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Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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Kirin IchibanKirin Ichiban

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1,247 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,247
Reviews: 522
rAvg: 2.62
pDev: 23.28%
Wants: 8
Gots: 52 | 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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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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2.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured pale yellow with white head that dissipated quickly. Typical pale lager smell, mostly benign, nothing notable. Mouthfeel was thin and watery while carbonation was very noticeable and high. Taste was bland with no real hops character. Not much different than a typical macro and just found out this is brewed by Anheuser-Busch

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 19:21:21 | More by biggmike
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2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-05-2012 03:32:33 | More by BigCheese
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3.5/5  rDev +33.6%

07-04-2012 02:53:10 | More by Dapperticus
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3.25/5  rDev +24%

07-06-2013 13:20:17 | More by Bear1964
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Croatia (Hrvatska)

3/5  rDev +14.5%

07-13-2013 08:57:09 | More by hansavijaticar
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1.6/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottled on 28feb11. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clean white sudsy head with soapy lacing. Pale clear straw body with light carbonation.

Smell - Almost none. Slight corn.

Taste - Sour. Bitter. Metallic. This doesn't seem right. I've had this beer before and don't remember finding it so offensive.

Mouthfeel - Very acidic. Unpleasant.

Overall Drinkability - Can't tell if it's infected. Bottle isn't old enough to taste this bad. Will have to re-rate another time.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 09:42:29 | More by ZenAgnostic
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1/5  rDev -61.8%

06-13-2013 02:36:16 | More by MPSTARR
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2.25/5  rDev -14.1%

06-30-2014 17:35:34 | More by Marco_Gtz
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District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -23.7%

03-25-2014 04:08:14 | More by brpendergast85
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -14.1%

03-24-2012 03:08:34 | More by JxExM
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3/5  rDev +14.5%

02-02-2014 02:25:17 | More by nitter
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District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -23.7%

07-20-2014 12:49:54 | More by dcbeers
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1.75/5  rDev -33.2%

03-11-2014 00:18:50 | More by Sonofalime
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3.53/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i thought that i had this beer before. i could not remember so figured wth. poured nice and golden yeller into the glass. about three eights inch of head. good steady carbonation. smells grainy with a hint of skunk. the skunk is not bad or powerful, just interesting. taste is pretty refreshing and light. good lacing down the glass and the carbonation was steady all 22 ounces down. pretty decent thirst quencher.

suckem up and movem out.


Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 09:49:16 | More by giblet
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2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

03-01-2013 02:16:27 | More by Mark5252
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1/5  rDev -61.8%

12-15-2013 01:38:36 | More by Rons35
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2.75/5  rDev +5%

10-12-2013 16:02:45 | More by Pens1967
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3/5  rDev +14.5%

07-04-2014 01:54:51 | More by ffshore545
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1.85/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Oh, the things I do to expand my horizons.

Pours a medium yellow, crystal clear body with a bit of head that does last longer than you would expect. No lacing.

Sweet malt and rice, sharp metallic hoppiness is overridden by extreme skunk.

Sweet malt at the beginning, very grainy tasting in the middle, and a medicinal bitterness at the end. Very not good.

Mouthfeel is medium carbnation and pretty drying. They got that right.

No way. I'd rather have any American macro than this macro from Japan. I'm going to finish it, because I'm not one to waste $2.49, but I'm not going to like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 21:31:14 | More by bboven
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Ontario (Canada)

1.48/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This is a very pale beer. The palest yellow I have ever seen! Reminds of water mixed with a very small amount of lemonade. Doesn't even have a bit of gold or urine colour, just a very pale yellow. And no head. Lots of lace, but no head. Bland smell. I cannot stress how bland this smells. Rice is the dominant scent, but it's still very faint. Some kind of grass smell as well. Could it be hops? Tastes like a low budget Budweiser when cold. Rice adjunct, white bread taste. Obvious thirst quencher, but only when cold. And I mean ice cold. Cuz as this liquid warms, it gets nasty. A horrible, cardboard taste that's surprisingly and terribly sour. And another flavour that is bad. Bitter? Yeah. But not the good bitter. This is a bad bitter. Don't know what makes it a bad bitter, but it is. No hops detected. Then again, my tongue has been bombarded with this awful taste that it can't even detect the spicyness of my meal after I drank this. But it is okay when cold, so I'll give it an extra half point for that. Mouthfeel is very flat. Very little carbonation. My toilet water has more carbonation after I fart taking a crap. Drinkable like water when cold. Undrinkable at any other temperature. This has to be near absolute zero before I could ever touch this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2004 01:24:09 | More by slitherySOB
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3/5  rDev +14.5%

05-11-2012 14:28:34 | More by jwhancher
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1.9/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Imported Japanese beer, 33 cl. bottle.

Looks good: clear golden, with creamy head, nice carbonation.

Smell from the bottle: massive malts and corn, grassy hops.
Taste identical, but more faint. Instead, next to it being pretty watery, the aftertaste has something chemical to it. Soap and metallic. It's terrible.
Light mouthfeel, but the taste is not something you want more of.

Very disappointing encounter with japanese beer. The widely available macro lagers are better even.... and cheaper.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 11:47:58 | More by RuudJH
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4/5  rDev +52.7%

01-19-2012 20:40:12 | More by TrojanWheels
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2.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shrug. A good beer to drink with copiuos amounts of Sushi. It is gold color and has a head that kicks quickly and leaves no lace. It smells of puffed rice and grainy alcohol. No real malt taste and if there are hops in here they all died. Standard low body beer and easy to drink quickly.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2005 19:36:33 | More by Higravity
Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
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