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Ginga Kogen Weizen - Ginga Kogen Beer

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Ginga Kogen WeizenGinga Kogen Weizen

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BA SCORE
85
very good

62 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ginga Kogen Beer visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-03-2003)
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am assuming this is the correct place to put this beer. There was not much English on the bottle to ID the beer, but it was blue, had reindeer on it and was a hefewezien, so I am placing the review here.

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a white head. The aroma is bananas, yeast and bubblegum. The flavor is banana, lemon and a lot more bubblegum. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. It didn't have much of the clove flavor or aroma you expect in the a beer of this style, but the bubblegum mixed nicely with the bananas and made a good beer.

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3.72/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Average beer, passable for the style. Not too smooth as sweet and sour, but its quaffable. Dry, middle mouthfeel. Some bannana, citric mouthfeel, understated carbonation. White in appearance and nice pour. Yawner however.
Sample #19 at Radekfest 05, courtesy of Oakes.

Photo of augustgarage
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really gorgeous bottle and artwork - unfortunately it is a BLUE bottle which means it really should be kept away from light until you're ready to pop one open. This is the U.S. import version, though I think the recipe is the same. No bottled on or best before date than I can discern.

300mL poured into a French fruit juice glass.

Very cloudy pear body with glimmering chartreuse yellow highlights. The head rises up to a little over a finger high with a cautious pour and then slowly recedes to nothing. Very nice, delicate, almost cellestial lacing (which is fitting for a brewery that translates to "Plateau of the Galaxy").

The aroma is faintly metallic and stale, probably due to it being light-struck if not too old. Moving past this you can still get a good dose of banana bread, and a light lemon note. Not much spice going on.

A wheaty tartness pervades, though it is backed by a sweet almost custardy banana/tapioca element (probably from the yeast) which adds a fine balance. There is also the a very weakly bitter note that fades rapidly in the finish - perhaps the noble hops playing a role. It reminds me of a sort of cross between a witbier and a hefeweizen in some ways - though a fresher example might change the overall profile a bit.

Creamy soft mouthfeel with active carbonation. There is a chilly feeling even after the beer begins to warm up a bit - if I were of a more metaphysical mindset I might attribute this to the snow-heavy region of its origin.

Overall, really quite decent. It seems this brewery spent a good deal of time touring their German counterpart's facilities and learned quite a bit. This is an excellent alternative to the more popular rice lagers from Japan - I look forward to purchasing more of this (though I would sacrifice the beauty of the bottle for the protection of a can if I had the choice).

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Bought single can from Max Value, Yomitan, Okinawa...

A - Pours a dark hazy orange with one finger of white head that quickly disappears.
S - Smells of citrus, blood orange, Flintstones vitamins, and sweet syrup.
T - Sweet and light citrus right up front followed by nothing else. A very basic flavor, which would go very well with an orange slice.
M - Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with firm small bubble carbonation.

Overall a delicious Hefeweizen, that is simple and could be easily enjoyed by a first time beer drinker as well as an old salt dog. Recommend.

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3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A blue bottle, adorned with reindeer and mountain peaks. From Well's Discount Liquors.

A: The beer looks more like a witbier than a hefeweizen. It's pale straw color is translucent, barely but it is. The cloudiness obscures things a bit but not significantly. Lots of head on pour, over three fingers, is lacing around the glass. Thick chunks of yeast flowed out of the bottle on the last pour. I'm gonna let those beasties settle to the bottom.

S: A bit of wheat in the nose. The bready pils base is more dominant, chewy even. The nose has the general blandness of most Japanese ales that I've had.

T: Wow! After the lackluster nose, I wasn't expecting the strong weizen start. Banana and bubblegum flourish briefly, a sweetness that covers up the rest of the ale. Pils malts and very little in the way of wheat follow. The start of each sip is a highlight though, ample weizen flavors before they fade away.

M: The mouthfeel is weizen-heavy upfront but generally weak from there on out. The bottle is pretty cool though!

D: A fusion weizen that marries the German style with the Japanese style. It's alright.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a slightly hazy, light to medium golden amber. Thin white head that dissipates to a film and moderate ring around the glass. Aroma is wheat with a hint of lemon and clove, strong skunkiness on opening the bottle that dissipated in the glass. Flavor is sweet wheat, lemon and a hint of cloves and banana, very true to German hefeweizen flavor. Fortunately, no skunk remains from the intial aroma (blue glass bottle may not protect the beer sufficiently, but looks cool and different). Light bodied, true to style. A little on the sweet side for a hefeweizen, but pleasant and refreshing to drink. Glad I got to try this. This bottle states "Ginga Kogen Beer" with no style or beer name stated in English, but matches the "Silver Bottle" label on their website, which is stated to be a hefeweizen. I suspect that both this beer and the "Ginga Kogen Wheat" listing on BA are the same beer. Enjoyable and different.

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has a slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down leaving only a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of wheat and yeast in the nose along with notes of clove and hints of bananas.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a subtle sour aftertaste.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is rather easy to drink and has some refreshing properties.

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3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unique 300 ml blue bottle distributed to U.S.A. picked up at a Mitsuwa Market.

A: Pours a hazy/murky yellowish with a thin white head which fades slowly leaving a few spots of lace.

N: Basic hefe style with wheaty grain, yeast notes and typical clove spices and some banana fruit esters.

T: Mildly tart and lemony. Wheat grains, yeasty with faint malt.

M: Light body and carbonation. Clean and refreshing finish.

O: Fairly traditional for style. O.K., and easy drinking. Note: probably same as other hefeweizen entry listed.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I admit it was my first time trying a Ginga Kogen beer. And compared to the "other" Asian beers on the market, this beer was better in EVERY way, even thought the price was a bit a steep for a 330ml bottle (I believe it as $4.59).

For starters is it a fairly traditional German hefeweizen. The body is a clouded yellow with a generous white head and a fair amount lacing. I didn't however notice that unfiltered nature of the beer as was indicated on the bottle. The beer also seemed to be lacking on the banana and clove taste that is normally associated with this type of beer, but in its defense, I have been drinking A LOT of traditional German Hefeweizen.

There also is a slight, lingering taste of orange on the finish. When all of this is factored in with the cleanliness of the wheat and a smooth light carbonation, it makes for a rather tasty beer.

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3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow colored beer with a small white head.

Sweet and spicy smell lemon and ginger are the two strongest scents. Smells like there is a little coriander in this, smells more like a Belgian wit than a Hefeweizen. Faint candy and banana scents.

Starts out sweet and malty with a powdery yeast finish and a lingering banana flavor. Tastes nothing like it smells lots of banana flavor and little clove flavor, tastes more like ginger.

Mouthfeel is good.

Pricey beer and not at all easy to find, this could beer an everyday beer if you can afford it or live in Japan. In California it is just too rare.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool blue bottle. Surprised to see this at a sushi restaurant in town alongside kirin, asahi, etc. It was $6 for this stubbly litte 300ml bottle, but as it was something i've never had, nor seen before, i had to give it a try.

An interesting unfiltered hefe. Cloudy yellow with a good frothy head that I had to fight through. It's unfortuatly got some macro twangs in there, but lots of good clove and coriander. Brilliant orange peel and citrus. A tad overly sweet, and like I said theres some macro skuzz. THe blue bottle also might not have helped with the freshness.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very cloudy medium yellow in color with a half finger tall off-white head. The head reduces to an extremely thin layer over the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: The most dominant aroma is definitely the wheat and the yeast is also quite present. In the background there are the light aromas of banana and clove.

T: Like the smell, the wheat flavor dominates with the yeast, banana, and clove all playing a lesser part. There is also a slightly sour note in the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: An interesting interpretation of a hefeweizen by the Japanese brewery here, not quite a bold in the flavor + smell and a little light in the color. Not a bad beer and certainly easy enough to drink but I prefer a more traditional hefeweizen personally. The beer is refreshing and sessionable.

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a little rough, it pours a very nice creamy looking one finger head, it disappears pretty quickly though. The body is absolutely beautiful, its like any other wheat beer I have seen before, and for that matter, any other beer I have seen. It looks similar to a Hooegardeen, but a lot oranger. Very cloudy, you can't see through this one bit. It's a hard look to describe, because it's not the way most hefeweizens look, very unique. If it weren't for the quickly disappearing head, I would give this a 4.5 on look. When I first smelled this it smelled a little bit skunky to me, and maybe it is, I don't know, maybe it just smell that way because it's an authentic Japanese beer, and I've never had one of those. On the other hand it very well could be skunky because it's in a blue bottle, and I've never had a beer from a blue bottle, but it doesn't seem like blue would let much light in at all, oh well. Underneath the initial smell, you pick up a lot of other really really good smells, coriander, orange, perhaps a very small hop note. All around the beer just smells so clean, and so refreshing, I'm really looking forward to it! Whoa! That's a crazy taste, lots of levels on this beer. First you get a nice clean taste, not a lot of flavor, then comes the coriander, which makes it taste very similar to Hoegaarden, then comes some orange. The tastes linger really long in your mouth and after they are gone you get kind of a plum like after taste. Not much in the way of hops or malts, slightly bitter, but barely at all. Overall it tastes a lot like a Hoegaarden, better? I dunno, maybe better in some ways and worse in others, but overall very very similar. I like Hoegaarden quite a bit, so naturally I like this beer too. There really isn't any lacing on this beer, so maybe 4 was too much on the appearance, but I'm going to be generous and stick with it because it's such a unique look. The mouthfeel is very very good, it feels nice and wheaty, and even a little thick, with the perfect amount of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good as well, it's not too heavy, and it's very tasty. Overall it's a pretty dang good beer, basically Hoegaarden with a slightly different taste and a better look.

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Ginga Kogen Weizen from Ginga Kogen Beer
85 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.