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


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RATINGS: 1551   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."

KapitiCritique's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KapitiCritique (367) - Xincheng, Henan Province, - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Obfuscate (199) - Minneapolis, - MAR 28, 2015
On tap at Sawatdee. For what it is a very good beer. Washes my Thai food and Sushi well.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Godfather50 (94) - SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Nothing shines in this drap lager. Worthy of kestrel circa 1982. The aftertaste is similar to that obtained through chewing leather. Not up to their motor industry.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
madrid4341 (3) - SPAIN - MAR 20, 2015 does not count
Voilŕ une bičre absolument quelconque sans aucune personnalité. Content de l’avoir goűtée pour ne devoir ŕ le faire.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Giochaurand (136) - FINLAND - MAR 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours light yellow. Aroma is malts and hay. Taste is light malts and a bit of citrus.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ordybill (412) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Poured from the large bomber size at a Japanese Steak House in Douglasville, GA. into a pint glass. Aroma- Has that malt aroma that I remember well from my Marine days spent in Japan. Appearance- Has a weak clear yellow color that reminds me of watered down Miller High Life. Taste- This is purely a Japanese version of an American Macro Lager, it is ok at best. Palate- This is a light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a slight skunk finish to it. Overall- Kirin Ichiban is not "number one" in my book when it comes to Japanese macros. I find Asahi and Orion to be far superior in flavor both in Japan and imported into the states.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slaz (56) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2015
Pours golden yellow with a short white head. Aroma is yeasty with a hint of rice, taste is slightly sweet, dry, with a hoppy finish. Overall a fine lager from Japan, way better than NL’s most produced beer ’Heineken’.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
willisread (406) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 2, 2015
Can from anywhere in Tokyo. Had this at many a hanami party. One of the better Japanese macro lagers. Slight malty aroma. Grainy taste with rice also noticeable. Palate has some sweetness and a dry, crisp finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
fajry (906) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 27, 2015
Fľaša. Zlatá farba, biela pena. Vôňa trávová, železitá, umelá. Chuť práznejšia, sladká, kukuričná. Opäť jemná železitosť a trávovosť. Slabá horká dochuť.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
luttonm (2868) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Draft in NYC, accompanying some amazing Korean fried chicken. Sweet, pale malt. A little rice sharpness. Great fit for food. A bit bitter in middle, sweet up front, and finishes plenty clean. Pretty fine.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
dhatton (115) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Pours pale golden topped with a thin white head. Subdued aroma of barely and grains. Taste is of cereal. Relatively thin mouthfeel with a sweet finish.

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