IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - DEC 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A hazy honey colored beer with a small off-white head. I just finished a very tasty and aromatic Weizen from Kitakami Wakka Brewery, this smells even better. Rich banana, spice and hazelnut!? Banana with thick sweet malts, hops peek through in the finish. A good Weizen and a great Japanese made beer! I will be driving back to Ibaraki Prefecture this Spring to buy more of everything Kiuchi makes!
piscator34 (2114) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one came in a very large and interestingly shaped bottle. The beer itself is orangy in appearance and giving off some interesting aromas of pink grapefruit, lemon, and spice. It has quite a fizzy mouthfeel and a bracing citrusy bite. The flavors are of various citrus fruit, yeast, and spices like coriander, pepper, and others. Quite complex, and perhaps more like a wit in flavor than a hefeweizen. There was no banana or clove that I could detect. Still, quite a nice beer.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the finest bottles currently on God’s Green Earth, a unique shape and utterly cool cartoony owl staring at you from the silkscreened label. 24.3oz.
Appearance: clear, pale yellow, with a huge, fluming, bubbly whitish head.
Aroma: everything a weizen ought to be, fresh, lively, spicy, and full of citrus, lemon, orange, a bit floral, and a touch of straw.
On the palate: we get some tasty wheaten texture, but not too much, very minimal. Body is light, hops and malt are downplayed. Finish is swift, but nice. A good weizen, nothing great, but you’ve got to applaud Kiuchi for upturning stereotypes and proving, if it needed be, that Japan can turn out fine examples of the world’s classic styles.
Crit (3534) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 31, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2009 Cloudy gold with lasting white head.Spicy yeasty nose.Yeasty flavor with coriander,maybe cloves andorange. Very true to style
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 25, 2004
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
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.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUL 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 9, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.