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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,241 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,241
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 127
Gots: 108 | 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 stouty1
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz bottle in my favorite sushi restaurant. Nice fluffy white head which left a nice 1/16" lacing around the rim. Cool creamy yellowish colr with brown highlights and bubbles chasing eachother around.

Smells of spices and a hint of bannana. Not a strong smell but the beer is kept pretty cold.

The taste is pretty much what I smelled coriander and bannana with a fizzy mouthfeel. Not too sweet and hardly any bitterness or taste of alcohol. Very drinkable ale. Wish I could have another, but that would be too much fun for one night!

stouty1, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Very prototypical looking white ale going on here. Angel food cake colored body, lighly cloudy and dull. The head is strong, pure white and holding on strong.

S: Great smelling beer. Extremely herbal, coriander, yeasty and fresh like a spring breeze. If the beer tastes half this good I'm in luck.

T: Lots of coriander is the first impression. Very spiced, more so than I would have expected. This flavor dominates until finally relenquishing control to some of the citrusy sour notes lurking behind the spices. As the lemon moments fade, a pronounced wheat personality with lots of yeast take the limelight. And the coriander keeps going.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

D: Too many spices added, detracts from the flavor of the beer. And I can't get the flavor off my palate. Not bad but not great.

Westsidethreat, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

AC is broken.
I need something refreshing.
I reach for this beer.

A: Good head on first pour. White, fluffy, loose, and fading quickly. The body is dark yellow and cloudy, with bits floating around. No lacing to be found here though.

S: Heavy spiciness and definite citrus, mostly orange. I love it.

T: Quick yeast spiciness followed sour bite, with citrus aftertaste. Slight hoppyness and bitterness. Complex, interesting, and refreshing.

M: Pretty heavy on the carbonation, but good overall mouthfeel with mouthwatering finish.

D: Nice and refreshing, nothing overpowers or lingers for too long.

I was surprised and delighted that this beer was so good. I would get it again, if only it was cheaper. Still, on a special hot summer day, what a beer.

51mmz0rz, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of atigerlife
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an interesting 21 oz. bottle.

Poures a cloudy golden color with a decent sized clumpy white head that has decent lasting power. Spotty lacing.

Aromas has a lot going on. Some fruit/citrus aroma and light pepper. Nice floral aroma throughout.

Taste is of passion fruit. Also some citrus. Has a nice dry finish. Well balanced that doesn't overwhelm. More sublteness.

Mouthfeel has a light body and moderate cleansing. Fits the style.

Overall, a very drinkable brew for the summer and goes very well with lighter items [fish, chicken, etc.]. Very nicely balanced. Has a lot of subtle complexity that makes this very interesting and makes me want to pick up another on my next trip to the store. Can't wait to try it again.

atigerlife, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of guitarmage
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, like an amaretto sour, soapy white head with good retention, stops at about half an inch. Not especially sticky.

Smell: Spices, big cloves, coriander, sweet malt and citrus hops. Spices are the main smells.

Taste: Almost immediate cloves and coriander, becomes citrusy with very subtle hops, and finishes with some light fruity esters.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, finishes really clean, light bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and tasty, refreshing. This is how I think a white ale should taste like, really spicy and flavorful but refreshing.

guitarmage, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not your typical Wit, but good beer anyways. The bigger additions of lemon zest is apparent as the beer decants from the bottle. Shows the typical canary straw color, but without the soft, glittery hue expected. Head retention is loosely knit, unlike the creamy, foamyness expected either. Along with lemongrass in the nose, there is nice hints of corriander, curraco, and estery yeast qualities. Though these esters show in the flavor, the lemon dominates and religates the other, softer, flavors to support the citrus and not compliment as they should. The beer's lemony qualites keep the beer from becoming creamy or full on the palate, but does help the drinkability and cutting through the thirst. I will love trying this again.

BEERchitect, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the glass a clouded golden orange color. Head began as a finger of white sudsy foam, faded to a cap. Lacing was minimal.

Smell was wheaty with coriander and the faintest trace of freshly picked mint leaves.

Taste was citrus, coriander, and lightly hopped. Crisp, clean and dare I say refreshing.

Light-medium bodied. Fairly active carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

I found this one to be quite enjoyable and very drinkable. Score another one for the Hitachino line!

EvilKeith, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy gold, with a small carbonated head. This beer has a very strong aroma. It smells mainly like citrus, with some coriander and yeast too. It tastes very citrusy, with a slight spicy (coriander and ginger) aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light, with a decent amount of carbonation. It goes down very easy and it's a refreshing beer, great for drinking in spring or summer. This is much better than I expected it to be, I'll have to pick up another one of these again pretty soon.

bluejacket74, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of mynie
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, hazy gold. Small white head. It's small, yes, but good lord is it a stubborn little guy. It simply will not die.

Intense smell. Real intense. Fridge cold I can smell it as it sits on my desk, a good two and half feet away from my nose, all spicy and fruity. Upon closer inspection, literally, it smells remarkable, like no other wittbier I've ever come across. The big wheatmalt spices are still there, all whitepepper corriander, but the fruit backing them isn't the usual dull, grainy bananas and the such. There's apples--like, harsh, cider apples, ripe peaches, and bright green grapes. All are sour and sugary. Really, a wonderful smell.

The fine odor doesn't translate entirely over to the mouth, I'm sorry to say. The first taste is that of sweet white wine, which is backed up by a blend of apples and alcohol, and an end of whitepepper. Not as complex or as sapid as I had hoped.

An excellent white, and the first Japanese beer that I've ever really, really enjoyed.

mynie, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of Drew966
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hitachino Nest White Ale pours a darker straw color with a huge white head and chunks floating in it from a brown eleven point two ounce bottle. The aroma is downright amazing. Citrus seems to dominate, but there is also some spice, coriander perhaps, that is noticeable. Sparkly carbonation. Taste is also very interesting. I would have to say that up to now, I have not been the biggest fan of Witbiers. This one is quickly changing my mind. Citrus is not overbearing, but is definitely dominant. Coriander is present but not in too assertive of a fashion. Very well balanced. Excellent beer, highly recommended. Who would have expected an excellent witbier from a Japanese brewery? I think I need to try some of their other beers.

Drew966, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gray peach. Thin carbonated head. Crazy bubble streaming. Good head revitalization.

N: Oranges, lemons, a touch of ginger, lactic acid.

T: Deeply spicy. Above a light fruity body are stinging pepper, lemon-ginger, and coriander notes, perhaps cardamom too.

MF: Light bodied. Biting with a strongly acidic, lactic like, (think Hitachino’s Milk Stout) sour finish. Very unique and impressive. Not quite fitting of the style but right up my alley.

D: Dry in the way that makes one thirsty for more. Exceptional.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy light gold with a small white head that fades into a small cap and mild collar.
Smell is of lemon and orange peel with coriander and mild traces of wheat flakes.
Taste is of the same aromas with a pleasant orange candy finish.
Mouthfeel is slightly spritzy with a medium feel and a yeasty body. Mild spices highlighted by pepper and coriander make this Belgian style Witbier stand out among the better ones. Certainly much better than the old standby, Hoegaarden.

weeare138, May 30, 2006
Photo of brushpig
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was suggested to me by the bartender at the Small Bar in Chicago, and I am sure glad it was. As soon as it was poured into my glass I could smell the orange and Yeast. The head was small and left quickly. Light body but not watery. The flavors were well balenced with a smooth finish. I found it a very refreshing beer.
Nice for the summer or with a light meal.

brushpig, May 04, 2006
Photo of nouseforotacon
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one gushes out a pale, golden orange with a big billowing head, foamy pockets that fall quickly.

Incredibly strong smell, heavy pine and spice, upfront, peppery, clove, and also traces of yeast. Somewhat chalky and also some buttery notes/diacetyl. Nice aroma.

First sip contains noticeable carbonation, quite sour, with a pleasantly bitter twang. Orange/lemon citrus flavor, with the spice resurfacing on the tongue. This brew leaves my mouth feeling refreshed and has a very wet finish, almost a bit too watery for my liking.

Nicely done summer witibier, quaffable and enjoyable, though strong carbonation and watery mouthfeel might turn some off.

nouseforotacon, May 03, 2006
Photo of jameaterblues
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,241 ratings.