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


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RATINGS: 1507   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."

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
bluejacket74 (1342) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2012
12 ounce bottle, bottled on 18 Jan 2012, the bottle says freshest taste within 180 days so I think I’m still good there. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing is average. Aroma is sweet malt and corn, and not much else. Taste is the same as the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it is light and goes down easy. For the style of beer it is, it’s not too bad. Worth a try if you can pick up a single bottle somewhere.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
smmaaren (229) - NORWAY - OCT 17, 2014
33 cl bottle from supermarket in Spain. Enjoyed straight from the bottle. Colour is golden. Had this poolside in sunny Spain. Did work. But I guess any beer had.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
slowrunner77 (5983) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
can’t really "taste the wort", but i don’t exactly know what i’m looking for either. tastes ever so slightly better than your typical american macro lager. crisp and clean, slightly drier finish. ok with sushi."

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
eduardovl (871) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml can poured in an ordinary glass @ Wasabi restaurant, Geneva A: Traditional Lager clear yellow/golden color with a medium bubbled/aired head that dissipates quickly leaving many lacings S: Simple. Sweet malts, corn, rice with grassy and bit citrus hoppy end T: Simple in the nose too: Sweet crispy malts, grassy hops, bit citric and skunky. In overall, a dry-pleasant taste. Very malty and refreshing. Good citrus hoppy-bitter aftertaste M: Extremely light body with strong carbonation. Nice mild bitter aftertaste. Good drinkability O: Not that bad. Quite drinkable [ BA Review @ 12/23/2011 ]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
aumax1 (251) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
Bouteille de 650ml de blonde peu effervescence. Arôme de malt. Au gout notes de malt, petite amertume et notes sucré.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
CraftyBeerTour (61) - Barcelon, SPAIN - OCT 5, 2014
On draught. Aroma of bean and has that wet stone whiff too. Looks OK, nice white lacy head, a little palid. Watery and a little insipid.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
corkyrory66 (640) - BELGIUM - OCT 4, 2014
Pale lager de 5% abv, qui porte bien son nom puisque sa couleur est jaune très pâle comme un soleil d’hiver … Clarté pure. Bulles assez fines. Mousse blanche qui retombe vite. Arômes de citron, citron vert, pain mouillé. 1ère bouche liquide sur des agrumes et du piment aigre !! Le tout évolue en eau de lessive... 2ème sur la pils allemande. 3ème sur la pils tchèque, et la pastèque. Sur la longueur, rien. L’alcool est nul. CONCLUSION : l’empire du soleil plat. Il est vrai que c’est une pils...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
gorkogrlo (154) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 3, 2014
Can 0.5 l. Golden color, small-medium head. In aroma boring metal, grass profile. In flavor almost the same but with some grains/malt. Just boring.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bnwokedi89 (36) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Taste like japanese version of bud light/ miller light. Golden blonde color with limited aroma. Clear pour with medium carbonation. You can see the bubbles rising in the pint glass. Smooth finish that makes this beer worth a taste especially on a sushi outing!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Niko100 (2015) - Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Light straw color; Light to medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of malt, & subtle fruit/floral; Flavor of sweet malt, grain, and light hops; Palate is fairly light; Not too bad - has some character.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
GreatDane1632 (412) - North Dakota, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Yup, this is a Kirin Ichiban. Typical Japanese lager plus a hint of hop bitterness. Still better than BMC, but not by much.

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