Brewed by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery (Swan Lake)
Style: German Hefeweizen
Sasakamimura, Kitakanbara-gun, Niigata-ken, Japan
Serve in Weizen


on tap


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 2.94/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   ABV: -
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (17672) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Draft. Cloudy yellow color, medium white head. Aroma of clove and banana. Taste is spiced banana bubblegum.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theis (14665) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 8, 2013
UPDATED: APR 29, 2013 Bottle at RBJG#2 - Grand Tasting Ueno Park. Clear yellow - white head. Wheaty, citrus, acid notes, banana, light mouldy, earthy, light bread. ReRate......Draught at Swan Lake Pub Edo. Cloudy yellow - white head. Citrus. Yeasty. Light coriander like aroma. Banana. Cloves. Fruity notes. Wellwellwell.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2007
My Bottom Line:
This drowsy Weizen manages to hang on to most tastebuds with its arrangement of banana esters, grassy hops and doughy yeast, but loses the finicky ones due to its misplaced hop intensity and its muddled flavor profile.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the lackluster beige cloudiness.
-Aroma and flavor profile are both quite timid.
-Yeast has some dustiness, which isn’t very appealing.
-This is far from their best brew, and certainly not a successful Weizen attempt.


   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KyotoLefty (8133) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 16, 2008
Bottle by mail order from the brewery. Very cloudy, golden yellow color, thin white head that quickly subsided. Rather weak aroma, wheat malt, grains, butter, some cloves, banana, and citrus as well. Less spicy than a usual weizen. Light body, crisp flavor, good wheat malt with the usual spices and bananas. Little sourness. Very light and clean. Easy to drink and refreshing, though the taste may suffer a bit from the lightness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (6924) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2012
Big offwhite head. Hazy opaque pale yellow body. Faintly vinegary herbal aroma with mealy citric spice notes. Dry-sweetish peach and banana taste with cloves notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dryish oily herbal fruity aftertaste. Very mild and clean. Nice. (0.27l draft at Popeye, Tokyo. Menu said it was 5%.)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AndySnow (5561) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2013
Bottle at RBJG 2 Grand Tasting. Opaque yellow colour with a white head. Sour wheat aroma. Sightly sour wheat and citrus flavour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
TimE (4346) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 26, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2008 A weizen on training wheels. Yes, you have bananas and cloves, but everything is way to thin and unbalanced. Well carbonated, but that doesn’t pull it together. Is this the same brewery that made the Amber?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
shoulderbroken (3061) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 12, 2013
Tap at CBM Awajicho. Pale blonde colour, white creamy head. Aroma is clove, ultra spicy, bit weird, medicinal. Bit of grain, but totally dominated by the spice. Taste is lightly wheaty, little bit of banana and cream, but once again medicinal, like a muscle strain heat patch I would imagine. Very thin too. Where’s the body? Obviously I drank it, but it’s not very nice. I think swan lake are overrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maekchu (2905) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 15, 2014
On tap at Cafe Bar Hobbit. Fresh gentle banana nose with a bit of yeast. Light bright cloudy lemon juice color. Moderately tart initial / light fruity mid / final fades quickly, with a slight residual sweetness. Thin body. All very mild, limted flavor profile. Okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Capa (2425) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Glowing hay with a medium, frothy white head. Aroma is light wheat, some fruits, citrus, banana, some earth, and very little yeast. Flavor is a muted version of the soft aroma. Wheat, light citrus, earthy, and yeast in the flavor. Body is a bit too carbonated. A boring hefe. Gimmie their amber 10x over this.

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