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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,177 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,177
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 122
Gots: 84 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2001)
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Photo of jameaterblues
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

The nest white poured a cloudy golden yellow color(some orange colors too), from a 24oz bottle, with 3/4 of an inch of bright white head. The head diminished very quickly and left a watery white lacing. The scent was a very mellow sweet scent of wheat and malts. There was a light fruitiness of citrus fruit present. The first thing that I noticed when tasting this beer was the high amount of carbonation. It was a very good representation of a witbier, and if I had not have known that it was japanese I might have mistaken it for a euro wheat. It had a nice fruity/citrusy body, and slightly spiced. the finish was crisp, with just a bit of bitterness(almost not noticeable). This beer was very drinkable....and the carbonation made for a very pleasing mouthfeel. Between my girlfriend and I the bottle did not last long.

jameaterblues, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of MrSeth
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

App: Pours with a hazy earthy golden body and forms a two inch white head with big bubbly suds that die down to the surface.

Sm: Sweet and sour, ripe peaches, ponzu sauce.

Ta: Milder than the nose, smooth wheaty start, then bitter bites, but not harshly. Good length, again sweet and sourness linger.

Da: Medium-High. It's probably just "highly drinkable" but witbier is not one of my everyday beers.

MrSeth, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of jakester
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. A date stamp of H.5.10 (August 10, 2005?) is on the back label. Why can't they just put the fucking date on the label? What's the big secret?? Pisses me off!

Pours a cloudy (if you pour in the yeast, which I did) banana yellow with a one finger head of white foam. Carbonation appears moderate. The head falls to islands and a ring, with minimal lacing. Small chunks of yeast seem to be suspended throughout the beer.

Aroma is lemons and coriander with just a hint of light bready malt coming through if you work. Aroma of this beer is pretty faint, but clean and nice.

First flavor is clean lemons, followed by a taste of coriander, and a perceptable but balancing hop bitterness. The tartness of this beer makes it very refreshing. There is a definite taste of lightly bready malt in there, also. Aftertaste is citrusy, spicy, tart, and pretty long-lasting.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, very refreshing. Carbonation has a nice zing to it. Body is light. Finish is on the dry side.

I like this beer. From what I know about the beers of Japan, this brewery is one of a few that's got their shit together. This is a pretty decent effort at a witbier. Keep 'em coming!

jakester, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of ashleyshalyn
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%

Poured from a 12oz brown glass bottle with an adorable owl on the label into a pint glass

A: Poured ¾ of the beer into the glass and then gave the bottle a swirl to collect remaining yeast and to create head. 1-2 finger head. Gorgeous cloudy yellow/orange.

S: Light hoppy scent married nicely to a ginger citrus aroma. Also a slight tea-rose aroma.

T: Standard wheat-like taste with a ginger citrus twist. Light carbonation, tiny bubbles, with a dry slight piney hop finish.

I hate to do the girl thing again (like with the troublette), but god that owl is cute. I got this beer at a bar in Orlando when I asked the awesome bartender to give me any witbier that wasn’t Wittekerk and needless to say I love this one! Here’s to Japan for a great little witbier ;)

ashleyshalyn, Feb 16, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

1 pint 5 oz bottle. Hitachino White Ale has a pale yellow color with a small, white head. Sugary aroma with a pronounced ginger smell. Citrus aroma too. Juicy, fruity flavor. Lots of spice in the flavor, especially ginger and coriander. Although it is spicy, it is never cloying. Lots of orange and a bit of lemon. Nice version of a witbier. Mouthfeel could be fuller, but drinkability is top notch. An interesting Japanese beer with a good, fresh flavor.

beveragecaptain, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of BitterBrian
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

Purchased by the case at Shangy's. There were two sizes offered, but both had the same short and fat styled bottles. I really wanted to try this as there aren't many "craft" breweries in Japan. A Japanese Witbier? We'll see. . .

There wasn't much of a head upon pouring, but the color is real nice. It is a hazy gold with a hint of pink. Like the outside of a ripe grapefruit.

Smells of Citrus and Coriander. Not much else, but nicely balanced (note on style: coriander isn't really my thing, but I can appreciate it in the style)

Taste: The normal witbier tastes, but what stands out is the citrus in the back of the throat. It's almost lemony. Very clean finish and not much of an aftertaste.

Overall, this is one of my favorites in the style. Of course I would have probably enjoyed it more in the spring or summer. This is one of the beers I could drink with breakfast and lunch in the summer. (the other is Allagash).

Will drink again, hopefully I will be able to find again it in the summer.

BitterBrian, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%

This Japanese version of a Belgian witbier is exceptional. It pours hazy and apple gold, with a pleasant head that soon dissipates to a white film on the beer. The nose is filled with spices, mostly coriander and cloves. Very fresh-smelling and appetizing. The flavor, though, is what sets this beer apart. It manages to be spciy, refreshing , and smooth all at the same time. First off, this beer nips at the front and sides of the tongues with spices and carbonation; the overall sensation is spicy, with coriander dominating and a hint of sour green apple in the background. The spices are balanced by some nice grass notes and a bit of nutty malt toward the back of the palate. It's an exceptionally light-footed beer -- I keep thinking of the word "effervescent" -- in spite of the flavor punch it packs. With a wonderful flavor and brilliant, peppy mouthfeel, this is a beer you could drink all day. Especially on a warm day, toss out the pilsners and give this one a try.

geexploitation, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of EPICAC
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

I purchased this at Downtown Wine & Spirits along with Tripel Karmeliet. This came in a brown 11.2 oz. bottle with a red owl on a blue background. I let this warm to approximately 50°F, and served it in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: This beer pours a very hazy golden color, it almost seems to emit light. The beer is moderately carbonated, with a few soda-like bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. The beer is topped by a thick white head that diminishes quickly.

Smell: I get a dominant sour apple aroma, with some citrus and yeast notes.

Taste: The flavors at the front of the palate are masked by the carbonation, but I get spicy notes, with a slightly medicinal flavor. Sweetness makes a brief appearance at the center, but is overtaken by a citrusy sour character. The beer finishes dry with a lingering bitterness. Hops are present throughout the palate, but are mild and restrained, becoming mosst evident in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is tingly, but only moderately so. The beer is on the medium side of light-bodied. It has a creamy almost oily feel.

Drinability: This is a nice beer, the flavors good, and it's really refreshing. Definitely easy to drink.

EPICAC, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of soulgrowl
4.43/5  rDev +8%

Appearance: Translucent mustard yellow, deepened by the yeast. Volatile white head that dissipates in a jiffy and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Smells very fresh. There's a strong orange and lemon scent, plus a lot of ginger and coriander and piney hops. Wheat flour and yeast become increasingly prevalent as the beer warms.

Taste: A smooth wheat taste, like fresh bread, with a current of lemon tea. Noble hops and tangy yeast round out the flavor. Gingery spices add a subtle but noticeable zing.

Mouthfeel: A tad sticky, but light and refreshing. Matches the taste very well.

Drinkability: An excellent wit for any season.

soulgrowl, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of asabreed
4.9/5  rDev +19.5%

21 oz. very cool and oddly shaped bottle. Great artwork and not your average faux-bomber. Also looks way better than the shorter, stubby bottle version too.

Screw the pint glass, this is going into a tulip, otherwise I know I'll drink it too fast.

Appearance: A hazy golden and pale yellow, mostly due to some yeast kicking around I imagine. About a 1" head that dissipates quickly, and doesn't leave as much lacing as I would've liked. Great bubbles floating to the top though in a weird, curved pattern.

Smell: Holy good God man, this ain't no Wit I've ever had before. This is easily the best and also most unconventional nose of a Wit I've ever had the pleasure of trying to figure out. A spiced and dense field of herbs and flowers. But the thing is, even though there are so many spices, it's somehow deliciously balanced and aromatic: clove, ginger, coriander, lemon and orange zest, yeastiness, slight maltiness, but there's not much sweetness to be had in the nose. It almost smells to good to be true initially, but it's not. Easily a perfect score for me.

Taste: What I love about the taste is it has the dryness of a great champagne, with only the slight amount of perfect dextrin sweetness. A long finish occurs that fills the palate with the herbs and spices and yeast. I feel like this is more of a disease-curing elixir than a beer at this point, though it's certainly a beer too. All I can say is wow, because this is incredible, and even though it's in a category of its own, it's certainly a Wit, and it's certainly beyond remarkable.

Mouthfeel: Once again, spritzy initially like champagne, then settles into a slightly creamy body at the swallow. Thin to maybe-medium body, but not slick or watery at all really, due to the excellent carbonation levels.

Drinkability: Yes, super high, try this, try this, try this. AT 5% it's crazy not to indulge, but I did, however, pay about $8 for the bottle. And then again, now I see why. I'd recommend this to anyone. I hope it elicits the same surprising response in you as it did for me.

asabreed, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of waughbrew
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Looks like urine that must be fresh because it still has the ring of white bubbles from its turbulent entry. Smell is that deep citrusy coriander and an earthy spice like nutmeg or clove. Nice continental musty hops make it seem like an antique wood (in a good way). Hints of sulfur and a sourness get me all psyched up for something grand. The flavor is pleasant, and the tartness is very much appreciated, but a pervading dullness stops it short of grand. Pretty idiosyncratic apple/orange/melon/peach mixture. Thin body is spritzy and does a small exotic dance on the tongue. The oranginess pleasantly lingers in the mouth, and any sweetness is nicely balanced by the tartness.

Overall, I really like this beer. At $4.20 though, I will probably never buy it again because I make a beer at home that is very very reminiscent of it and costs about 90% less.

waughbrew, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of Troyone
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%

Pours a slightly hazy apple juice color with a dirty blond hue, minimal off white head, and lots of carb action.

Has a sweet caramel malt smell with a herbal/citrus hops aroma.

Lightly sweet, lightly/moderately bitter, moderately acidic, grainy, and hay malt taste with a resin/orange/grapefruit hops flavor.

Medium bodied, slightly syrupy almost watery texture, soft carbonation, and a smooth sour finish.

To me the balance is off with too much acidic flavor, the taste is flat, and a plus may be the smooth slightly sour finish for session status.

Troyone, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of gmcfarre
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%

Purchased at John's Grocery in Iowa City and carried across state lines back to Bloomington, Indiana. Going rate was $3.49. They had a couple other Kiuchi brews for sale there as well. Label was what attracted my attention, but also the fact that it was a Japanese craft beer (havn't seen too many of them).

Poured into a traditional pint glass.

A - Pours nice and cloudy with all that yeast. Head was large and dense but dissipated quickly until only A thin head remains.

S - The orange and coriander scents are the most prevalent, but there is alot more going on here.

T - A bit sour at first, but then evens out with the orange and coriander flavors coming on. Drys quickly.

M - Highly carbonated and tingly on the tongue. The thin remaining head give you the hit of carbonation. Delightful.

D - Easy to drink, but just as fun to sip. Great warm weather beer.

Overall an impressive Witbier. True to the style yet interesting enough to keep me coming back. Will definitely try more Kiuchi styles.

gmcfarre, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of PorterLambic
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%

Found at Whole Foods in Sarasota, in the ethnic, takeout section instead of their fine beer section.

Pours a straw/orange color with a decent white head that drops pretty quickly.
Smell is malt, spice,citrus and hops. A good balance.
Taste is the same mix as presented to the olfactory lobe with the hops standing out above the others. In the aftertaste, though, the hops fade out and the spice lingers nicely.
A medium/light body with effervescence on the tip of the tongue. Overall a decent brew but nowhere near as good as the other offerings from Kiuchi.

PorterLambic, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of UncleFrank
3.65/5  rDev -11%

A bit clearer than expected. Orange gold color. Thin head

Smells nice, enticing. The orange dominates the coriander.

Teh coriander provides a dryness, but the tast isnt there. mkalt sweetness chased by a quick hit of spicy hops like saaz then a wave of orange ppel. finishes dry and makes me want more.

Smooth, light, effervecent, hi carbonation. Well done.

I could drink alot of this on the got days we have had. Cool label too.

UncleFrank, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

I'm a sucker for labels and this one caught my eye. A red owl with the words White above it and Ale Below, nothing to exciting but enough to get my 3 bucks.

Spritzy head with loads of carbonation feeding it throughout. slightly unfiltered look.

Floral smell/yeast definitely involved. The first taste at the very very beginning is sour but its only a split second until the citrus/carbonation sizzles away at the palate a bit course on the way down...this beer is very unique and doesn't draw all that many similarities to other witbiers i've had. this one stands alone and is a nice example to follow. Kiuchi brewery has gotten my attention with this offering.

DogFood11, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%

Purchased from Whole Foods, Chicago. After reading in "All About Beer" about their cedar-aged IPA, I had to try this, even though it’s not the same beer. It has a very pale and cloudy color. Kind of lemony like a hefeweisen, but then I picked up a big nutmeg taste (before I knew there was nutmeg in it). Coriander makes an appearance, too. And I do get a cedary taste with this beer after all. It’s good to see some craft beers coming over from Japan and discovering brews beyond Sapporo and Kirin.

DrunkMcDermott, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

Wow! This is one hell of a witbier. Pours to a cloudly pale yellow color with a thick and frothy white head. The lacing quickly washes back down to meet the liquid after each tip. Also of note, the yeasty sediment swirled in the glass like the northern lights, which was a cool effect.

The smell is amazing. Has a strong coriander, lemon, orange peel, and spicy clove aroma to it. Everything melds together to for a great wit bouqet.

The taste has quite a twang to it. There is a peachy, apricot, and pear flavor that hits upfront, along with the familiar lemon, coriander, and orange peel from the nose. The wheat malt provides a subtle bite in the finish, but the fruitiness dominates the in the flavor. This is a very unique witbier.

The body is medium, and provides a multitude of flavors for each tastebud across your whole palate. This is my first Japanese beer, and I am now interested in trying others by this brewery (though I think I'll continue to avoid such Japanese Macro Lagers as Kirin or Sapporo, etc.).

neonbrown82, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev -2.4%

on tap at the Puck Fair bar in Soho, NYC. pours cloudy apricot, white head, light lacing left on the glass, light sugary nose. This is a light, yeasty brew, spicing is fairly mellow but evident. Citrusy and piney notes late. Fine summer brew, pleasant, well crafted wheat that is a treat if you can find it on tap.

Billolick, Aug 07, 2005
Photo of Beervis
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured from the very cool 24.3oz bottle a hazy orange/yellow with a thick white head.

Smell is very up front orange peel and spice. I couldn't get my nose out the glass, I just had to keep sniffing, there are so many cool layers of smell here. Taste is of orange peel, heavy spice and an earthy yeast. Mouthfeel is very creamy, malty and light, but at the same time, it coats your mouth in creaminess. The spicing is very appetizing. It finishes with a hop snap, and leaves you wanting another sip. Yeast is heavy in the beer, and at the end of the glass, there is a nice pile at the bottom.

This is one of my favourite styles, and this is a great example. I will definitely be buying more.

Beervis, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of NEhophead
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

Foamy white head that holds as a firm sheet. Very faint spotted lace that doesn't last. Semi-cloudy, deep golden in color.

A tart lemon, orange, and raspberry nose balanced with a strong banana aroma. Moderate corriander as well with a slight touch of butterscotch.

A light lemon and orange-driven wheat flavor up front; crisp and fresh. Hints of banana and corriander ride a wave of carbonation. There's absolutely no bitterness or diacetyl in the aftertaste. The aftertaste is filled with a sour orange flavor along with some banana and corriander.

Light bodied; prickly and very carbonated; maybe too much, but the flavors are so well rounded and balanced. Very refreshing.

Light and flavorful; this is one wit worth going back to. My first encounter with the Kiuchi Brewery and I'm impressed enough to sample some more.

NEhophead, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale honey color with a fluffy white head that quickly dissipates but splashes some spotty lace

Smell: Unusually distinctive woody lemon aroma, with distinct nutmeg and orange peel elements

Taste: Floral sweetness, nutmeg, vanilla and wheat malt for just a flash, up front, with the bitter orange peel and coriander flavors emerging to dominate by mid-palate; after the swallow, the up front flavors re-emerge to join the spicy flavors; there is an orangeade aspect to the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with very prickly carbonation

Drinkability: A refreshingly different wit, with a lot of subtle fruit and spice flavors; each time I try it I like it better and better

brentk56, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of thoover
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

Have had a few bottles of this, but didn't have it on tap until recently.

Appearance: Poors slightly cloudy orange/golden, with a bright white head that hasa decent retention.

Smell: Smells of heavily of oranges, slightly of cloves, and faintly of corriander.

Taste: Good amount of carbonation, strong orange and corriander flavors. Really good.

Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing, and bubbly...

Drinkability: Even though its got a bit of wheat in it, you could still manage to drink a few of these. Certainly had more than one.

thoover, May 03, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%

Slightly cloudy orange/gold with a big white head. Citrus/clove/coriander pervade both the smell and the mellow but complex flavor. Very light and perfectly carbonated on the tongue, it is an interesting example of a wit. The yeasty flavors are in perfect balance, and the overall effect is extremely refreshing. One of the best non-Belgian witbiers I've ever had.

whartontallboy, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

The color is a hazy, light golden shade with a large, frothy head. Carbonation is excellent. The aroma is of sweet of sweet oranges with some mild spiciness. Taste starts with a nice citrus bite which is soon rounded out and sweetened. Spices soon join the palate. A mild wheat taste is noted, especially in the finish, where it is joined by a stronger malt flavor. This is an awesome lighter beer, very flavorful and full of complex subtleties. I could spend a lot of time with a beer like Hitachno Nest White Ale. Highly recommended.

Gagnonsux, Apr 29, 2005
Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,177 ratings.