overall
5
57
style
Brewed by Kirin Brewery Company
Style: Pale Lager
Tokyo, Japan

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1674   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 4, 2007
355 ml bottle. Pale golden colour with a mostly diminishing fizzy and creamy white head. Grainy, honey, and floral aroma. Toasty malt sweetness quickly gives way to a floral and perfumed bitter finish. Light bodied, prickly but refreshing. I can see this being okay with sushi, but on its own it is average at best.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JRHBrew (367) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 2, 2007
Blah. Blah blah. I cant really comment on this. I dunno why I expected more, but I did. It wasnt bad, but wasnt stellar either

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DruncanVeasey (8063) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2007
Watery, bow-shaped golden trumpet in Giraffe on the South Bank. But Ive tipped plenty down my neck in The Japans. Faintly doughy maltiness, but a surprisingly robust bitterness more than capable of holding its own against a chilli and ginger mushroom stir fry.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
littlecarp (135) - Redding, California, USA - APR 24, 2007
Not bad, but not very good. Light honey tones, but tasted very similar to american macro brews like Bud and Miller.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2007
12 oz bottle. Not very exciting.... another japansese beer trying to compete with American Lagers... Why?

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2009 Smell is average cheapo American style lager - unremarkable and inoffensive. Golden lager color with decent head retention. Thicker in the mouth than a lot of similar beers. Flavor is bland, with a bit less adjuncts and a tad bit more hop presence than BMC. Its relatively pleasant and easy to drink. Ive had worse, but doesnt seem like something that anyone would have a reason to seek out.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
EHSRanders (2022) - Tjele, DENMARK - APR 18, 2007
Bottle. Clear yellow colour with small white mostly diminishing head. Malty aroma. Sweet flavor. booring

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
faroeviking (10305) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 14, 2007
Big Bottle with 5.5% (brewed in Japan). Golden clear colour with a small white average lasting head. Aroma of malt and hops. The flavour is fresh and malty with a good touch of hops. Easy to drink smooth lager brew

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
asedzie (808) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2007
In Taiwan this is 5.5 abv. Can. Relatively good pale lager. Grassy hop flavor and aroma. Full, malty mouthfeel. A tiny bit of bitterness in the finish. Note: Kirin may export a different "Ichiban" to Taiwan as the flavor was quite different from that described by other raters and the the abv was different, as well.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
riversideAK (6256) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2007
UPDATED: APR 26, 2007 For being a pale lager, it was surprisingly good. Aroma is crisp, a little grainy, but not too much adjunct. Flavor is slightly bready sweet, but not alot. It is mostly crisp. Not too much going on here, but a nice palate cleanser with spicy foods.


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