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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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Ratings: 1,318
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 157
Gots: 163 | FT: 1
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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 megahurts4
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hitachino Nest White Ale

Served at 48 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: cloudy orange with a large initial head that dissipates. A smidgen of yeast can be seen.

Smell: dark-citrusy, grapefruit

Taste: strong grapefruit, rose petal, citrus. Hops are the last taste on the palate.

Mouthfeel: medium, lots of carbonation, smooth

Bottom line:
If you love grapefruit, you may love this wit bier. There is only a minor hint of bitterness. This is a very good beer with a lot of flavor.

Photo of alleykatking
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle...

A- Pours a hazy golden color. One and a half finger head shows good retention. Light ringing lacing on the glass while I drank it down.

S- Nice wheaty backbone throughout. Some light funk in the middle of this along with some spicing. Lemon notes mix with some orange citrus tones.

T- This is a tart beer. Wheat backbone with lots of lemon and orange tartness to it. Some light spicing toward the ending of this beer. Simple and very clean tasting.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little much for me making it fizzy. Funky fruits left on the palate with some spicing left in the aftertaste. Big time drying left on the palate after each sip. Flavors were bold and well put together with this beer. My only complaint was the carbonation being so high.

D- This was an amazing drinkable beer. First time I have had something from this company and I was glad to have had the chance to have it. Do yourself a favor and try this beer if you haven't already!

Photo of emerge077
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
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...

Photo of Naugros
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light straw in color with a thin head and a nose that speaks of lemon grass. There's also a hint of coriander which leads me to believe that this would complement Thai food nicely.

The first sip just confirms what the nose already knew, but the herbal flavors really come on strong, providing a vegetal experience that I want to say tastes like asparagus. I know that my pee will come out the same color as this beer; I'm hoping it doesn't come out smelling like it too. That would be too weird as it always freaks me out when that happens with asparagus. Aftertaste delivers spice, clove.

There's a nice medium-bodied creaminess to it, but it might be one of those white beers that could benefit from a slice of orange. I have a rule that states that if you need to put a piece of fruit in your beer to make it taste better, then just drink a beer that tastes better. That said, I'll drink a different beer.

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

A Witbeer from Japan? Oh - I have to try that! Be forewarned that this is no typical Belgian Wit. It is a hazy golden color with a nice frothy white head that goes to nice lacing with nice carbonation. The aroma is of spice and slight fruit. The flavor is vell spiced dominated, some citrus at the end. A top notch wheat brew from Japan!

Photo of juju7
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm no brewer, but what is so hard about making a witbier? Í'm sure it's not easy but, no one seems to be able to match and defintely not surpass Hoegaarden. Having said that, this is one of the better ones. The only major letdown for this is the coriander is way too much out in front - on the nose and the palate. However, I love coriander so on a personal level I don't mind this, but if you're looking for a well-balanced traditional wit, it may be a let down. Carbonation and look are very good though. Soo close...

Photo of wedgie9
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours pale orange with a thin white head that recedes quickly leaving minimal lace around the glass. Nose of yeast, orange, and spices, including coriander, cinnamon, and a hint of nutmeg. The orange flavors come through nicely with the spices mostly subdued until the back where nutmeg, coriander, and a hint of cardamom come through. The body is light with average carbonation, an oily texture, and a medium spiced finish.

Photo of ryno09
3.39/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Hazy pale yellow, 1.5 finger head, low carbonation. Head fades quickly.

Aroma - Big on the coriander and nutmeg. Light citrus character along with the tangy wheat malt and adjuncts.

Taste - Sour citrus notes, like a mix of sour lemonade and orange juice up front. Although they don't use any I'm getting some ginger notes as well. Definitely get a mix of nutmeg and coriander in the end with some tartness. Medium body. Almost a completely dry finish though.

Tangy and refreshing, great for a hot day.

Photo of cratez
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle at Chancey Smith's. I first sampled HN White Ale two years ago in Chicago, and it instantly became one of my favourite beers. So I'm elated to see this available in Canada (kudos to R&R).

Pours a hazy bright yellow, very light in colour, with one finger of frothy white head and strands of lacing on the tulip.

Smell and taste are a delectable mix of coriander, orange zest, clove, lemon juice, and nutmeg, with a hint of white grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is crisp and medium-bodied, refreshingly juicy middle, moderate carbonation throughout.

Overall, HN White Ale is an extremely unique beer in that it tastes like Five Alive without the sweetness. Bold and unusual flavours with tons of character - this is what good craft beer is all about.

Photo of rarbring
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lemon yellow clouded brew, with a firm white head, leaving little lacing.

The smell is sweet citric, orange and lime, elderberry, spicy, coriander, clove and some nuttiness.

The taste is rather sweet, lemon pie freshened with rhubarbs, spiciness and a very modest bitterness.

Low carbonation, smooth and fresh.

A soft and compelling summer drink, went well with seafood barbecue.

Photo of scott451
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Swirl poured from a 330ml bottle into a glass beaker. A hazy golden yellow with a two finger white head which soon diminished to a thin layerr. Light lacing. Lemon, nutmeg and coriander smells.
Awesome taste. Bready malt up front followed by the spice mix then a nice sour citrus finish. Lots going on here. The flavours are well melded so it is hard to pick out individual components but there is a nice progression of flavours from front to back
Mouthfeel is light but nicely carbonated. Very refreshing. Highly drinkable. I could easily drink this all day. A masterful white ale. I would love to find this on tap.

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 metter98
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of freescribbles
2.78/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A light-bodied ale with a hazy, pale yellow color. Light and fizzy, with minimal head and lacing. A lot of carbonation to it that quickly tickles the tongue and then fades away. Tastes are faint but can pick some subtle spicing and a citrus undertone.

Slightly more texture and flavor than an American Pilsner but comparable in overall experience.

Photo of Richardberg
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured into a chilled glass by my waitress. Hazy pale yellow, no head even when I refilled myself.

S - lemon zest, coriander, funk. None too strong but the present smells are nice.

T - weak but identifiable wit flavors

M - light body, a little fizz, then it's gone. About right for the style

D - very drinkable. Good wit, interesting touches, not too strong in any direction.

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

I am a devout Craft Beer drinker and have recently begun to explore some interesting Asian crafts. I was originally introduced to this beer at a wine bar and it was paired with a hearty artisan Mac and Cheese. The bottle itself is interesting but once you smell the aroma you know you are in for a treat, because it is loaded with hints of citrus, sourdough bread, and spice. It is like smelling summer. The color of the beer is what it is to be expected (cloudy pale yellow) and obviously unfiltered with a medium frothy head. The flavor of the beer is not overwhelming; notes of a "warhead" candy are delicately balanced with floral and yeast. The Asian flavor comes out with some bitter orange and eastern spices to create a unique profile on the palate. Although the forward taste passes quickly, the aftertaste is creamy and refreshing. This is a good beer to introduce to a woman who doesn't like beer, because the flavor is mild with hints of sweetness and sour (like a lemon drop). A few days ago I tried this beer again and paired it with spicy BBQ tri-tip and pork, which totally worked because the refreshing characteristics really cut through the spicy-fatty meat. It was a summer hit with fairly tough beer critics! Crisp, light, refreshing, and almost too easy to drink. I actually let it come to room temp as well to test its drink-ability, and was happy to find it still tasted pretty darn good at 67 degrees

Photo of DmanGTR
2.28/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Review from notes on 4/17/10

My 2nd Hitachino beer, the first one was the red rice one and it was weird... here's to hoping the 2nd one is better!

Poured a pale hay yellow with a scant and short lived white head. Mildly hazy, as it should be. Although the aroma smells decent, like lemonade mixed with orange juice, some coriander, and wheaty funk, the taste is an epic fail. I've never tasted a witbier like this and it's like a spritzy lemony sports drink. Nothing like a witbier that I'm looking for. Perhaps I'm looking for the wrong witbier but this did absolutely nothing for me.

Photo of thekanna
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a creamy, turbid, pale apricot with about a finger of head.

S: Some horse blanket, funk, and wheat malts. Definitely smell the wildness in this one.

T/M: A creamy, lightly carbonated orange peel and coriander taste; heavy on the wheat malts, lighter on the citrus fruits and a generous helping of yeast.

D: Definitely a full-bodied wheat ale leaning towards a wild ale. Sticks out in flavor from the bunch of Witbiers I've tried, and I'm glad I got a new perspective on the style from this beer.

Photo of Stigs
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, served in a Stone Levitation glass

A - pours with a very small amount of white foam which disappears quickly, settling to a ring and few floating bubbles. the beer is very hazy, bright gold in color.

S - very wheaty, with a light cracker underneath...somewhat sour with lemon and orange. very clean at the end, grainy with some spices.

T - very intense lemon rind and fresh oranges, apricots. wheat and grains provide a solid base for the fruits, and a bit of spice, cinnamon and nutmeg. great tartness.

M - thin body, carbonation is very lively...this is super refreshing, begs to be gulped. finishes very dry and prickly. very nice.

D - very well done Wit, very unique and a great change from most run-of-the-mill Witbiers. great for sipping on a hot day.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft served in pint glass. $7.25.

A: Served with a pure white fizzy head with short retention. Now a sudsy film and bubbly collar. The body is a cloudy light yellow. Golden straw colored. Absolutely no lacing. The head and any would-be lace slides clean off the glass.

S: The aroma is fantastic. Natural lemon scent and orange zest, mostly lemon. Chock full of cooked ginger and other spices. Pepper, lemongrass and light candi sugars. There is a very mild barnyard funk.

T: Exactly what you would expect given the nose. Only marginally less impressive, probably because the intensity of flavors, while great, is SLIGHTLY tiresome towards the end of the pint.

M: Mouthfeel is thin and light. Thin in an offputting way. Very fine carbonation. Crisp, sharp flavors, refreshing. Tart. Short lived flavor duration.

D: Very consumable, especially in the right environment. The drinkability score was brought down once I experienced slight flavor fatigue.

Photo of rfgetz
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of colts9016
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a BIF from DIM. Poured it into a heff glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A two finger foamy, bubbly white head with okay retention. The color of the beer is a pale straw color with yellow highlights. The clarity of the beer is hazy. There's a good amount of carbonation in the beer.

Nose: A nice ripe wheat flavor with subtle toasty, biscuit and yeast notes. There's a nice citrus fresh lemon zest note with floral esters.

Taste: A tangy, citrus flavor with lemon, zest, orange, floral hops, and phenols. There is a nice toasty wheat note with biscuit and yeast flavors.

The Mouth feel is carbonated, dry, and slightly astringent.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium with a medium finish. The beer has a very bright, crisp, clean flavor. It is one of the better white ales that I have tried in awhile. Thank you DIM for getting me this beer.

Photo of cskysbread
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

decanted from a bottle into a wine glass.

A: a calm, powerful yellow, like sunshine reflecting off an aged oak floor in the a.m. the head, fluffy and titanium white, stuck to the rim and had a even distribution of bubble size which gave an almost uniform appearance. i am almost crashed my bentley.

S: wildly fragrant and perhaps the most fragrant white ale i've ever experienced. lots of florals and hits of solvent-like aromas. spicy in terms of herb flavors almost as if there was .01% clove and .1% cinnamon.

T: deep, well rounded body, yet simple enough to remind me of simple, sugarless lemonade. quite citrus-like in terms of a mild bite on the initial splash which yielded to a truly delicate spice profile. highly floral too. perhaps, lily-like. i think this beer is going to make me give up on wine.

D: if i had it my way, by usher raymond, it would keep running back to see me, like 'er day. this is the kind of beer i want to start drinking at 12 p.m. and stop only when my evacuated metabolites turns that beautiful, hazy and creamy yellow, incidentally, this would happen much sooner than you would expect because the 5% abv is well masked.

$4.89 for 11.2 oz is fucking expensive but if you've ever chiefed the good pots you'd know that you get what you pay for, at least in most cases.

Photo of alovesupreme
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow with a meringue color head that hangs around for a bit.
Ginger, Orange, clove, coriander and some yeast to balance things out. Great smelling beer.
The ginger is the standout here, partly because its unique in my experience's with Witbiers and partly because ginger has a tendency to standout. the coriander is also on display adding a pleasant spice and white pepper character to the beer. Citrus adds a very pleasant dimension sculpting this into quite a treat. The flavor experience ends alluding to flint-stone vitamins.
Silky mouthfeel, that is rather big for a Wit. subtle carbonation.
A fantastic example of a Wit that can hold its own with the belgians and Allagash white. This is also the first craft Japanese beer I have experienced and lets just say, I'll be back for more.

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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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