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Ginga Kogen Weizen - Ginga Kogen Beer

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Ginga Kogen WeizenGinga Kogen Weizen

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84
good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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 -32.6%

cyrushire, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of afksports
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
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 donnebaby
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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 falconxman
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

falconxman, May 03, 2012
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

SurlyDuff, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of tjd25
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The head's creamy, the body of a slightly hazy golden color. It looks pretty active.The usual suspects in the smell: wheat and yeast, together with ripe banana aromas, maybe hints of strawberries. An impression of freshness invades the nose.
The taste is basically what you would expect from the smell and from a hefe weizen: nice refreshing yeasty and wheaty flavors, some sweet banana notes; the difference with other beers of the style was the more pronounced citric aspect of the brew: very sweet, there's almost some tart biting the tongue after the first gulp. Sweet almost like powdered sugar on a meringue, with the crispness, the melting aspect and the floury notes of a meringue. The mouthfeel is thick enough, very creamy and enjoyable. A nice level of carbonation. The finish is quite dry, but the round feelings of the first sips of the beer remain in my mind as I drink it. Good.

tjd25, Jun 16, 2004
Photo of chanokokoro
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 300 ml bottle into a weizen glass

Pours a cloudy light gold capped with a two and half finger clean white fluffy head. Above average retention and plenty of splotchy lacing. Bready yeast, banana, clove, and light lemongrass accent. Opens with banana tinged yeast, clove and perhaps a hint of coriander. Finishes with lightly sweet white bread, perhaps even some angel cake and more banana hints. Abundant, bubbly carbonation, very pleasantly creamy. The heavier side of light bodied to very light medium bodied. An excellent hefeweizen. I'm hopeful that the local Japanese supermarket will keep this stocked through the summer.

chanokokoro, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

dpodratsky3, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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, Yesterday at 09:12 AM
Photo of jeranbrews
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
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 amano_h
4/5  rDev +7.8%

amano_h, Jun 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

ironchefkook, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of stomioka
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

stomioka, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of mrjez
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

mrjez, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

MaltsOfGlory, May 04, 2011
Photo of davidchollar
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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)

davidchollar, May 03, 2006
Photo of ggourde
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

ggourde, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

kuishinbo_tantei, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of coobstar
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

coobstar, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of TokyoCO
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

TokyoCO, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of broken22
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

broken22, Feb 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

knot, Aug 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

johnh7, May 22, 2014
Photo of SMortiL987
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

SMortiL987, Jul 16, 2012
Ginga Kogen Weizen from Ginga Kogen Beer
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