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: 44 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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 dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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 nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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 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 shigg85
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
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 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 Nunya
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CHickman
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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 IckyT2012
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of virinow
4.5/5  rDev +16%

3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
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 EdgarGerik
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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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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 YamagamiTravis
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of AlvinLin
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of donnebaby
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
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 harrisjohnson
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oldsailor
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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