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Kirin Ichiban | Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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2.69/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
Japan
kirin.co.jp

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Kirin Ichiban is one of the world's most unique premium beers. The Ichiban shibori process uses only the most flavorful portion of the finest ingredients.

100% Malt.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#46,314
Reviews:
629
Ratings:
1,940
pDev:
22.68%
 
 
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20
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Photo of prhodes98
1.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bought a 12-pack bottles $7.49 Don Quijote
Made in LA. Will update if I can get a Japan brewed version.
Smell of malt, corn
Light, clear golden color
Light-medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Sweet malt flavor, clean tasting
Overall an ok beer, but great for the cheap price. Better than domestic macrobrews. Great with food as this won't overwhelm any food flavors. Wish I could get the real deal Japan version to try.

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Photo of Rgarcia4609
2.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of detgfrsh
3.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle brewed 10/6/18. Golden color with a half inch of white head. Strong smell of grain when opening the bottle. Light feel. Flavor is malt with a little sweetness and some floral hops. Maybe I got a good bottle or something, but I feel like this one is underrated. Hits all the main points of the style and it's a pleasant beer to drink, even compared to other styles. What's not to like?

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Photo of markallmon
3.62/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattmarka1
2.5/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Macamah
2.14/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of buzzscag
4.22/5  rDev +56.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

clean malty flavor. good drinking beer. 5% alc so you can have a few before you wrap the chevy around a pole.

NO RICE YOU DINGBATS its made with barley, hops and water...that's it.

Dumb provincials think because it has a jap name its a rice beer. nincumpoops

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Photo of mdzhang
3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Yix
3.43/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whenever we go out for maki, this is the beer I drink. It's nowhere near great, but it works well with my food. Clear yellow color, small white head, effervescent. Grainy aroma, sweet grain taste.

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3.65/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BFCarr
3.26/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of blissfulNemo
2.82/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Rootscipio
3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MercInc
2.71/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of LarryV
3.44/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oh my, contract brewed in the US by Anheuser-Busch - I don't really give a shit. There are times I get tired of the aggressiveness of IPA's or the demand to analyze other craft beer styles to appreciate all of the subtleties and I just want a beer that's refreshing and easy to drink. This beer fits the bill for me. I drink it nice and cold without any pretention and it really hits the spot. It's excellent with some spicy food and complements the food very well. Aroma is subtle grain, I don't get any skunkiness like others have mentioned.Taste is malty, slightly sweet and crisp. Not something I buy often but when I do I always enjoy it.

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2.6/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BubbleBobble
2.46/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of polloenfuego
2.76/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

One of the palest beers I have ever seen. So light and clear. Decent head then nothing. Smell is malts. Simple as that. Light malty flavor with no evidence of hops. Very clean with decent body and carbonation.

Doesn't hold up to its Japanese counterparts, such as Asahi. This beer is a watery and light drink, with no real flavor.

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2.45/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of AdmiralOzone
2.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear bright yellow with a thick white head that recedes quickly leaving decent lacing. Aroma is light grains, biscuit. Flavor is semi-sweet corn and grains. Feel is light bodied with low carbonation. Overall a just only drinkable brew.

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Photo of Andrew_69
4.58/5  rDev +70.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DRRSTAR
2.89/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of JimboBrews54
2.5/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
Beer rating: 2.69 out of 5 with 1,940 ratings