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


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Note: Sold in Japan in the can labeled "Weizen" at the bottom, and in the "Star Bottle."

OneBrewru's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OneBrewru (11) - - MAR 28, 2011
Ginga Kougen Weizen brew pours a rich, cloudy, golden hue and is topped by a with a frothy cloud-white head. Little to no lacing clings to the glass. The appearance is very true to the style. The aroma of this beer is also very true to the hefeweizen style. Rich and bready smells are present but an acutely powerful clove aroma pierces through. A mild yeast funkiness is also apparent. Taste-wise, this beer is rock solid. As the aroma would indicate, strong banana bread and clove flavors dominate. The clove is just a bit stronger than it should be, but does help cut through the thick malty flavors. The texture of this beer is a bit thicker than many hefeweizens and with a bit less carbonation than usual. All in all, I could drink this beer on a hot summer day or a cold winter night and be satisfied with either. It’s light alcohol content lends itself to being a session beer, but the complex flavors make just a pint more than enjoyable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Beerandsex (12) - Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Meh. It’s really a very very dumbed down version of a Weizen. Almost a commercial mass produced light lager, really. I would not even give this beer my number much less let it in my pants.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
orange_3084 (125) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2014
Pours hazy straw colour with low to medium white head. Aroma is kinda spicy and of kinda stale wheat. Taste is slightly too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2518) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 27, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2014 Can picked up on sale at Yamaya. This beer pours pretty as a picture with a light golden honey hazy color & a thick fluffy white head. A wheaty soft cloves aroma. The beer is smooth bodied with a round carbonation. It’s got nice wheat character as well as cloves though the yeast may be a bit too prominent but that is quibbling. A solid Weizen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (13121) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 24, 2014
Can (Kyoto)
Hazy yellow color, steady small white head. Overriped banana dominates the aroma. Light to medium-bodied. Yeasty, overriped banana flavor is also in the flavor. Nice to have good-bodied, unfiltered weizen in a can. Not perhaps the most perfect hefeweizen but drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2014
This was a great example of this style beer I was very surprised at how delicious it wad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Very dry example of the style. All of the right aroma, haze, and color. The signature weizen yeast flavor comes up front and finishes very dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (1030) - SPAIN - MAY 20, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2014 Botella de 30 cl, adquirida en estacion JR de Kumamoto. Color dorado claro. Sabor a trigo, levadura, dulce.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
fajry (831) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 22, 2014
Fľaša. Zlatá farba. Bublinková biela pena. Vôňa banány, kvasnice a to je asi všetko. V chuti cítiť pšenicu, opäť banány, kvasnice. Dá sa to piť, ale nič extra.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
czlowiekwiadro (263) - POLAND - APR 14, 2014
uczciwy weitzen, ładny zapach banana i goździka. słaba piana. słodki w smaku ale poza tym bardzo dobry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brentv (412) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2014
From can. Pours a hazy golden with a thin white head and very little lacing. Aroma of bananas and fruit. Taste is sweet, bananas. Medium mouthfeel. Average carbonation. Very pleasant and a lovely beer. Will buy again. Enjoyed in Narita, Japan.

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