Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery
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3.25/5 rDev -20.9%
Undated (and unsized unless I read Japaneese) bottle
A - Pours a hazy gold color, a littl edark, with lots of visible carbonation. The 1 cm head is retained for some time.
S - Spices are the dominant nose on this one. My guess is that it is mostly clove and secondarily coriander. I think there i some what of a orange zest background to it.
T - It starts with some bitterness, with some of the malt coming through. Not much connection with the smell. The aftertaste on this one is not my favorite. There is nothing there, but perhaps some orange peel backdrop. All and all not strong in any aspect.
M - This feels dry to me - its got a bite to it. It has alot of carbonation as well that goes along with it.
D - An okay drinker - although the carbonation is a bit strong which would slow me down.
I really wanted to like this beer. I think drinking a Belgian White from Japan is pretty cool. But, like my first unreviewed time I had it, I was underwhelmed. Perhaps this thing is just to bitter and dry to get it done. And, this baby being so pricy doesn't help.
11-12-2007 01:01:13 | More by katan
3.3/5 rDev -19.7%
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
3.35/5 rDev -18.5%
Appearance - Hazy pale yellow, 1.5 finger head, low carbonation. Head fades quickly.
Aroma - Big on the coriander and nutmeg. Light citrus character along with the tangy wheat malt and adjuncts.
Taste - Sour citrus notes, like a mix of sour lemonade and orange juice up front. Although they don't use any I'm getting some ginger notes as well. Definitely get a mix of nutmeg and coriander in the end with some tartness. Medium body. Almost a completely dry finish though.
Tangy and refreshing, great for a hot day.
07-18-2010 17:08:02 | More by ryno09
3.35/5 rDev -18.5%
My experience with Japanese beers has been Asahi and Sopporo, so I wasn't sure what to expect. But I suppose those are just Japan's macros. Much better than I expected.
Poured a little cloudy, a ale yellow color with white head that disappeared fast.
The yeast was very powerful on the nose, wheat and a little funk... I think the beer might have been a little old, I don't know there's no date on it.
The wheat was a little thick, usually white ales tend to be very 'refreshing' to drink; this was not the case with Hitachino Nest. Sweet on the tongue and finished quite dry.
Best Japanese beer I've had yet. I'm more open to trying more from the land of the rising sun in the future.
04-01-2009 02:40:32 | More by donteatpoop
3.38/5 rDev -17.8%
Pint glass at South Park Tavern.
A: Cloudy pale yellow-gold color, with a thin head. Very cloudy.
S: A little bit of a musky smell.
T: lemony bitter taste with wheat, hay and grass notes.
M: Medium bodied, well carbonated with a lemony bitter finish.
D: Light summer beer, that goes down relatively easy. The tart lemony flavor is a bit strong and might prevent me from having more than one of these.
05-03-2010 02:11:32 | More by chaz01
3.38/5 rDev -17.8%
My first review, so here goes:
A: Poured from a uniquely-shaped 8.3 fl. oz. (1 pint) bottle into the largest mug I could find in my cabinet. Body is opaque orange-yellow with a cloud-white head. Tiny bubbles dance upwards thru the body, I applaud the presentation.
S: Whoa! Before I even brought the mug to my nose, I received a blast of spicy aroma. Taking two whiffs, it was almost overbearingly spicy with layers of coriander and something clove-like. Recovering from the initial blast, I now sense the wheaty-goodness and a faint smell of yeast. Decent but too pungent.
T: An instantly refreshing first few sips complete with classic style characteristics dominated by orange and, is that a lemon zest? A bit flowery and sweet throughout, plus there's the mild unbalance as the spice dominates the aftertaste.
M: Medium-thin, slippery, blissful mouthfeel that is the highlight of the experience. Slightly high carbonation is my only semi-complaint.
D: As I'm a bit more than halfway thru the pint, I've enjoyed most of what this Wit has to offer. But I don't see myself getting over the spicy zing that takes over from nose to finish, which crowds out the lovely citrus and wheat notes.
Comments: As a variation of the Wit style, Hitachino Nest White is undoubtedly original. I like that the brewer takes risks, many of them paying off - its mouthfeel is fresh and smooth plus the appearance is delightful - but the intense spice profile is a couple notches too high. Overall, it is a pleasant ale with one noticeable flaw.
02-04-2011 21:24:09 | More by dc0322
3.39/5 rDev -17.5%
11.2 oz bottle dated H.14.02 and served in pint glass. Beer is pale yellow in color, with big soda bubbles rising towards a white head. Actually it looks like cloudy mountain dew. And as cloudy as it is, there's a significant layer of trub still left in the bottle. Pleasant lemon-citrus peel aroma, though.
Flavor is neutral in the grain department, thanks to a healthy load of wheat in the mash, with a coriander flavor front and center, taste profile wise. Orange peel comes out as well. Except for the heavy dose of carbonation is quite drinkable and enjoyable. But as a witbier I think the gimmick of high-quality craft brews from Japan that aren't adjunct lager has kind of worn off by now. I'm certainly less excited about this now than I was when I first tasted it years ago.
05-11-2014 21:35:03 | More by hreb
3.4/5 rDev -17.3%
Appearance- Pale yellow color with zero head.
Smell- Not much going on.. faint citrus and maybe some banana
Taste- Slight citrus, wheat, coriander
Feel- Good carbonation.
Overall this beer isn't anything special.. a step up from blue moon... would go well with some sushi.
11-17-2011 21:53:51 | More by hoppyweasel311
3.4/5 rDev -17.3%
It was a nice warm Sunday, so I tried a big 750 ml bottle of this poured into a shaker style pint glass..
A- It poured orange-gold, very cloudy, with a snow-white head, which dissipated quickly.
S- Coriander and citrus very prevalent, some banana and clove.
T- Powerful coriander and orange peel taste. Very powerful flavor.
M- Medium body, but very light drinking, since it was bottle conditioned it was smooth.
D- Very refreshing, a good summertime beer.
04-23-2007 00:23:42 | More by cichief
3.4/5 rDev -17.3%
A: Very prototypical looking white ale going on here. Angel food cake colored body, lighly cloudy and dull. The head is strong, pure white and holding on strong.
S: Great smelling beer. Extremely herbal, coriander, yeasty and fresh like a spring breeze. If the beer tastes half this good I'm in luck.
T: Lots of coriander is the first impression. Very spiced, more so than I would have expected. This flavor dominates until finally relenquishing control to some of the citrusy sour notes lurking behind the spices. As the lemon moments fade, a pronounced wheat personality with lots of yeast take the limelight. And the coriander keeps going.
M: Full bodied and smooth.
D: Too many spices added, detracts from the flavor of the beer. And I can't get the flavor off my palate. Not bad but not great.
07-21-2006 03:55:52 | More by Westsidethreat
3.43/5 rDev -16.5%
Pours gold/pale amber with a small fading head.
Nose shows doughy wheat with coriander, nutmeg and very faint citrus.
Similar flavours, although the nutmeg is more powerful. A bit too much spice. And too sweet.
Body seems a bit thick. I would have like it to be more spritzy and refreshing.
11-22-2011 00:23:28 | More by CrazyDavros
3.43/5 rDev -16.5%
This beer pours a straight, glowing, yellow straw that is plenty foggy with a few suspended particulates. The head consists of a collar of white. Looks good.
Smells of dried pears, lemon zest and a slight wheat yeast. Theres also a little salt in there. It also smells like dirty urinal? WTF!? How did that get in there. Thats not a good smell.
Tastes very much not like a urinal with pear, lemon and a pinch of ginger, a sour musky yeast, wheat and a big citrus sting along the edges of my tongue.
The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a tiny bubbled carbonation that seemed to be a bit much.
The smell was a big turn off along with the distracting carbonation.
08-21-2006 21:23:14 | More by DarkerTheBetter
3.43/5 rDev -16.5%
From notes 12-21-08
Done horizontally with St. Bernardus Wit
Eye: While pouring it is obvious to see why this style of beer is called wit, the beer as a stream into the glass is much more white than yellow. As a collective in the glass the color is a very hazy whitish straw gold. The head is very large with excellent retention and great head formation. In texture I'd say that the head is part cloudy/pillowy part rocky. Lacing is thin rings with gaps between each subsequent ring. 4
Nose: When poured into the glass the aroma of orange and other like citrus aromas fill the room. To the nose much more the same, strong orange aroma and some definite notes of coriander in here. Some minty aromas come into play as well, herbal and fairly green, wintergreen aromas too. Very classic wit aroma, smells great. The only beef I've with it is a small tin-like/metallic aroma I'm picking up.
edit: another beef...the more I keep smelling this the more that I get trough urinals filled with urinal cakes, specifically the pink ones. Each time I take a smell of this beer the aroma changes on me and something else comes to mind. Sometimes it smells good to me, at others well urinal cakes...weird.
Tongue: The spice coriander is very forward in this brew, so much so that I could tell someone who didn't know what coriander was like in beer, and tell them that this is it. Lemon notes are here as well as some orange tones, curacao specifically. I find an off taste as well, something more metallic, or tinny. Hops are citrusy with hints at evergreen and piney flavors, mint as well. Overall a nice wit, but nothing to really brag about. Good, but I've had better.
Feel and Drinkability: Light in body with higher levels of carbonation as is appropriate. Finish is just right, I can see this being very refreshing on a hot day. Curacao tones in the finish with a twist of mint. This one is easy to drink, though I doubt I'll be buying it again anytime soon or at all for that matter, especially considering the price at about $8 a bomber. It was nice to try but I'd rather go for Wittekerke, or even better Southampton Double Wit...better beers, more volume less money.
02-22-2009 23:01:40 | More by becktone
3.45/5 rDev -16.1%
Flew the coop with this one on 7/22/2004. 16-oz. pour at Redbones in a shaker glass.
Milky yellow to straw coloring, almost to the point of light green, with gently ascending carbonation throughout. A film of head, but really nothing to write home about the nest was a little bare. Fruity lemon/lime esters on nose with a huge hit of mixed sunshine composed of equal parts sweet and sour from a perceived grapefruit aroma. That same grapefruit was the first thing noted to taste, with a nice juiciness which left a lingering note on the tongue. Some light clover aspects were noted as well. On the whole, this was entirely refreshing on a muggy 85-degree day in the heart of Davis Square.
If this offering is made with rice, bring on the Kokuho!
09-24-2004 23:46:23 | More by Truh
Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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