Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery
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4.68/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
08-13-2002 12:11:53 | More by NeroFiddled
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
12-30-2007 15:56:34 | More by RblWthACoz
3.08/5 rDev -24.9%
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.
07-09-2007 04:21:39 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
A - One finger of bone white head disapates quickly and leaves little lace. The body is slightly hazy and straw colored, and it clouds up nicely when given a swirl and final pour from the bottle.
S - Very distinct aroma of pepper and lemon, with an odd floral, spicy note of jasmine, chamomile and ginger.
T - Ginger and pepper up front with a hint of lemon. Grainy malt in the middle with some subdued yeast notes of vanilla and pepper. The finish is dry, with a hint of hops and more ginger.
M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.
D - An easily drinkable and interesting example of the style. The aroma qualities in particular are excellent; easily the best smelling Witbier I have had.
06-22-2008 04:30:12 | More by nickfl
4.08/5 rDev -0.5%
Cloudy pale orange with a dense rocky white head. Dried orange peel and coriander in the aroma and flavour. Seems the coriander is more dominant in the aroma. Refreshingly crisp and smooth at the same time, dry malt character in the back with grainy tones and nuttiness from the yeast. Spices add some sweetness, coriander is the one that flexes the most. Smooth and rounded grainy flavour helps in the finish. A good and balanced white ale.
04-15-2002 18:58:27 | More by Jason
4.7/5 rDev +14.6%
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
12-13-2009 04:02:31 | More by russpowell
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
09-18-2006 05:02:06 | More by feloniousmonk
3.63/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
08-05-2011 02:55:44 | More by drabmuh
4.23/5 rDev +3.2%
a pretty famous beer here, it has eluded me somehow until now. picked this up under 6 bucks over at colorado liquor mart, who is still chugging along with some hidden gems in the back there. a nice take on a wit, different than almost all of them because of (what i perceive anyway) this fresh ginger in here. a blonde beer with a golden flare, clear for the style, and while there are a ton of bubbles in it, no head really ever builds up. the nose is almost like ginger ale, its so potent to me, i have to believe there is real ginger in it. belgian type yeast is also fruity, while some malt other than wheat i think makes an appearance, giving some light caramel flavors as a base. ginger and cracked pepper in the finish, this could pass as a saison on the yeast character alone, less belgian than saison in that regard. super refreshing, and even though it looks flat, there are a lot of bubbles here in solution. my first beer from this operation is a winner, i like this a lot, different from the masses but still comfortably within what the style asks for. perfect hot weather refresher. super dig it.
07-24-2014 22:28:02 | More by StonedTrippin
4.1/5 rDev 0%
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.
12-18-2010 22:35:26 | More by WesWes
3.88/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
07-25-2011 13:16:44 | More by Rifugium
4.13/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
10-11-2004 17:00:53 | More by Gueuzedude
3.9/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
06-07-2010 01:56:10 | More by Halcyondays
4.13/5 rDev +0.7%
01/04/05- Purchased at Weimax Liquors in Burlingame, CA
Presentation- 11.2 oz small bottle with no dates. Poured into my Duvel glass.
Appearance- Beautiful cloudy golden pour. Nice thick white head that decreases to about 1/4 inch and stays there and wafts. Light minor lacing along the edges.
Smell- I think everyone called the smell and taste of this one. Tons of corriander and orange peel extract.
Taste- A bit acidic with all the citrus flavor going on here. The corriander works well with the orange and lemon.
Mouthfeel- Ultra carbonated as expected, but still feels a bit thick. Leaves a huge sugary lemonade aftertaste.
Drinkability- One of the better witbier I have had. A bit strong with the acidity though. Still would have another one of these if I had one.
01-05-2005 01:24:32 | More by GClarkage
3.63/5 rDev -11.5%
Pours a very hazy dark golden yellowish brown color and pale golden yellow edges when held to a light source. One finger frothy white head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Minimal lacing.
Very spicy aroma with hints of zesty pepper and coriander as ell as faint banana and lemon peel. There's also a bit of bread/yeast in the nose but the aroma is dominated by the spicy coriander character.
On the lighter end of medium bodied with a blast of peppery coriander spice that lingers throughout into a slight dry finish. There is a decent bread/yeast presence that adds to the mouthfeel as well as some slight banana and citrus flavor. As the palate adjusts to the spice there is a prominent lemon juice/rind character that balances things out a bit. Slightly tart and refreshing making it pretty quaffable. A good attempt at the style but a bit too heavy on the spice for my liking.
02-13-2011 05:52:58 | More by corby112
4.1/5 rDev 0%
Appears a hazy light gold with a small white head that fades into a small cap and mild collar.
Smell is of lemon and orange peel with coriander and mild traces of wheat flakes.
Taste is of the same aromas with a pleasant orange candy finish.
Mouthfeel is slightly spritzy with a medium feel and a yeasty body. Mild spices highlighted by pepper and coriander make this Belgian style Witbier stand out among the better ones. Certainly much better than the old standby, Hoegaarden.
05-29-2006 23:54:45 | More by weeare138
4.28/5 rDev +4.4%
I got a finger of bone-white head with low retention off of my pour. Nose had a great citrus-y zestiness: lemon peel, orange peel, lime. It was like air freshener in a glass, but not in a bad, cloying way. Color was a cloudy honey-yellow. Mouthfeel was medium with an attention-getting bite of ginger (?), no wait, nutmeg (!), cutting right through all of the citrus. The nutmeg really carried the flavor, but it also set up a very dry finish. This would be great on a hot, humid summer day or with sushi. Ah, sushi! Pass the salmon!
11-01-2009 14:06:20 | More by woodychandler
United Kingdom (England)
3.55/5 rDev -13.4%
Bottled date: 14/05/2007, served lightly chilled on 02/11/2007 in a large bulb wine glass.
A: pours a murky, dark-yellowish golden hue; a thin layer of white foam retreats fast to a rim, on top of rather flat carbonation.
S: assertively lemony-acidic and gingery-spicy upfront, backed by plenty of sweet, almost syrupy maltiness and sharp flowery scents. The spiciness from ginger syrup comes rather sharp actually, but gets mixed quite well with the equally pronounced lemony fruitiness. Alas, these two elements suppress the performance of other basic ingredients.
T: the thin taste remains yeasty from the first second onwards, while the following flow of unripe-grapefruity and limey peels as well as green apple-ish acidic taste gradually yields to a very mild wheat-ish mid-taste with a spicy kick, then turning intensifyingly tangy&dry with a light touch of orange-flavouring and mineral in the end. The overall flavour gives a strong suggestion of Belgian witbier.
M&D: softly sparkling, quite refreshing in texture and feather light in body due to the high percentage of wheats in the mixture. A pretty decent product with a highly yeasty flavour overall, making it quite different from a normal witbier from Belgium.
11-02-2007 17:08:51 | More by wl0307
Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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