Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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BA SCORE
63
poor

550 Reviews
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Reviews: 550
Hads: 1,573
rAvg: 2.63
pDev: 22.43%
Wants: 10
Gots: 228 | 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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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.28/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle picked up at Brewforia over the weekend... ehhh... I had to tick this style at some point.

My first beer of the night.. poured into my small Grolsch goblet... 1" stark white head... very clear golden brew.

Nose is pale malts with a twist of lemon zest.. nothing really going on here..

Flavor has watery pale malts... slight spicy malts and again something that I can only describe as lemon..

Body is light... carbonation is pretty high... For the style, this is pretty much what I expect... High Praise is it is not skunky and is pretty refreshing while I water misc. flower pots around the backyard... refreshing on a hot spring night.

Will I ever buy this again, NO.... I would rather have iced tea... but really... what do you want?

3.5/3/3/3.5/4 (775 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
1.71/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Label reads "brewed under the STRICT supervision of Kirins Brewmaster by Annheuser-Busch". Well let me tell you something I think the someone fell asleep during this batch.

A: Any hoot, poured a clear, pale straw color with a short lived fizzy white head. Visible carbonation was fairly strong and aggressive.

S: light cabbage aromas.

T: The flavor was stale rice grains, with a slight green vegetable bitterness. A light aluminum taste was always observed. Odd as rice usually imparts a neutral crisp flavor while this was anything but. Green vegetables and sour celery stalks only add insult to injury for this beer.

M: watery, thin, dry , fizzy and otherwise repulsive.

D: not on my life. Cleaned my sink drain pretty good. (735 characters)

Photo of Tone
2.9/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, pale yellow. 1/2 inch head with slight lacing and slight retention. Smells of the cleanliness of a lager. Fits the style. Has a smooth and crisp mouth feel. There was an average carbonation level. Tastes mostly of a clean lager. A little more body and less adjunct flavor than Budweiser type products. Overall, not bad compared to adjunct lagers, but otherwise not that great. (391 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
2.98/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 24oz can into a pint glass. Apparently the Kirin Ichiban you buy in the US is brewed by Anheuser-Busch in Los Angeles, at least according to this can.

Appearance: light golden-yellow hue with two fingers of somewhat rapidly dissipating white foam head. Fits well enough to the style.

Smell: very light sweet malt with a bit of grain and a touch of some kind of sour/skunk aroma. It's in a can, so it's not light-struck; it must just be that way. Ehhh.

Taste: very light, very plain. Malt is sweet and there are hints of earthy, maybe noble hops. Still, the hints of off-aroma aren't present in the flavor. It's simple and clean, if boring.

Mouthfeel: light body with a pretty decent level of carbonation. Pretty watery, but I like fizziness; so this is, surprisingly, not too bad.

Drinkability: though it is a very low-flavor beer, it's pretty light and refreshing. For me, this is filling the bill right now. (926 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
1.76/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: This beer pours straw-coloured with a pretty impressing white head that stays for some time and then leaves nice lacings.

S: Not a strong smell, but there is malt, some sweetness and some fruit.

T: Not a strong taste either, just some rough, funky malt (unbalanced).

M: The aftertaste is very short in this thin beer with lots of carbonation.

D: Not my cup of tea, a very anonymous beer with little aroma and taste. (423 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.5/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden orange with yellow highlights with a finger of head that left good sticky lacing on the glass.

S: I did rice aromas after the first whiff that also had various grain notes alongside slight citrus and wheat malt notes; pretty simple nose on this one.

T: the malts and rice flavors dominate the palate with citrus and grain accents. There is a slight booze character as well.

M: the brew was light in body with a good amount of prickly carbonation tha had a grainy crisp refreshing finish.

D: very drinkable beer that was really good paired with sushi and teppan grill chicken and shrimp. (609 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.01/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Virtually no smell here, some hints of rice. Taste is crisp and mild, finishing dry. Not a whole lot of flavor here. Feels light in the mouth and has pretty good drinkability. Overall a fairly average beer. (282 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.1/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$2.86 for the 22oz bottle, May 3, 2010 is the bottling date.

A light golden colour, it has a good 2 finger head of foam. It does look pretty average overall.

The nose is light..some sweet notes, some grain, a bit like most of the macro lagers but not as offensive.

The taste is lightly sweet with some grainy notes, and not a bad bit of bitterness especially near the finish. A decent taster.

The body is close to medium with fairly brisk carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good with this one as it is fairly smooth and fairly refreshing. I wouldn't turn one down if offered. (581 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.41/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Weak yellow color, no head, but somehow there was lace left on the glass. Aroma was lacking, had some of the blandness of rice and crap vegetable beer, mixed with the efficiency of an industrial area and boiling water (metal, hydraulic fluid).

More of the same in the taste, cooked rice and frozen veggies, the shitty kind, that is like chock full of lima beans. Extremely thin body amounting to nothing in terms of taste from a positive standpoint.

I can't think of any scenario where I would recommend this. No wait, mortal enemies. (538 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.1/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into pint glass sept14 2009

A crystal clear straw yellow with little head and no lace

S a little sweet with some rice crispy cereal and a little grass

T as it smells, quite bland really

M thin but with good carbonation

D not bad overall, pretty easy too drink but nothing worth looking for

Nothing offensive but worth mentioning (356 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
2.78/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 07JAN14 so this may be a bit old as I am sampling it on May 16, 2014.

It looks like the style should with a pale yellow color building up to an enormous white fizzy head that lingers for some time.

I picked up a brown bottle but it had that green bottle skunkiness, which was a disappointment. However, on second sniff I do pick up a modest sweet malt character and a clean crisp hope bite.

Light body.

The taste expresses itself a bit better than the aroma with a notable barley and pale malt character kicking in. Sweet. Clean, crisp finish. Easy to drink. It is not as bad as all that. (626 characters)

Photo of Brad007
1.71/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a light golden color with a one-finger head and lots of carbonation into my pint glass.

Aroma is light with the strong hint of rice and sweet malt upfront. Certainly seems on par with the style.

Taste is crisp with mild bitterness and rice showing through in the middle. Seems a bit unpleasant and harsh. A bit sweet as well.

Mouthfeel is full of the lingering bitter and rice flavors. Pretty harsh and not easy to enjoy.

An average rice beer here. You probably should avoid it if rice isn't your thing. (514 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
2.44/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pale straw color. Poured a 1 finger stark white head that dissipated quickly to a broken skim. Decanted lightly. Laced in inconsistent thin rings.

S: Wet grain maybe some hay. Muted honey or apple note that was very faint. Not much there.

T: Wow. In another word: bland. Watery and wet with little sweetness coming from someting. Despite the wet start, finishes crisp and a litte dry.

M: Light (thin) body. Ample carbonation. Thats about all I can say.

D: Its not like I can't drink it, but why. Has little to offer. (523 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.7/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It seems impossible I've never rated this beer, I've had it so many times during trips to Japan. I had it again last night with a dinner of ramen and gyouza so here's a recent review.

The beer looks like any mass produced lager, crystal clear and the color of straw with a thick white head. The aroma is mostly neutral, but on the malty side if anything. Paradoxically the flavor is on the hoppy side of neutral, if only from the bitterness in the after-taste. Everything about this is neutral but that's the style so I'm not scoring it too low. The drinkability is high, as is the drinkability of water. (605 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
2.72/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 18 Jan 2012, the bottle says freshest taste within 180 days so I think I'm still good there. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing is average. Aroma is sweet malt and corn, and not much else. Taste is the same as the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it is light and goes down easy. For the style of beer it is, it's not too bad. Worth a try if you can pick up a single bottle somewhere. (501 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
2.8/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, malts, corn, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains mixed with malts and some cooked corn. There are also some fruit flavours.. apples mixed with lemons and a slight amount of hop bitterness.

Overall – The beer is not offensive and it's fairly drinkable. The taste is well balanced and although I wouldn't buy it again - I also wouldn't turn one away if offered. (678 characters)

Photo of Gusler
2.26/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer has the typical lager/pils color, a cloudless golden straw, with a pertinent white head and adequate lace. Malt dominates the nose, the start lightly sweet, the top skinny in feel, with a bitingly acidic finish, the hops detectable, dry aftertaste. Is it me or all these beers "One Dimensional", I've tasted dozens of Pacific Rim Beers, and the only difference is the label, or is it that I'm and "Anti-Lager" Snob? (424 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
2.9/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Looks pretty good so far. Half inch of head with no lace to speak of and a beer as yellow and clear as any. Ow man I hope it doesn't suck...

S - Smells of vegetables, slight cooked grain and rice with a bit of hops.

T - A bit bitter and kind of sweet, with a lingering flavor of butter. It's not so bad. Weird lingering taste must be band aid.

M - Light to medium. Man this is beer for men. *spit*

Overall I got this when I mixed and matched at my local place and man was I pissed on this one. A slight side step to typical BMC, but not much as its just as hard to keep down. Average beer at best. (605 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.12/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whenever I'm at PH Changs this is my go to beer. Its light straw and way to fizzy. The aroma is lighte with a hint of skunk but not as bad as much macros. The taste is a little skunk as well with a bite at the end that on its own would make it undrinkable, but have some spicy chinese and this is fine to drink. (311 characters)

Photo of avalon07
1.35/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is a pretty rotten beer. Tastes just like any old American macrobrew, that is to say, it had no taste at all. It's very much like Budweiser in all respects: Light appearance, muted and unimpressive smell and no discernible taste. Should definitely be avoided. (264 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.28/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Bottled on 10FEB10, no other info.

A - Crystal clear pale yellow straw color lets a few carbonation bubbles rising be seen clearly. The cloud-white, pillowy head started at two fingers and dropped considerably fast but left clumpy fingers of lace all over.

S - Lofty aroma of skunkiness, dry, husky grains and rice. Very crisp and light in the nose. Small pilsner malts and a mild hop scent in the background.

T - Pilsner malts and a light floral hop flavor is immediately evident but becomes over-shadowed by rice and a dry husky graininess. Better served colder.

M - Smooth and light-bodied with a refreshing, thirst-quenching finish that's moderately carbonated.

D - Reasonably drinkable with decent flavor for what it is. It'll pair well with most Asian food and that's generally when I have it. Definitely sessionable. (870 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.24/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber in color, it has a good head but otherwise there is nothing distinctive about its appearance. Taste and smell are about average; it has a bit of a bite but no bitterness. Kirin feels zingy and goes down smoothly, so while it is not a spectacular or distinctive beer, it makes a good companion to a meal or something to sip while watching a game or movie. (365 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.15/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pale clear gold with fair fuzzy white head, and solid lace. Wheat cereal aroma with apple grape highlights. Tart grain flavor, weak but fizzy carbonation salvages the overall experience. Very drinkable but whimpier than expected. Pretty disappointing yet refreshing. (266 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.03/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This one is a pale-medium yellow, somehow a bit bright but with a chill haze. A large enough clean white head is actually surprisingly dense, fluffy and creamy. It deposits sturdy patching well down the glass.
The smell isn't bad, it just isn't much. I'm assuming any rot/cabbage, etc., is due to bad batches; there's nothing offensive here. Sort of a leafy / woody thing is present against a nondescript sweetness. Bland would describe it, but not bad, per se.
Grains, the same nondescript sweetness, and a vinous note make up the flavor.
The feel is similarly bland, just a touch of crispness livening things up in this light-bodied brew. It's not as bad as a lot of what I've read. (684 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
1.78/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The draught version was better, which isn't really saying much. Tastes like what it is, A-B's version of an Asian lager. Stale and bitter flavor. Very little body or texture. Blah. (180 characters)

Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
63 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.