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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1690   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Huginn (16) - - DEC 4, 2016
Bire servie dans la plupart des restaurants japinois de Paris, la Kirin Ichiban est de couleur ambre sombre, produit peu de mousse (ou alors jai t trs dou en la servant), fait des petites bulles. Les mauvaises langues y verront de la pisse effervescente. Ltiquette est jolie. Le got de malt de bl est amer et peu prononc, trs peu de palais, pas de fin de bouche notable. Bue frache cest passable. Bire moyenne qui accompagne convenablement un repas mais on est loin de la dgustation. Mieux que la Qsingtao dans mes souvenirs...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Aggiebob (1072) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 17, 2016
Draft. Pale gold in color poured with a frothy white head. Light malt aroma with a sweet corn and light citrus flavoring. Light bodied. An average pale lager.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
o_Merlin_o (214) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 10, 2016
No aroma Looks like an el-cheapo gas station beer. Looks like urine in a cup. Bright white head with okay lacing. Sour palate. Gross.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Luneylane (152) - Taipei City, TAIWAN - NOV 6, 2016
Not interested in clocking up ticks, promised myself Id only rate the really good ones. However, since theyre so widely available in Taipei, and since I actually worked in Japan for five years, Ill rate this one just for fun. A bottle from Welcome supermarket. Aroma: sour bread. Appearance: clear amber, minimal head. Palate: light-bodied and thin. Average carbonation, abrupt, slightly bitter finish. Taste: a medium degree of bitterness. Drinkable on a hot day with a plate of yakitori, but nothing special. Not the best Japanese macro.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
lipefigueiredo (33) - - NOV 5, 2016
Aroma... nada demais Espuma fraca Sabor maltado... um pouco aguado, mas realizou o que se compromete a ser...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cokemonkey11 (810) - - OCT 30, 2016
Keg, Japan. Maybe on nitro. Pours pale yellow with a thick white foam residing. Scent is scentless. Taste is pale lager with light flowery notes. Finish is dry. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
minutemat (5258) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2016
330ml bottle @ Umai, the new Japanese restaurant in town. Pours clear gold, medium white head. Aroma is soft sweet malts. Taste is on the light side, light pale malts, soft sweetness. Not a bad pale lager, inoffensive, but just a bit light on taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UFleku (55) - SOUTH KOREA - OCT 18, 2016
Appearance : golden yellow average white foam Aroma : slightly bitter Taste : lightly sweet corn light bitterness Palate : lots of carbonation light body Japan pale lager

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Rod_beer (65) - DF, MEXICO - OCT 16, 2016
Golden clear colour, white foam head, fades away in a second. Aroma is slightly bitter, hints of corn, some hops around, nothing special. Taste is lightly sweet, again, some corn and hops on it. Lots of carbonation, weak body, watery mouthfeel. Standard "big brand" lager on all specs, but not in a negative way. Its just one more standard beer. Try it, but dont expect anything special.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bierdimpfe (633) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2016
Bright pale straw color with lots of pearly activity. Foamy white 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with fiant lacing. Flavors of corn, sweet grains, rice, lemon, red liquorice. Good sharpness with lots of sugars, not too syrupy and doesnt feel too adjunct. Slick and smooth medium body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Light finish, slightly dry rice feel, lingering roasted malts, and slightly skunky. Very crispy and the malt is of good quality. Accessible and refreshing in a hot summer day. Decent flavors, well intensified, and balanced. Overall good quality craft.

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