Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest White AleHitachino Nest White Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,362 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,362
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 173
Gots: 193 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Ungertaker
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- pineapple yellow with a 1/16" white head and constant carbonation plumes. Head remains throughout and leave a frothy white lacing with every sip.

S- citrus peel, black pepper, fresh-baked wheat bread.

T- citrus hits immediately, transitions to a spicy black pepper and finishes with an almost sweet wheat.

M- the carbonation is present, but not as heavy as it appears it should be. Mouthfeel is thin to medium.

O- more complex than most witbiers I have tried, but the price ($6 for a 12 oz) would keep me from trying again. It was good, so I don't feel it was a waste, though.

Photo of mralphabet
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Poured a hazy yellow color with about 1/2 a fingers worth of white foamy head, that settled pretty quickly to a ring with a little lacing.

S: Smells wonderful, full of citrus, yeast, coriander, nutmeg and a little spicy pepper.

T: The taste is just as wonderful as the smell.... Lemon zest is coming though first, followed by coriander, nutmeg and a little pepper.... I'm getting a little yeast at the finish.

M: Strangely medium bodied, but with a crisp lively carbonation, very refreshing yet smooth finish.

O: This is a very nice wit, fits the style to a T... Worth looking out for...

This is my first beer from Kiuchi and I must say it will not be my last.

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of JaredKent
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle, Poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance: A thin, white head, no bigger than half a finger, forms on the immediate pour. This quickly dissipates into a nice foam over the top of the beer. Hazy and golden in color, this is a perfect looking white ale. About a 6 SRM.

Scent: Coriander is the first thing that hits my nose. Definitely has the spiciness of a traditional Belgian Wit. There is a bit of citrus towards the end, no doubt from some orange peel. The aroma carries a fantastic wheat scent that doesn't overwhelm the nose and works perfectly with the spice.

Taste: This beer is unmistakably a wheat ale. Definitely some wheat flavors on the front followed by hint of citrus. As the beer sits in your mouth there is a very slight acidity. On the finish you get the spiciness followed by a hint of bitterness, both from the hops and the orange peel.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth on the mouth with a light body. Upon hitting the tongue you immediately feel the high levels of carbonation dancing in your mouth. The effervescence complements the spices perfectly.

Overall: I've had a few White Ales cross my palate and I've become disappointed by anything outside of Belgium. American White Ales are lacking the warm, spicy flavors that are typically associated with a Belgian Wit. Most American Whites I try are very light in body and taste. This Japanese White Ale has reassured me that I don't need to stick with the Belgians to get a quality White Ale.

Photo of champ103
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to Drew for sharing this one.

A: Hazy pale orange with a thin, coarse white head. Not much for retention, sparse lace. No better than average.

S: Super, super spicy. I don't get anything other than coriander, white pepper, and perhaps even some anise. Fresh, vibrant, but less than complex.

T: Coriander bomb up front, with just a vague, pleasant hint of wheat on the tail end. Still a bit unbalanced, but tasty.

M: Light-bodied, and a bit flaccid.

O: Solid Witbier, but far from my favorite for the style. Not worth the high price of importation, if you ask me.

Cheers!

Photo of Jammies
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a pale yellow with a thin layer of foam that immediately dissipates.

S - smells of a weet full bodied pilsner with a hint of malts

T - starts off sweet, but not overbearing. Suprisingly smooth. Expected a much sweeter flavor due to the smell.

M - Light and smooth. Somewhat syrupy as it rolls across the palate.

O - light and not overly sweet. A pleasant surprise.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of hoppyweasel311
3.37/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pale yellow color with zero head.
Smell- Not much going on.. faint citrus and maybe some banana
Taste- Slight citrus, wheat, coriander
Feel- Good carbonation.
Overall this beer isn't anything special.. a step up from blue moon... would go well with some sushi.

Photo of ikantspel
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

funny reading the good reviews and bad ones of this brew. i guess the difference is if your beer is old(spoiled) or not

pours a textbook wheat color with a good head and minimal lacing

belgian yeast and citrus dominate the aroma. slight bit of spice hidden in there as well

orange citrus taste. at the end you get the spice and coriander. this is getting better and better after every sip.

can easily beat blue moon head to head

Photo of bluHatter
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm always happy to try a Hitachino Nest ale I haven't had before. I'm pouring this into a frosted Hitachino Nest glass.

A: Looks light. Very little carbonation, considering I've had Hitachino Nests that bubbled over before it was even poured. Airy carbonation that sticks to the side of the glass, but little to no head on top.

S: Fresh, flowers, white wine aroma. Really a very nice smell.

T: Nostalgic flowery spices. Soothing, calming aftertaste. Difficult to place exactly, but it is excellent - flavors I've never had in a beer before.

M: Light, but with just the right amount of carbonation to really make the flavor work.

O: Once again, Hitachino Nest creates another masterpiece of an ale. I've never had anything quite like this - it's like they've been creating ale in a whole different universe without any input from ours. Just obscenely good stuff.

Photo of tony223366
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From my beer journal. Originally reviewed on May 20, 2011.

A: Lightly cloudy and pale yellow. Nice fluffy head. A good looking beer with a cute label. My girlfriend instantly fell in love with the label.

S: Definitely orange peel with punches of cloves and hints of coriander. Actually kind of reminded me of a pumpkin beer.

T: Lots of cloves and coriander. Orange peel is present too. A little sweet up front and then oh so smooth.

M: Very creamy mouthfeel... dare I say perfectly carbonated?

O: This beer was great. From top to bottom this was by far my favorite witbier I tried.

Photo of Blanco
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a hazy golden color with fluffy white head that doesn't hold for as long as it should though never quite disappear totally.

smell is typical belgian white, with orange, coriander and belgian spices.

taste goes above and beyond a typical belgian white. Though the standard flavors are there, there is an additional spiciness that tastes almost like ginger or some other spice.

mouthfeel is medium and creamy. very nice.

overall, i really like this. I have a specific flavor profile (basically Allagash White's flavor) that I look for when drinking whites and generally can't stand whites that don't match up (which is almost all of them). This beer has a different taste though and is making me rethink that approach.

Photo of Duhast500
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 331ml bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

The color is a cloudy yellowish/orange with two to three fingers of foamy white head ans some nice lacing left on the sides of the glass.

The smell is a it spicy with some nice hop aroma poking out with some touches of citrus fruits. The light malty aroma also comes out here as well with some doughy bread aroma.

The taste is wheaty but has a bigger citrus hop flavor then the nose let on. A grapefruit flavor is all over the middle of this beer mixed with that bready malt flavor that is balancing the flavor a bit nicely. The end is bitter as this beer goes down and has a slight yeast flavor as it goes.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and is nicely drinkable with a full flavor that will have you coming back.

Photo of OutFox
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very clear gold color. Not a large head, just normal size. Still Im suprised how clear it is for an unfiltered Belgian style white.

S - Ooo. Spicy. I mean thats a dominate amount of spice in the nose. Corriander and some others that arent coming to mind at the moment.

T - Once again a f*kn spice bomb. I love that. Lots of corriander and spice. I mean like 5 minutes after a sip I can still taste the spice mixture and corriander. The most spiced Belgian White Ive had recently and I must say it isnt a bad thing.

M - Lager like. I do miss the sort of light yeasty characteristics that usually exist.

O - Overall its a great beer. Great interpretation of the style, and from Japan no less. I loved the spice. The only thing that wasnt working for me was the unusally clear color and mouthfeel. Ive seen the Hitachino beers around and will be sure to pick up the rest of the line.

Photo of lionchow
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, pale golden yellow with a finger of thick white head.

A - bright and fruity, orange cream soda, rose petals, shortbread - very nice

F - soft and sweet, lightly malty and wheaty, orange and a touch of lemon, a mild herbal bitterness comes through in the finish - overall mild and well balanced

M - creamy, and light to moderately carbonated. Very nice.

Overall a beautiful aroma and a good, but not outstanding flavor.

Photo of HBeezley
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Alright. Bottom line is that this beer is good, not my top pick but very drinkable, and has a lot going for it.

It looks nice - hazy gold.
smells interesting - like fresh bread, bannana, pineapple, and faint hops.
Taste is interesting, but still, not a huge fan of wheat beers - Banana (not my first choice to put into a beer), lemon, yeast, very small hop flavor, and maybe rosemary?
Smooth yet thick on the palate. It's easily drinkable, but I wouldn't go for more than two or three in one sitting.

I would drink it again - just because it's interesting enough; but considering this is an asian brewery, its really impressive and mostly, I think it just makes me want to see what their other beers are like.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pale, hazy yellow, almost straw color. Has vigorous carbonation, produces about a finger of soft white head.

S- HUGE aroma. Loads of yeast, banana and clove, but with some real spicy coriander thrown in as well.

T- The flavor on this beer is pretty aggressive. The usual wheat beer flavors are all there, with lots of wheat and yeast and powerful powerful clove spices and banana. The additional spice has a coriander or ginger flavor with a bit of orange and definitely distinguishes this beer from a lot of other wheat beers.

M- Light bodied, smooth, creamy feel with a dry, spicy finish.

O- This is a seriously impressive beer, a solid take on the style but with a very distinctive flavor of its own. This is easily the best Asian beer I've had in, well maybe ever. Respect this beer.

Photo of shanblur
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Jungle Jim's International Market in Fairfield, OH. Freshness date H.11.05. Poured from 330ml bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Hazy light yellow with hints or orange. Small white head quickly dissipates, leaving sparse lacing.

S - Smells like a cross between a saison and a wheat beer. Coriander and wheat on the nose.

T - Nice spice component and can definitely taste the wheat. Some citrus as well, slightly tart on the finish.

M - Smooth and refreshing with a gentle carbonation

I really liked this one. Would not hesitate to have another.

Photo of Portertime
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tired this one at a local beer bar called Stubbies and Steins. Served in it's own glassware. Poured a cloudy burnt orange color. Smelled lively with orange peel and coriander notes. The taste was fantastic, nothing I have ever had before. Very unique and complex. Seems like coirander and some kind of candied fruit I can't put my finger on and a hint of white pepper in the finish. Very refreshing and a welcomed change to the typical witbier.

Photo of pmarlowe
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to tulip glass.

A: An opaque light gold, the entirety of the head is a white soapy right, almost no lacing.

S: Spice (white pepper, coriander), very faint citrus hoppiness.

T: Not a whole lot going on here, maybe some banana, again a little spice and maybe some citrus. Mostly dry, this leaves a pleasant lingering mouthwatering sensation.

M: Crisp, light bodied and lighty carbonated, this is a delicate beer.

O: A sessionable, quality though fairly simple (non-complex) witbier. I would drink this again, although it would be tough to justify given the price point (about $5.50 for a 12oz at Whole Foods).

Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had at Myers and Chang in Boston.

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a foamy two finger head on top. Very nice retention with bits of sticky lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles released from the bottom.

S: Very fruity with some lemon, a little orange, and some lemon peel. The fruit blends nicely with some spices, mostly coriander, some nutmeg, and bit of pepper.

T: Crisp and clean, a bit more orange than the aroma indicated, almost on equal footing with the lemon and some zest. As it warms the spices shine through more with some nutmeg and coriander, as well as a little bit of white pepper and some ginger.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and refreshing, drinks very smooth.

O: A very nice witbier, and my first beer from Kiuchi. Easy drinking and went very well with the food I ordered.

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of TheGarvenator
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - pours into a hazy golden color with a limited foam head that dissolves gradually..

S - smells of citrus and orange peel

T - very citrus rich taste thats really crisp and refreshing

M - not really acidic nor does it hit you with an alcoholic punch....with a moderate body to it...

I LOVE this white ale....tastes waaaay better than Hoeegarden and Im standing by that accusation. It has so much flavor and the right amount of hops and cloves. Brilliant beer....I really recommend this beer to anyone trying white ales for the first time or fans of it...truly a delicious drink...

Photo of MEsoJD
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very thick yellow body with slight white outer rim.

S: Smells of citrus.

T: Taste sweet/oranges and slightly sour/tart.

M: Smooth and crisp. The sense of citrus really lingers.

O: I’m impressed. Probably the first Japanese beer I’ve really enjoyed. What a delight to drink.

Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,362 ratings.