scanman (149) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JUN 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
KapitiCritique (367) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - DEC 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Drinking_77 (49) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - JUN 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s a good beer to drink with a burger or pizza. Real light but goes down well.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
SpockTheater (49) - Louisiana, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
For a lager, this one has a fairly full body. Short palate, but definately better that U.S. lagers.
Mephistefales (47) - USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ok - so the main reason I reviewed this beer so highly is that it is the best beer at the HEB supermarket for under $6 per 6-pack. This isn't a flashy beer, it is very functional. It compliments a Hibachi steak very well. It is one of the few beers my wife and I actually agree on. Light enough for her, tasty enough for me, and less than a buck a bottle. Not a world champ, but something I like to keep in the fridge.
georgekillian (344) - Alabama, USA - MAR 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
great looking design on the bottle and actually was a really great asian beer. i enjoyed this one very much. easy to drink tasted kinda like a budweiser but not with the nasty aftertaste. very nice different beer
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.)
Valfar (78) - San Miguel, EL SALVADOR - NOV 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.