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


on tap

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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Banana and clove notes in the aroma with hints of nutmeg. The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a white head. Spicy clove and banana flavors, finishes very crisp. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Wow. Completely surpirsed by this beer! Exceptional light but tasty hefe flavor. Certainly not something that you would anticipate for a Japanese beer. It is lighter than a typical German Hefe, but very ioce flavor. My one downfall of the beer is the lack of head and lacing. There is none. Slightly flat and unspirited.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Padron4KM (800) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2011
10.1 oz blue bottle from Total Wine in Las Vegas NV Cloudy yellow, with a quickly evaporating head, and no lace. Aroma has some slightly sour notes and overripe banana. Flavor is sweet banana, with a touch of sour, some clove spice, and a light lemony finish. Pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdKing (2405) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2011
Can from Kinokuniya. Pours cloudy yellow/white. Aroma is little bit yeasty, citrous and spicy. Taste is very refreshing. Citrous hops, coriander, milk texture. Some malt and wheat on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (5717) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Hazy golden coloured body with a very thin and fast-dying white head. Aroma of wheat, yeast, curacao, dough and a bit of funk. Medium-bodied; Great full mouthful with a lot of wheat and banana flavours coming through, a touch of clove and coriander seed and a little sweetness on the tail end from bubble gum. Aftertaste nice and refreshing with a little spices, but mostly sweet and bright flavours to show off. Overall, a nice beer for sure, great to sample and one for sure that if I didn’t know where it came from - I would have guessed Germany - a nice beer, especially for the country of origin and the style. I sampled this 300 mL bottle purchased at CitySuper! Grocery Store in Hong Kong (two IFC) on 10-August-2010 sampled at home on the other side of the world in Washington on 31-March-2011 - after the horrible events on 11-March-2011 in Japan - I figured I’d round out the month by drinking this in honour. Good luck to you Japan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Bottle from Matsuma (I think that’s the name of it) in San Diego. Didn’t really want to spend the 5 bucks on this 12 oz (or less) bottle, but now I’m glad I did. 1st of all, the bottle is beautiful. My wife wants to keep this one. Then the beer. Seriously thick haze in an orange-amber pour. Nose is lotsa yeasty citrus goodness. Cloves and white wine. Taste is lovely. Citrus/lemon and tart yeastiness. White wine and allspice. Ginger and apples. Really nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Served from a 350 mL bottle from the Exchange. The appearance is a slightly hazy pale white grape hue. The aromas are light with yeast and wheat. The flavors are similar with some light clove hints. With a bit of a cold I may be missing a bit here but an ok hefeweizen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zdk (1870) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2010
shared by Kyotolefty via Jay - nice bready arouma. Smooth bodied with some nice funk. Not bad, but a little old tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (5292) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2010
10.1oz bottle in a shaker. Pours hazy golden with a foamy but quickly fading white head. Aroma of a roasted malts and the light citrus notes from the wheat. Flavor of the citrus and light malts with a toasted/smoky flavor at the end. Average texture. A unique beer, but not the bets of its class.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tmoney99 (13590) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber hue with an average fizzy white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Good wheat and banana aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Average well balanced sweet wheat flavor with a good sweet finish of short to moderate duration. Good soft drinkable beer.

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