beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased can at Whole Foods’ refrigerated beer section and consumed within the 180 day freshness limit from bottling date. Small white head that rapidly diminished and with spare lacing. Clear golden yellow color with clean slight citrus aroma. Light-to-medium bodied with lively carbonation. Starts with slightly sweet malty flavor and finishes with a faint dry hop bitterness. I enjoyed this refreshing lager beer with a seafood dinner.
MontereyJimbo (79) - Monterey, California, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a pretty mild beer for an import, but definitely not a "light" beer because it has flavor. It has a mild hops presence and goes down very easily. Like most pale lagers this won’t appeal to the NBS. I think it’s great.
ronjustron (22) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A good beer, nice colour and good pour. Good taste and the aftertaste isn’t too harsh either. Overall, a very good beer.
critic81 (7) - - APR 5, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not bad. Good taste. Light. Not bad. Good taste. Light. Not bad. Good taste. Light. Not bad. Good taste. Light. Not bad. Good taste. Light.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
laur11 (20) - - APR 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Kirin Ichiban is a well-made and extremely eye-catching beer. Can be drunk at a variety of locales, whether you’re hanging out with friends or at a classy party.
MichaelPerch (47) - DENMARK - FEB 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very light beer..... but again it is very good.....
a agree with mgoy...
Mulders (11) - USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good standard beer. It’s nice when bottled, but terrific when served cold from the tap.
sanmiguel (118) - Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another watery, dry, yet appetizing and refreshing Asian pale lager. Good carbonation. I could taste the hops and maybe rice (?) while supping it. Kirin Ichiban had a mellow, squash-tasting finish. Interesting... Recommended with Japanese food. as it quenches your thirst.
scanman (149) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JUN 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2006 This is an overlooked lager. Maybe the bottles I’ve enjoyed are fresher, but I totally disagree with the other comments. This was crisp and no bad aftertaste.
KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - DEC 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A bottle at the Cheese Factory in KC. They have a number of Boulevard beers on menu as well. Pours a beautiful deep straw colour, head dissipates quickly, not much lacing, persistent carbonation - this is the sort of beer you drink in a tall flute glass, slightly yeasty fruity nose- distinctive pears; very dry, a tad bitter, does not have the salty CO2 of many US pale lagers; quick finish, good sparking carbonation. Good example of the type. This bottle brewed in Japan. I was in Japan when it came out, the can pictured here is a garish example. It was well received by the expat community. The scores here reflect a snooty beer-bongers snootiness. This is an excellent example of the style. The fact that I only drink a bottle of this every few years is irrelevant.