hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - JUN 23, 2003
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
When I took my first taste of this brew, I knew instantly that I was not going to like this one. It poured a small white creamy head with small bubbles. There was fair lacing with this brew. The body was straw yellow in hue. It had a mild malt aroma and it was bitter tasting from start to finish. This brew was light and watery tasting.
thedm (5006) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 22, 2003
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
This brew poured a medium head of fine to medium sized white bubbles that quickly disappeared. Its body was a straw yellow and was very carbonated. It had a very mild malt aroma and a skunky cheap macro swill flavor of weak hops.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2003
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Is a beer or a barley malt water? Pale, very little malt, no floral hop, very little bitterness, no finish. Nothing. Not enough taste to be bad, not enough taste to be refreshing. Just water with a little alcohol. Not as bad as some of the reviewers have suggested, but the best phrase I found in the earlier reviews is "not worth bothering with."
Aurelius (4572) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
This was nearly flavorless. Somehow, I need to figure out how to indicate (via ratings) that a beer is bland, but not bad. Decent lager aroma. Good label and graphics. Pale gold. Fizzy. Palate was like malty seltzer.
PorterPounder (5959) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2003
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Wow - I am the 10th rating - make or break? Slight, sweet fruity aroma. Little to no head - almost clear appearance. Reminds me a bit of Michelob Ultra. At first refreshing - but ends up being kind of dry as it gets near the end. Nothing really offensive - mainly because there is nothing really there. Overall, thin and watery.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2003
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
The little malt profile in the Ichiban is stolen from the light version. Order the cold Saki instead!
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 28, 2002
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Had a few of these in bottles. Ultra-faint nose of yeast. Pours an ultra-light sparkling yellow. The average white head is frothy, mostly diminishing and has no lacing. Neutral and bland tasting, like Perrier without as much flavor. A most undesireable light watery and fizzy body.
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - NOV 26, 2002
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
It rather a difficult task to assign a rating for a product that has virtualy no taste. Some slight hop bitterness at the finish reminds me this is a beer and not just soda water. One of the poorer examples of Japanese beer. I would only drink this again to dislodge wasabi off of the roof of my mouth.
puc86 (19) - USA - OCT 26, 2002
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Do you think Kirin needed a light beer? Me either.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2002
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Wow! Only 4 people have EVER tasted this beer (as of today). Amazing that it’s so hard to find! It’s really watery, quite frankly, and isn’t worth bothering with.