. Flavor is clean with some grassy hop. That touch of honey - flavor, not sweet - stays to the end. It is just a bit bitter in the finish. AB does a great job, just not very picky about which job, but this is a good thing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
argo0 (12513) - Washington DC, USA - APR 5, 2003
(Paired with sushi) Clear golden body with small white head. Aroma is light and sweet, some bread. Taste is light, sweet and watery. Minimal bitterness that's in the swallow. It's not bad, but it's certainly not worth seeking out.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Tmoney99 (12415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2006
Bottle from Party Source. Poured light amber with an average fizzy white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Moderate sweet grainy aroma. Light to medium body with soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a light bitter finish of short duration.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2007
(Bottle, at Thai restaurant) Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Light aroma of corn grain and rice. Flavor of bland hops and some sweetness with a watery mouthfeel.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerhunter111 (12343) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 12, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein goldgelbes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch leicht malzig, getreidig, leicht süß. Geschmack leicht malzig getreidig, minimal herb.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
HenrikSoegaard (12054) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2009
Bottle from Føtex. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Dark yellow colour. Moderate malty bready aroma. Light bitter slightly bready flavor. Short light bitter finish. Watery palate.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
imdownthepub (11964) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2007
Tinned, 500ml, at Wagamama’s Reading. Pale gold with white head. I’d forgotten this one. Thin, corny, malt lager with little hop character. Some sweetness, quite tinny, metallic. Doesn’t really appeal.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
FatPhil (11835) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 10, 2009
350ml can (Taiwan) - Brewed by Zhuhai, China - thanks LP!
Looks like an ordinary pale lager. The aroma, however, is a million miles from ordinary pale lager. If I were being charitable, I’d call it spicy and cakey. Citrussy, so maybe like a dundee cake? However, if I’m not being charitable, it’s horrifically fucked up. Alcohol is the only thing that I can actually isolate accurately. Palate unsurprisingly thin and fizzy. Taste is differently weird. It’s like how pale lager thrown on the sauna stones smells. Some lemon too, from the dundee cake. And some astringent metallic hop extract. "Ichiban" seems to mean "number one" in the sense that "number two" means "shit".

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