Brewed by Kirin Brewery Company
Style: Premium Lager
Tokyo, Japan
Serve in Lager glass


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Kirin Ichiban: Rich flavor made with fresh-picked hops from 2009 TONO. 100% Malt. (Pre-2009 included adjunct grains).

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maekchu (4054) - Hirakata, - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle. 2012 vintage. "Toretate Hop" Just appeared on the shelves in Japan. Strong grass aroma, with an above-average hoppiness (not so much, but decidely more than the regular Ichiban Shibori). Clear medium straw color, large head, and clumpy thick lace. Mild sweet initial flavor; mid palate is balanced with hops; final trickles away fairly quickly. Thin-medium body, with a good bit of carbonation. Quite pleasant, but not exceptional. I wonder how soon, really, a macro brewer can get harvest hops into the brewing process.

Cantabrian (1160) - Christchurch NZ, now Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2017
One more masterpiece of Kirin's traditional cynicism. The continuous diversification of the range, the renewal of those amazing presentation, and virtually the same crap in all of their cans. This one is equally watery, visually unappealing and skunky. The hoppy flavour is ordinary, but not unpleasant. Grassy and dry, it saves it from complete disaster.

JaKeAFC (1278) - ITALY - JAN 5, 2017
50 cl can from Tokyo, nice design. Pours clear golden color with a frothy white head. Neutral smell. Aroma is clean malts lager with decent leafy hops, some biscuit and a vague fruity note. Helles-like. Flattish taste, a bit sweetish, faint metallic bitterness. Thin oily texture, light to medium body, smooth finish with a cheese note. Heeee... i was HOP-ing for an hop kick but it’s not there. Very clean and highly sessionable tough.

yenbeer (188) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 20, 2015
Not too impressed with look or smell, but she tastes great and the carbonation is just about perfect. Nice session beer.

melush (4689) - SPAIN - JAN 24, 2015
Can 33cl / Lata 33cl. Gift from a friend. A: Clear golden / Dorado. T/S: Malt, slightly fruity, hops / Malta, ligeramente afrutado, a lupulo

Wombata (627) - Kobe, JAPAN - DEC 10, 2014
Can 2014. Aroma: Strongly floral and earthy hops, light bread/grain, yeast Color: Yellow Gold Flavor: Initial attack: very floral and fruity (lively mikan, lemon), grain, yeast. Mid-palate and Finish: fruit flavors quickly fade but the floral, grain, yeast and a light bitterness remains. Comment: Tasty burst of flavor and carbonation on the initial attack. Very well done. Better than than last years possibly because I drank this fresh just after it was released in October.

Westkyoto77 (646) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 12, 2014
Can, 2014 editon. Pleasantly surprised by the fresh hop aromas on cracking this open. Body fairly watery, not much energy. Flavours didn't reach the level of the nose, but still a decent alternative to macro lager in a pinch.

biirusaikou (2705) - - NOV 12, 2014
2014 version. Skunky smell. Mixed sweet fruits, muscat, quite bubbly, bittersweet finish. Fairly quaffable but clearly sweeter than hoppy.
Earlier Rating: 11/7/2013 Total Score: 2.9
2013 version. Mild pine aroma. Fruity malt flavor, lemon, herbs, floral hops, light bitter finish. Always a decent Kirin seasonal, quite herbal this time, maybe not the best hop season.

petewhitley (570) - Nagoya, JAPAN - NOV 20, 2013
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GoufCustom (2170) - HONG KONG - JAN 28, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2013

500 ml can labeled ‘2012 Limited Brew’. Light amber gold colour; Medium head and decent looking white foam which last for about 2 minutes; Minimal lacing and slight carbonation. Strong smell of malt with aroma of straw and herbs; Full body, with taste of strong malt and light grass. Hop bitterness comes in a punch but pleasant, still on the low side. Brief sweetness being swept by waves of malt and hoppiness. Dry after taste, bitterness is okay so it’s fairly easy to mouth.

Comments: Unlike most Asian macro lagers, this one is free of adjuncts, good body, is malty and quite hoppy and easily enjoyable. If only Asian macros are willing to do these nice neat stuffs all year round. Seasonal? I’ll take it any day.

Frank (4233) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Fresh and fruity lager beer. Reminds me of an American craft brew lager. Clean and really tasty with a bit of citrus character.

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