Kirin Ichiban | Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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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:
1,807
Reviews:
596
Avg:
2.64
pDev:
23.11%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
376
For Trade:
0
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Photo of jcb7472
2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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 LiquidAmber
2.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates to tiny patches with no lacing. Aroma of light grainy malt, light grassy hops and a bit skunky, which is odd as it's in a brown bottle. Flavor is watered down biscuit malt and neutral fruit juice with modest, but distinct grassy hops developing into a grainy, biscuity finish. Light bodied with good carbonation. Looks and smells like an adjunct lager, but has a more grainy, biscuity profile. All flavors seem attenuated, but the finish has a bit more character albeit a little astringent from the husky grain and hops. I'm a little torn on this one, it has more real grain flavors than a domestic macro brew, but not the tame, mild sweetness that make them so bland but palatable. This is brewed for Kirin by AB and is more interesting than their usual output, but less pleasant because the light malt does not support the grainy flavors nor the grassy hops. I drank quite few Kirin's decades ago and was pleasantly satisfied by them, but it is too long ago to know whether that was because they were brewed in Japan under different circumstances or whether my palate has changed. It was never an exciting lager, but this seems to be a step down from what I drank back then. Drinkable for a tick, but it's pretty much one and done.

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

Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NickFry9
2.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of AtaraxiaDnB
3.5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lucaskowalik
2.28/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This beer was an impulse buy because it was cheap and i was curious
Poured from a bomber into a fat-bottomed tulip
L- Crystal clear apricot gold with a thin white head
S- Has the same off putting sour notes as Stella and Heineken. It is mostly corn, grass, and some sweet fruit. A small amount of spice as well.
T- Possibly the blandest beer I've ever had. The flavor it does have is the same as smell with an apparent watered down apple juice taste. It is completely inoffensive and passable.
F- It is just watered down apple juice
O- This beer is so boring. Might as well cut your watered apple juice with any generic macro brew

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Photo of Golfontap
3.52/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jtee
1.74/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From a 500ml can served at 13 degrees Celsius into a pilsner glass. Best before 09.02.2018

Look: Overall nice appearance. It pours a brilliant, pale gold with five fingers of dense, off-white head that settles to a cap after about seven minutes. Decent lacing.

Smell: Low, corny-sweet pale malt aroma. Faint floral notes along with an estery apple. My only reason for coming back to smell the beer is to evaluate it.

Taste: The aroma to the tee, however a little more unpleasant.

Feel: Not bad. Medium-light body with faint carbonation. Very smooth with no perceptible alcohol warmth (as expected). I'm surprised how mild the carbonation is considering the style. The lack of effervescence makes the brew smoother but detracts from it being fully refreshing.

Overall: Light, malty, and crushable. An adjunct lager part of the crop that kept me away from beer for so long. It looks good but that's about all there is to it.

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Photo of Jlabs
2.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Guppy314
2.91/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From a bottle, pours as clear straw with a foamy white head. Aroma is light but perhaps malty. Taste is satisfying sweet malt with lots of carbonation. Crisply refreshing, nice.

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Photo of monkist
3.66/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aaronyoung01
2.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of KLHBB
3.38/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fthegiants
1.75/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Bartleby91
2.45/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
2.32/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TIB
2.9/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad, mostly average all the way around. What sets it apart is its overpowering malty taste.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
1.49/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Satorn
3.5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Everydayoff
2.71/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

L:
Clear golden yellow color, it tops with very thick frothy white head with good retention. The head gradually sinks to a long-lasting bubble sheet and leaves some lacing on the glass-side. There is high fizzy carbonation.

S:
Grain, bread, cooked veggies, earthy, some sort of sweet, sulfur, not much of smell.

T:
The taste is watery and quite insipid with some bready malt sweetness, grain, earthiness, DMS, yeasty lager, metallic, and some hint of ghost-like hop bitterness.

F+O:
Light body with good crisp and lively carbonation, semi-smooth mouthfeel and refreshing, finish is dry. Nothing worth remembering.

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Photo of Ant777uk
2.02/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Japanese, though mine is brewed in Germany under licence, it says on bottle...

Probably better, less nuclear waste and stuff.

Never had this before, though never liked any of the others from Japan.

Nice bottle, though lagerish look with quick disappearing head. Aroma just like a German pilsner haha this is so not Japanese...

Which is probably a good thing.

Very refreshing, sweet barley and dry pilsner hops, exactly like every other German pilsner hops.

Works pretty well though, as a crisp, stylish lager. Best drung from the bottle, as there is a really cool dragon thing that looks like a goat...I thought they were Chinese..? Anyway, this is German really...

If you put a bit of extra sugar in any German pilsner, and add a Japanesey Chinese dragon, this is what you have!

Having read the other reviews, it seems apparent why Kirin outsource the brewing...anyway respect to them

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Photo of Timc32
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
2.64 out of 5 based on 1,807 ratings.
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