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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 thoover
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +7.4%
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 +6.2%
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 -2.5%
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 +1%
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 -1.2%
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 -4.9%
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 +9.1%
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 -7.9%
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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Photo of GClarkage
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

01/04/05- Purchased at Weimax Liquors in Burlingame, CA

Presentation- 11.2 oz small bottle with no dates. Poured into my Duvel glass.

Appearance- Beautiful cloudy golden pour. Nice thick white head that decreases to about 1/4 inch and stays there and wafts. Light minor lacing along the edges.

Smell- I think everyone called the smell and taste of this one. Tons of corriander and orange peel extract.

Taste- A bit acidic with all the citrus flavor going on here. The corriander works well with the orange and lemon.

Mouthfeel- Ultra carbonated as expected, but still feels a bit thick. Leaves a huge sugary lemonade aftertaste.

Drinkability- One of the better witbier I have had. A bit strong with the acidity though. Still would have another one of these if I had one.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured almost clear pale golden straw with a white low head that was persistent and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was strongly citrus and evident from across the room. The citrus notes were well done and carried orange and tangerine aromas with them. Also present was a low clove spice that almost took on a cinnamon character.

The flavor was crisp with strong spice presence of clove that also had the similar cinnamon character. The strong citrus of the aroma was muted in the flavor, but present in the bittering. The citrus bittering was strong and added complexity with the spice and light wheat.

The finish was dry with lasting citrus peel bittering and clove spice long and pleasant into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium and just above medium light and well achieved.

24.3 ounce bottle. A darn nice witbier. One I would suggest people who like witbiers search out.

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Photo of Gusler
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

After its eviction from the 330ml brown bottle, the beer sets in the glass a hazy golden amber. The head started forming the minute I popped the cap off the bottle, as I poured it into the glass it from a behemothic head that is bright white and frothy, as it slowly subsides the lace forms a lumpy sheet upon the glass. Nose is sweet with orange peels, cloves, coriander, a real mélange of flavors and aromas, start is sweet and the grain profile delightful, top is light in its feel to the palate. Finish is striking in its acidity, the hops pleasing and the aftertaste quite dry, a very drinkable beer and one I enjoyed immensely.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent translation of a Belgian white ale. Pours a beautiful haze of yellow/amber with a frothy, pure white head and nice lacing. Typical white aromas of citrus, coriander, and wheat malt followed by apricot, pear, and clove. Flavors follow closely, intense apricot/peach, melon, nice spices, dry, crisp, with floral notes (jasmine?) not typically found in this style. Soft mouthfeel with a dry, very mildly hopped finish. Pairs exquisitely with sushi. Unique in it's own way, this is one white worth trying

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Photo of rousee
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love these people. This is one of my top breweries-- where they seem to get every style correct. They are WAY expensive though !! $4 + for a 12oz beer is a joke but I like this brand so much and it is fairly difficult to find --esp. around these parts, so I buy it. Had the Weizen last night and I think this one is much better. The taste on this with the beef jerky I am having is just perfect. You pick up every subtlety of the beer--from the nice yeasty wheat dryness to the spicy coriander, orange peel and pepper--everything-- really cuz there is a lot more going on here than those flavors I named.

A-not so hot. boring gold-honey murk-no head no lace. Does this mean its not gonna be good??
S-is freshly fermented apple orchard--but mild. there is some wheatiness present but overall just fabulous. You can pick up some of the spicy elements too.
T-I don't know if I have ever had a better one for this style than this. I don't know how fresh the bottle I am having is, but at the BBF (where it was definitely fresh) they had it from a 750ml bomber
and i remember it being equally good. I bet this beer on-tap would be close to the king of white ales. I am already giving it a 5 on taste and i hate to give these out w/o major consideration first. My taste descriptions are in the 1st paragraph but I will add that it has some sourness on the back but not enough to take away from the 5 score.

MF-nice fuzzy one typical of this style.
D-Way drinkable-probably desrves a 4.75 but I am moving my score from 4 to 4.5 anyway.

Edit--there is no edit--I earlier submitted the review w/o finishing it first.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Beer Belly in Osaka, Japan.
Slightly hazy lager-looking slightly hazy yellow body, with a low lying white head. Amazing muscat grape, papaya and ginger like aroma. This beer has a more impressive bitterness than most white ales, but still subdued. Massive amounts of orange and again grape fruit on the palate. I am getting almost none of the corriander and pepper everyone is talking about.

The impossible amount of fruityness brought down my score.

Light bodied, not alot of yeastyness. Very refreshing.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 oz stubby. Bottle-conditioned. Code on back H.2.11

Cloudy apricot glow under creamy white head that billows up and settles into fluffy clumps as it falls. No lace.

Enticing sweet spicy orange scent that takes on a slightly metallic, marmalade tone as the level falls the beer warms.

More marmalade in the flavor with lots of orange and strong apricot tones. The suggestion of pepper in the chilled beer fades as it warms. Tinny elements emerge with warmth. Prickly carbonation in medium light body.

Faint resiny finish that lingers until after you forget it's there and then it reminds you that it's been a while since you had a sip.

I think I short-changed this beer by pouring too carefully. That left a sticky pad of yeast on the bottom, which turned to be quite tasty. I still got a fair amount of spice, but it would have been much more distinctive if I had swirled up the yeast properly.

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Photo of clvand0
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle. Pours a very cloudy light yellow color with a medium head that dies off and leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma is very grassy and has the presence of a floral hop. The flavor is spicy and grainy with citrus notes as well as a grassy feel. This is a very odd beer, but a very good beer. I'll definately have this one again.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

fine white lace, dull orange tinted yellow body
sharp, corriander in nose
ginger, clove, white pepper spice in taste
dry finish, dry malts
yeast lends slight grassy flavor

It's not a haiku. It's a minimalist review. Good beer here, a little different. kinda a little spicy for a wit. I could see this going well with Japanese cuisine.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite well carbonated, the cap makes a loud sound as I crack it off. The beer is a hazy straw color, that is topped by a thick white head that is held up by the ample carbonation. The aroma is spicy (with notes of lemon, ginger, and pepper), and a bit musty. It really has quite a rich intriguing aroma to it. The beer is well carbonated, which in combination with the spices gives this a peppery-spicy start as I take my first sip. This is actually quite tasty, and quite a bit different (either because of the spices used, or a combination of the yeast used and the spicing) than your average Wit type beer. There is some solid spicy notes here that seem to be driven by ginger, and perhaps some pepper. It is quite dry and light on the palate. This beer must be super spicy when fresh. This would be a great beer to pair with sushi, more places need to pick this up, it is quite tasty, and with its spiciness would pair quite well with food.

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Photo of Truh
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Flew the coop with this one on 7/22/2004. 16-oz. pour at Redbones in a shaker glass.

Milky yellow to straw coloring, almost to the point of light green, with gently ascending carbonation throughout. A film of head, but really nothing to write home about – the nest was a little bare. Fruity lemon/lime esters on nose with a huge hit of mixed sunshine composed of equal parts sweet and sour from a perceived grapefruit aroma. That same grapefruit was the first thing noted to taste, with a nice juiciness which left a lingering note on the tongue. Some light clover aspects were noted as well. On the whole, this was entirely refreshing on a muggy 85-degree day in the heart of Davis Square.

If this offering is made with rice, bring on the Kokuho!

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Photo of mschofield
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy "white"-yellow, topped with a one finger white head, gets a lot cloudier if the yeast is swirled and added in. Left no lacing at all.
Perfume and floral aroma, grass and spices.
Orange, spice, wheat, perfume/flowers, some bitter orange as well in the taste.
Light-medium bodied.

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Photo of necoadam
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11oz bottle (just make it 12)

Pours out a pale gold color with a nice head that stays with you for the entire time. Smell consisted of lots of spices and fruits. Ginger, coriander, cloves and a touch of lemon along with some fruit tones. Pretty nice. Taste was nicely balanced. It's quite flavorful with nothing was overdone which was nice to taste. Lots of fruity tones hit the palate first and then the spices take over and lasts into the aftertaste. Some yeast undertones can be detected as well. I saw the bombers for like 6.50, don't know if I would want to spend that amount of money for this one, I could put in two extra dollars and get Allgash or Hoegaarden 6 pack and it's just as good. Tasty? You bet. But you gotta ask yourself if the price is worth paying for this beer.

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Photo of silenius
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has the straw-like haziness part right, but blink and the head is gone in no time.

Smell is a little sulfur, a little orange, a little spice and strangely enough a little eucalyptus. Without the sulfur this would score higher.

Taste is orangey with a nice spice balance. Not too spicy. It hits with some orange then segues into a spicy zing that finishes with an herbal zip. Nice and refreshing.

I think this beer screams for food with sauces. The carbonation is lively enough to lift anything heavy off your tongue and prepares your mouth for the next bite. I'm thinking eggs Benedict.

Drinkability is quite nice with its palate cleansing power it does not tire itself out. Solid.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
2.83/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear yellow with lots of floaties- not hazy like other wits, but floaties particles. Very unusual. Has a medium sized white head that collapses immediately, even though there's a lot of carbonation. Aroma has wit-style floral, yeast , and coriander notes. Herbal/coriander aroma is much stronger than in other wits I have had- to the point of being very distracting. The flavor follows through the aroma- I do not care for it beacuse it seems to be a one-note spice flavor. The mouthfeel is clean and light, but I was happy when I finshed it.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium gold color with one finger of head. There is some lacing left. The smell is a little spicy, with some ginger in behind the wheat malt. The taste is sweet, with some citrus fruit. The finish is spicy, with black pepper and ginger. There are some hops present as well. The mouthfeel is just a little light. The drinkability fairs very well, and it's a nice unique beer.

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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.