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Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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1,321 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,321
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 2.63
pDev: 23.19%
Wants: 9
Gots: 76 | 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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1/5  rDev -62%

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

bsm80x, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Wetpaperbag
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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2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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

ale207, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Nage37
2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Nage37, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of BrazilianAussie
2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

BrazilianAussie, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of zenithberwyn
2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

zenithberwyn, Jan 14, 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
Photo of atigerlife
2.98/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at a restaurant.

Poured a clear, golden color with little visible carbonation. A large, fluffy white head that had decent lasting power. Good amount of lacing.

A rather light, grainy aroma. Not much there. The taste was thin with some light hops. A paper taste to it.

Mouthfeel was very light and not cleansing.
Overall, nothing to get excited about, but not offensive. Clean and crisp, but lacking personality. Perhaps with some sashimi it could work. I've given it mostly "average" ratings based on the style, but certainly not a beer I will seek out for future consumption.

atigerlife, Apr 09, 2006
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2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

mcdsports, Jun 26, 2013
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2/5  rDev -24%

csmalley, Dec 07, 2013
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2/5  rDev -24%

AlaskanYoung, Feb 22, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Pog-Mo-Thoin, Jan 09, 2014
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2/5  rDev -24%

mmilyko, Nov 06, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -14.4%

Marco_Gtz, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of mralphabet
2.78/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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...

mralphabet, Apr 12, 2010
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2/5  rDev -24%

tripledbrew, Feb 18, 2012
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2/5  rDev -24%

Robyn, Jul 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +23.6%

Bear1964, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of changeup45
2.4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled from the bottle. Golden colored, poured a pretty decent head but halfway through the beer it was pretty much gone. You can smell all you want but there isn't much aroma at all. This is what it is. Very light-bodied, slightly sweet and grassy. It's refreshing and during a hot summer day I can think of worse, but there just isn't enough here to warrant anything higher.

changeup45, Aug 24, 2008
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2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

seavercm, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Greggy
2.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Greggy, Feb 23, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Bill235, May 12, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

bh123, Apr 06, 2012
Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
62 out of 100 based on 1,321 ratings.