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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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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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brentk56

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +0.7%
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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metter98

New York

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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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oberon

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
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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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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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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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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.08/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a large white head that fades almost instantly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coriander & nutmeg spices along with orange peel, light malts and a slight touch of Belgian yeast.

T: The taste is mostly fruit and spice with flavors of orange, banana, coriander & nutmeg. There’s very little trace of Belgian yeast or wheat. The malt character is very thin and there’s almost no hops presence at all. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, light body, heavy carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, not a good representation of style, this is definitely at the bottom of the list of Witbier’s that I’ve tried, however, compared to some of the other Japanese beer exports that I’ve had, it’s a hell of a lot better than any Rice Lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 04:21:39 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
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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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle at Goebels in Wichita

Pours an effervescent straw color with a sliver of beige head. Hazes a bit as it warms, no head retention & lacing

S: White pepper & coriander & grassyness & barnyard

T: Grassy, slightlty funky, & lemons up front. Grassyness, lemon zest & funk dominate as this warms, plus much tartness. Puckery tartness in the finish, along with some dryness & funky grass

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & puckery tartness

Through the roof drikability, easily the best Japanese beer & or Wit I've had, period

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 04:02:31 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, citrusy scent along with a bit of orange peel and coriander spice. It's light and refreshing with a hint of lemon zest. The taste is good as well. It has a very drinkable pale and wheat malt flavor; light and refreshing. The citrusy flavor is outstanding along with a dry and fruity yeast finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn good witbier. It's winter now. I'd rather be drinking this while enjoying a nice sunny day.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 22:35:26 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #3 top witbier on beeradvocate.com best of lists. Awesome. Beer poured from a bottle into a Bruery glass because a Hitachino glass is the white whale of beer glassware, not the black text one, the inverted beehive with the painted owl on it. Don't know what I'm talking about? Too bad.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a nice white head, moderate carbonation, some lacing, decent retention.

Beer is sweet and spicy in the aroma, almost citrusy, orange peel.

What is that flavor? OK, first, it tastes like tea on the back half, there is a earthy sulfurness to the midpalate, the lead off is a light bodied and sweet beer, almost like chai, it has this nutmeg / corriander flavor that dominates the finish. The finish is a little too dry, I don't know....I know these are suppose to be spiced (sometimes) and dry but this is too spiced and too dry for me. Not my favorite witbier.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 02:55:44 | More by drabmuh
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zeff80

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
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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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite well carbonated, the cap makes a loud sound as I crack it off. The beer is a hazy straw color, that is topped by a thick white head that is held up by the ample carbonation. The aroma is spicy (with notes of lemon, ginger, and pepper), and a bit musty. It really has quite a rich intriguing aroma to it. The beer is well carbonated, which in combination with the spices gives this a peppery-spicy start as I take my first sip. This is actually quite tasty, and quite a bit different (either because of the spices used, or a combination of the yeast used and the spicing) than your average Wit type beer. There is some solid spicy notes here that seem to be driven by ginger, and perhaps some pepper. It is quite dry and light on the palate. This beer must be super spicy when fresh. This would be a great beer to pair with sushi, more places need to pick this up, it is quite tasty, and with its spiciness would pair quite well with food.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2004 17:00:53 | More by Gueuzedude
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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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a slightly hazed straw with a white head. Nose is lemon and citrus on the nose with a straw edge to it that just gives an earthy, plant like fragrance. Very perfume like, but also like walking through a field of aromatic flower stems that were just cut. I could take a whiff of this one for hours. Flavor is smooth and even. There is a straw like quality that stays earthen and thick, though still light enough overall to enjoy. Feel is smooth and silky with a balanced carbonation. Definitely drinkable, though it is fairly different and unique which might detract for some. Plus for such a high price (again with the Hitachino), is it really worth it? $5? Hmmm. No.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 15:56:34 | More by RblWthACoz
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Halcyondays

California

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

11.2 oz. bottle, into a Hoegaarden tumbler,

A: Pours a cloudy dark gold. Good 1 finger head, nice retention, no lace.

S: Great orange in the nose, citrus city.

T: Bitter coriander, with a nice orange and wheat balance. Nice collection of flavours, going more towards the yeasty side at the finish, but still has enough citrus to make me happy.

M: Overly fizzy and carbonated, very spritzy. Finishes well.

D: A very good witbier. The price ($5) precludes me from buying this often, but it's a real nice ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 01:56:10 | More by Halcyondays
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: 22oz. bottle from Capone's beer garden, Norristown, PA

Poured into a Zero Gravity pilsner glass, a cloudy, bronzed yellow with a finger of foamy white head that receded to a thin layer. Typical wheaty aroma, with hints of orange and lemon zest, and a bit of spice. Crisp wheat profile on the tongue, citrus zest and piney hops, just the right amount of peppery spice. Dry and slightly bitter in the finish. Light mouthfeel, and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 13:16:44 | More by Rifugium
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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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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a slight hazy lemon yellow body with a very strong carbonation of micro bubbles. There was a perfectly smooth creamy snow-white head that lasted a good long time.

S- The soft smooth smell of lemon frosting was not as sweet as frosting but had a hint of powdered sugar to it. There was a subtle yet complex aroma with hints of cherry blossoms in the background with a light yeasty note. The smell made me want to keep sniffing as deep as I could but it was a bit mysterious.

T- The taste of smooth mellow wheat has a light tartness to it with a soft bubblegum hint to it. The tartness was a supporting flavor and not over the top. There was a nice hint of bitterness in the finish that balanced the wheat malt notes.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a light fizz in the finish and a very light hint of chewiness to the texture.

D-This beer has a lot of nice depth but it is very soft. That makes this beer a nice session beer, which lets you understand a little more about it with every new glass. Very nice wit without the over powering bubblegum and clove characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 21:28:28 | More by rhoadsrage
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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

Who would have thought that a Belgian white would come out of Japan and taste really good. Expensive $3.95 for 11oz but you get what you pay for. Creamy head fades quickly. Spicy/floral smell.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2002 16:03:52 | More by jdhilt
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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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