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Ginga Kogen Wheat Beer - Ginga Kogen Beer

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Ginga Kogen Wheat BeerGinga Kogen Wheat Beer

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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Naerhu on 02-10-2004

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Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 17
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3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ginga Kogen has a thick, creamy, white head, a milky, opaque, yellow-gold appearance, and moderate lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of banana, coriander, slight smoke, and white wheat. Taste is of all that with bubble gum and white pepper. Bitterness is low, and sugariness is high.


Photo of AlvinLin
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

"Silver Bottle" picked up from Yamaya. Pours a frothy, two-finger head which dissipates relatively quickly and leaves a lasting crown. Little lacing. Hazy, pale amber body. The aroma is a delightful blend of spicy and sweet—definite clove but restrained bubble gum. Flavor includes clove, subtle banana, and mild vanilla sweetness; a mildly tart finish with a lingering grainy quality. Medium body with soft carbonation and a light carbonic bite; moderately dry finish.

This is a very pleasing hefeweizen that covers all the bases while striking a good balance especially in the flavor by avoiding an excess of banana and bubble gum and restraining the tart, citrusy finish.

Photo of Absolute4x4
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of mrjez
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of wdf210
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Zond
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of RobertJBeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of CHickman
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out in a very cool looking blue bottle and pours hazy bright gold color with a big foamy 2 finger white head that lasted a while, fading slowly and leaving decent lacing.

Very nice aroma with a combo of sweet fruit and yeast dominating, then a mix of floral hops, bready notes and mild spices. It was strong, sweet and enjoyable with hints of citrus like lemon zest.

Taste was like a good German hefeweizen with yeast, lemon, citrus hops, light banana, light caramel, wheat bread, floral hops and mild spices; it was sweet, but very drinkable and refreshing as the malt balance let the yeast and hop combine for a mostly fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel was very light, crisp and refreshingly dry, with active carbonation, good flavor and a nice sweet aftertaste.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by how good this beer was, as it was the only brew on the menu of the sushi place I had not tried and it was one of the best Japanese beers that I’ve ever had. It was full of flavor and easy to drink. The only negative was it costs $10 per bottle.

3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes: Labeled "Silver Bottle." US Import listed as "Plateau of the Galaxy" on back label.
330ml bottle (Nice, blue & short). Long foot tulip glass. Golden straw, foggy appearance. White froth, lasting & close crown. Yeasty & bready notes, hints of clove & subtle smoke to the nose. Funny sparkling upfront, subtle flavors of bread & banana. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily texture. Hints of fruit & citric peel provide soft astringency. Dry finish & fruity aftertaste. Refreshing & easy drinkable.

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of TokyoCO
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a can at my local supermarket, poured into a goblet.

A: Very cloudy tan color, almost a hint of red/pink coloration. Lots of suspended particles! Large head that stuck around for a while.

S: Fresh citrus, peach, lemon, banana, slight hop smell.

T: Follows the smell, sweeter citrus flavors at the start, followed by a stronger peach flavor, and a quite sour citrus finish. This is really interesting, was not expecting the great sour taste in the finish!

M: Balance of creaminess and sour citrus prickles.

O: This is really good! More of a sour citrus and peach taste then hefes that I have had before. A very pleasant beer that I will definitely get again!

Photo of YamagamiTravis
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ejh06752
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of justdaryl
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of shigg85
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bought a can of this from the Maruhiro department store in Saitama, Japan. I had the Weizen on tap at Popeye's, so I was expecting great things from this one. However, it was unfortunately a big let-down. The initial pour was great, creating lots of foam and a burst of hefe aroma filled with wheat, citrus, and banana. This aroma lasted throughout the beer, and it was refreshing to reflect on. However, the appearance was actually kind of disgusting... following the directions on the can to circulate the beer in the can after I had poured half of it out, I poured the rest into the weizen glass. This last half came out nearly chunky with all of the wheat bits sticking together in globs. These proceeded to stick to the bottom of my glass in a disgusting way. The taste was decent, and the mouthfeel was nice and thick in a way I wish other wheat beers were. However, the appearance of this was a total turn-off. I will not be buying this again, at least not out of a can.

Photo of shivtim
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a can of this beer at a large liquor store in Kyoto.
The can doesn't have English on it (except the company's website), but it's the blue and gold version.

It's a pale straw color, with a foamy white head.

Nose is yeasty, bready, and some bubblegum.

Taste is actually quite true to style and well done. Malty banana, strong cloves, and wheat.

Mouthfeel is decent, but maybe just a bit watery for a hefe. Still good carbonation.

Overall this is a surprisingly competent beer, especially for a canned hefeweizen. I'd buy it again.

Photo of virinow
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from awesome 300mL blue bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale yellow hue with just a tiny touch of haze and two fingers of frothy white foam. Not bad.

Smell: very refreshing wheaty aroma with just a touch of spicy clove. Simple, but quite nice.

Taste: well-crafted wheaty flavor with hints of banana and citrus. The malt component is also a little bit nutty which creates a nice flavor indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess. Solidly hefeweizen-ey.

Overall: I rather like this hefeweizen; evidently, the Japanese are better at doing this style than are the Americans.

Photo of cwc
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite Japanese microbrews. I like hefeweizens in general, and this seems like a solid example of the style.

I've only had it from a can, as far as I can remember, but it might be available on draft somewhere in Japan. Poured from a can it pours a big head that settles down to a foamy ring around the beer. The color is appealing: a cloudy, golden color.

A fruity citrusy smell and a refreshing hefeweizen taste. It's tough for me to describe what a hefeweizen tastes like, but in the case of this beer it tastes like the German hefeweizens I've had which seems promising.

Very drinkable, especially on hot summer days. Especially this summer of 2010, the hottest in Japan post-World War II.

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