omhper (22606) - 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.
Travlr (19434) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Cloudy yellow color, medium white head. Aroma of citrus and banana. Taste is candied banana bubblegum.
Theis (14936) - 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.
MartinT (8957) - 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.
KyotoLefty (8718) - 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.
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
larsga (7073) - 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.)
gyllenbock (6897) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Popeye, August 2013.
Hazy golden/yellow with a medium white head. Aroma and taste of banana, wheat, some coriander and yeast. Fairly light body with not that much carbonation. An ok beer.
jonas (6479) - 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,
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.