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Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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1,500 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,500
Reviews: 555
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 22.73%
Wants: 8
Gots: 176 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited visit their website

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: 1,500 | Reviews: 555
Photo of Rastacouere
2.98/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The pour is golden, clear, smallish short-lasting white head. Faint malt aroma, slight cereal touch. Refreshing. Surprisingly not that bad. Rice comes in somehow oily. Very mild vegetal bitterness. Just don't seek big sensations while drinking this, but this is better than sapporo.

Photo of MPSTARR
1/5  rDev -62.1%

Photo of psoriasaurus
1.75/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of Winston3737
3.2/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pairs ok with spicy food

Photo of delta490
2.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- looks nice. Clear pale gold with a short lived fizzy white head (About one finger's worth). Not much carbonation visible.

S-Not much once the head goes down. Like, almost nothing not much.

T- again, not much bad good or in between. Slight bit of sweetness followed by a slight bit of bitterness. But nothing discernible or memorable in there at all.

M- For how little carbonation you see, it's pretty fizzy. But the body of it isn't bad.

O- there isn't anything to recommend this because there isn't anything there. Other than it looks like a lager. Everything else that makes a lager a lager is lacking.

Photo of grumpygerman
2/5  rDev -24.2%

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 Shiloh
2.05/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

It is sad that a brew that looks this good can smell so bad, I had a hell of a time getting the glass past my nose but I made it. Saying the beer smells skunky is being kind, more like dead skunk in the middle of the road.
The taste is really not that bad.....Not sure....the aroma maybe clouding my judgement.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.63/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The bear poured out of the bottle a straw golden color with a big white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is pale malt with some other grain also present, rice I suppose. Light on the palate with the feel of some carbonation. The flavor is very light, almost not there, but hints of malt and again a somewhat unpleasing and unidentified flavor. A very slight bitterness at the end. Not the greatest.

Photo of bundy462
2/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of crookedhalo
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fluted draft glass 24 oz. at buddies Japanese steakhouse. The hibachi surf & turf was awesome. Ichiban, the best I can guess means "the best", maybe like Cuvee or Grand Cru... Looks just like any other lager, maybe a touch more gold than your average macrodomestic light. No head really to speak of, lower carbonation, too. Sweeter malt and subtle hop finish made this beer somewhat enjoyable. My friend, who doesn't venture much beyond Chardonnay said it tasted like C**rs Light. How dare she blasphemize such a beer? Trust me, much better then [insert random swill beer here]. It has a natural taste to it. It tastes like beer, just not really altogether good.

Photo of Socialiste
3/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of DamageCase76
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of NODAK
3.38/5  rDev +28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Smell is of weak cereal grains, rice in this case...weak hops....pretty thin stuff though. Not much to write about.

Taste is very light and fizzy. Smattering of citrus and light malt notes on the body. Finish has a very small hop character with a bit of grain from the rice hanging around. Again though, very thin.

I haven't had many of this style, so I cannot say if being this tame is typical but this beer does do well as a refresher if a person doesn't want to think about the beer or have any impediments to putting them down fast.

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

Photo of NonicPanic
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of joecast
1.63/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

spiel on the label about how the beer is made from the first runnings of the mash and noble hops. blah, blah, blah.
the appearance is remarkable like yellow fizzy macro lager, only with no head at all.
fairly bland aroma. slight "greenness" about it. not so much "fresh" as "not quite ready yet".
no maltiness in the taste at all. some faint attempt at hop bitterness that fades to that same "green" flavor.
all the taste is at the front of the mouth and pretty much gone by the time the beer flows past the tongue.
going by the label, kirin think this is a pretty good beer. as this is brewed by lion nathan for australia, i think someone must have forgotten to tell mr. nathan

Photo of Strix
2.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden with surprisingly good lacing.

Smell does not impress. Vague, grainy, cheap.

Taste does not impress either really. It is what it is I guess, but why? A vague grain taste. Perhaps the tiniest tiniest hop finish. Almost a sweet finish, but so little taste, I can't really give it credit for that. Unoffensive though.

Mouthfeel is decent.

Fairly bland and tasteless. Now I know what a Japanese Rice Lager is like I guess. No better or worse than an American Macro Lager I suppose.

Photo of 1Sundown2C
3.5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of PatrickJR
3.38/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Robokyo in Greensburg, PA.

A - Pale straw, very clear, with a half inch or less of head that receded quickly, leaving some minimal lace.

S - Typical smell of neutral grain, perhaps a hint of green apple.

T - Green apple and corn hit the palate upfront, but it's fairly uninteresting and the brew switches quickly to a drying bitterness.

M - Nice and smooth, probably because it was on tap but high levels of carbonation sneak through.

D - Not a bad beer, but nothing I'd seek out. Washed down the ol' hibachi food welll but only a half notch above it's American counterparts, if that.

Photo of mikefuski17
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Hayley_86
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.05/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" white head. The body is a clear straw yellow and exhausts most effervescence on the pour. The smells is mildly of malt and grass. The taste is a little sweet with malt and grain. There's a slight fizz in the mouth in the finish. In a blind taste test I'd bet I'd have thought it was a Bud relative. It may be a Japanese beer but my sample says it was "Brewed under the strict supervision of Kirin's brewmaster by Anheuser-Busch, Inc, Los Angeles, CA". Could that be why?

Photo of Shadman
2.44/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Kirin Ichiban...let's hope it doesn't taste like noodle soup.

Japanese rice Lager..well it certainly has a lager look to it..that amber yellow...bone white head that is holding it's own.

Has a grainy, almost musty smell..thought I find a wiff of malts..but no..

very bland and watery with the initail swig..some very subtle malt tries to make itself known after i swallowed, but that's it.

maybe the most watery lager I've tried so far..starts to go flat tasting rather quickly as well. Easy enough to drink.The bottle says 'special premium reserve'...well don't save anymore for me..1 is good.

Photo of huntermop
2/5  rDev -24.2%

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Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
63 out of 100 based on 1,500 ratings.