Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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BA SCORE
63
poor

1,561 Ratings
THE BROS
57
awful

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Ratings: 1,561
Reviews: 588
rAvg: 2.65
pDev: 23.02%
Wants: 10
Gots: 216 | 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: 1,561 | Reviews: 588
Photo of nvrstck
2.77/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle, 4mos old, brewed by Anheuser Busch.
A: slightly spicy, Saaz?, light biscuit;
A: golden copper yellow.
T: light malty biscuit, nice Saaz flavor, metallic aftertaste...old malt? Mod+ carbonation.
Overall: decent pale lager. Better than most American adjunct lagers.

Photo of pagriley
3.45/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light good biscuit grain notes. A decent thirst quencher.

Photo of bryantan
3.36/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Not as sweet, but clean and crisp. Good on a hot day.

Photo of Dikfour
2.42/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Look: Crystal clear pale yellow. Poured a nice big soapy white head that tripped over its self to dissipate. Mild Carbonation.

Smell: Just strait up pale bready malt.

Taste: Its a little brighter than the nose would indicate but is pretty much just pale bready malts. Also, there is a weird metallic thing going on that isn't very pleasant.

Feel: Light bodied. A little fizzy carbonation.

Overall: Not much to it. Not terrible but not very inspiring. Meh

Photo of desint
3.85/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell is extreme malt. It has quite a nice feel to it.
Tastes great for a macro lager.
If not the best macro i've ever had.

Photo of jzlyo
3.24/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pale gold in appearance and mildly malty and sweet in aroma. The flavor is of some malts and grass and slightly metallic.

Photo of Safa1
4.13/5  rDev +55.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Okay. This shits made in Los Angeles. It's all malt. Listen. All malt. Usually 8.99 a 12 pack 5% and all malt. It's delicious. I just drank an old chub Oskar Blues then cracked this one. It tastes silky smooth. No nasty aftertaste. It's pretty fucking premium tasting and it's a god damned macro. I keep a few cold. When you just don't want fuck my mouth flavor(hetero but not hateful) it's the perfect beer. I will drink this over any other macro. Period. Think again if you think this has rice round eye.

Photo of AgentMunky
2.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a glass.
2.25/2.25/3/3.75/3.25
Limpid yellow with good white head. It smells like a rice lager. Sweet and a bit foul. It tastes okay! Not overly sweet. Lagery and watery and lightly hopped. Well carbonated. Aftertaste is slightly metallic. A pretty palatable rice lager.

Photo of terence
2.94/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pairs well with Japanese food, such as ramen and tonkatsu. By itself, not very good. Pretty much like any adjust lager.

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.

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Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
63 out of 100 based on 1,561 ratings.