Brewed by Ginga Kogen Beer Company
Style: German Hefeweizen
Sawauchi, Iwate Prefecture, Japan
Serve in Weizen


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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Note: Sold in Japan in the can labeled "Weizen" at the bottom, and in the "Star Bottle."

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OneBrewru's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OneBrewru (11) - - MAR 28, 2011
Ginga Kougen Weizen brew pours a rich, cloudy, golden hue and is topped by a with a frothy cloud-white head. Little to no lacing clings to the glass. The appearance is very true to the style. The aroma of this beer is also very true to the hefeweizen style. Rich and bready smells are present but an acutely powerful clove aroma pierces through. A mild yeast funkiness is also apparent. Taste-wise, this beer is rock solid. As the aroma would indicate, strong banana bread and clove flavors dominate. The clove is just a bit stronger than it should be, but does help cut through the thick malty flavors. The texture of this beer is a bit thicker than many hefeweizens and with a bit less carbonation than usual. All in all, I could drink this beer on a hot summer day or a cold winter night and be satisfied with either. Itís light alcohol content lends itself to being a session beer, but the complex flavors make just a pint more than enjoyable.

JaKeAFC (1121) - ITALY - MAY 24, 2017
35cl can a friend brought over from Tokyo. Cloudy spent yellow color short white head thin persistence no lacing. Aroma.Unexpectedly sharp, lots of dough, yeast, wheat, banana, bubblegum with citrus backing. Taste sweet balanced by quite strong sourness. Average carbonation medium body solvent finish, thought abv being much higher. Ok japweizen.

sephyrott (114) - - APR 26, 2017
0.33ml can at the hotel in Tokyo. Wheat beer, slightly touch to banana but in general not a very good beer

beerplace (1604) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2016
A small can at Mattís. Pours a hazy straw with a white head. Aroma is slightly chemical with some bananas, spices and smokey notes. Taste is similar. Meh.

fiulijn (20427) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2016
Tasting at Mattís, can
Cloudy blond color, a bit pale. The aroma is classic for a Hefeweizen, spicy and estery, light banana. The flavor is a bit different, more sour, a bit lemony, and spicy.
Not bad; itís messy, but at least it has some character.

lupulist (348) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2016
Pours a hazy straw colour. Aroma of banana, cloves, and maybe a hint of oxidization. Tastes true to style, but thin bodied. Not bad! Thanks Josh.

mcberko (17345) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2016
Can, pours a cloudy blonde with a medium white head. Aroma brings out light banana, biscuity malt, and some herbal, vegetal notes. Flavour brings out a lot of cloves, a little citrus, and a hint of banana. Very citric on the finish, with the clove dominating. Not too thrilling.

left_bank (99) - JAPAN - JAN 27, 2016
Beer looks great for the first minute,not so much after that.The beer is a too tart for my liking,and "disturbs" the other flavors...which of course will lower my palate score. Thought it was going to be better.

willisread (3308) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Can from foodshow in shibuya. Drank straight from the can. Big clove aromas upon opening with some banana as well on the nose. Starts out slightly sweet on the palate and then becomes lightly peppery/spicy. Tastes of bans cream pie and bubblegum are there but not cloying. Excellent peppery dry finish. A very respectable weizen.

RafeAU (629) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 2, 2015
UPDATED: APR 4, 2015 bottle In Osaka. cold storage at rakuichi. and a can 2 days later was identical. fresh, pleasant hefeweizen with a nice moderate banana aroma. wlp300 I wonder? fairly good. I wonder if people rating this lower were having it shipped and not fresh.

Beerandsex (12) - Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Meh. Itís really a very very dumbed down version of a Weizen. Almost a commercial mass produced light lager, really. I would not even give this beer my number much less let it in my pants.

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