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Echigo Weizen

Brewed by Echigo Beer Company
Style: German Kristallweizen
Nishikanbara-gun, Niigata-ken, Japan
Serve in Weizen


on tap


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 2.96/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minihame2 (249) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 18, 2015
Hazy, yellow and brownish colour with a white head. Very mild aroma with some hops and sweet notes. Sweet taste, it has a hint of banana bread to it. Soft mouthfeel, not a whole lot of carbonation. Decent overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
evergreen0199 (2260) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2015
Can from Yamaya, Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan. A hazy golden yellow coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Yeasty, spice aroma. Tastes similar, spice, yeasty, clove, wheaty. Quite pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jinroh (626) - ESTONIA - MAR 21, 2015
Pours a bit hazy, looks pale and watery. Some foam that is gone fast. Aroma has nothing special, has some wet cardboard, sour, not really nice. Taste is slightly better, has a bit of spices, body is almost decent actually. However, again a beer that is maybe OK to drink but that lacks character and is not really pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (9482) - Hasborn, GERMANY - NOV 26, 2014
Milchig trüb, goldgelb, ordentliche weiße Schaumkrone. Aber das ist doch kein Kristallweizen? Geruch leicht hefig, fruchtig, bananig, typisch Weizen. Geschmack hefig, bananig fruchtig, Ester, süß bananiger Abgang, ok!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maekchu (2536) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Westkyoto77 (545) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GenkiGonzo (511) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theis (14087) - 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.....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2719) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
GoufCustom (970) - 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.

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