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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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1,294 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,294
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 140
Gots: 135 | 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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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.

Photo of AwYeh
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with small white head.

S: Smell is very unique; predominantly floral and spicy (most notably coriander) with a bit of citrus (presumably from the use of orange). As it warms, a bit of honey aroma comes out.

T: Taste follows smell very closely with an additional peppery flavor. Light body with medium carbonation. A bit of a metallic flavor did come out as the beer warmed, which wasn't quite as pleasant as the rest of the taste.

M: Light body with medium carbonation and a slightly bitter finish.

D: A very interesting beer, definitely enjoyed drinking this one and could go for a few more.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance; pale cloudy yellow, white head with good retention and lacing.

smell; curry powder and slightly sweet citrusy hops.

taste; much like the smell but more defined, coriander and fennugreek. Lemony and tart in the finish, not much bitterness. Quite a complex example of the style.

mouthfeel; Smooth and thick with a sticky finish.

drinkability; Pretty tasty but complex and rich, still an easy drink and sits well with me.

Photo of NODAK
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is quite full of citrus...the tanginess from the lemon on the nose certainly transfers here. There's also a good deal of coriander as well. A pungeant aroma.

Pours relatively clear (with some floaties) and blonde in the glass. Nothing much for a head showed.

Definitely high on carbonation...spritzy. Taste has a good orange peel taste to it...not really very sweet, but orange in character. There's a lot of spiciness, which I can describe as a mix of coriander and peppery spices....and perhaps ginger as well? Finishes somewhat tart with a snap of lemony citrus. A good deal of spice hangs around after the swallow.

Definitely not a sweet wit, but a spicy one. However, the orange character is still there and this one goes down extremely easily. Recommended.

Photo of basica
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a mildly translucent, hazy golden with a fairly thick, foamy white head that quickly reduces to a thin clingy layer with active bubbling in the liquid below (4)

S - Herbal spices with a citrus zest; clear notes of nutmeg with wheat in the background (3.5)

T - Loads of spices upfront backed with wheat malts, arriving at a citrusy, lemony middle leaving slightly sour notes which lasts towards the a lightly fruity finish with some hints of pear (3.5)

M - Light to medium bodied, with carbonation slightly on the high; foamy smooth and goes down dry (4)

D - Interesting blend of spices manifesting in the nose and on the palate. Refreshing and drinkable as a Witbier should be but guess I'd prefer it a tad less sour (4)

Photo of DeadGuyRyan
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a glowing white golden orange color with a hazy hue the head pours great dissipates rather fast.

Smell: Smells of wheat obviously but its crisp and light I smell coriander and hints of nutmeg as well I get several spicy and citrus notes also.

Taste: Acidic and dry very wheaty and earthy tasting you can stays true to the style and adds a little as well slight hints of lemon.

Feel: This beer is great very complex with a light and super creamy body that goes down really well.

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

Reviewed from notes of 12/22/10

Serving from 1 pint bottle. Appealing graphics screen printed on glass.

A = Yellow hue that was semi clowdy but closer in appearance to a lager. High carbonation. Limited froth with a soapy glass like lace.

S = Flower, heavy citrus, and mild sea water. Very pleasant.

T = Heavy citrus, flower and wheat. In that order. Reminded me of Summer.

M = More carbonation than I expected due to the citrus. The finish was more like a lager with notes of salt.

D = Really an easy drinker that behaved more like a summer lager than an ale. The citrus notes can be a real crowd pleaser. I highly recommend this with sashimi or oysters on the half.

Photo of perrymarcus
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a slightly cloudy, dull yellow tone; yields a foamy finger of a white head that dissipates quickly. not much lacing to speak of.

nose is lead by citrus (notably lemon zest) with coriander and some yeast evident.

flavor follows the nose with an added bit of wheat grain and some floral/herbal/earthiness... has a subtle sourness to it... finish is largely clean. not bad, even somewhat enjoyable in its own right, but for me nothing really to write home about, will give this one another try over the summer, which it's more tailored for.

light to medium bodied mouthfeel. drinkability is good, i would have no trouble having a couple of these.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle pulled right from the fridge poured into a bulb style glass. H.10.06. stamped on the back label.

pours out a very hazy, cloudy cider like yellow small white head that left a retentive layer. minimal spotty lacing and lots of sediment.

big spicy aroma with clove being at the forefront. also ginger, white pepper, phenolic yeast, and hints of lemon citrus.
powerful perfumey aroma.

lots of big flavor packed in this beer. big spicy does of clove, corriander, white pepper, ginger, very nice lemon grass wheaty citrus with bits of pear like fruit with some light phenolic yeast.

assertive bubbly carbonation which compliments the beer nicely. slightly spice bitter aftertaste. light bodied.

a very drinkable wit, definatly worth a try. just as good if not better than most belgians.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very hazed orange yellow color with a thick fizzy white head and a really good amount of lacing. Smells of oranges, yeast, spice and wheat. Tastes of oranges, spice -- coriander and maybe black pepper, wheat and a little hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good body and substantial carbonation. Drinkability is high.

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, citrusy scent along with a bit of orange peel and coriander spice. It's light and refreshing with a hint of lemon zest. The taste is good as well. It has a very drinkable pale and wheat malt flavor; light and refreshing. The citrusy flavor is outstanding along with a dry and fruity yeast finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn good witbier. It's winter now. I'd rather be drinking this while enjoying a nice sunny day.

Photo of 4000qtrap
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Source/serving: 11.2oz bottle

Smell: Crisp tropical fruits (apple/pineapple), light spiciness (coriander), and a healthy dose of fresh wheat integrated well together and has moderate depth. You can find different threads and dig deep into them which is awesome. Lightly herbal undertones which I sometimes detect when coriander is abundant. Quite vinous and has a richness (for this style) that is pleasant, while remaining crisp and light too. Some clove as it warms.

Taste: Apple and citrus fruitiness up front with a touch of sweetness and pleasant crispness. Lightly tangy reminiscent of a lemon drop. Dances lightly on the tongue and exudes an upbeat vibe in a disco club sort of way. Has significant white wine-like qualities. Pleasantly dry, light bitterness, nice citrusy hop flavor, and a wheat graininess that isn't subdued by all that's going on. Tickly carbonation. Incredible body for how crisp it remains. Coriander is fairly strong but smooth and mellow at the same time with good complexity and not overwhelming. Finish which has a nice dry crispness and light herbal /clove character.

Notes: Goes amazing with food.... Crisp, refreshing, tangy, and tons of palette scrubbing bubbles. And, incredibly drinkable. Goes down easy!

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hitachino Nest : White Ale
Part of the Late Night Ale Drinker series.

Appearance: Poured from a stubby 11.2oz bottle. Straw yellow with a chill haze and bubbly foam that collects over an inch into a nonic pint glass. Unfiltered wheat with some cloudy yeast swirled in half way.

Smell: Lemon and strongly of coriander as well. A nice bright citrus tone. Exactly what you would expect from a wit, but the smell is somewhat unique.

Taste: Initially citrus, with lemon juice and orange peel notes. Gives way to a creamy maltyness. In the finish, dry coriander and sour lemon. Bitterness is perfect, balances the beer out quite nicely.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, high level of carbonation. A nice spicy bite to this one.

Drinkability: Quite liked this one. Refreshing, easy to drink and good flavors. The price point is a bit high, but this is a quality brew. Went down quickly.

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

This White Ale consists of a very solid 14 carat gold lemon body with opaque quality. It is cloudy with a lemon like color and displaying good carbonation. White head dissipates but leaves a ring throughout finishing this beer.

The nose is a wonderful fruit tight apricot and peach. Schapps like in bouquet, nothing overbearing or sickly syrup sweetness, just extremely pleasant.

Quaffing the beverage lends to a fascinating peach pop soda quality which feels odd, and then gives a HUGE wheat afterfinish of baked bread. Light in body and texture but not in taste, also small carbonation that isn't gaseous but noticeable.

Drinkability at this simple ABV is highly desirable.

Photo of jkurtz002
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy pale yellow, nice head, nothing special.

S: Could not detect any unique aroma.

T: Typical white beer, light and refreshing with a nice hint of citrus.

M: Good balance of heftiness and carbonation, easy to sip and not too filling.

Overall a very tasty, if not altogether unique white beer.

Photo of vfgccp
3.16/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Opaque yellow pear. Almost no head.

S - Mild, effervescent cider.

T - Pear, little Champaign, light wheat. Flavor drops off at the end with almost no after taste, just a little residual booze.

M - Almost flat, with a very light body.

D - Mild and very drinkable.

Photo of rdickey
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very pale, cloudy gold into a tulip. Two-finger head dissipates fairly quickly without much lacing.

Smell: Lemony citrus, pepper and coriander. It smells like a wit, but there is something unique and intriguing about the combination in the nose.

Taste: Very nice. Lemon tartness dominates, with coriander and some mild black pepper in lurking in the background.

Mouthfeel: Relatively high carbonation leads to a light mouthfeel. Perfectly appropriate for the style and works very well with this beer.

Drinkability: Very high, and the low ABV keeps it from being too dangerous... perfect for a summer day.

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle with some weird date coding into my Ommegang Goblet. Very cloudy, grapefruit juice colored with about a finger of white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing. Smells VERY lemony, and spicy. Very appealing nose. Flavors are what you'd expect from a wit, though leaning towards lemon rather than orange. Nice gingerbread cookie like finish. Lingers. Very drinkable and refreshing. Great example of the style.

Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,294 ratings.