About Wheat Beers from Japan

About Wheat Beers from Japan
Japan is currently the fourth largest beer market in the world. The first Japanese-owned brewery opened in the late 19th century; today there are a handful of large breweries along with a good number of craft breweries that stared to appear in the 1990s. While pale ales are the staple of the corporate breweries, there has been a significant increase in Belgian-style ales; in fact there are now almost 40 Belgian beer bars in the Tokyo area. While microbreweries have been successful producing these Belgian-style beers as well as India Pale Ale and other brews, the number of new microbreweries has become quite small; taxes on the best beers made in Japan- those with the highest percentage of malt - are taxed extremely high, making a six pack a beer an expensive purchase. Time will tell if these taxes are reduced to increase beer production and consumption in Japan.

Top Picks for Japan

Wheat Beers

Kawaba "Snow Weizen"
90 points
Hazy light gold color. Mild, buttery, dank citrusy grainy aromas of banana pudding and bread, frosted lemon scone, white grapes, and clay with a velvety, soft, finely carbonated, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, brisk apple pie, pretzel bread, and kiwi finish. A delicious and very appetizing wheat ale that is sure to please.