Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery
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Reviews by weizenbob:
3.9/5 rDev -4.9%
This 24.3 ounce bottle of Hitachino Nest White Ale was purchased for $9.29 at Pere Marquette Expeditions in Ludington, MI. It’s been on my bucket list for a while and I was pleasantly surprised to find it in my neck of the woods. The code H11.09 is stamped on the importer’s label. Apart from that, the label divulges very little additional information, unless you can read Japanese text.
The bottle was poured into a weizen glass. The pour yields less than a finger of white head that disappears very quickly. There is no lacing. The carbonation level appears to be high (as seen through the glass). The brew is quite pale and only moderately hazy, despite my attempts to rile some yeastiness into suspension. The look is neither impressive nor offensive. (The second pour was much hazier and closer to style.)
The aroma is pretty unique. Soft fruitiness brings to mind berries and Clementine zest. It has a sort of fruity soap aroma as well, but in an oddly pleasant fashion for a beer. I believe lavender is the correct reference. Per style, hop aroma is nowhere to be found. It’s a different animal, but I like the scent.
The first sip reveals a pair of unexpected surprises. First: the flavor is strongly reminiscent of Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat (the Froot Loops beer!). Second: it is much better than the abomination that is Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat. A soft sweetness gives way to the surprisingly strong bite of wheat malt. Subtle notes of berry fruits weave through each other to form a tapestry that somehow works as a piece of the whole. The finish is sweet, with no hop bitterness. Hitachino Nest’s website lists nutmeg amongst the specialty ingredients. The literal flavor of nutmeg is only noticed after becoming informed of the fact, but it is the very ingredient that seems to tie everything together. It’s a creative twist that makes for the most unique witbier I’ve yet tasted. That doesn’t make it excellent, but it is very good.
In the mouth, the high level of carbonation makes for a stinging sensation that is a little overwhelming at first. Alcohol is completely hidden. The beer is a bit heavy for a witbier, but at 5% ABV, it is on the higher end for the style. I don’t mind how substantial it feels since a lighter brew with this level of carbonation would bludgeon me into indifference. As is, it is pretty easy drinking.
This is the second beer from Hitachino Nest that I’ve had the pleasure of imbibing (the first being Red Rice Ale), and I can report nothing but pleasant results thus far. It is a bit pricy for regular consumption. But as a beer that is on the heaviest side of refreshing, this makes for an excellent treat in these days of record high spring temperatures. I can wholeheartedly recommend this to both witbier fans, as well as those wondering what the hell the architects of Sunset Wheat were thinking.
03-20-2012 00:05:59 | More by weizenbob
More User Reviews:
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
04-22-2003 05:48:52 | More by oberon
3.3/5 rDev -19.5%
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 wouldnt look for another.
04-24-2004 20:33:10 | More by RoyalT
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
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 Hitachinos 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.
06-05-2006 20:03:44 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.05/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
07-18-2011 23:21:43 | More by Rijtjeshuis
4.53/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
01-24-2011 07:51:24 | More by JudgeRoughneck
4.7/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
04-11-2002 20:45:03 | More by Todd
4.4/5 rDev +7.3%
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
04-01-2008 05:44:18 | More by dill
4.3/5 rDev +4.9%
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
06-30-2013 23:18:32 | More by Jayman931
4.08/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
04-15-2002 18:58:27 | More by Jason
4/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
03-09-2005 02:20:04 | More by merlin48
4/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
08-07-2005 20:43:51 | More by Billolick
Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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