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Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
63
poor

1,516 Ratings
THE BROS
57
awful

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Ratings: 1,516
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 23.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 193 | 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: 1,516 | Reviews: 562
Photo of ShaunJ
4.19/5  rDev +58.7%
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 +83%
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 -4.9%
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 -5.3%
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 -11.7%
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 +13.6%
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 ferracal
4.55/5  rDev +72.3%
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 +39.4%
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 +25.4%
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 +4.2%
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.

Photo of Braz
2.37/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No disrespect it's just not for me.

Photo of Neil_Pfeifer
3.53/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For some reason I really like the taste of this beer

Photo of celikelf
2.09/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

It's not a good beer

Photo of ConradKenney
2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very watery beer. Also, not Japanese.

Photo of Nine_Tails
1.5/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Very bad japanese beer. I do not recommend

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
2.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Very watery lager but also very clean.

Photo of predikit
3.42/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow, left a fizzy white head that receded quickly. Left no lacing on the glass.

Malt with an odd fruity like note in the scent which was interesting.

Malted grains take the start and middle, and grape like fruity note takes the finish. Light american style lager, slightly sweet.

Thin, light-bodied. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Not terrible by any means, would prefer this over American macros.

Photo of EmperorBevis
2.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not bad for a lager especially a Japanese one brewed under licence
malt is there & not much else

Photo of supervike
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light flavored American style lager. All the malt and taste is up front and has a smooth clean finish. It tastes better than it's slightly skunky smell.

Photo of djchrismac
3.43/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Good Japan beer brewed here.

Photo of dikebrewery
1.26/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Sooo to date this is the worst beer I have ever drank. If it's your thing I say to each their own.

Photo of tykechandler
2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

based on my memory of what budweiser tastes like, this is that

Photo of Wamba
1.85/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Yep, it is really that bad...

Photo of DavidBart
3.63/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly tasty, and that's that it is from a bottle.

Photo of einman
3.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thought it was a decent lighter beer

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Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
63 out of 100 based on 1,516 ratings.