Class Eligibility

Purchasers of Kirin Ichiban beer or Kirin Light beer brewed and sold by Anheuser-Busch in the United States for personal, family, or household purposes and not for re-sale from Oct. 25, 2009 through Dec. 17, 2014.

Estimated Amount

Up to $50 with proof of purchase or up to $12 without

  • For each six pack of 12 oz. bottles or cans: $0.50.
  • For each 12 pack of 12 oz. bottles or cans: $1.00.
  • For each individual bottle or can: $0.10.

Proof of Purchase

No Proof of Purchase Needed

Case Name

Gustavo E. Olivia, et al. v. Anheuser-Busch Companies LLC,
Case No. 13-033620 CA 01
Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida

Case Summary

According to the plaintiffs Anheuser-Busch Companies LLC gave the impression its Kirin Ichiban beer is brewed in Japan, when it is in fact it is made in the United States.

Settlement Pool





Olivia v. Anheuser-Busch Claims Administrator
P.O. Box 43337
Providence, RI 02940-3337

37 responses to “Kirin Ichiban False Advertising Class Action Settlement”

  1. Spencer G. Hedrick says:

    How deceiving! I purchased this beer but will not be in the future.

  2. Dylan Holt says:

    I am disappointed in my purchase, I will definitely not be a returning customer.

  3. Kenni Graham says:

    I am disappointed in my purchase.

  4. Tom says:

    That’s funny. I probably bought at least 100 12 packs of this while I was living in LA. Best priced decent tasting beer at my local liquor store. Don’t have any of the receipts and I don’t think they ever itemized them anyway. They’ve been printing that it’s brewed in LA for as long as I can remember. Maybe they’re just making the text larger.

  5. Kalvin says:

    I gave this beer a shot and it failed. Not buying it again!

  6. Andrew Ferrell says:

    Bought a 12 pack over christmas break. Pretty disapointed

  7. krystle jackson says:

    Very disappointed to hear this news! I bartended at a Japanese restaurant for 4 years this was our number one seller for sake bombs with EVERYONE (including myself) under the impression that this product was imported. What goes better with sushi than a japanese beer …Not!! To think how much money was spent on a product that was not what it appeared to be is bothersome.

  8. Jerry sanchez says:

    I purchased about 12 bottles of your beer.

  9. Becky Morris says:

    Purchased 2 12 packs while we were traveling for a couple weeks.

  10. Jannette Sheppard says:

    I purchased beer, I thought it was brewed in Japan.

  11. Kathleen bachak says:

    I very disappointed in my purchase.

  12. cory adamson says:

    I bought several bottle 12 packs come to find out this beer isn’t from where it advertise

  13. Stephanie Smith says:

    What?!?? I bought this repeatedly for parties and personal use. Oh great a Japanese beer that doesn’t have some strange flavor and it isn’t even Japanese.

  14. Bob says:

    I even have Japanese friend who thought it was made in Japan!

  15. jason straubel says:

    I purchased at least 3 12packs of this beer a week from Winn Dixie for over 6months come to find out it wasn’t made in Japan very upsetting I will still drink it but not for the price I was paying I could have flew to Japan and bought my own brewery for the amount I spent over the last 6months lol

  16. Shaun B says:

    These comments are hilarious. So dissapointed in my purchase, LOL. If this upsets you guys so much…..just do the world a favor and jump off a bridge, because real life isnt for you.

  17. Sherarn Wuerfel says:

    I bought 5 six packs of Karin to have accompany a sushi party thinking it was an authentic Japanese beer.
    I had no idea it was made here! I feel like s liar as I represented the authentic Jspanese dinner with miso soup, sushi n Tappan chef hired for an authentic Japanese dinner for my guests!
    Everyone was dressed in traditional Japanese style and I represented everything at the dinner as Japanese.
    I’m upset that the beer was misrepresented. There were options available that were Japanese beer.

  18. Ellie Sheely says:

    I bought several 6 packs and not that upset it was not brewed in Japan…But fair is fair so please include me. Starving kids and mistreated dogs…that upsets me.

    Hi Ellie,
    Please use the link above to file your claim

  19. LaTrisa Martin says:

    very disappointing. I bought 12 6 packs for a party very disappointing.

  20. Allen Payne says:

    Even though I purchased a lot of this beer it was still all good weather it was made here or Japan

  21. John Holt says:

    I purchased over 100 6 packs of this beer over a two year period. And thought it was aGood Japanese beer i’my very disappointed and embarrassed.

  22. Breanna says:

    I had purchased this beer under the impression that it was ‘ethnic’, not brewed here in the US. US brew is totally great as well, but bringing several packs of this beer to events and parties, representing the quality and rarity of the beer. Looking back, I now feel silly for ‘repping’ it. HAH. Will not be purchasing this brand any longer. And will definitely be doing my own, personal research prior to making “cool” purchases.

  23. Karen Johnston says:

    I purchased three six packs for Christmas presents

  24. Ginny DiStaso says:

    purchased a few 6 packs for parties

  25. Tanya Fridal says:

    Nothing like false claims.
    I have purchased at least 3 cases.

  26. christina caputo says:

    Would not have bought this product if I knew it really wasn’t being brewed where it claimed it was.

  27. Ron says:

    Checked a six pack just a few days ago. Could not find a statement “Brewed in the USA” on the packaging.

  28. TC Lockhart says:

    I have bought many 6 packs, it was one of my favorites

  29. Jennifer says:

    Thats unfortunate for Anheuser-Busch but also not very cool to mislead the public. Maybe we need to just pay more attention as well as the manufacturers not trying to trick us by small print. Glad they are changing the label to be more clear.

  30. Bill Ford says:

    I’m bummed, In the past 5 years I’ve probably bought 40-50 6 packs of Kirin, and it is the only beer I drink when I go for sushi.

    i’m glad AB got caught in this. Friggin’ corporate scammers.

  31. Doug Lloyd says:

    Always wanted to go to Japan and tried this beer to see whats like. Disappointing.

  32. Carla taylor says:

    Oh no 🙁

  33. Joe says:

    Just received $12 here in GA.

  34. Ron says:

    $12 check AZ

  35. Bebe says:

    I filed a valid claim in January, 2015 (did not have proof of purchase) and I received a claim number when it was completed. I read that settlement checks were issued earlier this month (November), but I never received mine. Is there a # to call for follow-up? Thanks.

    ADMIN – Hi Bebe,


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