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


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 2.96/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   ABV: -
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (23964) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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 (15152) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KyotoLefty (10079) - 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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MartinT (9765) - 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 isnt very appealing.
-This is far from their best brew, and certainly not a successful Weizen attempt.


   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (7497) - 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 (7466) - Huddinge, 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 (5711) - 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 doesnt pull it together. Is this the same brewery that made the Amber?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
visionthing (5222) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 8, 2016
On tap at Grillman Japan Craft Beer and Wine, Nagoya. Hazy golden to orange with a white head. Fruity, wheaty and yeasty aroma, as expected. Medium ripe bananas with some spicy notes. Moderate to medium sweet with quite nice wheaty flavours and a mild acididty. Fairly tasty and quite refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
shoulderbroken (4255) - 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. Wheres the body? Obviously I drank it, but its not very nice. I think swan lake are overrated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
melush (3849) - SPAIN - MAY 15, 2016
Tap / Tirador. @ Vector Beer Factory, Tokyo, Japon. A: Hazy golden / Dorado turbio. T/S: Wheat, banana, slightly citrusy / Trigo, banana, ligeramente citrico.

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