Ginga Kogen Wheat Beer | Ginga Kogen Beer

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Ginga Kogen Wheat BeerGinga Kogen Wheat Beer

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Ginga Kogen Beer

Style: 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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4.64/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Tsuriman
4.64/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What you would expect from a nice hefe. Nice thick head out of the can, cloudy yellow, and a aroma of bananas and a little clove.

Taste is nice, refreshing, a little thin but very drinkable and enjoyable beer to the end.

A tad thin in taste and body and color(almost colorless on the edges) but very nice overall. When in Japan a good find in a neighborhood supermarket.

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Photo of TokyoCO
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a can at my local supermarket, poured into a goblet.

A: Very cloudy tan color, almost a hint of red/pink coloration. Lots of suspended particles! Large head that stuck around for a while.

S: Fresh citrus, peach, lemon, banana, slight hop smell.

T: Follows the smell, sweeter citrus flavors at the start, followed by a stronger peach flavor, and a quite sour citrus finish. This is really interesting, was not expecting the great sour taste in the finish!

M: Balance of creaminess and sour citrus prickles.

O: This is really good! More of a sour citrus and peach taste then hefes that I have had before. A very pleasant beer that I will definitely get again!

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Photo of virinow
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of wdf210
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of uuoo33
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded brown touched yellow with no head. Floaties all up in there. Nose is dirty. At first and then it turns into a witbier. Mild funk, minimal earth, and some noticeable citrus tones. Flavor is quite good I have to say. Good level of funk, excellent balance of citrus, minimal and very good amounts of spice and dough. Feel is smooth on liquid with a slightly biting carbonation. This is a damn fine witbier. Damn fine. I had low expectations quickly blown out of the water. Highly suggested.

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Photo of salias
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RobertJBeer
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of justdaryl
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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 RonaldTheriot
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
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.


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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is available in several packages, and what I have is labeled the "silver bottle" in Japan, but reads "Imported" in the united states. It's a 300 ml/10.1 fl. oz. blue glass bottle with a white, navy blue, and silver label. I believe there's a date code on the back. For example "4 K 08" could possibly be April 2008, with the K referring to a week; or perhaps it's the 4th week of 2008... ?

It pours a typical Bavarian hefeweizen appearance with a cloudy orange and gold body beneath a massive head of bright white froth that holds remarkably well and leaves some nice lacing behind. The lacing could be a bit better, but...

The aroma is sweetish, wheaty, and spicy (but not distinctly clove-like, although there is some there). Beyond that it's just a slight touch grassy.

The flavor is initially spicy, followed by notes of cedar and grassy hops. It's not sweet, as the aroma suggests, because it's balanced by bright spiciness and an underlying, low-level bitterness. It's not very fruity except for some banana notes, and the clove is fairly reigned in. It finishes spicy and cedar-like, with just a little bit of grassy hops and some mild, residual wheaty maltiness (it's brewed from 50% barley/50% wheat).

Overall, it's a really well-brewed, well-balanced hefeweizen. It's very focused, and the banana and spiciness of the yeast doesn't run amok. It does kind of over-power the malt slightly, but the bright spiciness is actually kind of refreshing. Additionally, the cedar note is really unique, and kind of intriguing. Certainly worth trying!

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Photo of IckyT2012
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of SGR1220
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlvinLin
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Naerhu
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light opaque orange body with white 2 centimeter head and decent lacing. Cream soday with orange sherbet aroma. A refreshing large amount of hops for the style and quite dry.

This is a mid-weight beer and fades quite quickly making for the perfect beer for popcorn and watching the UFC.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from awesome 300mL blue bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale yellow hue with just a tiny touch of haze and two fingers of frothy white foam. Not bad.

Smell: very refreshing wheaty aroma with just a touch of spicy clove. Simple, but quite nice.

Taste: well-crafted wheaty flavor with hints of banana and citrus. The malt component is also a little bit nutty which creates a nice flavor indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess. Solidly hefeweizen-ey.

Overall: I rather like this hefeweizen; evidently, the Japanese are better at doing this style than are the Americans.

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Photo of shivtim
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a can of this beer at a large liquor store in Kyoto.
The can doesn't have English on it (except the company's website), but it's the blue and gold version.

It's a pale straw color, with a foamy white head.

Nose is yeasty, bready, and some bubblegum.

Taste is actually quite true to style and well done. Malty banana, strong cloves, and wheat.

Mouthfeel is decent, but maybe just a bit watery for a hefe. Still good carbonation.

Overall this is a surprisingly competent beer, especially for a canned hefeweizen. I'd buy it again.

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