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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1668   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.17/5   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 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jimsal27 (291) - New York, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Bottle. Golden color with with white head. Malty aroma. Some hops in aftertaste. Regular lager.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Sweet herbed apple aroma. Ichiban pours piss yellow a tight white head. Flavor is almost nonexistent, thinned out but the finish and body are still decent. We all know this beer sucks but I could sure eat some spicy food with a cold Kirin.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Shanebrews (290) - Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2014
There is nothing to this brew. It is aroma-less, looks pale bordering on clear and tastes thin. The finish is slightly floral, short, and probably the cleanest I have ever tasted. This is not necessarily a good thing as there is absolutely nothing memorable about Kirin Ichiban.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Bcoble003 (290) - Jblm, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2011
No aroma what so ever, and a strange taste that is hard to descibe... it not horrible just not use to it.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
WeissGary (286) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 4, 2012
Reviewed on tap, though have also drank bottled. Well, I am not a lager drinker so this was never going to get a stellar review but I have to say that it is an enjoyable beer. Very pale, light and refreshing beer... quite well carbonated with a fizzy mouth feel, quite a decent and soft aftertaste. Certainly not a bad lager and worth a try if you can get it.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
christhoel (286) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2014
floral, amber, clear, minimal head, lightly bitter, light sweetness, light body, thin feel, lively, wasnt very good to be honest

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Padchenko (286) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 13, 2014
330ml bottle. Pale yellow lager with decent whie head. Smooth, balanced and flavoursome - barley malt falvour. Decent, drinkable and inoffensive beer but nothing special by any stretch

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
adavis234 (286) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Had a few of these while eating sushi the other night. Just seemed the appropriate thing to do. Not much good for anything besides pretending to be cultured at Japanese restaurants and saki bombing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Its hard for me to judge this one. Solely as a beer on its own, its not very good. But I love it with sushi, I think it balances the flavors extremely well. And I have to give it props on the appearance. The head is pretty thin, but what little there is actually leaves a moderate lacing. Not too much hops, and kind of thin in general, but something about this and sushi gets me going. THis rating is probably higher than what the average drinker will think of it, and if I never tasted it with sushi, itd be getting a much lower score from me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - NOV 29, 2005
Look, this beer is a pale lager, so you have to rate it for the style. Weve got lots of very crappy pale lagers here in Panama, and this one is MUCH, MUCH better. I didnt get the corn or rice tastes, I got a nice softly malted barley and very mild hops. Not bad at all for the style.

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