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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1659   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.17/5   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tricountybeer (167) - Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Pours with a bright yellow color, thin head, medium level of carbonation. The taste is slightly bitter, crisp, dry except for some bitterness -- in the finish. GOOD BEER

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Osmin99 (120) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2001

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Purchased can at Whole Foods refrigerated beer section and consumed within the 180 day freshness limit from bottling date. Small white head that rapidly diminished and with spare lacing. Clear golden yellow color with clean slight citrus aroma. Light-to-medium bodied with lively carbonation. Starts with slightly sweet malty flavor and finishes with a faint dry hop bitterness. I enjoyed this refreshing lager beer with a seafood dinner.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MontereyJimbo (79) - Monterey, California, USA - NOV 30, 2007
This is a pretty mild beer for an import, but definitely not a "light" beer because it has flavor. It has a mild hops presence and goes down very easily. Like most pale lagers this wont appeal to the NBS. I think its great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ronjustron (22) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2012
A good beer, nice colour and good pour. Good taste and the aftertaste isnt too harsh either. Overall, a very good beer.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
critic81 (7) - - APR 5, 2013 does not count
Not bad. Good taste. Light. Not bad. Good taste. Light. Not bad. Good taste. Light. Not bad. Good taste. Light. Not bad. Good taste. Light. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laur11 (20) - - APR 25, 2013
Kirin Ichiban is a well-made and extremely eye-catching beer. Can be drunk at a variety of locales, whether youre hanging out with friends or at a classy party.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MichaelPerch (47) - DENMARK - FEB 15, 2008
A very light beer..... but again it is very good..... . a agree with mgoy...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mulders (11) - USA - AUG 15, 2010
A good standard beer. Its nice when bottled, but terrific when served cold from the tap.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 5, 2011
A bottle at the Cheese Factory in KC. They have a number of Boulevard beers on menu as well. Pours a beautiful deep straw colour, head dissipates quickly, not much lacing, persistent carbonation - this is the sort of beer you drink in a tall flute glass, slightly yeasty fruity nose- distinctive pears; very dry, a tad bitter, does not have the salty CO2 of many US pale lagers; quick finish, good sparking carbonation. Good example of the type. This bottle brewed in Japan. I was in Japan when it came out, the can pictured here is a garish example. It was well received by the expat community. The scores here reflect a snooty beer-bongers snootiness. This is an excellent example of the style. The fact that I only drink a bottle of this every few years is irrelevant.


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