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Ginga Kogen Weizen - Ginga Kogen Beer

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BA SCORE
85
very good

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
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 cyrushire
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

cyrushire, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of apasternak
3/5  rDev -19.8%

apasternak, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of johnh7
3/5  rDev -19.8%

johnh7, May 22, 2014
Photo of jeranbrews
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Popped the top of the pretty blue bottle. Pours a nice evenly cloudy lemon honey yellow. Some continued carbonation that lasted several min. The head is a very low, clumpy, eggshell-white experience. LAcing was present but not remarkable.

S - Instantly linseed and lemon peel smells entered the room when the cap was popped. Some honey-comb sweet waxy smells and a bit of powdered sugar.

T - Sour, like lemon pudding that someone forgot to put sugar in. Not overly hoppy. But not enough malty texture either. Pretty much a one flavor experience.

M - Reasonably smooth. A tiny trickle of carbonation eases down the throat just like the lacing in the glass.

D - Overall a fine drinkable example of this style. Not as filling as some hefeweizens, and it's a bit sour, but hops are balanced nicely.

jeranbrews, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of dar482
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a hazy golden yellow color.

The aroma has a bit of funky grain and fruit, but generally wheat, banana, a bit of lemon, and pepper.

The flavor follows with a bit of that funky/skunky off banana, citrus, lemon flavor. There's a bit of sweet wheat to clean it up, but with a bit more of off flavors on the finish.

dar482, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

kuishinbo_tantei, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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.

JoeAmerican77, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of mrjez
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

mrjez, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Brabander
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Brabander, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of SMortiL987
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

SMortiL987, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of Naerhu
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ingredients: Malt (wheat 55%, barley 45%), hopps.

This is a toned-down weizen with a fine white head, beautiful lace, cloudy orange/gold color and sour/floral aroma. Simple pleasant flavor which was lacking in fruit and spices typical of style were muttled. Super-fine bubbles, however carbonation weaker than what I had hoped for.  

Although this is a review for the can, I have had the bottle and would swear that they bottle is different and far superior.

Naerhu, Jan 03, 2003
Photo of afksports
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Blue bottle "with the reindeer" that pours dirty and with a finger of head. Grainy, but they do let you know it's unfiltered. The smell is actually nice for a weizen, with lemon and honey being the most present.

The taste is a bit tart, followed by the sweetness of a citrus, maybe even a bit tropical. Carbonation provides a nice feel in the mouth to help out the medium body. By the bottom of the glass the grains became too much to finish.

I'm picturing myself on the beach in Japan, sipping this under a canopy overlooking the Pacific, and having it so cold that the mountains and the reindeer make sense. We'll see if that ever happens.

afksports, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Sammy, Apr 04, 2005
Photo of akorsak
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

akorsak, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of davidchollar
3.48/5  rDev -7%
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)

davidchollar, May 03, 2006
Photo of ironchefkook
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

ironchefkook, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

SurlyDuff, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

djrn2, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of donnebaby
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

donnebaby, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of soulgrowl
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

soulgrowl, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of wethorseblanket
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

wethorseblanket, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of broken22
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

broken22, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

metter98, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

dbrauneis, Mar 22, 2012
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Ginga Kogen Weizen from Ginga Kogen Beer
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