Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery
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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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4.23/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 22:28:02 | More by StonedTrippin
Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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