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Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery
Style: German Hefeweizen
Ibaraki, Japan
Serve in Weizen

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 385   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
German style Hefe Weizen with banana and clove like flavors.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Orange. Orange zest, tangerine, vanilla, faint clove and soft fruitiness and maltiness in the aroma. Unusual for the style, but different and a very good example Light bodied. Molden fruitiness of light clove, lemon, orange and banana. Minor spicing. True to the Bavarian style in many ways. I’d love to visit Kiuchi some day. First the excellent celebration, now this, this is a great brewery.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2005 FINALLY a Hefe that actually tastes remotely like the banana everyone is always talking about. Had it from the bottle at Yeoman’s Road Pub in Tampa. Smelled like a typical wheat beer, but slightly less concentrated. Poured a hazy yellow. Very cloudy. Man this stuff is unique. Nothing tatstes like this. Yeasty aged fruit flavors. Almondy, vanillla, curaco flavors. Clean crips finish. Outstanding mouthfeel. This is by far one of the most complex and unusual wheat beers I have ever tasted. I can only assume bad samples or extremely biased personal preference for the low scores because this stands out as an exceptional example of the style to me.

0.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Paid 8.99 for 24.3 oz. Turned out to be a rip off. Popped the top on this one and skunkiness was so strong. Poured into a glass, nice head, orange color, still skunky smelling. Took a hesitant drink, horrible. All I could taste was sourness. I tried to force myself to finish, but could not.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUL 10, 2004
A nice little hefe with minor spicy and fruity notes throughout. I’ll take this over a lot of beers on a hot, sunny day. A little too costly for the quality though.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Light amber, slightly hazed appearance, decent head formation, well carbonated. Malty, grainy aroma with a notes of vanilla, bubble gum and cloves. Sweet honey palate, grainy, sweet throughout with a touch of cereal dryness towards the end.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2004 My first dissapointing beer from this brewery. Poured copper with a quickly dissapating head and tons of black floaties sinking to the bottom. Is this stuff supposed to be sour? Very light banana and clove with weak wheat taste. Maybe it was bad but at $3.00 a 12 oz, I’m not going back anytime soon.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BBB63 (6010) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Okay, I tried a Hefe from Russia; so I figured what the heck, try one from Japan, big mistake! The beer looks good enough, hazy golden hue with fluffy white head and good lace. The aroma has notes of lemon, wheat and grain, biscuity malts, and some honey. No banana or real yeasty character found in this beer, this is also the case with the taste. I got sweet and fruity flavors with spice and some subdued acidic finish. The mouthfeel is almost sticky, which is very strange for the style, metallic feel upon the finish. This is not a good representation of the style, avoid.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 11, 2004
I am a masochist. My second beer from this brewer and it also sucks. Pours with a nice medium, white head. It is a deep gold with lots of bubbles. It has a sickly sweet aroma, like watermellon gum. The taste is bubblegum, but not sweet. The flavor is dominated by tobacco, and a really sour note. May have been a bad bottle and half went down the sink. Very overpriced.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Clear golden lively body. The head is a fomay white pillow. The aroma is wheat with hints of esthers. The flavor contains much more esthery banana then the aroma, in fact this is the dominant flavor with wheat playing second fiddle with some other floral flavors in the backup band. The body is nice and very drinkable. Better than I had expected.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2004
A bubbly golden color with a thining but constant head. Aroma is a decent malt to it, but nothing substantial. Flavor is sweet but with a back of spice to it. The palate is a bit sticky but semi thin.


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