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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,221 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,221
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 123
Gots: 100 | 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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Photo of Foxman
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The cute little owl on the bottle could never denote what's going on inside!
It pours a pale, cloudy yellow, with a rapid, voluminous, but thinly constructed white head. There's moderate retention, visible carbonation, and virtually no lacing.

My oh my, the aroma! First up is the ginger, which is notably nestled in with a lemony citrus, a seeming melange of spice, and perhaps a distant yeast. There's not as much specificity here as in the flavor, but I can say for certain that the wheat is no real factor.

Just where does one's palate begin? The ginger is again initially assertive, tasting like the ginger floret on a sushi platter. There's the woody citrus of lemongrass as well. The spice is more specific here than in the aroma, with definite coriander notes, and to a lesser degree, clove. The lemony tartness is reminiscent of meringue pie, missing only the velvety egg-whites to complete the illusion. Again, the wheat is relegated to a very covert status. There's a slight bitter aftertaste on the finish, along with what I can only identify as a chrysanthemum floral effect, not really surprising considering the country of origin.

It's light bodied, and doesn't coat at all, but all the elements work to leave a very refreshing sensation in the mouth.

Asian innovation! It's busy and brassy, tangy and grassy, and just good clean fun. Really, it's crisp and clean, and so full of flavorful diversity that it could be confusing except that each element makes itself clearly known for your appraisal. The citrus and spice refresh nciely, making it emminently quaffable. If you didn't like this beer, it would be easy to specify exactly why, but if you do like it, it's easier just to say, I like it! And so, I like it...that's my story, and I'm sticking to it. Now pour me another!

Foxman, Jan 04, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

tun, Jul 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

MSandahl23, Aug 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

videofrog, Jan 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

the_encinitan, Jul 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

pesekad, Jan 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

eawolff99, Aug 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

omnibusfilms, Aug 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Much better on tap than out of the bottle. On tap I give it a 4.75 but in the bottle its looser to a 4.

jazzface78, Sep 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

bakerm3, Mar 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Bnoise11, Feb 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Squidprint, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Ungertaker
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- pineapple yellow with a 1/16" white head and constant carbonation plumes. Head remains throughout and leave a frothy white lacing with every sip.

S- citrus peel, black pepper, fresh-baked wheat bread.

T- citrus hits immediately, transitions to a spicy black pepper and finishes with an almost sweet wheat.

M- the carbonation is present, but not as heavy as it appears it should be. Mouthfeel is thin to medium.

O- more complex than most witbiers I have tried, but the price ($6 for a 12 oz) would keep me from trying again. It was good, so I don't feel it was a waste, though.

Ungertaker, Feb 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

DamienI, Jul 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Monkeypuker, Dec 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Beervana, Aug 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

watchnerd, Aug 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

uturn, Apr 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

mfl620ks, Jan 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

shelby415, Aug 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,221 ratings.