Kirin Ichiban | Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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Kirin IchibanKirin Ichiban

Brewed by:
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +55.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kirin Ichiban has a very thick, white head and a clear, golden appearance with lots of bubbles streaming up and a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is of typical, run-of-the-mill beer, and the taste is semi-sweet, grainy, and it also has some mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Kirin Ichiban finishes crisp, refreshing, and mostly dry. Overall, this is a delicious beer, and I highly recommend it.


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Photo of gbarbee
4.08/5  rDev +54.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoKo
4.08/5  rDev +54.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a bright gold, slightly hazy color with lively carbonation, the head is about a centimeter.

Smell: Citrus hop aroma, pretty clean typical lager.

Taste: Dry, crisp with a nice hoppy bitterness that doesn't linger, there are some bready malt notes in the background.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry light bodied lager.

Drinkability: Easy drinkability, very good.

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Photo of Jamie_Newman
4.07/5  rDev +54.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cullen_farran
4.03/5  rDev +52.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good beer standard lite feel 5% let's you drink a lot and still be able to tell which way is up

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4/5  rDev +51.5%

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4/5  rDev +51.5%

Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +51.5%

Kirin Ichiban brewed by Kirin Brewery Company Limited with an ABV of 5.0% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a small white head. This brew has the look of an American Lager. The smell is sweet with some grans and hops. So far the is nothing bad about this brew. The taste is bold with flavor but it has a smoothness to it. They did a nice job with this one I really like this one. There is nothing over powering in this brew it has a nice balance to it. The mouthfeel is nice clean and crisps. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. This was better than what I was expecting.

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4/5  rDev +51.5%

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4/5  rDev +51.5%

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4/5  rDev +51.5%

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4/5  rDev +51.5%

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4/5  rDev +51.5%

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4/5  rDev +51.5%

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4/5  rDev +51.5%

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4/5  rDev +51.5%

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +51.5%

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4/5  rDev +51.5%

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4/5  rDev +51.5%

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4/5  rDev +51.5%

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4/5  rDev +51.5%

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4/5  rDev +51.5%

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4/5  rDev +51.5%

Photo of tugdriver7
3.95/5  rDev +49.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lived in Japan for awhile (back in my non-drinking days). The advertising for Kirin was all over the place. So I was intensely curious when I found it in a bottle at the Japanese steakhouse. Nice golden color, with a bit of fizziness that quickly disappates. The rice adjuncts are rather obvious, but I found the taste silky smooth, light, and crisp. It went very well with Japanese food and would, I'm sure, be great with just about anything. Easily one of the most drinkable beers out there. One interesting side note for any of you familiar with our macro-light offerings... If someone were to ask me what Kirin Ichiban tastes like, I'd say my first impression is that it reminded me of Coors Light, only with a richer taste and decent body. I guess it's what Coors Light wants to be if it were to "grow up" and become a "real beer." Easily one of my favorite "go to" beers when out on the town. Not quite Sapporo, but great for a session beer--especially at Benihana's.

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Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
2.64 out of 5 based on 1,813 ratings.
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