Ginga Kogen Weizen | Ginga Kogen Beer

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ginga Kogen Beer
Japan
gingakogenbeer.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
“Ginga Kougen Beer” is a “Hefeweizen” style beer a yeast wheat top-fermented beer brewed with more than 50% of wheat malt. It is unfiltered beer distinguished by its fruity aroma and pale color.

Added by Todd on 01-03-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
74
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
11.65%
 
 
Wants:
6
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8
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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of sephyrott
2.4/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of cyrushire
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of apasternak
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of ddibella84
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of johnh7
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Wattie
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dar482
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a hazy golden yellow color.

The aroma has a bit of funky grain and fruit, but generally wheat, banana, a bit of lemon, and pepper.

The flavor follows with a bit of that funky/skunky off banana, citrus, lemon flavor. There's a bit of sweet wheat to clean it up, but with a bit more of off flavors on the finish.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Popped the top of the pretty blue bottle. Pours a nice evenly cloudy lemon honey yellow. Some continued carbonation that lasted several min. The head is a very low, clumpy, eggshell-white experience. LAcing was present but not remarkable.

S - Instantly linseed and lemon peel smells entered the room when the cap was popped. Some honey-comb sweet waxy smells and a bit of powdered sugar.

T - Sour, like lemon pudding that someone forgot to put sugar in. Not overly hoppy. But not enough malty texture either. Pretty much a one flavor experience.

M - Reasonably smooth. A tiny trickle of carbonation eases down the throat just like the lacing in the glass.

D - Overall a fine drinkable example of this style. Not as filling as some hefeweizens, and it's a bit sour, but hops are balanced nicely.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Bought single can from Max Value, Yomitan, Okinawa...

A - Pours a dark hazy orange with one finger of white head that quickly disappears.
S - Smells of citrus, blood orange, Flintstones vitamins, and sweet syrup.
T - Sweet and light citrus right up front followed by nothing else. A very basic flavor, which would go very well with an orange slice.
M - Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with firm small bubble carbonation.

Overall a delicious Hefeweizen, that is simple and could be easily enjoyed by a first time beer drinker as well as an old salt dog. Recommend.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, grain, banana, caramel, spice, and skunk aromas. Taste is much the same with cardboard, wheat, caramel, banana, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but this one seems a bit old to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Brabander
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of NeverSettle
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SMortiL987
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Naerhu
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ingredients: Malt (wheat 55%, barley 45%), hopps.

This is a toned-down weizen with a fine white head, beautiful lace, cloudy orange/gold color and sour/floral aroma. Simple pleasant flavor which was lacking in fruit and spices typical of style were muttled. Super-fine bubbles, however carbonation weaker than what I had hoped for.  

Although this is a review for the can, I have had the bottle and would swear that they bottle is different and far superior.

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Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Average beer, passable for the style. Not too smooth as sweet and sour, but its quaffable. Dry, middle mouthfeel. Some bannana, citric mouthfeel, understated carbonation. White in appearance and nice pour. Yawner however.
Sample #19 at Radekfest 05, courtesy of Oakes.

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Photo of afksports
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Blue bottle "with the reindeer" that pours dirty and with a finger of head. Grainy, but they do let you know it's unfiltered. The smell is actually nice for a weizen, with lemon and honey being the most present.

The taste is a bit tart, followed by the sweetness of a citrus, maybe even a bit tropical. Carbonation provides a nice feel in the mouth to help out the medium body. By the bottom of the glass the grains became too much to finish.

I'm picturing myself on the beach in Japan, sipping this under a canopy overlooking the Pacific, and having it so cold that the mountains and the reindeer make sense. We'll see if that ever happens.

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Photo of akorsak
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A blue bottle, adorned with reindeer and mountain peaks. From Well's Discount Liquors.

A: The beer looks more like a witbier than a hefeweizen. It's pale straw color is translucent, barely but it is. The cloudiness obscures things a bit but not significantly. Lots of head on pour, over three fingers, is lacing around the glass. Thick chunks of yeast flowed out of the bottle on the last pour. I'm gonna let those beasties settle to the bottom.

S: A bit of wheat in the nose. The bready pils base is more dominant, chewy even. The nose has the general blandness of most Japanese ales that I've had.

T: Wow! After the lackluster nose, I wasn't expecting the strong weizen start. Banana and bubblegum flourish briefly, a sweetness that covers up the rest of the ale. Pils malts and very little in the way of wheat follow. The start of each sip is a highlight though, ample weizen flavors before they fade away.

M: The mouthfeel is weizen-heavy upfront but generally weak from there on out. The bottle is pretty cool though!

D: A fusion weizen that marries the German style with the Japanese style. It's alright.

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Photo of davidchollar
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out of the can into the closest thing to a weizen glass i have, very thick, cloudy dark orange. impressive head. huge and thick, lasts forever. amazing appearance, can't believe this is a can. lots to smell, very pronounced ripe banana scents, not so much clove or malt. a little one-dimensional but not bad, definitely smells good.

this has a decent mouthfeel and taste. the bitterness is a little sour and metallic, i really don't think it's because it came out of a can. it's just a little unbalanced, leaves a bit of a bad aftertaste. compared to some german hefes i've had recently this is not so good, but if i want to drink a beer by itself - not with food - i'll take this any day over any j-macro. highly drinkable and enjoyable.

wow. another good japanese weizen (try landbeer and inuyama loreley) and another great can of beer! (try yona yona pale and echigo stout)

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Photo of ironchefkook
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool blue bottle. Surprised to see this at a sushi restaurant in town alongside kirin, asahi, etc. It was $6 for this stubbly litte 300ml bottle, but as it was something i've never had, nor seen before, i had to give it a try.

An interesting unfiltered hefe. Cloudy yellow with a good frothy head that I had to fight through. It's unfortuatly got some macro twangs in there, but lots of good clove and coriander. Brilliant orange peel and citrus. A tad overly sweet, and like I said theres some macro skuzz. THe blue bottle also might not have helped with the freshness.

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Photo of Maillard
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of donnebaby
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ginga Kogen beers are probably my favorite Japanese beers from what I've tried. The appearance of this one, bottled, is truly memorable: it comes in a 500ml thinnish blue bottle w their classic etiquette of two reindeer flying among stars over a forest of spiky green trees (my personal interpretation ;)

There's some thin lacing going on, w some fine bubbles quite slowly diminishing to a thin 2cm head that remains. It's a nice cloudy honey body, appetizing. Pours beautifully.

It's got a clean, even Weizen smell, pretty floral. The carbonation is pretty low, but I prefer a Weizen that's not too bubbly; even so, there's a nice bit at the beginning, smooth. The taste has great flavor, rich, with sweet lasting notes of banana and wintergreen. It's very much drinkable, and a nice treat to enjoy by itself. A well put together beer.

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