Aoi Brewing Sweet Desperation Grass Wheat Ale by Aoi Brewing 

Brewing Sweet Desperation Grass Wheat Ale

Aoi Brewing Sweet Desperation Grass Wheat Ale is a 5% wheat ale from Aoi Brewing, based in Shizuoka, Japan. Like many other of their bottled beers, Aoi Brewing Sweet Desperation Grass Wheat Ale started out life in draft form before moving to bottled form towards the end of 2016. It’s brewed with Pilsner Malt, Wheat Malt along with Saphir and Perle hops, …

Abashiri White Ale by Abashiri Beer

Abashiri White Ale

Oh god, here we go again. The sublime and ridiculous Abashiri Beer are at it again. Abashiri, as you know, make the blue beer – Ryuhyo Draft – which is simultaneously the reason why we started BeerTengoku, one of the worst beers we’ve ever tasted, the NUMBER ONE MOST POPULAR BEER REVIEW ON THE SITE, and the source of my first Anonymous …

Songbird Wheat by Brewery Songbird

Songbird Wheat

Songbird Wheat is a 4.5% wheat ale from Brewery Songbird, based in Chiba, Japan. It started out as part of the summer line up in 2015 as an English summer ale, and got promoted to their regular line up in 2016 as a wheat ale. It’s brewed with the addition of coriander seeds to make it classified as a happoshu. …

Yokohama Seya no Komugi Beer by Yokohama Brewery

Yokohama Seya no Komugi Beer

Yokohama Seya no Komugi Beer is a 5.5% wheat ale from Yokohama Brewery, based in Kanagawa, Japan. It is part of their Summer seasonal line up and contains wheat, or komugi, that has been locally sourced from the Seya-ward of Yokohama, about 10kms west of Yokohama centre itself. It was first released in 2015 on tap only, but in 2016, …

Karuizawa Kogen 2015 Seasonal Wheat Ale by Yo-Ho Brewing

Karuizawa Kogen 2015 Seasonal Wheat Ale

Karuizawa Kogen 2015 Seasonal Wheat Ale is a 4.5% wheat ale from Yo-Ho Brewing, based in Nagano. It follows on with their annual tradition of releasing different kinds of seasonal beers, following on from their 2014 edition of a British Pale Ale. Thankfully, this one was paid for and not part of a giveaway and was also well in date. …

Aqula Sakura Kobo Wheat by Aqula

Aqula Sakura Kobo Wheat

Aqula Sakura Kobo Wheat is brewed using natural sakura, or cherry blossom, yeast that has been developed by Akita Food Institute in conjunction with Aqula. It’s a 5% light ale that has not been pasteurized to allow the yeast to further develop flavours in Aqula Sakura Kobo Wheat as it is bottle conditioned. The photo below is of the beer before …

Enoshima Summer Beer by Kumazawa Brewing

Enoshima Summer Beer

Enoshima Summer Beer is another special edition beer from Kumazawa Brewing, better known as Shonan Beer. Even though it does say summer on the label, I picked this bottle up mid-November and was still within date. Enoshima Summer Beer is apparently a hefeweizen, or an unfiltered wheat beer, that has been jacked up on hops. It can also be found around Father’s Day in …

Kinshachi Platinum Ale by Morita Kinshachi Brewery

Kinshachi Platinum Ale

Platinum. More expensive than gold. Rarer than gold. Bright and shiny. Therefore Kinshachi Platinum Ale must be worth its weight as a premium craft beer. Kinshachi Platinum Ale is another award-winning beer from Morita Kinshachi Brewery having won awards at the Japan Asia Beer Cup in 2010 and 2012, and also the International Beer Competition in 2011. If Morita keeps winning …

Ginga Kogen Komugi no beer by Ginga Kogen Brewery

Ginga Kogen started out back in the early 90s and was almost the first microbrewery to make it big. Unfortunately, due to licensing laws, the likes of Asahi, Kirin et al, were able to push them back. However, it is still possible to find their beers in convenience stores and shops across the country. Ginga Kogen Komugi no beer is …