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


on tap


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RATINGS: 317   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.05   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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Original recipe, low-temperature fermentation, longer aging.

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."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GoufCustom (931) - HONG KONG - JUL 23, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2013

355 ml ‘sakura on white’ can bought at Market Place by Jason’s in Langham Place, Mong Kok.

Piss pale golden yellow colour; Half-finger head and white foam which fades in 30 seconds; Minimal lacing and slight carbonation; Pungent smell of malt, with light inoffensive skunk, pretty strong rice, very light bread, traces of lemon and grass; Very light sweet taste of light malt, with strong rice, light bread, light liquorices, very light citrus, and grass with hint of skunk; Light body, watery palate; Taste profile is like a watered down German Pils, with characteristic bitterness, no sweet taste, low malt taste, no fouls except the initial skunk nose and taste which was gone completely after 5 minutes; fairly low rice taste; Hoppiness is low citrus and grass nose, Pils-like grassy taste and very strong bitterness, with lasting astringency for a rather good finish. Slightly dry after taste, quite bitter to mouth.

Comments: This one is another surprise from the much-maligned Kirin. Just when you think this is just another crappy macro, it manages to show some impressive German Pils-like bitterness. If it wasn’t being thinned out as a Pale, it could have been a pretty solid Pils. Way better than Kirin Ichiban, but still a long way from the Japanese macro standard bearer Asahi Super Dry. Still, quite likeable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theis (13985) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 12, 2013
Can at Hearton Hotel Kyoto. Clear golden - white head. Bread, light ight hoppy, ok medium malty, light light bitterness, hay, grainy, straw notes, medium body. Well....

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
boozedude (2135) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 1, 2013
on tap at oana steak house, des moines, pours pale yellow with white head, has a nice crisp taste , veryplesant and easy drinking, wasnt expecting to like it, but woudl have again for sure

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
graziano85 (324) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 22, 2013
Pale yellow. No head. High carbonation. Very watery. To avoid, really dirty water.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Tovrleaf (22) - - OCT 4, 2012
Can beer, lager. Aroma is nothing special, palate is quite short. Easy to drink, good with food.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maekchu (2458) - Hirakata, JAPAN - SEP 6, 2012
500 ml can w/ autumn maple leaves. Light sweet grassy aroma -- ripe hay. Pale straw color, big white head, pretty good lacing. Very mild sweet initial flavor with a substantial hit of carbonation; cereal and grass notes in mid palate; hops barely trickle over the tongue in final. Thin body. Not bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
worldbeertaste (1704) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
Pale gold with a quick dissapearing head. Light smell of malt and corn with a soft hoppy element. Thin watery body. Taste of bread and corn with a light bitter hop finish. Its impressive how thin and watery this massproduced Japanese pilsener is.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
WVHouseofBeer (903) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2012
This beer is nothing special but it is better than regular Kirin Ichiban. Has just the faintest presence of hops and malt.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2012
This beer is what Ichiban needs to manifest its will to power. Apparently submitting to the bland impress of its larger corporate partner, this beer is the definition of pale yellow beverage with just enough generic hops and grain to make you go "oh right, this is a beer."

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kevnic2008 (8822) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - JUN 9, 2012
Clear golden color, minimal white head. Minimal aroma with some pale malt. Boring

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