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Ginga Kogen Wheat BeerGinga Kogen Wheat Beer
BA SCORE
3.94/5
Very Good
44 Ratings
Ginga Kogen Wheat BeerGinga Kogen Wheat Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ginga Kogen Beer
Japan
gingakogenbeer.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Naerhu on 02-10-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,592
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
44
pDev:
10.41%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of uuoo33
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy pale to medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint burnt orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat malts with moderate aromas of banana and just a hint of clove.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavors of wheat malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by slightly less than moderate flavors of banana with a light flavor of clove and just a hint of grassy hops. Light amount of bitterness in the finish which fades away almost instantly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: My wife brought this can back from Japan just before Christmas. A passable hefeweizen, easy to drink, and enjoyable with a slightly thin mouthfeel but one I could see matching well with more subtle Japanese food dishes.

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3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NastyNorseman
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden and hazy with bubbly dissipating head. Smells of malt, grains, citrus zest, and spice. Hefeweizen taste with citrus, subtle hop bitterness and spice. Not too sweet. Nicely balanced. Finished crisp, light with pleasantly sour aftertaste.

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Photo of EdgarGerik
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of harrisjohnson
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Songminx2
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of salias
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IckyT2012
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oldsailor
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ginga Kogen has a thick, creamy, white head, a milky, opaque, yellow-gold appearance, and moderate lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of banana, coriander, slight smoke, and white wheat. Taste is of all that with bubble gum and white pepper. Bitterness is low, and sugariness is high.

RJT

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

"Silver Bottle" picked up from Yamaya. Pours a frothy, two-finger head which dissipates relatively quickly and leaves a lasting crown. Little lacing. Hazy, pale amber body. The aroma is a delightful blend of spicy and sweet—definite clove but restrained bubble gum. Flavor includes clove, subtle banana, and mild vanilla sweetness; a mildly tart finish with a lingering grainy quality. Medium body with soft carbonation and a light carbonic bite; moderately dry finish.

This is a very pleasing hefeweizen that covers all the bases while striking a good balance especially in the flavor by avoiding an excess of banana and bubble gum and restraining the tart, citrusy finish.

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4.64/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of wdf210
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Zond
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of RobertJBeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of CHickman
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out in a very cool looking blue bottle and pours hazy bright gold color with a big foamy 2 finger white head that lasted a while, fading slowly and leaving decent lacing.

Very nice aroma with a combo of sweet fruit and yeast dominating, then a mix of floral hops, bready notes and mild spices. It was strong, sweet and enjoyable with hints of citrus like lemon zest.

Taste was like a good German hefeweizen with yeast, lemon, citrus hops, light banana, light caramel, wheat bread, floral hops and mild spices; it was sweet, but very drinkable and refreshing as the malt balance let the yeast and hop combine for a mostly fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel was very light, crisp and refreshingly dry, with active carbonation, good flavor and a nice sweet aftertaste.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by how good this beer was, as it was the only brew on the menu of the sushi place I had not tried and it was one of the best Japanese beers that I’ve ever had. It was full of flavor and easy to drink. The only negative was it costs $10 per bottle.

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3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes: Labeled "Silver Bottle." US Import listed as "Plateau of the Galaxy" on back label.
330ml bottle (Nice, blue & short). Long foot tulip glass. Golden straw, foggy appearance. White froth, lasting & close crown. Yeasty & bready notes, hints of clove & subtle smoke to the nose. Funny sparkling upfront, subtle flavors of bread & banana. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily texture. Hints of fruit & citric peel provide soft astringency. Dry finish & fruity aftertaste. Refreshing & easy drinkable.

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Photo of Noyt
3/5  rDev -23.9%

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Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 44 ratings
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