Source of Styles #3 – Hefeweizens

If you’ve been in Japan for a while, then you’ve come across a weizen (wheat in English) or sometimes weissbier (white beer) by now. Since the lowering of the license limit back in 1994, weizens, along with pilsners, have long been a common style brewed in Japan. Take almost any of the craft beer breweries that started out in 1994, …

Myoko Kogen Weizen by Myoko Kogen Beer

Myoko Kogen Weizen 妙高高原ヴァイツェン

Myoko Kogen Weizen is a 5% German hefeweizen from Myoko Kogen Beer, based in Niigata, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range and comes in two different labels – this one below and also the bog-standard regular boring label. Myoko Kogen Weizen Aroma and Taste Myoko Kogen Weizen poured out a slightly hazy golden yellow colour with a plump …

Daisen G Citra De Weiss by Kumezakura Shuzo

Daisen G Citra De Weiss 大山Gシトラ・デ・ヴァイス

Daisen G Citra De Weiss is a 5.5% hefeweizen from Kumezakura Shuzo, based in Tottori, Japan. It’s part of their spring seasonal lineup and can be found in both bottles and on tap. It was first released in 2018, though we’re unsure if it is going to come out again in the future. Daisen G Citra De Weiss Aroma and Taste …

Awaji Weizen by Awaji Beer

Awaji Weizen あわじヴァイツェン

Awaji Weizen is a 5% German hefeweizen from Awaji Beer, based in Hyogo, Japan. It’s part of their regular lineup and can be found in both bottles and on tap in some places across Japan. It’s brewed using two kinds of hops, though which ones are unknown. Awaji Weizen Aroma and Taste Worryingly, Awaji Weizen poured out with a limp white …

Bay Brewing Bay Weiss by Yokohama Bay Brewing Company 

Bay Brewing Bay Weiss ベイブルーイングベイヴァイス

Bay Brewing Bay Weiss is a 5% hefeweizen from Yokohama Bay Brewing Company, based in Kanagawa, Japan. It started out life as part of their draft range and with the move to Totsuka it has meant Bay Brewing Bay Weiss is now available in bottled form. Bay Brewing Bay Weiss Aroma and Taste After drinking the Bay Brewing Pilsner, I was nervous …

Daisen G Weizen by Kumezakura Shuzo

Daisen G Weizen

Daisen G Weizen is a 5% German hefeweizen from Kumezakura Shuzo, based in Tottori, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range of beers and can be found in both bottles and on tap across Japan. It’s also an award-winning beer, having won a couple of medals at the International Beer Competition, which we’re not too sure of what it …

Donryu Chroa Taboo Guilty White by Donryu Dream Beer

Donryu Chroa Taboo White

Donryu Chroa Taboo Guilty White is a 5% German hefeweizen from Donryu Dream Beer, based in Gunma, Japan. It’s part of their new Chroa series, first released in 2017, and can be found in both bottles and, on occasion, on draft as well. Donryu Chroa Taboo White is brewed with predominantly wheat malt as the main base malt, with over 50% of …

Tazawako Komachi Weiss by Tazawako Beer 

Tazawako Komachi Weiss

Tazawako Komachi Weiss is a 5% German hefeweizen, brewed by Tazawako Beer, based in Akita, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range and can be found in both bottles and on tap from Autumn onwards, usually around from the beginning of October. Tazawako Komachi Weiss, or as it says on the label weißbier (weissbier), is brewed with 100% of the …

Iwate Kura Weizen by Sekinoichi Shuzo

Iwate Kura Weizen / いわて蔵ヴァイツェン

Iwate Kura Weizen is a 5% hefeweizen. Based on a South German recipe, this was the first Japanese craft beer to win a gold medal at the Monde Selection Awards in 1998. I’ll be honest, these old beers are really hard to write decent articles for. There’s not really much to say about them, they’ve usually won awards decades ago, …

Daisen G Kohaku Weiss by Kumezakura Daisen Brewery

Daisen G Kohaku Weiss

Daisen G Kohaku Weiss is a 5.5% German hefeweizen from Kumezakura Daisen Brewery, based in Tottori, Japan. It’s part of their autumn seasonal lineup, and can be found in both bottle and on tap. The name Kohaku, which means amber in English, is used to differentiate this from their regular weizen. Even though it has the word “kohaku” in its name, Daisen …