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Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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BA SCORE
62
poor

1,297 Ratings
THE BROS
57
awful

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Ratings: 1,297
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 2.63
pDev: 23.19%
Wants: 9
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Confirmed that this beer is "all malt" as of Oct. 2010.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001)
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2/5  rDev -24%

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2.92/5  rDev +11%

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1.72/5  rDev -34.6%

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New York

3.25/5  rDev +23.6%

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Maryland

2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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5/5  rDev +90.1%

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2.8/5  rDev +6.5%

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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +31.2%

500 mL can served well-chilled; best before 08/05/2015. Curiously enough, the label mentions that the beer in this can was contract-brewed in Germany by none other than Weihenstephan. Well, I guess that certainly can't hurt its chances.

Pours a pale golden-yellow colour; good clarity, and topped with one finger of frothy head that fizzles itself out over the next minute or two. A modest collar and scattered lace remain behind afterward. Looks fine, and has a fairly clean, bland aroma typical of these Asian lagers - fairly grainy, with some grassy hops and lager yeast.

The taste follows suit - clean and straightforward. More grainy barley malt, with a touch of lemon zest and a grassy finish. Dry aftertaste, with no lingering flavour. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smooth, easy-drinking mouthfeel. I'd put this ahead of virtually every domestic macro lager, and possibly a few of the crappier craft pale lagers.

Final Grade: 3.45, a serviceable B-. Kirin Ichiban is certainly not an interesting beer, but there's nothing inherently wrong with it. I am rather surprised at its atrocious grades, but I am going to attribute those to a combination of the difficulty involved in finding a fresh sample of this beer, and BAs not really liking this sort of style in general. Probably my favourite Japanese lager to date... keeping in mind that all of the Japanese beer I've tried has been contract-brewed somewhere else.

08-23-2014 02:25:20 | More by thehyperduck
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Georgia

2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Taiwan

2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Alberta (Canada)

2/5  rDev -24%

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3/5  rDev +14.1%

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Kansas

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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +14.1%

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Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +33.1%

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Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
62 out of 100 based on 1,297 ratings.