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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
92
outstanding

1,111 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,111
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 106
Gots: 59 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2001)
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weizenbob

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 00:05:59 | More by weizenbob
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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,111 ratings.