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Kirin Ichiban Shibori Muroka (Unfiltered) | Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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Kirin Ichiban Shibori Muroka (Unfiltered)Kirin Ichiban Shibori Muroka (Unfiltered)

Brewed by:
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Naerhu on 02-14-2006

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 7
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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Photo of jpBeerGuy
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The best bottled brew you can get from Kirin at present.

Appearance - Brownish with a short creamy head.

Smell - Nice balance of hop aroma, malted wheat, and sugars.

Taste - Very good indeed. It's not so carbonated so you can really get the full flavor over your palette. Rich malt, good quality hops, and nice balance of sugars.

Mouthfeel - Not as creamy as I expected it to be but it's smooth going down.

Drinkability - i can drink 3 of these without giving it a second thought. In fact, I could keep it exclusive for the night.

Highly recommended. Get it while you can!

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Photo of roblowther
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first ever pull-tab bottle for me. Instant leg up on appearance. Cloudy copper with a minimal off-white head. Smells of cinnamon, caramel, and very delicate hops. Very nice & very pronounced for a lager. Taste is wallop of nuttiness, followed by a light caramel and again, delicate hopping. Very nice, very subtle. The hops come out a bit more as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is assertively carbonated up front and then slides down in a silky manner. Drinkability is very good. There is a twang of metallic in the aftertaste that isn't the beer's best quality, but it has lots of other qualities to make up for it. Arigato to my buddy Jay for hooking me up with this tasty little treat.

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Photo of donnebaby
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I found this unfiltered version of Kirin's Ichiban Shibori difficult to distinguish from the typical filtered one, seemingly the same unimpressive lager I've grown up sake-bombing. It shares with happoshu the same stripped down watery malt body as is present in happoshu but has more in the way of german hops and a nice cereal malt presence in the aftertaste.

If anything, this unfiltered 1ban Shibori is perhaps a little rounder in the mouth than its filtered counterpart. However the beer is remarkably clear -- so most of what would affect the taste has already sunk out of the scene.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I guess this is part of the trend of monkeying around with yeast that is sweeping the major brewers here in Japan these days. First there was Asahi with Maroyaka Kobo, the Asahi with its numbered yeast cans, then again Asahi with its Super yeast. Now finally this.

Also part of the fresh-beer guarantee series. Recently popular among the big brewers is to promise that the beers are refergerated from production to delivery to the customer.

A - Lightly hazy, with a light yellow body and small white head.
S - No yeast aroma, such as found in some belgian and bottle conditioned ales. It does seem a little saaz-ier than the normal Ichiban Shibori, but could that be due to freshness as a result of the fresh-beer guarantee?
T - Plain adjunct flavor. No different from the standard Ichiban.
M - Overly carbonated.
D - The best thing about this beer is that I didnt have to pay for it.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of soulgrowl
4.14/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, dandelion gold. Moderately sized white head with fair retention. Noticeably fine and far-between bubbles set this apart from Kirin's usual offerings.

Smell: Straight-from-the-brewery freshness, if I hadn't poured it myself I would have guessed this came from a tap. Outstanding malt-factory fresh grain aroma with a honey sweetness, white wine notes and a light hop spice. Very nice.

Taste: Sweet-yet-dry lagery goodness with a pleasant vinous tangy quality and a grainy taste that shines through mid-sip to give the impression of chewing on freshly kilned pilsener malt. Hops are mild and set in the background, but somehow this is quite well-balanced. Finish is clean and dry with a smack of sweet grain.

Mouthfeel: Excellently carbonated to have presence on the mouth but still feel refreshing and clean. Well-done.

Drinkability: This is a little bit of a one-note samba, but it hits that note perfectly. Easy drinkin'.

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Photo of alebuff
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite an amazing achievement by Kirin. This actually looks feels smells and tastes like a micro-brewed beer. OK, its unfiltered - thats what Muroka means, so it looks cloudy, and should contain more of the taste-bearing content of a real beer. Its not quite as cloudy as a weiss beer, but just note its not meant to be crystal clear. I honestly could not tell from the appearance of the head and aroma that it was not a freshly served "real ale". And yes, I got the rings in the glass denoting each sip. The aroma provides slightly lemon/honey notes, so th ehops are there in reasonable force. Fair after-taste too. Slight lacking on the length, but thats Japanese beers for you. All in all, one of the best moves from a giant in recent years. I'd hope they serve this at their brewery and pubs with good turnover...

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Photo of SargeC
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy, orange-gold colored brew with a dense creamy-white head.

Smell: Good hop aroma, butter.

Taste: Clean and brilliantly balanced hop, yeast and malt flavors. It even includes a touch of smoke. Well crafted and flavorful brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Dry, citrus finish.

Drinkablity: Very drinkable and tasty brew. I could drink this all of the time.

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Kirin Ichiban Shibori Muroka (Unfiltered) from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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