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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:
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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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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 TokyoCO
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can bought in Japan, poured into a goblet.

A: Light hazy color, almost a dark orange. Large foamy head that left great lacing.

S: Banana, cloves, peach, citrus, orange.

T:Hints of banana, and peach. Yeast is also present. Kind of bready in the middle and finish. Finishes with malts and bread along with a citrus bite.

M: Creamy but quite carbonated.

O: The smell is excellent and the taste is good but doesn't quite match the smell. Still a good hef that hits the spot!

Photo of OneBrewru
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ginga Kougen Weizen brew pours a rich, cloudy, golden hue and is topped by a with a frothy cloud-white head. Little to no lacing clings to the glass. The appearance is very true to the style.

The aroma of this beer is also very true to the hefeweizen style. Rich and bready smells are present but an acutely powerful clove aroma pierces through. A mild yeast funkiness is also apparent.

Taste-wise, this beer is rock solid. As the aroma would indicate, strong banana bread and clove flavors dominate. The clove is just a bit stronger than it should be, but does help cut through the thick malty flavors.

The texture of this beer is a bit thicker than many hefeweizens and with a bit less carbonation than usual.

All in all, I could drink this beer on a hot summer day or a cold winter night and be satisfied with either. It's light alcohol content lends itself to being a session beer, but the complex flavors make just a pint more than enjoyable.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

300ml blue bottle served in a weizen glass.

L - hazed yellow color with a white head that thinned to a ring.

S - some skunkiness along with subtle wheat and spices.

T - there's no skunkiness in the taste, just light but good hefeweizen flavors with a tart, lemony finish.

F - lighter bodied with a crisp feel.

O - a good, refreshing beer.

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

300ml unique blue bottle poured into pint glass

A: Very hazy, butterscotch orange, head starts big, then settles to just around half a finger, very smooth looking white head

S: Like an average weizen, big wheat presence with hints of citrus in the back, there is a also an almost yeasty presence too

T: Definitely a weizen, but a little different, starts again with that big wheat flavor, but then it gets very sweet, the exact flavor is hard to place, almost honey-like, its a bold flavor but doesn't overpower, also has a slight belgian yeast like quality, intersting

M: Pretty light, has that melt in your mouth quality

D: High, super easy to drink

Notes: This looks and feels like a normal weizen for all intents and purposes. However, it definitely has its unique qualities. That sweet honey like flavor is able to stay light, while offering some different flavors. It is also very easy to drink with a good mouthfeel.

Photo of Zorro
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.

Photo of falconxman
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of stomioka
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ggourde
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Poupae
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dbrauneis
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 Cheebacheebs
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

Photo of BallsDeep
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of wethorseblanket
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.

Photo of broken22
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So I'm at my local Asian grocery store Mitsuwa and what did I find but some decent looking brews from Japan that weren't asahi or kirin. This is a rare event one which I hope becomes more regular. So lets get on with it.

So the bottle says unfiltered so after I pop this baddy open I pour this thing slowly as to not disturb the sediment. A nice golden cloudy beer flows out with not much head to speak of. Then again I had the glass at a slant so that would kill any head from forming. The beer is definitely effervescent as there is a continuous stream of bubbles. The smell is very Hefeweizen with a banana like smell to it. The flavor is slightly banana like but more of an yeasty apple flavor. The bubbles I was mentioning earlier will light up your tongue. The dancing bubbles are actually quite nice. They make the beer seem almost soft in the mouth.

Overall this is a decent hefeweizen. The flavor was nice and made for a nice glass of beer. On a side note I really like the color of these bottles; they are a nice dark blue. The blue bottle would make for a much nicer image. If you like hefeweizens then pick one of these up.

Photo of donnebaby
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ginga Kogen beers are probably my favorite Japanese beers from what I've tried. The appearance of this one, bottled, is truly memorable: it comes in a 500ml thinnish blue bottle w their classic etiquette of two reindeer flying among stars over a forest of spiky green trees (my personal interpretation ;)

There's some thin lacing going on, w some fine bubbles quite slowly diminishing to a thin 2cm head that remains. It's a nice cloudy honey body, appetizing. Pours beautifully.

It's got a clean, even Weizen smell, pretty floral. The carbonation is pretty low, but I prefer a Weizen that's not too bubbly; even so, there's a nice bit at the beginning, smooth. The taste has great flavor, rich, with sweet lasting notes of banana and wintergreen. It's very much drinkable, and a nice treat to enjoy by itself. A well put together beer.

Photo of soulgrowl
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy lemon yellow with a tall and pillowy but audibly fizzy head; retention is good, but not great. Otherwise this looks exactly how a Hefe Weizen ought to look.

Smell: Spicy and refreshing, very clove-forward with a side of spearmint, along with a standard green banana fruity tartness and a pleasant tone of freshly popped popcorn. The yeast combines very nicely with the malts to create a sweet, doughy essence of white bread. A tad too citric for the style, in my opinion, with some odd lemon-lime soda notes in the background.

Taste: Sourdough bread and lemon rinds predominate, with a sprinkle of cloves and just a hint of banana. Hops are perhaps too pronounced, as their citric tang seems to interfere with the yeast and malts. Not bad, but not nearly as smooth or as balanced as I like my Hefes. Finish is short, but with a light lingering bitter tang similar to quinine.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, but well punctuated by some lively carbonation. My only complaint is that it feels a bit too light.

Drinkability: Meh. A decent wheat beer, but also a very basic one.

Photo of ironchefkook
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of SurlyDuff
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.

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of davidchollar
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out of the can into the closest thing to a weizen glass i have, very thick, cloudy dark orange. impressive head. huge and thick, lasts forever. amazing appearance, can't believe this is a can. lots to smell, very pronounced ripe banana scents, not so much clove or malt. a little one-dimensional but not bad, definitely smells good.

this has a decent mouthfeel and taste. the bitterness is a little sour and metallic, i really don't think it's because it came out of a can. it's just a little unbalanced, leaves a bit of a bad aftertaste. compared to some german hefes i've had recently this is not so good, but if i want to drink a beer by itself - not with food - i'll take this any day over any j-macro. highly drinkable and enjoyable.

wow. another good japanese weizen (try landbeer and inuyama loreley) and another great can of beer! (try yona yona pale and echigo stout)

Photo of akorsak
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 Sammy
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.

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