Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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BA SCORE
63
poor

1,538 Ratings
THE BROS
57
awful

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Ratings: 1,538
Reviews: 578
rAvg: 2.65
pDev: 23.02%
Wants: 10
Gots: 200 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001

Confirmed that this beer is "all malt" as of Oct. 2010.
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Ratings: 1,538 | Reviews: 578
Photo of dlmvh5150
3.24/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Crisp smooth good all around

Photo of JoLight
4.9/5  rDev +84.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma: 70% grassy, 30% malty/grainy. Nostalgic summer "beer smell".

Appearance: two finger white head, soapy, dissipates; clear, light bubbles, golden-yellow.

Taste: Grain all the way through, carbonation upfront, dry hops in the middle-end; also in the end is a flowering of breadiness, still with grains in the background, bready and almost tangy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: semi-dry, carbonated, light.

Finish: crisp, refreshing.

Photo of MinuKim
3.5/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

아이스 콜드로 먹어야 맛있음.
딱히 깊은맛은 없음.
A b c d e

Photo of PGD120
2.78/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

not gonna do a full review, its not terrible, it is what it is. nothing basically a basic macro lager but a little better tasting. had no off flavors really just not much flavor at all. probablly my favorite macro lager from japan

Photo of CalebM
2.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing wrong with this macro. It's malty with a medium bitter finish. Maybe a bit grassy, maybe a bit cheap tasting, but I'm no snob--it is what it is, a malty beer that you try once at a Japanese restaurant.

Photo of charapaus
3.85/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My fav japanese industrial beer, is a simple lager with a good taste slightly fruity, good with japanese food

Photo of HamdenHector
3.54/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: grainy; a little bready; a little skunky;

T: grainy up front; a little malt sweetness by mid-palate that increases toward the end; finish is lightly bitter;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation;

O: I like this with Japanese food;

Photo of FrothFanatic
2.16/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Japanese Macro nothing special of course just a simple grassy cheap tasting brew for any time you want to drink without spending much.

Photo of Lynn
3.28/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Outlier detected. Justify rating with a review.

Photo of Asics
3.51/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 25oz. can into a mug.

Look - darker yellow than it's American BMC counterparts. Clear and effervescent. Kept its head for the life of the pint.

Smell - metal, buttery. Not a whole lot going on.

Taste - more buttery flavors, more metal, small but sharp bite from the carbonation. With a large enough quaff you get some muted hops. According to the can this is a 100% malt beer so no corn flavors.

Feel - there's a sharp bite from the carbonation but is smooth otherwise. Not offensive.

Overall - Comparable to a good pilsener or helles lager. Even my wife who doesn't like the aforementioned styles enjoyed it. Would recommend versus any BMC & and many Euro imports.

Photo of Malt_Man
3.88/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served cold from 330ml bottle into American pint glass. This one is contract brewed in the UK.

L) Light golden colour, crystal clear, lots of small bubbles. Thin but stable white head. Looks alright.

S) Mainly sweet munich-type malts, although some hints of sulphur.

T) Pretty good - a bit like a cross between a helles and a German pils. Slightly sweet bready malt dominates, with just a touch of hop bitterness if you look hard enough.

F) Fizzy and refreshing, same as any decent lager.

O) A good lager, would buy it again. A decent substitute if you can't get hold of a good German helles or pilsner.

Photo of Germanstylefan7896
1.4/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Lousy, piss like color and flavor. Also a big headache beer. Last time I had it it was brewed in Canada, pretending to be Japanese. If your at a Japanese place try to find something much better, even mass produced Thai beers.

Photo of BigAl18
1.94/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'd only drink this at a teppenyaki place with limited options.

Photo of Craigs1beers
2.09/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Skip, it's not worth your money.

Photo of ShaunJ
4.19/5  rDev +58.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great lager with a unique taste. Clean, crisp, a bit dry, light. I prefer Japanese lagers over American lagers. This is one of my favorites.

Photo of Bigalduncan64
4.83/5  rDev +82.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Based on the category this beer was placed in, this is the best there is. I can't think of another beer this style that has a better flavor and drinkability. I'm very very surprised Kirin Ichiban has such low ratings.

Photo of ElJacobian
2.51/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Tastes like newspaper. That being said - I'd drink this all day over a Miller Lite. This beer is useful if you're having incredibly spicy Thai food and need something to wash the fire off your gums.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just OK. This I've had at restaurants.

Photo of DoctorZombies
2.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Gold pour and white head. Cereal and sweet roll aromas. Sweet cereal taste. Powdery mouthfeel. Odd, sweet finish.

Photo of BeerWithMike
3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled last night on 4/12/15 but had this once before but that was a many years ago at a Japanese restaurant. Comes in a 12 ounce (355ml) bottle and maybe in cans as well. "Brewed under Kirin's strict supervision by Anheuser-Busch in Los Angeles and Williamsburg, VA." their "KIRIN ICHIBAN" contains right at 5% alcohol (ABV), like all other Bud's products. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 10 ounce vintage 'COORS' pilsner glass.

Brew pours a hazy golden-yellow in color with a thin white head. A good amount of lacing was seen when sipped that stuck to the sides of the glass.. The aroma is of malts with a hint of sweet corn and rice. Pretty much is said for the taste. Nothing special at all really. Drinkable but that was it. Lighter-bodied with higher carbonation. Overall, it probably is better on tap (if it comes that way) at a Japanese restaurant.

Photo of KrissyKat6
1.85/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

I am required to write this review. Not a fan.

Photo of ferracal
4.55/5  rDev +71.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Crisp, Japanese version of Bud with a nicer look

Photo of Gypson
3.68/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My staple while living here in Taiwan, a good macro brew, slightly sweet but v drinkable

Photo of bbmaj
3.31/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crisp and refreshing, nothing wrong with this.

Photo of ordybill
2.75/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the large bomber size at a Japanese Steak House in Douglasville, GA. into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has that malt aroma that I remember well from my Marine days spent in Japan.
Appearance- Has a weak clear yellow color that reminds me of watered down Miller High Life.
Taste- This is purely a Japanese version of an American Macro Lager, it is ok at best.
Palate- This is a light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a slight skunk finish to it.
Overall- Kirin Ichiban is not "number one" in my book when it comes to Japanese macros. I find Asahi and Orion to be far superior in flavor both in Japan and imported into the states.

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Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
63 out of 100 based on 1,538 ratings.