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Ginga Kogen Hefeweizen 
Posted: 2 June 2015  Beer Republic 2.5 
Ginga Kogen Hefeweizen from Japan Ginga Kogen must have been drunk when they came up with their own hefeweizen formula.  Because, my friends, this is not a high quality German wheat beer.  An hour after I sipped it, I told my wife, "I feel ill," and I knew it wasn't because I caught typhus.   
Avg price/liter: USD 19.57   ABV %: 5.0  Type: German Wheat   
       


I love to see one country's take on another country's food and cuisine. How well can Thailand do American food, for instance?  Or Korea do Thai?        

Because beer originated in Europe and all the major styles either came from there or have their roots there, whenever a non-European brewery takes a stab at a distinctly European style, I am very eager to taste the execution.  Perfect mimicry need not be achieved nor is it desired.  In Laos and Thailand, I tried Indian cuisine as interpreted by Laotians and Thais with deliciously unique results.      

Japanese brewery Ginga Kogen started in 1996 in the village of Sawuchi, a translation of the words galaxy and plateau.   According to Ginga Kogen, this area is rich in snowfall and therefore has a natural fresh water supply, perfect for delicious beers. 

Ginga Kogen's preparatory team visited a number of breweries in Germany to do their due diligence before brewing their first bottle.  They drank scores of German beer.  Drunk, possibly also stoned, they probably concluded, "These German style wheat beers taste great.  Why don't we make this style our signature brew?"    

They must have been drunk when they came up with their own hefeweizen formula, too.  And also when they translated their web site into English.  I don't know the Japanese words for 'Perpetual Drunk' but maybe that would have been a better name for the brewery.       

Because, my friends, this is not a high quality German wheat beer.  I drink a hefeweizen here in Thailand from a little known German brewery, Memminger.  It probably wouldn't win any top honor awards in southern Bavaria, but it is not an embarrassment to the style.  

I would think the only thing Ginga Kogen got right in their hefeweizen is the German tradition of mixing at least 50% wheat to barley malt. They must have done that much, right, or it wouldn't be a German wheat beer at all. Aside from that, I couldn't taste the overtones of banana and clove typical of hefeweizen. Hell, I couldn't even taste the snow fall rich water in the brew either.       

An hour after I sipped it, I told my wife, "I feel ill," and I knew it wasn't because I caught typhus. I had made the error of finishing this bottle of Ginga Kogen Hefeweizen.       

Avoid.       

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