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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest White AleHitachino Nest White Ale

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521 Reviews

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Reviews: 521
Hads: 1,412
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 19.7%
Wants: 183
Gots: 223 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Photo of chefhatt
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Japanese beer.
I poured this beer into my glass, it has a golden color body with a fizzy head.lt comes off as a slight grain aroma. The taste is spot on, it has a ginger and slight lemon flavor. It also has a nice spice to it. Mouthfeel is smooth and this beer is very drinkable.

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Photo of mrjez
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: pours a very cloudy pale gold with a nice finger of white head.
S: a heavenly mix of orange peel and herb. Halfway through the nutmeg really starts to come out.
T: oh boy, a nice hit of nutmeg up front backed by wheat and citrus.
F: seriously smooth, it fizzes nicely, has a nice dry finish. I kept sipping so fast, ridiculously drinkable.
O: I love this beer every time. I think I've overrated it, then I try it again and it makes my day.

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Photo of Badger6
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured form an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Light straw color, hazy with minimal visible carbonation. White head, billows quick, dissipates fast into a thin layer on the surface. Some lace.

S: Funk, pronounced citrus, mildly spiced. Very simple, straightforward aroma. Seems balanced.

T: Funky up front, with some light hints of citrus and spice. Slight tartness that carries through. Finishes slightly sweet, minimal aftertaste.

M: Light body, almost no carbonation. Very refreshing and clean feeling on the palate. Almost a watery feel.

O: Subtlety is the hallmark here. Nothing is over the top, and nothing is left so far in the background you are looking. Slightly funky, slightly spicy, hints of citrus...all balanced. The light feel with minimal carbonation makes this supremely drinkable. Yes, it's a Belgian style, but it is truly Japanese in its subtle, refined character.

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Photo of hreb
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle dated H.14.02 and served in pint glass. Beer is pale yellow in color, with big soda bubbles rising towards a white head. Actually it looks like cloudy mountain dew. And as cloudy as it is, there's a significant layer of trub still left in the bottle. Pleasant lemon-citrus peel aroma, though.

Flavor is neutral in the grain department, thanks to a healthy load of wheat in the mash, with a coriander flavor front and center, taste profile wise. Orange peel comes out as well. Except for the heavy dose of carbonation is quite drinkable and enjoyable. But as a witbier I think the gimmick of high-quality craft brews from Japan that aren't adjunct lager has kind of worn off by now. I'm certainly less excited about this now than I was when I first tasted it years ago.

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Photo of Mike-Harms
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A refreshing white ale, crisp and citrusy. Great specimen of wit character. Cool to see craft beers this good coming out of Japan.

Not a lot of head, and didn't last too long. But it was very drinkable and made me want another, immediately. Great summer beer.

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Photo of HarryPlopper
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great spiced/flavored beer. It has an unfiltered appearance and yeasty smell. The orange and allspice hits you right away and there are yeasty after-notes. It has a thick mouth feel and smooth finish. No harsh aftertaste and very little carbonation. This is a very pleasant spring/summer beer and one that will definitely find it's way into my fridge more often.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice fairly cloudy amber with a decent head that quickly dissipates. Nice aromatic smell that is slightly sweet and very clean. Nice taste that is also slightly sweet. I really enjoyed the smell the best. Fantastic. A very easy beer to drink with lots of flavor.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw body, very hazy (and even hazier if you swirl up the sediment) with a few streams of bubbles. White head dissipates very quickly.

S: Funky yeast, light citrus, melon, and mild spices. Simple, but expressive and balanced.

T: The funk has some tartness/sourness, just a tad to make it refreshing. Again, hints, nothing more, of lemon and orange fruits, all underlined with very faint clove, white pepper, coriander.

M: Light, low acidity, but crisp and refreshing, fine carbonation- just the right amount, lively but not bloating or overly prickly.

O: Refreshing, a little funky to make it unique, well balanced, supremely drinkable- a great beer all around.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(purchased single 11.2 oz bottle, cooler-cold - bottle code WH.13.08.... poured into a 20 oz pint)

A: really damn cloudy, honey-ish yellow in color.... 1/2" white head, fizzy, falls fast.... all but a thin outer ring of foam, no lace

S: absolutely stellar, inviting aromas - spiced orange, candied ginger(?).... not a clear, naked coriander scent.... clove.... altogether, has a decidedly ginger snap quality, with a background hint of orange zest.... mmmm

T: blend of citrusy flavors up front - lemon/lime, flowery orange... fair bit of lightly-doughy malt in the middle... quick zip of ginger spice during the finish... looong-lingering lemon sugar and pale malt flavors in the aftertaste... with enough time in between sips, the coriander starts to emerge, swimming in a pool of something like Froot Loops or Trix(?!)...

M: mild-moderate prickly carbonation... possibly the ideal body... somewhat like lightly thinned-out OJ concentrate - may be an overstatement... has some delicate slickness to it, yet it fades away dry

O: having not had this for years, I still feel like this is a top-notch Wit.... the unique flavors of Hitachino's ales make them worth the extra $ or $$

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked H.13.07 at 45 degrees into standard pint
Faint aroma of orange
Head average (3 cm), white, fizzy, completely and quickly diminishing to a 1 – 2 mm ring
Body medium yellow, murky
Flavor begins with a subdued orange sweetness, and ends sweet, with no flavor; no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl
Palate medium, somewhat creamy, lively carbonation

The fizzy head that totally disappears coupled with the murky body detract from the visual appeal of this beer, but the light orange taste and aroma help redeem this. The price point is high, and makes this a questionable candidate for multiple drinks.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Very chunky looking from the large pieces of sediment. It eventually died down to the bottom of the glass. Color is a cloudy, dark lemony yellow color. Head is soapy, but holds fairly well around the rim of the glass. Ok lacing, but not a huge amount. Looks like a witbeir for sure.

S- Big oranges and lemons. Coriander spice. Slightly sour. Wheat grains/grassy. Just the way a good white ale should smell.

T- Slightly sour and semi dry with a orange type citrus. Again, like the scent, it's got the wheat type graininess. Also to round out the flavor is a light lemony taste.

M- Light to medium. It's a heavier beer than say Blue Moon or Shock Top type witbeirs. It's crisp and refreshing for sure. It's got a good charge from the carbination, but it's not overdone. It actually has a creamy feel as well. Finish is fairly dry. Just the slightest amount of citrus type sweetness remains on the palate. It's just so easy to drink. It's so refreshing!

Overall Hitachino nailed this beer down! If you didn't know any better, you'd think this was an authentic whitbeir straight out of Belgium. This is one of those all good and no bad kind of beers. Do yourself a favor and pick this up! You won't regret it.

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Photo of Breeza
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Cloudy bright straw colour, thin white head dissipates quickly, initially really carbonated but slowed.

S:Sweet, hoppy, slight citrus, hint of pepper.

T: Citrusy.

M: Light and refreshing.

O: Overall extremely enjoyable, I don't like citrusy beers but this one is done really well. Highly recommend it!

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Photo of edog917
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Good lacing. Bright golden color with one finger head. Light citrus notes. This beer finishes cleaner than any flavorful beer i have ever tried, especially of this style. Very sessionable, easy to drink, yet very good flavor.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a quite hazy caramel yellow amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet wheat, orange family citrus, herbal bittering. Flavor is mild sweet wheat, caramel, mild fruit and citrus, hints of clove and Belgian yeast. Flavor tapers off quickly, but leaves a very pleasant light caramel wheat aftertaste that is quite satisfying. Medium bodied with peppery carbonation. A very nice witbier that is somewhat understated and almost a bit overcarbonated, but with mellow wheat flavor that is very enjoyable. Balanced and tasty.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a decent white and bubbly head before dissipating quickly but still leaves a bubbly film on the beer. The beer is a clear pale golden straw color that has slight hints of orange.

The beer has a fairly complex aroma. The smells that are detected vary from hints of apricot, honey, and peach along with a slight and almost undetectable hint of citrus hops. The beer's taste is similar to its smell but not as complex.

The most dominate taste is that of the Belgian yeast flavor while the flavors present in the smell are more subtle. The peach and apricot are still there but not as prominent. However, the orangish citrus hops taste is more noticeable.

The beer feels smooth and a little creamy. The beer is lightly medium bodied.

Overall, a fantastic beer and one that I would definitely buy again.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hitachino Nest has a pretty thick, foamy collar, a very hazy, bubbly, yellow appearance, with thick lacing, and a descending yellow cloud, once the bottom contents are swished and poured. The aroma is of strong, pungent, sweet, spicy, citrusy, malts, and the flavor is of those elements, with an overriding orange juice component and a background of coriander. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Hitachino Nest finishes semi-dry, refreshing, sweet, and very easy going. Overall, this is most excellent and maybe the best of the style. Check it out!


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Photo of 57md
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy pale straw with a thin layer of head. The nose has hints of wheat and yeast along with something sweet and floral. The wheat also comes through in the flavor profile along with some citrus notes. This offering is certainly light-bodied, which fits the style. This is a tasty but thin beer that is worth sampling at least once.

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Photo of Das_Reh
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass

A = a pleasantly hazy light gold with a pillowy white head

S = yeasty and wheaty, apricots and coriander, very floral and citrusy

T = honey, ginger, lemon and orange peel, coriander and peppery spices, shot of apple juice

M = creamy with moderate carbonation

O = One of the best beers I've ever had, and a very good wit

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Photo of Skribe
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I suck at giving reviews so I will keep this brief, Kiuchi Brewery has been one of my favorite breweries since discovered them many years ago and I am blessed to have a place 5 minutes from where I live that carry quite a few varieties. The White Ale is my absolute favorite ale. Thank GOD no one else buys them from the store I frequent!! Serve cold in a pint glass and enjoy!

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Photo of Auraan
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous cloudy yellow with a three finger fluffy white head that stuck around and left a bit of lacing as I drank the beer. True to style and very attractive. Scents of orange peel, which is quite pronounced, grainy wheat, sweetness, chamomile, allspice and clove, fruity and yeasty esters, incredibly complex for a witbier and extremely pleasant. Taste begins with yeasty wheat bread, moving into citrus peel, slight peppery spiciness, herbal hops, and finishing with wheat cracker and a strong graininess. Aftertaste is yeasty and grainy with some herbal notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, with a nice yeasty feel present as well. Overall it's an amazing witbier with a depth of complexity in it's aroma that no other witbier I've had has reached, and and an excellent flavor hitting the wibier style with a nice herbal hop character that adds some complexity there as well, the mouthfeel is standard for the style but good. It's just a fantastic witbier, with an excellent complexity to it, and it's just plain pleasant to drink. Well worth it's $5 price tag. An excellent craft beer out of Japan

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Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with a moderate haze and a finger of frothy white foam. Not bad!

Smell: very floral, wheaty aroma with a fair amount of raw grain in the mix. Floral elements include hints of lavender and chamomile, which are nice. Maybe not traditional, but not bad at all.

Taste: the flavor starts off smooth with some of the grainy edge taken off the aroma, but unfortunately that edge starts to work its way through. Smooth and floral up front, but there is a little harshness toward the end. Frankly, I'm not a fan of that aspect.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, well-integrated carbonation and a super smooth, satisfying creaminess. Bam!

Overall: this beer has some great stuff in it, as well as some annoying flaws. Without the harsh graininess, this might be in the running among my favorite witbiers. Unfortunately, it's just a little too rough for my taste.

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Photo of BWED
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip

A- Yellow gold, hazy, lots of yeast chunks suspended in the body. Thin white head leaves some good lacing around the glass.

S- Fragrant, floral ( a bit of a perfume scent), lemongrass, and a mild sweet bread malt.

T- Sweet, wheaty, and spicy. Some citrus. All mild and light. Refreshing.

M- Tingle of carbonation, light. A bit of viscosity, and a subtle spicy finish.

O- Pretty good brew. It doesn’t feel the best, but the aroma is very nice, and flavor is good and refreshing.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A cloudy yellow, with a snow-white head that positively glitters in the light. The bubbles are tight and tiny at first, then relax to form round, uniform beads. A truly beautiful beer.

Smell: Remarkably floral notes mix well with a summery pineapple and apricot punch. A bready foundation comes through as the beer warms.

Taste: While bitterness is absent, there is a strong floral hop taste that makes me feel as if I'm drinking honeysuckle perfume. The pineapple that I was looking forward to after smelling the beer is, unfortunately, nowhere to be found, and the apricot fades into a quick spritz of lemon. Fortunately, a light clove-like flavor brings a bit of welcome complexity. Although the taste is altogether enjoyable in spite of the aforementioned disappointments, it's also strangely faint, as if a small group of ghostly esters is just floating across the top of the glass.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation, with a pleasant effervescent quality.

Overall: Not how I remembered this beer. I remember thinking it was absolutely lovely...but that was years ago. The floral character is fascinating, but the lemon soda water flavor that goes along with it is not. I could smell and gaze at this beer all day, but I would rather taste another.

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Photo of JWeldon
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11.2oz bottle into tulip @38F

A: pours straw with a thin, brief white head

S: green grass, citrus, floral notes, apricot, pear, apple

T: same as smell, with a delicate hoppy-fruity finish

M: light-bodied with medium carb, little malt and a great dry/lightly bitter finish

O: Complex, well balanced and delicious! It’s like wine in beer’s clothing. It’s like drinking in the most refined aspects of a garden, orchard and wheat field all togther. I love it, and it’s a definite do-over. Wow.

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Photo of ckollias
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed 12oz bottle out of a porter glass.

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a slight white head that disappears quickly into no lace or trail.

S: Not a huge nose here – slightly citrus and hoppy.

T: Crisp and tart wheat flavor with a middle citrus hop middle and finishes on the dry side of tangy.

M: Medium body and minimal carbonation.

O: Interesting brew – worthy of a try.

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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.