PotjeBier (1596) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog, bottled, enjoyed in 2008. Color is quite dark for a Weizen (ref: Schneider). Aroma’s of wheat, malt/grain, sour fruit. Flavor is true Weizen, wheat-malty, refreshing. Flavor lingers for a long time and there’s even a hint of bitterness.
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Herbal hops and meticulous banana esters greet healthy wheat and mild tartness in this competent Weizen.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam tops the cloudy beige, lacing in rings.
-The high carbonation on tap properly emulates the bottle-conditioned version. Good job there !
-Hops and wheat are lightly citrusy.
-The flavor profile is balanced and quenching.
-The finish is rather dry, with decent hop bitterness.
On tap at The Beer Horn.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1655) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I had this on tap at the brewery in Otaru and again recently from a take-away bottle. It has a lightly spiced aroma, fairly weak for a hefeweizen but has the classic hefeweizen look pouring a cloudy golden color with lots of foam, good lacing and slow dissipated. The taste is an of an average white beer. Otaru seems to make solid beers to style. Overall, it is good but not outstanding.
jonno (2275) - JAPAN - APR 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2014 Great foamy head - soft and ample. Soft clove/banana nose - great mouthfeel, which seems to be a trademark with Otaru. Well made - not overtly flavourful for the style, but very drinkable. Not as yeast as some examples, so it doesn’t outstay it’s welcome.
jonas (5594) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 18, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Leibspeise, Sapporo fall 2009.
Banana, peach and wheat.
Cloudy, orange yellow, golden cream.
Sticky fruitsalad flavour.
A bit dusty.
TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge off white head. Very earthy nose, yeast and hefty clove and other spices. Taste hit me again with a very earthy feel, musty, grainy, like the barn in a good way. Strong hop/citrus opening. This beer is a bit different and very pleasant. Long on the palate, nice.
thebeertourist (4761) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy pale golden with an above average head. fruity aroma with banana and clove in the lead. Banana flavours with some spiciness. Good carbonation. A fruity weizen with a moderate hand on the spice box.
KyotoLefty (6174) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery tap in Sapporo. Cloudy, slightly darker than usual. Very fragrant, with pears, spices, a touch of citrus, and the requisite bananas. Rich, thick malt flavor. Smooth, crisp. Slightly sour, with bananas and pears. Excellent. Great balance. Good sourness. Interesting, highly original fruit character.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Otaru Taproom under TV Tower in Sapporo: A lightly hazy body and a thick white head. Nose is prickly with lots of yeast esters, subtle clove, more explosive yeast and banana notes. A clean sweet wheat note envelopes the whole experience. The flavor is balanced, nice banana and subtle malt notes. Excellent hefe.
omhper (19219) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
[Bottled] Cloudy dark yellow. Estery strawberry aroma. Dryish with soft mouthfeel. The flavours go more towards lemon or citrus than banana. Cloces are evident. The dryness and softness makes it very refreshing.