Dismiss Notice
Microbrew Invitational
Join us June 3 + 4 in Boston and help us drink 300+ beers, ciders, kombuchas, meads, sakes and more!

TICKETS: beeradvocate.com/micro/

Hitachino Nest White Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

530 Reviews
For Trade:
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2001

View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 530 | Ratings: 1,461
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow with a faint white head that barely laces the glass.

Smell: Notes of coriander and spice, along with some citrus notes and a bit of orange peel. Also a slight tone of ginger is present.

Taste: This beer hits up front with a nice citrus twang, followed by a bunch spices (when I mean a bunch, there are tons in this bad boy), pepper, and coriander. Some malts are also present along with a bit of light candy sugar. In the end this beer kicks in with a nice clove flavor.

Mouthfeel: This beer is super light on the tongue but with all the flavors going on its like a true explosion. Along with its light body this beer has a nice light carbonation so that all the flavors truly show off.

Drinkability: Not only is this beer great to drink with but try to sautee it with some green veggies.

Overall for a brewery that's no where near belgium, they sure know how to make one interesting beer. A great experience for the style.

 973 characters

Photo of Hefe
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted 7/5/04 from 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Hazy pale gold, with a lasting, lacy foamy white head.

Smell: Citrus, eucalyptus, spice, bready malt, orange peel.

Taste: Yeast, tropical fruit, grapefruit, a hint of pale malt, subtle spice on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Delicate carbonation, light bodied, refreshing.

Drinkability: Excellent, fabulous brew for pairing with some asian food and seafood.

 410 characters

Photo of RoyalT
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light yellow and wonderfully hazy in color with a pretty good head.

Smell – This one had a monster coriander aroma that took control of the nose. I could also pick up some orange and maybe a bit of yeast.

Taste – A good portion of the coriander from the nose found its way into the taste. There was also a bit of orangish sourness and a light yeast backbone.

Mouthfeel – I thought the mouthfeel was a little clumsy. There was some significant carbonation but the body itself was thin-feeling.

Drinkability – This was OK, but I probably wouldn’t look for another.

 593 characters

Photo of bgcookie
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 oz. bottle. I could smell the aroma even as I was pouring it. It has a cloudy straw color which is style appropriate for a wit. The head lingered nicely.

The aroma is intense. Huge on the coriander and then rounding it out is the orange peel. There is also a hint of grassiness as well from the hops. I really appreciate the complexity already.

The flavor is as complex as the aroma. The wheat comes through but not like the coriander. This is a major player in the flavor profile. The orange peel comes through in the finish as does a floral flavor from the hops. This beer finishes dry and the body is on the light side. There might also be a hint of lemon.

Very drinkable beer. I would recommend it and buy it again.

 731 characters

Photo of ngandhi
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't ask me how the perfect witbier was made in Japan; I just don't know. This is an ideal blend of coriander and orange peel. Harmonious is a word I could use for great song, but is a paltry definition for this beer. Its balance is unmatched -- orange scented coriander on the nose and coriander spiced oranges on the palette. The mouthfeel is drying and lightly carbonated.

This beer defines summer to me -- more than lemonheads and bazooka joe, more than bubbles and ice cream trucks, more than open fire hydrants and afternoons on the swings -- this beer is a memory of my childhood, matured enough to hold me in the sun.

Relax, relax.

 650 characters

Photo of ark57
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazed golden color with a large head. There is some citrus and spice (corriander) in the nose, but it is somewhat subtle. The body is nice and light. The first taste I get is fresh juice (mostly orange, but some grapefuit). It finishes with a clean, dry lemony bitterness.

 292 characters

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.94/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hitachino Nest White Ale was served from an 11 oz. bottle. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was a soft and glowing hazy yellow-orange hue, and was topped by a small white head. The nose was just wonderful, with notes of coriander, orange juice, mango, and a lightly acidic grapefruit-like citrus. The taste was simply fantastic as well. It began with a orange-citrusy coriander-tinged firm and dry malt base that exuded a refreshing acidity. This acidity increased in strength through the finish, which left lingering robust flavors of bitter orange, ginger, black peppercorn, nutmeg, grapefruit, and coriander. I loved the interplay of acidity with the spicey accents. The body was excellently composed for the flavors, as was the vigorous carbonation. I really loved this refreshing and tasty white from Japan...beautifully done!

 825 characters

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11oz bottle like the one in the picture. Appearance was a hazy yellow color with a thin fizzy, creamy white head that faded and rose with each taste. The nose was a delightful bounty of fruity esters (light orange and hints of apple), mild crackery malt, and spices such as nutmeg, coriander, and pepper.
The taste was awesome. Light, dry and crisp, this beer had elements of baked apples, biscuity malt, a touch of orange peel, and nutmeg, coriander, ginger and a hint of cinnamon. It reminded me of a baked apple pie.
Man, that was good! This doesn't come off as a typical witbier but I'm not going to complain. I'm simply going to go get some more of this great tasting, refreshing brew, especially as it gets hotter. By far my favorite beer from the Land of the Rising Sun.

 794 characters

Photo of Zorro
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow/orange brew that is quite fizzy.

Smell is citrus and fruity, with hints of malt and herb perfume.

Taste is sweet and very orange like in taste. Crisp and a little tart while still being a bit bitter sweet.

Mouthfeel is very full.

Super drinkable an Ultra refreshing brew.

 306 characters

Photo of maxpower
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale golden-yellow color, spicy, peppery and earthy citrus aromas, huge white foamy head that sticks to the sides of my glass. Spicy pepper, coriander and citrus flavors, crisp and spicy carbonated mouthfeel, finishes clean and dry, has a funny aftertaste, very refreshing and tasty.

 288 characters

Photo of Foxman
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The cute little owl on the bottle could never denote what's going on inside!
It pours a pale, cloudy yellow, with a rapid, voluminous, but thinly constructed white head. There's moderate retention, visible carbonation, and virtually no lacing.

My oh my, the aroma! First up is the ginger, which is notably nestled in with a lemony citrus, a seeming melange of spice, and perhaps a distant yeast. There's not as much specificity here as in the flavor, but I can say for certain that the wheat is no real factor.

Just where does one's palate begin? The ginger is again initially assertive, tasting like the ginger floret on a sushi platter. There's the woody citrus of lemongrass as well. The spice is more specific here than in the aroma, with definite coriander notes, and to a lesser degree, clove. The lemony tartness is reminiscent of meringue pie, missing only the velvety egg-whites to complete the illusion. Again, the wheat is relegated to a very covert status. There's a slight bitter aftertaste on the finish, along with what I can only identify as a chrysanthemum floral effect, not really surprising considering the country of origin.

It's light bodied, and doesn't coat at all, but all the elements work to leave a very refreshing sensation in the mouth.

Asian innovation! It's busy and brassy, tangy and grassy, and just good clean fun. Really, it's crisp and clean, and so full of flavorful diversity that it could be confusing except that each element makes itself clearly known for your appraisal. The citrus and spice refresh nciely, making it emminently quaffable. If you didn't like this beer, it would be easy to specify exactly why, but if you do like it, it's easier just to say, I like it! And so, I like it...that's my story, and I'm sticking to it. Now pour me another!

 1,811 characters

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
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 -1.2%
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 +6.2%
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 +11.6%
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 +7.9%
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 +13.1%
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 +11.1%
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 -7.2%
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 +0.7%
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 -10.6%
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 +4.2%
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 -8.6%
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 -43.7%
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 +9.6%
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

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