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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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brendan12


4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I have always been a fan of Japanese beer and Belgian whites. Little did I know that I could have both in the same beer. I would highly recommend trying this beer if you have the chance and enjoy mild to medium flavored full bodied beers or are a fan of either style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2013 04:01:59 | More by brendan12
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright yellow, pretty pale with significant chill haze. Head is light and airy. Somewhat sticky, but in small patches rather than large chunks. Nice-looking hot weather beer.

Big head: orange zest, white pepper, and mild sweetness. Good potency for style. The flavor is pretty bold with the sweetness and herbs. Very light body, even for a witbier. Lemon jumps into the profile too.

Finishes dry, slightly tart, and remains very light. This is a damn fine witbier and absolutely great on all counts.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2011 00:50:30 | More by BretSikkink
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dizknee24

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale white with less than a finger of head. Smelled like aome fruit. maybe some oranges and apples. very interesting. Tasted not unlike liiight orange. not malty hoppy or any notes of those. maybe a bit resiny. Mouthfeel was lacking in my opinion. I like a thicker witbier and this feel short with quite a thin palate. Overall I liked it enough to give it an B+. The mouth feel was average but everything else has me have hope for those japanese breweries.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2011 20:31:36 | More by dizknee24
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not my favorite looking beer... pale yellow with little head developing at all, even with a swirl. Otherwise, this is a very interesting and good beer. Nose has an almost tea-like quality to it from what my guess would be whatever spices or hops they use in this. Flavor is refreshing, fruity, sweet, and spicy all at once... a nice flavorful witbier here for sure. It tastes more like the European witbiers that I've had than their American imitations. Very drinkable and super flavorful for a 5% beer... I have to try more from this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2011 03:52:37 | More by LordAdmNelson
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

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

Poured a bright hazy yellow with an orange hue. White, fizzy head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a light white cap. Very wet lacings that have no chance at sticking to the glass. A variety of aromas, lemon, orange, wheat and spice. The citrus lemon being the most dominant, but not so much the other aromas don't come through. Big citrus flavor, again with lemon and orange flavors up front a solid wheat body and spicy clean finish. A very refreshing ale, particularly on the hot day that it was sampled. Easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2010 17:04:57 | More by IronLover
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft served in pint glass. $7.25.

A: Served with a pure white fizzy head with short retention. Now a sudsy film and bubbly collar. The body is a cloudy light yellow. Golden straw colored. Absolutely no lacing. The head and any would-be lace slides clean off the glass.

S: The aroma is fantastic. Natural lemon scent and orange zest, mostly lemon. Chock full of cooked ginger and other spices. Pepper, lemongrass and light candi sugars. There is a very mild barnyard funk.

T: Exactly what you would expect given the nose. Only marginally less impressive, probably because the intensity of flavors, while great, is SLIGHTLY tiresome towards the end of the pint.

M: Mouthfeel is thin and light. Thin in an offputting way. Very fine carbonation. Crisp, sharp flavors, refreshing. Tart. Short lived flavor duration.

D: Very consumable, especially in the right environment. The drinkability score was brought down once I experienced slight flavor fatigue.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2010 00:55:31 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky straw color with a cap of white foam that disapears immediately, leaving little to no head and lacing. Smell is wonder - floral, yeasty, biscuty, bready, lemony, vinous, apple, sweet, tart, acidic all in one. The aggressive scent does not signify the most aggressive taste... all the components from the scnet are there, but a tad more muddled. The tart, acidic and sweet notes a bit more present in the taste as well as the biscuityness. Medium bodied, slightly oily feeling and dry finnish. A unique beer at the top of the witbier foodchain.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2010 14:25:33 | More by rfgetz
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snpub540

California

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy light yellow hue with an all white head. Moderate lacing left on the glass.

I was smacked in the nose with a very intense floral and tart aroma.

Flavor was very interesting and not what I was expecting out of a white. It was a nice mix of sweet and tangy. Lemon, banana, and yogurt like flavors made up most of my experience.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and the drinkability was good.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2010 00:27:45 | More by snpub540
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chaz01

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2010 02:11:32 | More by chaz01
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Westsidebuddha

California

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 38 Degrees Alhambra, Calif.

Poured a cloudy yellow color into tulip glass. Smell of citrus is definite. Taste of grapefruit and orange on first sip. Mouthfeel is light with a Belgian beer flavor. Drinkability is very good. Good backend and a refreshing taste. A very good Witbier that I could drink a few more of. Definitely very good since I got the first pour from the fresh tap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2010 15:47:30 | More by Westsidebuddha
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Aenema

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

4/8
Appearance - Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with a thin, bone-white head.
Smell - Citrus, slight wheat/grain note; not very aromatic.
Taste - Lots of lemon and tartness followed by some sweet malts. Refreshing but still surprisingly, even distractingly, tart.
Mouthfeel - Light, refreshing.
Drinkability - Very easy drinking with an interesting profile.
Overall - I have a hard time figuring out how much I like this one. Although I enjoy sourness, I prefer sweet, bready wits with some spice. So although I think the tart lemon aspect of the beer is enjoyable, I find it difficult to say it would be a better alternative than a traditional wit.
The previous time I had this beer with some Japanese food I remember enjoying it more.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2010 03:05:46 | More by Aenema
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

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

Wow! What a pleasant surprise! I tried this beer on-tap at a new restaurant near my apartment called "Kushi." I was in the mood for a light, white ale - and this beer definitely delivered. It was crisp and refreshing. Nice deep yellow color, with a minimal foam head. Smell was of apples and jasmine. Taste was tart and light, a little sour, but well balanced. I'd have this beer again, and again, and again..

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2010 02:45:34 | More by alysmith4
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apbarwood

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful appearance for the style. Light gold and hazy with a thick white head. Great retention and lacing. The aroma is complex with a strong floral/spicy element mingling with a nice citrus quality. Loads of orange peel flavors blended with a strong spiciness. Ginger seems pretty dominant in my opinion but there's a lot going on here. A strong carbonation makes this one nice and refreshing. A great/unique representation of the style that I think is a love it or hate it kind of beer. Personally I don't care for the flavors but I think somebody who likes the spicy/perfumy wits will definitely love this one. A must try for wit beer fans and something I'd recommend to anyone in general to try just once. My first beer from this brewery and I look forward to trying the other beers they have to offer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2010 01:44:51 | More by apbarwood
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HeyItsChili

China

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

Had this on tap at Closed for Business on King St in Charleston.

A - Hazy golenrod with a foamy one finger head that sticks around a while and rings the pint glass.

S - Floral hops, yeastiness, spices.

T - Really interesting take on the witbier formula. Above the lightly citrusy hops is a really powerful nutmeg spice flavor with some other spices thrown in for good measure.

M - Nice, medium bodied. Serves the flavor profile well.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2010 15:16:27 | More by HeyItsChili
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glid02

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Bookhouse in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet citrus - orange and lemon - with good amounts of floral notes.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet orange and mild lemon flavors stand out against a wheat background. There are also mild spice flavors that meld nicely with the citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished one glass without much problem and could have another.

Overall this was a solid beer that I could revisit in the future. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2009 05:14:06 | More by glid02
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plaid75

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy light straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a lemon zest and coriander.

The taste was upfront bitter lemon with some softer yeast esters and spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a decent wit. Say too sour for my taste.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2009 16:13:29 | More by plaid75
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Radiodred

California

4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a big Wit guy, but it is summer in San Diego and I just got done playing some b ball and was thirsty. I always see it at places and not big on most japanese breweries. Thought I'd give it a chance. And I am glad I did.

Looks cloudy and straw colored with some nice foamy head.
The smell is a complex mind bender of guesses ( read other reviews)
The taste is just as equall to the smell. Very refreshing and complex at the same time.
Over all I am glad I tried it and I am actually going to buy a pack down the street right now.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2009 15:37:29 | More by Radiodred
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Hoppington

New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this at my favorite NYC beer bar in both bottle and draft. To my taste buds, this was kind of like a spicier Hoegarden, with strong orange-blossom notes (which I was later told was due to the corriander and other spices they use in the brewing process). It smells fantastic. I actually prefer this to Hoegarden and will look for it next summer. It was light, refreshing and delicious. Definitely worth a try if you like Hoegarden but want something a bit more exotic.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2008 01:03:08 | More by Hoppington
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dedrinker

Kansas

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

Very light pale straw and hazy, small head. Smell was herbal, faintly woodsy and fruity. The flavor was much lighter than normal witbiers, but there was an autumn leafy character that I found intriguing. The spices were a bit muted, but that bumped up the drinkability. Finished clean with a little coriander. After the bar closed, the kind bartender allowed me to crane my neck under the tap and go for it; a much different experience than the one mentioned above.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2007 23:28:17 | More by dedrinker
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy, milky yellow with a small head and no lacing.

S - Orange rind, coriander, touch of gumball, touch of lemon rind and faint herbal hops.

T - A touch of faint wheaty malt. Orange peel, coriander and dry grassy hops that stay on to the finish. Overall a mild and very pleasant flavor.

M - A tad harsh from carbonation, thin, very refreshing.

D - Very good. This is definitely the best beer from Japan that I have ever had. Actually worth seeking out, but not woth a flight to Japan. Sessionable, pleasant for the whole family.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2007 04:54:55 | More by mrasskicktastic
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dirtylou

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Maduro during happy hour

appearance: served in a very odd hitachino glass (maybe 10oz?). It kind of looks like a kids drinking cup, but whatever. body is clean and cloudy golden colour, frothy white head

smell: very nice...exotic spice, apple, pear, pineapple and other tropical aromas, white pepper, orange/lemon. Very quality

taste: easily one of the best wit's i have had, and certainly one of the more original. zesty, yeasty, lots of tropical fruit and strong spicing, white pepper, pear, green apple, white grape. Very interesting, spritzy, active, tasty

mouthfeel: active carbonation, nice body

drinkability: high

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2006 02:16:54 | More by dirtylou
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Highly hazed and golden-toned, a thin layer of bone white foam above, eventually narrowing down.

Lovely aromatics, a twist of lemon, hint of orange, and beautiful spices. I'd always assumed coriander, but recent research revealed to me they also use nutmeg in here. It works well.

Taste: light bodied, but sublime drinkability. Just enough flavor to keep the tongue happy. Zesty and refreshing. Minor hops, slight bitterness, a touch of sour, and a dash of sweet.
Moderate carbonation, not too spritzy, just mellow enough.

Never dreamed I'd have a Japanese Belgian wit on tap, but, hey, crazier stuff has happened.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2006 05:02:06 | More by feloniousmonk
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wit is what started me on this hobby, so having one on draft is always a treat. This Japanese version is very interesting. Adheres to style for the most part--banana, clove, and coriander taste is there but with other spices as well--I couldn't indentify, but the description said nutmeg. Aroma is strong in the nose, moslty yeast, to go with a sour taste. If you like Belgians and specificy lambics, wits, Flanders red, and other sour beers, you'll like this one. I wouldn't try a new person on it, or even go from Blue Moon to this strong interpretation that is light on sweet/fruit and heavy on yeast/tartness. The head disappeared quickly after a sip or two of the light golden ale that was hazy enough to be opaque. Overall, a very enjoyable beer that I wouldn't hesitate to have another but maybe not two.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2006 03:34:09 | More by FightingEntropy
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Billolick

New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the Puck Fair bar in Soho, NYC. pours cloudy apricot, white head, light lacing left on the glass, light sugary nose. This is a light, yeasty brew, spicing is fairly mellow but evident. Citrusy and piney notes late. Fine summer brew, pleasant, well crafted wheat that is a treat if you can find it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2005 20:43:51 | More by Billolick
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thoover

California

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had a few bottles of this, but didn't have it on tap until recently.

Appearance: Poors slightly cloudy orange/golden, with a bright white head that hasa decent retention.

Smell: Smells of heavily of oranges, slightly of cloves, and faintly of corriander.

Taste: Good amount of carbonation, strong orange and corriander flavors. Really good.

Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing, and bubbly...

Drinkability: Even though its got a bit of wheat in it, you could still manage to drink a few of these. Certainly had more than one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2005 17:49:35 | More by thoover
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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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