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Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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Kirin IchibanKirin Ichiban

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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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look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from session notes, as per usual.

A. Pale yellow color with heavily filtered clarity. One finger of sizzling foam pulls back to a tiny collar in about a minute, some minimal lacing remains on the glass.

S. Medium levels of skunkiness and cooked vegetables almost fully obscure a mild pale malt aroma.

T. Mild sweetness, skunkiness, some grassy hops appear in the background if the brew is allowed to warm up some. Not very complex or interesting.

M. Lighter thin body with a pilsner-like level of carbonation. Dry finish. Nothing in particular has gone awry in the mouthfeel category, at least.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a SA perfect pint.

Pours a translucent stray/pale yellow with a fluffy white head that fades into a thin patch in the center of the beer. Sweet malt, perhaps rice and or corn and butterscotch. Originally I thought to myself while smelling it; this is not too bad; this beer will probably taste ok. That was an incorrect assumption, the taste was far worse. Definitely a lot of butterscotch in the flavor and a hint of breadiness, but no other complexity to be seen. Light body with high carbonation and a dry finish with no lingering after taste. Overall I’ve had worse light lagers, but I certainly cannot say this is one of the best.

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Enjoyed this beer on tap out of a tall pilsner glass.

A: Pours a pale straw golden hue with a white, 1-finger, thin head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Faint nose of citrus hops and grains.

T: Light flavors of grain and with some mild sweetness.

M: Medium body and high carbonation.

O: Weird beer – I guess it cost a lot to make this beer because they have to use more malted barley due to the fact they don’t sparge the mash, hence the name Ichiban meaning “First Press” – or only one draining of the wort. I have to say using a more expensive process to make beer fails here. This beer was a little better than a Budweiser at best.

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