Hitachino Nest White Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest White AleHitachino Nest White Ale

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2001

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Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a very nice witbier. Nice layers of wheat, orange, citrus zest, with little bits of coriander spice. Very refreshing and crisp.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of mscudder
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pleased to grab a fresh bottle in Tokyo. Bottled < 1 month ago.

A - Cloudy and opaque yellow hue. Good carbonation with a quality head which receded promptly.

S - Lemon peel, citrus, pale malts and a pinch of nutmeg.

T - Clean floral sweetness with subtle notes of coriander and a touch citrus. Damn good balance.

M - Really nice body for the style: fresh lemon with moderate carbonation keeps the beer prickly while maintaining a strong body for the style.

O - This is one of the best Wits your yen can buy. I can only hope it is comparable in the States.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This Wit has a very good reputation so I'm expecting a good showing for me.

From the old Trix's a lemon yellow,(cloudy) good stoutish head of foam to begin with but it does shrink rather quickly. There isn't an abundance of lacing left behind.

The smell is classic Witbier, with lovely coriander, wheat, some nice sweet notes kind of sugar candi like, light clove, a refreshing? fruitiness of lemon zest. Nose, move over. It's mouth's turn.

And the enjoyment continues. There are no surprises at all in the taste. A wonderfully fully flavoured Wit that expresses everything I mentioned in the smell's so darn smooth and balanced. This drives the drinkability right out of the ball park for me. 24.3 ounces of pure nectar and I see, looking at the bottom of the bottle, a whole lot of stubborn sentiment. Get in me glass, I say!

A near perfect mouthfeel with the abv right where it ought to be, I reckon THIS is what I'd call one of the benchmarks for the style. No doot aboot it.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The aroma is delightful with lots of zesty lemon and orange, spicy tomato, and an undertone of honey. Pours a frothy white head with a hazy, pale gold body. The flavor is delicious with lots of spiciness from the coriander and nutmeg; zesty orange fruitiness; a slight cool, anise seed-like quality; and a malty, grainy finish. There's just a touch of underlying bitterness. The body is frothy and somewhat creamy but overall medium-light in effect with a great deal of crispness from the carbonation.

A uniquely pleasant aroma and a deliciously complex and balanced flavor. Ridiculously drinkable.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pale cloudy yellow with a white head

Smell- Citrus and fruits. Less spice than most witbiers

Taste- Follows the nose. Citrus (more orange than lemon) with a light amount of spice. This is different than most witbiers I have tried that seem to have more of a lemon kick than orange.

MF- Crisp and refreshing

Overall- Another great beer, 2 for 2 with this brewery cant wait to try another

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Photo of ASirahSyrah
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the more delicious and refreshing beverages I've had this summer! What makes it even more impressive is that the Japanese have jumped on board with micro-brewing and put this little gem out. I would definitely recommend it for...well anything apart from a philosophical evening with friends. Very happy to have picked it up; quite satisfied.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a pretty famous beer here, it has eluded me somehow until now. picked this up under 6 bucks over at colorado liquor mart, who is still chugging along with some hidden gems in the back there. a nice take on a wit, different than almost all of them because of (what i perceive anyway) this fresh ginger in here. a blonde beer with a golden flare, clear for the style, and while there are a ton of bubbles in it, no head really ever builds up. the nose is almost like ginger ale, its so potent to me, i have to believe there is real ginger in it. belgian type yeast is also fruity, while some malt other than wheat i think makes an appearance, giving some light caramel flavors as a base. ginger and cracked pepper in the finish, this could pass as a saison on the yeast character alone, less belgian than saison in that regard. super refreshing, and even though it looks flat, there are a lot of bubbles here in solution. my first beer from this operation is a winner, i like this a lot, different from the masses but still comfortably within what the style asks for. perfect hot weather refresher. super dig it.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle drank at Good Luck in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy golden yellow, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like orange, lemon, spices and yeast.

This is one of my favorite Wits I've ever tried- because they toned down the spices and yeast flavors (still there, but more subtle) and ramped up the delicate orange peel and lemon zest flavors. There's also some grassy hop flavor, wheat bitterness, fruity yeast esters, and spicing I can't distinguish. Very delicious, and goes down quite easily.

Light bodied, crisp at the front, slightly creamy at the back of each sip. Medium amount of carbonation, with the tiniest of carbonation bites.

Wit is far from one of my favorite styles, but this is probably my favorite of the style that I've tried.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured cellar temperature into a pint glass.

Any head here is no more than a half-finger of white foam which dissipates quickly. The ale is a quite cloudy lemon straw color, with lots of sediment suspended throughout.

Its aroma is mostly of orange zest and lemon, with some spices liking nutmeg and coriander coming through. Possibly some cardamom, and maybe even a bit of mango and pineapple. There's also the always-pleasant sweet bread dough smell of the Belgian styles. Slightly musty.

Refreshing fruitiness makes the first impression on my palate, oddly reminding me of green grapes, pears, and cantaloupe more than any of the fruits I smelled.. A bit of tart lemon does show up in the middle, followed by a dry, clean finish of yeasty, bready, biscuit maltiness.

The light body and bubbly carbonation feel right on.

Subtle, light, and refreshing, but also enriched with some pleasurable complexities and eccentricities.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
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 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 Badger6
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
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 -16.5%
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 +2.2%
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 +10.4%
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 -1.7%
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 -0.2%
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 +11.1%
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 -14.3%
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%
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 +1%
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 -1.2%
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 -2.7%
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 +10.6%
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 +7.2%
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 -6.9%
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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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.