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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest White AleHitachino Nest White Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,327 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,327
Reviews: 518
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 159
Gots: 173 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Japan

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2001

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Ratings: 1,327 | Reviews: 518
Reviews by MrSeth:
Photo of MrSeth
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

App: Pours with a hazy earthy golden body and forms a two inch white head with big bubbly suds that die down to the surface.

Sm: Sweet and sour, ripe peaches, ponzu sauce.

Ta: Milder than the nose, smooth wheaty start, then bitter bites, but not harshly. Good length, again sweet and sourness linger.

Da: Medium-High. It's probably just "highly drinkable" but witbier is not one of my everyday beers.

More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a pretty famous beer here, it has eluded me somehow until now. picked this up under 6 bucks over at colorado liquor mart, who is still chugging along with some hidden gems in the back there. a nice take on a wit, different than almost all of them because of (what i perceive anyway) this fresh ginger in here. a blonde beer with a golden flare, clear for the style, and while there are a ton of bubbles in it, no head really ever builds up. the nose is almost like ginger ale, its so potent to me, i have to believe there is real ginger in it. belgian type yeast is also fruity, while some malt other than wheat i think makes an appearance, giving some light caramel flavors as a base. ginger and cracked pepper in the finish, this could pass as a saison on the yeast character alone, less belgian than saison in that regard. super refreshing, and even though it looks flat, there are a lot of bubbles here in solution. my first beer from this operation is a winner, i like this a lot, different from the masses but still comfortably within what the style asks for. perfect hot weather refresher. super dig it.

Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had heard about this line of beers and really wanted to try one,and Iam glad I did.Poured a nnice hazy orange color with big fluffy head,smell was very fresh and citruisy smelling.Taste was nice and tart with some coriander spiciness.Very drinkable and not to light in body,these guys know how to make an excellent wit.

Photo of RoyalT
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light yellow and wonderfully hazy in color with a pretty good head.

Smell – This one had a monster coriander aroma that took control of the nose. I could also pick up some orange and maybe a bit of yeast.

Taste – A good portion of the coriander from the nose found its way into the taste. There was also a bit of orangish sourness and a light yeast backbone.

Mouthfeel – I thought the mouthfeel was a little clumsy. There was some significant carbonation but the body itself was thin-feeling.

Drinkability – This was OK, but I probably wouldn’t look for another.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gray peach. Thin carbonated head. Crazy bubble streaming. Good head revitalization.

N: Oranges, lemons, a touch of ginger, lactic acid.

T: Deeply spicy. Above a light fruity body are stinging pepper, lemon-ginger, and coriander notes, perhaps cardamom too.

MF: Light bodied. Biting with a strongly acidic, lactic like, (think Hitachino’s Milk Stout) sour finish. Very unique and impressive. Not quite fitting of the style but right up my alley.

D: Dry in the way that makes one thirsty for more. Exceptional.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served in a pint glass.

Look (4/5) - Pours a really pale straw (maybe as little as 5*SRM). The color is near perfect, really. Carbonation clings to the inside of the glass. Head is large, fluffy and bone-white in color. It falls a bit faster than I'd like. Hazy is ideal.

Smell (4/5) - Very light, good for the style. The wheat smell (grainy, crisp) comes through. Some nice fruitiness and spiciness, but this is a touch faint. Finish is clean and dry, falling just short of tartness. No hops.

Flavor (4/5) - The flavor is more assertive than the nose. the balance is a lot more fruity. I still get the strong wheat flavor coming out first. The finish is less dry and tart, though. There is more fruit in there (pears/apricots). Some nutmeg comes through, but not very much. Not a lot of orange or coriander (a flavor combo I really like). No hops.

Feel (4.5/5) - Medium-light body with good carbonation. This really dries out the finish and balances the flavor out. Ideal for the style.

Drink (4/5) - A good example of a witbier that's experimented with the spicing - I would have liked to have gotten a bit more of the nutmeg and coriander, though. Highly drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- crystal clear glowing gold, low brite white head

Aroma- strongly phenolic, like on the band aid level, fades to allow pepper and lemon zest out, light cranberry notes, hey, pear, very fresh, a little saison-like, light spruce note, very interesting....

Flavor - Very pleasant and soft lactic twang, helps balance very sweet belgian pils character, no overt coriander, subtle berry fruit and spice, with more of that spruce / mint character in the finish, light orange citrus tone w/ virtually no edge. Not a sharp beer in any way. Wheat character is distinctly lacking. Lemon and pepper notes . Dry finish.

Overall- definately an unconventional but pleasing wit. Drinks like a Pilsner. Just has no wheat character. I applaud it for not being over the top w/ coriander, if its there at all.

Photo of Todd
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11oz short-n-stubby brown bottle. That crazy owl mocks me. Why, owl? Why?

Appearance: There's yeast ... so this baby pours a cloudy straw-coloured beer with a creamy white head. There's also ample stick and an equal covering lace.

Smell: Major clove/ginger aromas that pretty much stifle everything else.

Taste: Ultra-creamy on the palate and light-bodied, actually a very uplifting beer -- that palate literally fills up with creamy beer goodness. Grainy malt characters kick things off and are quickly replaced by a highly refreshing citrusy/orange hop snap and a spicy ginger/clove/coriander character that is relentless. Pepper flavours are also evident, and dominate with the rest. No real sweetness, but there's some dextrin kicking about, especially as a body builder. Finish is dry, with loads of clove afters.

Notes: This is one hell of a unique and outstanding beer! The flavours scramble the shit out of the palate and there's so much depth to this beer that you need an oxygen tank and a slow rise to reality to avoid failing to the bends. Orange? Clove? All these wonderful flavours ... this is all blissful. I'm calm, collective and at one with the universe. This is more of a Wit than most traditional Belgians ... oh, and it's from Japan. Purchase this beer now.

Photo of dill
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from an 11 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass

A - pours a beautiful light orange with a thick, frothy white head

S - lots of fruits... orange is most prevalent with some nectarine

T - a light fruit flavor with some grainy malts

M - really creamy on the tongue with a bit of a dry finish

D - really easy to drink. this is quite an enjoyable white ale

Photo of Jayman931
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled poured into snifter

a- hazy creme golden color

s- nice light citrus almost lemon note...wheat....

t- little sour...spiced taste....nice wheat finish...light and crisp

m- light moutheel...tingley(think from carbonation)

o- I enjoyed it....not my favorite style of beer but this is very good...recommend it

Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale orange with a dense rocky white head. Dried orange peel and coriander in the aroma and flavour. Seems the coriander is more dominant in the aroma. Refreshingly crisp and smooth at the same time, dry malt character in the back with grainy tones and nuttiness from the yeast. Spices add some sweetness, coriander is the one that flexes the most. Smooth and rounded grainy flavour helps in the finish. A good and balanced white ale.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz stubby bottle with the cute owl on the label and cap. Actually looks white as it pours from the bottle, but in the glass is a slightly hazed, straw yellow body with a modest white head that has good retention and leaves some patchy lace. Odd aroma of slightly sulfuric Saaz hops, orangepeel, and coriander. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Taste has spicy coriander, lemony citrus, wheaty cracker, yeast, orangepeel, and herbal hops that come together quite well. The flavors are all restrained, and the high carbonation helps them meld into a very flavorful, light bodied Wit. Very interesting flavor profile, but it works well. Very refreshing, and an excellent choice as a session ale. Based on my experience with other offerings from this brewery, this is basically a Hitachino Lite.

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the Puck Fair bar in Soho, NYC. pours cloudy apricot, white head, light lacing left on the glass, light sugary nose. This is a light, yeasty brew, spicing is fairly mellow but evident. Citrusy and piney notes late. Fine summer brew, pleasant, well crafted wheat that is a treat if you can find it on tap.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from the LCBO, poured into a small Hoegaarden tumbler.

A pale, hazy yellow-golden, almost the colour of white grapefruit juice. The head on the first bottle was quite nice, rich and fluffy, but the second, not so much.

Nose is a lovely citrus blend of orange, grapefruit and lemon, some herbal and floral hops, and a nice yeast/wheat malt backing. One of the better aromas I've encountered in a wit.

Very juicy and remarkably flavorful. One of the most satisfying witbiers I've encountered in some time. Ridiculously thirst quenching, and certainly a prime candidate for the ultimate breakfast/brunch brew. Citrus (orange, sweet grapefruit) and malted wheat in the front, some splendid hopping (floral, herbal) to the finish. Great stuff.

Thin bodied, tart, zippy carbonation.

If I ignore all those big-name rice lagers, I can fortunately claim this to be my first real beer from Japan, and what an entry this was. Were the price a touch lower, I'd drink this all summer; as it is, I'll at least try to keep coming back to it. Great stuff.

Photo of jakester
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. A date stamp of H.5.10 (August 10, 2005?) is on the back label. Why can't they just put the fucking date on the label? What's the big secret?? Pisses me off!

Pours a cloudy (if you pour in the yeast, which I did) banana yellow with a one finger head of white foam. Carbonation appears moderate. The head falls to islands and a ring, with minimal lacing. Small chunks of yeast seem to be suspended throughout the beer.

Aroma is lemons and coriander with just a hint of light bready malt coming through if you work. Aroma of this beer is pretty faint, but clean and nice.

First flavor is clean lemons, followed by a taste of coriander, and a perceptable but balancing hop bitterness. The tartness of this beer makes it very refreshing. There is a definite taste of lightly bready malt in there, also. Aftertaste is citrusy, spicy, tart, and pretty long-lasting.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, very refreshing. Carbonation has a nice zing to it. Body is light. Finish is on the dry side.

I like this beer. From what I know about the beers of Japan, this brewery is one of a few that's got their shit together. This is a pretty decent effort at a witbier. Keep 'em coming!

Photo of kingcrowing
2.73/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle poured in a snifter.

Light golden color with a small head that hangs around for a bit. Very odd nose to it, there's some sort of a spicy note to it or something that seems a bit off.

Taste is like a light wheat beer, nothing too special, no hop taste. Overall I'd say it's one of the best Japanese beers I've had, but that's not saying too much.

Photo of Kraken
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. Pours a very cloudy, hazy almost white shade of yellow. 1/2 finger head that diminishes rapidly leaving behind almost no lace.

Nose- Whoa Momma, clove, corriander, lemon zest, orange citrus. A perfume of goodness.

Palate- Excellent, clove and juicey orange citrus initially. Body is very smooth and lightly sweet with extremely fine carbonation that dances across the toungue. Closes with lemon zest and a bit of a dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Very, very good, smooth, perhaps a little oily, with a nice dry finish.

Drinkability- At 5% this is a very drinkable beverage highly recomend.

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy , highly carbonated pale golden yellow
S- Somewhat floral, very tough to describe maybe some apple.
T and M- Carbonation has a good bite right of the bat. Again the apple comes into play with a tang of citrius on the finish.
D- A very drinkable beer and one of the better I've had.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle pulled right from the fridge poured into a bulb style glass. H.10.06. stamped on the back label.

pours out a very hazy, cloudy cider like yellow small white head that left a retentive layer. minimal spotty lacing and lots of sediment.

big spicy aroma with clove being at the forefront. also ginger, white pepper, phenolic yeast, and hints of lemon citrus.
powerful perfumey aroma.

lots of big flavor packed in this beer. big spicy does of clove, corriander, white pepper, ginger, very nice lemon grass wheaty citrus with bits of pear like fruit with some light phenolic yeast.

assertive bubbly carbonation which compliments the beer nicely. slightly spice bitter aftertaste. light bodied.

a very drinkable wit, definatly worth a try. just as good if not better than most belgians.

Photo of Thrasher
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This startling beer is pricey but worth it. Fruity attack with huge blend of spices, including some hints of Japanese origin. I thought I felt some wasabe kick although it could be my imagination; the finish has a similar effect of scraping out the sinuses and the back of the throat (similar to some pharmeceuticals, too). Definite yogurt characteristics, perhaps due to yeast. Nice blend of Japanese and east Mediterranean flavors. Attack is gingery, but not as refreshing as many wits; more heavy duty and may be be best appreciated with robust Japanese-style cuisine. Bubbly on the tongue, smooth in the belly. I think I'll get the 750 bottle next time. Yum.

Photo of BGDrock
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Appearance: golden hue, slight haze

Aroma: citrus coming through big, particularly orange

Taste & Mouthfeel: very light, crisp, orange flavour; no bitterness; good carbonation and very clean; has pretty good length too

Overall: so refreshing! Perfect for summer and one that just about anyone could appreciate and enjoy

Photo of ADR
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale pineapple color, opaque with yeasties. Head is short lasting and non-lacing. Acrid aroma, touch of wine and strong cheese. Maltier than I expected from the aroma, sour lemon and high carbonation dominate the initia flavor but then a sense of sweetness, nutmeg, cedar needles, and anise leaven the mix a bit. Finishes with a peppery hopping and an aftertaste like an orange Life Saver candy. Too astringent a White for me, not very drinkable, but there are big qualities in this beer.

Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Bookhouse in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet citrus - orange and lemon - with good amounts of floral notes.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet orange and mild lemon flavors stand out against a wheat background. There are also mild spice flavors that meld nicely with the citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished one glass without much problem and could have another.

Overall this was a solid beer that I could revisit in the future. Worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a slight hazy lemon yellow body with a very strong carbonation of micro bubbles. There was a perfectly smooth creamy snow-white head that lasted a good long time.

S- The soft smooth smell of lemon frosting was not as sweet as frosting but had a hint of powdered sugar to it. There was a subtle yet complex aroma with hints of cherry blossoms in the background with a light yeasty note. The smell made me want to keep sniffing as deep as I could but it was a bit mysterious.

T- The taste of smooth mellow wheat has a light tartness to it with a soft bubblegum hint to it. The tartness was a supporting flavor and not over the top. There was a nice hint of bitterness in the finish that balanced the wheat malt notes.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a light fizz in the finish and a very light hint of chewiness to the texture.

D-This beer has a lot of nice depth but it is very soft. That makes this beer a nice session beer, which lets you understand a little more about it with every new glass. Very nice wit without the over powering bubblegum and clove characteristics.

Photo of Auraan
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous cloudy yellow with a three finger fluffy white head that stuck around and left a bit of lacing as I drank the beer. True to style and very attractive. Scents of orange peel, which is quite pronounced, grainy wheat, sweetness, chamomile, allspice and clove, fruity and yeasty esters, incredibly complex for a witbier and extremely pleasant. Taste begins with yeasty wheat bread, moving into citrus peel, slight peppery spiciness, herbal hops, and finishing with wheat cracker and a strong graininess. Aftertaste is yeasty and grainy with some herbal notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, with a nice yeasty feel present as well. Overall it's an amazing witbier with a depth of complexity in it's aroma that no other witbier I've had has reached, and and an excellent flavor hitting the wibier style with a nice herbal hop character that adds some complexity there as well, the mouthfeel is standard for the style but good. It's just a fantastic witbier, with an excellent complexity to it, and it's just plain pleasant to drink. Well worth it's $5 price tag. An excellent craft beer out of Japan

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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,327 ratings.