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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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1,088 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,088
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 105
Gots: 57 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2001)
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Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

720ml bottle. I remember this brewery from a mini pub crawl I was part of in Chicago a few years ago, where we wound up at this Japanese/techno fusion place. The locals suggested the Hitachino beers, because I guess they were new at the time, and appropriate for the occasion. Well, my current occasion isn't very Japanese, unless you count the bags of mandarin Christmas oranges I've consumed over the past month.

This beer pours a foggy pale golden yellow hue, with two lofty fingers of puffy, loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some random paint splatter lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of softly grainy wheat malt, a bit of dank citrus, and a somewhat funky clove and nutmeg spiciness. The taste is mildly edgy wheat grain, a tart citrus creaminess, some additional drupe fruitiness, hints of ginger and nutmeg holiday goodness, and earthy, leafy noble hops.

The carbonation is somewhat frothy, but generally agreeable, the body a medium-light weight, and quite smooth, nothing worthy enough to mess with that. It finishes off-dry, the semi-sweet wheatiness playing nice with the lingering citrus and earthy spices.

While maybe a tad reserved on the spice quotient, this is still one pleasantly slavish ode to the Belgian style - wheaty, fruity, and spicy, all in a manner that deserves quiet contemplation, i.e. my friend's Chicago backyard before a Lollapalooza show, instead of the pithy, way too trendy club afterwards.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 06:32:46 | More by biboergosum
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 720 ml brown bottle. Tall shock white loose spongy head on the pour that slowly recedes at a steady rate. Cloudy yet bright straw colour in appearance.

Sweet, slightly tart citrusy aroma, with some earthy, funky notes from the nutmeg, almost a bit cheesy.

Tart wheat and citrus in the flavour, the nutmeg continues to provide that funky, earthy character, especially in light of the contrasting notes of the style. In a way it works, yet it doesn't quite work for my palate though.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, spritzy carbonation, a bit sticky on the palate.

This holds its own as a wit for sure, the nutmeg is a curious extra touch. I can't stand behind it 100% though, for me it doesn't quite work for the style, it adds an interesting contrast, but puts a huge cramp in the overall harmony.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 22:41:22 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of cvaypai


3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to snifter.

Appearance - Straw hazy yellow with lots of sediment and poured with a 1 finger foamy head that dissapears quickly. Leaves a small amount of lacing.

Smell - Peppery, grassy and smells of coriander and other spices. Very spicy smell. A small amount of wheat malt detectable but not much else, very spicy grassy smell overall.

Taste - Peppery with coriander and ginger finish. The beer has a bit of sweet wheatness to it but not much else. Very exotic tasting and unlike anything I have ever had. A bit of a funky end on the finish, no bitterness to speak of.

Mouthfeel - Very light and effervescent, not too heavy at all, good on the tongue for the style.

Drinkability - One of these is plenty for me, I am sure if I was more used to it I could handle much more, its probably not the beer here, its me.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 05:12:14 | More by cvaypai
Photo of russpowell


4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle at Goebels in Wichita

Pours an effervescent straw color with a sliver of beige head. Hazes a bit as it warms, no head retention & lacing

S: White pepper & coriander & grassyness & barnyard

T: Grassy, slightlty funky, & lemons up front. Grassyness, lemon zest & funk dominate as this warms, plus much tartness. Puckery tartness in the finish, along with some dryness & funky grass

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & puckery tartness

Through the roof drikability, easily the best Japanese beer & or Wit I've had, period

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 04:02:31 | More by russpowell
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

720ml bottle poured into pint glass nov28 2009

A a cloudy golden yellow with lots of carbonation and a fingers worth of bone white head with decent retention falling to a thin film that leaves a few patches of lace

S like cereal with a fair bit of coriander and a little bit of lemon

T a decent wit from Japan? believe it! this has all the usual flavors clove,citrus,spice and wheat but it's blended so well I'm just stoked by this one a very nice surprise

M thin but good carbonation gives it a very light feel on par for the style

D this might get a 5 had I drank it on a hot sunny day, but even with snow on the ground it's sinking like a ship

not what I expect from a Japanese white ale, keeping that in mind I didn't know what to expect from Japanese micro's. this is the second beer I've had from this brewer and I must admit I'm looking forward to my third

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 02:26:19 | More by wordemupg
Photo of Lldeegan


4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brightly labeled 11.2 ounce bottle poured a lively pale straw colored beer with a nice light wheat haze. It produced a nice finger of a snow white soapy head, which leaves a finely bubbled lacing all over. This is a very nice looking witbier, a little lighter than I expected it to be, and looks very refreshing and drinkable.
Spices hit the nose first, followed by orange peel, some lemon, ginger and that linger.
Same as the smell, the taste is first of clove mostly, and coriander, with a nice lemony zest on the back, with some smooth, clean grainy malt with a quick dry spiced/herb finish.
This is a very refreshing beer, very effervescent and tasty.
The 11.2 oz disappeared quite fast.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 00:59:39 | More by Lldeegan
Photo of woodychandler


4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a finger of bone-white head with low retention off of my pour. Nose had a great citrus-y zestiness: lemon peel, orange peel, lime. It was like air freshener in a glass, but not in a bad, cloying way. Color was a cloudy honey-yellow. Mouthfeel was medium with an attention-getting bite of ginger (?), no wait, nutmeg (!), cutting right through all of the citrus. The nutmeg really carried the flavor, but it also set up a very dry finish. This would be great on a hot, humid summer day or with sushi. Ah, sushi! Pass the salmon!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 14:06:20 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Minkybut


2.58/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was very light /white colored for sure. The smell of this beer was kinda sour and fruity. Very effervescent looking at first but then the head decayed really fast and was gone. The taste was fruity and slightly sour also. I guess it is an okay beer for a wheat, but not my cup of beer, I will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 13:31:17 | More by Minkybut
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a small, white head that diminished to a thin froth on the beer. Body is a nice, dark-yellow color, and very cloudy.

S: Wow, there's a lot going on in here. Lots of spices, especially coriander, coming through, as well as lemon, lime, and pepper.

T: Equally as much going on in the taste... not quite like any other wit I've had before. Slightly milder taste than the smell, but still lots of coriander, orange, and pepper, but nicely balanced overall.

M: Light-bodied, but creamy, with lively carbonation.

D: Fairly easy to drink, but all of those spices may make it hard to have more than a couple. Still, a very interesting wit that should be tried by any fan of the class.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 20:39:30 | More by berley31
Photo of tone77


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Smell is sweet, citrus with spices. Taste is a good mixture of fruit and spices, quite tasty. Feels great in the mouth and I could drink these all night. Overall this is a high quality beer that is worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 23:29:45 | More by tone77
Photo of DrJay


3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold with a bit of haze and a constant stream of bubbles supporting a soapy, bright white head. The cap thinned quickly to a fine skim. Aromas of citrus zest, cloves, bread, grain and straw. The flavour was milder than the aroma with notes of lemon and clove, bread and malt sweetness. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly soapy texture. Refreshing with a nice aroma.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 20:01:54 | More by DrJay
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3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle with an interesting label into a chalice, beer is a cloudy straw color with a thin, yet continuously bubbling head. The nose is dominated by ginger but there are also subtle nuances of citrus and peppery spice. The flavor starts out grainy and moves to the flavors contained in the nose; ginger again being very apparent. Light orange citrus flavors and just a touch of yeasty, peppery spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth yet aggressive carbonation. Overall a drinkable witbeer, different with the ginger presence, not my favorite but interesting none the less.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 01:59:30 | More by gmfessen
Photo of BobbyBeerman


4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an almost radiant golden with a touch of orange. The head never really massed to anything besides a slight white fizz. No apparent lacing.

S: The aroma is very complex. Orange/apricot tones hit me strong up front with a nutmeg lemon twist following it up. There is some other spice in there but I can quite put my finger on it.
T: The taste is just as complex but somehow nicely balanced. It follows the nose closely. Orange, nutmeg, pepper, and... coriander. That's the other spice.

M: The carbonation dances on the tongue and plays well with the acidity of the citrus.

D: I haven't had many white ales but this one seems to set the bar high up there. This was very enjoyable to drink and I encourage others to give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 02:27:24 | More by BobbyBeerman
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3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Bookhouse in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet citrus - orange and lemon - with good amounts of floral notes.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet orange and mild lemon flavors stand out against a wheat background. There are also mild spice flavors that meld nicely with the citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished one glass without much problem and could have another.

Overall this was a solid beer that I could revisit in the future. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2009 05:14:06 | More by glid02
Photo of chefmikeanderson


4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours very pale orange with a clean white head that fades away after a few minutes. Noticeable yeast particles stay suspended while drinking.

Smells of coriander and grapefruit/sour orange are dominant

Love the taste of this beer! It has the common tastes of a white ale but I don't know if it's because it's brewed in Japan but I get a taste of the pickled ginger. Just a slight bit of it at the end which gives me a refreshing sip every time.

I really enjoyed this beer. Thumbs up for a good Japanese brewery!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 02:20:44 | More by chefmikeanderson
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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I drank this from a bottle into a pint glass.

It poured a cloudy orange/gold, very similar to blue moon, with a nice white head, and ok lacing.

It smelled light and fruity, citrus, specifically orange dominated with a tad of coriander.

The taste was great, burst of orange at the start, and wonderfully smooth finish. This is a great white.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 20:15:59 | More by jrallen34
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy light straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a lemon zest and coriander.

The taste was upfront bitter lemon with some softer yeast esters and spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a decent wit. Say too sour for my taste.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2009 16:13:29 | More by plaid75
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Tobu department store in Ikebukuro.

Pours a very hazy yellow with a soapy white head that left touches of foam here and there. On the nose, its a very herbal wit, combining grassiness with a very strong backbone of lemonbalm. The flavour is great. Lemongrass permeates every sip, and provides an excellent compliment to herbal coriander notes, and the refreshing wheat body. Talking of body, this one hits the style more or less straight on, with its quenching medium-light mouthfeel and pillowy carbonation. This is a well-crafted witbier, and could easily be sessioned.

What strikes me the most about it is the strong lemon presence which I've not found to be this dominant in other examples. It heightens the refreshing qualities of the beer and really elevates this one to the next level.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 13:48:10 | More by bobsy
Photo of Nesued

South Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A bright lemon/yellow coloring. Vibrant head formed upon the pour. Nice carbonation. A classic witbier haze.

Smell - An exceedingly bright orange/citrus nose. Bit of a corriander comes through as well. Nice grassy presence. A cleansing fresh nose.

Taste - Snappy opening with a great tart beginning. A very smooth middle with a great clean finish. The spice component (which is key to a great witbier) was well done. Can't say more than it was both "present" without being overdone. This wit is very bold, while being subtle at the same time.

Mouthfeel - Light and refreshing. With a witbier, you are really looking for something that cleans your tongue and leaves little weight. This was outstanding.

Drinkability - This is the "winner" of my "summer beer 2009" unofficial event. Hitachino has impressed me, not only a huge diversity within the styles, but also the aroma and balance while still exploring the "edge".

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 01:51:43 | More by Nesued
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4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden-amber color with a frothy white head into my fluted glass.

Aroma is full of citrus, coriander and spice. A nice hint of wheat malt peeks out as well.

Taste is full of citrus and spice upfront. It's kind of mild with also a good hint of wheat.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrus, spice and wheat. It feels a bit thin towards the end with a bit of acid as well.

Not bad. A good example of the style from the Japanese that is quite quenchable on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 19:58:40 | More by Brad007
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker golden than you might expect for the style, and with a nice white head. I've always really liked this beer as a very bold interpretation of a wit. It's loaded with orange peel and has a quite bold, rounded flavor for the style. This is more serious than so many light quaffable summer versions. More boddy than most, but still refreshing with hints of lemon and lots of zingy orange with a bitter finish. Complex but nicely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 01:35:49 | More by Georgiabeer
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4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a big Wit guy, but it is summer in San Diego and I just got done playing some b ball and was thirsty. I always see it at places and not big on most japanese breweries. Thought I'd give it a chance. And I am glad I did.

Looks cloudy and straw colored with some nice foamy head.
The smell is a complex mind bender of guesses ( read other reviews)
The taste is just as equall to the smell. Very refreshing and complex at the same time.
Over all I am glad I tried it and I am actually going to buy a pack down the street right now.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2009 15:37:29 | More by Radiodred
Photo of flannelman808


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I did not care for this beer the first time I tried it, but it would seem to have changed some over the years... this time it was very good. Maybe some lactobacillus got into this batch or something. I digress...

Pours a light straw color and has a nice frothy head on it. Tight bubbles. It is not as hazy as a normal Belgian style white.

This beer has a huge ginger bouquet, amongst other spices. I also pick up on some sour notes. I can smell cinnamon and nutmeg as well as the typical orange peel.

Ginger is on the forefront for me as far as taste goes. Very refreshing and actually tastes a little spicy. This could even be Thai ginger, the stuff has bite. But is well balanced and very pleasant to drink.

Drinkability is good, but might be better if the spice did not overwhelm the palate. Great unique white!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 00:07:20 | More by flannelman808
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3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden, slightly hazy from the yeast. Has a thin white head. Smell is VERY aromatic. Smells like coriander and fresh flowers. Quite nice. Taste is light and wheaty, very flowery, crisp finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, medium carbonation. Drinkability is not as good though, I suspect the flavors would get cloying after awhile. Still at 12oz at a time, its quite good.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 23:32:02 | More by tronester
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this beer pours a light straw color. Fizzy pure white head blankets the surface. Bubbles bloom throughout the session. I smell fine pilsner malts in the beginning but the aroma takes on what appears to be a strange BO type smell to me. I have heard others descibe a barnyard scent in beers maybe this is it. There is a certain floral grassy like smell that I have never encountered. It may be strange but it is bold and assertive which I like. The taste is not like your typical wit. It is very spicey kind of like a light tripel. There is some pepper, a strong taste of turmeric powder, cinnamon. And nutmeg flavors throughout and just enough hops to make it slightly bitter. There seems to be a lot of carbonation to this beer from the looks but it does not overtake your mouth. I would say it is a typical Mouthfeel for the style. I will not buy this again but it is very interesting. Not your typical wit.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 22:59:30 | More by nicnut45
Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,088 ratings.