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Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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Kirin IchibanKirin Ichiban

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1,475 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,475
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 23.11%
Wants: 8
Gots: 164 | 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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Photo of Mosstrooper
2.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Another beer I had picked up from my work. Let's try it out!

Appearance: Very very pale gold color with a decent-sized, pretty foamy head. Nothing special in the looks department.

Smell: Very faint smell of malt, grain, and corn.

Taste: Starts off with a corn/malt sweetness but then finishes with a very unusual (and unpleasant) bitterness that tastes like rubber.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin, with a decent carbonation. Also smooth.

Drinkability: Overall pretty average, but the unnatural rubber taste totally makes this beer one to avoid.

Photo of Socialiste
3/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of herrburgess
3/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BJSmit
3/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of zenithberwyn
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of kaseydad
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Waiting for my Susuhi order my wife allowed me to have a beer so I chose my old standard Kirin.
I must say this is one of the cleanest and refreshing Japanese beers for my tastes.

Pours a golden yellow with a nice foamy head which quickly dissolves. Nice carbonation throughout.

Very malty but goes down nice.

Almost no aftertaste.

Not awful for what it is and in hot weather, it's not a bad choice.

Photo of atis
3.66/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foamy head which dissolves and disappears very quickly, almost no lacing at all.

Aroma is light hoppy, as expected with some strange grain, maybe it is rice, but this is the first time I try rice lager, so I am not sure. Taste is slightly spicy and hoppy in the beginning, but then quickly turns to plain and dry bittery taste. There is some sweetness in the aftertaste.

Good, very easy to drink and refreshing beer.

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 jriggins6
2/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of BamfBacon
3/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of oelergud
2.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale golden very clear brew with lots of carbonation, off white head with large bubbles among smaller ones, decent retention and good lace.
Very faint in the nose, some grass and hay but very faint. Some spiced alcohol but you really got to look for it to notice.
Taste is similar to smell but the grass presence is much stronger, decent hop/malt balance. Almost lacking any kind of aftertaste save for a weak hop flavor.
Medium fullness of body, leave a thin coat in your mouth.
Overall an ok beer, probably not something I'll buy again but it was drinkable.


Photo of KC9LDB
3.5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of beersdmf17
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of PatandDavid
3.55/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am a bit surprised at the reviews for this one. Went to a local chinese restaraunt, saw this on the draft menu, asked if they went through a lot of it, and ended up having two of them. Brilliant gold dubloon color, no head. Aroma was slightly green grass, very faint. Mouthfeel was just shy of medium, but still decent. Carbonation wasn't overwhelming, in fact seemed a bit larger than I expected. Taste overall was a non-threatening lager, no odd or off tastes. I found it easy to drink, ended up ordering two. Would I get it again? Probably not at the beer store, but if I went to the restaraunt again, then sure. My pint glasses looked like 20 oz size.

Photo of rekel
3/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of vcoggins
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ffshore545
3/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of CCutch
3/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of kamikazeokami
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of ChipMurray
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jettjon
3.33/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled by Anheuser-Bush, this beer is a slightly (and I stress slightly) above average lager. It may be a “rice lager,” but to me it tasted like a regular old lager.

Pours an amber clear color with a large fluffy white head that fades slowly: one point in its favor. The nose is unimpressive, smelling faintly of malt. Flavor is typical macro lager but somewhat more bitter, which is a nice plus. Mouth is watery and refreshing; this is a drinkable beer. There’s a slight bitter finish. Overall, this is a slightly better than average lager-type beer. But at $7.50 plus per sixer, it's probably not worth the price.

Photo of sixerofelixir
2.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle. Sampled during a Japanese hibachi-style dinner. freshness date located on label.

Pours a lite, golden yellow. Very clear. Whitish head soon rings up. Smell is faint and biscuity, and a bit of mineral and bitterness. Taste is decent at best. Not a whole lot of complexity at all, and even the basic profiles were just.. lite. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Even tho my bottle was fresh, the beer felt a bit flat. Overall, while by no means terrible, I wouldn't seek this out again.

Photo of Exeter
2/5  rDev -24.2%

Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
63 out of 100 based on 1,475 ratings.