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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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3.72/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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 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 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 Mora2000
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.

Photo of dansushi
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mrskin
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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