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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: 135 | 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 czfreeman
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of sschliv
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Lupe
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of gwood
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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?)

Photo of mmmbeer
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Photo of Hoppington
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of dsa7783
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
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...

Photo of katan
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Photo of wl0307
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of dedrinker
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a cloudy yellow with a thin white head and decent lacing.

Aroma is citrus (lemon and tangerine) and banana with a bit of spice.

The taste is very nice and very similar to the smell. Smooth with a great balance of the citrus, banana, and spice.

Lighter mouthfeel, dry, and very light carbonation.

This beer is so easy to drink and enjoy. It's one of my favorite Japanese beers.

Photo of yelterdow
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

720ml bottle served at just over fridge temperature in a Hoegaarden witbier glass. Code on the bottle reads H.7.8.

Appearance- Pours a foggy (note: not cloudy) yellow, the head creeps up two fingers high and settles to an opaque cap, its crown popping and condensing nice and slowly. On the final pour, the beer goes totally opaque... a wall of yellow-gold clouds.

Smell- A lot going on here... the aroma is hugely perfumed, with enormous nutmeg... definitely more showcased here than in any witbier I've yet sampled. The coriander follows suit and then the orange peel... well spiced, maybe too much so... full and dense.

Taste- As expected, we have the bold coriander and nutmeg front and center, real solid in the mouth. The orange peel and pilsner malt float behind, and the final hop dryness clears the palate. Definitely a brazen, confident example of the style... nicely done.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- A bit rough in the mouth, the carbonation is just slightly overdone. Other than that, this was great... would've never guessed this came from Japan. Time to get a hold of the rest of Hitachino's lineup and sample them all.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a large white head that fades almost instantly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coriander & nutmeg spices along with orange peel, light malts and a slight touch of Belgian yeast.

T: The taste is mostly fruit and spice with flavors of orange, banana, coriander & nutmeg. There’s very little trace of Belgian yeast or wheat. The malt character is very thin and there’s almost no hops presence at all. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, light body, heavy carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, not a good representation of style, this is definitely at the bottom of the list of Witbier’s that I’ve tried, however, compared to some of the other Japanese beer exports that I’ve had, it’s a hell of a lot better than any Rice Lager.

Photo of goochpunch
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a peach Jelly Belly with a moderately sized, thinning head that leaves some scant chunks of lace on the glass. There is a lot of orange upfront in the nose with a spiciness that lingers on longer than the initial citrus. Aroma is overall light and relatively clean. In the flavor, spice comes out more along with wheat cracker/ Finishes tart, dry and has a slight tannic(?) astringency. Mouthfeel is light and lively. Apropos. A very refreshing and flavorful wit with a welcome tartness in the finish. I like it.

Photo of WeymouthMike
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy , highly carbonated pale golden yellow
S- Somewhat floral, very tough to describe maybe some apple.
T and M- Carbonation has a good bite right of the bat. Again the apple comes into play with a tang of citrius on the finish.
D- A very drinkable beer and one of the better I've had.

Photo of hammer09
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having enjoyed their milk stout at a recent tasting, Hitachino Nest White Ale was recommended by the tasting organizers as another worthy beer from Kiuchi Brewery.

A - Poured a cloudy blonde with a huge head that settled to 1/4" within five minutes. Would have rated better were it not for this beer's yellower hue than others of this style.

S - Very faint sweetness. Smells "green" like the outdoors (away from the city of course) after a rainfall. Aromas are very faint and difficult to place. Overall this beer smells very good, but difficult to characterize.

T - Very interesting. Mildly sweet with some citrus; what appears to be tangerine. No coriander and no bitterness however.

M - Well carbonated and crisp.

D - Pretty good, but not entirely worth the price of almost $4 a bottle (12 oz. serving). Smell and flavor characteristics are a little odd which makes this difficult to rate. However, an enjoyable brew to drink no less.

Photo of malcontent
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, straw-colored body. Foamy head that dies down to somewhat meager lacing.

Coriander and powdered sugar dominate but traces of lemon peel and clove linger as well.

Soft citrus flavor paired with a gentle sweetness and a bit of yeasty flavor. Clove continues to make its case and strengthens as the beer warms. Not overly complex, just well executed and very satisfying.

Mouthfeel is crisp and not at all thin. Finish leaves a slight twang and gives a cottony kiss to the tongue, improving the overall character of the beer greatly. A solid example of a wit from an unexpected locale. My only complaint is that I've had this beer a number of times and the quality seems to vary widely. The only thing I can think of is that certain places I've purchased this from have simply had it on the shelf too long or stored it improperly.

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

A - The beer pours a light yellow body, almost a lemon color. You will note the strong carbonation and abundance of bubbles. The head retains very well.

S - The smell of lemon is definitely there, but without being too sour. The aroma is simple in my estimation, which for this style of beer isn't so much of a problem.

T - You almost get a subtle taste of bubblegum in this beer. This is not to suggest that the beer tastes like a mixed drink but rather that the taste is quite pronounced for a witbier. I didn't get a lot of bitterness in this beer.

M - The beer has a thin consistency, but I think it really works. It is quite refreshing and goes down smoothly.

D - This is a very smooth beer, in fact one of the smoothest I've ever had. It is very easy to put down and you learn something new every time you drink it.

Photo of cichief
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was a nice warm Sunday, so I tried a big 750 ml bottle of this poured into a shaker style pint glass..

A- It poured orange-gold, very cloudy, with a snow-white head, which dissipated quickly.

S- Coriander and citrus very prevalent, some banana and clove.

T- Powerful coriander and orange peel taste. Very powerful flavor.

M- Medium body, but very light drinking, since it was bottle conditioned it was smooth.

D- Very refreshing, a good summertime beer.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy, milky yellow with a small head and no lacing.

S - Orange rind, coriander, touch of gumball, touch of lemon rind and faint herbal hops.

T - A touch of faint wheaty malt. Orange peel, coriander and dry grassy hops that stay on to the finish. Overall a mild and very pleasant flavor.

M - A tad harsh from carbonation, thin, very refreshing.

D - Very good. This is definitely the best beer from Japan that I have ever had. Actually worth seeking out, but not woth a flight to Japan. Sessionable, pleasant for the whole family.

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

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a slight hazy lemon yellow body with a very strong carbonation of micro bubbles. There was a perfectly smooth creamy snow-white head that lasted a good long time.

S- The soft smooth smell of lemon frosting was not as sweet as frosting but had a hint of powdered sugar to it. There was a subtle yet complex aroma with hints of cherry blossoms in the background with a light yeasty note. The smell made me want to keep sniffing as deep as I could but it was a bit mysterious.

T- The taste of smooth mellow wheat has a light tartness to it with a soft bubblegum hint to it. The tartness was a supporting flavor and not over the top. There was a nice hint of bitterness in the finish that balanced the wheat malt notes.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a light fizz in the finish and a very light hint of chewiness to the texture.

D-This beer has a lot of nice depth but it is very soft. That makes this beer a nice session beer, which lets you understand a little more about it with every new glass. Very nice wit without the over powering bubblegum and clove characteristics.

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

This is a beer that I could drink with anything and at anytime. Nice crisp taste with little to no after taste. This is a little hard to find in my area but it's not difficult if you know where to look as with most beers. I would recommend trying this beer sooner than later.

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