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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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Reviews: 521
Hads: 1,395
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 19.7%
Wants: 181
Gots: 212 | FT: 2
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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 geexploitation
4.67/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of asabreed
4.89/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Troyone
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy apple juice color with a dirty blond hue, minimal off white head, and lots of carb action.

Has a sweet caramel malt smell with a herbal/citrus hops aroma.

Lightly sweet, lightly/moderately bitter, moderately acidic, grainy, and hay malt taste with a resin/orange/grapefruit hops flavor.

Medium bodied, slightly syrupy almost watery texture, soft carbonation, and a smooth sour finish.

To me the balance is off with too much acidic flavor, the taste is flat, and a plus may be the smooth slightly sour finish for session status.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at John's Grocery in Iowa City and carried across state lines back to Bloomington, Indiana. Going rate was $3.49. They had a couple other Kiuchi brews for sale there as well. Label was what attracted my attention, but also the fact that it was a Japanese craft beer (havn't seen too many of them).

Poured into a traditional pint glass.

A - Pours nice and cloudy with all that yeast. Head was large and dense but dissipated quickly until only A thin head remains.

S - The orange and coriander scents are the most prevalent, but there is alot more going on here.

T - A bit sour at first, but then evens out with the orange and coriander flavors coming on. Drys quickly.

M - Highly carbonated and tingly on the tongue. The thin remaining head give you the hit of carbonation. Delightful.

D - Easy to drink, but just as fun to sip. Great warm weather beer.

Overall an impressive Witbier. True to the style yet interesting enough to keep me coming back. Will definitely try more Kiuchi styles.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found at Whole Foods in Sarasota, in the ethnic, takeout section instead of their fine beer section.

Pours a straw/orange color with a decent white head that drops pretty quickly.
Smell is malt, spice,citrus and hops. A good balance.
Taste is the same mix as presented to the olfactory lobe with the hops standing out above the others. In the aftertaste, though, the hops fade out and the spice lingers nicely.
A medium/light body with effervescence on the tip of the tongue. Overall a decent brew but nowhere near as good as the other offerings from Kiuchi.

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Photo of UncleFrank
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit clearer than expected. Orange gold color. Thin head

Smells nice, enticing. The orange dominates the coriander.

Teh coriander provides a dryness, but the tast isnt there. mkalt sweetness chased by a quick hit of spicy hops like saaz then a wave of orange ppel. finishes dry and makes me want more.

Smooth, light, effervecent, hi carbonation. Well done.

I could drink alot of this on the got days we have had. Cool label too.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm a sucker for labels and this one caught my eye. A red owl with the words White above it and Ale Below, nothing to exciting but enough to get my 3 bucks.

Spritzy head with loads of carbonation feeding it throughout. slightly unfiltered look.

Floral smell/yeast definitely involved. The first taste at the very very beginning is sour but its only a split second until the citrus/carbonation sizzles away at the palate a bit course on the way down...this beer is very unique and doesn't draw all that many similarities to other witbiers i've had. this one stands alone and is a nice example to follow. Kiuchi brewery has gotten my attention with this offering.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Whole Foods, Chicago. After reading in "All About Beer" about their cedar-aged IPA, I had to try this, even though it’s not the same beer. It has a very pale and cloudy color. Kind of lemony like a hefeweisen, but then I picked up a big nutmeg taste (before I knew there was nutmeg in it). Coriander makes an appearance, too. And I do get a cedary taste with this beer after all. It’s good to see some craft beers coming over from Japan and discovering brews beyond Sapporo and Kirin.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! This is one hell of a witbier. Pours to a cloudly pale yellow color with a thick and frothy white head. The lacing quickly washes back down to meet the liquid after each tip. Also of note, the yeasty sediment swirled in the glass like the northern lights, which was a cool effect.

The smell is amazing. Has a strong coriander, lemon, orange peel, and spicy clove aroma to it. Everything melds together to for a great wit bouqet.

The taste has quite a twang to it. There is a peachy, apricot, and pear flavor that hits upfront, along with the familiar lemon, coriander, and orange peel from the nose. The wheat malt provides a subtle bite in the finish, but the fruitiness dominates the in the flavor. This is a very unique witbier.

The body is medium, and provides a multitude of flavors for each tastebud across your whole palate. This is my first Japanese beer, and I am now interested in trying others by this brewery (though I think I'll continue to avoid such Japanese Macro Lagers as Kirin or Sapporo, etc.).

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Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the Puck Fair bar in Soho, NYC. pours cloudy apricot, white head, light lacing left on the glass, light sugary nose. This is a light, yeasty brew, spicing is fairly mellow but evident. Citrusy and piney notes late. Fine summer brew, pleasant, well crafted wheat that is a treat if you can find it on tap.

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Photo of Beervis
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the very cool 24.3oz bottle a hazy orange/yellow with a thick white head.

Smell is very up front orange peel and spice. I couldn't get my nose out the glass, I just had to keep sniffing, there are so many cool layers of smell here. Taste is of orange peel, heavy spice and an earthy yeast. Mouthfeel is very creamy, malty and light, but at the same time, it coats your mouth in creaminess. The spicing is very appetizing. It finishes with a hop snap, and leaves you wanting another sip. Yeast is heavy in the beer, and at the end of the glass, there is a nice pile at the bottom.

This is one of my favourite styles, and this is a great example. I will definitely be buying more.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foamy white head that holds as a firm sheet. Very faint spotted lace that doesn't last. Semi-cloudy, deep golden in color.

A tart lemon, orange, and raspberry nose balanced with a strong banana aroma. Moderate corriander as well with a slight touch of butterscotch.

A light lemon and orange-driven wheat flavor up front; crisp and fresh. Hints of banana and corriander ride a wave of carbonation. There's absolutely no bitterness or diacetyl in the aftertaste. The aftertaste is filled with a sour orange flavor along with some banana and corriander.

Light bodied; prickly and very carbonated; maybe too much, but the flavors are so well rounded and balanced. Very refreshing.

Light and flavorful; this is one wit worth going back to. My first encounter with the Kiuchi Brewery and I'm impressed enough to sample some more.

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale honey color with a fluffy white head that quickly dissipates but splashes some spotty lace

Smell: Unusually distinctive woody lemon aroma, with distinct nutmeg and orange peel elements

Taste: Floral sweetness, nutmeg, vanilla and wheat malt for just a flash, up front, with the bitter orange peel and coriander flavors emerging to dominate by mid-palate; after the swallow, the up front flavors re-emerge to join the spicy flavors; there is an orangeade aspect to the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with very prickly carbonation

Drinkability: A refreshingly different wit, with a lot of subtle fruit and spice flavors; each time I try it I like it better and better

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Photo of thoover
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had a few bottles of this, but didn't have it on tap until recently.

Appearance: Poors slightly cloudy orange/golden, with a bright white head that hasa decent retention.

Smell: Smells of heavily of oranges, slightly of cloves, and faintly of corriander.

Taste: Good amount of carbonation, strong orange and corriander flavors. Really good.

Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing, and bubbly...

Drinkability: Even though its got a bit of wheat in it, you could still manage to drink a few of these. Certainly had more than one.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy orange/gold with a big white head. Citrus/clove/coriander pervade both the smell and the mellow but complex flavor. Very light and perfectly carbonated on the tongue, it is an interesting example of a wit. The yeasty flavors are in perfect balance, and the overall effect is extremely refreshing. One of the best non-Belgian witbiers I've ever had.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a hazy, light golden shade with a large, frothy head. Carbonation is excellent. The aroma is of sweet of sweet oranges with some mild spiciness. Taste starts with a nice citrus bite which is soon rounded out and sweetened. Spices soon join the palate. A mild wheat taste is noted, especially in the finish, where it is joined by a stronger malt flavor. This is an awesome lighter beer, very flavorful and full of complex subtleties. I could spend a lot of time with a beer like Hitachno Nest White Ale. Highly recommended.

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Photo of sweethome
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy and golden in color. Big rocky head. Dissipates slowly and leaves ring of head around the outside of the glass all the way through. Aroma is quite powerful. Big orange peel and corriander - a hint of oxidation going on - who knows how old this beer is.

Spicy and acidic. Quite tart. The acidity seems turned up from slight oxidation. The flavors are citrus, yeast, and plenty of corriander. Refreshing. Mouthfeel is a bit grainy. Cleanses the palate extremely well. Should pair well with food.

A unique take on Belgian white. Not my favorite in the style, but a different take that creates a lasting impression.

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Photo of dauss
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: oddly shaped 720ml capped dark green bottle. A silk screened green label with a red and white owl or some sort of bird on the front. Lots of japanese on the back with the importers sticker.

Appearance: Very cloudy golden straw yellow color. A very large bone white head forms even with a gentle pour. Excellent retention, not much lacing. There is definitely a lot of yeast.

Aroma: sweet wheat malt, citrus, lemon, and a lot of coriander.

Taste: Super spiced beer. strong effervescent carbonation. Lots of coriander, sweet, wheaty, citrusy, a little spicy, with a lemony sour finish. It tastes like they added lemon juice into this beer.

Notes: All in all a very good beer. I think the coriander might have thrown this beer out of balance and the sour finish was a bit strong, but other than that, I enjoyed it immensely.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz stubby bottle with the cute owl on the label and cap. Actually looks white as it pours from the bottle, but in the glass is a slightly hazed, straw yellow body with a modest white head that has good retention and leaves some patchy lace. Odd aroma of slightly sulfuric Saaz hops, orangepeel, and coriander. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Taste has spicy coriander, lemony citrus, wheaty cracker, yeast, orangepeel, and herbal hops that come together quite well. The flavors are all restrained, and the high carbonation helps them meld into a very flavorful, light bodied Wit. Very interesting flavor profile, but it works well. Very refreshing, and an excellent choice as a session ale. Based on my experience with other offerings from this brewery, this is basically a Hitachino Lite.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light gold with a Huge white fluffy head. Lord one could go take a shower, make lunch and come back and the head might still be there. Aroma is of sweet orange, spice and lemon. Taste is very citrusy. Spice is at the forefront then fades back into a dry citrus aftertone. Mouthfeel is super carbonated but not obnoixious. This would be a perfect beer for sushi or any oily fish dishes. I would think this would be great for fish and chips for those that like lighter styles. The flavor scrubs anything off the palate. Drinkability is good as well. This is light and flavourful. Belgian wits are not my favourite, but this one is to style and really good. I would put this up there with Allagash white and above Hoogarten on my list of Wits. As a side note I had a sixer of this and Hoogarten in the DBF- the wife left one of the Hitachino, and there are still 5 Hoogarten. I wish more upscale sushi places would carry this as well as the usual Japanese offerings.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exceedingly pale lemon yellow with a buriza-do of yeast, topped by a large head of bleached white froth that has the consistency of bubble bath (but will undoubtedly be more palatable). The absence of any appreciable stickiness results in very little lace. It matters little though because the beer-head combination looks so good.

Wonderful witbier nose that is absolutely bursting with citrus (orange) peel and white spices. Olfactorily speaking, it seems like the perfect combination of witgredients. Upon tasting... White Nest Ale is a different sort of wit, a unique take on the style. My first impressions are that it's lighter and sweeter than most with more pronounced orange zest notes. All of those characteristics are positives, with the possible exception of the first.

The citrus peel is now equal parts lemon and orange and the spices/herbs are more in the background. There's nothing at all wrong with that particular profile, it all comes together beautifully. I especially love the sweet, lightly bitter, citrusy finish. As noted, the body is light and airy. An enthusiastic cadre of bubbles livens up the mouth party and makes this a fun beer to drink.

White Nest is my first Kiuchi beer and I'm impressed. It carves out its own niche in the style in a manner that thoroughly appeals to me. The $3.99 price tag for a 12 oz. bottle is a bit much however. Price aside, this is one of the best witbiers out there.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24.3 oz. bottle. Picked this up in Kansas City. Not available here in Wichita. Can't read a damn thing on this bottle, except for the stickers that were added after import.

Appearance: A muddy, yellow-brown beer that was extremely murky due to the sediment. A white head rose up with a little coaxing and dissipated quickly. It was very coarse and spider web-like as is it died away. After it had settled down, a cap of white bubbles remained on the beer for a long time. I assume there was a heavy bead that sustained the foam, but I coudln't see anything in this beer.

Smell: An odd nose to this one. Kind of broad and washed out; very hard to explain. Light Mandarin oranges and Bottle Cap candy were the main components. There was a hint of ginger in the background, but it was very faint.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with a nice chewy presence. Rather smooth, picking up some carbonation tickle as it moved back into the mouth and throat.

Taste: At first, this beer was pretty tart, but that subsided after just a couple of drinks. Sweet Mandarin oranges started things out, then a sharp acidic lemon zest rose up to wash away the sweetness. There was a strong yeast mustiness in the background. Lemon grass and grains kicked in on the finish. The aftertaste was a mix of sweet orange and lightly sour lemon. I didn't detect any spices at all in the flavor, except for the very occasional and very light hint of ginger.

A decent beer, but odd for the style. I'm used to yeast in wheat beers, but the musty quality that it had seemed odd for a wit and was a little distracting.

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