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Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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Kirin IchibanKirin Ichiban

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1,425 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,425
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 23.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 122 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited visit their website

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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2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -43.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

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3/5  rDev +13.6%

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2/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.53/5  rDev +33.7%
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.

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2/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.48/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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3/5  rDev +13.6%

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2.73/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml can poured in an ordinary glass @ Wasabi restaurant, Geneva

A: Traditional Lager clear yellow/golden color with a medium bubbled/aired head that dissipates quickly leaving many lacings

S: Simple. Sweet malts, corn, rice with grassy and bit citrus hoppy end

T: Simple in the nose too: Sweet crispy malts, grassy hops, bit citric and skunky. In overall, a dry-pleasant taste. Very malty and refreshing. Good citrus hoppy-bitter aftertaste

M: Extremely light body with strong carbonation. Nice mild bitter aftertaste. Good drinkability

O: Not that bad. Quite drinkable

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2/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

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1.05/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Got a bottle from the local liqour store since I remember having a Kirin beer a few years ago and it being pretty good.

This was most certainly not the beer I remember.

This beer has the appearance of urine, and it goes downhill from there, when you smell and taste it. The mouthfeel was the best part, and that isn't say much.

Avoid this beer at all costs. They couldn't pay me to drink it again.

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3/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a pint glass.

A: Pale yellow. Sofe white head. Nice lace.

S: Pretty basic (as you'd expect) but with rice, banana.

T: Not completely flavorless but nothing stands out. Nothing offensive either. Bland but not awful.

M: Creaminess is welcome for the style.

D: For the style, not bad. An unremarkable style as a whole, this is a very average example.

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1/5  rDev -62.1%

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3/5  rDev +13.6%

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3/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +32.6%

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2/5  rDev -24.2%

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

A: Typical look of a mass produced beer. Light in color. Pretty clear. Lots of bubbles. Head disappears quicly.

S: Not much of a smell here. Maybe a little grassy and smokey.

T: A little more flavor than your average mass produced beer. 750ml bottles are better than the slightly metallic taste you get from the cans.

MF: Pretty average. Lots of carbonation.

Overall: I'm surprised to see that this is all malt. I've had hundreds of these and have never gotten that impression. It doesn't taste anything like Yebisu (for example).

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3/5  rDev +13.6%

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3/5  rDev +13.6%

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3/5  rDev +13.6%

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2/5  rDev -24.2%

Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
63 out of 100 based on 1,425 ratings.