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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2/5  rDev -24.2%

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1.8/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is not good. It’s a dull pale gold with a wisp of head. It’s got the bottling date on the bottle (brewed by Anheuser Busch for Kirin) and it’s fresh, but it’s still a little skunky. The flavor has a little straw malt, but also has something that’s making me think of bile.

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2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -43.2%

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2.32/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was on my list of sensory beers to try. Specifically this beer is to show trans-2-nonenal flavors.

The pour was a very lemony yellow color that was clear. A decent head that quickly dissipated but did hold around the edges. No lacing though.

The smell has a distinct cardboard aroma. The malty character smells pilsen with larger yeast scents. There are straw like esters in the background and some bittering hop aromas that seem earthy.

The taste is similar. A distinctive larger flavor with some rice tastes in the background. Noticeable cardboard esters. That should be from the trans-2-nonenal notes and becomes more dominate as the beer warms. It has a off touch skunky flavor that also becomes more and more noticeable as it warmed up as well. The hops have a German feel of haltaurer.

The body is light. Overall this is a little to skunky for my flavor but if you drink it cold it tastes better.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle at Shima Sushi in Webster, NY. Kirin Ichiban is a clear and sparkling pale yellow lager with a small white head that quickly fades. The aroma is soft and fruity with some light grain. It is light bodied and watery in the mouth. The flavor is pretty corny, fairly bitter and not-so-fresh. Good for washing down Unagi Nigiri, I suppose.
(rated May 14, 2008)

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2.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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

Got this one when I made a call for "interesting beers" from my buddies. Poured a macro-looking yellow color with a weak head that dissolves to a fine film. Pretty weak. Nose smells like cooked rice, barbecue, maybe some light roasted malt. Weird. Flavor is lots of rice, grainy malt. No real hop bitterness. Doesn't taste good, although the flavor's a lot more present than your BMC - that weird kind of smoky thing. Feel is thin with high carbonation. Overall, it's not good. I won't drink it again unless someone sticks

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1.81/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a golden pilsner in color with a fizzy accumulation of foam on top that reminds of a glass of pop. The smell is similar to a Bud or Coors Light, only a touch sweeter. The taste is unwelcome. Its actually okay at first sip, but midway through a strange-tasting bitterness takes over. The drink is concluded with a very watery mouthfeel and a flavor to match. Blah. I also notice a bready aftertaste towards the end of the beer.

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2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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1.75/5  rDev -33.7%

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2.46/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

An uninspired beer that is reminiscent of any one of hundreds of macro lagers. Definitely not worth the premium paid to transport it from Japan to Ontario.

Bright and clear yellow lager with a crisp yet almost flavourless taste. No malts or hops evident, although no corn or rice or other adjuncts evident either.

Inoffensive and bland.

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

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2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

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2.74/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.27/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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2.48/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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2.27/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Review from notes.
Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A two finger foamy head, that dissipates fairly quickly. The head left no lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is straw with pale yellow hues. The clarity of the beer is very clear with carbonation bubble present. The beer is similar to Budweiser.

Nose: Straw, grass, grain, and corn are most notable.

Taste: Straw, grass, yeasty, corn, and touch of citrus.

Mouth feel of the beer is carbonated and clean.

Overall: This is beer just lacks to much to make it worth while to drink.

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3/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.17/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You just never know....thought I was trying a beer brewed in Japan.
On the bottle though, it says: Brewed under Kirin's supervision by Anheuser-Busch in Los Angeles or Williamsburg, VA"

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2.74/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
2.64 out of 5 based on 1,806 ratings.
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