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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest White AleHitachino Nest White Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

998 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 998
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.89%


Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice fairly cloudy amber with a decent head that quickly dissipates. Nice aromatic smell that is slightly sweet and very clean. Nice taste that is also slightly sweet. I really enjoyed the smell the best. Fantastic. A very easy beer to drink with lots of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 02:49:23 | More by Richardbeerlover
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw body, very hazy (and even hazier if you swirl up the sediment) with a few streams of bubbles. White head dissipates very quickly.

S: Funky yeast, light citrus, melon, and mild spices. Simple, but expressive and balanced.

T: The funk has some tartness/sourness, just a tad to make it refreshing. Again, hints, nothing more, of lemon and orange fruits, all underlined with very faint clove, white pepper, coriander.

M: Light, low acidity, but crisp and refreshing, fine carbonation- just the right amount, lively but not bloating or overly prickly.

O: Refreshing, a little funky to make it unique, well balanced, supremely drinkable- a great beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 21:17:49 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(purchased single 11.2 oz bottle, cooler-cold - date of Aug '13?.... poured into a 20 oz pint)

A: really damn cloudy, honey-ish yellow in color.... 1/2" white head, fizzy, falls fast.... all but a thin outer ring of foam, no lace

S: absolutely stellar, inviting aromas - spiced orange, candied ginger(?).... not a clear, naked coriander scent.... clove.... altogether, has a decidedly ginger snap quality, with a background hint of orange zest.... mmmm

T: blend of citrusy flavors up front - lemon/lime, flowery orange... fair bit of lightly-doughy malt in the middle... quick zip of ginger spice during the finish... looong-lingering lemon sugar and pale malt flavors in the aftertaste... with enough time in between sips, the coriander starts to emerge, swimming in a pool of something like Froot Loops or Trix(?!)...

M: mild-moderate prickly carbonation... possibly the ideal body... somewhat like lightly thinned-out OJ concentrate - may be an overstatement... has some delicate slickness to it, yet it fades away dry

O: having not had this for years, I still feel like this is a top-notch Wit.... the unique flavors of Hitachino's ales make them worth the extra $ or $$

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 05:55:46 | More by Bouleboubier
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked H.13.07 at 45 degrees into standard pint
Faint aroma of orange
Head average (3 cm), white, fizzy, completely and quickly diminishing to a 1 – 2 mm ring
Body medium yellow, murky
Flavor begins with a subdued orange sweetness, and ends sweet, with no flavor; no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl
Palate medium, somewhat creamy, lively carbonation

The fizzy head that totally disappears coupled with the murky body detract from the visual appeal of this beer, but the light orange taste and aroma help redeem this. The price point is high, and makes this a questionable candidate for multiple drinks.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 17:04:25 | More by Ozzylizard
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ThomasMetal75

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Very chunky looking from the large pieces of sediment. It eventually died down to the bottom of the glass. Color is a cloudy, dark lemony yellow color. Head is soapy, but holds fairly well around the rim of the glass. Ok lacing, but not a huge amount. Looks like a witbeir for sure.

S- Big oranges and lemons. Coriander spice. Slightly sour. Wheat grains/grassy. Just the way a good white ale should smell.

T- Slightly sour and semi dry with a orange type citrus. Again, like the scent, it's got the wheat type graininess. Also to round out the flavor is a light lemony taste.

M- Light to medium. It's a heavier beer than say Blue Moon or Shock Top type witbeirs. It's crisp and refreshing for sure. It's got a good charge from the carbination, but it's not overdone. It actually has a creamy feel as well. Finish is fairly dry. Just the slightest amount of citrus type sweetness remains on the palate. It's just so easy to drink. It's so refreshing!

Overall Hitachino nailed this beer down! If you didn't know any better, you'd think this was an authentic whitbeir straight out of Belgium. This is one of those all good and no bad kind of beers. Do yourself a favor and pick this up! You won't regret it.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 17:39:11 | More by ThomasMetal75
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Breeza

Australia

4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Cloudy bright straw colour, thin white head dissipates quickly, initially really carbonated but slowed.

S:Sweet, hoppy, slight citrus, hint of pepper.

T: Citrusy.

M: Light and refreshing.

O: Overall extremely enjoyable, I don't like citrusy beers but this one is done really well. Highly recommend it!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 13:42:44 | More by Breeza
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edog917

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Good lacing. Bright golden color with one finger head. Light citrus notes. This beer finishes cleaner than any flavorful beer i have ever tried, especially of this style. Very sessionable, easy to drink, yet very good flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 02:31:12 | More by edog917
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a quite hazy caramel yellow amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet wheat, orange family citrus, herbal bittering. Flavor is mild sweet wheat, caramel, mild fruit and citrus, hints of clove and Belgian yeast. Flavor tapers off quickly, but leaves a very pleasant light caramel wheat aftertaste that is quite satisfying. Medium bodied with peppery carbonation. A very nice witbier that is somewhat understated and almost a bit overcarbonated, but with mellow wheat flavor that is very enjoyable. Balanced and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 04:23:51 | More by LiquidAmber
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a decent white and bubbly head before dissipating quickly but still leaves a bubbly film on the beer. The beer is a clear pale golden straw color that has slight hints of orange. The beer has a fairly complex aroma. The smells that are detected vary from hints of apricot, honey, and peach along with a slight and almost undetectable hint of citrus hops. The beer's taste is similar to its smell but not as complex. The most dominate taste is that of the Belgian yeast flavor while the flavors present in the smell are more subtle. The peach and apricot are still there but not as prominent. However, the orangish citrus hops taste is more noticeable. The beer feels smooth and a little creamy. The beer is lightly medium bodied. Overall, a fantastic beer and one that I would definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 20:59:47 | More by HattedClassic
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hitachino Nest has a pretty thick, foamy collar, a very hazy, bubbly, yellow appearance, with thick lacing, and a descending yellow cloud, once the bottom contents are swished and poured. The aroma is of strong, pungent, sweet, spicy, citrusy, malts, and the flavor is of those elements, with an overriding orange juice component and a background of coriander. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Hitachino Nest finishes semi-dry, refreshing, sweet, and very easy going. Overall, this is most excellent and maybe the best of the style. Check it out!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 16:15:45 | More by RonaldTheriot
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy pale straw with a thin layer of head. The nose has hints of wheat and yeast along with something sweet and floral. The wheat also comes through in the flavor profile along with some citrus notes. This offering is certainly light-bodied, which fits the style. This is a tasty but thin beer that is worth sampling at least once.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 05:13:21 | More by 57md
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Das_Reh

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass

A = a pleasantly hazy light gold with a pillowy white head

S = citrus, yeasty and wheaty, apricots and coriander

T = Honey! Apricots, apple juice, white bread, coriander and lemon, a delicious, light and refreshing beer with the perfect level of sweetness

M = creamy with moderate carbonation

O = One of the best beers I've ever had, and a very good wit

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 08:17:56 | More by Das_Reh
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Skribe

Connecticut

4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I suck at giving reviews so I will keep this brief, Kiuchi Brewery has been one of my favorite breweries since discovered them many years ago and I am blessed to have a place 5 minutes from where I live that carry quite a few varieties. The White Ale is my absolute favorite ale. Thank GOD no one else buys them from the store I frequent!! Serve cold in a pint glass and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 17:09:30 | More by Skribe
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a mug:

A: hazy light golden yellow colored body with a one and a half finger white foamy head that once it starts to die leaves a good amount of speckled foamy lacing

S: floral, slightly wheaty, slightly spicy and sort of peppery

T: florally smooth sweet with a decent amount of the spiciness coming back at the end of each taste, citrusy/wheat aftertaste and kinda dry wheaty finish

M: medium, sessionable, carbonation is fairly subdued for the style leading to an all around smoothness

O: satisfying brew that I like and would look for it again in the summer months

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 02:39:44 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Auraan

Arizona

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous cloudy yellow with a three finger fluffy white head that stuck around and left a bit of lacing as I drank the beer. True to style and very attractive. Scents of orange peel, which is quite pronounced, grainy wheat, sweetness, chamomile, allspice and clove, fruity and yeasty esters, incredibly complex for a witbier and extremely pleasant. Taste begins with yeasty wheat bread, moving into citrus peel, slight peppery spiciness, herbal hops, and finishing with wheat cracker and a strong graininess. Aftertaste is yeasty and grainy with some herbal notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, with a nice yeasty feel present as well. Overall it's an amazing witbier with a depth of complexity in it's aroma that no other witbier I've had has reached, and and an excellent flavor hitting the wibier style with a nice herbal hop character that adds some complexity there as well, the mouthfeel is standard for the style but good. It's just a fantastic witbier, with an excellent complexity to it, and it's just plain pleasant to drink. Well worth it's $5 price tag. An excellent craft beer out of Japan

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 07:42:27 | More by Auraan
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flagmantho

Washington

3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with a moderate haze and a finger of frothy white foam. Not bad!

Smell: very floral, wheaty aroma with a fair amount of raw grain in the mix. Floral elements include hints of lavender and chamomile, which are nice. Maybe not traditional, but not bad at all.

Taste: the flavor starts off smooth with some of the grainy edge taken off the aroma, but unfortunately that edge starts to work its way through. Smooth and floral up front, but there is a little harshness toward the end. Frankly, I'm not a fan of that aspect.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, well-integrated carbonation and a super smooth, satisfying creaminess. Bam!

Overall: this beer has some great stuff in it, as well as some annoying flaws. Without the harsh graininess, this might be in the running among my favorite witbiers. Unfortunately, it's just a little too rough for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 23:56:46 | More by flagmantho
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BWED

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip

A- Yellow gold, hazy, lots of yeast chunks suspended in the body. Thin white head leaves some good lacing around the glass.

S- Fragrant, floral ( a bit of a perfume scent), lemongrass, and a mild sweet bread malt.

T- Sweet, wheaty, and spicy. Some citrus. All mild and light. Refreshing.

M- Tingle of carbonation, light. A bit of viscosity, and a subtle spicy finish.

O- Pretty good brew. It doesn’t feel the best, but the aroma is very nice, and flavor is good and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 02:38:13 | More by BWED
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BethanyB

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A cloudy yellow, with a snow-white head that positively glitters in the light. The bubbles are tight and tiny at first, then relax to form round, uniform beads. A truly beautiful beer.

Smell: Remarkably floral notes mix well with a summery pineapple and apricot punch. A bready foundation comes through as the beer warms.

Taste: While bitterness is absent, there is a strong floral hop taste that makes me feel as if I'm drinking honeysuckle perfume. The pineapple that I was looking forward to after smelling the beer is, unfortunately, nowhere to be found, and the apricot fades into a quick spritz of lemon. Fortunately, a light clove-like flavor brings a bit of welcome complexity. Although the taste is altogether enjoyable in spite of the aforementioned disappointments, it's also strangely faint, as if a small group of ghostly esters is just floating across the top of the glass.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation, with a pleasant effervescent quality.

Overall: Not how I remembered this beer. I remember thinking it was absolutely lovely...but that was years ago. The floral character is fascinating, but the lemon soda water flavor that goes along with it is not. I could smell and gaze at this beer all day, but I would rather taste another.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 18:39:54 | More by BethanyB
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JWeldon

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11.2oz bottle into tulip @38F

A: pours straw with a thin, brief white head

S: green grass, citrus, floral notes, apricot, pear, apple

T: same as smell, with a delicate hoppy-fruity finish

M: light-bodied with medium carb, little malt and a great dry/lightly bitter finish

O: Complex, well balanced and delicious! It’s like wine in beer’s clothing. It’s like drinking in the most refined aspects of a garden, orchard and wheat field all togther. I love it, and it’s a definite do-over. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 00:12:27 | More by JWeldon
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ckollias

Maryland

3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed 12oz bottle out of a porter glass.

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a slight white head that disappears quickly into no lace or trail.

S: Not a huge nose here – slightly citrus and hoppy.

T: Crisp and tart wheat flavor with a middle citrus hop middle and finishes on the dry side of tangy.

M: Medium body and minimal carbonation.

O: Interesting brew – worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 02:53:01 | More by ckollias
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip for hitachino bottle tasting fest 2013. Not much head golden haze color. Spicy yeast with a lager like aroma... Easy wheaty malts and spicey peppery notes. Clean and crispand sligtly citrus. Nice brew and easy to drink...

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 01:51:39 | More by DrinkSlurm
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head which has some retention and a few traces of lacing. The head is almost cotton white but has a slight hint of yellow. The body is a hazy pale golden straw which turns an orange yellow when held up to the light. Lots of floaties.

Nose- Initially, pretty subtle. The most dominant note I get is a clean lemon with a hint of spiciness. Obligatory coriander and a whiff of orange peel. Some slight funkiness from the orange peel noticed.

Taste- The nose, so far, is very much represented in the flavor profile and is, thankfully, stronger than the nose but not by much. Clean lemon, coriander, and orange peel as well. Orange peel mostly on the finish matched with a slight woody bitterness. Notes of regular orange as well. I would prefer this to be a bit spicier but perhaps it has not opened up enough. Some spicy yeast on the finish but definitely not as much as other wits I've had. The citrus elements are very nice though.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied that feels fuller because of slight pulp from the floaties. Nice zip of carbonation.

Drinkability- Very easygoing. Crisp and refreshing. Perfect beer for a summer's day. At 5 bucks a pop, I probably wouldn't buy again though.

Overall- A good beer, I only wish it represented the style better. It would be closer to a 4 if it were a little spicier but right now, it's closer to a 3.75.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 00:25:24 | More by artoolemomo
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Jayman931

Mississippi

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled poured into snifter

a- hazy creme golden color

s- nice light citrus almost lemon note...wheat....

t- little sour...spiced taste....nice wheat finish...light and crisp

m- light moutheel...tingley(think from carbonation)

o- I enjoyed it....not my favorite style of beer but this is very good...recommend it

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 23:18:32 | More by Jayman931
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Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clouded straw with a dissipating white head.

S: Floral with notes of coriander, orange squash and nutmeg.

T: Oh, nice and bitter. What a surprise. Getting the infused nutmeg at the back. Sharp and tart with an orange squash flavour. Very little coriander, unlike from what I was getting from the nose. Not bready but still has a malt base of sorts. Has a very slight bacon/meat flavour.

O: Hoegaarden and Blue Moon put me off witbier for years but a mate bought one of these for me and I've found it very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 04:06:09 | More by Hoppsbabo
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FLima

Brazil

3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow color with a two finger head with good retention.
Aroma of flowers, citrus and a hint of bile (?).
Very different and original taste, flavor of expensive white wine. Very acid and with an elegant sourness and some floral and herbal hops. Notes of lemon, orange peel and condiments. Very dry aftertaste with a residual citrus lemon note.
Medium body with good effervescent carbonation.
This was a quite pleasant surprise, very original and refreshing. Differs from Belgian wittier given its sourness and the predominant green grapes taste. You got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 01:02:00 | More by FLima
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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 998 ratings.