I am a big fan of sushi and when I eat it I often find myself choosing between Kirin Ichiban and Sapporo, so when I found myself at a local sushi purveyor I decided to opt for the former. In retrospect I wonder if it had simply been a while since I had Kirin or if this particular pint was to blame, but I was definitely not a fan. When I got home and pulled up the RateBeer.com page, I discovered two items that I found equally disturbing:
- Anheuser-Busch began brewing Kirin Lager, Kirin Ichiban and Kirin Light at its Los Angeles brewery in 1997.
- The readers of RateBeer.com gave the brew a whopping 9/100 score (which is probably heavy-handed to a certain degree).
Irrespective of these two points, the beer was not good. It wasn’t garbage like a warm can of Piel’s but it just wasn’t a delicious pint. I know Kirin Ichiban is immensely popular but ask yourself, just because a lot of people drink it – does that make it good?