Ginga Kogen Wheat Beer | Ginga Kogen Beer

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Ginga Kogen Wheat BeerGinga Kogen Wheat Beer
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3.92/5
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48 Ratings
Ginga Kogen Wheat BeerGinga Kogen Wheat Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ginga Kogen Beer
Japan
gingakogenbeer.com

Style: German Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Naerhu on 02-10-2004

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Ranking:
#13,391
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
48
pDev:
11.48%
 
 
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3
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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer was poured from a blue bottle, but it’s the import version with the silver mountains and trademark reindeers and stars in the background.

With a opaque straw color, the beer has flavors of prominent banana, clove and some lemon, all of which weaves together really nicely, like the flavors of the Alley Cat from Lost Coast Brewing. There is also a hint of slightly stale yeast bread and some sweet caramel and malt. The aroma is slightly stale banana clove bread with a aftertaste of banana lemon yeast bread, as the carbonation, while starting lively, gets mellow after a short time. In terms of Hefeweizens in Japan, this tastes like the best one outside of Germany. Coming back to the USA, I highly recommend the Hefeweizen from Karl Strauss Brewing in San Diego and A Slice of Hefen from La Cumbre Brewing in Albuquerque. Those two beers are a benchmark for hefeweizens outside of Germany!

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Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

350 ml can on the Shinkansen to Hiroshima, Japan. BB dated 12/2018

Cloudy pale golden body with an off-white head that has limited retention.
Aroma: spicy, yeasty, bready and fruity
Flavor: follows the aroma but with clear notes of banana, pear and clove.
Medium-light body with medium carbonation.
Overall: distinct version of style.

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Photo of BlueKurenai
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of HeartPAC
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SGR1220
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of uuoo33
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Photo of Nunya
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NastyNorseman
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
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 +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of harrisjohnson
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Songminx2
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of salias
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IckyT2012
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oldsailor
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
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 +2%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Photo of Absolute4x4
4.64/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of wdf210
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Zond
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 48 ratings