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


on tap


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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8492) - 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 (4717) - 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 (8377) - 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 (5903) - 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 (1295) - New York City, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (3233) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle from "Japan" at EPCOT. Pours cloudy dark golden color with white head. Aromas of banana, clove, corriander and wheat. Similar flavors with some yeast. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Decent but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (3290) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Decent Belgian white but a bit thin on the palate. A bit fruity and pretty dry and drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redtechnj (249) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Aroma- Crispy, sweet, Wheat, some lemon Appearance- cloudy golden with a nice fluffy white head. Average lasting head with nice lacing. Flavor- Floral, crisp,some lemon and grass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Sweet and fruity on a bread-like base. Some apple, lemon, and grape. Lingering aftertaste.

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