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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,294 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,294
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 140
Gots: 135 | FT: 1
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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 dickieb
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw in color with a pretty big head which works down to 1/8" around the rim and some nice lacing. The smell is made up of mostly orange and spicy ginger with some yeasty notes mixed in. The flavor is excellent with a rather dry malt profile some subtle spicing and a good citrus / ginger bite. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy due to the high level of carbonation but it is still quite pleasant, and this could easily be sessioned if it was a bit less of a hit on the wallet. One of the best Witbiers I have ever had, strong to the Belgian roots with some Asian tweaks.

Photo of erz316
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 floz bottle into Brooklyn pokal

A - a nice white haze over comes the hazy golden body, while a thin white head sits upon top of the beer.

S - there is a citrus like scent in the forground, most like orange, not to acrid like lemon or grape fruit, but with enough sweet in it to distinguish it from the the sweetness of grapefruit. the background is a fairly one dimensional spice of ginger powder, concentrated, and becomes quite potent when fixating on it.

T - initial taste is a bit bitter, with some of the ginger flavour making a small appearance. the finish begins the real tasting experience: there is orange peel, spicy clove and ginger all mixing together as the beer trickles down my throat. the after taste is even more glorious, with a slight malt sweetness mixing in with the medley of spices.

MF&D - not many complaints, I just havent had that much experience with witbier to know whether this is a knockout mf&d or not. the carbonation is crisp and the body perfect, making a really truly creamy beer that is great.

Photo of SpecialK088
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a glass into a willy

A-Pretty typical what looking beer off white orange looking against the light, very cloudy low head no real lacing

S-Very cirusy and grassy very floral.

T-This one shocked me its alot like the nose with alot of up front citrus and has an amazing grassy hop finish.

M&D-Little over-carbonated goes down easy and is very easy to drink this os one i would like to have around as a session beer and pairs amazingly with sushi

Photo of JoeBloe
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

it's been a long time since i saw a beer in a bar that i never heard of - so i tried one of these at moe's in brooklyn - cool looking bottle - the bartender recommended that he pour it for me, i think he said 'to get the wheat out', and he poured it into a pint glass and served it with an orange wedge on the rim, which i removed -
i assumed the aroma of citrus was from the wedge but no - this beer smells zesty - tastes as it smells, and has been well-described by previous ba posters - i'm usually not a fan of this style but this beer was good - especially following the chimay blue i had before it -
sort of palate cleansing - i don't know about the sustained drinkability of this beer, but one was really good -(expensive - $9/bottle) - i followed it with another chimay blue

Photo of SRossman
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy Golden Straw color. Looks to style. What little head that forms disappears almost instantly, leaving no lacing.
S: Very sweet aroma. The usual wit beer characteristics are here; Orange peel, coriander, a light pepperiness. A hint of vanilla bean is there too.
T: The pepper character comes through more in the taste. Sweet with a bit of citrus tartness. Dry finish.
MF: Small bubbles. The carbonation is just right for the body of this beer. I've had some wits that were really watered down tasting but this one has nice body.
D: At 5% ABV this is an easy drinker. I could easily put down a few. The pepper character might get tiresome after that though.

Photo of reinheitsgematt
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle # H.8.1.2

Perfumey nose with notes of pear, orange, and muscat

Cloudy, light straw color with good lacing

Taste follows nose, with more pear, spice (clove), and rosewater - surprisingly dry

Mouthfeel is a little thin, with fine carbonation

Finish lingers with spice that rolls alternately through sour and bone-dry sweetness, as if someone had hollowed out the sugar, leaving only an outline on the palate

Overall, a wonderful AM surprise, should pair well with lighter cuisine... expected something different given the style, but would take this any day. Cheers.

Photo of WalrusJockey
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle, into Duvel tulip.

Appearance- light golden color, virtually no head. Very cloudy, even carefully decanted.

Smell- wow, very very aromatic. Ginger (maybe that sushi pickled ginger?) is very noticeable, so are plums, clovers, and coriander.

Taste- sweet malt and fruit flavors, which settle into a calm balance and then give the stage to a heavy, wide array of spices. Clove, cinnamon, nutmeg are all present, something like a homemade spice cookie. Swallow is clean, into a very crisp and distinctive sweet ginger aftertaste. This isn't the same "heavy spice flavors" that you are used to in brown ales from Belgium, but it is similarly spice intensive, and similarly wonderful.

Mouthfeel- on the first sip, the carbonation threatens to overwhelm the mouth entirely, which is surprising, considering the absolute lack of a head. That said, I don't find it to be out of balance, as the carbonation keeps the beer light, and I think if Nest were flat, it would be unpleasantly heavy.

Drinkability- on it's own: very high, this beer is crisp, juicy, refreshing, and interesting. At the price point: low; 4$ for 330mls is pretty steep. I think it would be amazing with sushi, though.

To anyone on the fence about trying this beer, I recommend it highly. You will not regret the price of entry. Though you may regret how much the beer will encourage you to spend that money again and again.

Photo of yesyouam
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hitachino Nest White Ale is a slightly hazy pale straw-colored ale with a white head that quickly vanishes. The aroma is strong with orange peel and lemon peel. There is a spicy smell of coriander and ginger. It is light, bubbly and dry in the mouth. The finish seems acidic. It tastes very citrusy. This reminds me of lemonade and iced tea mixed. It has a lot of zing. It's loud and clean. I really think I detect ginger. I'll drink this in the summer. I'll also make sure I have this on hand the next time I get sushi. It would be perfect.

Photo of theghost3
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is hazy golden with a thin white head that quickly dissapates. Smells of peaches, pears, malt. The taste is sweet malts and fruity--particularly peaches with pears & lemon. Mouthfeel is a little too carbonated & acidic, which in my experience is typical of the Japanese beers. This is a drinkable brew, but watch out for the burning carbonation.

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

Nice foggy body but little head and no retention. Nice small bubble lacing though. Smells like a Witbier with orange and other citrusy hints. Nice full aroma that lingers.

Great light feel on the tongue countered by sharp carbonation which I like. The almost fluffy feel smooth out well and leaves a cool, soft after-feel that almost bubbles strangely like Orangina or something. Great balanced taste with citrus tones and a solid bitterness that's even with a smooth malt.

Very enjoyable drink that's light and easy but feels full. Will drink again.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.72/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

rA bright but somewhat cloudy yellow body with a finger and a half of soda-type head. Doesn't stick around long and doesn't leave any lacing behind. Noticeable particles and globs of particles float around the bottom of the glass in abundance.

Interesting aroma, very nice. Lots of lemon with just a slight peppery aroma. Rather sour tasting.

This is a somewhat sour version of a belgian white, but still well done. First come a sour quality mixed with a lemon flavor that tastes a lot like a lemon itself. The lemon flavor is an effect of the hops for sure. The lemon slowly dies and the sourness is left to stand on its own. Finishes with a peppery/coriander flavor that is rather strong but also pretty nice.

Light bodied, highly carbonation in the mouth. Slightly puckering in the mouth with a dry peppery finish.

Pretty drinkable, an interesting white. Reminds of of Southampton's Double White.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of brewjones
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this in a restaurant in Times Square. Had it back in April and reviewing old notes.

Poured a cloudy pale yellow color with a thick head. Nice notes of spice and citrus that aren't overwhelming but grasp you to take a sip. Great wheat flavor and nice crispness with full body mouthfeel. Easy to drink and well balanced. My first from this brewery and really impressed. Colorado doesn't sell it but always looking for more.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 11/25/2008 (bottle):

Pours a cloudy bright yellow color body. Foamy white head, big bubbles, lasting. Spicy floral aroma, maybe coriander. Very spicy nose. Spicy floral taste, some lemon. Surprisingly light tasting. Medium bodied, not too watery. Spices in the aftertrste. Fizzy palate. Not too fruity except the lemoniness. Almost tart, but not quite.

Photo of AMoceri7
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the most unique beers Ive ever had. Not even sure its a beer. Tastes like ginger ale on crack.

A: Almost exactly like Blue Moon but a bit thinner. Yellow/golden because its definitely more yellow than golden. Great head. Almost more head than beer. The head reminds me of the "fizz" from a Sprite.

S: CHINESE FOOD. Ginger hints with some green tea. Maybe target hops?

T: Wow...might as well be Ginger Ale. Coriander spices, ginger and tea are dominant. The wheat is completely unnoticeable as well the hops.

M: Highly carbonated. Almost too much for my liking. A bit overpowering.

D: Probably could go through an entire 6.

Overall: Honestly, this is closer to some sort of malt beverage made by Mikes Hard Lemonade than a beer. Creative is really the only word to describe this "beer". Impressive

Photo of gabeerfan
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, pale yellow. White head that completely disappears. No cap or ring. Looks a bit like lemon-lime Gatorade.
Lots of ginger in the aroma followed by orange peel and corriander. Lemony aromas in there too. Very light graininess in the aroma too.
Corriander and orange peel dominate the flavor, but the ginger is still strong. Graininess and lemon come into the background, but aren't subtle. Ginger adds a very nice spiciness that I wasn't expecting at all.
Light mouthfeel. Finishes powdery dry.
Quite drinkable. Very good flavors and light enough to drink on a hot day.
Pleasantly surprised by this beer. Definitely recommended.

Photo of rhinos00
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I'm really digging the artwork on the bottle.

A- Off-yellow with a bit of haziness. Half inch of white head formed that dissipated as the beer was consumed.

S- Definitely wheat mixed with citrus and lemons and and some spices.

T- Almost like a hefeweizen, but with hints of citrus. Wheat taste was there along with some sour citrus notes.

M- Light bodied with some carbonation. Very smooth and had a crisp, clean finish.

D- At 5% abv. this beer is definitely sessionable. The sour/citrus taste would be the only thing holding me back from consuming several of these in a sitting.

Overall, something different that is highly drinkable. I could see myself drinking this again.

Photo of treehugger02010
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought a bottle of this at Gristedes in Scarsdale, NY, and poured it into an oversized and flared pint glass.
Appearance: Very low SRM, cloudy, big white head with bad retention and no lacing.
Smell: SPicy as in cooking spice not hot and not like a standard hop spice.
Taste: Very nice Christmas like, a bit watery.
Mouthfeel: Crisp but light.
Drinkability: Ok.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of Likeburning
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color was hazy yellow and possibly just slightly over carbonated, but just slightly. The aroma was sweet and spicy with hints of fruit and maybe straw?. The taste was much of the same with a smooth medium body. This is one of the more interesting witbiers that I have come across so far.

Photo of SFRider
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy. Yellow. Little head with sediment on the bottom.

Smell: Sweet citrus. No hops.

Taste: Heffy. Little lighter than the Heff's I'm used to. Definitely some citrus/lemon notes. It's good as is. Anymore would be too much. Slightly sour in the corners of my mouth after.

Drinkability: Medium-heavy carbonation. Good consistency. Fairly sharp. Drinkable.

This wasn't bad. Not as great as the Red Rice Ale (in my opinion), but worth having. Another Japanese Heff type beer. It was a little too citrusy for my palette. Wasn't bad, but anymore would have made it a Framboise. Enjoy it where you would a Heff, if you want to try something different. But personally - if I want a Heff - this won't do.

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

Had this one at Legal's Test Kitchen in Boston.

Pours a hazy pale yellow with 1-2 fingers head, nice and foamy and quickly dissipates, leaving some slight lacing. Nose is immediately cloves and malts, with slightly sweet hints of banana. Taste matches with a very good balance of classic witbier flavors, nothing's out of place. Not too much citrus either, which I find in many others. Very smooth and light going down, super drinkable.

Photo of SargeC
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale, hazy-yellow brew with limited head.

Smell: Oranges, with a hint of yeast character.

Taste: Citrus, solid wheat presence. Interesting flavors that are unique within the style. Almost seems like a different beverage altogether.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Sharp, tangy and refreshing.

Drinkablity: Nice wheat beer with a good body to it.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.79/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

By far one of the best beers I've had, and also one of the harder beers to find in my area.

I had this beer straight from the bottle at a local bar known for a strong beer selection.
The aroma hit right away, very strong, full of spices that made me think immediately of Belgium, but also some different flavors evoking a thought of the far East.

The taste is no different, a cornucopia of flavors on the tongue that will not fail to disappoint.

Definitely try this one if you get a chance!

Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,294 ratings.