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


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RATINGS: 1674   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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tightslice (1140) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 8, 2016
Bottle from Beltramos in Menlo Park, CA. Slightly herbal and honey on the nose. Maybe some honey-nut cheerios. Fairly clean, grainy with a nice touch of honey-ish malts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
tfontana (857) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Bottle pour into shaker pint glass. Aroma is mild malt, some champagne-like yeastiness. Appearance is clear weak yellow with ephemeral ring of off-white head, no sparkle, no lacing. Taste is as aroma--mild malty sweet with some dry champagne-like yeast. Palate is light bodied with thin texture but dominant feature is over-the-top too lively carbonation. Overall, a beer to have to clear the throat with asian food (as I was doing). No other reason to have it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PlutonowyMan (634) - POLAND - FEB 3, 2016
Kolor: jasno ??ty, klarowny, bia?a, sporych rozmiarw piana. Aromat ca?kiem przyjemny, wyra?ne nuty kwiatowe i delikatnie owocowe. Smak jest zdecydowanie gorszy, du?o myd?a, lekka s?odowo??. Wysycenie ?rednie w kierunku do wysokiego. Wysoka wodnisto??

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
bbbeer (787) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2016
Pale yellow, a little bubbly. Minimal aroma. Light body. Generic lager flavor. For a mass produced lager its kind of acceptable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
AlainG (2090) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2016
Un autre exemple dune bire "quon savait" ordinaire. Elle est blonde dore et sa mousse svanouit sans traces apparentes. Un nez de sirop et dherbes mouilles. Un got de sucre raffin o une effervescence picote le palais et un aspect minral. a se boit sans penser. (Embouteille le 26 oct 15)(1715-160116)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nausicaaonacids (50) - PORTUGAL - JAN 15, 2016
My favorite commercial beer in Japan. Im not a connoisseur but it was ideal for noodle based dishes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChadPolenz (1761) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Ive tried several Japanese macro lagers and theyre all very similar to other countries popular pale lagers. Ive actually had Kirin Ichiban several times over the years (at hibachi and sushi restaurants) and Ive never really been impressed. This particular edition is brewed in the United States by Anheuser-Busch, though trying to find a fresh bottle is a challenge. Despite it being all-malt, its a pretty boring lager.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 8/22/15 and cost $1.29 ($0.11 per ounce).

Appearance: Beautiful golden hue; crystal clear with visible carbonation. Pours to a large, white, foamy head which retains and laces remarkably well.

Smell: Lightly sweet pale malt blend. Faint touch of floral hops, otherwise quite mild in the nose.

Taste: As I said, Ive drank this beer many times, and one thing Ive noticed is that its consistently inconsistent. Some bottles are much sweeter than others; some are tinny and dirty-tasting. This particular bottle was somewhere in the middle, in that it was more mild and bland than anything else. I will say I notice a bit of light malt, but its not especially delectable or particularly sweet. This is interesting, because I recently drank a year-old bomber of this beer at a sushi restaurant that was very sweet due to its age. Light-bodied pale lagers arent the types of beers you usually associate with aging well, but I can honestly say that year-old bottle was better than this remotely fresh one. To its credit, I dont really find it repugnant at all. Just a touch of metallic sensation and maybe even a faint spicy hop presence. Its only crime is being not just dull, but extremely so.

Drinkability: At only 5% ABV, Kirin Ichiban is equivalent to Budweiser in potency, though it is not a complete fizz bomb. Mouthfeel is quite light and theres a watery sensation to each swig. Slightly refreshing while in the mouth, which is nice, along with an almost completely clean aftertaste which is also nice. Though I use that term in a relative way.

RATING: 4/10

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
alobar (3659) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Pours clear pale yellow with no head. Minimal aroma of grain and grass. Slight grain and corn flavor. Not offensive, but not worth a second look either.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
donandres (475) - , Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2016
Bottle poured to pint glass very cold beer Appearance: Light yellow head, a lot of lacing Aroma: scent smell of malt, nothing else Taste: not really great Mouth feel: very carbonated Overall: good beer for the hot weather, specially camping outdoors, nothing special

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tapthis (263) - Baytown, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2015
A fairly decent lager with good carbonation and no lacing. Hascthe color of liggt yellow. Tastes like earth and grass.

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