Kirin Ichiban | Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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63
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1,800 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
Ratings:
1,800
Reviews:
594
Avg:
2.64
pDev:
23.11%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
371
For Trade:
0
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look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into an American pint glass at a fusion Asian inspired restaurant.

A-Straw and yellow in color. No head, very minimal lace. Carbonation is quite noticeable in the glass. A thin, white line around the rim.

S-Strong malt, some rice, corn, and perhaps a semi-sweet aroma? It is difficult to really pinpoint what the sweet smell was. Perhaps some sweet malt.

T-Quite bland and not really worth discussing, but I will do it anyway. There was a dry and bitter aftertaste. Not complex at all. Fluffy and it gave me a soda water sensation.

M-High carbonation and a wet feeling.

Overall-I was ruluctant to rate this brew because I knew I would not have good things to say about it. I have had this a lot (especially at Japanese retaurants). Objectively speaking, it is good when travelling through Asia. If I had to pick a beer from Northeast Asia it would be this one or Sapporo. Overall, this beer is not the best lager and there are many other good lagers out there.

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Into a pint glass. Clear, golden color with a nice finger and half of foamy head. Lots of bubbles visible.
Grainy smell, little metallic, short.
Medium metallic bitter taste for the most part. It end with a weird sweet note.
Fizzy and light body with a little stickiness to it.
Meh.

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From iPhone notes

Pours a very very pale straw, lots of bubbles rise, white head falls quickly

Aromas of a little corn and, well, Japanese lager

Taste is same very crisp and refreshing but medium to light bodied. All malt driven.

Mount fell is appropriate light and zesty but not tangy

Overall an Ok taste of Japan.

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Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
2.64 out of 5 based on 1,800 ratings.
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