Brewed by Otaru Beer Brewery
Style: German Hefeweizen
Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan
Serve in Weizen


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Otaru Weiss is made using a traditional Bavarian brewing method which requires more than 50% wheat (weiss) malt or more. We produce the Otaru Weiss so that it has a fruity, banana aroma. This occurs both because of the brewing method employed as well as the type of yeast used to ferment the wort. Otaru Weiss, like all traditional Weiss Beers, is top fermented. Fermenting weiss wort not only has a fantastic banana aroma, it roils with the large amount of CO2 gas it produces. This is a beer which you can not only smell, but actually hear and see ferment. The fermentation is fairly quick and the lager period is approximately two weeks. At Otaru Beer, the Weiss fermentation is very fast, compared with our other beers which take at least six weeks to produce. When we first made the Otaru Weiss beer in the Spring of 1996, it was only to be a seasonal beer, but because of the great demand for this seasonal beer, it became our third main beer type. If you have not ever experienced an Otaru Weiss Beer, consider it imperative to do so as soon as possible. It is an experience not to be missed!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (16969) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2016
Pale and quite cloudy. Big frothy head. Big banana nose. Fizzy, quite sweet, bordering on unbalanced, mucho vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (3174) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Bottle from Tokyu in Sapporo. Pours a hazy golden straw with a huge pillowy white head. Big creamy banana aroma with some clove, lemon and white pepper. Taste is more of the same. Body is a little light, but the flavor is nice. Peppery finish with some spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jpkeskinen (510) - FINLAND - JUL 16, 2015
Bottle. Quite a nice weizen. There is a nice fruity taste to the beer, not that much citrus but plenty of banana.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biirusaikou (2678) - - JUN 29, 2015
Draught at Leibspeise. Creamy banana, clove, grassy hops, touch of lemon, earthy spice, dry finish. Good stuff, maybe not as rich as I hoped but a pleasant refreshing beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (3033) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2013
Backlog, bottled, enjoyed in 2008. Color is quite dark for a Weizen (ref: Schneider). Aromas of wheat, malt/grain, sour fruit. Flavor is true Weizen, wheat-malty, refreshing. Flavor lingers for a long time and theres even a hint of bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Herbal hops and meticulous banana esters greet healthy wheat and mild tartness in this competent Weizen.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam tops the cloudy beige, lacing in rings.
-The high carbonation on tap properly emulates the bottle-conditioned version. Good job there !
-Hops and wheat are lightly citrusy.
-The flavor profile is balanced and quenching.
-The finish is rather dry, with decent hop bitterness.

On tap at The Beer Horn.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4983) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 23, 2013
I had this on tap at the brewery in Otaru and again recently from a take-away bottle. It has a lightly spiced aroma, fairly weak for a hefeweizen but has the classic hefeweizen look pouring a cloudy golden color with lots of foam, good lacing and slow dissipated. The taste is an of an average white beer. Otaru seems to make solid beers to style. Overall, it is good but not outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2687) - JAPAN - APR 16, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2014 Great foamy head - soft and ample. Soft clove/banana nose - great mouthfeel, which seems to be a trademark with Otaru. Well made - not overtly flavourful for the style, but very drinkable. Not as yeast as some examples, so it doesnt outstay its welcome.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jonas (7399) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - JAN 18, 2011
Tap at Leibspeise, Sapporo fall 2009. Banana, peach and wheat. Cloudy, orange yellow, golden cream. Creamy mouthfeel. Sticky fruitsalad flavour. A bit dusty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2009
Huge off white head. Very earthy nose, yeast and hefty clove and other spices. Taste hit me again with a very earthy feel, musty, grainy, like the barn in a good way. Strong hop/citrus opening. This beer is a bit different and very pleasant. Long on the palate, nice.

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