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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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1,178 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,178
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 122
Gots: 84 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

ClockworkOrange, May 05, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

Gyle41386, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.1/5  rDev 0%

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.

Mebuzzard, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of donteatpoop
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%

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.

donteatpoop, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of CHADMC3
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

CHADMC3, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of Amalak
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

Amalak, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of surfnebr
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

surfnebr, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of becktone
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

becktone, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of tegelaar
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

tegelaar, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of dickieb
4.47/5  rDev +9%

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.

dickieb, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of erz316
4.47/5  rDev +9%

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.

erz316, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of SpecialK088
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%

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

SpecialK088, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of JoeBloe
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

JoeBloe, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of SRossman
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

SRossman, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of reinheitsgematt
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

reinheitsgematt, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of WalrusJockey
4.1/5  rDev 0%

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.

WalrusJockey, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

yesyouam, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of theghost3
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance is hazy golden with a thin white head that quickly dissapates. Smells of peaches, pears, malt. The taste is sweet malts and fruity--particularly peaches with pears & lemon. Mouthfeel is a little too carbonated & acidic, which in my experience is typical of the Japanese beers. This is a drinkable brew, but watch out for the burning carbonation.

theghost3, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of Irie
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

Nice foggy body but little head and no retention. Nice small bubble lacing though. Smells like a Witbier with orange and other citrusy hints. Nice full aroma that lingers.

Great light feel on the tongue countered by sharp carbonation which I like. The almost fluffy feel smooth out well and leaves a cool, soft after-feel that almost bubbles strangely like Orangina or something. Great balanced taste with citrus tones and a solid bitterness that's even with a smooth malt.

Very enjoyable drink that's light and easy but feels full. Will drink again.

Irie, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Aroma is crisp, malty, slightly fruity, very like a good pilsner. Appearance is nothing special - typical clear golden yellow, average white head that does not hang around. Flavor, however, is better than expected - typically malty but well-rounded with fruity hints and just a touch of hops and a whisper of sweetness. Texture is pleasantly tingly and has a good firm consistency.

Cyberkedi, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

rA bright but somewhat cloudy yellow body with a finger and a half of soda-type head. Doesn't stick around long and doesn't leave any lacing behind. Noticeable particles and globs of particles float around the bottom of the glass in abundance.

Interesting aroma, very nice. Lots of lemon with just a slight peppery aroma. Rather sour tasting.

This is a somewhat sour version of a belgian white, but still well done. First come a sour quality mixed with a lemon flavor that tastes a lot like a lemon itself. The lemon flavor is an effect of the hops for sure. The lemon slowly dies and the sourness is left to stand on its own. Finishes with a peppery/coriander flavor that is rather strong but also pretty nice.

Light bodied, highly carbonation in the mouth. Slightly puckering in the mouth with a dry peppery finish.

Pretty drinkable, an interesting white. Reminds of of Southampton's Double White.

Hojaminbag, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev -9%

A: Pours a hazy lemon color, nice frothy white head and small speckled floaties.

S: Some lemon merang on nose.

T: Very sweet and citrusy, big lemon tang. Starts out with a sweet citrusy tang with spicy hops and finishes with a nice subtle sourness. Good per style and very thirst quenching.

M: Some fizziness in mouthful from carbonation but very smooth going down.

D: decent drinkability. not a first class example but a good enough one from japan.

beerthulhu, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of brewjones
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

Had this in a restaurant in Times Square. Had it back in April and reviewing old notes.

Poured a cloudy pale yellow color with a thick head. Nice notes of spice and citrus that aren't overwhelming but grasp you to take a sip. Great wheat flavor and nice crispness with full body mouthfeel. Easy to drink and well balanced. My first from this brewery and really impressed. Colorado doesn't sell it but always looking for more.

brewjones, Dec 03, 2008
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.

jujubeast6000, Nov 29, 2008
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

AMoceri7, Nov 29, 2008
Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,178 ratings.