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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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1,205 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,205
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 123
Gots: 95 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 berley31
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

berley31, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of tone77
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

tone77, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of DrJay
3.73/5  rDev -9%
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.

DrJay, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of gmfessen
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

gmfessen, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

BobbyBeerman, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of glid02
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

glid02, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

chefmikeanderson, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

jrallen34, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

plaid75, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

bobsy, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of Nesued
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
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".

Nesued, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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.

Brad007, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.43/5  rDev +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.

Georgiabeer, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of Radiodred
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Radiodred, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of flannelman808
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

flannelman808, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of tronester
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

tronester, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of nicnut45
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

nicnut45, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of CHickman
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured cloudy gold in color with a small head, and then topped off with the sediment swirling around. Smells like fruit, orange peel and yeast. It's crisp with high carbonation, but it flowed easy like water and went down fast. Nice zesty / spicy taste with a complex combo of citrus, lemon, yeast, orange peel, malt and wheat.

Refreshing with a sweet malty finish on the dry side. Good and easy to drink. It went well with sushi today and I would have this again.

CHickman, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
2.78/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle poured in a snifter.

Light golden color with a small head that hangs around for a bit. Very odd nose to it, there's some sort of a spicy note to it or something that seems a bit off.

Taste is like a light wheat beer, nothing too special, no hop taste. Overall I'd say it's one of the best Japanese beers I've had, but that's not saying too much.

kingcrowing, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
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

belgbeerdrinker, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of packetknife
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

packetknife, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of sirdrinkwell
2.7/5  rDev -34.1%
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

sirdrinkwell, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of LumpyGuitar
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

LumpyGuitar, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of SFBeerGuy
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
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!!

SFBeerGuy, Jun 03, 2009
Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,205 ratings.