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Kirin Ichiban | Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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Kirin IchibanKirin Ichiban
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
Japan | website

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
Reviews:
583
Ratings:
1,740
Avg:
2.64
pDev:
39.77%
 
 
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13
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Photo of Stevedore
3.26/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served at a ramen restaurant on Ramen Street at Tokyo Station in Tokyo, Japan on the first night we arrived. I was given a can and proper glassware to drink out of.

Poured a light yellow body, one finger white head that fit the glass perfectly, lots of lacing. Good retention. It's as if the glass was designed for the beer. Smells of a mild skunkiness, light bready grain, mild noble hop, crackers. It's not complicated, but about what I expected from a macro lager. Flavour is similar; less skunky, nice grainy breadiness, a bit of earthy noble hops, biscuit, cracker. It's drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied, good carbonation, refreshing when cold. Overall, as expected for a macro lager. It drinks great with hot ramen, I'll tell you that much.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

it's not the greatest taste but it's pretty smooth. i paid $3.29 for a bomber and thats probably too much to pay for this beer but i have no complaints.

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Photo of mobius71
1.56/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Very blah. One dimensional. All malt. Hops? I'd be happy with this if I had some really good wings and I wanted to enjoy the wings over the beer. Won't be buying again.

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Photo of mjurney
3.47/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Straw color, crystal clear. Good amount of carbonation rising. Foamy head.

Aroma:
Grainy, grassy, crisp, clean, faint bitterness.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Semi-sweetness up front, grainy, grassy. Hop bitterness is very mild. Finish is dry, crisp, refreshing. Body is light and watery, crisp, clean, refreshing, fizzy carbonation, highly drinkable.

Overall:
It's a good Japanese lager.

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Photo of Mdog
3.12/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear gold, ok head.

Smell: Sweet, corn, mild noble hops.

Taste: Sweet, fruity-grapes. A little bitterness in there.

Overall: Beer #3 from my Shanghai trip. From a 500mL can. I'd had Kirin Ichiban before when I went to Japan 10 years ago, but did not review at that time. It was my favorite of the big 4 Japanese beers at that time. Nowadays, I think it is all right, but the grape note isn't to my liking. Nice to smell and taste a little hops here though.

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Photo of Beejay
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Yellow straw in color, with a small amount of white head that rapidly disappears into the body of the beer.

S: Pretty standard fare, some light crisp malt aromas with perhaps a touch of skunk to it.

T: Tastes like a pale lager, some malt flavor, a touch of fruitiness, and a little lingering bread.

M: Medium with high carbonation.

O: Overall not bad, your basic run of the mill lager.

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Photo of Nyg
3.35/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My number 3 of the the Japanese beer. Pours golden like most the Japanese beers. Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation and nice frothy head. Very simple and drinkable wheat tasting beer

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Photo of iman99
4.24/5  rDev +60.6%
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 nvrstck
2.77/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle, 4mos old, brewed by Anheuser Busch.
A: slightly spicy, Saaz?, light biscuit;
A: golden copper yellow.
T: light malty biscuit, nice Saaz flavor, metallic aftertaste...old malt? Mod+ carbonation.
Overall: decent pale lager. Better than most American adjunct lagers.

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Photo of Dikfour
2.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Look: Crystal clear pale yellow. Poured a nice big soapy white head that tripped over its self to dissipate. Mild Carbonation.

Smell: Just strait up pale bready malt.

Taste: Its a little brighter than the nose would indicate but is pretty much just pale bready malts. Also, there is a weird metallic thing going on that isn't very pleasant.

Feel: Light bodied. A little fizzy carbonation.

Overall: Not much to it. Not terrible but not very inspiring. Meh

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Photo of Safa1
4.13/5  rDev +56.4%
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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Photo of AgentMunky
2.7/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a glass.
2.25/2.25/3/3.75/3.25
Limpid yellow with good white head. It smells like a rice lager. Sweet and a bit foul. It tastes okay! Not overly sweet. Lagery and watery and lightly hopped. Well carbonated. Aftertaste is slightly metallic. A pretty palatable rice lager.

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Photo of JoLight
4.9/5  rDev +85.6%
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 PGD120
2.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

not gonna do a full review, its not terrible, it is what it is. nothing basically a basic macro lager but a little better tasting. had no off flavors really just not much flavor at all. probablly my favorite macro lager from japan

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.54/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: grainy; a little bready; a little skunky;

T: grainy up front; a little malt sweetness by mid-palate that increases toward the end; finish is lightly bitter;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation;

O: I like this with Japanese food;

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Photo of Asics
3.51/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 25oz. can into a mug.

Look - darker yellow than it's American BMC counterparts. Clear and effervescent. Kept its head for the life of the pint.

Smell - metal, buttery. Not a whole lot going on.

Taste - more buttery flavors, more metal, small but sharp bite from the carbonation. With a large enough quaff you get some muted hops. According to the can this is a 100% malt beer so no corn flavors.

Feel - there's a sharp bite from the carbonation but is smooth otherwise. Not offensive.

Overall - Comparable to a good pilsener or helles lager. Even my wife who doesn't like the aforementioned styles enjoyed it. Would recommend versus any BMC & and many Euro imports.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.88/5  rDev +47%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served cold from 330ml bottle into American pint glass. This one is contract brewed in the UK.

L) Light golden colour, crystal clear, lots of small bubbles. Thin but stable white head. Looks alright.

S) Mainly sweet munich-type malts, although some hints of sulphur.

T) Pretty good - a bit like a cross between a helles and a German pils. Slightly sweet bready malt dominates, with just a touch of hop bitterness if you look hard enough.

F) Fizzy and refreshing, same as any decent lager.

O) A good lager, would buy it again. A decent substitute if you can't get hold of a good German helles or pilsner.

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Photo of Germanstylefan7896
1.4/5  rDev -47%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Lousy, piss like color and flavor. Also a big headache beer. Last time I had it it was brewed in Canada, pretending to be Japanese. If your at a Japanese place try to find something much better, even mass produced Thai beers.

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Photo of Bigalduncan64
4.83/5  rDev +83%
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 ElJacobian
2.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Tastes like newspaper. That being said - I'd drink this all day over a Miller Lite. This beer is useful if you're having incredibly spicy Thai food and need something to wash the fire off your gums.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled last night on 4/12/15 but had this once before but that was a many years ago at a Japanese restaurant. Comes in a 12 ounce (355ml) bottle and maybe in cans as well. "Brewed under Kirin's strict supervision by Anheuser-Busch in Los Angeles and Williamsburg, VA." their "KIRIN ICHIBAN" contains right at 5% alcohol (ABV), like all other Bud's products. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 10 ounce vintage 'COORS' pilsner glass.

Brew pours a hazy golden-yellow in color with a thin white head. A good amount of lacing was seen when sipped that stuck to the sides of the glass.. The aroma is of malts with a hint of sweet corn and rice. Pretty much is said for the taste. Nothing special at all really. Drinkable but that was it. Lighter-bodied with higher carbonation. Overall, it probably is better on tap (if it comes that way) at a Japanese restaurant.

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

Poured from the large bomber size at a Japanese Steak House in Douglasville, GA. into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has that malt aroma that I remember well from my Marine days spent in Japan.
Appearance- Has a weak clear yellow color that reminds me of watered down Miller High Life.
Taste- This is purely a Japanese version of an American Macro Lager, it is ok at best.
Palate- This is a light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a slight skunk finish to it.
Overall- Kirin Ichiban is not "number one" in my book when it comes to Japanese macros. I find Asahi and Orion to be far superior in flavor both in Japan and imported into the states.

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Photo of predikit
3.42/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow, left a fizzy white head that receded quickly. Left no lacing on the glass.

Malt with an odd fruity like note in the scent which was interesting.

Malted grains take the start and middle, and grape like fruity note takes the finish. Light american style lager, slightly sweet.

Thin, light-bodied. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Not terrible by any means, would prefer this over American macros.

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Photo of supervike
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light flavored American style lager. All the malt and taste is up front and has a smooth clean finish. It tastes better than it's slightly skunky smell.

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Photo of dikebrewery
1.26/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Sooo to date this is the worst beer I have ever drank. If it's your thing I say to each their own. Very malty and a bit of rancid bitterness. Perhaps I got a bad beer and Kirin isn't as bad as the one I had. I'll never know because I won't be ordering it again EVER

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Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
63 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.
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