Ginga Kogen Soyokaze Kolsch is a 5% kölsch style beer from Ginga Kogen Beer, based in Iwate. It was once part of their summer range a few years back and reemerged in the June 2016, in both canned and draft form. It’s brewed to a traditional Cologne style recipe though besides that, not much else is know about this beer. Ginga Kogen Soyokaze Kolsch translates to breeze, perhaps bringing in the summer winds from the seas that somehow make the Japanese heat palpable.
Ginga Kogen Soyokaze Kolsch Aroma and Taste
Ginga Kogen Soyokaze Kolsch poured out a hazy golden straw colour with minimal head – even with some subtle wrist flicks, nothing developed besides a thin ring around the side of the glass. Perhaps it was the glass but I’ve similar experiences with Ginga Kogen Beers in the past. There was some citrus punch to it with a dash of sweetness as well mixed in but nothing spectacular.
Strangely enough, Ginga Kogen Soyokaze Kolsch tasted buttery with a citrus resonance to it – very peculiar and weird. Not flavours I really associate with a kölsch style beer at all. The malts were present with a subtle sweetness that left some residual stickiness on the tongue which felt astringent and lingered. Thankfully, some fruitiness came through in the end, with hints of pineapples being noted. The aftertaste faded quickly and left some sticky residue on the tongue.
Ginga Kogen Soyokaze Kolsch The Bottom Line
Ginga Kogen Soyokaze Kolsch was disappointing and was quickly forgotten. Not really worth hunting down.
Where to Buy Ginga Kogen Soyokaze Kolsch
Ginga Kogen Soyokaze Kolsch can be bought online at the following places: