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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Photo of magictrokini
2.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I guess this would be my frist Japanese Rice Lager. Pours clear yellow, white head, nothing unexpected. Aroma is ricey and sweet, nothing different froma a Bud Light. Very dry beer. Instead of being heavily sweet, it is more starchy-rice-dry. This is a decent Japanese lager, perfect to have with Asian food. Light but sharp flavor, dry aftertaste. Nothing exciting.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.51/5  rDev +33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden pils color with a half inch of white tight bubbles on top.

Aroma is malty and slightly sweet but no hint of hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth...could definitely use a little more bite either from hops or the carbonation.

Taste is smooth and surprisingly clean but has a slight cloying sweetness that could have been balanced with the addition of hops at the beginning of the boil...another addition at the end would have helped with the aroma as well,

Overall a clean tasting Lager without any adjuncts leaving strange aftertastes but pretty non-descript and a bit too cloying to be really refreshing on a hot summer day.
I'm editing my review and more importantly my rating of this brew,
Ive had several different brews tonight after starting with the Kirin.
Trying this brews I tried to go from lighter to heavier/stronger in order to get a fair appreciation of each brew knowing that each heavier or stronger/more intense brew would ruin it for the lighter ones.
Now I go back to a Kirin because that was all that I had left in the fridge.
I can still taste the sweet malts, the rich but mellow and light flavors...that this brew has to offer,
I change my ratings 'up' for the simple reason that very few 'light' or lager type brews can still hold their own or be impressive after a night of indulging in the heavier, darker side.

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Photo of mick303
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of WillCarrera
2.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a crystal clear pale yellow/straw color. Produces a finger of white, foamy head.

S- Some grain and alcohol, the main aroma is of corn and husk.

T- Grain, corn husk, some light, sugary malt and a faint glimmer of fruit, some hops show up towards the finish, which combines some mild hop bitterness with the relatively sweet malts. It's decent but not great, definitely a big step above the downright disgusting category that a lot of cheap American pale lagers fall into.

M- Light bodied and a bit thin, highly carbonated, this is a beer to be drunk in large volume, so I guess its what you would expect.

O- It's decent, not a terrible beer. If you're looking for something crisp and easy-drinking without much to it then this is a good choice, as long as you know what you're buying.

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Photo of ColSanders123
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JKV96
2/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of granger10
2.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer reminds me of a slightly better Coors. Actually maybe more like Coors light. Very little flavor and the body is very light. There's a dry malt, grainy flavors with that unique Asian hop flavor. This is very similar to the other Asian lagered beers out there. Nothing special here.

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Photo of 1Sundown2C
3.5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of MisterKilderkin
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of pmcadamis
3.25/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I had a big 22 oz bottle of this at the Stir Crazy Asian restaurant in Woodfield Mall.

A - The bottle shows a crazy half-deer, half-dragon creature called a Kirin, and the the brew pours clear, golden, and a shade darker than most macro lagers. The head is one finger for a few seconds before reducing to a collar.

S - Thin and rice-y, with some sweet malt and 40 oz malt-liquor funk notes.

T - Sweet and malty, with surprisingly noticeable alcohol and a nice hop tang at the end.

M - Crisp, clean, and palate cleansing. This is an excellent food beer, especially for hot Asian stir fry.

D - This isn't anything other than what it's supposed to be. An easy drinking food beer, or an excellent pick for an all night super-session. This is a nice beer for gulping, not sipping.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a signature Kirin pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

Appearance: Gold color with heavy bubbles on the body, creates a thin head maybe rising half a finger's length upon initial pour and settles very quick before the first sip.

Smell: Average hop scent, little sour citrus lift floral feel. Super light and nothing that will catch your attention.

Taste: Smooth malts and feels a bit like white rice type of taste.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation, little dry and feels a touch bready.

Overall: not a bad brew at all, personally I think the bomber costed 3 bucks and is very well deserved. In the end all you need is a glass and a few bucks, you'll thank me later...Salud!

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Photo of kamikazeokami
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Marco_Gtz
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of sneaks2210
1.25/5  rDev -52.7%

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

Photo of robebo44
2.99/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bismarksays
2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Served in a 10 oz mug

Appearance: Straw colored, nice head and lacing. A promising start

Smell: Oh dear. Not a good follow. Smells of skunk and..I don't know...cabbage maybe/rotten vegetable medley.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A bit like it smells. Grainy and strange, not well balanced at all. I guess carbonation was okay.

If all I had to judge this beer by was a kinda nifty sumo tap handle and the looks, it would probably do alright. Sadly, the smell and taste really brought down the overall experience of the beer.

Drinkability: No. Just no. Never again.

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Photo of Mattyb79
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

A - Clear straw with a loose brittle head.

S - Some malty notes and a somewhat spicy, grassy hop aroma.Some metallic notes and soy sauce.

T - Buttery with some apple notes. Kinda not-bad for a rice lager. Hop bitterness is present, though not strong.

M - A little prickly, but not overly so. Slightly slick feel. Light bodied.

D - Overall, not too bad. Can't say it's flavourful, but then again, it wouldn't be reasonable to be so. Better than I expected.

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Photo of snowmageddon
3/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of bowzer4birdie
2.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of memphischas
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of ricecracker420
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of msumike89
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Rihup
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

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