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


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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
petewhitley (519) - Nagoya, JAPAN - NOV 4, 2013
~This review was made some time ago via another application, and thus the specific details (beyond numerical scores) are no longer available~

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Wow!!Found a gem at my new sushi spot tonight!!Not sure if this is the right beer Iím reviewing under though?Bottle was blue and fat.Description is hefeweizen style brewed from accumulated water from some mountain in Japan(damn I should have wrote this down...)Anyway pours a perfect yellow/golden color with a crazy banana-bomb nose!Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy medium body.Finish is long and slightly sweet.This is new to the Atlanta market so I will re-taste in the coming days but right now I think I have found the best wheat beer Iíve ever tasted.......

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sloshgator (708) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Drank from the bottle under the name Silver Bottle according to the brewers English version website, this beer was an unexpectedly delicious. Fruity and yeast aromas coming from a pillowy white head on top of a cloudy orange pour. Taste is a well-balanced mix of wheat malt and yeast with some fruity notes. Note quite as complex as a German Hefeweizen, but really nice just the same. Yeast notes linger on the tongue. If you can figure out the labeling, this is a beer worth trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6650) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 Bottle: Had the opportunity to sample this one back on Nov of 2002 when my roomie brought one back from Japan. All I can say is WOW! I only have mental notes from this one, but from what I remember it was by far the best Japanese beer I have had to date. Very much like a German Wheat beer, and in some cases much better than other German Wheats. It also seemed to be a bit spiced, much like a Belgian Wit. I wish I had one right now to give a more accurate description, but overall this was a fantastic brew! Highly recommended if you are in the land of the rising sun.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Thanks to Islandhaole for this one. Pours hazy canary with big, white head. Aroma of huge banana, cloves, bubblegum, hopcit. Tastes weissy, with the same flavors as aromas. Smooth palate, nice balance, and wonderful complexity. Just outstanding. Shove some sushi in my mouth and call me Yoshi!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1786) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Ginga Kogen has a thick, creamy, white head, a milky, opaque, yellow-gold appearance, and moderate lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of banana, coriander, slight smoke, and white wheat. Taste is of all that with bubble gum and white pepper. Bitterness is low, and sugariness is high. RJT

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rapkungen (19) - USA - NOV 27, 2002
A wonderful Japanese weissen that rivals the bettter German and Belgium beers in this category.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 10, 2009
10.1oz blue bottle...which is actually the "silver" bottle...makes no sense. label states "ginga kogen beer. imported" and looks nothing like the picture. I had a heck of a time trying to figure out which beer i was drinking to say the least. the website would have helped, except its in japanese. after deciphering the package riddle i was surprised to find a pretty good beer inside. the aroma is nice with lots of vanilla, banana, and spices. a cross between a belgian white and a german hefe aroma. itís very cloudy gold under a small creamy white head. flavor is vanilla cake, banana, lemon and cinnamon. medium bodied and refreshing with a nice creamy palate.

   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 thatís the name of it) in San Diego. Didnít really want to spend the 5 bucks on this 12 oz (or less) bottle, but now Iím 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.

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