KyotoLefty (5793) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Popeye’s.
Rich, thick wheat malt flavor. On the sweet side, but has a good bitter finish. Not sour at all. Crisp, but rich, with medium plus carbonation. Very nice, with lots of spice and banana. A top Japanese wheat beer.
TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! Japan has done it! Poured a hazy yellow body over a massive and long lasting white head. Smelled of vinalla, orange peel, and lemon, some faint clove. Taste was again lemon and vinalla, hint of strawberry at the end. Quite sweet for a weissen but I loved it. Creamy and fizzy on the plaate, clean and very very refreshing. I need more!
thebeertourist (4620) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Cloudy, pale yellow with a thick head. Strong banana aroma with undertones of clove. Banana flavours dominate. Body could have been fuller. Overall a decent weizen.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 8, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft @ Popeye’s: Hazy blonde, light head and lacing. Nose of funky wheat, yeast and some chewy malt. The flavor is chewy, but it’s more wheat than yeast. Like an american wheat. The finish is nice, decent beer.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2013 My Bottom Line:
This citrusy Hefeweizen is another fine example of Hidatakayama’s propensity for quality, genuinely delighting with its banana esters, herbal hops and idiosyncratic yeastiness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A fluffy head of foam decorates the cloudy beige yellow for the duration of the glass.
-The soft, big-bubbled carbonation increases drinkability while never restraining the flavor profile.
-Some tropical fruitiness is also expressed by the weizen yeast.
-This one came in second in a Hefeweizen taste-off at Popeye’s, after Fujizakura’s masterful take on the style.
On tap at Popeye’s a few times.
Capa (1942) - Manama, BAHRAIN - APR 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Popeye’s. Poured hazy yellow with a nice white head. Aroma was fruity, wheat, yeast, banana, and citrus. Flavorful and refreshing. Very fruity, banana, yeast, wheat, bubblegum. Had a light, crisp body. Enjoyable.
larsga (5893) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 22, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium white head. Opaque hazy pale yellow body. Light milky banana aroma with citric notes. Taste is mealy rounded banana and milk. Dry citric aftertaste. It’s OK. (0.25l on tap.)
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden color. Light frothy head. Aroma of bubblegum, banana, and light citrus. Sweet, wheaty flavors with a delicious candy-like bubblegum fruit flavor. Crisp and refreshing, nicely carbonated. A great hefe.
jonno (2097) - JAPAN - FEB 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Just too much of a banana note to be truly enjoyable. This just screams SMOOTHIE, instead of beer...one for the Ladies
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
At Popeye’s in Tokyo. Cloudy orange yellow, white head. Aroma is apricot, onion, cheese. Flavor is citrus, wheat, cheese.