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:
#46,423
Reviews:
614
Ratings:
1,876
pDev:
22.76%
Bros Score:
1.73
 
 
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17
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Photo of BayAreaJoe
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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Photo of Zopiac
2.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of BarrelAgedG
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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Photo of GarbageMan10
2.19/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of chinchill
2.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Kirin Ichiban 100% malt. 12 oz can on an airline on the way to Tokyo.
Clear fizzy yellow body with a tall head of foam that has decent retention. The aroma has a mix of attractive malts, spicy and grassy hops, and faint off-notes. The flavor is oddly more bitter mid-taste than in the aftertaste. Almost repellant at first, it improved as my taste adjusted and it warmed a bit.
Quite poor compared to the Sam Adams lager that preceded it. I’m sure better beers await me in Japan.

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Photo of Greasy
3.01/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nass
4.34/5  rDev +61.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Whoever rates this beer poor does not know a great tasting lager when they taste one. Japanese rice lagers especially Kirin Ichiban changed the game for lagers back when this beer came out. Oh boy! 100% all malted barley. They carved a niche for themselves with there own type of taste in the lager beer world. This is second best next to some classic euro lagers in my opinion. Kirin Ichiban is worthy of at least a B. The bottled/canned on date brings it up a notch plus I dig the label artwork. That black & gold dragon logo sure does look interesting. Cheers! B (85-89) score range

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Photo of beersampler6
2.85/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Safe easy-to-drink Japanese lager, very light in taste with faint notes of grain and malt. Definitely sweeter than the usual lager. Clean and crisp, minimal head, very faint aftertaste with little mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation but fades quickly. Tough to distinguish from Asahi.

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Photo of Budlum
2.41/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Greywulfken
2.66/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Medium-pale gold and clear on draft into a mug at Taka Asian fusion in Merrick... Inoffensive but basically "meh" - sweeter and fuller in body than expected, with a fairly fruity taste - no bitterness to speak of - smooth and easy drinking... Worth a tick but you won't see me buying any...

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

Photo of georgeanthorpe
3.58/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CHickman
3.22/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle with dinner at a hibachi place and it had a very basic and boring look to it and it only had hints of malt and grains in the nose, but the flavor was malty and just sweet enough to keep it above American lagers and light beers. It was quite easy to drink and did the trick in complimenting the Asian food.

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

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.43/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rafawendel2010
2.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Dreynolds1808
3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of beertunes
3.29/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into shaker pint. Poured a clean, clear, crisp, bright straw-gold color with an inch-and-a-half of white head (thanks to accidentally enthusiastic pour on my part) that had light-medium retention and very light lacing.

As is typical for the style, the aroma was fairly light and benign, although there was a bit of a pleasant grain scent. Very similar on the tongue, except for the grain, and some very gentle hops, the beer was neutral. The body was light and crisp, and had a semi-dry finish. Drinkability was good, for the style. Overall, this might be good with certain foods, to help cleanse the palate, or as a lawnmower brew. Solid example of the style. Worth a shot if you're looking for a refreshing beer.

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Photo of matcris
3.86/5  rDev +44%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For the style, it's a crystal clear golden with a tornado carbonation effect, and a long lasting white head that leaves some nice lacing behind. The aroma is sweet white bread or biscuits and a noticeable grassy hop presence. In the flavor, lots of biscuit, milder on the grassy hops, and an underlying sweetness to it. Just enough hop presence to balance things out. The feel is well carbonated, medium dry, and the beer has a medium thin body. Overall, a bit more tasty than the typical 'king' of beers.

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Photo of LetsgoAs9
2.8/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2x 22oz Glass bottle purchased at Harvest Market in White Salmon, WA $3.79 each

Surprisingly enjoyable for a hopless pale lager! Looks great in a chilled glass and goes down very smooth. Better than I expected. Nice malt finish that lingers - great with dinner and a great value

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Photo of AngEo
2.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of radar48
4.56/5  rDev +70.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serve well chilled. The one I had was brewed by Anheuser-Busch of LA, Calif. One of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Skillz
2.61/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
Beer rating: 2.68 out of 5 with 1,876 ratings