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Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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1,220 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,220
Reviews: 521
rAvg: 2.62
pDev: 23.28%
Wants: 7
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited visit their website

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Confirmed that this beer is "all malt" as of Oct. 2010.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001)
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5/5  rDev +90.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +71.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +62.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +62.2%

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4.1/5  rDev +56.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kirin Ichiban has a very thick, white head and a clear, golden appearance with lots of bubbles streaming up and a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is of typical, run-of-the-mill beer, and the taste is semi-sweet, grainy, and it also has some mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Kirin Ichiban finishes crisp, refreshing, and mostly dry. Overall, this is a delicious beer, and I highly recommend it.


Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 16:28:56 | More by RonaldTheriot
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4.1/5  rDev +56.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a bright gold, slightly hazy color with lively carbonation, the head is about a centimeter.

Smell: Citrus hop aroma, pretty clean typical lager.

Taste: Dry, crisp with a nice hoppy bitterness that doesn't linger, there are some bready malt notes in the background.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry light bodied lager.

Drinkability: Easy drinkability, very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 21:18:54 | More by JoKo
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4/5  rDev +52.7%

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4/5  rDev +52.7%

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4/5  rDev +52.7%

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3.98/5  rDev +51.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lived in Japan for awhile (back in my non-drinking days). The advertising for Kirin was all over the place. So I was intensely curious when I found it in a bottle at the Japanese steakhouse. Nice golden color, with a bit of fizziness that quickly disappates. The rice adjuncts are rather obvious, but I found the taste silky smooth, light, and crisp. It went very well with Japanese food and would, I'm sure, be great with just about anything. Easily one of the most drinkable beers out there. One interesting side note for any of you familiar with our macro-light offerings... If someone were to ask me what Kirin Ichiban tastes like, I'd say my first impression is that it reminded me of Coors Light, only with a richer taste and decent body. I guess it's what Coors Light wants to be if it were to "grow up" and become a "real beer." Easily one of my favorite "go to" beers when out on the town. Not quite Sapporo, but great for a session beer--especially at Benihana's.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 21:03:10 | More by tugdriver7
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3.95/5  rDev +50.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 oz can of this to kick off the weekend (and when the weekend starts on Wednesday night life is good). Purchased at Trader Joe's. 21JULY07 stamped on the bottom, an arrow points to it with a very small note that says "FRESHEST TASTE WITHIN 180 DAYS - PACKAGED ON" ... I guess I'm still well within my window. Nice to include that.

Pours with an aggressive head that is composed of enormous, anything-but-fine bubbles. Implodes quickly, leaving an uneven mess before disappearing, but the initial burst is solid for the style. Lots of bubbles clinging to the sides and bottom of the glass. Color is a light amber. NOTE: I thought I heard something so I stuck my ear in the glass. Sure enough, this fella is crackling.

Smell is a fair amount of grass hops with a touch of pine, mixed with adjuncts and a small but perceptible amber malt base. Given that this is a rice lager and I'm reviewing within the style, it is pretty nuanced.

Taste is ricey, lagery, right on the money. Hops are reminiscent of a euro lager with that "skunky" smell but they are not offensive here. As it comes from a can, there has been no light damage. Very dry and crisp finish. Minimalist. I've had a lot of macro lagers in my day, and this is about as good an adjunct profile as I've ever tasted (what a backhanded complement).

Mouthfeel is very light bodied, works well with with the intense carbonation and dry finish and is crisp in the way that a dry sparkling wine might be.

Drinkability? Well, the taste is not huge, but it has a pleasant rice flavor and a definite hop presence. Price wasn't even that bad and I get a kick out of cans. The only thing damaging the drinkability is the intense carbonation... if you tried to session Kirin Ichiban you would probably toss your cookies after three tallboy cans, when that "omg so many bubbles in my stomach and not much flavor or body or anything else" feeling hits. A perfectly good example of the style, which is what it is being graded against.

Edit: didn't even notice that this is brewed by AB, well good for them that they brewed this, stop the prejudice...although I will try to sample some authentic Japanese competition.

Serving type: can

11-22-2007 02:37:12 | More by semihobo
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3.95/5  rDev +50.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I liked this beer goes great with sushi has a bit of a rice flavor and goes great with a wedge of lemon crushed into it, finishes pretty clean and goes down smooth when it is ice cold and the outside temp is in the 90's. Maybe it is the heat outside but this beer really hit the spot.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 02:20:49 | More by lairgnen
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3.93/5  rDev +50%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad effort. The luxurious single wort (or first press) process yields a unique, complex flavor. With this gold label and "Special Premium Reserve" appellation, Ichiban outclasses and outperforms other japanese beers. 4.95% alcohol by volume. Don't be fooled -- this is a great beer that goes with anything especially sushi.

Serving type: can

01-20-2003 11:24:35 | More by stoutman
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Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
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