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:
#46,471
Reviews:
615
Ratings:
1,880
pDev:
22.76%
Bros Score:
1.73
 
 
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17
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Photo of tama4305
5/5  rDev +86.6%
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 +86.6%

Photo of Longchamp
5/5  rDev +86.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jaykhjr
5/5  rDev +86.6%

Photo of JoLight
4.9/5  rDev +82.8%
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 +80.2%
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 +77.2%

Photo of BrooDood88
4.73/5  rDev +76.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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 ferracal
4.55/5  rDev +69.8%
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 +67.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +67.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +67.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +67.9%

Photo of SurferEric
4.48/5  rDev +67.2%
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 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 Sexmortus
4.34/5  rDev +61.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Maxb611
4.3/5  rDev +60.4%

Photo of Justinrkelly
4.25/5  rDev +58.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +58.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +58.6%

You had this beer. Write a review.

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4.25/5  rDev +58.6%

Photo of iman99
4.24/5  rDev +58.2%
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 +56.3%
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 +54.1%
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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Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
Beer rating: 2.68 out of 5 with 1,880 ratings