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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
Reviews by cwc:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of virinow
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is available in several packages, and what I have is labeled the "silver bottle" in Japan, but reads "Imported" in the united states. It's a 300 ml/10.1 fl. oz. blue glass bottle with a white, navy blue, and silver label. I believe there's a date code on the back. For example "4 K 08" could possibly be April 2008, with the K referring to a week; or perhaps it's the 4th week of 2008... ?

It pours a typical Bavarian hefeweizen appearance with a cloudy orange and gold body beneath a massive head of bright white froth that holds remarkably well and leaves some nice lacing behind. The lacing could be a bit better, but...

The aroma is sweetish, wheaty, and spicy (but not distinctly clove-like, although there is some there). Beyond that it's just a slight touch grassy.

The flavor is initially spicy, followed by notes of cedar and grassy hops. It's not sweet, as the aroma suggests, because it's balanced by bright spiciness and an underlying, low-level bitterness. It's not very fruity except for some banana notes, and the clove is fairly reigned in. It finishes spicy and cedar-like, with just a little bit of grassy hops and some mild, residual wheaty maltiness (it's brewed from 50% barley/50% wheat).

Overall, it's a really well-brewed, well-balanced hefeweizen. It's very focused, and the banana and spiciness of the yeast doesn't run amok. It does kind of over-power the malt slightly, but the bright spiciness is actually kind of refreshing. Additionally, the cedar note is really unique, and kind of intriguing. Certainly worth trying!

Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.


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.

Photo of warpedrevolution
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.

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 tjd25
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice dense creamy head, close to perfection, as always with ginga kogen. The body is of a hazy glittering golden color. The smell is wheaty and yeasty, with a very dry banana aspect. The taste wheaty and with a dry salted banana aspect. Sweet and enjoyable. Maybe some peaches. The mouthfeel is enjoyable, after a few sips I thought it was a bit watery, but then I thought it was ok for a weizen. The body isn't weak, it's decent. Nicely citric. Could be a bit more complex, but let's not complain.

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Shakujin
3.12/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:big head almost three finger head poping up then hollowing out. Looks pale yellow, but opaque.

Smell: I get those wheat malts coming off of it a litte, but not all that much really, slightly sweet

Taste: Tastes like a wheat beer, nothing exceptional really, but nothing bad. Just well made, light wheat beer. Possibly just a tinge out sourness. I suppose it is slightly more bitter than other beers of this style. Start is a little hoppy, nothing distinct, then comes some light wheaty bannana, wheat beer type tastes, then the finish is quick and dry.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy mouth feel a bit, feels big for a second then comes down.

Drinkability: Good stuff, just nothing really special to bring me back for more. On the other hand its cheap and at regular stores, so a good alternative.

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 mrjez
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Noyt
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 justdaryl
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded brown touched yellow with no head. Floaties all up in there. Nose is dirty. At first and then it turns into a witbier. Mild funk, minimal earth, and some noticeable citrus tones. Flavor is quite good I have to say. Good level of funk, excellent balance of citrus, minimal and very good amounts of spice and dough. Feel is smooth on liquid with a slightly biting carbonation. This is a damn fine witbier. Damn fine. I had low expectations quickly blown out of the water. Highly suggested.

Photo of donnebaby
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer features a brilliant neon-orange, slightly cloudy color, scant head, and a strong belgian white citrusy aroma, sweet and creamy, hints of white chocolate and cantaloupe. The taste is hefeweizen to me, medium-strength. Very nice. Aggressive carbonation gives a solid mouthfeel and bubbles the taste through the mouth. The high carbonation, however, I felt took away from the drinkability of the brew.

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 wdf210
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Zond
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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