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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,178 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,178
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 122
Gots: 84 | 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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

t0rin0, Oct 17, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

zestar, Today at 11:16 AM
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3/5  rDev -26.8%

nmann08, Apr 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

acurtis, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

metter98, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

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

brentk56, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +8%

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.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 03, 2005
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4.1/5  rDev 0%

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.

Phyl21ca, Apr 22, 2008
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

BEERchitect, Jun 19, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Texasfan549, May 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

kjkinsey, May 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

ygtbsm94, Dec 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

GRG1313, Apr 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

spycow, Feb 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

jaydoc, Nov 28, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 07, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

Knapp85, Jan 01, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

oberon, Apr 22, 2003
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
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4.47/5  rDev +9%

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...

emerge077, Sep 01, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev 0%

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.

largadeer, Apr 25, 2008
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3.73/5  rDev -9%

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.

zeff80, Sep 26, 2006
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4.06/5  rDev -1%

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.

biboergosum, Dec 29, 2009
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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,178 ratings.