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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1667   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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KapitiCritique's rating

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
matzou (125) - SPAIN - JAN 10, 2017
Golden hazy body, almost no head. Smell was honey and malty at first and then as it is warming up some alcohol metalic smell ?! Taste is ending light bitter some very light grainy feeling light body. Meh needs to be drunk ice cold...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wlf (400) - DENMARK - JAN 4, 2017
Clear golden, big white head; aroma is sweet malty, slightly grainy, slightly hoppy-spicy; taste is malty, some honey, some grainy notes, slightly hoppy herbal spicy, low bitter finish; high carbonation and slightly oily mouthfeel; not too bad actually

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
juvedp (70) - CHINA - JAN 2, 2017
Typical pale lager. golden, medium head. watery, light, average carbonation.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Chadhami (51) - - JAN 2, 2017
Japanese coors light. Yellow water. Works well, when cold, to wash down the soy sauce and wasabi.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PotjeBier (2865) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2016
On tap. Unfortunately they didnt serve any good beer, even though the diner was great, what a shame. Pale golden golor with dense white head, some lacing. Aroma is fruity with some grainy sweetness. Flavor is light sweet and fruity. Light bodied. Floavor lingers. Not bad, but totally uninteresting.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
kambei70 (978) - - DEC 15, 2016
Tasted okay with a big bowl of shoyu ramen. Pretty bad grainy aftertaste if you drink without eating something.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
PowY (373) - AUSTRIA - DEC 6, 2016
330 ml bottle. Pours a clear straw yellow with a white head. Mild aroma of dough. The taste is lightly sweet with some bitterness in the ending. Not much flavor apart from some dried fruits, thus boring but not unpleasant.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Huginn (13) - - 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 (922) - 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.

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