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Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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BA SCORE
63
poor

1,499 Ratings
THE BROS
57
awful

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Ratings: 1,499
Reviews: 555
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 22.73%
Wants: 8
Gots: 176 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001

Confirmed that this beer is "all malt" as of Oct. 2010.
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2.37/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle

Toro Sushi
San Diego, CA

A clear, golden highly-carbonated beer with a quickly forming but a quickly disappearing white head. Little to no lacing down the glass.

A slight sweet aroma with some corn and grain elements. At least nothing smells off or foul here.

A clean and crisp flavor with a touch of sweetness and some grainy corn flavor throughout.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

It is what it is, and it isn't much.

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2.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle from 6-pack

A- Clear yellowish gold, about average carbonation, almost no head.

S- malts, a tiny bit of yeast.

T- Slightly sweet watery, malty taste. Very lightly hopped.

M- A little bit on the light side, goes down smooth, average carbonation.

O- This tastes very similar to what I remember Sapporo tasting like. It doesn't have much taste, it's kind of watery. If you can find it cheap it's not terrible, however I wouldn't pay a lot of money or go out of my way to get it. Definitely better then most of your average cheap mass-produced beers, but doesn't compare to most craft beers.

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2.25/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev +51.5%

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3/5  rDev +13.6%

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1.47/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pale yellow with a large foamy white head with good retention and lacing. Has a skunk aroma, with cooked vegetables. Nasty.

The taste has cooked vegetables, some floral hops, and something is off. Reminds me a bit of skunk, but not as much as the aroma.

Light bodied, plenty of carbonation, putrid aftertaste which makes me wish I never tried this. Not sure if this is a bad bottle, or if it usually tastes like this. At any rate, not good.

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2/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.16/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Overall: Kirin Ichiban isn't great, but for me it's a quinessential addition to my meal at a Japanese restaurant. It's better than your typical American rice- and corn-based lagers, but not by much.

Appearance: Pale off-yellow body, like green tea steeped for a long time. Thick, creamy white head with

Smell: lightly floral; Wheat Thins; grainy; cornmeal.

Taste: Dilluted malt concentrate, like buttered toast or Cream of Wheat soaked in water. Hoppy notes and fruity notes are almost there.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonated stands out above its flavor. Easy to drink as there's little going on.

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2.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this with my dinner at a chinese restaurant. It was between this and the Bud family so I gave it a try. Pours a very light straw yellow with a big foamy head that disappears rather quickly. No lacing on the glass to speak of. Aroma of corn, and rice. No hoppy smell. Taste is much of the same with a tad bit of funky bitterness at the end. Better than bud, but that's not saying much.

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3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 22 oz bottle into glass at sushi bar.
Light gold with small head that disappears quickly with no lacing.
Smells of wet grass and has mild hop aftertaste.
Watery with moderate carbonation and a slight sandpaper feeling on tongue.
A good beer with sushi. Not an overbearing or heavy drink that helps dilute the wasabi taste between courses.
Not as good as I remember at Tachikawa AFB but I would drink again at a restaurant but would not buy for home.

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Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
63 out of 100 based on 1,499 ratings.