Brewed by Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery
Style: German Hefeweizen
Kawagoe-shi, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Serve in Weizen


on tap

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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
The feature of this non-filtered wheat beer is it's bright, smooth, slightly cloudy appearance. Through the use of wheat malt and specially chosen yeasts, this refreshing brew with fruity overtones, boasts a full bodied, yet smooth texture, which glides easily down the throat. With its distinctly individual flavor and smooth elegance, it has been named "shiro," meaning white.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gnoff (8746) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2013
333 ml bottle thanks to Ingo! Sampled on April 8, 2013. Marked (BB?) 13.04.14, purchased late December 2012.
Hazy golden color, white head. Sweet, faint, fruity scent. Sweet, fruity, mellow taste. Apricot aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, low to very low bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ekstedt (5990) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2013
Bottle (33 cl), courtesy of Ingo. Cloudy golden, medium white head. Slightly spicy, a bit oxidized. Medium bodied, moussy carbonation. Semi dry, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoufCustom (1069) - HONG KONG - MAR 26, 2013

330ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long.

Cloudy, hazy pale copperish straw gold colour, very odd and difficult to describe, plus residual dirt-like yeast sediments; One finger head with white foam which last for about 1 minute; Small lacing with some carbonation; Good aroma of banana, vanilla, esters, clove and spices; Fizzy, very tart taste of malt, yeast, caramel, clove, spices, citrus and faint glass; Light body, minimally sweet and crisp palate with initially very strong tartness, plus clove and spicey profile throughout; Hoppiness is much stronger than most German hefeweiss, with lingering lemon and pretty sharp grass and mid-level astringency as finish; Dry and crisp after taste, quite easy to mouth.

Comments: This one is a chimera, with mixed results: very odd colour, decent head and foam, good typical hefeweiss aroma, taste a bit too tart (tolerable though), and a very un-hefeweiss hoppiness. If they can fine-tune the tartness and colour, it has the potential to be one of the top dogs. For now, the sum of its parts doesn’t fully add up with rooms for improvements. Nice tasting exercise and worth a try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nimbleprop (5892) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 14, 2013
33cl bottle pours a hazy, straw gold with some frothy, white head. Smells like a brewery, yeasty esters, clove, banana, sweet, light tropical fruit. Flavor is overly sweet, banana bread, light grass, light lemon, malt, candy sugar, clove. Medium bodied, sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thisis12ptfont (992) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Aroma brings floral, citrus and vanilla to the nose. Pale yellow in color with a decent sized foam. Light, fruity flavors with a pleasant caramel/biscuit malt undertone. Notes of orange, coriander, mango, lemon and creamy vanilla are present. Overall, nothing stands out too much but it is a very pleasant, light beer. Nice Japanese take on a Hef. I’’d give this a B- rating.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
MrChopin (3726) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2013
hazy gold, large puffy white head. Nose is light green apple and paper, hints of wheat. Sweet flavor, hints of wheat and banana, thin and sugary in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (12119) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle, thanks mrchopin. Small white head atop hazy straw body. Aroma is moderately sweet, banana, some cotton candy. Taste is moderately sweet, banana, some orange, cotton candy. Low carbonation, light-medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Citrusy with banana aromas with hints of spice. Pours slightly hazy gold with a white head. Citrus notes up front with bread-like malts there’s a sweetness in the middle with hints of banana. The beer finishes dry with lingering fruitiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidm (1979) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Bottle from Kiing&Godfree. Very intense, complex flavours. Aromas of caramel, honey, grain, and bubblegum. Taste is sweet, with hints of bitterness and sourness, average length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Orange, with no head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (11246) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2012
Bottle poured a cloudy gold witha lasting off white head. Aromas of wheat, yeast and clove. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of wheat, yeast and light clove witha smooth wheat finish.

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