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


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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
beerplace (768) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2016
A small can at Matt’s. Pours a hazy straw with a white head. Aroma is slightly chemical with some bananas, spices and smokey notes. Taste is similar. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (19096) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2016
Tasting at Matt’s, can
Cloudy blond color, a bit pale. The aroma is classic for a Hefeweizen, spicy and estery, light banana. The flavor is a bit different, more sour, a bit lemony, and spicy.
Not bad; it’s messy, but at least it has some character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lupulist (221) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2016
Pours a hazy straw colour. Aroma of banana, cloves, and maybe a hint of oxidization. Tastes true to style, but thin bodied. Not bad! Thanks Josh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mcberko (14353) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2016
Can, pours a cloudy blonde with a medium white head. Aroma brings out light banana, biscuity malt, and some herbal, vegetal notes. Flavour brings out a lot of cloves, a little citrus, and a hint of banana. Very citric on the finish, with the clove dominating. Not too thrilling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
left_bank (99) - JAPAN - JAN 27, 2016
Beer looks great for the first minute,not so much after that.The beer is a too tart for my liking,and "disturbs" the other flavors...which of course will lower my palate score. Thought it was going to be better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (2452) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 14, 2015
Can from foodshow in shibuya. Drank straight from the can. Big clove aromas upon opening with some banana as well on the nose. Starts out slightly sweet on the palate and then becomes lightly peppery/spicy. Tastes of bans cream pie and bubblegum are there but not cloying. Excellent peppery dry finish. A very respectable weizen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RafeAU (629) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 2, 2015
UPDATED: APR 4, 2015 bottle In Osaka. cold storage at rakuichi. and a can 2 days later was identical. fresh, pleasant hefeweizen with a nice moderate banana aroma. wlp300 I wonder? fairly good. I wonder if people rating this lower were having it shipped and not fresh.

   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 (127) - 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 (4588) - 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.

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