Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
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Reviews by John_Henry:
2.54/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5
Note: This is the Japanese version Brewed in Japan, and fairly fresh (Brewed in December drank in February). May vary if purchased outside of Japan.
A. Very clear, good initial head, which remains a little leaving a little lacing. Nothing interesting or exceptional.
S. Little smell, but slight lager note, not unpleasant. (Opposite to what I've heard of the US version)
T. Fine lager taste, nothing unpleasant, a bit of a dry bite to it. Some malty notes.
M. Not bad, but a tad sharp from over carbonation in my opinion.
O. Here is what I said about Asahi and the same goes for this; "Easy drinking beer that is quite refreshing. This is served all over Japan, and whilst being very dull isn't at all offensive. Can't really go wrong with it, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it if I wasn't living in Japan." I tried this alongside Asahi and there is a slight difference, very slight, a little more malt, but really not much difference.
I should also mention that whilst being a big lager drinker (due to that be the only thing on offer beer wise in most places here), I'm not a big lager fan, so the numbers may reflect this.
If your in Japan you'll struggle not to try Kirin and Asahi, if not, I wouldn't bother.
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2013 08:22:35 | More by John_Henry
More User Reviews:
2.95/5 rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Bright yellow in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a short, bright white foam that maintained fairly well. Light bready malt and earthy grain aromas with no hint of hops. On the lighter side of medium bodied with refreshing, fuzzy carbonation through the middle. Light biscuity malt flavors up front with a light, bitter tanginess through the middle. Finished with a stale bready aftertaste.
Serving type: on-tap
04-05-2014 18:52:52 | More by IronLover
3/5 rDev +14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
I've had this beer several times over the years, but have finally gotten around to trying it again and it a rating. Not much to say about this brew as it doesn't entirely impress, but to be fair it's not altogether that bad. Appearance-wise, there's no head or lacing to mention and it's color if fairly common. The odor is not bad - it's has the normal scents of barley and yeast - but not overpowering. Mouthfeel was mostly carbonation - it felt a bit water as well to me and taste-wise it was okay - just like a rated it (and I gave it a plus-up in the overall category since it did taste pretty decent.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2014 03:41:22 | More by jjamadorphd
Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
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