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

516 Reviews
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Reviews: 516
Hads: 1,375
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 172
Gots: 198 | FT: 2
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Japan

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2001

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Photo of ronniebruner
1.45/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Okay, I know I'm in the minority here, but I found this beer to be highly disgusting. This was literally one of the worse beers I have ever had. I really wanted to like this beer, but honestly it was just not that good. This is one of the few times I disagree with the Bros. I had this beer at the Westin Inn in Napa, CA at a nice restaurant, so I figured lets give this a try! The beer started off very promising with a white color, almost the color of toothpaste. It had a very light aroma, but when I sipped it thats when it all went downhill. The beer tasted like dirty dishwater, so bad I asked the waiter to bring me another. I did not pour this one in hopes that maybe the soapy taste was a dirty glass, it was not. I drank the next one straight from the bottle. It was terrible. I don't know what spice they use in this but the spices simply do not work. This is probably the worst beer I have ever had, which sucks because I paid $10 for it and I really wanted to like it. I normally don't slam a beer like this, but this is putrid. (1,050 characters)

Photo of warmstorage
1.88/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle, purchased mid November at BevMo in Sacramento (Arden Way). I forget the price: maybe high $2 range? No bottle dating (see below why this is important.)

Big chunks of floating sediment in the bottom despite having sat for days at cellar temp. The bottle fill looks a little low: in a stubby bottle, it was just up into the neck.

Pours a fairly vigorous white foamy head, which dies out quickly into bright, deep yellow with almost zero head. Serious appearance problems here.

Aroma is sharp, pungent Brettanomyces: enough to make the back of my mouth pucker and salivate. Rut-roh.

Taste: yep: classic brett. Not hugely pronounced like La Folie or Orval, but obviously present, and overwhelms the rest of the flavor characteristics. Nothing of a witbier here.

Well, folks, I'm torn: I've feel like I got a spoiled bottle here, since I can't taste anything of a wit bier, and the brett sticks around forever. (Note that I *like* brett beers: I'm a big fan of Orval, La Folie, Duchesse De Bourgogne, etc.) I generally don't read other reviews before I review a beer, but this time, to try to give this beer a fair shake, I did, searching for references to 'brett' and 'sour' and 'flanders'. After doing this, I'm actually not sure I did get an (unintentionally) spoiled with Brettanomyces beer: a number of reviewers hinted at an excessively sour aroma and taste. To try to be as fair as possible, I gave it a 2.5 in taste and 2.0 in drinkability, since it's not classically awful beer (in that I like brett beers), it's just an awful wit/white.

So I don't know: on the one hand, I'm just barely tempted to buy this beer again in the future from another store (and so hopefully another batch) to re-review it. On the other hand, I'm really, really happy I only bought a single bottle. Pretty icky stuff for what it's supposed to be, and not nearly enough body to back up an intentional brett or Flanders style ale. (1,951 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
2.15/5  rDev -47%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This brew poured a quick dissolving head with no lacing on my mug. In my opinion it had a fruity and citrusy aroma to it. It was extremely carbonated/fizzy. It had very little aftertaste, if any. I did not feel there was anything special about this particular brew. It was not to my liking by any means. (303 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
2.16/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sorry but the charms of this beer totally escape me, and it's the 2nd kind I've tried from the brewery and I'm just not getting it. Poured a large 3" white head. Smells like a sour beer. Taste is a little sour and there's really not much else to it. Bad sample, maybe? But Trader Joe's has a high turnover of this stuff so I doubt my sample sat around too long. (361 characters)

Photo of vitesse
2.28/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

served in 25 oz. bottle at monk's in philly.
i love wits, but this one just didn't do it for me. the orange-iness was just way too overwhelming. there was a real chemical taste that reminded me of those super-heavy duty "orange cleaning solutions." no real yeasty tones in the flavor and the beer didn't even that have that great cloudy golden color despite it being bottle conditioned.
i don't recommend this beer at all. there isn't any balance to the flavor palate at all. (478 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
2.28/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Review from notes on 4/17/10

My 2nd Hitachino beer, the first one was the red rice one and it was weird... here's to hoping the 2nd one is better!

Poured a pale hay yellow with a scant and short lived white head. Mildly hazy, as it should be. Although the aroma smells decent, like lemonade mixed with orange juice, some coriander, and wheaty funk, the taste is an epic fail. I've never tasted a witbier like this and it's like a spritzy lemony sports drink. Nothing like a witbier that I'm looking for. Perhaps I'm looking for the wrong witbier but this did absolutely nothing for me. (587 characters)

Photo of morimech
2.58/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a small white head that quickly settles. Virtually no lace is left on the glass.

Has an aroma of what I would call bizarre. Combination of lemon juice, cloves, and skunk.

I must of had an old bottle because I detect a hint of skunk in the flavor as well. I also taste lemon and a mild spicyness from the yeast.

Light body with low carbonation. Very pedestrian overall.

My sample was a poor witbier. Obviously I received a bad bottle judging by other reviews. Maybe someday I will try this again. (525 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
2.58/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was very light /white colored for sure. The smell of this beer was kinda sour and fruity. Very effervescent looking at first but then the head decayed really fast and was gone. The taste was fruity and slightly sour also. I guess it is an okay beer for a wheat, but not my cup of beer, I will not buy again. (366 characters)

Photo of sirdrinkwell
2.72/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dirty yellow...not tremendously attractive.

Smell: Pronounced orange peel with a somewhat spicy undertone.

Taste: Hits the tongue with a sweetly carbonated orange tanginess, followed by an almost peppery afternote that turns the orange-nes to a near grapefruit-like taste. Smooth taste with a rather dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry and smooth.

Drinkability: Not entirely distasteful, this goes down smooth and light...I could see myself drinking this again under the right circumstances (coupled with the right cuisine) but I won't be rushing out to buy a case anytime soon.

Serving type:720ml bottle (612 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
2.73/5  rDev -32.8%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of freescribbles
2.78/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A light-bodied ale with a hazy, pale yellow color. Light and fizzy, with minimal head and lacing. A lot of carbonation to it that quickly tickles the tongue and then fades away. Tastes are faint but can pick some subtle spicing and a citrus undertone.

Slightly more texture and flavor than an American Pilsner but comparable in overall experience. (349 characters)

Photo of
2.8/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy pale gold, with lots of floaties. Large white head stuck around for a while. Aroma was sweet and spicy, some hops of the citrus variety were present. Taste was quite spicy and citrus-lemon, almost to the point of sour. There was a mild sweet taste in the middle, and a medium hop bite at the finish. I did not particularly care for the taste. Mouthfeel was a little slick (soapy?), fairly light, with medium carbonation and drying. It was an OK beer, fairly refreshing, but definately not to my taste. (515 characters)

Photo of callmescraps
2.82/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed this for the lady friend. She didn't end up drinking it. I did.

Appearance- Not starting well. A pale light gold. More yellow. Looks more like an adjunct lager, with a couple floaties as well. Full inch of big soapy head disappears in a moment. Looks like a Bud with floaters. Ugh.

Smell- Lots of wheat. Lemon peel and citrus as well. A nice yeast. Wet hay. There is a touch of lemon Pledge.

Taste- Starts with lemon and citrus. It then gets quite sweet and grainy. There is a cotton-candy like sweetness. Lots of grain and artificial lemon. A hint of pepper and spice on the end. Definitely some nutmeg.

Mouthfeel- A nice light carbonation.

Drinkability- Too sweet and artificial. Like a Lemonhead beer. Followed by plenty of spice. No thanks.

Ugh. Very disappointing. I hated their Red Rice, and don't think highly of this one. I probably spared the lady friend from a lousy experience. Didn't seem to be a bad bottle, just not my style. No thanks, I'll just grab a Blue Moon next time. (Ouch). I do, however, love their bottles. (1,049 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
2.83/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear yellow with lots of floaties- not hazy like other wits, but floaties particles. Very unusual. Has a medium sized white head that collapses immediately, even though there's a lot of carbonation. Aroma has wit-style floral, yeast , and coriander notes. Herbal/coriander aroma is much stronger than in other wits I have had- to the point of being very distracting. The flavor follows through the aroma- I do not care for it beacuse it seems to be a one-note spice flavor. The mouthfeel is clean and light, but I was happy when I finshed it. (551 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
2.94/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A Witbier from Japan? Hmmmm...let's see.
Pours a cloudy pale lemony-orange color with a white head that disappears almost immediately. Lots of little floaties in this pour.
Aroma is mild orange or corriander.
Taste lightly corriander and orange with some very dry biscuit malt in there and only a hint of spiciness on the tail end.
Mouthfeel is WAY too much carbonation...even for this style. My mouth almost feels like it is foaming rather than merely a nice sharp carbonated tingle.
Aftertaste is very drying with a touch of lemon pepper. (545 characters)

Photo of treehugger02010
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought a bottle of this at Gristedes in Scarsdale, NY, and poured it into an oversized and flared pint glass.
Appearance: Very low SRM, cloudy, big white head with bad retention and no lacing.
Smell: SPicy as in cooking spice not hot and not like a standard hop spice.
Taste: Very nice Christmas like, a bit watery.
Mouthfeel: Crisp but light.
Drinkability: Ok.
Don't drink and review. (387 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- This one has your text-book example of witbier appearance. densely translucent straw yellow body with uniform cloudiness throughout. Pours with a decent (2 finger) white head that fades to 1/2 finger and has good retention. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- your typical wit-profile. citrus and yeast. This, one, however, has an interesting floral hop profile that reminds me of Tsing Tao (almost skunky-but not really).

T- Citrus and a strange herbal sourness upfront with a healthy yeast backbone. Floral hops kick in for the finish but all other flavors intensify. Rather than a big sweet breadiness- floral hops and that strange sourness linger. I don't think I'm a big fan of this Asian twist to my witbier.

M- Medium carbonation and light, smooth, yeasty body.

D- Its not bad-average overall. Definitely a different spin on a witbier. Probably not one I am willing to spend money on again. (912 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.09/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a large white head that fades almost instantly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coriander & nutmeg spices along with orange peel, light malts and a slight touch of Belgian yeast.

T: The taste is mostly fruit and spice with flavors of orange, banana, coriander & nutmeg. There’s very little trace of Belgian yeast or wheat. The malt character is very thin and there’s almost no hops presence at all. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, light body, heavy carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, not a good representation of style, this is definitely at the bottom of the list of Witbier’s that I’ve tried, however, compared to some of the other Japanese beer exports that I’ve had, it’s a hell of a lot better than any Rice Lager. (953 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.14/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head that goes away quickly, lots of sediment, and no lacing.

smell of wheat, lemon, tangerine, and a touch of banana.

taste is light, semi-tart, lots of citrus, and wheat, ends a little dry.

overall just an average wit that tastes better than it looks. (297 characters)

Photo of LordChesterfield
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is an interesting beer... I guess. It at least looks as good as Hoegaarden! It smells very herby, like ginger and pepper. Are any of you aware that coriander is British for cilantro? Neither this nor any other beer smells like cilantro, the herb that I make Laab gai with so I don't know what you guys are talking about. Ginger and pine it does. Well that's the best part of this beer anyway as it tastes just ok. Medicinal and lemony with a watery mouthfeel. A greater hop presence is needed as well as some other things. The weird flavor combined with the thin mouthfeel and excessive carbonation make for a mediocre beer. This is not as good as the rest rice ale offered by the same brewer, that was dynamite. (717 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.16/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Opaque yellow pear. Almost no head.

S - Mild, effervescent cider.

T - Pear, little Champaign, light wheat. Flavor drops off at the end with almost no after taste, just a little residual booze.

M - Almost flat, with a very light body.

D - Mild and very drinkable. (271 characters)

Photo of HBeezley
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Alright. Bottom line is that this beer is good, not my top pick but very drinkable, and has a lot going for it.

It looks nice - hazy gold.
smells interesting - like fresh bread, bannana, pineapple, and faint hops.
Taste is interesting, but still, not a huge fan of wheat beers - Banana (not my first choice to put into a beer), lemon, yeast, very small hop flavor, and maybe rosemary?
Smooth yet thick on the palate. It's easily drinkable, but I wouldn't go for more than two or three in one sitting.

I would drink it again - just because it's interesting enough; but considering this is an asian brewery, its really impressive and mostly, I think it just makes me want to see what their other beers are like. (713 characters)

Photo of maddogruss
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours a cloudy, straw yellow body with a small, white head with poor retention and no lacing along the glass.

S: A very floral smell with some hints of wax or something as undertones. Maybe due to a combination of various spices.

T: A smooth, interesting, floral taste with hints of citrus/orange zest and coriander in the aftertaste. Definitely a nice tasting beer overall.

M: A pretty carbonated mouthfeel. Slightly refreshing feeling.

D: OK drinkability overall. The mix of spices and malts gave it a bit too much of a floral taste - almost like potpourri. Definitely an easy, light drinking beer. (651 characters)

Photo of BierReise
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy and yellow looking very true to the style. Great packaging with a painted owl for a logo. I'm a big fan of spiced white ales but this one was overpowered by ginger. Good acidity and mouthfeel was good. Surprised to see a Japanese brewers interpretation of this style. Would be better if it weren't for being heavy on the ginger. (335 characters)

Photo of Damian
3.24/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Cute and interesting bottle design.

As for the beer itself: It poured a very murky, straw yellow with large, suspended yeast clouds and some darker sediment on the bottom of the glass. The tiny, white, bubbly head quickly faded to nothing. The beer looked completely flat, but this was definitely not the case.

Smell was yeasty, sweet and fairly mild. Orange peel, lemon zest, coriander and malt were most apparent.

Taste was a combination of orange and spice with subtle hops on the swallow. Clean finish with some noticeable alcohol astringency.

Mouthfeel was quite thin and highly over carbonated. The beer turned to fizz once it hit my tongue. I noticed the same thing with the Red Rice Ale.

At $3.60 a bottle, I would not buy this beer again. (752 characters)

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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.