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

1,360 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,360
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 172
Gots: 193 | FT: 1
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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 oberon
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Brent
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Viking
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of MJR
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of queenboadicea
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
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!

Photo of yen157
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Wildman
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light yellow color and formed a nice foamy white head that left circular lace as it subsided. Much like a float. A heavy amount of rapid moving carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, coriandar and citrus. A flavor of of malt and corindar. Fairly light beer. Not bad for this style and much better than the milk/lacto stout they make. My second venture into this Japanese brewer.

Photo of PatandDavid
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very intriguing, very pale washed out yellow...the taste was smooth, yet somewhat spicey, made me reminiscent of perhaps cinnamon or cloves(??).

Easy to drink, quite unexpected balance in the taste. This is a beer that I would wnt to try again for sure.

Photo of aracauna
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale gold body but not as pale as many wits. The head is surprisingly small and short-lived. The aroma is coriander and a soft floral fruitiness that seems to be a blending of orange, plum and peaches. The flavor is more of the same. The spices linger on the palate. Surprisingly easy drinking.

Photo of BeerManDan
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a nice golden yellow with medium foam. The smell was of a citrus nature with spices. The taste was had a sweetness of citrus and I thought it also had a hint of cloves. It had a pleasant after taste. The sweet/bitter after taste was well balanced. I just wish that the after taste would have lingered a little longer in my mouth!

Photo of zerk
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy apricot gold with a quickly dissipating head. I smelled, then tasted this beer, and couldn't figure out the spice used in it... near the end of the beer, it finally hit me... ginger! Has a very intriguing aroma of ginger, citrus, and wheat. Flavor began with an upfront taste of fresh ginger and orange, with a touch of wheat and some malt sweetness to balance things out. Had a thin to medium body with medium carbonation. A beer that you must experience... one of the most interesting beers I've had in quite some time!

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

NOTES: this is available in a 720ml bottle and it is quite good as well!

A Damn Fine White Ale! This is a great offering from this Japanese Brewery. This poured a nice light amber hazy colour and smells of spices galore! This tasted like a super-spiced up version of the Classic Belgian Wit Beer and it was awesome! This had a wonderfully full and creamy mouthfeel as well as an awesome drinkability factor!
A+
Cheers!
F

Photo of mjohn27603
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 24.3 fluid oz. bottle. Pours with a beautiful golden color with tiny bubbles of carbonation. A large brilliant white head. The taste is wonderful, I get more orange taste than some of the other flavors described by others. I did seem to taste some ginger. It is a nice change to get some orange flavor in a white ale. A lot of the time I get blasted with a little too much coriander. A nice tangy flavor. Very refreshing.

Photo of marc77
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Turbid orange hue, topped by a porcelain white head that settles readily into a thin layer. Notes of candied ginger and dried orange peel dominate the aroma, with raw, fresh coriander and black pepper secondary. A snap of candy - like sweetness upfront immediately yields to curacao bitterness and nuttiness from the yeast. Mellow coriander and slightly spicy fresh ginger emerge mid palate along with a dryish, pseudo lactic grainy mild wheat tartness. Moderately bodied, w/ a smooth mouthfeel from the yeast in suspension and perhaps oats. Finishes relatively clean, w/ bready sweetness coating the tongue. Nest White is a clean and enjoyable Wit, but is a touch tame esterwise. The judicious use of spices lend excellent overall balance and drinkability.

Photo of ADR
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale pineapple color, opaque with yeasties. Head is short lasting and non-lacing. Acrid aroma, touch of wine and strong cheese. Maltier than I expected from the aroma, sour lemon and high carbonation dominate the initia flavor but then a sense of sweetness, nutmeg, cedar needles, and anise leaven the mix a bit. Finishes with a peppery hopping and an aftertaste like an orange Life Saver candy. Too astringent a White for me, not very drinkable, but there are big qualities in this beer.

Photo of StevieW
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark golden color, some shiny colors depending on the light. Nice yeast bottom goodness makes for a great full fluffy tan head. Huge critus and floral aromas, nearly too much for me, but it settles and wears on you. Taste was a combination of oranges, cloves, ginger, coriander, and spicy peppery, almost hot finish. This would get a 5 on the orginality scale. Full of new flavors on every sip. Crisp, light bodied, and refreshing. I liked thier hefeweissbier version better. This is also worth picking up.

Photo of John
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

720mL. green bottle. Cloudy gold. Loose, off-white foam layer rests atop the hearty looking body. Light grains, lemon and some pineapple make up the aroma. All these aromatic elements are blended together skillfully for a unique flavor that includes some yeasty tartness. Low-medium carbonation combines with a light mouthfeel. A refreshing and interesting twist on the white ale style. Good stuff.

Photo of jackndan
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hitachino Nest White Ale: Konichiwa! Excellent white Belgian style ale, with a weird owl on the label to boot. Creamy white sticky head over a fluorescent orange/yellow beer. Very cloudy, with an aroma of citrus cut only with faint yeast aroma. Well bodied, with a very easy drinking creamy mouth feel. The taste initially hits with a flood of citrus flavors, with a noticeable sensation of hops. The aftertaste reminds me of fresh pine, with a hint of hops. Very very nice, expensive beer from Japan.

Photo of putnam
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I used to love Great Lakes Holy Moses White Ale but it is no longer for sale in MI. Belgian Wits have always left me wanting more flavor. This is the answer. Highly articulated flavors of orange, coriander, nutmeg, ginger, lemon merengue, and spice exist in perfect balance. The body is paradoxically almost solid, with aromas and flavors bouyantly rolicking in the foam, as well as vapor-thin, responding to the slightest pressure by melting and transforming into a different arrangement of sensations. Tight bead, viscous, it melts in your mouth and leaves a whistle-clean bright citrus note that goes on and on. Absolutely beautiful.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy, golden body with an orange cast topped by a thin bright white head that holds an exceptionall collar but leaves no lace. Great aroma! Very bold and perfumy. Sweet & spicy, full of sugary clove, ginger, and light citrus notes as well as some whisps of maltiness. Quite unique. The body is medium light and very creamy. The flavor comes on strong but finishes oh-so-soft, starting with a bright fruitiness, followed immediately by a light-but-mouthcoating maltiness as it crosses the palate, and eventually receeding into a long lasting finish with a light fruit, ginger, citrus, and soft maltiness that is not at all sticky. A little bit of a spice bite on the front of the tongue. Fairly complex for a white ale. Unique. Immensely refreshing and very enjoyable.

Photo of Thrasher
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This startling beer is pricey but worth it. Fruity attack with huge blend of spices, including some hints of Japanese origin. I thought I felt some wasabe kick although it could be my imagination; the finish has a similar effect of scraping out the sinuses and the back of the throat (similar to some pharmeceuticals, too). Definite yogurt characteristics, perhaps due to yeast. Nice blend of Japanese and east Mediterranean flavors. Attack is gingery, but not as refreshing as many wits; more heavy duty and may be be best appreciated with robust Japanese-style cuisine. Bubbly on the tongue, smooth in the belly. I think I'll get the 750 bottle next time. Yum.

Photo of cokes
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A nice wit imported across the wrong ocean.
Nice pale orange in color with a good deal of haze. Smallish head, but lasts the duration. Spicy in the nostrils, coriander especially, and some equally spicy yeast aromas.
Zesty! Lots of spice on the tongue. More coriander and a good deal of pepper. Faint citrus rind (orange...maybe even grapefruit). Yeast flavors add to the melee. Not much sweetness here at all. But I am not complaining.
Finishes bone-dry
Just a hair on the watery side...but with all the flavor here, it doesn't seem to matter.
Glass was gone before I could fully appreciate it.
Good stuff.

BTW: My frequented liquor store was selling bottles of this for $0.99 (and the weizen too). I figured they were old, but gave it a shot anyway. These are in good shape. I'll clean out the rest of their stock tomorrow.

Photo of jdhilt
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Who would have thought that a Belgian white would come out of Japan and taste really good. Expensive $3.95 for 11oz but you get what you pay for. Creamy head fades quickly. Spicy/floral smell.

Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale orange with a dense rocky white head. Dried orange peel and coriander in the aroma and flavour. Seems the coriander is more dominant in the aroma. Refreshingly crisp and smooth at the same time, dry malt character in the back with grainy tones and nuttiness from the yeast. Spices add some sweetness, coriander is the one that flexes the most. Smooth and rounded grainy flavour helps in the finish. A good and balanced white ale.

Photo of Todd
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11oz short-n-stubby brown bottle. That crazy owl mocks me. Why, owl? Why?

Appearance: There's yeast ... so this baby pours a cloudy straw-coloured beer with a creamy white head. There's also ample stick and an equal covering lace.

Smell: Major clove/ginger aromas that pretty much stifle everything else.

Taste: Ultra-creamy on the palate and light-bodied, actually a very uplifting beer -- that palate literally fills up with creamy beer goodness. Grainy malt characters kick things off and are quickly replaced by a highly refreshing citrusy/orange hop snap and a spicy ginger/clove/coriander character that is relentless. Pepper flavours are also evident, and dominate with the rest. No real sweetness, but there's some dextrin kicking about, especially as a body builder. Finish is dry, with loads of clove afters.

Notes: This is one hell of a unique and outstanding beer! The flavours scramble the shit out of the palate and there's so much depth to this beer that you need an oxygen tank and a slow rise to reality to avoid failing to the bends. Orange? Clove? All these wonderful flavours ... this is all blissful. I'm calm, collective and at one with the universe. This is more of a Wit than most traditional Belgians ... oh, and it's from Japan. Purchase this beer now.

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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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