Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
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Reviews by ngandhi:
1.13/5 rDev -57%
This is not a Japanese beer. I know, you're in the beer aisle and you want to try something new. You see Kirin Ichiban -- the foreign name, the dragon on the bottle, the medium price -- and wonder how you've not seen this "premium" beer before. And what's this? Something about "first cold press"? Could this be akin to Anchor Steam? Perhaps it's an ancient method of brewing brought back from the dead. So enticing . . .
Read the fine print: this stuff is bottled by Busch in L.A. I didn't see it until I got home. Even with true imports you have you be careful (e.g. Tusker, Taj Mahal), but when a beer pretends to be something it's not, throw it out.
It pours a straw haze with a thick head that calls on you to sniff. If you do, you'll notice intense aromas of rice, corn, rotten sprouts, rotten everything. This is Budwesier taken to a whole other level of skunk. As there is a Bud Light, Kirin Ichiban is a Bud Extreme that I doubt even the most loyal of Bud drinkers could tolerate.
Silly me. My girlfriend wanted to try 3Floyds Robert the Bruce Scottish, but I suggested this because I was drinking so much 3Floyds at the time and wanted something new. Listen to your women, they know what's good for you.
I actually finished one bottle. The finish is VERY long and miserable with this beer. That crap just sits on your tongue. I couldn't rinse it out with water and you will NEVER forget the smell. I couldn't drink for a week after this.
This beer is worse than Coors, worse than Natty, worse than Bud because at least those other wastes of time don't decieve you and do try their best to mellow the artificiality of their flavor. For some reason, Kirin Ichiban takes pride in producing faux-Japanese asparagus-urine beer.
This is the worst beer of all time.
Also try: car exhaust, used cigarette filter extract, castor oil
Relax, relax, enjoy.
07-24-2003 15:54:41 | More by ngandhi
More User Reviews:
3.3/5 rDev +25.5%
Appearance Light yellow in color and a bit of carbonation to the body. The head actually came up nicely, showed some good retention, and left a very pretty lacing on the inside of my glass.
Smell Light grain in the nose with a touch of floral hopping and a bit of sweetness.
Taste The sweets really come out at the taste. Thankfully, they arent the gag sugars that usually send me heaving towards the toilet. Mind you, this is not a good lager by any means, but there is a bit of hops to this one which is better than most examples of the style.
Mouthfeel Not bad. Its light-bodied, of course, but the carbonation plays well with the taste and this one is even a touch on the dry side.
Drinkability Ive found that I seem to appreciate Japanese beers a little better than most on the site. Again, I wouldnt call this one a winner, but I think its much more drinkable than the 2.45 average that it has on the site.
03-02-2004 01:26:42 | More by RoyalT
2.4/5 rDev -8.7%
This crystal clear beer has a light yellow tint. There is a thin white layer with some mottling and the aroma is faint hops, rice, and mostly old penny smell. Tastes like rice, booze, and sugar, but you have to concentrate to really taste anything. Grippy mouthfeel, chalky aftertaste. Whatever.
04-30-2006 04:53:20 | More by JudgeRoughneck
2.25/5 rDev -14.4%
As I type I am preparing to do battle with the brutal and mystical half deer, half dragon. What perils lie ahead of me on this heroic journey into battle....I know not. The beast is not very big, weighing in at only 21.4 ounces...however it has decimated and humiliated many good men before me and I fear for my life. As I approach the beast I pull out my blade and make the first move. Lunging with cat like stealth my blade rips through the abdomen of the creature, spilling its clear, piss yellow golden blood on the cold ground...the blood begins to froth until it's covered by a bubbly white substance an inch deep. I inhale deeply trying to catch my breath, noticing the sweet, grainy aroma of the creatures blood. The smell is all too familiar...with hints of grassy spiciness as well.
Oh shit...I'm hit...the creature has cut me with its powerful tail. Darting forward I slash the vile half deer, half dragon's throat, rendering it lifeless in a massive pool of blood. Intrigued by the scent of the blood and dehydrated from my journey I bend down and cup my hand taking a large sip. It's light and watery with very little flavor. Grainy, rice like sweetness with subtle hints of grass and herbal spice. I was expecting more from such a mythical creature. It flows into my stomach like water with tiny bubbling carbonation. I may have won the fight, but my reward is not very sweet. I fear it is time for me to move on, as there are many other creatures to do battle with. I am proud to have conquered the fabled half deer, half dragon...but I am left wondering if it was worth the fight and nearly losing my life.
01-27-2005 03:18:05 | More by orbitalr0x
2/5 rDev -24%
Served on draught into a mug.
I want to make clear that this was consumed in California and likely brewed in LA as opposed to Japan. I have had it in Japan before and it was better than this.
A - a decent yellow color with a white head with lots of lacing.
S - at first there was a strong yeasty, grainy smell.
T - not very strong with a bit of hops although not very pleasant.
M - medium carbonation, a bit thin.
D - i ordered this at a japanese restaurant as it was the only draught option. i've had it before and never quite enjoyed it, but often it is the only option. i think i've probably had it in america for the last time though.
04-11-2008 17:39:13 | More by dill
2.53/5 rDev -3.8%
This beer used to be at a bar me and my friend go to. When they first had it, we had it off the tap. It really wasnt bad. It had a bit of a different taste, but wasnt bad. sort of smooth, nothing bad. However about a week later, we had another one, and yuck, it tasted foul, smelt off, just wasnt good. So i guess if your going to try this, try to amke sure it's fresh, otherwise dont expect much.
03-23-2005 04:31:51 | More by twi1609372
1.73/5 rDev -34.2%
Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with an A&B “Bottled On” date on the back label. Brewed by Anheuser-Busch in the US.
Appearance: Very good lacing, stick white and foamy. The clarity is fine in a yellow coloured brew.
Smell: Smells of skunk and cooked cabbage … well perhaps the skunk and cabbage smell mixed together smells like rotten cabbage. Horrible aroma and I dread even drinking a sip.
Taste: Light body with a medium level of carbonation. Husk flavour upfront grows to overwhelming and needless to say becomes astringent with little flavour. Hops are all used up with a bitterness that is not natural. More and more astrignet grain flavours come and make it harder and harder to drink.
Notes: I had to pour this out after four sips, perhaps the worst beer this year. As the comic book guy on the Simpson’s would say “Worst Faux-Japanese beer ever.”. This is not the beer I remembered at the numerous Asia restaurants I frequented back in the day.
Here is my English-Haiku review:
It is hot outside
I tried this beer to quench thirst
Made me want to ralph
08-17-2002 11:57:36 | More by Jason
2.93/5 rDev +11.4%
330mL bottle with a label that's really hard to read in direct light.
Appearance: Pale, pale straw yellow, pours with a foamy head that dissipates way too fast. Not especially effervescent. Urine has more head retention than this.
Smell: I think the hops went hella skunky. Don't know much about Noble hops, the kind the label says they use.
Taste: Really belies the smell. Refreshing. Really unusual nice sweet, starchy aftertaste on the palate. Don't know if this is a quality of a 'rice lager', or, indeed, if this even is a rice lager. Only barley is mentioned on the label. I'm breaking with convention and giving this a pretty good taste score.
Mouthfeel: Pretty thin. No acidity because there's a major lack of fizziness. Not so bad, at least it's not an offensive mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Better than most Asian macros. For the style, quite good and refreshing. I'd have another one, only I've got a Polish beer to review. Bye.
05-09-2005 11:43:06 | More by Weizenmensch
1.55/5 rDev -41.1%
Appearance: one inch frothy head, high carbonation, bright yellow color
Smell: grass and malt
Taste: grass and malt.not much going on here
Mouthfeel: very high carbonation, smooth, and semi-sweet
Drinkability: I am not against the style, but I could not finish this one. This was my first drain pour in a long time. The taste has some bitter that is very off putting. Two sips are sadly enough.
11-18-2009 15:19:44 | More by tigg924
2.8/5 rDev +6.5%
The beer pours a straw yellow color with a white head. The aroma is rice, corn and some grassy hops. The flavor is very sweet. I get a lot of grass along with some corn and bready malts. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not as bad as expected but not something I care to try again.
07-30-2010 02:05:40 | More by Mora2000
3.45/5 rDev +31.2%
Serving glass: Poured from draft into pint glass.
Appearance: Light pale yellow with stark white head.
Smell: Very mild, with dry malts and very light spicy hops.
Taste: Dry grainy malts that are slightly Pilsner-like, some spicy hops.
Feel: Moderate carbonation, light body, nice crisp, dry finish.
Drinkability: Quite good for a Japanese Rice Lager. Easy to drink with a nice dry finish, leaving you begging for more.
06-20-2010 02:46:23 | More by bsp77
2.1/5 rDev -20.2%
I guess this would be my frist Japanese Rice Lager. Pours clear yellow, white head, nothing unexpected. Aroma is ricey and sweet, nothing different froma a Bud Light. Very dry beer. Instead of being heavily sweet, it is more starchy-rice-dry. This is a decent Japanese lager, perfect to have with Asian food. Light but sharp flavor, dry aftertaste. Nothing exciting.
12-10-2008 17:14:38 | More by magictrokini
Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
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