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


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RATINGS: 1635   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."

KapitiCritique's rating

   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sircatis (69) - FRANCE - JUN 20, 2016
Bue en canette de 50cl. Bière blonde très limpide avec une gosse mousse blanche. Au nez elle n’offre pas grand chose. Au goût elle est douce et rafraîchissante avec peu d’amertume.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Bawelt (462) - Lyon, FRANCE - JUN 9, 2016
Une pils tout ce qu’il y a de plus industrielle, insipide, amère, bref, rien à dire de constructif.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerInHeaven (359) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2016
pours clear straw gold with a better than average white head (for the style). Aroma of grass/hay and slight skunk. Decent carbonation with a hint of a bite on the palate. Not a bad flavor, it doesn’t have that typical macro lager corniness. Fairly dry on the finish. A not half bad pale lager.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
fuzzcro (199) - Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2016
Skunky aroma. Nearly clear pour. No highlight flavor that presents itself enough to promote and other than the skunky aroma there aren’t any unpleasant highlights to promote either. I was able to drink it though I won’t visit it again. I ticked a 3 star rating because I did consume it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mister_Li (741) - GERMANY - MAY 23, 2016
Klares goldgelb mit durchschnittlicher Schaumkrone. Leicht malzig, süßlich, blumig, mildwürzig.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
MetalNHopHead (1250) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Served cold enough and drank fast enough to mask any unpleasantness in the beer, my experience with Ichiban was brief and forgettable. Light body and cereal grain starchiness. Very little bitterness of other distinguishing flavors to speak of.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
adamnase (349) - Kronoby, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2016
0.33 l bottle @ Zan! Kista, Stockholm. Pours pale golden color, almost no head. Bitterish taste, but totally average, leaves a somehow dry feeling. Not bad but not good either.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Thomas_W1 (432) - Rastatt, GERMANY - MAY 1, 2016
Flasche 0,33l (ABV 5,0%): Helles Gold, klar, kräftiger stabiler feinporiger Schaum; in der Nase sehr mild, leichte Süße, ganz leicht gehopft, kaum Bitterkeit; im Körper sehr leicht und mild, spritzig, deutliche Kohlensäure, frische, leichte Bitterkeit; milder frischer Nachgang

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nazbion (276) - Tübingen, GERMANY - APR 29, 2016
Pours clear pale yellow with frothy white head. Light hoppy aroma. Taste is regular macro lager, a bit metallic. Light body, refreshing. Ok for a pale lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jairdornelas (2) - - APR 21, 2016 does not count
Ótimo custo benefício! Ela tem uma cor bonita, saborosa, mas o lance é o preço, ela é muito melhor que as cervejas da mesma faixa, paguei hoje R$ 3,50 em 350ml.

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