1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

Not Rated.
Hitachino Nest White AleHitachino Nest White Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

1,319 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,319
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 157
Gots: 165 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2001

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (24) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 1,319 | Reviews: 517
Photo of Bergenboy1981
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a very unique flavor.
It poured a nice pale cloudy color, and had a great smell.
This beer had a nice citrusy taste and a spicy taste, however, was not really like hoegaarten or blue moon. This beer was nice and crisp. I really suggest it to anybody who likes white ales.

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

12 oz. bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

Pours a gorgeously cloudy, peach-blonde color into the glass; a few trails of carbonation fuel a quickly receding, off-white head that dissipates to a ring of poorly sorted bubbles. The nose is as interesting and unique as every other Hitachino beer I've come across, but for the style, it's a tough sell. Lots of light tropical fruit syrup (pineapple, mango, & honeydew) paired with a soapy grass note and some wheat.

The flavor is crisp and light, starting out with a sugary malt and citrus hop balance that gives way to a fruity peach, mandarin orange, & mango aftertaste. The finish is slightly dry and bittersweet, but the body is well-carbonated and refreshing, giving the light mouthfeel a much-needed prickliness. Not a bad Wit overall, as I could see myself tossing back a few of these on a warm summer day.

Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale, straw gold hue that is so cloudy I would describe the body as chalky and minimal head that stuck around with minor lacings. A light citrus smell with a good amount of spice (think pepper or something heavy smelling). A soft, mellow body, not as thick but as gentle as a marshmellow. Very smooth, almost creamy, with a pleasing citric twang mixes with mild spices to create a smooth, easy-passing beer that is refreshing. Not like most wits where you seem to be crushed with orange peel and clove; a laid-back, balanced beer that I could just drink all day as summer winds down.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. Pours a very cloudy, hazy almost white shade of yellow. 1/2 finger head that diminishes rapidly leaving behind almost no lace.

Nose- Whoa Momma, clove, corriander, lemon zest, orange citrus. A perfume of goodness.

Palate- Excellent, clove and juicey orange citrus initially. Body is very smooth and lightly sweet with extremely fine carbonation that dances across the toungue. Closes with lemon zest and a bit of a dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Very, very good, smooth, perhaps a little oily, with a nice dry finish.

Drinkability- At 5% this is a very drinkable beverage highly recomend.

Photo of morimech
2.58/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a small white head that quickly settles. Virtually no lace is left on the glass.

Has an aroma of what I would call bizarre. Combination of lemon juice, cloves, and skunk.

I must of had an old bottle because I detect a hint of skunk in the flavor as well. I also taste lemon and a mild spicyness from the yeast.

Light body with low carbonation. Very pedestrian overall.

My sample was a poor witbier. Obviously I received a bad bottle judging by other reviews. Maybe someday I will try this again.

Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

in my experience, this is one of the best wit beers of all time. hazy straw colored with a nice white head that leaves nice lace. hitachino beers tend to glow, and this one has a weird pinkish hue in the beer and the head. maybe i'm nuts. nose is full of corriander and orange zest. taste is wheaty for sure, with corriander and orange in the front, and some ginger and a tiny bit of pepper in the back. light, spritzy and creamy at the same time, and a nice, long finish. hell of a beer, i wish it was a bit less expensive, or i would knock 'em back all day, all summer. great with humboldt fog.

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

L: Pours a golden yellow color with a medium sized and thick white head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of very sweet malts and very sweet orange and a bit of coriander in the nose as well. Mostly the orange though.
T: Taste follows the nose. Very sweet lightly toasted malts and very sweet orange flavor and a hint of coriander.
M: Very crisp and refreshing with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable. I liked their take on the witbier as it was more fruity than coriandery.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown glass bottle. no date.

the appearance is still mediocre (no lacing), but the aroma and flavor is so much fresher and fruitier. almost like candied citrus zest. spices are fresher, and yeast character is more detectable.


DO NOT - i repeat - DO NOT get the 750ml green glass bottle, unless you can guarantee that you're getting it fresh out of the case!!

(NOTE, early 2010: it seems they've migrated to brown glass for the 750ml bottles now. YAY!)

OLD REVIEW 7/18/08

750ml dark green bottle. poured into shaped pint glass.

cloudy pale straw color. head quickly fades to wisps and then just a very thin, slightly foamy ring and nothing else. no lacing.

lemony rind, hint of apple skin or cider. orange juice. whiff of skunk.

flavors include orange fruitiness with tart bite. toasted malt note. gentle bitterness w trace of spice and coriander. another bit of skunk however.

smooth, with fluffy then prickly carbonation.

the glass may be a darker green than your average green bottle, but it's still green. despite witbiers using less hops, i still detect skunkiness. will try to get the small bottle sometime to compare, since they use brown glass.

A: 3
S: 3
T: 3.5
M: 4
D: 3.5

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

Poured into a tall pilsner
Pours a nice cloudy yellow almost white in color. nice one inch head that certainly sticks around.
S: orangy with a slight citrusy hop nose.
T: Nice bitterness on the tongue and a increasingly citrusy flavor. nicely balanced and very refreshing.
M: slightly over carbonated but I think the waitress didn't quite aggravate the head enough.
D: I would surely make this a regular at my favorite sushi joint, it'll hav e to be a fight between Chimay. by far the best Japanese ale I've ever had

Photo of ATPete
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big bottle, 1 pint 5 fl oz

A- Pours a hazy, pale yellow/orange color with lots of visible carbonation and a solid 1 finger white head.

S- Floral and mellow wheat aromas, banana, spices and...dandelions?

T- Loads of banana and citrus fruits initially to the tongue, bubblegum, seltzer water and a spicy wheat character. This beer has no finish, it hits you with pour witbier awesomeness and then drops off the face of the earth not to be seen again until the next sip.

M- Lively carbonation, medium bodied when it shows up.

D- I liked it, my girl friend loved it.

Photo of BBM
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Intrigued by the wide-eyed owl on the bottle, I decided to give this one a try. Japan isn't known for their beer, but then again you don't usually find wits! Anyway, it poured a hezy, bright pale yellow with a nice white head on top. Aroma was spicy with a bit of ginger.

Wow! Delicious. I was not expecting such a refreshing and unique brew. The ginger flavor plays a big part in the taste, and along with the high carbonation, gives it the feeling of an alcoholic ginger ale. And that's a compliment here. It never gets overly sweet or bitter, but has a good amount of peppery spice and a bubbly mouthfeel. I could drink this all night. I will most certainly seek out other Kiuchi beers.

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

Upon glowing recommendation from co-workers/beer geeks, Fresh Direct delivered and I poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Minor cloudyness and an off yellow with tepid head but good lacing.

S: Tangy lemon, and average yeasty wheat and copious amounts of coriander.

T: Perhaps I got a bad bottle, but quit acidic with not to much vanilla/banana or anything to counter balance the tangyness.

M: Quite crips and clean and light.

D: I was not impressed but will look for this on tap to give it another go.

Photo of corey0212
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an incredibly hazy/murky orange-yellow color, head fades really fast, no lacing to speak of. There's so much going on in the nose on this beer...orange, ginger, coriander, clove...wow! Taste is an amazing citric blast, some wheat flavors, some lemon zest, and a hint of pepper. Crazy-active carbonation, really refreshing tiny bubbles, and just a hint of bitterness at the end. A little sticky, yet somewhat drying. I picked this up on a whim from The Wine Gallery near Fenway Park, but if this was something I could get more easily, I'd be drinking this all summer. Incredibly tasty, and very refreshing. Awesome beer!!

Photo of nickfl
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of bone white head disapates quickly and leaves little lace. The body is slightly hazy and straw colored, and it clouds up nicely when given a swirl and final pour from the bottle.

S - Very distinct aroma of pepper and lemon, with an odd floral, spicy note of jasmine, chamomile and ginger.

T - Ginger and pepper up front with a hint of lemon. Grainy malt in the middle with some subdued yeast notes of vanilla and pepper. The finish is dry, with a hint of hops and more ginger.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - An easily drinkable and interesting example of the style. The aroma qualities in particular are excellent; easily the best smelling Witbier I have had.

Photo of gpogo
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.17/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Slynger
4.37/5  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.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of kurtissellen
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
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!!

Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of maddogruss
3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Photo of Maudite
4.02/5  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.

Photo of marcpal
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  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.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,319 ratings.