ofey (68) - Doncaster, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2010
Distinctive by it’s blue bottle. Belgian style beer with citrus and spice overtones.
Had it in a glass with an orange slice which did take out a lot of the initial fizz thus leaving little head. Bottle was close to expiry though (1 mth to go).
Dry finish and but very drinkable. I could probably have done with a 2nd bottle though. DuffMan (10425) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2010
Bottle, brought back by my lovely wife. Pours a very cloudy straw yellow with a big densely foamy chapeau that left clots of lace along the top half of my glass. Aroma is estery-wheaty, spicy, with lemon and sour melon notes. Estery palate, with loads of spice, again with mostly lighter fruit elements (not really any of the banana I would expect in a classic German hefe), and a tart finish that borders on sour. This was very interesting (in an enjoyable way), and seemed to takes parts of its identity from each of the classic wheat beer styles German, Belgian, and American. randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Wow!!Found a gem at my new sushi spot tonight!!Not sure if this is the right beer I’m reviewing under though?Bottle was blue and fat.Description is hefeweizen style brewed from accumulated water from some mountain in Japan(damn I should have wrote this down...)Anyway pours a perfect yellow/golden color with a crazy banana-bomb nose!Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy medium body.Finish is long and slightly sweet.This is new to the Atlanta market so I will re-taste in the coming days but right now I think I have found the best wheat beer I’ve ever tasted....... thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2009
300mL bottle: Appearance is hazy golden brown with minimal white head, Aroma has some wheat along with some yeasty charter, Flavor is pretty complex for a German Hefe, very breaddy with some ginger like spices, again slightly yeasty. Does not disappoint. bhensonb (15189) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Bottle. The silver bottle, except it says imported. Validated on the GK website. Medium plus body with decent carbonation. Flavors of wheat, citrus and light banana. A very good hefe.
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 10, 2009
10.1oz blue bottle...which is actually the "silver" bottle...makes no sense. label states "ginga kogen beer. imported" and looks nothing like the picture. I had a heck of a time trying to figure out which beer i was drinking to say the least. the website would have helped, except its in japanese. after deciphering the package riddle i was surprised to find a pretty good beer inside. the aroma is nice with lots of vanilla, banana, and spices. a cross between a belgian white and a german hefe aroma. it’s very cloudy gold under a small creamy white head. flavor is vanilla cake, banana, lemon and cinnamon. medium bodied and refreshing with a nice creamy palate. improvjock (328) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Bottle. Pours a hazy straw color with big white head. Very smooth, taste of wheat and banana. A very nice Belgian style beer from Japan! thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 21, 2009
Silver bottle. Cloudy pale yellow with a white head. Strong clove and coriander nose as well as lemony acidity. Flavours are very spiced with coriander in the lead, finishing quite dry. Appropriate fizziness. A very refreshing wit with good complexity. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2009
UPDATED: APR 12, 2009 300ml bottle labeled as "Ginga Kogen Beer". Pours a hazy, light golden straw color. A small, fizzy, white head fades quickly, leaving wet lace that mostly rejoins the glass. The nose is pretty standard for a hefe, notes of lighty sweet, fresh wheat grain accompanied by banana, clove, and hints of lemony esters. Floral hops lend a perfumy scent. Flavors are fresh and crisp, with mild banana and clove again showing atop clean grain, with a light citrus blossom hopping. Relatively light bodied, crisp, and refreshing. Nice enough for the style. Well made. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Bottle from case and keg. pours a cloudy yellow/gold color with a big bright white head. Aroma is yeasty as hell, malty and full of coriander, orange and some banana bubblegum. Flavor is smooth and nice with cloves, bananas, gum, yeast, orange, malt and a spicy hint of pepper. This is surprising considering it comes from Japan. Pretty damn nice and underrated.