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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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Ratings: 1,311
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 148
Gots: 155 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2001

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4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - cloudy pale orange-yellow with a creamy head that dissipates, but never dissappears.

Smell - The smell is initially dominated by a strange yet very familiar smell; it's oddly savoury for a beer, but seems to belong. It's coriander! It's probably been in every Wit I've ever had, but never in such quantity. Orange peel, soft yeast smells, vanilla and malt mingle with the coriander in a very complex smell.

Taste - Echoes the smell with a touch less coriander, more orange, and a lingering dry finish of vanilla, clove, and a soft lingering tingle from the carbnonation.

This is a very different, and very tasty beer.

Photo of uno99
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second review from this strangely named Brewery/ Series of beers.

From the bottle "This white ale is brewed with wheat malt and flavored with coriander, orange peel and nutmeg. Please enjoy the soft and flavorful taste." Best before Sept 2011

A: This white ale pours intensely cloudy even when leaving the yeast cake at the bottom. head is huge, white and fluffy. laces really well. Tiny bubbles can be seen streaming up the glass. This is one great looking beer!

S: This ticks all the boxes on the wheat beer sensory checklist, and does so expertly, and harmoniously.

T: " I like this a lot!" I proclaimed, surprised that this Japanese brewery has brewed such an excellent wheat beer. My taste buds have confirmed everything my nose told me earlier, plus suggestions of banana, clove, olive, lemon, biscuit.

M: Many wheat beers are quite aggressively carbonated, and this is no different. However, it does not feel harsh in the mouth and is quite smooth. the bubbles are small and fresh feeling.

Overall this is an excellent wheat beer, and it certainly stands up to some of the other excellent examples we have available year round in Ontario.

Photo of BucBasil
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the stubby 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy pale tannish color. Almost light brown, sort of orange. Odd color here. Not the most appealing, but not too far from an average witbier. Head was 3 fingers and pure white with ok retention.

S: Nice fresh lemony aroma with hints of other citrus and some pineapple over a sourdough malt backbone. Spices throughout. Classic wit,and very well done - especially on the fresh citrus. Really good.

T: Nice balanced character. Pineapple is prominent with a banana bread backbone. In the middle, coriander and clove mingle with fresh green apple and a very unique ginger note and a touch of pepper. I'm not usually the biggest witbier fan, but this is one of the most refreshing beers I've ever had.

O: Super smooth and supremely drinkable. I would drink this every day this summer if it were a bit cheaper. I will definitely pick up again in the coming summer weeks regardless. Definitely recommended, and a HUGE pleasant surprise out of Japan...

Photo of kwjd
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After delays, this finally came to Ontario (not sure if delays were LCBO's fault or somehow related to the situation in Japan). Either way, I'm glad it is finally in my glass. Pours a cloudy yellow colour with thick white head. Head dissipates to a thin ring. Mild lacing on the glass. Smells of nutmeg and orange peel, with the wheat aroma. Sweet flavour, slightly tart in the aftertaste. This is quite refreshing,

Photo of BretSikkink
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright yellow, pretty pale with significant chill haze. Head is light and airy. Somewhat sticky, but in small patches rather than large chunks. Nice-looking hot weather beer.

Big head: orange zest, white pepper, and mild sweetness. Good potency for style. The flavor is pretty bold with the sweetness and herbs. Very light body, even for a witbier. Lemon jumps into the profile too.

Finishes dry, slightly tart, and remains very light. This is a damn fine witbier and absolutely great on all counts.

Photo of dizknee24
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale white with less than a finger of head. Smelled like aome fruit. maybe some oranges and apples. very interesting. Tasted not unlike liiight orange. not malty hoppy or any notes of those. maybe a bit resiny. Mouthfeel was lacking in my opinion. I like a thicker witbier and this feel short with quite a thin palate. Overall I liked it enough to give it an B+. The mouth feel was average but everything else has me have hope for those japanese breweries.

Photo of Internatbrewlove
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Witbier pours light amber with a slight opacity to it from the minimal yeast sediment. Moderate white head. Smells spicy cloves and hops. The taste is faintly of cloves, citrus, of hops, with bread undertones. There is a dryness to this ale similar to Asahi in that sense. There is a strong, enduring, presence of very fine carbonation that adds to the complexity of the flavor and physical-oral sensation. Hops and clove after taste.

This is an outstanding bier to sample periodically but, limited due to cost.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not my favorite looking beer... pale yellow with little head developing at all, even with a swirl. Otherwise, this is a very interesting and good beer. Nose has an almost tea-like quality to it from what my guess would be whatever spices or hops they use in this. Flavor is refreshing, fruity, sweet, and spicy all at once... a nice flavorful witbier here for sure. It tastes more like the European witbiers that I've had than their American imitations. Very drinkable and super flavorful for a 5% beer... I have to try more from this brewery.

Photo of chicagoabbot
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Butterfly Lounge here in Chicago...poured into a glass from a bottle. Cloudy orange color, very warming and inviting. Aroma is fairly dry and sweet, with quite a bit of spice. Hops are subdued.

Taste is sweet, tangy and spicy with a real depth of flavor. I think the bottle conditioning adds to both the flavor and aroma.

Goes down way too easily, I coud slam this thing.

Really a wonderful brew, recommended. I'm looking forward to trying other "Nest Beer"

Photo of augustgarage
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

After getting several oxidized "off" bottles of this, I waited a couple years to re-visit. The bottle under review doesn't exhibit any of these problems. Poured from a ~720mL bottle (24.3 oz?) into my Hoegaarden tumbler.

Pale pear body, lightly hazy with a fairly active ghost white head that recedes to a lasting collar and a fluffy slick...then down to almost nothing. Decent lacing.

Interesting citrus notes, lime in addition to the more expected orange notes; followed by a gentle lactic wheat-y tartness. Faintly floral if note herbal aromas as well (white tea? rosewater?).

Sweet palate entry, suggesting wildflower honey and angel food cake, followed by more of the floral notes suggested in the nose. Subtle, complex flavors persist with hints of wheat-based tartness and a bit of orange (or perhaps Kiyomi) zest. Faintly spicy finish (with corainder and maybe a kiss of hops).

Soft, light-bodied, spritzy, but not effervescent.

One of the more floral/perfume-y examples of the style I've sampled. Very drinkable, but missing a little something (derived from yeast?) compared to the best examples...

Photo of jpro
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

24.3 oz bottle from Whole Foods in Mt. P - poured into a standard pint glass...

A: Cloudy, pale gold; about one-finger's worth of effervescent white head dies down fast; lots of tiny bubbles shooting towards the surface.

S: Light grains; light sweet malt notes; some cracker; yeasty tartness and some zest.

T: Light wheaty graininess followed by the yeast / zest combo finish which provides a slightly tart finish; just a hint of hop bitterness to even things out.

M: Light and high carbonation; crisp and nice.

D: Refreshingly drinkable; probably the best Belgian style wit I've had! Almost thirst quenching -

Photo of Frosty80
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color: pours cloudy, pale yellow. sits very hazy, pale gold with thick, fluffy, bone white head that dissipates quickly though

Smell: VERY substantial notes of clove and ridiculous amounts of lemonzest in the nose along with some pine and general herbaceous-nous. there is also a light, sweet malty character that is faint but definitely rounds out the unique nose of this beer. a faint perfumy character acts to bind all aspects and brighten them slightly

Taste: very similar to nose. intense lemon and clove presence along with a rich malted/unmalted wheat fullness. finish is slighlty dry with a herb and lemonzest combo that clings to the flesh. again, a slight perfumy character

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate carbonation

Notes: one of the best and unique witbiers ive had. love the intensity of the ingredients

Photo of Tifore
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy, hazy yellow color with some hues of hay and orange. Its cloudy due to the sediment being shaken into the glass. Flavor! Pours a one finger head that rises and falls quickly leaving some light lacing on the glass.

S - Smell is very light and delicate. Some wheat and citrus coming through. I get some slight yeast and perhaps some very very light malts, clean smelling.

T - Taste is highly of wheat and very light accompaining hops. Some orange and pineapple are noted here. A awesome combination. Such a delicate beer with highly sessionable ability.

M - Mouthfeel is light and not much lingering flavor which is nice.

D - Highly drinkable, perhaps sessionable. Three or four would be easy to do. This may become a beer I keep around in the fridge for those nights where I want to kick a few back.

Photo of corby112
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy dark golden yellowish brown color and pale golden yellow edges when held to a light source. One finger frothy white head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

Very spicy aroma with hints of zesty pepper and coriander as ell as faint banana and lemon peel. There's also a bit of bread/yeast in the nose but the aroma is dominated by the spicy coriander character.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a blast of peppery coriander spice that lingers throughout into a slight dry finish. There is a decent bread/yeast presence that adds to the mouthfeel as well as some slight banana and citrus flavor. As the palate adjusts to the spice there is a prominent lemon juice/rind character that balances things out a bit. Slightly tart and refreshing making it pretty quaffable. A good attempt at the style but a bit too heavy on the spice for my liking.

Photo of 100floods
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light haze, pale/off yellow with some carbonation. This smells fantastic! Sour and malt aromas cut through mostly. Very fresh, light silky sweet malt flavors. Some lemon/light citrus flavors come first followed by some grain/orange peel flavors provide a really nice finish. This would go perfect with any asian dish you make. While there's some carbonation, I tend to feel like it's nat as potent as the belgian counterpart.

Photo of dc0322
3.34/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first review, so here goes:

A: Poured from a uniquely-shaped 8.3 fl. oz. (1 pint) bottle into the largest mug I could find in my cabinet. Body is opaque orange-yellow with a cloud-white head. Tiny bubbles dance upwards thru the body, I applaud the presentation.

S: Whoa! Before I even brought the mug to my nose, I received a blast of spicy aroma. Taking two whiffs, it was almost overbearingly spicy with layers of coriander and something clove-like. Recovering from the initial blast, I now sense the wheaty-goodness and a faint smell of yeast. Decent but too pungent.

T: An instantly refreshing first few sips complete with classic style characteristics dominated by orange and, is that a lemon zest? A bit flowery and sweet throughout, plus there's the mild unbalance as the spice dominates the aftertaste.

M: Medium-thin, slippery, blissful mouthfeel that is the highlight of the experience. Slightly high carbonation is my only semi-complaint.

D: As I'm a bit more than halfway thru the pint, I've enjoyed most of what this Wit has to offer. But I don't see myself getting over the spicy zing that takes over from nose to finish, which crowds out the lovely citrus and wheat notes.

Comments: As a variation of the Wit style, Hitachino Nest White is undoubtedly original. I like that the brewer takes risks, many of them paying off - its mouthfeel is fresh and smooth plus the appearance is delightful - but the intense spice profile is a couple notches too high. Overall, it is a pleasant ale with one noticeable flaw.

Photo of PDXHops
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at a sushi restaurant. Didn't catch the size as the server poured it 2 ways and then took the empty away, but it was the 'big one'. Hazy straw-colored body with a fizzy white head that tails off fairly quickly, leaving little opportunity for much in the way of lacing.

A tart burst of citrus- lemon juice and orange zest- greets the nose, backed up with cloves, tangy wheat and tangy yeast. Tastes much like it smells, with the additions of brief moments of earthiness and a lemon-lime soda sweet character. A bit of a band-aid aftertaste, particularly as it gets warmer, but not enough to be too distracting. Light and almost wispy on the tongue with a clean finish, it made a pretty nice match for the sushi.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass in Kaua'i, HI restaurant in 9/2010. Saw the bottle and had to try.

A: poured a cloudy, hazy, yellow color. yeast is present at the bottle of the glass.

S: I get citrus notes, and some spices. very nice.

T: delicious spicey white ale. enjoyed with some sushi and paired perfect.

M: smooth going down. just right. not mouth coating at all.

D: very drinkable. enjoyed two with dinner that night.

Overall, very impressed with this beer. I had never heard of the brewery or the beer, but definitely recommend it if you come across.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- crystal clear glowing gold, low brite white head

Aroma- strongly phenolic, like on the band aid level, fades to allow pepper and lemon zest out, light cranberry notes, hey, pear, very fresh, a little saison-like, light spruce note, very interesting....

Flavor - Very pleasant and soft lactic twang, helps balance very sweet belgian pils character, no overt coriander, subtle berry fruit and spice, with more of that spruce / mint character in the finish, light orange citrus tone w/ virtually no edge. Not a sharp beer in any way. Wheat character is distinctly lacking. Lemon and pepper notes . Dry finish.

Overall- definately an unconventional but pleasing wit. Drinks like a Pilsner. Just has no wheat character. I applaud it for not being over the top w/ coriander, if its there at all.

Photo of thkthkthkthk
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml stubby bottle into a Pilsener glass.

A - Great artwork on the bottle and the cap. Poured a cloudy golden yellow; difficult to see the carbonation; pours a nice white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Very inviting citrus and coriander smell.

T - Spicy, citrus taste with a strong wheat front.

M - Very smooth, with somewhat high carbonation.

D - Very drinkable and tasty, goes well with most food; almost too drinkable for $4 a bottle.

A very good witbier and probably my favorite beer in general.

Photo of MoreThanWine
2.16/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sorry but the charms of this beer totally escape me, and it's the 2nd kind I've tried from the brewery and I'm just not getting it. Poured a large 3" white head. Smells like a sour beer. Taste is a little sour and there's really not much else to it. Bad sample, maybe? But Trader Joe's has a high turnover of this stuff so I doubt my sample sat around too long.

Photo of sfz
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11 oz stubby bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - 4 for the actual beer plus .5 for the awesome bottle design, label, and cap. Really cool artwork. The beer itself pours a clouded golden yellow with little carbonation and virtually no head.

S - Ginger and slight citrus.

T - Smooth and tangy. Almost tastes like a light orange soda with hints of ginger mixed in. A very different taste, unlike any beer I've had before.

M - Light and fizzy.

D - Supremely drinkable. Would be one hell of a session beer if it wasn't so expensive due to the cost of imports and what not.

Buy this.

Photo of kirkmichel
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11oz Bottle purchased at hop city; was pretty sour/cidery but still good and preserved spicy notes despite, i'm reviewing based on the other 10 of these I had before this sour one.

A:pours out a clear apple cider color with white head; limited carbonation to the eye.
S: Ginger and white pepper with a bit of citrus/lemon.
T: Strong and fruity and wheat with great complexity of spice including white pepper, ginger, coriander and lemongrass. Really very nice if you like wits - it's like a wit with a twist of lemon peel and spice.
M: Even though it didn't appear to have much carbonation, there was a big zing on the tongue which only served to give an additional kick to the spice. Also very light bodied, lighter than a typical wit.
D: Extremely drinkable...maybe a bit too drinkable for my wallet at $4+ per bottle!

I love this brewery - so far most everything I've had from them is artfully produced and well worth a try.

Photo of afksports
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the first beer ever tasted on my side quest called JapanQuest. Drinking the while Hitachino Nest line is tasty. They're all good. This one is one of the best.

Cloudy appearance with great bubbly lacing, this straw colored wheat brew charms inthe drinker in the nose. Strong strong aroma of citrus peel and wheat, and a taste that follows with a sharp citrus bite. The hops come in the taste too.

This is the flagship beer of Kiuchi brewery, and with the light body that suitably flows underneath lovely bubbling, it's understandable why. The JapanQuest is happily underway!

Photo of BeerLover99
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy, unfiltered pale yellow, lots of bubbles, trace head

S: lovely aroma of citrus and tropical fruits with floral bouquet. hint of wheat in background

T/M: sweet, citrus, wheat front, with prickly hint of bitter finish. big carbonation on this one.

D: Fantastic! This beer completely surprised me, was curious if Japan could make a delicious beer and this is clearly an example.
Great summer beer, very sessionable, also fine craft beer starter for a newbie.

Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,311 ratings.