Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2009
In short: My greatest most best favourite hefeweizen? Probably.jonno (3012) - JAPAN - JAN 21, 2007
How: From the bottle at Montreal Mondial de la Bière 2009 (many samples)
The look: Cloudy yellow body topped by a medium off-white head
In long: The intriguing nose mixes banana cake, lemon and a really nice wilderness (almost Saison-like wild). Fantastic cushiony body. A lot of wheat, a big fluffy cake, a wild character that sneaks in, good astringency without being acidic, very big body without apparent malt sweetness, leafy and grassy hops dry out the beer with very little bitterness. Of course not the most tasty beer (it’s an hefe after-all) but there are very few beers I would like to drink in larger quantities than this one. I went back many times to get more samples. In a beer festival (Mondial de la Bière 2009) with all my favourite styles well represented I really didn’t expect a hefeweizen come out as my #1 beer of the festival. Nor did I expect to come out sober enough to stand on my feet. I was surprised once.
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2014 A real delight...lovely light fruity taste, that just refreshes you to no end...RERATE I think this is the best weiss in Japan. Hell it’s as good as anything I have tried from Germany, even Weihenstephaner (need to try in Germany though!). Fruity, well balanced, bursting with banana and apple flavours. Well bodied and just the right level of carbonation. Fuji is my favourite German style brewery in these parts! A masterclass in beer making ay the source.. FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2005
Draft at Bakushu Club Popeye on March 31st, 2005. Pours hazy Pale Yellow with big white head. Spicy aroma of cloves and banana. Nice malty, acid and spicy flavors with a touch of banana and meringue that bring a good complexity to this beer. Well balance! KyotoLefty (10808) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 24, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2008 Rich, thick wheat malt. Like a cake with banana cream frosting. Beautiful to look at, killer nose. No defects. I prefer a slightly less sweet weizen, but this was close to perfect. TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2009 Pours a white frothy head that has long lasting presence. The body is yellowish gold and somewhat hazy. The smell is fantastic citrus with yeast, for me the smell of sausage was undeniable. Amazing nose! The taste is first a bit light and citrusy before moving to a long aftertaste of delicious wheat and yeast. It fills the whole palate with a light fizz. You will not be dissapointed by this beer if you are any kind of weizen fan. Delicious, glad it came in a 500mil bottle!
KansaiBeerLvrs (5501) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 10, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2013 Bottle. Probably my favorite weizen in Japan, actually all of Fujizakura’s beers are very well made. It has a nice aroma with hints of grass & spice. It poured with a nice head of white foam over a milky gold effervescent body. The foam left a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The flavor is a great balance between spicy & fruity. Overall, an excellent Japanese hefeweizen. MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Heavenly bananas top the angelfood cake, as doughy yeast is succulently emboldened into a whipped cream in this world-class Hefeweizen. Vanilla ice cream surfs the soft bubbling, and drinkability and nourishment are amazingly joined.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-An everlasting head of foam protects the cloudy, shiny blond golden.
-The nose and mouthfeel are supremely expressive and laid back at once.
-The soft bubbling lets the expertly extracted maltiness express itself.
-This one was the winner of a Hefeweizen face-off we did at Popeye’s, against two other very tasty examples of the style in Hidatakayama Weizen and Hakusekikan Niwa-Weiss.
On tap at the brewery restaurant and at Popeye’s.