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Hitachino Nest White Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2001

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Photo of dikebrewery
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale pale light yellow with cloudiness. Nice white foam that recedes fair quickly. Banana and coriander spice along with yeast on the nose. Taste of that classic Belgian spice, coriander, slight clove, very little banana to taste. More of light citrus fruits and then the Belgian yeast with a little bit of funk. I stress minimal funk but highlights are there finishes with a bit of wheat. Finishes very light and moderately dry. As a fan of the style this one didn't disappoint.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Delicate and nuanced in every aspect.
I get hints of orange juice and some coriander in the nose.
I feel like I can taste the orange juice on the finish and a bit of the spices. Light and smooth with a crisp finish.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Carrefour. In Teku glass. Reviewing CSHTP6 Ch4. A standard lightly spiced witbier, with nothing specially good nor specially bad apart from a noticeable lack of carbonation. BB date next month

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Photo of Spike
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Very pale, yellow. Cloudy. Colour is a mix of 2 parts Robinson's lemon barley water and 1 part orange barley water. Minimal head reduces quickly to a patchy cap. Almost no lacing.

S: Wheat, yeast, spices, a little banana. The coriander (ground coriander, not cilantro) is an alluring hint in the background.

T: Can taste the orange juice. Can sense the coriander. Wish the wheat was more pronounced.

F: Starts with a pleasant level of carbonation, moves to a strangely flat/bitter middle, ends herbal. Is refreshing nonetheless. Unusual but a grower.

O: Unusual but enjoyable. Ingredients fight each other at times. My personal preference would be to dial down the orange juice/orange peel a little.

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Photo of LAp
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a thin, slightly hazy yellow, with yeast from the bottom of the bottle suspending in beautiful trails throughout the beer. A rapidly rising white head (3 fingers) forms, but rapidly recedes, leaving lacing with moderate retention. Nose is crisp, slight funk with a sharp bite. The palate is clove and banana, with a yeasty element more prominent at the backend. As the beer warms, spices emerge (cinnamon and nutmeg). Mouthfeel is relatively thin, but pairs well with the rest of the brew. Overall, I feel I'm at a loss to describe or compare witbiers with any authority, as it's not a style I usually turn to. Though underwhelmed by the initial appearance and nose of the beer, the palate is complex and robust enough that it makes up ground lost by the former. A good import, and though not one I'd buy again for the price, a solid beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with pretty much zero head. The nose is quite wild. Really skunky. Also quite funky. I also get sweet wheat and coriander. Smells rather funky, actually. One of the more intense witbiers I have stumbled upon. Flavor is less zany. It mellows out a bunch. I am slightly disappointed because the nose was such a break from the usual (in terms of style). The flavor is softer and more to style. Creamy wheat, plenty of coriander, yeasty spiciness, citrus, some light hoppiness. Pretty diverse. Creamy feel. The nose and flavor are quite the dichotomy. Worth the purchase.

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Photo of jhartley
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful slightly hazy golden-yellow body. Thin amount of white head.
Aromas of wheat, orange peel and clove.
Taste follows suit with the aromas; plenty of orange and lemon with what taste like ginger; spicy for sure.
Light mouth feel with a medium amount of carbonation. Clean and easy to drink.
Overall a fabulous Witbier! Super easy to drink and a great representation of the style! Will definitely be drinking more of this one.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding beer! I had mine on Koh Samui, purchased a bottle at a Tops Grocery. Golden color with a decent head that didn't last too long. The citrus and wheat flavors are a nearly perfect mix, and the carbonation level is just right - not too strong at all. Hint of malts and some other things that I can't quite place, but all good. I would highly recommend this one. Very well might be one of my highest ratings yet.

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Photo of drmeto
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

-pours a cloudy straw golden with a small,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-Follows the nose plus clove
-really spicy
-medium carbonation
-light body
Very good Witbier

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Photo of gr0g
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy, with a light straw color. A fizzy head doesn't stick around for very long, nor does it leave much lacing. Aroma is more interesting than any other witbier I can recall. Lemony (lemongrass?) citrus character, with a very interesting spice profile. The usual coriander is present, but there's maybe something of a ginger note, too. Very dry and refreshing in terms of flavor. Citrusy and grassy, not unlike an APA, but the grain profile makes the difference. The mouthfeel takes a hit for being excessively fizzy.

Hitachino Nest White is a pretty unconventional witbier and all the better for it. Having finally tried something from Kiuchi, I'm interested in trying more of their lineup.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy and straw colored, with a thin white head that leaves behind a bit of lacing - looks good for a wit. The nose features the typical witbier notes as well (orange peel, candied sugar, and a touch of coriander), but it also a nice amount of grassy hops, similar to a good pilsner. While it's not a bold aroma, it's a well-integrated and balanced one. It also tastes like a standard wit, with a greater focus on coriander than the aroma suggested. I'm really liking the injection of noble hops into this traditional witbier, especially on the back end. Having said that, the witbier flavors don't really pop. The carbonic bite is powerful, perhaps as expected. I'm not a wit lover, but I *AM* a pilsner lover, and this is right up my alley. Shame it's so pricey as an import (hey American brewers, I'd like to see a traditional wit that's hoppier than normal!)

3.68/5: More proof that hops - in moderation, that is - can improve any style

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, pours a cloudy straw color with a white head; aroma is citrus, wheat, and a hint of spice, taste is wheat and citrus, finishes light bitter and dry with some spice notes, pretty good.

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Photo of thebigredone
2.91/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bought a bottle that unfortunately was a year old. Taste is somewhere between a white ale and a Heineken, some minor fruity flavors masked by a skunky diacetyl. Kinda pissed I paid $5 for this beer, I'll have to find a fresher one.

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Photo of crotharagain
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this on the rotating cask series at a local high end sushi restaurant. Hard for me to characterize other than pretty darned good with sushi. Have gone back to it several times.

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Photo of lakemarkham
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice yellow with two finger head, which soon disperses.

Hoppy aroma with some woody notes. Taste is consistent with the smell, but with a bit of apple or dark citrus at first, a jolt of coriander, and something sort of flowery at the end as the taste evaporates.

Feel is thick enough for a white ale, but still rather thin. Wouldn't bathe my kid in it. Good beer, but nothing special, and definitely not worth the $6 sticker.

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Photo of MFgerm
4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this is a great beer. its has kind of a light medium body. looks like a regular white ale. straw color slightly cloudy. the taste is light but all the flavors come through so i really liked it. it has a grapefruit coriander taste. the finish is clean. a light herbal coriander kinda chamomile taste linger which i really like. this was a great beer. it really compliments a nice sushi dinner.

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Photo of janubio
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy straw yellow colour, small head that leaves ome lace and ring. Aroma of orange, cloves and coriander. Crispy and creamy palate, light refreshing body. Taste of clove, orange, coriander. Great.

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Photo of vinicole
3.09/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served at Wagamamas in Lincoln.
Murky yellow colour.
Some spice detected in aroma and taste (but not much). Somewhat yeasty.
Rather thin.
Went OK with the meal but not really what I Like.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Unique in that it has a very slight tartness to it, like a touch of fresh clementine. Closer to a saison than the kind of yeast flavour you get in something like Allagash White, but still very savory and well-blended with the wheat on the long finish.

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Photo of ronniebruner
1.45/5  rDev -64.2%
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Peach, light yellow with a slight pink tinge. Unfiltered, not quite opaque, no head, cloudy, some apparent carbonation.

S: Cinamon toast, allspice, cloves, poplar tree sap, pepper.

T: Light, watery, with spices in the background like allspice, cloves, poplar tree sap and pepper.

M: Light and watery, medium carbonation. Like soda water.

O: Refreshing, light and spritzy like a soda, spices are present. Would go well on a hot day or with salads, light foods and cold cuts.

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Photo of Sam-VW
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Almost yellow with a creamy white head which disipates at moderate speed. Leaves a little bit of lacing, but this works it's way down the glass back into the beer.

S - Lots of Coriander and Nutmeg to begin with, with a little bit of Citrussy orange and slight wheat following.

T - Sweet orange, followed by the Nutmeg and Coriander, with some bready wheat in the middle. Finishes with bitter Orange.

M - This has a lot more body than a classic Wit and is almost creamy. Feels big in the mouth and finishes medium dry.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.27/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 45 degrees F.

A: Pours a cloudy deep golden straw, and forms roughly two fingers of white head that dies swiftly to a ring. Carbonation flows continuously from the bottom of the glass.

S: Funk swirls out of the aroma first, almost leading me to wonder if this is actually a saison rather than a wit. Citrus and spices follow, wreathed in the mustiness, and a very faint touch of wheat brings up the rear.

T: Wow, that's citrus - this beer is extremely heavy on the orange notes. The musty funk from the scent carries through to the taste as well, as if one is drinking orange juice that is just past it's "drink by" date and is starting to turn sour. Some spice swims far off in the distance of the flavor profile, though I'd be hard-pressed to pull individual spice notes out from the blanket of sour orange juice. At the finish, there's a distinct carbonation sharpness and bite.

M: Light and highly carbonated, this is a sharp, dry beer.

O: Were this beer classified as some form of saison, I'd be all about the sourness that's present. It seems a bit out of place for a witbier, though. I can appreciate why this is rated as highly as it is, given the tendency towards appreciation for sours/wilds and intense flavors. I find this to be a very simple, club-you-over-the-head-with-a-single-flavor beer, which is not what I'm looking for in any Belgian style. Not my favorite wit.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hitachino’s best, I’m told, is their White Ale - a Japanese craft take on a Belgian Witbier, replete with added: Flaked Wheat, Flaked Barley, Coriander, Nutmeg, Orange peel, and oddest of all; Orange Juice... I wonder what Belgian Wit brewers would think of that? Regardless I am always happy to crack open a Hitachino Nest brew - I am yet to try one that I haven’t enjoyed on multiple levels, kampai!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: One of, if not the, whitest Wits ever - a cloudy pale straw body with a thin wispy sharply white (I’m talking titanium dioxide white) head on top. I’ve seen Belgian Wits that struggle to look this good. 9/10.

S: Spice forward with coriander and nutmeg, the aroma is quite acrid with spice actually, following this is a distinctive (probably because they put it in there) orange juice note, some woody dry notes and bready yeast. Overall not the greatest Wit fragrance, but I suspect - as with their Lacto Stout - that the flavour will be top-notch. 6/10.

T: My suspicions have been allayed... no wait - the opposite to allayed: Established! This is an excellent Wit. It starts out with some sweet orange notes, progresses on to those coriander and nutmeg notes (a bit more muted from the aroma), and finishes with an even-keeled sour/bitter/dry orange finish. There is a bold bread yeast middle, making it a little chunkier than a classic Belgian Wit. Damn this is tasty! 9/10.

M: Mid to light bodied, a touch watery (not bad enough to detract points) carbonation is a little excitable - as it can often be with Witbiers. 7/10.

D: Another exceptional Hitachino Nest brew then, aside from being on the higher side pricewise this is a Wit I would highly recommend, despite the odd ingredient list that includes OJ. If however you do like your Witbiers airy and light in flavour you should probably stick with Blue Moon or Hoegaarden - the fool’s Wits*. Oh yeah, I love the weird psychedelic label art on the bottle. 8/10.

Food match: I reckon some tempura vegetables/seafood would ace it with this Wit.

*Double entendre, set and match.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a standard glass at a sushi restaurant in Calgary (holy crap, an Asian restaurant with something from a craft brewer! Let's hope that becomes a trend). A pale cloudy straw yellow with some rocky, sudsy white head. Aroma of citrus (orange, lemon, lime), spices (clove, nutmeg, ginger, coriander), and a malty depth not typically observed in this style ... Has a clear lager malt flavor as well. Interesting. Some bubble gum and pineapple notes vie with the aforementioned citrus. A brown spice flavor gathers steam over the course of sips (nutmeg, which is actually in the brew according to the label). Moderate body, seems on the thick side for the style, with the carbonation not violent but certainly assertive. Finish dry, rather earthy even. Unique wit. I enjoyed the emphasis on the malts and spice. My bottle may have been a tad old.

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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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