Kirin Ichiban | Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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2.68/5
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1,887 Ratings
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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:
#46,790
Reviews:
616
Ratings:
1,887
pDev:
22.76%
Bros Score:
1.73
 
 
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16
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Photo of Robertas
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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Photo of WunderLlama
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

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

Photo of opd213
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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Photo of Roberto11232
2.8/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of IRONRakkasan
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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Photo of D1noB
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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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

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Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
Beer rating: 2.68 out of 5 with 1,887 ratings