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Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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Kirin IchibanKirin Ichiban

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1,459 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,459
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 23.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 150 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001

Confirmed that this beer is "all malt" as of Oct. 2010.
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2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

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3/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of oelergud
2.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale golden very clear brew with lots of carbonation, off white head with large bubbles among smaller ones, decent retention and good lace.
Very faint in the nose, some grass and hay but very faint. Some spiced alcohol but you really got to look for it to notice.
Taste is similar to smell but the grass presence is much stronger, decent hop/malt balance. Almost lacking any kind of aftertaste save for a weak hop flavor.
Medium fullness of body, leave a thin coat in your mouth.
Overall an ok beer, probably not something I'll buy again but it was drinkable.


Photo of PatandDavid
3.55/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am a bit surprised at the reviews for this one. Went to a local chinese restaraunt, saw this on the draft menu, asked if they went through a lot of it, and ended up having two of them. Brilliant gold dubloon color, no head. Aroma was slightly green grass, very faint. Mouthfeel was just shy of medium, but still decent. Carbonation wasn't overwhelming, in fact seemed a bit larger than I expected. Taste overall was a non-threatening lager, no odd or off tastes. I found it easy to drink, ended up ordering two. Would I get it again? Probably not at the beer store, but if I went to the restaraunt again, then sure. My pint glasses looked like 20 oz size.

Photo of 1Sundown2C
3.5/5  rDev +32.6%

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3/5  rDev +13.6%

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2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of delta490
2.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- looks nice. Clear pale gold with a short lived fizzy white head (About one finger's worth). Not much carbonation visible.

S-Not much once the head goes down. Like, almost nothing not much.

T- again, not much bad good or in between. Slight bit of sweetness followed by a slight bit of bitterness. But nothing discernible or memorable in there at all.

M- For how little carbonation you see, it's pretty fizzy. But the body of it isn't bad.

O- there isn't anything to recommend this because there isn't anything there. Other than it looks like a lager. Everything else that makes a lager a lager is lacking.

Photo of beersdmf17
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of sixerofelixir
2.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle. Sampled during a Japanese hibachi-style dinner. freshness date located on label.

Pours a lite, golden yellow. Very clear. Whitish head soon rings up. Smell is faint and biscuity, and a bit of mineral and bitterness. Taste is decent at best. Not a whole lot of complexity at all, and even the basic profiles were just.. lite. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Even tho my bottle was fresh, the beer felt a bit flat. Overall, while by no means terrible, I wouldn't seek this out again.

Photo of mcdsports
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of StevieW
2.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Free leftovers.....This reminded me alot of the ol Michelob light, which I used to drink, before I saw the light at the end of the beer aisle. Pale yellow straw color, with some light head. Nothing real outstanding on the nose. Taste was thin, not much, very thin and watery. Some crispness to it, but mostly watered down malt flavors. The first of the Japanese beers, I have had. Although I was probably prejudiced, since it is owned by AB.

Photo of vancurly
2.58/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light gold, white rocky froth, not much bubbing.

Hoppy aroma, with some subtle fleshy/sulfur/skunky notes reminiscent of some Euro lagers.

Flavour nondescript. Some late hop character lifts an otherwise dull beer.

Finishes dryly, light/medium bitterness, not much aftertaste.

Photo of Robyn
2/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of zenithberwyn
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of jettjon
3.33/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled by Anheuser-Bush, this beer is a slightly (and I stress slightly) above average lager. It may be a “rice lager,” but to me it tasted like a regular old lager.

Pours an amber clear color with a large fluffy white head that fades slowly: one point in its favor. The nose is unimpressive, smelling faintly of malt. Flavor is typical macro lager but somewhat more bitter, which is a nice plus. Mouth is watery and refreshing; this is a drinkable beer. There’s a slight bitter finish. Overall, this is a slightly better than average lager-type beer. But at $7.50 plus per sixer, it's probably not worth the price.

Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.5/5  rDev +32.6%

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2/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of whynot44
2.83/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light golden color with a moderate white head that disipates almost immediately to just a thin ring but still manages to produce a bit of lace.

The aroma is something like half-cured hay.

The taste is a bit thin, grainy, grassy and with just a hnt of caramel and carboard. The finish is slightly dry and carbonic with a lingering grassy aftertaste.

Crisp, light and refreshing as long as it's ice cold, similar to American mass market lagers.

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2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of einman
3.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thought it was a decent lighter beer

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2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
63 out of 100 based on 1,459 ratings.