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Shiga Kogen "Chotto" Belgian Wheat

Shiga Kogen "Chotto" Belgian Wheat
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Brewed by Tamamura-Honten (Shiga Kogen Beer)
Style: Belgian White (Witbier)
Yamanouchi, Shimotakai district, Nagano prefecture, Japan
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen

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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonno (2129) - JAPAN - FEB 16, 2014
Light wheat body, perhaps a bit hoppier than most belgian offerings. Smooth, highly carbonated. Well made, but really not much of anything.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (2630) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 8, 2013
Hazy pale golden colour, white head. Light hoppy aroma, tropical fruits, licht citrus, cloves, quite spicy. Bitter flavour, light hops, light astringent, some sweetness, wheat. Bitter finish, hops, bitter herbs and cloves.
(From 33cL -nice looking- bottle @ decadent symmetry tasting, Wilrijk. Courtesy of KyotoLefty. Thanks for sharing, Mark!)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maekchu (1756) - Hirakata, JAPAN - SEP 17, 2013
Bottle from Asahiya. Fragrant, strong farmy nose, honey and horse manure. Cloudy, light orange. Light peachy fruitiness, with some peppery notes, and hard hop hits. Ends dry. Thin-medium body. Interesting stuff. Aromas and flavors are so different. A good experiment that they might improve on.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (3313) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 8, 2013
Courtesy of KyottoLefty. 33 cl. bottle sampled @ decadent symmetry tasting. Cool drawing on to bottle (dragon). Pours slightly hazy golden with little white head. Smells of exotic fruity hops, slight caramel, citrus, touch1 malt & wheat, hint pine apple. Taste sweet wheat, bitter herbs, bitter sweet, hint corn flakes, touch hops, hint spices, slight straw aka interesting in taste but touch less impressive yeast. Hazy yeast body. Agreeable & interesting but not the best.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (1698) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle at Shinshu Sake Mura. Pale blond colour, big white creamy bubbly head. Aroma is lemon, wheat, slightly herbal, grassy, pretty nice. Taste is similar, wheaty, lemon, grapefruit, strong hop presence. Belgian wit ipa cross? Initial citrus hop, finish is slightly prickly, more grainy, but still bitter. Pretty nice. Very refreshing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westkyoto77 (439) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 12, 2013
Draught. Light gold body, short-lived snow white head. Aroma is citrus, floral hops, touch of spice. Mild carbonation. No huge flavours, but it is what it's supposed to be- a 'little bit' like a Belgian white. Sourish aftertaste. Went down well on a sweltering day after work. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (5895) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle at CBB. Deep gold. Funky, hoppy wheat nose, Nelson hops, citrus. Dry and hoppy, Nelson and its familiar catpiss flavor. Nice and drinkable, though not remarkable. Not clear how this beer relates to ISS and Even Prime. They are all somewhat similar. Good for the lightness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wombata (358) - Kobe, JAPAN - JUN 24, 2013
Bottle from Craft Beer Base. Color: Yellow/gold. Aroma: Spicy (cedar), floral, ripe ruby grapefruit, peach and pineapple. Palate: Soft, round mouth feel. Medium to full body without any excess malt sweetness. Finishes dry. Flavor: Peppery tropical fruit/unsweetened pineapple, followed by peach, ruby grapefruit, floral and straw flavors. finishes dry with white grapefruit and bitter grapefruit pith. Comment: Another well-above average ale from Shiga Kogen. Draft version tasted several weeks ago shortly after it’s release, hence a bit young. Aroma: Passion fruit, red ruby grapefruit, apricot, mango. Flavor: Very dry, slightly tart and bitter attack, lemon, white grapefruit rind, dry passion fruit, yeast, hint of more lemon with bitter finish. Comment: I gave this an 8 for aroma but a 6 for flavor and a 15 overall so a total of 35 points. The time in bottle seems to have done it good.


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