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


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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. Blue bottle with modern design brings out table coordinates. 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdjuice (315) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - FEB 13, 2008
Pours very cloudy, with nice white rocky head. Very banana-y aroma. Very banana-y flavors, slightly creamy, slightly spicy, and a bit citrusy. I’m not a big fan of hefeweizens, but this is probably one of the best I’ve had. Yay!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Can on train: Nice hazy yellow color, nose is strong with bananas and light clove. Nice clean wheat flavors and a balanced wheat and musty estery tail. A nice mouthfeel and plenty of wheat body, a nice sweet sticky banana and jackfruit note in the finish. Excellent german hefeweizen and can’t be beat for the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 20, 2007
This Hefeweizen pours a slightly cloudy light yellow gold color from a 12oz can. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is banana and cloves, wheaty and sweet. A medium bodied Hefeweizen. Malts are fruity and sweet, the banana and clove flavors are much more in the nose than the taste. Smooth taste. Nice balance. Lively carbonation. Nice Hefeweizen. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Thanks to Dan for hauling this stuff all the way across the Pacific.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Can. Pours hazy gold, white head. Aroma is coriander, lemon, sour dough. Flavor is spicy, citrusy, and wheaty. Quite good---the best beer I’ve had here in Japan so far.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10293) - FAROE ISLANDS - DEC 8, 2006
Bottle. Hazy light brownish colour with a nice fuzzy head. Aroma of wheat, malt and yeast. Crisy and fruity flavour with wheat, malt and a good touch of yeast and a bit of lemon. Great wheat brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2006
What a relief to finally find this gem... in the sea of Japanese macro-swill! Nice hazy golden color, fairly subdued head, diminishes rather quickly leaving behind some thick foam around the glass. Standard hefeweizen aroma: malts, wheat, yeast, some banana, some general fruitiness, some light spiciness, a hint of hops. Flavors were also typical: wheat, malts, yeast, banana, bubblegum, nothing too out of the ordinary. The mouthfeel was crisp with the fairly high carbonation... but not as rich as would be ideal for a beer of this style. A bit thin perhaps. Nice crisp dry finish, really easy to drink. Pretty damn good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 24, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2006 fresh from japan... cloudy brown yellow body with tan highlight; smooth, calm ride; sweet, banana, popcorn-ish aroma; sweet, primarily--banana, corn, grain, lemon, toastiness, yeastiness; not that bad... sweet and grainy, and calm and not overdone... / update: new bottle says "the silver bottle" -- same beer; good, nothing oustanding.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2005
Canned. Fruity (mainly banana) and yesty aroma and flavour. Quite sweet. Light bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
This was a cool treat courtesy of Josh’s travels. Lots of banana burst out of this thin, slightly hazy pale yellow brew. Nice refreshing finish to this sweet offering. Enjoyable - cheers Josh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
hazy yellow, white head. aroma of banana and candy necklace. tangy lemon and wheat flavour. spritzy mouthfeel.

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