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Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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1,427 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,427
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 23.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 123 | 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  rDev -24.2%

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2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light golden color with a moderate white head that disipates almost immediately to just a thin ring but still manages to produce a bit of lace.

The aroma is something like half-cured hay.

The taste is a bit thin, grainy, grassy and with just a hnt of caramel and carboard. The finish is slightly dry and carbonic with a lingering grassy aftertaste.

Crisp, light and refreshing as long as it's ice cold, similar to American mass market lagers.

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3/5  rDev +13.6%

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2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -14.8%

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2.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clean, clear yellow with full white head. Head falls slowly leaving little or no lace behind.

The smell has a subtle sweetness to it and a rice beer aroma to it. Other than that nothing special.

Ok, it doesn't taste horrible. Not like a typical product coming out of AB. It has a tinny/metallic quality to it. Very clean, crisp but then again, nothing special.

Thin and watery in the mouth with lots of carbonation.

Not a bad beer but not a great beer. Very average and fairly drinkable (but not overly so).

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2.28/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had as a part of our macro tasting. This beer ended up losing in the first round, then again in the first round for the losers bracket.

A: Pours a transparent pale straw color. The head was actually better than I thought- pretty thick with decent retention.

S: Very plain and generic. The only notes I could pick up was slight honey, rice, and grain. Not too much else to say, I was not too impressed. I have found that the nose in macros can really set create a positive difference.

T: The flavor was pretty bland with an overall watery profile. The flavors are all extremely subtle and light. Slight honey again, along with some rice.

MF/D: Light in body, highly carbonated, and very difficult to drink more than one (I can see drinkability being higher in social settings though)

Notes: This did not stand up to the other beers in our bracket (Kalik Gold, Red Stripe, Stella, LaBatt's, Brooklyn Lager, Fosters, and PBR). The best way to describe the flavor, as my dad put it so eloquently, is sour dishrag (which we also found in PBR and Fosters).

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3/5  rDev +13.6%

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2.73/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- a weak head and a dry pale yellow color. very clear and unappealing.

S- dry malts and barley. Nothing much there in the nose.

T- a dry sweetness with a bland malt. There seems to be a rice flavor.

M- sweet malty but bland and nothing to feel.

D- this is like a miller lite in Japan. Very dull and if you like BMC beers you will love this!

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2.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottled on 27 April '05 in Los Angeles, Ca by Anheuser-Bush under strict supervision of Kirin's Brewmaster.

Pours a clear pale yellow with a full fist of white dense head that that nearly over flows then falls slowly and laces the 0.5 Franziskaner Weissbier rastal.
Initial aroma vegital and somewhat skunked. Initially strong beading as dense head becomes a thin cap. Initial objectionable aroma becomming less noticable. Hops never emerge in the nose.

Extremely thin body and mouthfeel. Hops very mild even for the style. As beer warms and flattens grains are only noticable taste. Mild alcohol flavor attempts dry the palate - nothing more.

Looking at the brewers website http://www.kirin.co.jp/english/company/corp/04core1.html
I find their marketing strategy alarmingly similar to AB and other Macro brewers.

I expected more of a rounded, firm malty character, with moderate bitterness, and a dry finish. I was very disappointed, this is not a desirable Japanese Rice Lager.

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2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

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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.

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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.

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Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
63 out of 100 based on 1,427 ratings.