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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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Ratings: 1,311
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 150
Gots: 155 | 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 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.

Photo of dill
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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

Photo of czfreeman
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
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
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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
3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
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
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,311 ratings.