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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

999 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 999
Reviews: 492
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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StJamesGate

New York

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

Cloudy spun gold with a ribbon of loose white froth. Fresh country loaf with lemon oil and slight herbal brightness on the nose.
Table water crackers and lemon zest moving into lemon boiled sweets.
Coriander finish and citrusy zingy linger. Crisp, dry, light.

Jumping with freshness and supremely balanced. Grassy and lemon Fruit Pastille hops (Styrian, it turns out) notes come out as it warms; it thus shows both lemony top and base notes. As good as any wit from Belgium. HN on point.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 15:00:49 | More by StJamesGate
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ChrisGusSaksa

Rhode Island

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

aroma: Orange and Corriander right up from with a bit of incense(sp)
Appearance: Hazy Straw Gold
Taste: Just like a belgium wit bit with a bit of herbal flavor in there as well.
Overall: This is the first japanese beer that tastes great and not something flavorless. The aroma was odd at first but its still a great example of a beligum wit.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 14:56:54 | More by ChrisGusSaksa
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a slightly cloudy, dull yellow tone; yields a foamy finger of a white head that dissipates quickly. not much lacing to speak of.

nose is lead by citrus (notably lemon zest) with coriander and some yeast evident. flavor follows the aroma with an added bit of wheat grain and some floral/herbal/earthiness... has a subtle sourness to it... finish is largely clean. not bad, even somewhat enjoyable in its own right, but for me nothing really to write home about, will give this one another try over the summer, which it's more tailored for.

light to medium bodied mouthfeel. serviceable, i'd be open to another but it's nothing i would seek out again.

originally reviewed: 12-21-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 05:26:54 | More by BostonHops
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Vylo

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a classic golden yellow with a decent head.

Smell - subtle. Afraid I am not much on smell, as I have been mislead before based on smell. Yeasty/wheat smell that is light.

Taste - incredible. Very smooth creamy taste that is well balanced.

Mouthfeel - amazing, perfectly carbonated.

Overall - One of the best beers I have ever tried. I expected something decent from Hitachino, but this was much more. A must try if you are looking to expand your horizons.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 18:32:52 | More by Vylo
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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

A: Pours a very cloudy pale straw yellow in color. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Very light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of citrus/orange with some hints of spices (coriander and clove). Very inviting and it smells very refreshing.

T: Follows the smell but the citrus/orange flavor is more pronounced. The citrus/orange flavor is balanced nicely with the wheat flavor and the spice hints (coriander and clove).

M: Light bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Very refreshing, very enjoyable, and very easy to drink, I have had this beer many times over the years, enjoy it, and will likely continue to drink it. I find the taste and the style very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 22:53:11 | More by dbrauneis
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heymikew

California

4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Breaks all preconceived notions about Japanese beer!

My friend sends me a pic via whatsapp while I'm @bevmo and wants 6. At $6/sm bttl I get 2.

Especially yummy with a seafood dinner.

Pours out cloudy into a tulip glass.
Yellow straw colored...lemon/citrus in the left nostril, dry Wit on
the right

Refreshing lemon creame flavor, slightly sour with a great balance.
Goes down soo easy. Light carbonation.

A must for the beer connoisseur

Will get more.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 03:43:16 | More by heymikew
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Light golden to very slightly hazy yellow colour topped off with a foamy, white head that lasts about thirty seconds before turning bubbly and then to a thin lacing around the top of the beer with some visible carbonation but not a lot.

Orange peel and coriander dominate to begin with along with some nice spice and pepper notes. It is sweet and fresh smelling with touches orange and citrus throughout. Very summery and refreshing on the nose but not strong although it does begin to open up after a few minutes.

As expected the taste is much like the smell with a fair amount of orange and citrus up front intermingled with some good spicy notes and a helping of coriander. Some more fruity citrus notes are mixed with good herbal ones making a very well balanced beer.

Excellent on the palate. There is plenty of carbonation without the gas that usually comes with it, and this is backed up with a good balance of flavours and a crisp, refreshing feel to it. The body is light medium and went down a treat.

An outstanding beer and incredibly well balanced beer with plenty of spice. Although not affecting my review of the beer, this one certainly wasn't on the cheap side and that is the only reason I probably won't have the opportunity to try this one all to often but it was worth every penny.

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Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 20:19:50 | More by flyingpig
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy bright yellow color with a slight head which goes away to nothing fast. There is no lace left on the glass. The aroma draws you in, before you bring your nose to the glass you can smell this beer. The nose is of big time citurs, orange and a big lemon part. There is also a hint of pepper. The taste follows suit with a big and smooth sweet citrus taste with orange and lemon taking the front and middle. A little pepper spice comes in at the back end with a slight tartness at the end. The mouthfeel is crisp and well carbonated. Overall this is a very good beer, the drinkability is off the charts and you want more of this beer. A great take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 22:36:20 | More by goblue3509
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weizenbob

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 24.3 ounce bottle of Hitachino Nest White Ale was purchased for $9.29 at Pere Marquette Expeditions in Ludington, MI. It’s been on my bucket list for a while and I was pleasantly surprised to find it in my neck of the woods. The code H11.09 is stamped on the importer’s label. Apart from that, the label divulges very little additional information, unless you can read Japanese text.

The bottle was poured into a weizen glass. The pour yields less than a finger of white head that disappears very quickly. There is no lacing. The carbonation level appears to be high (as seen through the glass). The brew is quite pale and only moderately hazy, despite my attempts to rile some yeastiness into suspension. The look is neither impressive nor offensive. (The second pour was much hazier and closer to style.)

The aroma is pretty unique. Soft fruitiness brings to mind berries and Clementine zest. It has a sort of fruity soap aroma as well, but in an oddly pleasant fashion for a beer. I believe lavender is the correct reference. Per style, hop aroma is nowhere to be found. It’s a different animal, but I like the scent.

The first sip reveals a pair of unexpected surprises. First: the flavor is strongly reminiscent of Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat (the Froot Loops beer!). Second: it is much better than the abomination that is Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat. A soft sweetness gives way to the surprisingly strong bite of wheat malt. Subtle notes of berry fruits weave through each other to form a tapestry that somehow works as a piece of the whole. The finish is sweet, with no hop bitterness. Hitachino Nest’s website lists nutmeg amongst the specialty ingredients. The literal flavor of nutmeg is only noticed after becoming informed of the fact, but it is the very ingredient that seems to tie everything together. It’s a creative twist that makes for the most unique witbier I’ve yet tasted. That doesn’t make it excellent, but it is very good.

In the mouth, the high level of carbonation makes for a stinging sensation that is a little overwhelming at first. Alcohol is completely hidden. The beer is a bit heavy for a witbier, but at 5% ABV, it is on the higher end for the style. I don’t mind how substantial it feels since a lighter brew with this level of carbonation would bludgeon me into indifference. As is, it is pretty easy drinking.

This is the second beer from Hitachino Nest that I’ve had the pleasure of imbibing (the first being Red Rice Ale), and I can report nothing but pleasant results thus far. It is a bit pricy for regular consumption. But as a beer that is on the heaviest side of refreshing, this makes for an excellent treat in these days of record high spring temperatures. I can wholeheartedly recommend this to both witbier fans, as well as those wondering what the hell the architects of Sunset Wheat were thinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 00:05:59 | More by weizenbob
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear gold with very little white foam. Patches on top. Subtle wheat-ness in the nose. Some straw too. Light lemon open which evolves into a thin light wheat taste. Crisp close. Virtually no bitter. Some orange peel too. Very light & flavorful. Tasty, easy drinker but not astonishing.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 20:51:24 | More by KTCamm
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ToddT

Pennsylvania

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

A- Slightly hazy golden yellow topped with a thick off white head. Head falls quickly but leave some nice lace on the glass.

S- Subtle, notes of orange, coriander, and hints of pepper.

T- Orange and coriander are the dominate notes, there is a nice interest of pepper spice through out each sip. The finish is clean, refreshing and very dry. Lingering final note of citrus tartness which adds to the balance.

M- A little less than medium in body and about the same in carbonation.

O- Nice take on a Wit, the 5.0% ABV makes it very sessionable. Seek this out, it is not what I was expecting from a Japanese brewing company. Very well done quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 21:34:22 | More by ToddT
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Appearance: golden hue, slight haze

Aroma: citrus coming through big, particularly orange

Taste & Mouthfeel: very light, crisp, orange flavour; no bitterness; good carbonation and very clean; has pretty good length too

Overall: so refreshing! Perfect for summer and one that just about anyone could appreciate and enjoy

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 00:32:38 | More by BGDrock
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acevenom

Louisiana

5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy golden with a white head that dissipates quickly. There's lots of carbonation present. There's an slight, pleasing aroma of citrus, black pepper and bread. The taste? Wow. It's a pleasing slightly sweet citrus flavor with a creamy texture on the first sip. The black pepper hits you as well as the grain on the way down. All the flavors shine through and are perfectly balanced. The mouthfeel is light to medium and the carbonation aids greatly in the drinkability of this beer. I could see myself buying this again. This is a fantastic beer that I would recommend to anyone who likes a good witbier.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 00:00:40 | More by acevenom
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Aml42000

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy golden color. No head whatsoever.

S- Reserved notes showing some orange and pear, some baking spice.

T- Subtle, but pleasant citrus fruit and herbal flavors. Clean, long finish.

M- Light to medium bodied and exceptionally easy to drink. Good carbonation balanced with a soft, almost creamy texture. It leaves the palate fresh and clean.

O- I'd love it if this were a bit less expensive as I would drink it all summer long. I'm impressed with the mouthfeel and texture here above everything else, but this is an excellent example of Witbier.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 17:14:09 | More by Aml42000
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HoneyLamb

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased 12 ounce bottle from the Liquor Cabinet in St. Joseph, Michigan. I heard this was one of the best Japanese beers and I wasn't disappointed.

Poured in a tall pilsner glass. Medium-hard pour resulted in a single finger head. Beer was a light golden color and was infused with tiny carbonation bubbles.

This beer has a wonderful citrousy smell. I found myself sniffing this beer over and over again, because it smelled so good.

I knew this was a highly rated Japanese beer when I bought it, but "Wow!" was all I could say when I tasted it. That awesome smell came through in the taste. Near perfect white beer!!!! I'm going to be buying this beer again and again. It will now be my ideal summer white beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 03:16:37 | More by HoneyLamb
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GinaBeerInc

California

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Lovely turbid pale golden pour with 2-finger fluffy white head on this. Noce aroma of hopcitrus and spices up front, including cloves and orange zest. The palate is extremely smooth, with the aforementioned hop-citrus, clove, and orange zest flavors, and the beer picking up some apparent palate heft and complexity as it warms up a little and the flavors marry a bit. This one is great Beer from Kiuchi Brewery!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 19:53:17 | More by GinaBeerInc
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Ungertaker

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- pineapple yellow with a 1/16" white head and constant carbonation plumes. Head remains throughout and leave a frothy white lacing with every sip.

S- citrus peel, black pepper, fresh-baked wheat bread.

T- citrus hits immediately, transitions to a spicy black pepper and finishes with an almost sweet wheat.

M- the carbonation is present, but not as heavy as it appears it should be. Mouthfeel is thin to medium.

O- more complex than most witbiers I have tried, but the price ($6 for a 12 oz) would keep me from trying again. It was good, so I don't feel it was a waste, though.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 22:51:15 | More by Ungertaker
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mralphabet

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Poured a hazy yellow color with about 1/2 a fingers worth of white foamy head, that settled pretty quickly to a ring with a little lacing.

S: Smells wonderful, full of citrus, yeast, coriander, nutmeg and a little spicy pepper.

T: The taste is just as wonderful as the smell.... Lemon zest is coming though first, followed by coriander, nutmeg and a little pepper.... I'm getting a little yeast at the finish.

M: Strangely medium bodied, but with a crisp lively carbonation, very refreshing yet smooth finish.

O: This is a very nice wit, fits the style to a T... Worth looking out for...

This is my first beer from Kiuchi and I must say it will not be my last.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 05:16:56 | More by mralphabet
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a cloudy golden yellow color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer has a nice floral and citrusy aroma to it with the fresh wheat aromas on the nose. The taste of the beer has some interesting lemon flavors to it with the subtle wheat coming through in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is nicely carbonated and light bodied. A refreshing brew for sure. Overall this beer isn't bad. I feel it's a little hyped up but maybe that's just me.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 02:54:43 | More by Knapp85
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JaredKent

Rhode Island

4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle, Poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance: A thin, white head, no bigger than half a finger, forms on the immediate pour. This quickly dissipates into a nice foam over the top of the beer. Hazy and golden in color, this is a perfect looking white ale. About a 6 SRM.

Scent: Coriander is the first thing that hits my nose. Definitely has the spiciness of a traditional Belgian Wit. There is a bit of citrus towards the end, no doubt from some orange peel. The aroma carries a fantastic wheat scent that doesn't overwhelm the nose and works perfectly with the spice.

Taste: This beer is unmistakably a wheat ale. Definitely some wheat flavors on the front followed by hint of citrus. As the beer sits in your mouth there is a very slight acidity. On the finish you get the spiciness followed by a hint of bitterness, both from the hops and the orange peel.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth on the mouth with a light body. Upon hitting the tongue you immediately feel the high levels of carbonation dancing in your mouth. The effervescence complements the spices perfectly.

Overall: I've had a few White Ales cross my palate and I've become disappointed by anything outside of Belgium. American White Ales are lacking the warm, spicy flavors that are typically associated with a Belgian Wit. Most American Whites I try are very light in body and taste. This Japanese White Ale has reassured me that I don't need to stick with the Belgians to get a quality White Ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 02:39:26 | More by JaredKent
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champ103

Texas

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden/yellow color. A large white head rises to over two fingers with good retention. Plenty of lace is left behind as the foam finally recedes to a cap.
S: Like the Hefeweizen, there is a large peppery spice that hits the nose with force. Zesty, slightly tart lemon, and a great minty aroma. Everything is well incorporated.
T: Follows the nose with a large peppery spice along with some earthy yeast. Plenty of that zesty, tart lemon as well as a great minty flavor. I like it.
M/D: A medium body that is just a bit under carbonated. So easy to drink. All day with this one.

I don't know why it has taken me so long to try this. I see it in a lot of places a travel to, just never pulled the trigger. A very nice Wit, and one I will not neglect to purchase in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 00:02:52 | More by champ103
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to Drew for sharing this one.

A: Hazy pale orange with a thin, coarse white head. Not much for retention, sparse lace. No better than average.

S: Super, super spicy. I don't get anything other than coriander, white pepper, and perhaps even some anise. Fresh, vibrant, but less than complex.

T: Coriander bomb up front, with just a vague, pleasant hint of wheat on the tail end. Still a bit unbalanced, but tasty.

M: Light-bodied, and a bit flaccid.

O: Solid Witbier, but far from my favorite for the style. Not worth the high price of importation, if you ask me.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 21:04:48 | More by woosterbill
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Jammies

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a pale yellow with a thin layer of foam that immediately dissipates.

S - smells of a weet full bodied pilsner with a hint of malts

T - starts off sweet, but not overbearing. Suprisingly smooth. Expected a much sweeter flavor due to the smell.

M - Light and smooth. Somewhat syrupy as it rolls across the palate.

O - light and not overly sweet. A pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 17:21:33 | More by Jammies
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 00:23:28 | More by CrazyDavros
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hoppyweasel311

California

3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 21:53:51 | More by hoppyweasel311
Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 999 ratings.