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Kirin Ichiban (5%)



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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 2.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.49   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Brewed & Bottled by "Company PIT" branch of limited liability company "Heinecken Breweries", KALININGRAD, RUSSIA for and under license from Kirin Europe GmbH, Louise-Dumont-Str. 31, 40211 Düsseldorf, Germany

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Alengrin (2630) - BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2015
Tasted as Kirin Ichiban Premium Press, "beer at its purest" (raising questions of how well Japan has understood European beer traditions so far...). Standard pale lager with a complicated pedigree: apparently made for the European branch of a Japanese beer company, brewed in Europe (the bottle says Weihenstephan). Pure golden colour, cristal clear with some protein particles floating around here and there, low sparkling, under a sticky, snow white, medium head, slowly thinning. Aroma of sourdough, cooked rice, straw, damp cloth, quite a lot of iron, white bread and unfinished dishes, not very inviting. Taste begins very neutral, like mineral water, with medium carbonation; then becoming sourishly grainy, with a faint pale malt sweetness in the background, rice, metallic, ending in a thin finish which reveals a certain amount of leafy hop bitterishness, which cannot prevent it from ending rather watery. Typical pale standard lager with an Asian twist.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
allmyvinyl (4496) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 8, 2014
330ml bottle brewed by Wells and Young, UK, but seemed like the best pace to put the rate. Pours clear pale gold, thick white head. Cooked corn aromas, light straw. Taste is light sweet, touch of rice maybe. Clean finish. Pretty standard stuff.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
adamnowek (343) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 5, 2014
Very unexciting Japanese pale lager. Nothing special about this except for maybe the slightly metallic finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClaudeB04 (189) - Dudelange, LUXEMBOURG - OCT 25, 2014
Just another lager, some maltiness is present, but otherwise nothing much to write homeabout as they say.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
pictoman (675) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2014
Poured from 355mL bottle. Clear, pale yellow with almost no white head. Grainy corn aroma. Same flavour with touch of sweet malt. Very offish metallic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
loco_gallego (179) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 4, 2014
Blonde pâle, limpide. Mousse disparaissant très rapidement. Arômes de malt, céréales. Avec une petite présence d’houblonnage. Pas mal pour son style. En bouche malté avec une pointe d’acidité. Et une très légère amertume peu perceptible. Peu de carbonation. Un peu faiblarde en bouche.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MotherBrother (773) - Aalborg, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2014
Thanks to the daddy in law. Pour is clear bright yellow, with a small fizzy white head. Aroma of hay, bread, slight bitter grass. Taste is somewhat bitter, but has faint sweetness to it as well. Slightly bigger than watery body, with a fizzy carb. A pretty good pilsner imo.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DeanF (1746) - Nunavut, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
Said 5% right on the label, so I’m gonna roll with the fact that this is the 5% and not the other one. It pours okay in a glass with decent head but has a lemony aroma without complexity. Easy to drink but again there is little there. Refreshing indeed, but nothing beyond that. Perhaps that’s all they intended anyway.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cimbasso (300) - - AUG 27, 2014
Purchased in a 33cl bottle from Tesco, and brewed by Well’s and Young’s in Bedford. Clear, golden appearance with short-lived white head. Malty aroma and sweetish taste balanced by grassy hops with notes of hay. Exceptionally clean tasting. Slightly characterless, but well-balanced. Refreshing, but a little bland. Note the moustachioed monster on the label - allegedly a reference to the moustache of the founder, Thomas Blake Glover. He was a Scottish entrepreneur and founded, amongst other enterprises, the Japanese Brewing Company in the late nineteenth-century. The Japanese Brewing Company later became Kirin.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jerseyjohn71 (235) - corsicana, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2014
malty good, bread, hay, grass, banana, golden, pale, clear, minimal head, white foam, lightly bitter, light sweetness, light body, thin feel, soft carbonation,

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