Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
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Reviews by pellegrini:
2.63/5 rDev +0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
This is another Japanese standard. It's a 205-yen-a-can beer that gives you exactly what you expect: no-nonsense, light-beer, a-bit-ragged-in-the-morning drinking.
A: As expected, a very clear golden hue. The head was a little less than a half-inch deep and was filled with disproportionately-sized balls of air sitting in a sea of smaller, white bubbles. The head was gone in two minutes.
S: Not a whole lot going on. Some sweet graininess on the nose, but 'low-impact' is the only phrase that comes to mind.
T: Round, somewhat grainy front and almost no bitterness at the back. Mass-produced wheat bread body. Slight spray of astringency in the aftertaste.
M: Smooth. The carbonation is refreshing.
D: Quite easy to drink, this is a standard cooler beer at picnics and BBQ's during the summer here in Japan.
This is an easy brew to find in these here parts. By Japanese standards (quality and pricing), it's a reasonable investment if you're buying in bulk.
Serving type: can
11-18-2009 12:46:19 | More by pellegrini
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2.53/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
Bottle poured into a glass at a Japanese restaurant in Calgary. Label indicates "100% Malt" and also describes the contents as one of the world's most unique beer drinking experiences. Um, OK. I will concur that the color is unique for the style, an almost mango yellow-orange with a light spattering of white bubbles. Aroma nearly non-existent except for a generic graininess tempered by just a dollop of bread-like sweetness. Taste is similarly grainy and quite astringent, faintly sour with very subtle grape and custard notes. Some buttery yeast peeks in and out as well. Rather bitter and not in a particularly positive way, the hops are coarse and some floral notes do little to diminish this effect. Uber-carbonated of course. What tannins are present at least serve to provide some flavor. Ugh. It is perhaps unfair to single this particular brew out, but whenever I go to an Asian restaurant (and I love Asian food) I feel the need to try something "local" and frankly its just depressing that this sort of thing still dominates folks' beer schemas across damn near the entire world. I shall have to bust out something Hitachino this weekend to restore my faith.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 03:10:27 | More by CalgaryFMC
Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
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