1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

Not Rated.
Kirin IchibanKirin Ichiban

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
62
poor

1,255 Ratings
THE BROS
57
awful

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,255
Reviews: 522
rAvg: 2.62
pDev: 23.28%
Wants: 8
Gots: 54 | 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:
Confirmed that this beer is "all malt" as of Oct. 2010.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001)
View: Beers (33) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 1,255 | Reviews: 522 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by SeanChouffe:
Photo of SeanChouffe
SeanChouffe

New Mexico

2.9/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Straw colored and clear with a column of co2 rising from the bottom of the glass. Head is full and white, but dies relatively quickly. Smells a little skunky, fruity and sweet with a hoppy background. Flavor is much blander than expected. A light sweet start with a kind of Styrofoam middle and an effervescent/dry finish. Mouthfeel is quite lively, but does not make up for the almost empty taste. Quite void of character. Not bad, just bland.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2004 23:34:56 | More by SeanChouffe
More User Reviews:
Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
Ilovelampandbeer

New York

3/5  rDev +14.5%

07-30-2014 03:47:27 | More by Ilovelampandbeer
Photo of SF_Posse
SF_Posse

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev +5%

07-29-2014 17:36:05 | More by SF_Posse
Photo of Monochrome
Monochrome

France

3/5  rDev +14.5%

07-29-2014 17:29:17 | More by Monochrome
Photo of JaimeLondon
JaimeLondon

Brazil

3.25/5  rDev +24%

07-29-2014 16:29:15 | More by JaimeLondon
Photo of Robyn
Robyn

South Carolina

2/5  rDev -23.7%

07-29-2014 13:49:12 | More by Robyn
Photo of toti1972
toti1972

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-29-2014 06:31:45 | More by toti1972
Photo of DougAppleby
DougAppleby

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev +5%

07-29-2014 01:59:15 | More by DougAppleby
Photo of AlvinLin
AlvinLin

New York

3/5  rDev +14.5%

07-28-2014 20:12:48 | More by AlvinLin
Photo of Aquavit
Aquavit

Thailand

2/5  rDev -23.7%

07-27-2014 12:07:29 | More by Aquavit
Photo of mrjez
mrjez

Japan

2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-27-2014 10:39:27 | More by mrjez
Photo of Mebuzzard
Mebuzzard

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-25-2014 03:43:35 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of CalgaryFMC
CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a glass at a Japanese restaurant in Calgary. Label indicates "100% Malt" and also describes the contents as one of the world's most unique beer drinking experiences. Um, OK. I will concur that the color is unique for the style, an almost mango yellow-orange with a light spattering of white bubbles. Aroma nearly non-existent except for a generic graininess tempered by just a dollop of bread-like sweetness. Taste is similarly grainy and quite astringent, faintly sour with very subtle grape and custard notes. Some buttery yeast peeks in and out as well. Rather bitter and not in a particularly positive way, the hops are coarse and some floral notes do little to diminish this effect. Uber-carbonated of course. What tannins are present at least serve to provide some flavor. Ugh. It is perhaps unfair to single this particular brew out, but whenever I go to an Asian restaurant (and I love Asian food) I feel the need to try something "local" and frankly its just depressing that this sort of thing still dominates folks' beer schemas across damn near the entire world. I shall have to bust out something Hitachino this weekend to restore my faith.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2014 03:10:27 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of ndrsHM
ndrsHM

Mexico

3.25/5  rDev +24%

07-24-2014 17:29:58 | More by ndrsHM
Photo of Sean010101
Sean010101

California

4/5  rDev +52.7%

07-23-2014 19:10:57 | More by Sean010101
Photo of kmanjohnson
kmanjohnson

California

2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-23-2014 00:23:59 | More by kmanjohnson
Photo of Etrusco
Etrusco

Brazil

2.75/5  rDev +5%

07-21-2014 22:06:09 | More by Etrusco
Photo of lohbah
lohbah

Taiwan

3.25/5  rDev +24%

07-21-2014 19:40:42 | More by lohbah
Photo of John_Beeryman
John_Beeryman

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +24%

07-21-2014 13:02:17 | More by John_Beeryman
Photo of hoppy91
hoppy91

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-21-2014 05:24:25 | More by hoppy91
Photo of mdg59
mdg59


4.5/5  rDev +71.8%

07-21-2014 00:46:30 | More by mdg59
Photo of dcbeers
dcbeers

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -23.7%

07-20-2014 12:49:54 | More by dcbeers
Photo of Eman17
Eman17

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -14.1%

07-19-2014 07:41:07 | More by Eman17
Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

2/5  rDev -23.7%

07-19-2014 05:56:59 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
Photo of Dello
Dello

Texas

3/5  rDev +14.5%

07-16-2014 23:00:34 | More by Dello
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
62 out of 100 based on 1,255 ratings.