Kirin Ichiban | Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

BA SCORE
63
poor
1,815 Ratings
THE BROS
44
awful
Read the review
Kirin IchibanKirin Ichiban
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
Japan
kirin.co.jp

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Kirin Ichiban is one of the world's most unique premium beers. The Ichiban shibori process uses only the most flavorful portion of the finest ingredients.

100% Malt.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,815
Reviews:
597
Avg:
2.64
pDev:
23.11%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
382
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 1,815 |  Reviews: 597
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
2.58/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: half finger head with decent lacing on a clear bright golden body.

S: maybe some musty hops with a lot of wet grain and some plae malts.

T: some wet sock musty hops, grains and pale malts. There aren't any off putting flavors but I don't think this is a pale ale.

M: light body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: well it isn't terrible, very simple and therefore drinkable.

 388 characters

Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of jaydoc
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.58/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours an extremely clear light yellow with a 2 inch off-white head that fades to a small cap. Random patterns of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of sweet grain and maybe some subtle hop aromas. Taste is of sweet grain and a grape-like light fruit flavor. This beer has low carbonation and is slightly thick in the mouth. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with a bad mouthfeel. I wouldn't get this one again.

 426 characters

Photo of spycow
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

somehow i think this is better than many other asian beers on offer at sushi places. i had 3 of these with an outstanding dinner at nobu in las vegas. pours a light golden color with a thin white head, lots of bubbles, but very very thin. smells light malty and crisp, which it is in the flavor too. a little bready, but balanced off by some generic hopping. feel is average too, extremely light body with medium to bright carbonation. quite drinkable and palate cleansing between fish courses. overall this is far from a great beer, but when lined up with many of its asian counterparts, it is one of the most tolerable in my opinion.

 635 characters

Photo of kjkinsey
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of djrn2
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Knapp85
2.55/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was one of the first Japanese brews I had. Although this doesn't really differ from any traditional lager that's made anywhere else in the world, this beer had a big rice backbone to it. The aftertaste is all rice. The beer is yellow in color and doesn't have much lacing or head. It looks pretty much just like a miller lite. This isn't much to brag about here.

 372 characters

Photo of nmann08
1/5  rDev -62.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.45/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a pretty large head... not much lacing to be seen here. Faint skunky beer aroma to it. Taste is medium bodied, pretty surprised as I was definitely expecting this to be lighter than ever. But even though it has nice consistency to it, the mouthfeel and taste are non existent. You can swish it around your mouth for 30 seconds and all you taste is a slight tinge of hops, rest of it just a watery mass. Just import swill right here, wouldn't recommend.

 484 characters

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of metter98
2.55/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly faded away, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grainy malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of cracker and grainy malts along with a light amount of bitterness, the latter of which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has some dryness.
O: This beer is rather malty for a light-bodied beer but there’s nothing interesting about the taste.

 689 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
2.21/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I think my fellow BAers are way to kind with this one. I think it's horrible beer; expecially since they try to pass it off as if it were a quality brew. Looks promising in the off set with a strong straw color and fluffy retention, but the aromas tell the tale. Smells quite grainy with the malts, light on the hops and with little character. Tastes of cereal grains everywhere with a modest barley malt flavor. All flavors are fleeting leaving a grain and husk flavor and texture. Aftertaste is similar to American Lite beers. In fact, this whole beer resembled American Lagers, but with twice the price. Not worth it.

 620 characters

Photo of biboergosum
3.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml bottle, at a Japanese sushi joint in downtown Toronto. It's the only kind of place where I find it hard to resist a bottle of Japanese lager.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and yet mildly creamy bone-white head, which leaves some chunky elongated lace around the tall Sapporo (branding fail!) glass as it readily recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy white rice, a weird vegetal corn sourness, acetone, stale lemon, and weedy, mildly grassy hops. The taste is more glutenous white rice grain, yeasty corn mash, a faint white breadiness, somewhat acrid citrus pith, wet straw, and floral, dead grassy hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, but still quite frothy, the body a rather light medium weight, generally smooth, and just a tad cloying. It finishes actually pretty clean, with a cheaply innocuous blend of grains, and a suggestion of sucking on a plastic fork.

As usual, hardly something worthy of seeking out on its own, but given a place next to its country of origin's food (especially if it's of the spicy sort), these kinds of lagers seem to work - here, it was a decent enough serving for one when used for washing down some chili tuna maki rolls and beef tataki.

 1,264 characters

Photo of kojevergas
1.9/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Clear yellow, thin head with fair retention. This is pathetic.

Sm: One note of clear barley. Very meh.

T: Holy malt, batman! No real open, no real finish. A bit like Finnegan's Wake, without any literary genius. (Okay, that metaphor sucked.)

Mf: Too smooth, too wet. A classic flaw.

Dr: Never again - by choice. Is this what they forcefed to the Chinese during the WWII medical experiments? Given the choice, a vivisection might be preferable. It should be said that it's probably better than a lot of American macros, and it's relatively cheap.

 597 characters

Photo of brentk56
2.31/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a modest head that hangs around as a foamy landmass but leaves no lacing

Smell: Awful vegetal aroma

Taste: Starts out insipid and goes downhill from there with a very odd, slightly sweet, vegetal flavor that has lots of grain husks to it as well

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and fizzy

Drinkability: None

 359 characters

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

Photo of emerge077
2.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draft pour in tall pilsner glass.

Pale clear yellow, looks like so many other pale lagers. Smell is grain, apparently rice. Small amount of foam appeared.

Taste is pretty nondescript, it was hard to pinpoint rice from corn, but that seemed to be the only flavor. Very clean & dry aftertaste, not much of anything really. Crisp, prickly mouthfeel, lots of fizzy carbonation. It was easy to drink a pint with Chinese food, but it was definitely not memorable.

 465 characters

Photo of WillieThreebiers
2.32/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of zeff80
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy golden-yellow color with a white, very fizzy (soda-like) two-finger head. It actually left a little lace.

S - It smelled of grains and rice. There were faint hints of caramel malt.

T - It taste of some spices, caramel and rice. Not great but not offensive.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light bodied beer.

D - This isn't a great tasting lager but it still quite drinkable for the style. That being said, I wouldn't run out and buy a case.

 490 characters

Photo of dmorgan310
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of LXIXME
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
2.64 out of 5 based on 1,815 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.