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Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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BA SCORE
63
poor

1,389 Ratings
THE BROS
57
awful

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Ratings: 1,389
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 23.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 106 | 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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2/5  rDev -24.2%

Bieniek30, Feb 23, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Beestin, May 03, 2014
Photo of fionn13
3/5  rDev +13.6%

fionn13, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Marco_Gtz
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%

Marco_Gtz, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of seavercm
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

seavercm, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of AndyAvalanche
1.98/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I can't say I'm very versed in Japanese Rice Lagers but I figured I'd try to review this one. A buddy of mine picked up a can for me while attending a conference in Japan. He enjoys beer himself and warned me it was pretty bad, but I appreciated the gift.

A few pours into a small tasting glass. Very Pale and extremely clear. The slightest small white head that sticks around for a minute or two, only a couple of centimeters tall before clearing up. A slight attempt at lacing but just a small spot here or there. Looks more like a light apple juice than anything else.

Smell is very weak, a little skunky, but not nearly as bad as I expected it to be. Grainy with a slight attempt at some hop aroma's but doesn't really stick.

Taste isn't very strong either. Some slight grain/rice flavors to it. Tastes kind of cheap/macro like. A slight sour taste to it at the end, it's strange, has more juice like flavor consistencies than beer.

Mouthfeel is pretty bad. Very wattery, kind of sour and nothing clean about it. Not very pleasant. Similar on the drinkability. Can't completely say I regret trying it, but I don't think I'd get it again.

AndyAvalanche, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of MPSTARR
1/5  rDev -62.1%

MPSTARR, Jun 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev +13.6%

cardinals22, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of seanyfo
2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pint on tap at local, in standard imperial pint glass

A - Straw coloured fizz, 2 finger head, doesnt look like its gonna be any good

S - Some sweet malts, rice and grains, slight hoppy notes, better than some pale lagers ive had.

T - Malty at first finishing quickly in a fizzy attack of dry tonic water while someone hands you a little hop extract to suck on. Bleh!

M - Fizzy dry and watery.

D- Not much, 1 pint and so bloated, wont seek out again!

seanyfo, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of donnebaby
3.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's the rare occasion it seems when I drink this beer. I usually wind up drinking Sapporo or Asahi at establishments near Sapporo, here in Japan. It is actually quite different from either! I'm surprised.

The appearance is kinda lame, ordinary, but has a pretty nice sticky cobweb lacing. The taste is cool, distinctly grainy. It's neither strong in hops nor malt...just grain--which I actually like. A little sweet, going with the Japanese taste (my opinion), but too heavy for major drinking bouts. It definitely deserves the title "beer" though, so I'm glad it's sold as such.

donnebaby, Jan 26, 2004
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2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

BrazilianAussie, Feb 25, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Furley80, Feb 01, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

ale207, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of zenithberwyn
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

zenithberwyn, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of delta490
2.33/5  rDev -11.7%
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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1.8/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured out like a lunatic from about 2 feet above the glass to get a thin little head on top. Color: yellow, you know that scary yellow. It was especially scary after reading the bottle. "Brewed under strict supervision of Kirin's Brewmaster by Anheuser-Busch". Oh boy, what, was he making sure there was enough rice and preservatives in it?! The beer appeared to be a little hazy. The aroma was almost not there, but I picked up some bready smell. Dirty month old Wonder bread.

Well, this is nothing I will ever drink again. It could have been a lot better and just a little bit worse. I paid nothing for it, so it was not a big deal. Very little flavor, and the flavor that is there is just a bit skunky with some graininess. Special Premium Reserve. That will have me laughing for ages.

ElGuapo, Mar 26, 2003
Photo of billybob
1.85/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

pours a clear straw color with a white head that fades quickly to just beer. smell of spoiled veggies . taste the same thats all i wish to say about that. mouthfeel is light, carbonation is ok. way over priced for a maco brewed beer and not a very good one at that definitely will not buy again.

billybob, Nov 18, 2007
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2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

lccrunchy, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of everetends
3.33/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle I got from a buddy who was cleaning out some beer that wasn't selling at his bar.
Poured into a pint.

A: Pours a pale yellow, that is clear. Has just a touch of head but barely any retention. No sign of head either.

S: Smell is a bit skunky to tell the truth. Rice and grains can also be found, but a sour skunk is very present.

T: Much better than the smell. There is some heavy rice presence (I know, read the style). Still there are some good grains flavors and some sweetness that may be coming from the rice. Pretty damned tasty.

M: It is a light bodied brew that is crisp and easy going down. Finishes clean, just leaving a touch of sweetness in the mouth.

D: This is not a bad beer by any means. I mean it is not the hot Japanese Anime chick that showed up to the party, but she isn't one that you would kick out of bed either. Solid brew that goes down easy and refreshes. Enjoyed.

everetends, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of BucBasil
2.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Drank from the 500mL can in Shanghai China.

Smells very sweet with only a bit of crackery malt and very little lemony hops.

Taste is pretty much nonexistent, aside from a slight dry bitterness in the finish. A touch of malt as it warms and some vegetal flavor. Otherwise basically just tonic water.

No real reason to get this beer. There is no taste and no satisfaction. Will not pick up again probably.

BucBasil, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of WakeandBake
2.63/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle , Brewed By AB in the US . A clear light straw color pour with a thin fizzy short lasting white head , no lacing , medium carbonation . Aroma is slightly grainy ,a little corn and a hint of sweetness in the background , faint hops . Flavor is light and crisp , again a very light sweetness with some faint hop notes , nothing offensive , light body , thin watery mouthfeel typical of the style , light grainy finish , sessionable and drinkable , a good try but probably nothing I would buy again . . . meh

WakeandBake, Feb 03, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +61%

Nage37, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of hotstuff
1.65/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This lager poured a small white head with fine-small bubbles that quickly dissolved. There was no lacing on the sides of my glass. There was a lot of carbonation observed rising to the top. The body was gold in color. There was a bitter taste and an aftertaste observed with this lager. This lager lacked character and I was not impressed with this lager.

hotstuff, Jun 11, 2003
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2/5  rDev -24.2%

mmilyko, Nov 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev +13.6%

kornkid8600, Dec 08, 2011
Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
63 out of 100 based on 1,389 ratings.