Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
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Reviews by John_Henry:
2.54/5 rDev -3.1%
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:
3.64/5 rDev +38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
I got this because i found i don't like hops very much and this says 100% malt on the label. Well, i have to say i love this beer! And i'm surprised you can get this taste with no hops at all.(I'll keep this in mind when i start brewing my own!!). At 5% ABV this is a nice beer to drink and it has what i'm looking for...which is the opposite of a beer called hopalicious... I usually like darker beers but this has a blond pale ale look. The smell and taste is sweet malty... and i like it!! Overall i'm pleasantly surprised and look forward to my next bottle...
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 22:56:30 | More by guitarkirk
Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
62 out of 100 based on 1,220 ratings.