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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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of Noyt
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Shakujin
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:big head almost three finger head poping up then hollowing out. Looks pale yellow, but opaque.

Smell: I get those wheat malts coming off of it a litte, but not all that much really, slightly sweet

Taste: Tastes like a wheat beer, nothing exceptional really, but nothing bad. Just well made, light wheat beer. Possibly just a tinge out sourness. I suppose it is slightly more bitter than other beers of this style. Start is a little hoppy, nothing distinct, then comes some light wheaty bannana, wheat beer type tastes, then the finish is quick and dry.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy mouth feel a bit, feels big for a second then comes down.

Drinkability: Good stuff, just nothing really special to bring me back for more. On the other hand its cheap and at regular stores, so a good alternative.

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3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
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 shigg85
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bought a can of this from the Maruhiro department store in Saitama, Japan. I had the Weizen on tap at Popeye's, so I was expecting great things from this one. However, it was unfortunately a big let-down. The initial pour was great, creating lots of foam and a burst of hefe aroma filled with wheat, citrus, and banana. This aroma lasted throughout the beer, and it was refreshing to reflect on. However, the appearance was actually kind of disgusting... following the directions on the can to circulate the beer in the can after I had poured half of it out, I poured the rest into the weizen glass. This last half came out nearly chunky with all of the wheat bits sticking together in globs. These proceeded to stick to the bottom of my glass in a disgusting way. The taste was decent, and the mouthfeel was nice and thick in a way I wish other wheat beers were. However, the appearance of this was a total turn-off. I will not be buying this again, at least not out of a can.

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Photo of davidchollar
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

comes in a cool blue bottle. this ginga kogen hefeweizen looks about the same as the canned one i've had a few times, but the head is smaller here. cloudy, honey colored, head is not as billowy as i would expect for the style. lovely wheat beer smells, pronounced banana. strong enough to get a good score, it smells nice. but the smell would prove to be a little misleading.

hmmm. well, it's pretty good, but i've been drinking weihenstephaner almost exclusively for the past few days so this beer just can't compete. very thin, almost watery mouthfeel. really lacking any depth, not much character. there is something not quite right about this, i think it has a metallic bitterness that is almost sour and unpleasant. but it doesn't ruin the beer, it's not bad, it is forgettable. worth a try if you are really trying to taste all the micros japan has to offer, (like i am) otherwise i would say don't waste your time. hitachino nest ales kick so much more ass.

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Photo of warpedrevolution
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of ejh06752
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of donnebaby
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer features a brilliant neon-orange, slightly cloudy color, scant head, and a strong belgian white citrusy aroma, sweet and creamy, hints of white chocolate and cantaloupe. The taste is hefeweizen to me, medium-strength. Very nice. Aggressive carbonation gives a solid mouthfeel and bubbles the taste through the mouth. The high carbonation, however, I felt took away from the drinkability of the brew.

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Photo of Songminx2
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of harrisjohnson
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zond
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Nunya
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oldsailor
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NastyNorseman
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
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 dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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 cwc
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite Japanese microbrews. I like hefeweizens in general, and this seems like a solid example of the style.

I've only had it from a can, as far as I can remember, but it might be available on draft somewhere in Japan. Poured from a can it pours a big head that settles down to a foamy ring around the beer. The color is appealing: a cloudy, golden color.

A fruity citrusy smell and a refreshing hefeweizen taste. It's tough for me to describe what a hefeweizen tastes like, but in the case of this beer it tastes like the German hefeweizens I've had which seems promising.

Very drinkable, especially on hot summer days. Especially this summer of 2010, the hottest in Japan post-World War II.

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Photo of CHickman
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Photo of tjd25
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice dense creamy head, close to perfection, as always with ginga kogen. The body is of a hazy glittering golden color. The smell is wheaty and yeasty, with a very dry banana aspect. The taste wheaty and with a dry salted banana aspect. Sweet and enjoyable. Maybe some peaches. The mouthfeel is enjoyable, after a few sips I thought it was a bit watery, but then I thought it was ok for a weizen. The body isn't weak, it's decent. Nicely citric. Could be a bit more complex, but let's not complain.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +2.6%
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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Photo of Naerhu
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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 bonbini26
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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