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:
#45,554
Reviews:
608
Ratings:
1,860
pDev:
22.76%
Bros Score:
1.73
 
 
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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

Photo of igl
3.53/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MGoeltz
2.96/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of brutalist
2.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of malarcher
2.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of Paradox1000
2.3/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Good for Japanese malt beer. I prefer Sake!

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Photo of undomiel
3.71/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheCrowsEye
1.27/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Vaulmas
2.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of BenHoppy
2.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of cambabeer
2.1/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of dandy14
2.96/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of andrewh995
2.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a completely clear gold with a white head. Smells of sweet malt. Tastes of very sweet malts and bread. Medium-light and crisp body with medium high carbonation. Overall one of the best Japanese lagers that I've had, but still nothing incredible.

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Photo of Jacobob10
2.81/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

22 oz bottle @ Shogun 22 in Green Brook, NJ.

Pale gold color with good clarity and a tiny white head. Corny and grainy aroma, even though the bottle says "100% Malt" on the front. Sweet pilsner malt flavor but overall it's very dull and unexciting. Light bodied and fizzy. Good for washing down hibachi with.

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Photo of brewnme
2.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Schlitz74
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer pours a typical amber color for a lager. A nice white finger of head, very little lacing on the glass. It is a very easy drinking beer, however it is just as bland as many others.

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Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
Beer rating: 2.68 out of 5 with 1,860 ratings