jonas (6517) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light clove aroma
cloudy yellow, lowish head.
Flavorwise it hits a Hefeweizen from Oberbayern perfectly: Sweet wheat, vanilla, clove and plenty of bananas.
Kind of fitting I should try this in the Japanese alps.
If I have to critisize, then the body could be a bit fuller and chewier, but that doesnt detract from the enjoyment,
Theis (14943) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 500ml at Sosuke Ryokan, Takayama, Room 8 – shared with Mette.
Cloudy yellow – white head. Sweetness, spicy, light banana notes, fruity, coriander, wheaty, spicy, herbal. Nice.
omhper (22726) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Popeye, Tokyo. Cloudy golden, minimal head. Fresh aroma ofripe banana. Mid-sweet and fairlylight bodied with very soft mouthfeel. Mild malt but intense esters. Excellent weizen.
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap at popeyes. hazy golden, lemon and banana peel aroma, some curious coconut milk and salt in there but also some citric zest rounding it out
KyotoLefty (8847) - 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 (5170) - 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 (8987) - 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 (2566) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - 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.