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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1682   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.18/5   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."

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cybercat (5563) - Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2007
"Ichiban" means "number one" in Japanese - a bit of a pretentious name for a beer that is really more mediocre than outstanding. Not a bad beer, just average.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
yngwie (16882) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2007
Bottled. Clear, almost golden beer with a small white head. The aroma is weak, with just some fruity notes. The flavor is weak as well, with some fruityness, hops, grass and malty hints. Medium body and a hop-fruity finish. Couldve used a lot more of everything. (070106)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
sinte (552) - Udine, ITALY - JAN 29, 2007
Botlle 0.33L. Clear yellow body (very pale) with a small, fizzy, white head, fully diminishing with no lacing. Aroma is very faint with some sweet notes and some herbal hints of hops. Flavour is somehow bitter-sweet, but very attenuated: watery. Light body with a watery structure; lively carbonation and light metallic feeling in the finish. Not satisfactory; watery.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Bottle. Pours yellow with a small head. This beer always tastes skunky to me and Ive had multiple bottles and they are fresh so something is not right there. Pretty watery and flavorless. Could be somewhat refreshing if it werent so skunky.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
DarkMagus (528) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Rater-friendly 135ml can. Unnecessarily large and frothy head. Always scary, because you know its unnatural. Clear yellow color, VERY light. Pretty weak aroma of corn, grass, and a bit of hops, and some mysterious sweetness. Strangely sour, yet slightly bittersweet flavors. Vaguely interesting, but still so much like any other macro-brewed pale lager, that its just not worth drinking unless there are no other options.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2007
Bottled. Brewed by Wells and Young England. A very pale yellow coloured lager with no head. Nasty skunky, corny aroma which is very unwelcoming. The taste is better with some bittering crisp hops and some smooth flavours. Still not anything Id seek out, but at least it doesnt taste how it smells.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2007
Pale golden in colour, lingering white head, great lacing. The aroma is grainy, herbal, grassy, crisp and sweet. The flavour was crisp, sweet, some grassy hops, some corn. Watery mouthfeel, thin body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes pretty quick, grassy and sweet. Basic and uneventful.

650ml Bottle.
Gift from by brother-in-law.
Production date April 20, 2006.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
blinesam (235) - USA - JAN 14, 2007
Bought a bottle at Martinettis in Brighton. Smells like Beast. Slightly hazey golden color. Super light taste. Has gross, rice-like after taste. Taste like old rice. Note: this beer was drank slightly after the freshness date. I cant imagine anyone drinking this regularly.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gnoff (10057) - Mlndal, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2007
(33 cl bottle at Haket, Gteborg) Weak malty scent. Clear golden color, white head. Light fresh malty taste. Medium to light body. Low bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
RobBestwick (891) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 10, 2007
Bottled. Fresh floral aroma, pours with a light golden hue and small head. Highly carbonated. Reasonably hoppy lager flavour but with no real character to it. The palate is a little thin and there is not much aftertaste. A very average pale ale.

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