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Hitachino Nest White Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest White AleHitachino Nest White Ale

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2001

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Photo of wl0307
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy lemon color, nice frothy white head and small speckled floaties.

S: Some lemon merang on nose.

T: Very sweet and citrusy, big lemon tang. Starts out with a sweet citrusy tang with spicy hops and finishes with a nice subtle sourness. Good per style and very thirst quenching.

M: Some fizziness in mouthful from carbonation but very smooth going down.

D: decent drinkability. not a first class example but a good enough one from japan.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle costing $3.59. Poured into a pint glass which produces a hazy yellowish orange color with a small fizzy head that quickly dissapears into a thin white ring around the glass. The aroma is without a doubt one of the strongest assets to this beer. The aroma explodes with a lot of clove, ginger and orange. The taste is domintated with a lot of the same clove and orange flavors that are present in the nose. Overall, this is a fine wit that I am having a hard time convincing my brain that it is made in Japan and not Belgium. Good, not great but recommended despite the price.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale, straw gold hue that is so cloudy I would describe the body as chalky and minimal head that stuck around with minor lacings. A light citrus smell with a good amount of spice (think pepper or something heavy smelling). A soft, mellow body, not as thick but as gentle as a marshmellow. Very smooth, almost creamy, with a pleasing citric twang mixes with mild spices to create a smooth, easy-passing beer that is refreshing. Not like most wits where you seem to be crushed with orange peel and clove; a laid-back, balanced beer that I could just drink all day as summer winds down.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle drank at Good Luck in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy golden yellow, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like orange, lemon, spices and yeast.

This is one of my favorite Wits I've ever tried- because they toned down the spices and yeast flavors (still there, but more subtle) and ramped up the delicate orange peel and lemon zest flavors. There's also some grassy hop flavor, wheat bitterness, fruity yeast esters, and spicing I can't distinguish. Very delicious, and goes down quite easily.

Light bodied, crisp at the front, slightly creamy at the back of each sip. Medium amount of carbonation, with the tiniest of carbonation bites.

Wit is far from one of my favorite styles, but this is probably my favorite of the style that I've tried.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This Wit has a very good reputation so I'm expecting a good showing for me.

From the old Trix commercial....it's a lemon yellow,(cloudy) good stoutish head of foam to begin with but it does shrink rather quickly. There isn't an abundance of lacing left behind.

The smell is classic Witbier, with lovely coriander, wheat, some nice sweet notes kind of sugar candi like, light clove, a refreshing? fruitiness of lemon zest. Nose, move over. It's mouth's turn.

And the enjoyment continues. There are no surprises at all in the taste. A wonderfully fully flavoured Wit that expresses everything I mentioned in the smell but...it's so darn smooth and balanced. This drives the drinkability right out of the ball park for me. 24.3 ounces of pure nectar and I see, looking at the bottom of the bottle, a whole lot of stubborn sentiment. Get in me glass, I say!

A near perfect mouthfeel with the abv right where it ought to be, I reckon THIS is what I'd call one of the benchmarks for the style. No doot aboot it.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

720ml bottle poured into pint glass nov28 2009

A a cloudy golden yellow with lots of carbonation and a fingers worth of bone white head with decent retention falling to a thin film that leaves a few patches of lace

S like cereal with a fair bit of coriander and a little bit of lemon

T a decent wit from Japan? believe it! this has all the usual flavors clove,citrus,spice and wheat but it's blended so well I'm just stoked by this one a very nice surprise

M thin but good carbonation gives it a very light feel on par for the style

D this might get a 5 had I drank it on a hot sunny day, but even with snow on the ground it's sinking like a ship

not what I expect from a Japanese white ale, keeping that in mind I didn't know what to expect from Japanese micro's. this is the second beer I've had from this brewer and I must admit I'm looking forward to my third

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Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle

Appearance - Hazy light gold colour with an above average size fizzy white coloured head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the haziness and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for 4 minutes.

Smell – Breads/grains, cloves, lemons

Taste & Mouth - The beer comes across as slightly thin and there is an average amount of carbonation. I can taste lots of lemon and orange mixed with breads/grains and some cloves. It finishes with a lemony spicy aftertaste.

Overall – Don’t get me wrong, this is a very good beer.. but I’m not sure that it’s that much better than most of the other wit beers out there. Also it was a bit on the pricey side. I’m happy I got to try it but I think I’d buy Hoegaarden for half the price the next time I’m in the mood for a witbier.

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Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold with a bit of haze and a constant stream of bubbles supporting a soapy, bright white head. The cap thinned quickly to a fine skim. Aromas of citrus zest, cloves, bread, grain and straw. The flavour was milder than the aroma with notes of lemon and clove, bread and malt sweetness. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly soapy texture. Refreshing with a nice aroma.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy gold, with a small carbonated head. This beer has a very strong aroma. It smells mainly like citrus, with some coriander and yeast too. It tastes very citrusy, with a slight spicy (coriander and ginger) aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light, with a decent amount of carbonation. It goes down very easy and it's a refreshing beer, great for drinking in spring or summer. This is much better than I expected it to be, I'll have to pick up another one of these again pretty soon.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with pretty much zero head. The nose is quite wild. Really skunky. Also quite funky. I also get sweet wheat and coriander. Smells rather funky, actually. One of the more intense witbiers I have stumbled upon. Flavor is less zany. It mellows out a bunch. I am slightly disappointed because the nose was such a break from the usual (in terms of style). The flavor is softer and more to style. Creamy wheat, plenty of coriander, yeasty spiciness, citrus, some light hoppiness. Pretty diverse. Creamy feel. The nose and flavor are quite the dichotomy. Worth the purchase.

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Photo of Brad007
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden-amber color with a frothy white head into my fluted glass.

Aroma is full of citrus, coriander and spice. A nice hint of wheat malt peeks out as well.

Taste is full of citrus and spice upfront. It's kind of mild with also a good hint of wheat.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrus, spice and wheat. It feels a bit thin towards the end with a bit of acid as well.

Not bad. A good example of the style from the Japanese that is quite quenchable on a hot day.

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Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, had a pale yellow color, a cloudy texture and a small amount of head. Lots of lacing.

S: Sweet, citrus smell, along with some yeast.

T: Light taste, with lemon, a little orange and yeast. Extremely vibrant flavor. Very likable.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a slightly syrupy finish. Solid mouthfeel.

D: This is an extremely drinkable beer. The taste is very complex and refreshing. Maybe a little too sweet to drink all the time, but still a very good beer.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky straw color with a cap of white foam that disapears immediately, leaving little to no head and lacing. Smell is wonder - floral, yeasty, biscuty, bready, lemony, vinous, apple, sweet, tart, acidic all in one. The aggressive scent does not signify the most aggressive taste... all the components from the scnet are there, but a tad more muddled. The tart, acidic and sweet notes a bit more present in the taste as well as the biscuityness. Medium bodied, slightly oily feeling and dry finnish. A unique beer at the top of the witbier foodchain.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I drank this from a bottle into a pint glass.

It poured a cloudy orange/gold, very similar to blue moon, with a nice white head, and ok lacing.

It smelled light and fruity, citrus, specifically orange dominated with a tad of coriander.

The taste was great, burst of orange at the start, and wonderfully smooth finish. This is a great white.

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Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Bookhouse in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet citrus - orange and lemon - with good amounts of floral notes.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet orange and mild lemon flavors stand out against a wheat background. There are also mild spice flavors that meld nicely with the citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished one glass without much problem and could have another.

Overall this was a solid beer that I could revisit in the future. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Gusler
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

After its eviction from the 330ml brown bottle, the beer sets in the glass a hazy golden amber. The head started forming the minute I popped the cap off the bottle, as I poured it into the glass it from a behemothic head that is bright white and frothy, as it slowly subsides the lace forms a lumpy sheet upon the glass. Nose is sweet with orange peels, cloves, coriander, a real mélange of flavors and aromas, start is sweet and the grain profile delightful, top is light in its feel to the palate. Finish is striking in its acidity, the hops pleasing and the aftertaste quite dry, a very drinkable beer and one I enjoyed immensely.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Maduro during happy hour

appearance: served in a very odd hitachino glass (maybe 10oz?). It kind of looks like a kids drinking cup, but whatever. body is clean and cloudy golden colour, frothy white head

smell: very nice...exotic spice, apple, pear, pineapple and other tropical aromas, white pepper, orange/lemon. Very quality

taste: easily one of the best wit's i have had, and certainly one of the more original. zesty, yeasty, lots of tropical fruit and strong spicing, white pepper, pear, green apple, white grape. Very interesting, spritzy, active, tasty

mouthfeel: active carbonation, nice body

drinkability: high

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Photo of champ103
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden/yellow color. A large white head rises to over two fingers with good retention. Plenty of lace is left behind as the foam finally recedes to a cap.
S: Like the Hefeweizen, there is a large peppery spice that hits the nose with force. Zesty, slightly tart lemon, and a great minty aroma. Everything is well incorporated.
T: Follows the nose with a large peppery spice along with some earthy yeast. Plenty of that zesty, tart lemon as well as a great minty flavor. I like it.
M/D: A medium body that is just a bit under carbonated. So easy to drink. All day with this one.

I don't know why it has taken me so long to try this. I see it in a lot of places a travel to, just never pulled the trigger. A very nice Wit, and one I will not neglect to purchase in the future.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is crisp, malty, slightly fruity, very like a good pilsner. Appearance is nothing special - typical clear golden yellow, average white head that does not hang around. Flavor, however, is better than expected - typically malty but well-rounded with fruity hints and just a touch of hops and a whisper of sweetness. Texture is pleasantly tingly and has a good firm consistency.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold/pale amber with a small fading head.
Nose shows doughy wheat with coriander, nutmeg and very faint citrus.
Similar flavours, although the nutmeg is more powerful. A bit too much spice. And too sweet.
Body seems a bit thick. I would have like it to be more spritzy and refreshing.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light hazy pale straw color. Lots of large bubbles clinging to the glass in vain. What little head there is fades into nothingness.

Smells fruity and fresh. Ripe green apples and honeydew melon...a bit different than most wits in a good way. Smells quite delicious.

Spicy, zingy bubbly tasting! Many different flavors are evident here. Floral hoppiness and peppery-sweet yeast kick in right away. Then come some orange and lemon citrus flavors. Bitter finish is a nice change of pace on a wit.

Interesting take on the white ale style. A bit pricey at almost $5 for a 12oz. That is probably the most disappointing aspect of this beer.
Ultimately, it does not taste as good as it smells. I might not buy this one again, but has piqued my interest in this brewery.

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Photo of mynie
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, hazy gold. Small white head. It's small, yes, but good lord is it a stubborn little guy. It simply will not die.

Intense smell. Real intense. Fridge cold I can smell it as it sits on my desk, a good two and half feet away from my nose, all spicy and fruity. Upon closer inspection, literally, it smells remarkable, like no other wittbier I've ever come across. The big wheatmalt spices are still there, all whitepepper corriander, but the fruit backing them isn't the usual dull, grainy bananas and the such. There's apples--like, harsh, cider apples, ripe peaches, and bright green grapes. All are sour and sugary. Really, a wonderful smell.

The fine odor doesn't translate entirely over to the mouth, I'm sorry to say. The first taste is that of sweet white wine, which is backed up by a blend of apples and alcohol, and an end of whitepepper. Not as complex or as sapid as I had hoped.

An excellent white, and the first Japanese beer that I've ever really, really enjoyed.

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Photo of FLima
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow color with a two finger head with good retention.
Aroma of flowers, citrus and a hint of bile (?).
Very different and original taste, flavor of expensive white wine. Very acid and with an elegant sourness and some floral and herbal hops. Notes of lemon, orange peel and condiments. Very dry aftertaste with a residual citrus lemon note.
Medium body with good effervescent carbonation.
This was a quite pleasant surprise, very original and refreshing. Differs from Belgian wittier given its sourness and the predominant green grapes taste. You got to try it.

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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.