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

bottled
available

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1690   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 9, 2010
A: The pour is a light golden straw color with a voluminous white head that settles down to a thin layer. S: The nose is sweet and lightly grainy with notes of rice in the background that become more prominent as the beer sits in the glass for awhile. Pretty standard and unoffensive. T: A similar story with the flavor. Plenty of sweetness with a definite adjunct taste, but it’s a fairly mild and crisp beer, not like the adjunct lagers of this country. M: Light in body with a lively level of carbonation. D: For what this beer is and the meal I had it with, it worked quite well. I don’t really think I’ll be sitting down with a sixer of Kirin Ichiban all the time, but it’s a nice light beer.

2.3
Dedollewaitor (16171) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2007
Bottle. Slight unclear with a white fading head. Fruity malty aroma. Thin palate. Taste is again quite fruity & fresh. Its thin like a lot of other mainstream lagers but it doesnt have Grain/corn & hay all over it. Light hops in the end! Drinkable!

1.1
FatPhil (16107) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 10, 2009
350ml can (Taiwan) - Brewed by Zhuhai, China - thanks LP!
Looks like an ordinary pale lager. The aroma, however, is a million miles from ordinary pale lager. If I were being charitable, I’d call it spicy and cakey. Citrussy, so maybe like a dundee cake? However, if I’m not being charitable, it’s horrifically fucked up. Alcohol is the only thing that I can actually isolate accurately. Palate unsurprisingly thin and fizzy. Taste is differently weird. It’s like how pale lager thrown on the sauna stones smells. Some lemon too, from the dundee cake. And some astringent metallic hop extract. "Ichiban" seems to mean "number one" in the sense that "number two" means "shit".

3.2
Benzai (15625) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2011
Didn’t know what to expect from a Japanese pilsener, but apperantly nothing. Just a regular pilsener, like so so many others.

2.7
bhensonb (15252) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle from BevMo. Bottled on 03OCT08. Gold color with a substantial white head. Aromas of honey and fruit. Near medium body with frothy carbonation. Flavor is clean with some grassy hop. That touch of honey - flavor, not sweet - stays to the end. It is just a bit bitter in the finish. AB does a great job, just not very picky about which job, but this is a good thing.

1.1
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2006
Bottle at home. Light yellow - white head. A very watery beer. Light malty, "vegetable", sweetness, some hop !?!! Not much of anything.

1.7
gunnfryd (14899) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 6, 2007
Bottle.Golden colour with a white head. Aroma is fruit, malt. Flavour is fruit, malt, grass.Thin

1.6
Ratman197 (14856) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Bomber poured a clear piss yellow with a quickly dissapating white head. Aromas of light bread with a bit of corn.Palate was thin and watery. Flavors of... just a minute I think I’m starting to taste something, yes... its a bit of malt with a little sweetness.

1.6
DSG (14838) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 4, 2010
Bottle at a tasting. Thanks zvikar. Clear golden. Aroma of adjuncts and chemical notes. Flavor has some corny notes and a drier and slightly bitter finish. Light-bodied.

2.6
djd07 (14679) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear golden with a small frothy white head that leaves good sticky lacing. The aroma is corn malt and rice. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet malt with honey and a bitter finish. A decent pale lager from Kirin.


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