Baeren Ursus beer


"A muddy blonde weizenbrock with cream and melon to go with your banana and cloves, and a nice hoppy finish. Velvety smooth and think. A classic."

(From 'Craft Beer in Japan - the essential guide).

Alcohol Percentage 7.0% (4 std drinks)

Below is a review from 'BeerEast'.

Pour – Orange gold, lots of foam that settles slowly

Aroma – Lots of banana and sugar, also very wheaty with some cloves

Flavor – Initially lots of spicy banana, tangy in the middle, then some hop bitterness with slightly bitter and banana wheat finish, nice creamy texture

Baeren are one of the better German craft brewers around in Japan, but I find their Summer Weizen to be nothing to write home about. Their Ursus weizen bock, however, is one of my favorite Baeren brews, so let’s take a closer look at it.

When Baeren was first getting established, they had a German brewer by the name of Ivo Odenthal, who incidentally also used to be the head brewer at Ginga Kogen. In any case, this beer was not only conceived and brewed by Odenthal in the early days but also named by him – Ursus being a genus of large bears, with Baeren meaning bear in German. As if brewing beers and naming them was not enough, Odenthal also designed the Baeren logo!

The first thing you’ll notice about the Baeren Ursus is banana. Lots of it. Don’t let that fool you into thinking this is a one-dimensional beer, though – there’s actually quite a lot going on here. Plenty of spice and cloves, wheat, slight booze, but best of all, hops! There are noticeable hops and bitterness, and while I don’t think that’s the primary raison d’être for a weizen or weizen bock, it’s always a very nice bonus.

Overall this is a very interesting and delicious beer, and the pick of the weizen bock litter in Japan for me.

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