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Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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BA SCORE
62
poor

1,288 Ratings
THE BROS
57
awful

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Ratings: 1,288
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 2.63
pDev: 23.19%
Wants: 8
Gots: 66 | 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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cardinals22

Illinois

3/5  rDev +14.1%

08-11-2014 17:00:46 | More by cardinals22
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BrazilianAussie

Brazil

2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-25-2012 01:51:56 | More by BrazilianAussie
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mmilyko

Nevada

2/5  rDev -24%

11-06-2012 17:08:51 | More by mmilyko
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Pens1967

Louisiana

2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

10-12-2013 16:02:45 | More by Pens1967
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mralphabet

Virginia

2.78/5  rDev +5.7%

12 Bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Yellow with a touch of orange, translucent. About a fingers worth of head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

S: Not much here.... What I do smell is sweet and grainy.

T: Not as bad as I was thinking it would be considering the smell. Just a touch of hoppy bitterness at the start and leveled out with a sweet finish. I am getting a hint of rice in the aftertaste.

M: Light crisp and clean.

D: Nothing big or different here, pretty boring over all. The ABV is pretty good and I could have a few of these with no problems, but why would you.

My first Japanese beer... nothing to special but worth a try to get my feet wet in Japanese beer... I might try a few more of these...

04-12-2010 04:15:59 | More by mralphabet
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Greggy

Minnesota

2.83/5  rDev +7.6%

A- Crystal clear golden color with a 1.5 finger thick white head with good retention. After about 2 minutes, the head dissipates into a thin white cap.

S- Very grassy/adjuncs, sweet malts with hints of citrus fruits.

T- Starts out with a semi dry graphite note and transitions into the dry metallic finish. Simple.

M- Low carbonation, slightly odd after-taste.

D- This isn't a great beer but it did well washing down my popcorn, but PBR could do that, and at a fraction of the cost.

02-23-2009 04:13:46 | More by Greggy
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mikefuski17

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-01-2013 17:35:54 | More by mikefuski17
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lccrunchy

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

08-26-2012 00:09:05 | More by lccrunchy
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mcdsports

Texas

2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

06-26-2013 00:27:06 | More by mcdsports
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bh123

California

2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

04-06-2012 01:50:40 | More by bh123
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brpendergast85

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -24%

03-25-2014 04:08:14 | More by brpendergast85
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Bill235

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-12-2013 22:39:41 | More by Bill235
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-21-2012 03:32:31 | More by tmars13
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Bear1964

Nebraska

3.25/5  rDev +23.6%

07-06-2013 13:20:17 | More by Bear1964
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Marco_Gtz

California

2.25/5  rDev -14.4%

06-30-2014 17:35:34 | More by Marco_Gtz
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leroybrown10

Missouri

2/5  rDev -24%

07-16-2013 22:08:58 | More by leroybrown10
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AlaskanYoung

Arkansas

2/5  rDev -24%

02-22-2014 22:38:45 | More by AlaskanYoung
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-05-2012 03:32:33 | More by BigCheese
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ArtZan

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

02-21-2014 21:07:14 | More by ArtZan
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

2.15/5  rDev -18.3%

This was my first Asian beer and I was not impressed. Golden yellow in color with a small white head that didn't last. Smelled like wet, dirty corn. The flavor, what little there is, was metallic. I might have tasted a hint of hops in the end but I was probably digging. Overall, don't bother. Blah, no flavor.

12-30-2002 04:50:56 | More by CharlesRiver
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bsm80x

New York

2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

10-24-2013 15:20:37 | More by bsm80x
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stoutman

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +49.4%

Not a bad effort. The luxurious single wort (or first press) process yields a unique, complex flavor. With this gold label and "Special Premium Reserve" appellation, Ichiban outclasses and outperforms other japanese beers. 4.95% alcohol by volume. Don't be fooled -- this is a great beer that goes with anything especially sushi.

01-20-2003 11:24:35 | More by stoutman
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biggmike

Mississippi

2.45/5  rDev -6.8%

Poured pale yellow with white head that dissipated quickly. Typical pale lager smell, mostly benign, nothing notable. Mouthfeel was thin and watery while carbonation was very noticeable and high. Taste was bland with no real hops character. Not much different than a typical macro and just found out this is brewed by Anheuser-Busch

08-03-2007 19:21:21 | More by biggmike
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dcbeers

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -24%

07-20-2014 12:49:54 | More by dcbeers
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Dapperticus

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +33.1%

07-04-2012 02:53:10 | More by Dapperticus
Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
62 out of 100 based on 1,288 ratings.