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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest White AleHitachino Nest White Ale

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1,155 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,155
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 116
Gots: 73 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 jujubeast6000


3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Reviewed 11/25/2008 (bottle):

Pours a cloudy bright yellow color body. Foamy white head, big bubbles, lasting. Spicy floral aroma, maybe coriander. Very spicy nose. Spicy floral taste, some lemon. Surprisingly light tasting. Medium bodied, not too watery. Spices in the aftertrste. Fizzy palate. Not too fruity except the lemoniness. Almost tart, but not quite.

11-29-2008 20:51:11 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of AMoceri7


3.93/5  rDev -4.1%

This is one of the most unique beers Ive ever had. Not even sure its a beer. Tastes like ginger ale on crack.

A: Almost exactly like Blue Moon but a bit thinner. Yellow/golden because its definitely more yellow than golden. Great head. Almost more head than beer. The head reminds me of the "fizz" from a Sprite.

S: CHINESE FOOD. Ginger hints with some green tea. Maybe target hops?

T: Wow...might as well be Ginger Ale. Coriander spices, ginger and tea are dominant. The wheat is completely unnoticeable as well the hops.

M: Highly carbonated. Almost too much for my liking. A bit overpowering.

D: Probably could go through an entire 6.

Overall: Honestly, this is closer to some sort of malt beverage made by Mikes Hard Lemonade than a beer. Creative is really the only word to describe this "beer". Impressive

11-29-2008 06:17:34 | More by AMoceri7
Photo of gabeerfan


3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a hazy, pale yellow. White head that completely disappears. No cap or ring. Looks a bit like lemon-lime Gatorade.
Lots of ginger in the aroma followed by orange peel and corriander. Lemony aromas in there too. Very light graininess in the aroma too.
Corriander and orange peel dominate the flavor, but the ginger is still strong. Graininess and lemon come into the background, but aren't subtle. Ginger adds a very nice spiciness that I wasn't expecting at all.
Light mouthfeel. Finishes powdery dry.
Quite drinkable. Very good flavors and light enough to drink on a hot day.
Pleasantly surprised by this beer. Definitely recommended.

11-10-2008 01:17:26 | More by gabeerfan
Photo of rhinos00


3.88/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I'm really digging the artwork on the bottle.

A- Off-yellow with a bit of haziness. Half inch of white head formed that dissipated as the beer was consumed.

S- Definitely wheat mixed with citrus and lemons and and some spices.

T- Almost like a hefeweizen, but with hints of citrus. Wheat taste was there along with some sour citrus notes.

M- Light bodied with some carbonation. Very smooth and had a crisp, clean finish.

D- At 5% abv. this beer is definitely sessionable. The sour/citrus taste would be the only thing holding me back from consuming several of these in a sitting.

Overall, something different that is highly drinkable. I could see myself drinking this again.

10-31-2008 16:59:36 | More by rhinos00
Photo of treehugger02010


3.05/5  rDev -25.6%

I bought a bottle of this at Gristedes in Scarsdale, NY, and poured it into an oversized and flared pint glass.
Appearance: Very low SRM, cloudy, big white head with bad retention and no lacing.
Smell: SPicy as in cooking spice not hot and not like a standard hop spice.
Taste: Very nice Christmas like, a bit watery.
Mouthfeel: Crisp but light.
Drinkability: Ok.
Don't drink and review.

10-23-2008 21:00:09 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of Likeburning


3.63/5  rDev -11.5%

Color was hazy yellow and possibly just slightly over carbonated, but just slightly. The aroma was sweet and spicy with hints of fruit and maybe straw?. The taste was much of the same with a smooth medium body. This is one of the more interesting witbiers that I have come across so far.

10-18-2008 17:56:14 | More by Likeburning
Photo of SFRider


3.55/5  rDev -13.4%

Appearance: Cloudy. Yellow. Little head with sediment on the bottom.

Smell: Sweet citrus. No hops.

Taste: Heffy. Little lighter than the Heff's I'm used to. Definitely some citrus/lemon notes. It's good as is. Anymore would be too much. Slightly sour in the corners of my mouth after.

Drinkability: Medium-heavy carbonation. Good consistency. Fairly sharp. Drinkable.

This wasn't bad. Not as great as the Red Rice Ale (in my opinion), but worth having. Another Japanese Heff type beer. It was a little too citrusy for my palette. Wasn't bad, but anymore would have made it a Framboise. Enjoy it where you would a Heff, if you want to try something different. But personally - if I want a Heff - this won't do.

10-10-2008 01:19:02 | More by SFRider
Photo of aquatonex

New York

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%

Had this one at Legal's Test Kitchen in Boston.

Pours a hazy pale yellow with 1-2 fingers head, nice and foamy and quickly dissipates, leaving some slight lacing. Nose is immediately cloves and malts, with slightly sweet hints of banana. Taste matches with a very good balance of classic witbier flavors, nothing's out of place. Not too much citrus either, which I find in many others. Very smooth and light going down, super drinkable.

10-07-2008 14:13:42 | More by aquatonex
Photo of SargeC


3.88/5  rDev -5.4%

Appearance: Pale, hazy-yellow brew with limited head.

Smell: Oranges, with a hint of yeast character.

Taste: Citrus, solid wheat presence. Interesting flavors that are unique within the style. Almost seems like a different beverage altogether.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Sharp, tangy and refreshing.

Drinkablity: Nice wheat beer with a good body to it.

09-27-2008 08:41:32 | More by SargeC
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a very light hazy pale straw color. Lots of large bubbles clinging to the glass in vain. What little head there is fades into nothingness.

Smells fruity and fresh. Ripe green apples and honeydew melon...a bit different than most wits in a good way. Smells quite delicious.

Spicy, zingy bubbly tasting! Many different flavors are evident here. Floral hoppiness and peppery-sweet yeast kick in right away. Then come some orange and lemon citrus flavors. Bitter finish is a nice change of pace on a wit.

Interesting take on the white ale style. A bit pricey at almost $5 for a 12oz. That is probably the most disappointing aspect of this beer.
Ultimately, it does not taste as good as it smells. I might not buy this one again, but has piqued my interest in this brewery.

09-25-2008 04:38:15 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of theboozecruise


4.8/5  rDev +17.1%

By far one of the best beers I've had, and also one of the harder beers to find in my area.

I had this beer straight from the bottle at a local bar known for a strong beer selection.
The aroma hit right away, very strong, full of spices that made me think immediately of Belgium, but also some different flavors evoking a thought of the far East.

The taste is no different, a cornucopia of flavors on the tongue that will not fail to disappoint.

Definitely try this one if you get a chance!

09-16-2008 18:30:57 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of Bergenboy1981

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%

This beer had a very unique flavor.
It poured a nice pale cloudy color, and had a great smell.
This beer had a nice citrusy taste and a spicy taste, however, was not really like hoegaarten or blue moon. This beer was nice and crisp. I really suggest it to anybody who likes white ales.

09-11-2008 15:52:55 | More by Bergenboy1981
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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

12 oz. bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

Pours a gorgeously cloudy, peach-blonde color into the glass; a few trails of carbonation fuel a quickly receding, off-white head that dissipates to a ring of poorly sorted bubbles. The nose is as interesting and unique as every other Hitachino beer I've come across, but for the style, it's a tough sell. Lots of light tropical fruit syrup (pineapple, mango, & honeydew) paired with a soapy grass note and some wheat.

The flavor is crisp and light, starting out with a sugary malt and citrus hop balance that gives way to a fruity peach, mandarin orange, & mango aftertaste. The finish is slightly dry and bittersweet, but the body is well-carbonated and refreshing, giving the light mouthfeel a much-needed prickliness. Not a bad Wit overall, as I could see myself tossing back a few of these on a warm summer day.

09-10-2008 23:14:53 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of clayrock81


4.1/5  rDev 0%

Pours a pale, straw gold hue that is so cloudy I would describe the body as chalky and minimal head that stuck around with minor lacings. A light citrus smell with a good amount of spice (think pepper or something heavy smelling). A soft, mellow body, not as thick but as gentle as a marshmellow. Very smooth, almost creamy, with a pleasing citric twang mixes with mild spices to create a smooth, easy-passing beer that is refreshing. Not like most wits where you seem to be crushed with orange peel and clove; a laid-back, balanced beer that I could just drink all day as summer winds down.

08-31-2008 23:49:31 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Kraken


4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. Pours a very cloudy, hazy almost white shade of yellow. 1/2 finger head that diminishes rapidly leaving behind almost no lace.

Nose- Whoa Momma, clove, corriander, lemon zest, orange citrus. A perfume of goodness.

Palate- Excellent, clove and juicey orange citrus initially. Body is very smooth and lightly sweet with extremely fine carbonation that dances across the toungue. Closes with lemon zest and a bit of a dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Very, very good, smooth, perhaps a little oily, with a nice dry finish.

Drinkability- At 5% this is a very drinkable beverage highly recomend.

08-22-2008 12:32:47 | More by Kraken
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2.58/5  rDev -37.1%

Pours a hazy yellow with a small white head that quickly settles. Virtually no lace is left on the glass.

Has an aroma of what I would call bizarre. Combination of lemon juice, cloves, and skunk.

I must of had an old bottle because I detect a hint of skunk in the flavor as well. I also taste lemon and a mild spicyness from the yeast.

Light body with low carbonation. Very pedestrian overall.

My sample was a poor witbier. Obviously I received a bad bottle judging by other reviews. Maybe someday I will try this again.

08-18-2008 21:45:50 | More by morimech
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

in my experience, this is one of the best wit beers of all time. hazy straw colored with a nice white head that leaves nice lace. hitachino beers tend to glow, and this one has a weird pinkish hue in the beer and the head. maybe i'm nuts. nose is full of corriander and orange zest. taste is wheaty for sure, with corriander and orange in the front, and some ginger and a tiny bit of pepper in the back. light, spritzy and creamy at the same time, and a nice, long finish. hell of a beer, i wish it was a bit less expensive, or i would knock 'em back all day, all summer. great with humboldt fog.

08-08-2008 00:19:57 | More by timtim
Photo of erosier


4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

L: Pours a golden yellow color with a medium sized and thick white head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of very sweet malts and very sweet orange and a bit of coriander in the nose as well. Mostly the orange though.
T: Taste follows the nose. Very sweet lightly toasted malts and very sweet orange flavor and a hint of coriander.
M: Very crisp and refreshing with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable. I liked their take on the witbier as it was more fruity than coriandery.

07-26-2008 13:34:37 | More by erosier
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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

12oz brown glass bottle. no date.

the appearance is still mediocre (no lacing), but the aroma and flavor is so much fresher and fruitier. almost like candied citrus zest. spices are fresher, and yeast character is more detectable.


DO NOT - i repeat - DO NOT get the 750ml green glass bottle, unless you can guarantee that you're getting it fresh out of the case!!

(NOTE, early 2010: it seems they've migrated to brown glass for the 750ml bottles now. YAY!)

OLD REVIEW 7/18/08

750ml dark green bottle. poured into shaped pint glass.

cloudy pale straw color. head quickly fades to wisps and then just a very thin, slightly foamy ring and nothing else. no lacing.

lemony rind, hint of apple skin or cider. orange juice. whiff of skunk.

flavors include orange fruitiness with tart bite. toasted malt note. gentle bitterness w trace of spice and coriander. another bit of skunk however.

smooth, with fluffy then prickly carbonation.

the glass may be a darker green than your average green bottle, but it's still green. despite witbiers using less hops, i still detect skunkiness. will try to get the small bottle sometime to compare, since they use brown glass.

A: 3
S: 3
T: 3.5
M: 4
D: 3.5

07-22-2008 01:53:27 | More by tai4ji2x
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4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured into a tall pilsner
Pours a nice cloudy yellow almost white in color. nice one inch head that certainly sticks around.
S: orangy with a slight citrusy hop nose.
T: Nice bitterness on the tongue and a increasingly citrusy flavor. nicely balanced and very refreshing.
M: slightly over carbonated but I think the waitress didn't quite aggravate the head enough.
D: I would surely make this a regular at my favorite sushi joint, it'll hav e to be a fight between Chimay. by far the best Japanese ale I've ever had

07-19-2008 04:22:45 | More by naterock
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

big bottle, 1 pint 5 fl oz

A- Pours a hazy, pale yellow/orange color with lots of visible carbonation and a solid 1 finger white head.

S- Floral and mellow wheat aromas, banana, spices and...dandelions?

T- Loads of banana and citrus fruits initially to the tongue, bubblegum, seltzer water and a spicy wheat character. This beer has no finish, it hits you with pour witbier awesomeness and then drops off the face of the earth not to be seen again until the next sip.

M- Lively carbonation, medium bodied when it shows up.

D- I liked it, my girl friend loved it.

07-13-2008 23:42:40 | More by ATPete
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +9%

Intrigued by the wide-eyed owl on the bottle, I decided to give this one a try. Japan isn't known for their beer, but then again you don't usually find wits! Anyway, it poured a hezy, bright pale yellow with a nice white head on top. Aroma was spicy with a bit of ginger.

Wow! Delicious. I was not expecting such a refreshing and unique brew. The ginger flavor plays a big part in the taste, and along with the high carbonation, gives it the feeling of an alcoholic ginger ale. And that's a compliment here. It never gets overly sweet or bitter, but has a good amount of peppery spice and a bubbly mouthfeel. I could drink this all night. I will most certainly seek out other Kiuchi beers.

06-28-2008 22:57:46 | More by BBM
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -12.7%

Upon glowing recommendation from co-workers/beer geeks, Fresh Direct delivered and I poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Minor cloudyness and an off yellow with tepid head but good lacing.

S: Tangy lemon, and average yeasty wheat and copious amounts of coriander.

T: Perhaps I got a bad bottle, but quit acidic with not to much vanilla/banana or anything to counter balance the tangyness.

M: Quite crips and clean and light.

D: I was not impressed but will look for this on tap to give it another go.

06-26-2008 16:10:15 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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4.8/5  rDev +17.1%

Pours an incredibly hazy/murky orange-yellow color, head fades really fast, no lacing to speak of. There's so much going on in the nose on this beer...orange, ginger, coriander, clove...wow! Taste is an amazing citric blast, some wheat flavors, some lemon zest, and a hint of pepper. Crazy-active carbonation, really refreshing tiny bubbles, and just a hint of bitterness at the end. A little sticky, yet somewhat drying. I picked this up on a whim from The Wine Gallery near Fenway Park, but if this was something I could get more easily, I'd be drinking this all summer. Incredibly tasty, and very refreshing. Awesome beer!!

06-25-2008 00:08:07 | More by corey0212
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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

A - One finger of bone white head disapates quickly and leaves little lace. The body is slightly hazy and straw colored, and it clouds up nicely when given a swirl and final pour from the bottle.

S - Very distinct aroma of pepper and lemon, with an odd floral, spicy note of jasmine, chamomile and ginger.

T - Ginger and pepper up front with a hint of lemon. Grainy malt in the middle with some subdued yeast notes of vanilla and pepper. The finish is dry, with a hint of hops and more ginger.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - An easily drinkable and interesting example of the style. The aroma qualities in particular are excellent; easily the best smelling Witbier I have had.

06-22-2008 04:30:12 | More by nickfl
Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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