Kirin Ichiban is a European-style pilsner with a Japanese twist. Using the exclusive first press brewing process to produce a unique, complex flavor, Kirin is known for it’s rich, malty body and light aftertaste. In 2010 the Kirin brewmasters reformulated the recipe to be 100% malt, and applied premium brewing technology to make Ichiban the world’s only first press, all-malt beer with no bitter aftertaste. Kirin refers to a mythic beast, half dragon and half deer, from ancient Chinese mythology as a symbol of well-being and good fortune.
Kirin Light is brewed similarly to Kirin Ichiban, but has a lighter body, softer taste, and lower ABV, calories, and carbohydrates.