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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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1,180 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,180
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 122
Gots: 84 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2001)
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Photo of gpogo
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pale hazy orange/gold with white head that dissipates to a small ring, no lacing.

A- Peppery with lemon and coriander.

T- Tart initial bite followed by deliciously spiced beer of coriander and orange/lemon. Perhaps some ginger too? Slightly peppery as well. Very interesting taste for a witbier, my tastebuds had a party.

M- Medium-light body with moderate-high carbonation. The tartness and carbonation almost tickle the tongue. Creamy and surprisingly refreshing even with the tartness.

D- No other wit I have had is like this. I definitely recommend trying it at least once(after that you will be hooked for more). Perhaps not an everyday beer, but definitely one I want to have more often.

gpogo, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of brewcrew76
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy pale, straw yellow with a thin white head that disappeared quickly.

S - Perfumey with citrus, lemon and spice.

T - Tart with coriander, citrus, lemon and some spice.

M - Light mouthfeel but dry with what feels like little carbonation.

D - Straight forward and easy to drink. More on the spicy side than the citrus but blended nicely.

brewcrew76, May 23, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

White Nest appears a hazy pale lemony yellow color with a large, fine-fuzzing white lid. The nose is all sweet, fruity, and spicy. Sweetly floral and lemony with light wit-y yeast and bold clove and nutmeg spices. A luciously soft and creamy fuzzing carbonation fills the medium body. Tastes of sweet lemons and zesty orange peel along with herby, floral, hops and spices. Really well done and delicious wit. Three thumbs up on my first Kiuchi beer.

Slynger, May 19, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm in for a 21 ounce enjoyment, courtesy of the Wine Exchange. Why does that owl stare at me? Is he guarding the bottle of beer? He's even found on the bottle cap, so I will look away as I pop the cap, fearing he might give me a seizure if I look for too long. The cap is now off, so on to the beer:

Fizzy white head on top of nearly colorless and clear straw body. A lively show of carbonation bubbles in the body keep the appearance from looking totally dull. The aroma is very pleasing with its fruit salad-like smell. Big scents of fruit are making my mouth water. Down the hatch we go.

Mmm, this is quite the treat. The carbonation level is this brew is high, but it doesn't take away from the flavor. The flavor melts on the tongue better than other wits I've had, resulting in a higher taste score than its counterparts. You couldn't taste a better blend of orange and coriader. Ditch the citrus garnish, this is the citrus garnish!

It's appearance is nothing to rave about, but its taste sure is. This is one Japanese beer that can stay in the US market. Interestingly, a few Japanese tourists I met some time ago had no idea Kiuchi made beer. I might have to e-mail them about this brew.

DoubleJ, May 05, 2008
Photo of kurtissellen
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into an oversize wine glass and looked a bright golden yellow with a tiny head that quickly faded to nothing with zero lacing. This has got to be one of the most aromatic beers I've tried so far. As soon as I started pouring I was overcome in a good way, by flowery citrus scents of lemon and lime and a kind of vegetable rhubarb aroma. Later on the smell took on a kind of cologne like presence. Tasted similar to the smell with big lemon/lime flavors up front and a more bitter taste than others of the same style. I know there's something more than just lemon and lime in this one but I have a hard time putting words to it. If you like white's you've gotta give this one a try, simply outstanding!!

kurtissellen, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Turbid, nearly opaque blond with a solid head of foam.

Smell: Massive amounts of coriander with floral undertones and a hint of lemon.

Taste: Lemon zest, spicy coriander and ginger. Very fresh and floral. Slight sourness in the finish with even more coriander in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, dry and highly quaffable.

Notes: Unique stuff, much spicier than any Belgian wit I've had, but it works - this is a great beer.

largadeer, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Miver: Poured a yellow with white hazy notes color ale with a large siz4e foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of spices is dominating with some particularly nice notes of coriander. Taste is a mix between some great wheat malt notes with a nice overly present mix of spices which included coriander and orange peel for sure. Minimum filtration provided a great body with good carbonation. Very well done for a style that is too often dismissed as bland.

Phyl21ca, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours a cloudy, straw yellow body with a small, white head with poor retention and no lacing along the glass.

S: A very floral smell with some hints of wax or something as undertones. Maybe due to a combination of various spices.

T: A smooth, interesting, floral taste with hints of citrus/orange zest and coriander in the aftertaste. Definitely a nice tasting beer overall.

M: A pretty carbonated mouthfeel. Slightly refreshing feeling.

D: OK drinkability overall. The mix of spices and malts gave it a bit too much of a floral taste - almost like potpourri. Definitely an easy, light drinking beer.

maddogruss, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of Maudite
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale straw yellow, an abundance of bubbles, a bit less hazy than expected for the style, but hazy nonetheless. A small, half finger head poured, looking soapy with lots of tiny bubbles. The head left quickly...

S- Citric, floral, interesting. I enjoyed this nose. It was less of the coriander/orange peel citric and more of a fresh orange, sweet grapefruit, champagney. It's floral quality really stuck out, and I appreciated this version of a wit.

T- Even less citrus in the taste. Some of the floral, mild hoppiness stood out, but not abundantly so, somewhere on the backburner... Slightly sweet, quite dry and champagne like with a clean punchiness I assume is the wheat and white rice working together. Very tasty, very refreshing. A small amount of that witbier soapiness, but not of Hoegaarden proportions.

M- Bright, clean, dry, acidic.

D- Recommended. Very akin to Chambly more than any other wit. Quite tasty and refreshing, a good warm weather quencher.

Maudite, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of marcpal
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single purchased at Buy Rite, So Plainfield.
11.2oz bottle poured into Hoeegarden tumbler.

poured from an 11 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass

A: Hazy light pale color with a creamy thick head.

S: Orange and citrus smells right up front. Not much hop or malt- interesting. Some coriander.

T: Fruity, possibly too sweet. Nice taste though in all, better than Hoeegarden. More coriander than in the aroma.

M: Creamy and crisp.

D: Very much so, goes down easy. This will make a good summertime session. Wanted to try for a while and glad I did.

marcpal, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

avalon07, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of dill
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from an 11 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass

A - pours a beautiful light orange with a thick, frothy white head

S - lots of fruits... orange is most prevalent with some nectarine

T - a light fruit flavor with some grainy malts

M - really creamy on the tongue with a bit of a dry finish

D - really easy to drink. this is quite an enjoyable white ale

dill, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of czfreeman
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Very Nice Witbier pours out a pale golden-straw color. A very lovely white pillow caps this brew. The head leaves a good deal of lacing around the rim of the glass. Very nice on apperance.
The aroma is corianders, orange peels, light flowery nice aroma. Yeast, hay come through at the end as well as a slghtly spicy note that I place as ginger. A Japanese touch if you will!
Flavor is great. Light, lemony,orange, ginger,coriander, light yeastiness adds a great creamy balance.
This beer is extremely, wonderfully drinkable. It is extremly light and delicate. No one flavor dominates another. All work in very nice harmony. I was a bit skeptical about a good Japanese beer after Kirin, Sapporo etc, but this is outstanding.

czfreeman, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of sschliv
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this beer. Would purchase it again. Realized it was unique from the first floral whif. A nice twist on the classic Witbier. Poured cloudy golden with a small white head. Starts and ends with spicy orange peel. Just sweet enough with a fine orange peel aftertaste that lingers.

sschliv, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of Lupe
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy straw-color with a creamy pure white head. Decent retention and some sticky lace is left behind.

Dominant coriander aroma with a healthy does of clove and ginger. Light citrus and floral notes, and a unique "greenness" - think after a spring shower.

Starts out with some grainy malt that leads the way for bright and refreshing citrus - orange peel and some hops. Spice comes in next with endless ginger, clove, and coriander. Spices fit nicely and are not overwhelming. White pepper lies in the background, keeping up with the other spices. No malt sweetness, but more than enough grain to balance out the spices. Finishes dry with lingering clove and pepper.

Light in body, smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy. Very well balanced wit. Above average drinkability, but the coriander in Wit beer limits it for me - a couple on a warm day would be perfect.

Lupe, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of gwood
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I haven't had a great deal of Witbier so I'm not as sharp on the style but I really enjoyed this beer. Poured a cloudy yellow with a stark white head that laced quite nicely.

Smells were of light citrus, yeast, and a really nice but subtle floral scent. Taste was again dominated by citrus but a bit more acidic than the smell lets on, almost lemon and orange zests. Spices are right in line with the style but a bit more in the background than other wits I've had. The corriander is present but not overwhelming.

The finish actually starts dry and transitions back to yeast and wheat. I was very pleased with how relatively dry this beer was compared to the few other wits I've had. Really adds a great level of character, and is a good twist on the style IMO. Carbonation is pretty strong and does stand out with what is a very light bodied beer. That said, the dryness of this beer makes it really quite thirst quenching and drinkable. I could see picking this up again if it wasn't so damn expensive (10 bucks? - what did I do?)

gwood, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of mmmbeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL olive-green bottle with some code on the back label. Brewed with orange peel, nutmeg and coriander, and hopped with Perle and Styrian Goldings - 13 IBUs. It sits a pale, unfiltered whitish-gold in the glass (opaque by the last pour), with medium to high carbonation, and topped with two inches of bone-white head that retains well, lacing the whole way through. Smells spicy, with medicinal phenolics, citrus, a touch of coriander, yeast, and a light musty character. The flavor is very much the same, with a tart sourness, sharp coriander, orange and lemony citrus, spicy/grassy, peppery and musty hops, and a background of flavorful wheat. It has a light, well-carbonated body that imparts a medium finish on the palate, and is quite refreshing. Delicious and thirst-quenching, and it tastes a bit wild - like a spicy Berliner weisse; or even a witbier spiked with Orval. I'm not sure if the beer is intentionally soured or if it is just a bit old, but either way it adds a wonderful extra dimension to this tasty brew.

mmmbeer, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.03/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- This one has your text-book example of witbier appearance. densely translucent straw yellow body with uniform cloudiness throughout. Pours with a decent (2 finger) white head that fades to 1/2 finger and has good retention. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- your typical wit-profile. citrus and yeast. This, one, however, has an interesting floral hop profile that reminds me of Tsing Tao (almost skunky-but not really).

T- Citrus and a strange herbal sourness upfront with a healthy yeast backbone. Floral hops kick in for the finish but all other flavors intensify. Rather than a big sweet breadiness- floral hops and that strange sourness linger. I don't think I'm a big fan of this Asian twist to my witbier.

M- Medium carbonation and light, smooth, yeasty body.

D- Its not bad-average overall. Definitely a different spin on a witbier. Probably not one I am willing to spend money on again.

PittBeerGirl, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of Hoppington
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this at my favorite NYC beer bar in both bottle and draft. To my taste buds, this was kind of like a spicier Hoegarden, with strong orange-blossom notes (which I was later told was due to the corriander and other spices they use in the brewing process). It smells fantastic. I actually prefer this to Hoegarden and will look for it next summer. It was light, refreshing and delicious. Definitely worth a try if you like Hoegarden but want something a bit more exotic.

Hoppington, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed straw with a white head. Nose is lemon and citrus on the nose with a straw edge to it that just gives an earthy, plant like fragrance. Very perfume like, but also like walking through a field of aromatic flower stems that were just cut. I could take a whiff of this one for hours. Flavor is smooth and even. There is a straw like quality that stays earthen and thick, though still light enough overall to enjoy. Feel is smooth and silky with a balanced carbonation. Definitely drinkable, though it is fairly different and unique which might detract for some. Plus for such a high price (again with the Hitachino), is it really worth it? $5? Hmmm. No.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of dsa7783
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright, first note: just paid $3.50 for a typical 12-ounce bottle of an imported witbier from Japan... although this isn't the first Hitachino offering that I've sampled, I had originally paid about $7 bucks for a larger size... glad I was able to find a smaller and cheaper sample, because I wasn't blown away by this particular brew, and for the steep price I paid, definitely don't think this one was worth it, although it is a unique stab at the style... Definitely smells better than it tastes in my opinion... the aroma is full of citrus, lemon, vanilla, wheat and coriander which is very noticeable... the taste is very pepperish - almost reminds me of a lemon-flavored seltzer... much more so than the Nest Weizen which was my first sample from this brewery... In my opinon, there is too much of a pepper flavor and not enough vanilla and citrus that I look forward to when sampling a witbier... Would opt for a less expensive Belgian or German sample anyday, even though the mouthfeel was good and the drinkability on this brew is great... goes down smooth, very crisp and clean... Glad I sampled this one, although probably wouldn't purchase this again unless I could find it for much cheaper... go for the Nest Weizen...

dsa7783, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of katan
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Undated (and unsized unless I read Japaneese) bottle

A - Pours a hazy gold color, a littl edark, with lots of visible carbonation. The 1 cm head is retained for some time.

S - Spices are the dominant nose on this one. My guess is that it is mostly clove and secondarily coriander. I think there i some what of a orange zest background to it.

T - It starts with some bitterness, with some of the malt coming through. Not much connection with the smell. The aftertaste on this one is not my favorite. There is nothing there, but perhaps some orange peel backdrop. All and all not strong in any aspect.

M - This feels dry to me - its got a bite to it. It has alot of carbonation as well that goes along with it.

D - An okay drinker - although the carbonation is a bit strong which would slow me down.

I really wanted to like this beer. I think drinking a Belgian White from Japan is pretty cool. But, like my first unreviewed time I had it, I was underwhelmed. Perhaps this thing is just to bitter and dry to get it done. And, this baby being so pricy doesn't help.

katan, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of wl0307
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

wl0307, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember this being one of my favorites when I first got into beer. So I picked up a bottle a few days ago, just to see what I think now. Into the Hoegaarden tumbler...

A - Slightly cloudy pale yellow with green tint colored body under a thin white head that dissipated quickly. Eh...

S - Some definite sweet spice (mace?) notes under the powerful citrus tart/clove aroma. Not bad.

T - A very powerfully tart wit up at the entry, along with strong pine notes. Very nice and spicy, with good hop presence, and becomes honey-like in the finish. Yep, this is still good so far.

M - The crispness of the beer plays off the tartness quite well, making this a perfect beer for someone who grew up drinking too much soda...

D - This is a powerful Wit with surprising complexity. Will I have another one? Yes, but not right now, the tartness is too overwhelming for that. All said and done, this is still among my favorite Wits of all time.

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of dedrinker
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

dedrinker, Oct 26, 2007
Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,180 ratings.