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Kirin Ichiban

Pale Lager /14% ABV / Japan

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Product details

Pale Lager
Tasting Notes
Malty, Grainy, Sweet
Food Pairing
Chicken, Nuts
Suggested Glassware
Pint Glass
Suggested Serving Temperature
40-45° F

Product description

Kirin Ichiban is a Japanese-style pilsner with a smooth, full-bodied and refreshing taste. Ichiban means "number one", a fitting name for a beer that uses only the first press of the wort. First press brewing is able to extract the most flavorful portion of the finest ingredients to create a distinctly crisp, smooth and full-bodied beer. The Japan Brewery Company, the forerunner of Kirin, was founded over a hundred years ago in 1885. Just three years later, in 1888, the brewing of Kirin beer began. 1990 saw the launch of Kirin Ichiban, a unique brew made exclusively from the first press of the wort.

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Community reviews

4.77 Reviews
  • Joan
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    Verified Buyer

    The online ad stated that the bottles were 22oz. I was shipped 12oz bottles. Either the listing/ad was incorrect or I was shipped the wrong item. I will look into this further.

  • Taylor
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    Verified Buyer

    Didn’t get this beer. Was really looking forward to trying it and they gave me Stella instead ?

  • Victor S.
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    Verified Buyer

    great as always

  • benton
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    Verified Buyer

    Great round taste. Today I could not get any as it was not in stock at the store in which I purchased it last time

  • Nancy
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    Verified Buyer

    Have enjoyed this beer for many years, and now available via the Drizly service and it's a wonderful thing having one's fave brewskie delivered to your door.

  • Nancy
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    Verified Buyer

    This is my favorite beer by far, smooth, crisp and deliciously refreshing! Great with sushi of course but pairs well with fish and chicken dishes as well as chips and dips. Having it delivered to my door was a dream come true!

  • James
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    It's PBR...from Japan! Tastes better when eating Japanese food or watching anime than it does any other time


Pale lager is a very pale to golden-colored beer characterized by noble hop bitterness. These pale, lean beers are very successful (because they're delicious) and have become the most common form of beer consumed in the world today.
Pale lagers tend to be on the simple side - they're crisp, clean and dry on the tongue. The flavors should be balanced, with a subtle hop flavor, aroma and overall bitterness.
You can expect the typical pale lager to have between 3% and 5% alcohol, with higher-ABV beers tending to be the more flavorful.
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