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


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RATINGS: 1663   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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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.

thejackpacker (484) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2017
Tap at Kamai, Oslo. Sure it is smooth but there ain’t much else going on here.

saintbase2 (319) - Bydgoszcz, POLAND - AUG 22, 2017
Greetings from Bydgoszcz, Poland to all Beer Geeks and Hopheads around the world!

BColan (4) - - AUG 18, 2017 does not count
The first palate is ok. But after the initial taste it tasted old. Sapporo is better. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Lonick (2204) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 10, 2017
Bottle @Wagamama. Pours golden clear, white head. Nose is bland not bad just very little to go on, slight grass/hay some sweet rice. Taste may be more bland than the nose which is saying something but then again it was not bad and good with spicy food.

camay1997 (52) - patton, California, USA - AUG 7, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2017 Weak white head on top of a clear golden body. Into smells a little skunky and metallic. Bubbly on the palette, but a little bland. A good beer but not an exceptional one. Better in my memories.

sebsky (171) - ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2017
500 ml bottle @home,bb 15/06/2018. Brewed in UK. Golden,clear. Aroma of malt,grains and grass. Taste is mild,semi dry,lingering light bitterness.Refreshing. Surprisingly good.

kinsey11 (1) - - AUG 3, 2017 does not count
Really good tasting lager very smooth and refreshing very surprised by low rating! Would definitely buy again ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Schnabelhund (97) - TAIWAN - JUL 29, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2017
Kirin Ichiban pours a pale golden color with a medium head of medium lifespan. The nose is grainy, faintly creamy, and faintly floral. The grainy attack is followed by a dry generically bitter mid-palate. The finish is lightly bitter, dry, and snappy. A gentle alcohol glow lingers. Generic.

Maakun (5759) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2017
Bottle sampled at picnic in Strasbourg. Clear light golden with white head. Light pils malts, a touch of cardboard, old hop pellets with a dried grassy touch, soft bread, cashew paste and a bit of buckwheat. Under medium sweet and light bitter. Light bodied. Drinkeable.

bunget (995) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2017
Can. Clear golden body, medium white head with average retention, some lacing. Aroma of grains, rice, herbs and hints of banana. Taste of grains, banana, mineral water and harsh hops. Decent. Brewed in Germany.

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