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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1647   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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."



3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scanman (150) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JUN 24, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2006 This is an overlooked lager. Maybe the bottles I’ve enjoyed are fresher, but I totally disagree with the other comments. This was crisp and no bad aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 5, 2011
A bottle at the Cheese Factory in KC. They have a number of Boulevard beers on menu as well. Pours a beautiful deep straw colour, head dissipates quickly, not much lacing, persistent carbonation - this is the sort of beer you drink in a tall flute glass, slightly yeasty fruity nose- distinctive pears; very dry, a tad bitter, does not have the salty CO2 of many US pale lagers; quick finish, good sparking carbonation. Good example of the type. This bottle brewed in Japan. I was in Japan when it came out, the can pictured here is a garish example. It was well received by the expat community. The scores here reflect a snooty beer-bongers snootiness. This is an excellent example of the style. The fact that I only drink a bottle of this every few years is irrelevant.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drinking_77 (84) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - JUN 16, 2014
Review: Can of Kirin Ichiban Pale Lager, 5%ABV Kirin Ichiban, my first time having a Japanese beer, was impressive on its first showing. In general it was pretty nice and quite drinkable On pouring, the appearance was of a pale yellow colour with a very big creamy head that lingers for some time, and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Had a nice look to it. Aroma: A pleasant sweet smell of a light grain and malt aroma. A nice light beer to drink and went down easy enough. The taste had some initial sweetness followed by a very enjoyable bitter aftertaste of hops, kind of creamy. Tastes of hay, wheat, and light floral hops. A good clean, crisp beer, smooth, I liked it. Recommended for someone who is looking for a nice light beer to relax with

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Teran (288) - Belgrade, SERBIA - MAR 24, 2016
Better than most of EU lager beers. Nice body, nice look, very good taste and aroma, even palate is not so bad as at most of lager beers. Enjoyable beer, it is very fine with the food, because is somehow neutral but tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 19, 2002
It’s a good beer to drink with a burger or pizza. Real light but goes down well.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2002
Malty, very German (Axis exchange of brewing technology?) Not bad at all, but would be best with food; I tried it by itself. The 24-oz can is cool.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 3, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2006 Special premium reserve indeed! Such that its in convenience stores urbanlly everywhere! Hoppy tasting for commercial widespread lager. Nice finish. (Note: much better in the bottle.)

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Valfar (78) - San Miguel, EL SALVADOR - NOV 5, 2013
A crispy, delicious and fine Japanese beer. It has a malty aroma, like cereal and hay. Also, a good body, good blond color, fuzzy and good foam. It tastes really good, sweeter than bitter. Good job Japan.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alex60 (199) - - APR 10, 2016
Bouteille 33 cl- couleur jaune pale, odeur agrumes et pomme, goût rafraîchissant léger avec une finale basé sur la pomme assez prononcé,agréable à boire

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
chromeotaphor (148) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2016
Een zachte toegankelijke pils. Doet denken aan een zachtere versie van Warsteiner. Erg goed in balans voor een pils.


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