Kirin Ichiban | Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#47,504
Reviews:
620
Ratings:
1,908
pDev:
22.76%
 
 
Wants:
17
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425
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Photo of rsuarez1982
3.18/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jeromedepot
3.42/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jbu0126
2.41/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Mississippi
2.26/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of yaksurf
2.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GIftofgod4u1
3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of iawaska
2.87/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of sparx1100
2.48/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Eychung
2.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Birdlegs
3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jhart96
3.57/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lorwhal
3.38/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If I walk into a yakiniku restaurant in Tokyo for all you can eat grilled meat and all you can drink draft beer, I want it to be cold, and I want it to be Kirin, which happen to be the two things Kirin is really good at being. I rate Kirin Ichiban 3.5 stars for temperature (it is cold), drinkability (it is a liquid), and tenacity. One point five stars have been deducted for gratuitous chimerism.

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2.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.13/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2.3/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of chitoryu12
2.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Look: Typical pale yellow with very little white head.

Smell: Rice, bitterness, alcohol.

Taste: Very faint adjunct malt, a bit of banana, mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly above average thickness for adjunct lagers. Heavily carbonated.

Overall: Dull.

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2.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BalancingBrooms
2.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of TheClassAct
3.47/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Kirin Ichiban has a rich Golden malt. Clean, and light finish with notes of sweet corn and a light malty thickness. For an American style Pale Lager it has excellent characteristics. The carbonation creates a 1 inch head foam which is excellent for a light beer. Excellent flavor, surprised on the ratings so I had to help this company out!

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.78/5  rDev +41%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass.
A: Pours a crystal clear golden color with good carbonation and one inch, white head formation, solid retention, but modest lacing.
S: Aroma of sweet corn predominates with some grassy and spicy notes, perhaps.
T: Semisweet. Reminded me a good deal of any American Adjunct Lager that incorporates corn. Very light bitterness contributing to clean finish.
M: Light bodied with robust carbonation resolving to light fairly quickly.
O: I unexpectedly quite enjoyed this. Looked at the numerical rating (but not the comments) before trying. I found it was light, refreshing, and reasonably flavorful. Clearly designed to be served cold. I truly do not understand the very low ratings, but I will say this tasted very fresh (had two at one sitting) and that can be a challenge for any beer coming from the other side of the Northern Hemisphere. If the beer is skunked, would it not make sense not to review it until you got a fresh one? Had the same experience with Dos Equis Lager.

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3.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretty standard. Very drinkable. Actually the Japanese do a pretty good light American lager. Serve COLD!

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2.77/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle poured into pint glass

Clear golden yellow , scant foam islands

Aroma is grassy, Malty

Taste is watery , grassy, malts , adjunct, not much flavor

Serve it ice cold , it could be a lawn mower beer

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2.85/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
Beer rating: 2.68 out of 5 with 1,908 ratings