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Echigo Weizen

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Brewed by Echigo Beer Company
Style: German Kristallweizen
Nishikanbara-gun, Niigata-ken, Japan
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 2.96/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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My translation from J to E. This is a beer style from Bavaria Germany. It has a soft clovey aroma and uses a special yeast. It has a fruity aroma characteristic.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maekchu (2200) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 29, 2014
Can from local Yamaya store. Light sourish citrus nose, a modicum of very light banana notes, no spice. Hazy medium straw. Light banana, yeast, bit of citrus, creamy light wheaty finish. Medium body. Not too bad. Very drinkable.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Westkyoto77 (530) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 12, 2014
Can from Yamaya. Spicy, estert nose with a touch of garbage. Medium body, pretty high carbonation. Flavours not bad- mildly creamy wheat, hint of banana. More sweet than sour for me. Not awful.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GenkiGonzo (310) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 3, 2014
Can from Yamaya. Very pale gold with small whi head that doesn’t last. Aroma has spices, cloves and wheat. Light flavour, not enough banana for a weizen for me.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theis (13559) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2014
Can at Hotel Vintage Shinjuku. Clear yellow - white head. Banana, wheaty, cloves, light light orange, sweetness, lots of yeast, light bitterness.....

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2176) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 14, 2013
5% 280 yen from Yamaya drunk straight from the can during Gion Matsuri in Kyoto. It has a sweet estery spicy aroma with some ale malt notes but an mostly a clove spiciness. I think it is more of a wheat ale than a weizen in terms of the flavor profile but I loved the clove & herbal spicy notes (which is what I prefer in a weizen over banana). Pretty darn good.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
GoufCustom (845) - HONG KONG - MAR 15, 2013


330ml can bought at CitySuper in Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui. Clear pale golden colour; Very thin head and white foam which last for about 1 minute; Minimal lacing and fizzy carbonation; Potent smell of ester, cloves, spices and hint of burnt rubber. No customary banana or vanilla is detected; Light tart taste of clove, with strong spices, citrus, light grass, and hint of phenol; Light body, thin palate with light malt and spices wrapped up tightly in a strong phenolic background all the way, with tartness being well presented; Hoppiness barely detectable with hint of astringency as semi-finish; Pretty dry after taste, quite easy to mouth but the lingering phenol taste is somewhat troublesome.

Comments: being a Kristallweiss, this one has more downs than ups: flat-looking head and lacing, castrated aroma (no banana and vanilla, my favourites), strong and troubling smell and taste of phenolic elements, which is quite troublesome to my tasting pleasure. In short, a disappointment, and I don’t think I’ll have it again.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyobon (943) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2013
(Can) Cloudy yellow with big white head. Aroma is fairly subtle but the dominant notes are spcice and ester. Lovely velvety mouthfeel from fine carbonation. Flavour has lemon tartness, light malt sweetness, hints if banana and spice. Overall a very pleasant and refreshing beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shoulderbroken (2107) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 12, 2012
Can at home bought from tokyu food show. Very pale blonde colour, very translucent, small white head that fades quickly. Aroma is cereal, bit of cream, little hint of spice. Taste is pretty easy going, touch of lemon, hint of banana, bit of wheat and cream, everything you might expect but not so prominent. Very easy to drink and perfectly pleasant but not much more than that.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JUN 17, 2012
A soft, just there weiss. As with any Echigo beer you’re never really challenged in any way. It’s easy drinking, but uneventful. Light banana and clovey yeast with a short finish. A tad thin compared to a good example of this style.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7285) - NUNEATON, Top 22, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2011
(’Japan’s first micro brewery’, ’craft beer the world’) etc. Looks: sky blue can. Place: bus. Authentic waft of clove, banana chews, slight floured rubber about the nose. A little bit papery maybe but otherwise exactly the kind of clove-peppered, lemon puff and banana-accented refresher I was hoping for. Bit thin and scratchy, some light earthiness there. Pretty decent, but then I’m a sucker for a weizen.


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