Kirin Ichiban | Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale 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:
#47,116
Reviews:
619
Ratings:
1,895
pDev:
22.76%
Bros Score:
1.73
 
 
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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

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

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

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

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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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

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

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2.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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2.86/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Nvrmind16
3.59/5  rDev +34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Its Japans miller lite, and I mean that eith all due respect. Smooth but nothing special.

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2.8/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of phigdon34
4.12/5  rDev +53.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bitter taste but prominent.

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3.4/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A light, grainy beer, some slight malts, a great light beer, easy to drink.

Taste rating in words: A spring flower that blossoms, opens, and shines.

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2.92/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.04/5  rDev +50.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Look: One-and-a-half finger white head, clear yellow body.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Grains, a bit metallic, mild earthy hops, maybe a hint of stone fruits.

Feel: Medium-light body, medium-high carbonation. Balanced upfront, dry finish.

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2.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

Photo of J-Dog86
2.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Generic beer. Goes good with hibachi

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2.19/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
Beer rating: 2.68 out of 5 with 1,895 ratings