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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,086 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,086
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 105
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2001)
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belgbeerdrinker

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: hazy yellow color, small disappears quickly, thin lace ring
s: mix of sweet and tart aromas, strong orange peel, spices
t: consistent with witbiers (sweet/tart mix with orange peels) but with more spiciness coming through along with fresh lemonade aftertaste
m: medium body with mild carbonation throughout with a refreshing lemonade-like finish
d: very drinkable, nice variation from normal witbiers and refreshing

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 04:03:52 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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packetknife

Idaho

3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's been a few years since I saw this brewer on the local shelves. Poured cloudy copper-yellow with an aggressively bubbly almost bleached-white head that faded in a few breaths. Citrus and honey on the nose, a bit of malt, and a tiny hint of some spice. Tastes like tart frozen yogurt on the tongue, almsot exactly... thing original tart hagaan daaz frozen yogurt. Then a bit of malt at the end. Heavily carbonated which I'm guessing compensates for the very thin consistency. This isn't a bad beer, it's not a great beer, but it's still a brewer I have a keen interest in trying as often as I can.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 18:39:54 | More by packetknife
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sirdrinkwell

Florida

2.7/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dirty yellow...not tremendously attractive.

Smell: Pronounced orange peel with a somewhat spicy undertone.

Taste: Hits the tongue with a sweetly carbonated orange tanginess, followed by an almost peppery afternote that turns the orange-nes to a near grapefruit-like taste. Smooth taste with a rather dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry and smooth.

Drinkability: Not entirely distasteful, this goes down smooth and light...I could see myself drinking this again under the right circumstances (coupled with the right cuisine) but I won't be rushing out to buy a case anytime soon.

Serving type:720ml bottle

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 22:19:46 | More by sirdrinkwell
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LumpyGuitar

New York

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

I was so happy when my local grocery store started carrying this line!

Pours a cloudy light orange with a bit less than a finger of fluffed white head. Head retention is weak, but lacing is fairly sticky.

Smells of orange and spice, light malt.

Taste is smooth. Dried orange is most dominant, however not overpowering. Sharp spice in the back with a light wheat-malt finish.

Mouthfeel is very lightbodied and smooth. One of the smoothest Witbier's I've had.

Drinkability is good. If this continues to be available I'll be drinking it all the time.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 01:23:25 | More by LumpyGuitar
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed, yellowish body with a full finger of white foam.

Smell: Soft wheat aroma with a particularly pungent, juicy note of wet orange peelings and lesser hints of coriander spiciness.

Taste: Initial delicate taste of wheat, a tad tangy and sweet along with, as with the aroma, a very distinct kick of juicy, oily orange peels (like having a splash of triple sec added to a witbier). Zip of spices. Minimal hop character with only the lightest touch of bitterness present. Final touches of orange citrus, spice, and tanginess on the dry, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A nicely refreshing and nicely orange-y wit! Pass the Spider Maki and Rainbow Maki, please.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 18:11:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
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SFBeerGuy

California

4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 720ml bottle with "Imported by" sticker on back into a glass

A- Liight golden straw. Clear at first and opaque once the whole beer was poured. Aggressive carbonation and a thick 1.5/2" white head which held for a while before falling and leaving almost no lace. Trace foam remained the entire drink.

S- Lemon and orange rind. Zesty and full of spice. Coriander and perhaps cardamom. Ginger root is also hiding in the mix. Familiar Belgian yeast. Very complex and powerful aroma.

T- Spicy. White pepper, coriander and citrus zest. Full of citrus flavor. Lemon, bitter orange and grapefruit. Mild sweet wheat malt flavor. Finishes with a dry ginger bite with almost no noticeable hop flavor.

M- Alive! Tickles the mouth and awakens the senses. Aggressive carbonation.

D- Such a drinkable beer. Light, complex and refreshing. This beer is by far the best beer I have had out of Japan and one of the best beers I have had period! Does true justice to the Belgian Wit style. This beer is doing wonders to the Indian food I am currently eating. Wonderful beer!!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 02:33:36 | More by SFBeerGuy
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BarrelO

Virginia

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

720ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Paler than most wits. Head fades quickly.

S: Oranges, ginger, perfumey spices.

T: Similar to the nose. Oranges, perfume-like notes, some breadiness.

M: Smooth. Pretty good carbonation.

D: It's better than bad, it's good.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 03:08:53 | More by BarrelO
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froghop

Washington

3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head that goes away quickly, lots of sediment, and no lacing.

smell of wheat, lemon, tangerine, and a touch of banana.

taste is light, semi-tart, lots of citrus, and wheat, ends a little dry.

overall just an average wit that tastes better than it looks.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 03:07:16 | More by froghop
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a bomber bottle into my dimpled mug. After stirring up the yummies on the bottom of the bottle, appears a rather cloudy, muted yellow color with a solid two fingers of fluffy, dense white foam. Smells and tastes of coriander, spicy, peppery yeast, lightly toasted grains / wheat, orange peel and lemon oil, and a touch of ginger. Really nice! This wit is just about full bodied and there is no question that it is amply carbonated. A fantastic example of the witbier style.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 04:16:03 | More by ClockworkOrange
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a pale lemon yellow. Two fingers of rich white foam. Decent retention, not much lacing. Lots of little yeasties floating around.

Nose is entirely citrus and spice. I'm picking up some orange peel and ginger. Mostly ginger. There might be some lemon zest, but I may be reaching.

Luckily, for my tastes, the citrus is the dominant flavor, while the spice (which I'm still only picking up ginger) takes the background. Very light body with fine carbonation. Very tasty witbier.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 02:51:22 | More by Gyle41386
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a beer. Pours a cloudy, dull yellow color. Looks like thick lemonade. A soapy head forms then dies quickly. Vigorous swirls do not reproduce it. Pity, cuz this beer has it all afterward.

Nice aroma of coriander, mild lemon zest, orange, ginger and malt. complex yet simple and manageable. Flavor contains the same. Coriander on the tip of the tongue and a good malt smoothness on the back. The ginger provides the foundation for more citric flavors like lemon, kumquat, and orange. Very subtle hints of banana linger in the background.
Crisp and smooth, very refreshing and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 05:23:41 | More by Mebuzzard
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donteatpoop

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My experience with Japanese beers has been Asahi and Sopporo, so I wasn't sure what to expect. But I suppose those are just Japan's macros. Much better than I expected.

Poured a little cloudy, a ale yellow color with white head that disappeared fast.

The yeast was very powerful on the nose, wheat and a little funk... I think the beer might have been a little old, I don't know there's no date on it.

The wheat was a little thick, usually white ales tend to be very 'refreshing' to drink; this was not the case with Hitachino Nest. Sweet on the tongue and finished quite dry.

Best Japanese beer I've had yet. I'm more open to trying more from the land of the rising sun in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 02:40:32 | More by donteatpoop
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, blurred yellow with a thin white head and very little lacing.

Lemon zest, spice, grassy, and slightly catty.

Wow, what a citrus pop in the flavor, lemon, perhaps orange with a coriander and pepper spice and just a hint of some funkiness.

Very thin, refreshing, medium carbonation, and a light body, very fluid-like.

Refreshing is the best word to summarize this, lots of flavor though and put together well as not to be astringent. Definitely one to re-visit on a hot day with some shellfish or other seafood.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 01:25:27 | More by CHADMC3
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Amalak

New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this brew at Samurai Restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Very cloudy, mostly opaque yellowish with a foamy three-finger head. Ginger/wheat scent to it.

This had a pleasant hoppyness to it with a good blend of citrus. Creamy, smooth, yet bold. Relatively dry and very refreshing. There's a real burst of flavor right off the bat. Exceptional brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 22:37:47 | More by Amalak
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surfnebr

Nebraska

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle

Light golden hue, translucent with a head that disapears fast. From appearance alone it appears light, limited lacing.

The corriander nose is easily present, as well as evergreen. It comes off as dirty/earthier than other whites that I've sampled. The citrus is light in that nose.

Pepper and nutmeg are on the first taste, citrus like sour finish. The hops are more present in this flavor than many whites, that could explain the dirtier, more earthy nose.

The carbonation was light in my opinion. The mouthfeel was light, which is perfect for a white.

I enjoyed this beer. Couple this with their Espresso Stout and their Sake Beer, they offer some solid beer. Easily drinkable, it would be great for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 00:15:32 | More by surfnebr
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becktone

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes 12-21-08

Done horizontally with St. Bernardus Wit

Eye: While pouring it is obvious to see why this style of beer is called wit, the beer as a stream into the glass is much more white than yellow. As a collective in the glass the color is a very hazy whitish straw gold. The head is very large with excellent retention and great head formation. In texture I'd say that the head is part cloudy/pillowy part rocky. Lacing is thin rings with gaps between each subsequent ring. 4

Nose: When poured into the glass the aroma of orange and other like citrus aromas fill the room. To the nose much more the same, strong orange aroma and some definite notes of coriander in here. Some minty aromas come into play as well, herbal and fairly green, wintergreen aromas too. Very classic wit aroma, smells great. The only beef I've with it is a small tin-like/metallic aroma I'm picking up.

edit: another beef...the more I keep smelling this the more that I get trough urinals filled with urinal cakes, specifically the pink ones. Each time I take a smell of this beer the aroma changes on me and something else comes to mind. Sometimes it smells good to me, at others well urinal cakes...weird.

Tongue: The spice coriander is very forward in this brew, so much so that I could tell someone who didn't know what coriander was like in beer, and tell them that this is it. Lemon notes are here as well as some orange tones, curacao specifically. I find an off taste as well, something more metallic, or tinny. Hops are citrusy with hints at evergreen and piney flavors, mint as well. Overall a nice wit, but nothing to really brag about. Good, but I've had better.

Feel and Drinkability: Light in body with higher levels of carbonation as is appropriate. Finish is just right, I can see this being very refreshing on a hot day. Curacao tones in the finish with a twist of mint. This one is easy to drink, though I doubt I'll be buying it again anytime soon or at all for that matter, especially considering the price at about $8 a bomber. It was nice to try but I'd rather go for Wittekerke, or even better Southampton Double Wit...better beers, more volume less money.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 23:01:40 | More by becktone
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tegelaar

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 21 ounce bottle at Trader Joe's in Cambridge, MA.

A: Slightly cloudy golden color with a seafoam head that reduces to 1/4 inch quickly. No lacing.

S: Nicely spiced with a hint of citrus.

T: Dry with pepper and citrus. Tastes refreshing.

M: Lots of carbonation - almost has a hard cider feel too it.

D: Very easy to drink but I could see the spices, especially the pepper, stopping you from drinking a lot of this.

Overall a suprisingly good brew. I'd love to see this offered at my favorite Japanese restaurants instead of the usual Kirin or Sapporo.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 00:05:36 | More by tegelaar
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dickieb

Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw in color with a pretty big head which works down to 1/8" around the rim and some nice lacing. The smell is made up of mostly orange and spicy ginger with some yeasty notes mixed in. The flavor is excellent with a rather dry malt profile some subtle spicing and a good citrus / ginger bite. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy due to the high level of carbonation but it is still quite pleasant, and this could easily be sessioned if it was a bit less of a hit on the wallet. One of the best Witbiers I have ever had, strong to the Belgian roots with some Asian tweaks.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 01:16:13 | More by dickieb
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erz316

Indiana

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 floz bottle into Brooklyn pokal

A - a nice white haze over comes the hazy golden body, while a thin white head sits upon top of the beer.

S - there is a citrus like scent in the forground, most like orange, not to acrid like lemon or grape fruit, but with enough sweet in it to distinguish it from the the sweetness of grapefruit. the background is a fairly one dimensional spice of ginger powder, concentrated, and becomes quite potent when fixating on it.

T - initial taste is a bit bitter, with some of the ginger flavour making a small appearance. the finish begins the real tasting experience: there is orange peel, spicy clove and ginger all mixing together as the beer trickles down my throat. the after taste is even more glorious, with a slight malt sweetness mixing in with the medley of spices.

MF&D - not many complaints, I just havent had that much experience with witbier to know whether this is a knockout mf&d or not. the carbonation is crisp and the body perfect, making a really truly creamy beer that is great.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 17:38:39 | More by erz316
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SpecialK088

Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a glass into a willy

A-Pretty typical what looking beer off white orange looking against the light, very cloudy low head no real lacing

S-Very cirusy and grassy very floral.

T-This one shocked me its alot like the nose with alot of up front citrus and has an amazing grassy hop finish.

M&D-Little over-carbonated goes down easy and is very easy to drink this os one i would like to have around as a session beer and pairs amazingly with sushi

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 03:35:31 | More by SpecialK088
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JoeBloe

New York

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

it's been a long time since i saw a beer in a bar that i never heard of - so i tried one of these at moe's in brooklyn - cool looking bottle - the bartender recommended that he pour it for me, i think he said 'to get the wheat out', and he poured it into a pint glass and served it with an orange wedge on the rim, which i removed -
i assumed the aroma of citrus was from the wedge but no - this beer smells zesty - tastes as it smells, and has been well-described by previous ba posters - i'm usually not a fan of this style but this beer was good - especially following the chimay blue i had before it -
sort of palate cleansing - i don't know about the sustained drinkability of this beer, but one was really good -(expensive - $9/bottle) - i followed it with another chimay blue

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 14:07:38 | More by JoeBloe
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SRossman

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy Golden Straw color. Looks to style. What little head that forms disappears almost instantly, leaving no lacing.
S: Very sweet aroma. The usual wit beer characteristics are here; Orange peel, coriander, a light pepperiness. A hint of vanilla bean is there too.
T: The pepper character comes through more in the taste. Sweet with a bit of citrus tartness. Dry finish.
MF: Small bubbles. The carbonation is just right for the body of this beer. I've had some wits that were really watered down tasting but this one has nice body.
D: At 5% ABV this is an easy drinker. I could easily put down a few. The pepper character might get tiresome after that though.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 21:25:28 | More by SRossman
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reinheitsgematt

Idaho

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle # H.8.1.2

Perfumey nose with notes of pear, orange, and muscat

Cloudy, light straw color with good lacing

Taste follows nose, with more pear, spice (clove), and rosewater - surprisingly dry

Mouthfeel is a little thin, with fine carbonation

Finish lingers with spice that rolls alternately through sour and bone-dry sweetness, as if someone had hollowed out the sugar, leaving only an outline on the palate

Overall, a wonderful AM surprise, should pair well with lighter cuisine... expected something different given the style, but would take this any day. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 16:36:44 | More by reinheitsgematt
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WalrusJockey

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle, into Duvel tulip.

Appearance- light golden color, virtually no head. Very cloudy, even carefully decanted.

Smell- wow, very very aromatic. Ginger (maybe that sushi pickled ginger?) is very noticeable, so are plums, clovers, and coriander.

Taste- sweet malt and fruit flavors, which settle into a calm balance and then give the stage to a heavy, wide array of spices. Clove, cinnamon, nutmeg are all present, something like a homemade spice cookie. Swallow is clean, into a very crisp and distinctive sweet ginger aftertaste. This isn't the same "heavy spice flavors" that you are used to in brown ales from Belgium, but it is similarly spice intensive, and similarly wonderful.

Mouthfeel- on the first sip, the carbonation threatens to overwhelm the mouth entirely, which is surprising, considering the absolute lack of a head. That said, I don't find it to be out of balance, as the carbonation keeps the beer light, and I think if Nest were flat, it would be unpleasantly heavy.

Drinkability- on it's own: very high, this beer is crisp, juicy, refreshing, and interesting. At the price point: low; 4$ for 330mls is pretty steep. I think it would be amazing with sushi, though.

To anyone on the fence about trying this beer, I recommend it highly. You will not regret the price of entry. Though you may regret how much the beer will encourage you to spend that money again and again.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 00:55:50 | More by WalrusJockey
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yesyouam

New York

3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hitachino Nest White Ale is a slightly hazy pale straw-colored ale with a white head that quickly vanishes. The aroma is strong with orange peel and lemon peel. There is a spicy smell of coriander and ginger. It is light, bubbly and dry in the mouth. The finish seems acidic. It tastes very citrusy. This reminds me of lemonade and iced tea mixed. It has a lot of zing. It's loud and clean. I really think I detect ginger. I'll drink this in the summer. I'll also make sure I have this on hand the next time I get sushi. It would be perfect.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 13:21:24 | More by yesyouam
Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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