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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,294 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,294
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 140
Gots: 135 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2001

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of IronLover
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bright hazy yellow with an orange hue. White, fizzy head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a light white cap. Very wet lacings that have no chance at sticking to the glass. A variety of aromas, lemon, orange, wheat and spice. The citrus lemon being the most dominant, but not so much the other aromas don't come through. Big citrus flavor, again with lemon and orange flavors up front a solid wheat body and spicy clean finish. A very refreshing ale, particularly on the hot day that it was sampled. Easy to drink.

Photo of afksports
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the first beer ever tasted on my side quest called JapanQuest. Drinking the while Hitachino Nest line is tasty. They're all good. This one is one of the best.

Cloudy appearance with great bubbly lacing, this straw colored wheat brew charms inthe drinker in the nose. Strong strong aroma of citrus peel and wheat, and a taste that follows with a sharp citrus bite. The hops come in the taste too.

This is the flagship beer of Kiuchi brewery, and with the light body that suitably flows underneath lovely bubbling, it's understandable why. The JapanQuest is happily underway!

Photo of BamfBacon
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of martyl1000
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Love it. Have long been intrigued by the notion of a large Japanese brewer doing serious renditions of Belgian and German beers. Feel fortunate to come across this one without looking for it.

This is a malt guy talking, one for whom a lack of sweetness has only been met with disappointment (except for in good sour beers). But this symphony of dry is just the antidote for someone as addicted to sweet as I am.

Not quite able to pick out particular notes in the orchestra of flavors, save for the white pepper which would be obvious to anyone, I'd think. There's also a tropical (hint of sweet!) fruit of Belgian yeast. Others have said clove and coriander, as well as OJ.

This has become my summer go-to.

Photo of PatandDavid
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very intriguing, very pale washed out yellow...the taste was smooth, yet somewhat spicey, made me reminiscent of perhaps cinnamon or cloves(??).

Easy to drink, quite unexpected balance in the taste. This is a beer that I would wnt to try again for sure.

Photo of HeadyTheElder
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of kmos27
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of StevieW
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark golden color, some shiny colors depending on the light. Nice yeast bottom goodness makes for a great full fluffy tan head. Huge critus and floral aromas, nearly too much for me, but it settles and wears on you. Taste was a combination of oranges, cloves, ginger, coriander, and spicy peppery, almost hot finish. This would get a 5 on the orginality scale. Full of new flavors on every sip. Crisp, light bodied, and refreshing. I liked thier hefeweissbier version better. This is also worth picking up.

Photo of Robyn
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of zenithberwyn
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of dcguitar
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of nomad
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a nice hazy straw color, slight apricot hue, with a bubbly thin head and plenty of carbonation underneath.

Smelled of oranges, sweet lemon, a beautiful tart wheat, and a soft and flowery malt. Tasted like some tasty wheat, solid pale malt, and great classic lemon and citric tinges of a wit. Incredibly juicy, like biting actual fruit wedges thinned down a pinch over tantalizing wheat. Spice is light but nice enough, especially with the yeast poured in. Had a juicy, citric, and light grainy finish.

And that's all there is too it, as I'm not even paying attention to the mouthfeel when it tastes this good, though it could have more pop to it. Regardless, a world class witbier, simple to understand, easy to enjoy.

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 5 oz bottle. Hitachino White Ale has a pale yellow color with a small, white head. Sugary aroma with a pronounced ginger smell. Citrus aroma too. Juicy, fruity flavor. Lots of spice in the flavor, especially ginger and coriander. Although it is spicy, it is never cloying. Lots of orange and a bit of lemon. Nice version of a witbier. Mouthfeel could be fuller, but drinkability is top notch. An interesting Japanese beer with a good, fresh flavor.

Photo of pwoody11
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from notes...

Nice head, rather thick but dissapates quickly leaving a slippery lace.

The aroma consists of coriander, cinnamon, ginger, orange peel and some green apple.

The taste is a little sour. I'm getting lemon and lime with some orange towards the end.

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and found it to be very quaff-able. I think it would be great for a nice summer day on the patio or while working the grill. I'll definitely seek this one out again.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of KFBR392
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A bright yellow color to this brew. Semi-clear but with a cloudy presence. Carbonation bubbled happily throughout enjoying the brew. Not a very significant head, just a thin layer remained on the outside of the glass.

Smell: A spiced aroma hit you right at the front of the aroma. A pleasant combination of yeast and citrus fruits on the undertones. Not an overpowering aroma, just settles in nicely while enjoying this brew.

Taste: Wow I was really surprised by this one. The front of the beer is a very pleasant light spice which transitions into an awesome orange peel wheat flavor. The brightness of the citrus mixed perfectly with the dry wheat presence. The layers of citrus keep flowing on the palette long after the brew is gone.

Mouthfeel: A perfect balance of hop dryness and overall sweetness makes this a very easy drinker. Keeps you reaching for the glass over and over.

Overall: Really happy about this brew. Good beer can be found all over the world!

Photo of jackndan
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hitachino Nest White Ale: Konichiwa! Excellent white Belgian style ale, with a weird owl on the label to boot. Creamy white sticky head over a fluorescent orange/yellow beer. Very cloudy, with an aroma of citrus cut only with faint yeast aroma. Well bodied, with a very easy drinking creamy mouth feel. The taste initially hits with a flood of citrus flavors, with a noticeable sensation of hops. The aftertaste reminds me of fresh pine, with a hint of hops. Very very nice, expensive beer from Japan.

Photo of mythaeus
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of cardinals22
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of BucBasil
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the stubby 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy pale tannish color. Almost light brown, sort of orange. Odd color here. Not the most appealing, but not too far from an average witbier. Head was 3 fingers and pure white with ok retention.

S: Nice fresh lemony aroma with hints of other citrus and some pineapple over a sourdough malt backbone. Spices throughout. Classic wit,and very well done - especially on the fresh citrus. Really good.

T: Nice balanced character. Pineapple is prominent with a banana bread backbone. In the middle, coriander and clove mingle with fresh green apple and a very unique ginger note and a touch of pepper. I'm not usually the biggest witbier fan, but this is one of the most refreshing beers I've ever had.

O: Super smooth and supremely drinkable. I would drink this every day this summer if it were a bit cheaper. I will definitely pick up again in the coming summer weeks regardless. Definitely recommended, and a HUGE pleasant surprise out of Japan...

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of dedrinker
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very light pale straw and hazy, small head. Smell was herbal, faintly woodsy and fruity. The flavor was much lighter than normal witbiers, but there was an autumn leafy character that I found intriguing. The spices were a bit muted, but that bumped up the drinkability. Finished clean with a little coriander. After the bar closed, the kind bartender allowed me to crane my neck under the tap and go for it; a much different experience than the one mentioned above.

Photo of TheBeeraholic
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,294 ratings.