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


on tap

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RATINGS: 401   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
German style Hefe Weizen using special weizen yeast. Banana, clove and vanilla like refreshing flavours with a touch of toasty malts and hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2005
Ah, there’s nothing quite like a good Japanese hefeweizen on a warm, muggy day! Actually, it’s pretty good. The head dies too soon, but the aroma of this hazy straw ale is banana and Wheaties with a dash of clove and some lemony tartness. A bit hard and spritzy for the style, it nonetheless delivers a tasty banana and light clove flavor quite well. The finish is clean, perhaps with a touch of lemon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Pours slightly cloudy golden color with a not big enough egg white head that dissipates. Aroma is a bit understated, though if you try hard enough you might find a hint of banana and clove. Flavor is OK, light wheat flavor, with light banana, and not much if any clove or other spices. Decent but can’t hang with the German big dogs (Franziskaner; Weistephaner).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Bottle. I still haven’t figured out how Hitachino fits in. They’re not the BMC of Japan (that’s AKS: AsahiKirinSapporo, and pronounced "axe"). BUt they have enough ratings on some of their beers to not be an unheard of micro. Perhaps they are the Sierra Nevada of Japan? This is a passable hefe. Aroma of wheat and slight clove. Could be a little smoother for a hefe, it has some metal in the finish. Some soda in addition to the standard hefe palate. Curiously dry and slightly effervescent finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Pours a cloudy brownish orange. My sister-in-law looked at me funny when i was pouring it. Bananas, apples, clove, spices, and other light fruits on the nose. Very sour aroma, too. Smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel. As someone else said it had a champagne quality to it. Hints of citrus fruits on the tongue:grapefruit and orange being most noticable. Refreshing finish. I am not a big fan of hefeweizens but I liked this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Pours partially cloudy brassy apple-cider orange/brown with some head. Aroma (surprisingly) of flemish sour ale. Flavor of citrus brut champagne, mouthfeel of same. Finishes tart with green apples and blueberries. Not seeing the bananas, but not a bad one-of beer. Considering how the Hitochino sweet lactose stout made me gag, I’m surprised I like this one at all. However, in a blind test (which is what I’m trying to imagine here), I’m sure that I would rate this one above average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Initial fruitiness, somewhat tart and dry like apples or strawberries. A little more fruity and less laid back than most wheat beers. Looks nice, a lazy hazy yellow. Maybe the taste is citrus zest. Hard to qualify exactly. Its something different and its not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2717) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Aroma is apples and bananas and some wheat. The appearance is a dark golden color. The flavor is a bit sour with more apples and cloves. Im not catching alot of bananas. This is a different take on the style which is a plus in my book.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2005
I also got this one at Habersham in Savannah (read my review). Sediment in bottle leads to a murky yellow pour. Small white-yellow head that fades quickly. Aroma of banana and clove; smells like a HefeWeizen. Too lightly carbonated for the style. Definitely has the banana clove Hefe flavor as well, but there is something else that is wrong. Almost a tart or medicinal taste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
PorterPounder (6411) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Picked up at Habersham Beverage Warehouse in Savannah, Ga. Light orange, slightly clear, pour with absolutely no head. Aroma has a stale vegetable quality to it that is somewhat disconcerting. Mouthfeel is somewhat sticky and unpleasant. Flavor reminds me of fruit cocktail if I had to pin it down, not the flavor I look for in a beer. Dissapointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Got this on sale...And it looks nothing like the bottle in the picture...So who knows how long it was there...Also, Had this with a sea food dinner as I thought it was a Weizen. Not what I expected... Poured an off yellow with lite browns. No head, and slightly cloudy. The Aroma was Belgian esk. With spice and grass. Tasted of sweet grass, candy, and wheat grain. The body was initially bubbly, but ended with a smooth and mellow finish.

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