Brewed by Ginga Kogen Beer Company
Style: German Hefeweizen
Sawauchi, Iwate Prefecture, Japan
Serve in Weizen


on tap


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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Fruity beer with rich taste made by packaging "Weizen", the traditional beer in the South Germany made of over 50 % of wheat malt, without filtering beer yeast.
Note: This beer comes in the can, pictured at left, and in a new bottle that is labeled "Silver Bottle." US Import listed as "Plateau of the Galaxy" on back label.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrmartin (751) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Hazy Dark Golden pour with no head. Sweet wheaty nose hint of citrus Flat. Semisweet. Lots of Wheat characteristics. Unique but not quite for me. Love the bottle design.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GBZ59 (1193) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - SEP 4, 2013
Botella de 330ml (Elegante, baja y azul). Copa Tulipa de pie largo. Color pajizo dorado y apariencia turbia. Espuma blanca y corona tupida y persistente. Aromas de levadura, pan, trazos de clavo y sutil humo. Entrada divertida y chispeante con sutiles sabores de plátano y pan. Cuerpo medio y carbonatación moderada. Textura densa. Matices afrutados y piel cítrica que aportan una agradable astringencia en el intermedio. Final seco y retrogusto afrutado. Refrescante y de muy fácil asimilación. 330ml bottle (Nice, blue & short). Long foot tulip glass. Golden straw, foggy appearance. White froth, lasting & close crown. Yeasty & bready notes, hints of clove & subtle smoke to the nose. Funny sparkling upfront, subtle flavors of bread & banana. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily texture. Hints of fruit & citric peel provide soft astringency. Dry finish & fruity aftertaste. Refreshing & easy drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westkyoto77 (562) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 21, 2013
Can. Quite a unique beer, given its growing presence in stores around Japan. Fruity and fresh aromas of citrus and spice, but not as full and balanced as a true Belgian white. Flavours are fairly strong, though it got a little sour as it warmed up. Still pretty good, and a welcome sight in supermarket and conbini fridges. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoufCustom (1105) - HONG KONG - MAY 3, 2013

330ml can bought at CitySuper in Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Cloudy hazy dull light golden colour with grapefruit hue; Less than half finger head with weak white foam which last for about 30 seconds; Small lacing and notable slight carbonation; Very fragrant aroma of banana, orange, light grapefruit, light caramel, malt and light cloves; Light taste of malt, mashed banana, orange, slight grapefruit, yeast, cloves, spices, very light citrus and faint glass; Medium to light body, slightly thick but crisp palate; Taste is non-sweet malt light malt in a very light tart background, with pleasant orange and grapefruit, light banana, cloves and spices; Hoppiness is minimal, mostly light citrus taste but with hint of bitterness; Finishing is very light citrus and tartness; Quite dry after taste, very easy to mouth.

Comments: A good weizen from a big-name Japanese micro which is beyond my expectations. I know that GK has a hefeweiss proper known as ‘Weizen’, so I guess this one is purposely created as a hybrid of hefeweiss and wheat ale. The weak looking head is deceiving, as its taste is very crisp, dry and clean, with colourful fruity characters including some rare grapefruit. This serves as the stellar example for the likes of Koedo and Echigo in making good German weiss. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This rather dry Weizen shares plenty of bananas and wheat while floral nuances prepare a mineral touch in the finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam quickly depletes atop the cloudy beige.
-Carbonation is appropriately high, just like in most Bavarian examples.
-The mouthfeel could be tighter and smoother, but the flavor profile is nicely expressive and engaging.
-Wheat is cleanly expressed from aroma to finish ; there is more than fermentation character in this brew...


   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndySnow (4930) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2013
Can. Golden colour with a white head. Lemon, wheat aroma. Flavour is fruity, sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gnoff (8793) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2013
35 cl can thanks to Ingo! Sampled on April 8, 2013. Marked (BB?) 13.06, purchased late December 2012.
Murky yellow color, white head. Sweet, sugary, fruity, banana, esters, phenoles, butterscotch scent. Sweet, banana, estery, clove taste. Medium to spritzy mouthfeel, low bitterness. Estery banana aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ekstedt (6025) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2013
Can (33 cl), courtesy of Ingo. Cloudy golden, medium white head. Fruity, bready, abit sugary and vinuous, slightly spicy and herbal. Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. Semi dry, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scipio (756) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Thank you again to Chris for this rare gift. Pours a bright yellowish, hazy golden with a full, bubbly white head. Aroma is banana, orange, wheat, and spices. It has a very Belgian impression to it. The taste is similar to the aroma. The banana stands out the most, followed by the orange and spices. Short aftertaste of banana and spice. Some bubbly carbonation up front, but it seems to be more flat at the end. Light in body with a slick texture. It is refreshing to drink. I had this many years ago on a visit to Japan. I think I liked it more back then when I was more naive. However I’m pleased to say that I think this is still very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
trapped (1416) - New York, TURKEY - JAN 27, 2013
Blue tinted bottle with blue label, white reindeers and ’premium unfiltered beer’ under them. Pale yellow color with slight haziness, strong fruity smell, high carbonation, slightly bitter citrusy taste, long finish. A nice hefeweizen.

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