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Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
62
poor

1,351 Ratings
THE BROS
57
awful

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Ratings: 1,351
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 2.63
pDev: 23.19%
Wants: 9
Gots: 90 | 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%

KC9LDB, Aug 13, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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2/5  rDev -24%

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1/5  rDev -62%

MPSTARR, Jun 13, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

lccrunchy, Aug 26, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

bsm80x, Oct 24, 2013
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2/5  rDev -24%

Robyn, Jul 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev +14.1%

kornkid8600, Dec 08, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

zenithberwyn, Jan 14, 2013
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2/5  rDev -24%

Grebdioz, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
2.35/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a light yellow w/ a small white one finger head. Almost completely clear in appearance. No carbonation and almost no lacing. Smell is that of corn, malt, and that's about it. Taste is about the same. Very one dimensional, and not that enjoyable. Mouthfeel is very thin, and not much there. Overall, this is an extremely one dimensional beer that can't be recommended.

jayhawk73, Jul 26, 2011
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2/5  rDev -24%

Bieniek30, Feb 23, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -14.4%

Marco_Gtz, Jun 30, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

BrazilianAussie, Feb 25, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Nage37, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of droomyster
2.9/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with a soda-fizz head that quickly dissipates. Aromas are subdued and simple - I only detect a faint graininess. Flavor is boring. There's nothing offensive about it, but neither is interesting in the least. Characterless malts linger longer on the finish than they're welcome. Pass.

droomyster, Feb 22, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Beestin, May 03, 2014
Photo of LittleCreature
2.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.5
Poured about a finger of white head that rapidly went from tightish, to just a few large bubbles. Looks highly carbonated and a very pale golden yellow in colour.

Smell - 3.0
The first thing I can pick up is a faint cooked rice smell, or perhaps that is just because I know it is a rice lager and my mind is tainted? Apart from this the scent is pretty much like a generic cheap to mid priced lager. Slightly skunky.

Taste - 2.0
Initially there is not a great deal of taste, but this is replaced by a bready hoppiness. Bitterness is moderate, but fades relatively quickly leaving a fairly unpleasant aftertaste. Probably quite thirst quenching on a hot day, but sub par at any other time.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Highly carbonated, very light, and a little watery. For a beer of this type, this is not such a bad thing, as it goes down rather easily.

Drinkability - 3.5
I could actually see myself tipping back more than a pint of this stuff while on the town, as it is rather easy drinking. However, if you are looking for an interesting beer with real taste, look elsewhere.

OVERALL
I will not get a bottle again, as apart from the rice-lager tag, it is nothing special. The only reason for paying a premium beer price for this beer is to show off to your mates, as it doesn't taste a whole lot different than most macro lagers, and it is worse than some.

LittleCreature, Jun 14, 2007
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2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

seavercm, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of delta490
2.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- looks nice. Clear pale gold with a short lived fizzy white head (About one finger's worth). Not much carbonation visible.

S-Not much once the head goes down. Like, almost nothing not much.

T- again, not much bad good or in between. Slight bit of sweetness followed by a slight bit of bitterness. But nothing discernible or memorable in there at all.

M- For how little carbonation you see, it's pretty fizzy. But the body of it isn't bad.

O- there isn't anything to recommend this because there isn't anything there. Other than it looks like a lager. Everything else that makes a lager a lager is lacking.

delta490, Jun 06, 2013
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2.1/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Clear yellow, very white and loose head. No lacing left behind.

S- Ahh Lager fumes. Have you ever smelled a macro lager and got wapped in the nose by the strange fumes. Yeah that is here too.

T- I suppose all the rice in this beer has zapped the taste away. This is the definition of beer flavored water.

M- Eh.

D- It won't kill you.

Wetpaperbag, Aug 12, 2008
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2/5  rDev -24%

mmilyko, Nov 06, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Furley80, Feb 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +23.6%

Bear1964, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of auxiliary
2.8/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Light almost cloudy golden color. Had some head but disolved. Later on it held a ring. No lace here.

Smell - Hops and grain smell here.

Taste - Clean taste, more hop taste to it.

Mouthfeel - Kight body, clean , refreshing.

Drinkability - Average beer, aquired this in a trade. Not worth a try i think. Not an awful beer though. Average.

auxiliary, Mar 18, 2007
Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
62 out of 100 based on 1,351 ratings.