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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,089 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,089
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 105
Gots: 57 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2001)
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

10-17-2012 03:17:17 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 04:10:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-14-2011 21:17:19 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exceedingly pale lemon yellow with a buriza-do of yeast, topped by a large head of bleached white froth that has the consistency of bubble bath (but will undoubtedly be more palatable). The absence of any appreciable stickiness results in very little lace. It matters little though because the beer-head combination looks so good.

Wonderful witbier nose that is absolutely bursting with citrus (orange) peel and white spices. Olfactorily speaking, it seems like the perfect combination of witgredients. Upon tasting... White Nest Ale is a different sort of wit, a unique take on the style. My first impressions are that it's lighter and sweeter than most with more pronounced orange zest notes. All of those characteristics are positives, with the possible exception of the first.

The citrus peel is now equal parts lemon and orange and the spices/herbs are more in the background. There's nothing at all wrong with that particular profile, it all comes together beautifully. I especially love the sweet, lightly bitter, citrusy finish. As noted, the body is light and airy. An enthusiastic cadre of bubbles livens up the mouth party and makes this a fun beer to drink.

White Nest is my first Kiuchi beer and I'm impressed. It carves out its own niche in the style in a manner that thoroughly appeals to me. The $3.99 price tag for a 12 oz. bottle is a bit much however. Price aside, this is one of the best witbiers out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2005 15:56:12 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured slightly cloudy pale golden yellow in color with a thin white head that quickly died away into lacy patterns of bubbles. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a moderate citrusy aroma in the nose with notes of oranges and hints of spices.
T: Like the smell, the taste is mostly citrusy and has orange flavors, but these are rather subtle and are balanced by the wheat and notes of coriander or nutmeg.
M: It feels light-bodied and crisp on the palate. Only a little bit of carbonation is perceptible, but if feels right for the style.
D: The beer is very thirst quenching and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 15:32:55 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale honey color with a fluffy white head that quickly dissipates but splashes some spotty lace

Smell: Unusually distinctive woody lemon aroma, with distinct nutmeg and orange peel elements

Taste: Floral sweetness, nutmeg, vanilla and wheat malt for just a flash, up front, with the bitter orange peel and coriander flavors emerging to dominate by mid-palate; after the swallow, the up front flavors re-emerge to join the spicy flavors; there is an orangeade aspect to the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with very prickly carbonation

Drinkability: A refreshingly different wit, with a lot of subtle fruit and spice flavors; each time I try it I like it better and better

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2005 20:52:22 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -27%

04-07-2012 20:12:25 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Miver: Poured a yellow with white hazy notes color ale with a large siz4e foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of spices is dominating with some particularly nice notes of coriander. Taste is a mix between some great wheat malt notes with a nice overly present mix of spices which included coriander and orange peel for sure. Minimum filtration provided a great body with good carbonation. Very well done for a style that is too often dismissed as bland.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 19:41:19 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not your typical Wit, but good beer anyways. The bigger additions of lemon zest is apparent as the beer decants from the bottle. Shows the typical canary straw color, but without the soft, glittery hue expected. Head retention is loosely knit, unlike the creamy, foamyness expected either. Along with lemongrass in the nose, there is nice hints of corriander, curraco, and estery yeast qualities. Though these esters show in the flavor, the lemon dominates and religates the other, softer, flavors to support the citrus and not compliment as they should. The beer's lemony qualites keep the beer from becoming creamy or full on the palate, but does help the drinkability and cutting through the thirst. I will love trying this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 03:11:17 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

09-17-2013 00:22:49 | More by acurtis
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed, yellowish body with a full finger of white foam.

Smell: Soft wheat aroma with a particularly pungent, juicy note of wet orange peelings and lesser hints of coriander spiciness.

Taste: Initial delicate taste of wheat, a tad tangy and sweet along with, as with the aroma, a very distinct kick of juicy, oily orange peels (like having a splash of triple sec added to a witbier). Zip of spices. Minimal hop character with only the lightest touch of bitterness present. Final touches of orange citrus, spice, and tanginess on the dry, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A nicely refreshing and nicely orange-y wit! Pass the Spider Maki and Rainbow Maki, please.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 18:11:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

05-27-2013 19:51:54 | More by kjkinsey
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

11-28-2013 16:53:04 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

02-08-2013 01:58:34 | More by spycow
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

05-26-2013 20:47:42 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

12-18-2013 04:15:43 | More by ygtbsm94
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oberon

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had heard about this line of beers and really wanted to try one,and Iam glad I did.Poured a nnice hazy orange color with big fluffy head,smell was very fresh and citruisy smelling.Taste was nice and tart with some coriander spiciness.Very drinkable and not to light in body,these guys know how to make an excellent wit.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2003 05:48:52 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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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GRG1313

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

04-09-2013 03:55:07 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've tried lots of Witbiers, and to stand above the pack you have to be unique. Hitachino White is very unique to me.

Two fingers of bone white foam set atop a pale body of glowing, murky orange. IN direct light it appears more of a pastel yellow, dirtied up by the darker sediment poured in. Some lacing arcs on the sipping side of the glass.

Deeply floral nose, woody, mild citrus, earthy with coriander.

Smooth bodied, a tangy citrusy bite at first, then a soft sweetness and mild nutmeg spice, with a gentle floral character in the aftertaste. Really smooth on the palate. Each sip is very quenching, and keeps me coming back. The spice is in check, but certainly present in a unique blend.

This is one i'll return to again and again, it never gets old to me. This is unique and eye-opening, especially if you think you've tried every Witbier out there. Give it a try with an open mind...

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 00:18:27 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

11-20-2011 05:03:14 | More by JAHMUR
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zeff80

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a pale, yellow. Very cloudy and highly carbonated with a two-finger head.

S - It smelled of corn, citrus and yeast.

T - It tasted very sweet and fruity. The corn and yeast flavors were much more subtle.

M - It was very crisp and light-bodied.

D - A very nice witbier. I really liked the sweet, fruity flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 03:18:17 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Turbid, nearly opaque blond with a solid head of foam.

Smell: Massive amounts of coriander with floral undertones and a hint of lemon.

Taste: Lemon zest, spicy coriander and ginger. Very fresh and floral. Slight sourness in the finish with even more coriander in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, dry and highly quaffable.

Notes: Unique stuff, much spicier than any Belgian wit I've had, but it works - this is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 00:19:38 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

720ml bottle. I remember this brewery from a mini pub crawl I was part of in Chicago a few years ago, where we wound up at this Japanese/techno fusion place. The locals suggested the Hitachino beers, because I guess they were new at the time, and appropriate for the occasion. Well, my current occasion isn't very Japanese, unless you count the bags of mandarin Christmas oranges I've consumed over the past month.

This beer pours a foggy pale golden yellow hue, with two lofty fingers of puffy, loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some random paint splatter lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of softly grainy wheat malt, a bit of dank citrus, and a somewhat funky clove and nutmeg spiciness. The taste is mildly edgy wheat grain, a tart citrus creaminess, some additional drupe fruitiness, hints of ginger and nutmeg holiday goodness, and earthy, leafy noble hops.

The carbonation is somewhat frothy, but generally agreeable, the body a medium-light weight, and quite smooth, nothing worthy enough to mess with that. It finishes off-dry, the semi-sweet wheatiness playing nice with the lingering citrus and earthy spices.

While maybe a tad reserved on the spice quotient, this is still one pleasantly slavish ode to the Belgian style - wheaty, fruity, and spicy, all in a manner that deserves quiet contemplation, i.e. my friend's Chicago backyard before a Lollapalooza show, instead of the pithy, way too trendy club afterwards.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 06:32:46 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy, golden body with an orange cast topped by a thin bright white head that holds an exceptionall collar but leaves no lace. Great aroma! Very bold and perfumy. Sweet & spicy, full of sugary clove, ginger, and light citrus notes as well as some whisps of maltiness. Quite unique. The body is medium light and very creamy. The flavor comes on strong but finishes oh-so-soft, starting with a bright fruitiness, followed immediately by a light-but-mouthcoating maltiness as it crosses the palate, and eventually receeding into a long lasting finish with a light fruit, ginger, citrus, and soft maltiness that is not at all sticky. A little bit of a spice bite on the front of the tongue. Fairly complex for a white ale. Unique. Immensely refreshing and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2002 12:11:53 | More by NeroFiddled
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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,089 ratings.