Kirin Ichiban | Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

BA SCORE
63
poor
1,815 Ratings
THE BROS
44
awful
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Kirin IchibanKirin Ichiban
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
Ratings:
1,815
Reviews:
597
Avg:
2.64
pDev:
23.11%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
382
For Trade:
0
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Photo of tama4305
5/5  rDev +89.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my bud lite now. Just got off 2 years of PA and IPA's until acid reflux through nose and being fat as shit from heavy cal's and carbs.

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Photo of Ruprecht69
5/5  rDev +89.4%

Photo of Longchamp
5/5  rDev +89.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +89.4%

Photo of JoLight
4.9/5  rDev +85.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma: 70% grassy, 30% malty/grainy. Nostalgic summer "beer smell".

Appearance: two finger white head, soapy, dissipates; clear, light bubbles, golden-yellow.

Taste: Grain all the way through, carbonation upfront, dry hops in the middle-end; also in the end is a flowering of breadiness, still with grains in the background, bready and almost tangy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: semi-dry, carbonated, light.

Finish: crisp, refreshing.

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Photo of Bigalduncan64
4.83/5  rDev +83%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Based on the category this beer was placed in, this is the best there is. I can't think of another beer this style that has a better flavor and drinkability. I'm very very surprised Kirin Ichiban has such low ratings.

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Photo of tyleeis
4.75/5  rDev +79.9%

Photo of BrooDood88
4.73/5  rDev +79.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ferracal
4.55/5  rDev +72.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Crisp, Japanese version of Bud with a nicer look

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Photo of mdg59
4.5/5  rDev +70.5%

Photo of Dmtfs7
4.5/5  rDev +70.5%

Photo of kazoo
4.5/5  rDev +70.5%

Photo of creez
4.5/5  rDev +70.5%

Photo of SurferEric
4.48/5  rDev +69.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This review is not intended to be compared to any craft beer of the style, it is intended to compare with AALs that flood the market. Kirin and Pabst are my go to's as far as cheap beer goes that I like to enjoy after a few truly good beers once taste isn't my number 1 priority and I'll admit it helps that i can get a case of bottles for $14.

Plus, considering its brewed by Anheuser, it kicks the shit out of Bud.

Cheers to the beers that keep you from going broke!

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Photo of Sexmortus
4.34/5  rDev +64.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Maxb611
4.3/5  rDev +62.9%

Photo of Justinrkelly
4.25/5  rDev +61%

Photo of Nage37
4.25/5  rDev +61%

Photo of
4.25/5  rDev +61%

You had this beer. Write a review.

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4.25/5  rDev +61%

Photo of iman99
4.24/5  rDev +60.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just drank a 25 oz got it from the store in florida at Publix for 2.13 after tax its 1.99 before tax its a nice morning drink.

this is an amazing beer, really nice taste and gives you a nice feeling doesn't give you the real cheap feeling like some other high gravity beers give you, doesn't make you have all kinds of weird things going on in your head like some of the cheap beers do, really pleasant


highly recommend

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Photo of ShaunJ
4.19/5  rDev +58.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great lager with a unique taste. Clean, crisp, a bit dry, light. I prefer Japanese lagers over American lagers. This is one of my favorites.

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Photo of Safa1
4.13/5  rDev +56.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Okay. This shits made in Los Angeles. It's all malt. Listen. All malt. Usually 8.99 a 12 pack 5% and all malt. It's delicious. I just drank an old chub Oskar Blues then cracked this one. It tastes silky smooth. No nasty aftertaste. It's pretty fucking premium tasting and it's a god damned macro. I keep a few cold. When you just don't want fuck my mouth flavor(hetero but not hateful) it's the perfect beer. I will drink this over any other macro. Period. Think again if you think this has rice round eye.

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Photo of Kercio
4.12/5  rDev +56.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smells good tastes better. Good beer

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4.11/5  rDev +55.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
2.64 out of 5 based on 1,815 ratings.
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