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Ginga Kogen WeizenGinga Kogen Weizen

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Ginga Kogen Beer

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.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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 soulgrowl
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy lemon yellow with a tall and pillowy but audibly fizzy head; retention is good, but not great. Otherwise this looks exactly how a Hefe Weizen ought to look.

Smell: Spicy and refreshing, very clove-forward with a side of spearmint, along with a standard green banana fruity tartness and a pleasant tone of freshly popped popcorn. The yeast combines very nicely with the malts to create a sweet, doughy essence of white bread. A tad too citric for the style, in my opinion, with some odd lemon-lime soda notes in the background.

Taste: Sourdough bread and lemon rinds predominate, with a sprinkle of cloves and just a hint of banana. Hops are perhaps too pronounced, as their citric tang seems to interfere with the yeast and malts. Not bad, but not nearly as smooth or as balanced as I like my Hefes. Finish is short, but with a light lingering bitter tang similar to quinine.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, but well punctuated by some lively carbonation. My only complaint is that it feels a bit too light.

Drinkability: Meh. A decent wheat beer, but also a very basic one.

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Photo of davidchollar
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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 Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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 tjd25
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The head's creamy, the body of a slightly hazy golden color. It looks pretty active.The usual suspects in the smell: wheat and yeast, together with ripe banana aromas, maybe hints of strawberries. An impression of freshness invades the nose.
The taste is basically what you would expect from the smell and from a hefe weizen: nice refreshing yeasty and wheaty flavors, some sweet banana notes; the difference with other beers of the style was the more pronounced citric aspect of the brew: very sweet, there's almost some tart biting the tongue after the first gulp. Sweet almost like powdered sugar on a meringue, with the crispness, the melting aspect and the floury notes of a meringue. The mouthfeel is thick enough, very creamy and enjoyable. A nice level of carbonation. The finish is quite dry, but the round feelings of the first sips of the beer remain in my mind as I drink it. Good.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of Naerhu
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
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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