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Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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BA SCORE
61
poor

1,367 Ratings
THE BROS
55
awful

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Ratings: 1,367
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 2.63
pDev: 23.19%
Wants: 9
Gots: 93 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +33.1%

yervel, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of wages
3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This bottle was bottled on February 28th 2011 and drank on January 14th 2012. It says to drink within 180 days of bottling, so it's a bit past its prime, so that may need to be taken into account for this review.

Appearance - 3/5 - light, clear color

Smell - 3/5 - Very subtle skunky smell, probably from age. Not distracting, but there.

Taste - 3/5 - Nothing real special about the flavor. Just a crisp clean lager flavor. Very slight bread aftertaste that dissipates quickly and cleanly.

Mouthfeel - 3/5 - Crisp. Clears out quickly.

Overall - 3/5 - I would drink it at a Japanese restaurant if they had no nigori sake, but would never buy it as it just isn't very interesting.

wages, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of DocJ87
3/5  rDev +14.1%

DocJ87, Jan 13, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

BrewProponent, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of zildjian2800
2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

zildjian2800, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
2/5  rDev -24%

bonbini26, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of animal69
3/5  rDev +14.1%

animal69, Jan 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev +14.1%

AndrewMichael, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of MikeDre
2/5  rDev -24%

MikeDre, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of powellmg
2.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazy gold color with a very thin head. Subdued aroma of honey, herbs. Taste is bitter with a damp dishrag flavor. Slight sweetness.

According to the "bottled on" date, this one is a year and a half old; it has the sweet taste of stale beer. I'm going easy on it for that reason.

This is the only Japanese beer I've tried, unfortunately. I hear Japan has a burgeoning craft beer scene, so I look forward to trying more from there (and maybe trying Kirin again, fresh).

powellmg, Jan 08, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

videofrog, Jan 06, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Stoffel, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of SirSketch
3.18/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Crystal clear, bright gold color and a thin white head that disappears quickly.

S - Very clean, fresh grain aroma with some lemon character. Overall, very faint.

T - Tastes very strachy, like the residual taste of rice or mashed potatoes. Leafy hop notes. A strange sour mash taste, too. A bit too sweet for the style. Some off-flavors, but at least it HAS flavor, unlike other industrial pilsners.

M - Slick mouthfeel and mild carbonation.

O - Slightly better than the average mass-produced lager. Interesting malt profile.

SirSketch, Jan 05, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

BigCheese, Jan 05, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

sobapan, Jan 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev +14.1%

buddyvelt, Jan 02, 2012
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2/5  rDev -24%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

allisino, Dec 31, 2011
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1.5/5  rDev -43%

wilfonzo, Dec 31, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
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3/5  rDev +14.1%

Texasfan549, Dec 29, 2011
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2/5  rDev -24%

jjkatter, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of bnes09
3.53/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw colored lager with little head, poor retention and minimal lacing.

Smell is clean with smooth bread grains and mild floral aromas.

Weak malt flavor, just hints at white bread taste. Hops are slightly more pronounced with a grassy character. Descent balance and a tart, crisp finish.

Light to medium bodied and well carbonated. Crisp feel is nice.

Ok brew. Not as much flavor as I was hoping for yet nothing offensive.

bnes09, Dec 28, 2011
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2/5  rDev -24%

Grebdioz, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of cbutova
2.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured into my glass with a pale golden yellow body. Nice foamy white head forms but it doesn't retain very well. Small ring leaves creamy legs but only a few spots of lace.

S- Strong aroma of light sugary malt and lager yeast. Seems like there is or specialty malt or substantial hops to make it interesting. Close to some USA macros.

T- Follows the nose with a flavor mostly made up of very light malts, caramel sweets, apple and lager yeast, bread hints. Hops are noticed here with grassy and herbal hints.

MF- Light but creamy body with higher end but not stinging carbonation. Very slight bitters.

Not a very low end BMC lager but is still just a tad bland as far as hops and malts go.

cbutova, Dec 27, 2011
Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
61 out of 100 based on 1,367 ratings.