Brewed by Kirin Brewery Company
Style: Pale Lager
Tokyo, Japan


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1638   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Finest barley malt, premium hops, smooth finish, no bitter aftertaste.

Editor's Note: Also brewed in the US: "Anheuser-Busch began brewing Kirin Lager, Kirin Ichiban and Kirin Light at its Los Angeles brewery in 1997. The agreement marks the first time Anheuser-Busch has produced foreign brands for sale in the United States."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChadPolenz (1652) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2016
I’ve tried several Japanese macro lagers and they’re all very similar to other countries’ popular pale lagers. I’ve actually had Kirin Ichiban several times over the years (at hibachi and sushi restaurants) and I’ve never really been impressed. This particular edition is brewed in the United States by Anheuser-Busch, though trying to find a fresh bottle is a challenge. Despite it being all-malt, it’s a pretty boring lager.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 8/22/15 and cost $1.29 ($0.11 per ounce).

Appearance: Beautiful golden hue; crystal clear with visible carbonation. Pours to a large, white, foamy head which retains and laces remarkably well.

Smell: Lightly sweet pale malt blend. Faint touch of floral hops, otherwise quite mild in the nose.

Taste: As I said, I’ve drank this beer many times, and one thing I’ve noticed is that it’s consistently inconsistent. Some bottles are much sweeter than others; some are tinny and dirty-tasting. This particular bottle was somewhere in the middle, in that it was more mild and bland than anything else. I will say I notice a bit of light malt, but it’s not especially delectable or particularly sweet. This is interesting, because I recently drank a year-old bomber of this beer at a sushi restaurant that was very sweet due to its age. Light-bodied pale lagers aren’t the types of beers you usually associate with aging well, but I can honestly say that year-old bottle was better than this remotely fresh one. To its credit, I don’t really find it repugnant at all. Just a touch of metallic sensation and maybe even a faint spicy hop presence. Its only crime is being not just dull, but extremely so.

Drinkability: At only 5% ABV, Kirin Ichiban is equivalent to Budweiser in potency, though it is not a complete fizz bomb. Mouthfeel is quite light and there’s a watery sensation to each swig. Slightly refreshing while in the mouth, which is nice, along with an almost completely clean aftertaste which is also nice. Though I use that term in a relative way.

RATING: 4/10

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
alobar (3457) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Pours clear pale yellow with no head. Minimal aroma of grain and grass. Slight grain and corn flavor. Not offensive, but not worth a second look either.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
donandres (297) - , Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2016
Bottle poured to pint glass very cold beer Appearance: Light yellow head, a lot of lacing Aroma: scent smell of malt, nothing else Taste: not really great Mouth feel: very carbonated Overall: good beer for the hot weather, specially camping outdoors, nothing special

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tapthis (225) - Baytown, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2015
A fairly decent lager with good carbonation and no lacing. Hascthe color of liggt yellow. Tastes like earth and grass.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Gubihumle (540) - Nørre Aaby, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2015
Flaske. Farven er gylden gul med en hvid skumkrone. Aromaen er græs, malt og lidt karamel og smagen er ligeså. Ikke særlig interessant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
aronvarga (441) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 13, 2015
Slight fruity aroma, clear, pale golden colour, sparkling, nearly no off-white head, light body, soft carbonation, sweet creamy malty taste, dry palate with alcoholic and vibrant hoppy notes. Not a sophisticated beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
ChtiBreizh (456) - Rennes, FRANCE - DEC 12, 2015
33cl bottle at a sushi restaurant, Guadeloupe. Light golden, thin head. Grassy and malty, lightly caramelish. Medium sweet, not dry nor bitter. Average carbonation. A usual macro lager.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
TychoJames (1004) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2015
Flaska systembolaget. Ljus ljusgul kulör. Doft av ljus lätt malt och bröd. Sunkig smak av äppelmos och limpa

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hauxe (334) - Butzbach, GERMANY - DEC 9, 2015
Rated from old notes. A little grainy in taste but smooth an surprisingly pleasant. Light and airy but not really my style. Turns a little skunky. Pouring more and aerating it seem to help.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ghostbeer (66) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 6, 2015
I wanted to like this one. It was malty but tasted overdone to me. I found it unspectacular and would not buy again.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 2 3  4  5 6 7 » 164

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50