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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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1,293 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,293
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 140
Gots: 134 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2001

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Photo of FishGetter
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Massive two finger head with tons of carbination streaming from base of the glass. Pale yellow apperance with a good touch of haze.
Strong pale grain aromas, pungent clove, and bittering hop notes. A good dose of lemon zest too.
Very tart and tangy lemon and ginger combo. Some bitter hop profile too. Sour wild yeast flavors come to mind. Pale grain, wheat, clove, and corriander. Complex offering once one gets through the initial sourness.
Mouthwater quenching light mouthfeel. Drink does however leave acidic taste in mouth like a sour.
Offering does have some very admirable charecteristics. Enjoyed more as the drink progressed, however not a desirable offering to have agian.

Photo of trygger87
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a joy to drink, truly a great beer from Japan. The appearance is pale blond, it is not see thru at all. Great white head but no lacing to speak of. The smell i got from this beer when i first opened it was smoked Gouda, i kid you not. Then i get a hint of corriander and a bit of hops. I like the smell of this beer because the coriander is not at all over powering (which is what i find in most beers that use coriander as a flavoring. I usually am not a fan of coriander in the first place so the fact that i like the use of coriander in this beer is just a testament to how well balanced this one is.
This beer is very refreshing and i could honestly drink this one all night with out my taste buds getting killed. The taste is this delicious subtle tangerine thing with high acidic tones at first then mellowing out. A tasty beer to say the least, its a bit hard to describe the taste accurately because i cant find the right words to convey how it really taste.Just believe me when i say its a Great beer and if your a fan of whites then you will probably fiend this beer after you try it.
The drink-ability of this beer is scary. Although its not a boozy beer its still incredibly smooth.This beer lingers though. The taste will stay with you for a while, which is not a bad thing at all.
Over all i highly recommend this beer to any lover of beer regardless of preference of style

Photo of DiabolikDUB
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a vibrant but cloudy orange-yellow with a light, fizzy white head that mostly remains throughout the drink. Aroma is cloves, lemon, rose and some other fragrant spices. The flavor is lemon straight up with spices in the aftertaste. Its light-medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation ends up a bit prickly and semi-dry. I don't have too much experience with Wits as I usually don't like them and end up being a bit bland, that was not the case here. This had lots of flavor, mostly lemon and somewhat tart, and it was extremely aromatic. If it were cheaper I'd probably purchase this on a regular basis.

Photo of nrbw23
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an off-yellow orangish color, slightly hazy and a few floaters in there. A fairly bright white head, turns into a layer of bubbles and some spotty lacing.

S- Definitely wheat mixed with citrus and lemons and and some spices. Pretty much what I expected here.

T- Almost like a hefeweizen, but with hints of citrus. Something seemed off or different hear to me. Maybe a little sour here or funky but not like a wild ale.

M- Light in body and carbonation both seemed right on.

D- I could drink this one again, but it wouldn't be something I'd search out. I think the sour/funky citrus thing is about the only thing from really liking this one.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Not digging the small sized bottle.

A: Milky, creamy tan with a yellow hue. Head all but disappeared after a few sips, but the carbonation was great throughout.

S: Extremely fragrant beer. I get lilies, rice, flowers, spices, black licorice, tea leaves and sweet soap.

T: Complex, creamy body with a spicy, citrus tanginess that refreshes. Traces of spices and cinnamon on the lingering finish. No unpleasant flavors at all going on here.

D: I could probably drink these all night. The 5% ABV is very, very, very very well hidden.

Value: Pricey, but you get what you pay for. I'm hard-pressed to think of a witbier I've enjoyed this much.

Photo of snpub540
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy light yellow hue with an all white head. Moderate lacing left on the glass.

I was smacked in the nose with a very intense floral and tart aroma.

Flavor was very interesting and not what I was expecting out of a white. It was a nice mix of sweet and tangy. Lemon, banana, and yogurt like flavors made up most of my experience.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and the drinkability was good.

Photo of chaz01
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass at South Park Tavern.

A: Cloudy pale yellow-gold color, with a thin head. Very cloudy.

S: A little bit of a musky smell.

T: lemony bitter taste with wheat, hay and grass notes.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated with a lemony bitter finish.

D: Light summer beer, that goes down relatively easy. The tart lemony flavor is a bit strong and might prevent me from having more than one of these.

Photo of Westsidebuddha
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 38 Degrees Alhambra, Calif.

Poured a cloudy yellow color into tulip glass. Smell of citrus is definite. Taste of grapefruit and orange on first sip. Mouthfeel is light with a Belgian beer flavor. Drinkability is very good. Good backend and a refreshing taste. A very good Witbier that I could drink a few more of. Definitely very good since I got the first pour from the fresh tap.

Photo of SiepJones
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A: Pours a murky straw color with a quarter inch of fluffy head. The head is puffy and doesn't leave much lacing.
S: Scents of lemony citrus, sugar, and a little coriander rise from my glass.
T: I taste a vanilla flavor, some sugar, and banana bread on the finish.
M: the mouth is very light, if there was no carbonation feel to it you might not even notice the beer in your mouth.
D: Extremely drinkable beer with a very refreshing flavor. This beer is flavorful but subtle.

Photo of Aenema
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with a thin, bone-white head.
Smell - Citrus, slight wheat/grain note; not very aromatic.
Taste - Lots of lemon and tartness followed by some sweet malts. Refreshing but still surprisingly, even distractingly, tart.
Mouthfeel - Light, refreshing.
Drinkability - Very easy drinking with an interesting profile.
Overall - I have a hard time figuring out how much I like this one. Although I enjoy sourness, I prefer sweet, bready wits with some spice. So although I think the tart lemon aspect of the beer is enjoyable, I find it difficult to say it would be a better alternative than a traditional wit.
The previous time I had this beer with some Japanese food I remember enjoying it more.

Photo of cwc
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the winner from Hitachino! I am slowly being converted to Belgian and Belgian style beers, and this beer is one of those that's spearheading that conversion.

A: Well, I picked this up at the MUJI in Yurakucho and brought it over to Hibiya park in central Tokyo. It was dark out, so I can't report on the appearance, but well, I love the label.

S: Fantastic smell of both freshness and spices.

T: A winner: refreshing and complex.

D: Very much so - I enjoyed two myself. Can't wait to drink this more frequently when the weather warms up!

Photo of BrewsCrewSA
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Left overs from our Weisses/Wits tasting.

A - Poured into an Abbey de Leffe chalice; pours a very light, almost brassy yellow color; head dissipated quickly, leaving only about a millimeter's worth of thin lacing on the top. Almost no head to speak of remaining, highly carbonated.

S - Smells of faint fruit, not much to it at all in this category. Come to think of it, it's a little off-putting, whatever smell it does have.

T - Here's where it gets interesting. I think what this beer does on the palate is extremely unique by witbier standards. The liquid strikes the tongue extremely tangy and bitter - you can't help ignore the citrusy tang that fills and dances on the tastebuds. It commands a green leafy presence before eventually mellowing out to a bready characteristic. The tang reminds me of biting into a ripe granny smith apple - almost has the same pucker as an under-ripe mango (green skin, yellow meat). I'd have to classify this as the most unique witbier I've tried yet - not in terms of substantive quality but rather, of individuality.

M - Puckery at first, mellows on the way down, dissolves into a solid bready aftertaste. Good for fans of sour jacks!

D - Extremely smooth, crisp, refreshing. Leaves a little thirst in the mouth and sitting at 750mLs, probably just one would do nicely among partners.

A very interesting take on the style!

Photo of callmescraps
2.8/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed this for the lady friend. She didn't end up drinking it. I did.

Appearance- Not starting well. A pale light gold. More yellow. Looks more like an adjunct lager, with a couple floaties as well. Full inch of big soapy head disappears in a moment. Looks like a Bud with floaters. Ugh.

Smell- Lots of wheat. Lemon peel and citrus as well. A nice yeast. Wet hay. There is a touch of lemon Pledge.

Taste- Starts with lemon and citrus. It then gets quite sweet and grainy. There is a cotton-candy like sweetness. Lots of grain and artificial lemon. A hint of pepper and spice on the end. Definitely some nutmeg.

Mouthfeel- A nice light carbonation.

Drinkability- Too sweet and artificial. Like a Lemonhead beer. Followed by plenty of spice. No thanks.

Ugh. Very disappointing. I hated their Red Rice, and don't think highly of this one. I probably spared the lady friend from a lousy experience. Didn't seem to be a bad bottle, just not my style. No thanks, I'll just grab a Blue Moon next time. (Ouch). I do, however, love their bottles.

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hitachino Nest White Ale. 1PINT 8.3 FL.OZ.

Poured into an Ommegang Rare Vos glass -- It's a cloudy straw-yellow that eventually settles into a clearer beverage rife with carbonation. The 1.5" head quickly recedes into a thin snow-white film of micro bubbles on the top.

Spritzy on the intake, there's ginger, ginger and more ginger. Cloves pop up in droves as well. There may be a slight malty background, but ginger and cloves dominate the nose.

Grainy malt may be first to the party, but the dazzling duo of citrusy hops and coriander/ginger/clove spices dash in with style and panache and wow the crowd that is my mouth. The hops are so vibrant and juicy, with a hint of orange, fresh, succulent oranges at that, that it's hard to keep my mind off of them. But in come the spices backed by a subtler puff of ground pepper that give nuance and charismatic vigor to the already titillating taste. I cannot stress enough how much flavor I'm experiencing all of a sudden. This is amazing, and disorienting for my palate at the same time. Sourness dominates here, and the finish is dry, bitter, and tinged with lemon peel.

Oh so creamy! It may be light bodied and refreshing, but it rushes in in a disarmingly smooth and even fashion.

Well this one's a bit interesting. The flavor is so overpowering, it's bound to polarize. If you don't like it, there's little room for refuge. If you do, you can drink this 'till the cows come home (or whatever the trite expression is you like).

Wow, I will say it again: The flavor is vibrant, juicy, and unique. Like boozy sunshine in a bottle.

Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy straw with a couple of centimetres of white head that falls away fairly fast.
S - Spicy clove and ginger with some citrus touch.
T - Fairly much the same as the smell but with some wheat maltiness coming through as well.
M - Light bodied, high carbonation with a slight tartness.
D - A very nice, sessionable witbier. Would drink again without hesitation.

Photo of unHipHopHead
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a light straw color with a nice fluffy bright white head. The yeast strands get caught at the bottom and continue to pump carbonation into this baby keeping the head at a steady half inch. Also, the label and logo are adorable.

S: Coriander and bitter orange peel.

T: Wow, the taste is much more creamy and well rounded than i anticipated from the smell. Lots of puckering lemon and orange citrus flavor followed by some spiciness, mostly ginger.

M: Tons of carbonation and sour citrus but also a little creamy and super refreshing. Perhaps just a touch too much carbonation IMO.

D: Could certainly knock back a few of these on a nice warm sunny day, especially along with some spicy food.

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.

Photo of sje2
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 Pint 9 oz bottle into a single pint glass.
The instant smell of lemon and coriander overwhelm you instantly. A solid 1 finger head fills my pint glass. A japanese wheat beer is quite the conundrum, but very surprising. It has a light yellow hazy appearance. The lemon draw is sharp as you swallow, but very pleasant. An extremely tasty brew.

Photo of ADZA
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew pours a pale straw hue with decent carbonation that leaves a two finger bubbly head and nice lacing all around the glass,wow what an aroma its full on citrus,orange peel,lemon zest and the feintest bit of corriander which i rather like and to be honest this has to be one of the nicest,strongest smelling witbiers ive smelt really inviting,it has a nice easy mouthfeel which slides down with tastes of citrus,orange peel,lemon & lime bitters and lemon barley,i dont usually give too many 5's for any beer but i only bought one of these brews and as soon as i finished it i wanted another one so bad its not funny,overall a really tasty brew that will buy more of.

Photo of whtguitarguy
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle, this one was a real treat. (Almost better than a European). A thick yellow translucent color with a one finger head that coats rather well. Smells of citrus and orange peel fill the nose followed with a touch of coriander. Sweet taste in the beginning going down to a slight spiciness. Excellent

Photo of HeroicDoses
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich yellow haze with a spectacular head. Smell is a deep mix of subtle lemon and wheat. Consistency is truly inspirational. The carbonation literally hangs in the glass, creating a suspended cloud of headyness. If you like white ale (and it's my favorite), this is a homerun. Has a tasty lemon flavor with a distant accent of slight tartness. The combination of the two gives it a truly unique appeal. I'll give it Japan here, this is a mindblower. Picked up a pint of it at ShopRite Liquors in Oakland (AMAZING selection btw). The description they used on the display was simply "Some say it's the best beer", and I think they might be right. Oh, and the drinkibility is off the charts.

Photo of alysmith4
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow! What a pleasant surprise! I tried this beer on-tap at a new restaurant near my apartment called "Kushi." I was in the mood for a light, white ale - and this beer definitely delivered. It was crisp and refreshing. Nice deep yellow color, with a minimal foam head. Smell was of apples and jasmine. Taste was tart and light, a little sour, but well balanced. I'd have this beer again, and again, and again..

Photo of GilGarp
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby 12oz. brown bottle with a cute label and an owl on the cap. Stamped H.08.11.

Served cold and poured into my St. B. Watou glass, it has a hazy yellow color with floaty yeast pieces despite sitting about a week and a careful transfer. The head is non-existent.

Aroma is lemon-tart but with some sweetness. It's faint though and even worse because I can't even swirl a little bit of head out of it.

Flavor is fresh and crisp, sweet and sour, lots of lemon. It's not at all what I would think of as a witbier. It's pretty tasty but definately not as crowd-friendly as most other of the style.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, a little creamy because of the suspended yeast, but a surprisingly carbonated beer considering the appearances.

Drinkability is good and I can imagine this would be perfect on a sunny summer day. I just probably wouldn't share with the casual beer drinker. Too tart/sour for most.

Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm, tangy.

Best way I could describe this beer is that I thought I was drinking a souped up lemonade hef. I wasn't sure what to expect, certainly not that, but it was a pleasant surprise non-the least!

The head was initially huge (despite a careful opening and pour). It was a typical hazy gold, and along with the lemony scent, yeast was up there saying hello. The aftertaste was even really nice.

This I could enjoy especially after working a long day in the sun. Now, If I could only find it in bigger bottles!


Photo of brewbasterd
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden color until the settled yeast is shaken up and added to make a hazy pale yelloow hue. The nose is that of sour lemons and wheat,there is definately some tartness on the nose also. Lemons and orange peels, along with corriander on the palate, wheat is present and a sour yeasty taste, almost like a lemon sweet tart. Light bodied and extremely refreshing, great beer for the summer or anytime of the year.

Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,293 ratings.