Kirin Ichiban | Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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Kirin IchibanKirin Ichiban

Brewed by:
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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

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Despite the claim of 100% malt this smells like an adjunct lager. Corny, with bubblegum sweetness there is some barley malt aroma.

The flavor tastes like an adjunct as well. Very corny, sweet and some grain it's easy to drink but I'd dispute the malt claim.

As far as Japanese beers go I find this to be less attractive than Sapparo but better than Asahi.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Decent beer with a meal out.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ok I rated this awhile ago but was working in the yard this weekend and needed refreshment bad. Lo and behold there was a 24 ozer in the back of the beer fridge that looked like it would fit the bill. That thing was canned in April 2012 and I think It was a leftover from the beach vacation later that same year. It said best within 180 days so I figured should still be good 3 years later. To my amazement it tasted no different to me than if I had just picked it up that afternoon. Went down smooth as hell and the desired effect was achieved.

Really, it's not awful.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, this brew's got no head or lacing, mild carbonation, and a clear medium gold body.

Smells like banana esters, and that's pretty much it.

It tastes very malty, yet clean and smooth

Mouthfeel is very crisp.

Overall a 3 for Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited. I may buy this brew again, but I highly doubt it.

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Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
2.64 out of 5 based on 1,820 ratings.
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