Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest White AleHitachino Nest White Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

519 Reviews
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Reviews: 519
Hads: 1,378
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 172
Gots: 199 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

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 TheLongBeachBum
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 11 fluid ounce Japanese stubby just like the one in the BA picture.

Appearance: Large voluminous white head at first that builds upwards as you pour. Slowly settles to a solid uniform ½” white head that leaves no lacing whatsoever. The body of the beer is a lovely golden color that has a light haze, with some continual streamers. High levels of carbonation assist the head, almost perfect looks but the head tends to break a little early.

Nose: Zesty aroma with a strong orange odor. Some spices and coriander in the back end. Incredible nose on this White Ale! Beautiful – one of the best noses on any White Ale that I have ever inhaled.

Taste: Wow, this is incredibly spicy with a strong orange peel feel. This has everything in perfect balance. A Wheat Ale with orange zest, sharp lemon flavors (that sooo reminded me my Mums Lemon Meringue Pies that she made), ginger, coriander and a light cinnamon feel. Incredibly refreshing and very lively, yet the finish on the mouth has a long lingering citric bite that seems to go on forever. Very impressive.

Mouthfeel: Immense carbonation on the tongue that is far from spritzy but smooth and perfectly balances the acidic orange and spices in the Wheat Ale.

Drinkability: Well, I cannot find fault with this beauty at all. Maybe the citric acidity will become overwhelming, well perhaps after the 20th bottle!!!

Overall: After the good impression I had once I tried the Celebration Ale 2004, when I spied the White Ale I figured I would give this one a whirl also. Not exactly inexpensive, but well worth splashing the extra coin on this one. (1,628 characters)

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

Sweet-scented and hazy, this orange-shaded White ale nice combo for a Tennessee fan) poured from its owl-adorned bottle with a thin bit of dissipating foam atop it. Flavor is very light, very sweet, with a very slight touch of wheat (did that rhyme?) - actually, almost too light, but it's forgivable. I like the unique green apple and Middle Eastern-style rose candy flavors, and it has a nice, full mouthfeel for such an easy drinking brew, with lots of dark yeast floating at the bottom.

I like this beer, and I'd drink it a lot more often if the price wasn't so much more expensive than so many witbiers that are, at very least, equal peers.

Still, cool bottle, and easily my favorite Asian brewery. (709 characters)

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

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This wit beer poured a cloudy, golden color with white foam that settled to leave a thin coat. The smell was fruity (citrus and green apples) with some wheat. The taste was a bit tart and fruity (green apples) with citrus and wheat flavors and a bit of yeast coming through. Overall a very nicely balanced taste. The mouthfeel was smooth and tart (almost puckering). The body was medium with modest carbonation feel. There was a lingering yeasty and tart flavor. This was a very enjoyable beer fresh on tap. (538 characters)

Photo of nomad
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a nice hazy straw color, slight apricot hue, with a bubbly thin head and plenty of carbonation underneath.

Smelled of oranges, sweet lemon, a beautiful tart wheat, and a soft and flowery malt. Tasted like some tasty wheat, solid pale malt, and great classic lemon and citric tinges of a wit. Incredibly juicy, like biting actual fruit wedges thinned down a pinch over tantalizing wheat. Spice is light but nice enough, especially with the yeast poured in. Had a juicy, citric, and light grainy finish.

And that's all there is too it, as I'm not even paying attention to the mouthfeel when it tastes this good, though it could have more pop to it. Regardless, a world class witbier, simple to understand, easy to enjoy. (731 characters)

Photo of littlebibs
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This in one very refreshing strange Belgium/Japan wit mellow
beer thats not easy to find but well worth seeking out. Nice
combinations of spice going- orange/citrus/lemon/ginger/coriander,
crisp and tastey beer. It has a slight lace on the glass but plenty
of carbination and fiz for my taste. Outstanding example of this
style, but as stated often, expensive, not easy to find but
when you get some it doesn't last long, great to share this at
holidays with family and friends. (487 characters)

Photo of purplehops
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hitachino Nest White pours a hazy pale straw color with a sticky white head that leaves plenty of lace on the glass. The aroma is a pleasant mix of orange and ginger with some background floral notes. Taste starts with a good dose of orange and cherimoya fruitiness and quickly moves on to a crisp and light maltiness. Flavors of malt and wheat blend with citrus and spice as it moves around in your mouth. The finish is dry and mellow with spice flavors of coriander, ginger, fagara, clove, and cassia coming to the fore front supported by a soft malt in the background. Aftertaste is a smooth and spicy lingering of spice and lightly sweet malt flavors. Mouthfeel is a light body that starts crisp and fruity and finishes with a dry spiciness.
Overall a great white ale from Japan that can stand with the best Belgium has to offer. Very complex and unique. Sweet, sour, spicy, malty, smooth, acidic, fruity, and tasty. An enjoyable experience on the palette and the mind. (974 characters)

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

Boy this is an in your face refresher?! The beer pours a hazy golden. There is minimal head retention yet a nice amount of sticky lace stays with the glass to the end. Some beer diamonds as this must be a minimally filtered brew? The aromas are awesome and perfect for an Asian white! Instantly, aromas of freshly zested orange peel, ginger root and Asian spices attack the nose. I am immediately transported to my favorite Japanese Restaurant and am craving sashimi and especially teryaki Sea Bass! On the palate more of the same. Refreshing to the max, orange and ginger flavors dance an asian jig, and are clean and as fresh tasting as is the cusine of the region! This is a fantastic Beer! I will ask for it to be brought in at my favorite Asian joints as I think this would be un-beatable with the cuisine of the bottles region. Expensive yes-well worth the expense, no doubt!! Drink less and drink slower if you must. (923 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold color- hazy. Small head. Aroma is orange, spice and yeast. A medium bodied wit beer. Yeasty and spicy. Coriander and orange. Light and refreshing. Citrusy and fizzy (but in a good way) Tasty beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter (288 characters)

Photo of andyj
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I definitely had some apprehension about this one. Belgium and Japan couldn't be further apart. What is more, this is a tough style to brew. It had a bittersweet palate with a citrusy aroma. The citrus seemed more lemon or grapefruit than the usual bitter orang, but I'm not complaining. As far as wit beers go this one had a unique taste that despite it's uniqueness still fits the category. The citrusy bitterness mixes with an awesome spiciness. The combination makes this beer an enjoyable thirst quencher! (510 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, my first Japenese Belgian. This is probably the best Japanese beer I have sampled so far. Pours a murky light orange with a thin white head. Quick lacing, and some sediment at the bottom of the glass. Strong citrus aroma (all orange), with a pinch of spice as well. Crisp and refreshing with a decent balance of orange, ginger, yeast and peaches. Also has a fairly crisp finish. Pricey at over $3 for a 12oz. bottle but a good summer brew. (443 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hello, Mr. Owl. He's funny...thus I shall keep the cap until I lose it. This beer pours out a clear golden color with a good sized white head...then the chunky yeast comes flowing out, making this baby quite cloudy. Rather large bubbles are constantly cascading from the bottom of the glass. The aroma of this beer is complex and delicious. Cloves and coriander are quite strong. I wish my car smelled like this beer. Flavor is not as complex as I had expected, but I possibly set my expectations too high. Orange peel and citrus seem to come out the most, with the clove and spices coming in right behind them. Finishes very dry. Definitely a recommended Wit, light and refreshing while still maintaining a nice flavor and decent complexity. (742 characters)

Photo of TheDM
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a small white brown head of finely sized bubbles. It had a transparent yellow rice brew colored body with a lot, burp, of carbonation rising throughout my mug. There were a lot of particles that could bee seen floating in the body of the brew. It has a very rice like aroma and a very fizzy, burp, taste of fruit like apples. The flavor was OK, but nothing special. It was a very average brew that I would pass on in lieu of much better brews. (459 characters)

Photo of vitesse
2.28/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

served in 25 oz. bottle at monk's in philly.
i love wits, but this one just didn't do it for me. the orange-iness was just way too overwhelming. there was a real chemical taste that reminded me of those super-heavy duty "orange cleaning solutions." no real yeasty tones in the flavor and the beer didn't even that have that great cloudy golden color despite it being bottle conditioned.
i don't recommend this beer at all. there isn't any balance to the flavor palate at all. (478 characters)

Photo of frank4sail
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh lemon, ginger, wheat, and corriander smell that really knocks your socks off. It really smells like sunshine. If I was lookin' for a date I would put a dab of this behind the ears! Hazy cloudy pale orange color with nice carbonation in the glass and a nice persistant white head. Upfront taste of lemon zest, corriander, and ginger. This is quickly followed by a sweet wheat/marshmellow sweetness. The finish balences the brew with a hint of nobel hops. Medium body, quite a full mouth for a wit. A must try for the white beer fan. A little dab will do ya! (562 characters)

Photo of BierReise
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy and yellow looking very true to the style. Great packaging with a painted owl for a logo. I'm a big fan of spiced white ales but this one was overpowered by ginger. Good acidity and mouthfeel was good. Surprised to see a Japanese brewers interpretation of this style. Would be better if it weren't for being heavy on the ginger. (335 characters)

Photo of Indybeer
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11 oz bottle. Pours a golden yellow with a moderate head that didn't last, and leaves only a small ring of lace. Floral aroma with a hint of spice. The taste is a highly carbonated, and the spicyness and tartness dominates the finish. No real hops detected. It's not a bad beer, but I don't think its quite my type of drink. (324 characters)

Photo of bditty187
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, honey-orange hue. Small white head, poor retention, and no lace. Agreeable nose… not very forceful though, spicy with notes of orange, coriander, sweet sugariness, some clove. Quite the invitation! The palate was excellent… well-balanced sweetness & spiciness, coriander, orange, sugar, clove, ginger… with seemingly endless hints of other flavors that all mingle to create one tasty Wit! Highly carbonated, almost seltzer-like but creamier, medium-light mouthfeel, very fitting for the style. The finish is refreshing… it leaves you wanting more, slightly tacky. Very drinkable… this is a great beer. Recommended!

Thank you StevieW for the lovely bottle! (671 characters)

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

Comes in the distinctive Hitachino bottle with the distinctive owl. It pours a yellowish-gold with a smallish white head, despite the seemingly high carbonation content. The smell is citrus (more orange than lemon) and spice. Although a hint of floral smell is present, a floral flavor really comes through from the first sip. It's highly drinkable and, but for the price, would make a good session beer. Good stuff. (416 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
2.15/5  rDev -47%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This brew poured a quick dissolving head with no lacing on my mug. In my opinion it had a fruity and citrusy aroma to it. It was extremely carbonated/fizzy. It had very little aftertaste, if any. I did not feel there was anything special about this particular brew. It was not to my liking by any means. (303 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had heard about this line of beers and really wanted to try one,and Iam glad I did.Poured a nnice hazy orange color with big fluffy head,smell was very fresh and citruisy smelling.Taste was nice and tart with some coriander spiciness.Very drinkable and not to light in body,these guys know how to make an excellent wit. (321 characters)

Photo of Brent
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An alternate-universe sort of white ale, unlike any other I've had. Should have decanted more carefully, as the bottle dispensed a significant amount of white flaky sediment and some rather nasty looking dark gunk (I'm sure "dark gunk" is a professional brewing term). The sediment distributed evenly throughout the beer and then hung absolutely motionless, like a frozen blizzard.

Aroma was astounding. Herbal and floral. Coriander? Ginger? Clove? Whatever the individual components, the net effect was jasmine, crazy as that sounds.

The flavor was as intense as the aroma. Rather soft mouthfeel and not as sweet as the aroma suggested. Again, the primary flavor struck me as jasmine, like an herbal tea flavoring, and quite appropriate for a unique oriental take on the style. The beer was very interesting, but more of a novelty rather than something I would want on a frequent basis, given the innovative but almost overpowering spicing. (947 characters)

Photo of Viking
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chalky gold, with an initial big foamy head. Head quickly settles to a fine lace atop the brew. Aroma full of spices (coriander really stands out) and citrus, with the smell of wheat hiding underneath. Spices are almost overwhelming in the flavor - tons of coriander, clove and I think perhaps ginger and hints of sage. Plenty of citrus notes as well, with a solid grainy base of wheat. Light, crisp mouthfeel. Very smooth. A very refreshing beer, for a warm spring afternoon. (484 characters)

Photo of MJR
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dull, pale yellow that's cloudy as all hell from the yeast sediment. A thick white head starts out full and shrinks down to a respectable cap.

Smell: The aroma jumped out at me as soon I popped the cap! Heavy handed on the spices: coriander, ginger, and orange peel. There's a heavy dose of clove in there too. I pick up on a wheat tartness, but it's buried under the spices. Very aggressive aroma...I like that!

Taste: The taste is an explosion of spiciness that has many faces: orange, clove, lemon, coriander, ginger, and wheat. There's a hint of an earthy character as well, presumably from the yeast. Finishes with an ever-so-slighty sour, strong lemony tartness. Heavier on the spices than a lot of wits, but very well-done.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and rounded mouthfeel with a medium thickness. Finishes tart with a hint of dryness.

Drinkability: Pretty good. I'm a fan of wits as an off-kilter session brew, and I could see myself putting back a few of these.

Kudos to the Kiuchi Brewery for making such an interesting version of a Belgian brew!

A 'thank you' goes out to StevieW for including this in our Blockbuster Trade. (1,164 characters)

Photo of queenboadicea
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After revisiting this beer (possibly for the last time for a while, since our local distributor has decided to stop carrying it) I remember why it is one of my all-time favorites. The nose hits you with a burst of freshly ground cardamom and a slight hint of lemon and citrus. The color is a very light gold, with little to no head, but fine, tight bubbles. The flavor can only be described as exotic. You get some of the cardamom and citrus that you find on the nose, but there is also a slightly fruity character similar to star fruit, or perhaps papaya. Very clean finish, with little to no bite. It is one of those rare beers where you get a slightly different flavor every time you take a sip, so it doesn't get boring. It also pairs exceptionally well with food (especially- go figure- sushi!).

Since wine usually doesn’t pair well with spicy food I recommend this beer to people frequently when they come into the store where I work and ask for something to go with hotter fare. It will take the sting out of the fieriest Asian and Indian foods.

A small word of warning- When first opened, this beer can sometimes give off a skunky, cheap-pilsner smell, but it usually dissipates quickly. A great summer beer, if you are looking for something other than a pilsner or a weiss beer. I will miss it dearly! (1,319 characters)

Photo of yen157
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured hazy and yellowish with lemongrass and coriander in the nose. Superfine spritzy carbonation. The nose has more spice than the taste. Very clean and a little citrus with some yeast thrown in for good measure. Medium to full-bodied, this is a thirst quencher and also a big brew to relax with. This was mu first Japanese craft beer, and I was very pleasantly surprised. (374 characters)

Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.