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Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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1,499 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,499
Reviews: 555
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 22.73%
Wants: 8
Gots: 176 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001

Confirmed that this beer is "all malt" as of Oct. 2010.
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2.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a light golden straw with a thick crisp head and surprised by the lace left behind. Smell of very light adjunct grains and hops. Taste has a light graininess leaving an undesirable bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light with a good spike of carbonation. I'll just say that I've had much better Japanese beers.

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2.94/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright yellow in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a short, bright white foam that maintained fairly well. Light bready malt and earthy grain aromas with no hint of hops. On the lighter side of medium bodied with refreshing, fuzzy carbonation through the middle. Light biscuity malt flavors up front with a light, bitter tanginess through the middle. Finished with a stale bready aftertaste.

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1.76/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Tried this beer last night.. was not impressed. Couldn't smell much of anything, very clean scent. Mouthfeel was decent, but the taste was very bland and watered down. Detected a slight rice flavor, but not much of anything else. Would not order this again, there are plenty others that represent this style much better.

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2.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Another beer I had picked up from my work. Let's try it out!

Appearance: Very very pale gold color with a decent-sized, pretty foamy head. Nothing special in the looks department.

Smell: Very faint smell of malt, grain, and corn.

Taste: Starts off with a corn/malt sweetness but then finishes with a very unusual (and unpleasant) bitterness that tastes like rubber.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin, with a decent carbonation. Also smooth.

Drinkability: Overall pretty average, but the unnatural rubber taste totally makes this beer one to avoid.

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look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Waiting for my Susuhi order my wife allowed me to have a beer so I chose my old standard Kirin.
I must say this is one of the cleanest and refreshing Japanese beers for my tastes.

Pours a golden yellow with a nice foamy head which quickly dissolves. Nice carbonation throughout.

Very malty but goes down nice.

Almost no aftertaste.

Not awful for what it is and in hot weather, it's not a bad choice.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foamy head which dissolves and disappears very quickly, almost no lacing at all.

Aroma is light hoppy, as expected with some strange grain, maybe it is rice, but this is the first time I try rice lager, so I am not sure. Taste is slightly spicy and hoppy in the beginning, but then quickly turns to plain and dry bittery taste. There is some sweetness in the aftertaste.

Good, very easy to drink and refreshing beer.

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Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
63 out of 100 based on 1,499 ratings.