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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1688   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.19/5   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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oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 16, 2006
Bottled (5%). Golden colour, small white head. Malts in aroma, along with weak hints of maize. Strong maizeish and malty flavour, with a bit metallic hints. Not for drinking separately, but I think with food, especially spiced, it would be ok to drink.

MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2006
Rather light, nothing that stuck out. Not bad, but tasted much like a light beer. You can tell that there was time put into the brewing process, the problem is that it just came out an average beer. Not bad, I got it at a Japanese restaurant, so it went perfectly with the meal. I would drink it again.

Enniskillen (2061) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 11, 2006
Aroma is like a pale lager should be, but with a honey, bubblegum tinge. Body is pale, cheap head. Taste has a like fruity flavor to it. Not as bad as bmc, but won’t drink it again.

jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2006
This was a very light beer with not much head when poured from a bottle. There really was not much flavor and I would put this in the class of many of the macro pale lagers

PopeGelasius3 (54) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2006
I was let down when i found out that an American brewery made this beer. Tastes like an American brew but much stronger and more bitter. At times, almost hard to drink because of the bitterness and carbonation. If you want Japanese beer, go to Japan.

MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2006
had during a business lunch at a local japanese place. not much expected here and not much fullfilled. very clear, very light, aroma of grain or rice, taste is dry. if this is the best of japan as the banner advertised, i’m a little worried for them over there.

kingfiogojr (78) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Not a bad Japanese brew. Very crisp, malty. Hints of rice and corn. I enjoyed it with Sushi and the artwork is good.

wheatbeerboy (103) - Addison, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2006
I purchased a can of this Jap brew because I wanted to try something new. After sampling this beer I realized one thing, the Japanese should stick to making sake and sushi. Phu-Yuk!!

sanmiguel (118) - Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Another watery, dry, yet appetizing and refreshing Asian pale lager. Good carbonation. I could taste the hops and maybe rice (?) while supping it. Kirin Ichiban had a mellow, squash-tasting finish. Interesting... Recommended with Japanese food. as it quenches your thirst.

RichardGretton (4862) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2006
Bottle. Pale beer with a nice frothy white head. The aroma is very yeasty and slightly dry, and the flavour is slightly dry, watery and yeasty. Overall an average beer for the style.

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