Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

519 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 519
Hads: 1,378
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 172
Gots: 199 | FT: 2
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Japan

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 UrbanCaveman
3.27/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 45 degrees F.

A: Pours a cloudy deep golden straw, and forms roughly two fingers of white head that dies swiftly to a ring. Carbonation flows continuously from the bottom of the glass.

S: Funk swirls out of the aroma first, almost leading me to wonder if this is actually a saison rather than a wit. Citrus and spices follow, wreathed in the mustiness, and a very faint touch of wheat brings up the rear.

T: Wow, that's citrus - this beer is extremely heavy on the orange notes. The musty funk from the scent carries through to the taste as well, as if one is drinking orange juice that is just past it's "drink by" date and is starting to turn sour. Some spice swims far off in the distance of the flavor profile, though I'd be hard-pressed to pull individual spice notes out from the blanket of sour orange juice. At the finish, there's a distinct carbonation sharpness and bite.

M: Light and highly carbonated, this is a sharp, dry beer.

O: Were this beer classified as some form of saison, I'd be all about the sourness that's present. It seems a bit out of place for a witbier, though. I can appreciate why this is rated as highly as it is, given the tendency towards appreciation for sours/wilds and intense flavors. I find this to be a very simple, club-you-over-the-head-with-a-single-flavor beer, which is not what I'm looking for in any Belgian style. Not my favorite wit. (1,446 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hitachino’s best, I’m told, is their White Ale - a Japanese craft take on a Belgian Witbier, replete with added: Flaked Wheat, Flaked Barley, Coriander, Nutmeg, Orange peel, and oddest of all; Orange Juice... I wonder what Belgian Wit brewers would think of that? Regardless I am always happy to crack open a Hitachino Nest brew - I am yet to try one that I haven’t enjoyed on multiple levels, kampai!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: One of, if not the, whitest Wits ever - a cloudy pale straw body with a thin wispy sharply white (I’m talking titanium dioxide white) head on top. I’ve seen Belgian Wits that struggle to look this good. 9/10.

S: Spice forward with coriander and nutmeg, the aroma is quite acrid with spice actually, following this is a distinctive (probably because they put it in there) orange juice note, some woody dry notes and bready yeast. Overall not the greatest Wit fragrance, but I suspect - as with their Lacto Stout - that the flavour will be top-notch. 6/10.

T: My suspicions have been allayed... no wait - the opposite to allayed: Established! This is an excellent Wit. It starts out with some sweet orange notes, progresses on to those coriander and nutmeg notes (a bit more muted from the aroma), and finishes with an even-keeled sour/bitter/dry orange finish. There is a bold bread yeast middle, making it a little chunkier than a classic Belgian Wit. Damn this is tasty! 9/10.

M: Mid to light bodied, a touch watery (not bad enough to detract points) carbonation is a little excitable - as it can often be with Witbiers. 7/10.

D: Another exceptional Hitachino Nest brew then, aside from being on the higher side pricewise this is a Wit I would highly recommend, despite the odd ingredient list that includes OJ. If however you do like your Witbiers airy and light in flavour you should probably stick with Blue Moon or Hoegaarden - the fool’s Wits*. Oh yeah, I love the weird psychedelic label art on the bottle. 8/10.

Food match: I reckon some tempura vegetables/seafood would ace it with this Wit.

*Double entendre, set and match. (2,108 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a standard glass at a sushi restaurant in Calgary (holy crap, an Asian restaurant with something from a craft brewer! Let's hope that becomes a trend). A pale cloudy straw yellow with some rocky, sudsy white head. Aroma of citrus (orange, lemon, lime), spices (clove, nutmeg, ginger, coriander), and a malty depth not typically observed in this style ... Has a clear lager malt flavor as well. Interesting. Some bubble gum and pineapple notes vie with the aforementioned citrus. A brown spice flavor gathers steam over the course of sips (nutmeg, which is actually in the brew according to the label). Moderate body, seems on the thick side for the style, with the carbonation not violent but certainly assertive. Finish dry, rather earthy even. Unique wit. I enjoyed the emphasis on the malts and spice. My bottle may have been a tad old. (858 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow with a one-and-a-half finger white head. Lots of carbonation.

Aroma: Orange peel, lemon, spices, a little pineapple. Some floral quality, some wheat.

Taste: Follows the nose. Pretty fruit-forward - lemon, orange peel, pineapple are all there. Also some spice.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a summery depth. Kind of light, but not abnormally so for the style.

Overall: Decent wheat beer. Certainly better than Blue Moon, which seems to be its American analogue. Would try more from Kiuchi. (567 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a very nice witbier. Nice layers of wheat, orange, citrus zest, with little bits of coriander spice. Very refreshing and crisp.

Would absolutely purchase & drink again. (180 characters)

Photo of mscudder
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pleased to grab a fresh bottle in Tokyo. Bottled < 1 month ago.

A - Cloudy and opaque yellow hue. Good carbonation with a quality head which receded promptly.

S - Lemon peel, citrus, pale malts and a pinch of nutmeg.

T - Clean floral sweetness with subtle notes of coriander and a touch citrus. Damn good balance.

M - Really nice body for the style: fresh lemon with moderate carbonation keeps the beer prickly while maintaining a strong body for the style.

O - This is one of the best Wits your yen can buy. I can only hope it is comparable in the States. (563 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This Wit has a very good reputation so I'm expecting a good showing for me.

From the old Trix commercial....it's a lemon yellow,(cloudy) good stoutish head of foam to begin with but it does shrink rather quickly. There isn't an abundance of lacing left behind.

The smell is classic Witbier, with lovely coriander, wheat, some nice sweet notes kind of sugar candi like, light clove, a refreshing? fruitiness of lemon zest. Nose, move over. It's mouth's turn.

And the enjoyment continues. There are no surprises at all in the taste. A wonderfully fully flavoured Wit that expresses everything I mentioned in the smell but...it's so darn smooth and balanced. This drives the drinkability right out of the ball park for me. 24.3 ounces of pure nectar and I see, looking at the bottom of the bottle, a whole lot of stubborn sentiment. Get in me glass, I say!

A near perfect mouthfeel with the abv right where it ought to be, I reckon THIS is what I'd call one of the benchmarks for the style. No doot aboot it. (1,010 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The aroma is delightful with lots of zesty lemon and orange, spicy tomato, and an undertone of honey. Pours a frothy white head with a hazy, pale gold body. The flavor is delicious with lots of spiciness from the coriander and nutmeg; zesty orange fruitiness; a slight cool, anise seed-like quality; and a malty, grainy finish. There's just a touch of underlying bitterness. The body is frothy and somewhat creamy but overall medium-light in effect with a great deal of crispness from the carbonation.

A uniquely pleasant aroma and a deliciously complex and balanced flavor. Ridiculously drinkable. (600 characters)

Photo of Brew_42
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pale cloudy yellow with a white head

Smell- Citrus and fruits. Less spice than most witbiers

Taste- Follows the nose. Citrus (more orange than lemon) with a light amount of spice. This is different than most witbiers I have tried that seem to have more of a lemon kick than orange.

MF- Crisp and refreshing

Overall- Another great beer, 2 for 2 with this brewery cant wait to try another (403 characters)

Photo of ASirahSyrah
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the more delicious and refreshing beverages I've had this summer! What makes it even more impressive is that the Japanese have jumped on board with micro-brewing and put this little gem out. I would definitely recommend it for...well anything apart from a philosophical evening with friends. Very happy to have picked it up; quite satisfied. (356 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a pretty famous beer here, it has eluded me somehow until now. picked this up under 6 bucks over at colorado liquor mart, who is still chugging along with some hidden gems in the back there. a nice take on a wit, different than almost all of them because of (what i perceive anyway) this fresh ginger in here. a blonde beer with a golden flare, clear for the style, and while there are a ton of bubbles in it, no head really ever builds up. the nose is almost like ginger ale, its so potent to me, i have to believe there is real ginger in it. belgian type yeast is also fruity, while some malt other than wheat i think makes an appearance, giving some light caramel flavors as a base. ginger and cracked pepper in the finish, this could pass as a saison on the yeast character alone, less belgian than saison in that regard. super refreshing, and even though it looks flat, there are a lot of bubbles here in solution. my first beer from this operation is a winner, i like this a lot, different from the masses but still comfortably within what the style asks for. perfect hot weather refresher. super dig it. (1,110 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle drank at Good Luck in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy golden yellow, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like orange, lemon, spices and yeast.

This is one of my favorite Wits I've ever tried- because they toned down the spices and yeast flavors (still there, but more subtle) and ramped up the delicate orange peel and lemon zest flavors. There's also some grassy hop flavor, wheat bitterness, fruity yeast esters, and spicing I can't distinguish. Very delicious, and goes down quite easily.

Light bodied, crisp at the front, slightly creamy at the back of each sip. Medium amount of carbonation, with the tiniest of carbonation bites.

Wit is far from one of my favorite styles, but this is probably my favorite of the style that I've tried. (771 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured cellar temperature into a pint glass.

Any head here is no more than a half-finger of white foam which dissipates quickly. The ale is a quite cloudy lemon straw color, with lots of sediment suspended throughout.

Its aroma is mostly of orange zest and lemon, with some spices liking nutmeg and coriander coming through. Possibly some cardamom, and maybe even a bit of mango and pineapple. There's also the always-pleasant sweet bread dough smell of the Belgian styles. Slightly musty.

Refreshing fruitiness makes the first impression on my palate, oddly reminding me of green grapes, pears, and cantaloupe more than any of the fruits I smelled.. A bit of tart lemon does show up in the middle, followed by a dry, clean finish of yeasty, bready, biscuit maltiness.

The light body and bubbly carbonation feel right on.

Subtle, light, and refreshing, but also enriched with some pleasurable complexities and eccentricities. (930 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Japanese beer.
I poured this beer into my glass, it has a golden color body with a fizzy head.lt comes off as a slight grain aroma. The taste is spot on, it has a ginger and slight lemon flavor. It also has a nice spice to it. Mouthfeel is smooth and this beer is very drinkable. (297 characters)

Photo of mrjez
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: pours a very cloudy pale gold with a nice finger of white head.
S: a heavenly mix of orange peel and herb. Halfway through the nutmeg really starts to come out.
T: oh boy, a nice hit of nutmeg up front backed by wheat and citrus.
F: seriously smooth, it fizzes nicely, has a nice dry finish. I kept sipping so fast, ridiculously drinkable.
O: I love this beer every time. I think I've overrated it, then I try it again and it makes my day. (446 characters)

Photo of Badger6
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured form an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Light straw color, hazy with minimal visible carbonation. White head, billows quick, dissipates fast into a thin layer on the surface. Some lace.

S: Funk, pronounced citrus, mildly spiced. Very simple, straightforward aroma. Seems balanced.

T: Funky up front, with some light hints of citrus and spice. Slight tartness that carries through. Finishes slightly sweet, minimal aftertaste.

M: Light body, almost no carbonation. Very refreshing and clean feeling on the palate. Almost a watery feel.

O: Subtlety is the hallmark here. Nothing is over the top, and nothing is left so far in the background you are looking. Slightly funky, slightly spicy, hints of citrus...all balanced. The light feel with minimal carbonation makes this supremely drinkable. Yes, it's a Belgian style, but it is truly Japanese in its subtle, refined character. (889 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle dated H.14.02 and served in pint glass. Beer is pale yellow in color, with big soda bubbles rising towards a white head. Actually it looks like cloudy mountain dew. And as cloudy as it is, there's a significant layer of trub still left in the bottle. Pleasant lemon-citrus peel aroma, though.

Flavor is neutral in the grain department, thanks to a healthy load of wheat in the mash, with a coriander flavor front and center, taste profile wise. Orange peel comes out as well. Except for the heavy dose of carbonation is quite drinkable and enjoyable. But as a witbier I think the gimmick of high-quality craft brews from Japan that aren't adjunct lager has kind of worn off by now. I'm certainly less excited about this now than I was when I first tasted it years ago. (784 characters)

Photo of Mike-Harms
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A refreshing white ale, crisp and citrusy. Great specimen of wit character. Cool to see craft beers this good coming out of Japan.

Not a lot of head, and didn't last too long. But it was very drinkable and made me want another, immediately. Great summer beer. (260 characters)

Photo of HarryPlopper
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great spiced/flavored beer. It has an unfiltered appearance and yeasty smell. The orange and allspice hits you right away and there are yeasty after-notes. It has a thick mouth feel and smooth finish. No harsh aftertaste and very little carbonation. This is a very pleasant spring/summer beer and one that will definitely find it's way into my fridge more often. (372 characters)

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice fairly cloudy amber with a decent head that quickly dissipates. Nice aromatic smell that is slightly sweet and very clean. Nice taste that is also slightly sweet. I really enjoyed the smell the best. Fantastic. A very easy beer to drink with lots of flavor. (270 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw body, very hazy (and even hazier if you swirl up the sediment) with a few streams of bubbles. White head dissipates very quickly.

S: Funky yeast, light citrus, melon, and mild spices. Simple, but expressive and balanced.

T: The funk has some tartness/sourness, just a tad to make it refreshing. Again, hints, nothing more, of lemon and orange fruits, all underlined with very faint clove, white pepper, coriander.

M: Light, low acidity, but crisp and refreshing, fine carbonation- just the right amount, lively but not bloating or overly prickly.

O: Refreshing, a little funky to make it unique, well balanced, supremely drinkable- a great beer all around. (674 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(purchased single 11.2 oz bottle, cooler-cold - bottle code WH.13.08.... poured into a 20 oz pint)

A: really damn cloudy, honey-ish yellow in color.... 1/2" white head, fizzy, falls fast.... all but a thin outer ring of foam, no lace

S: absolutely stellar, inviting aromas - spiced orange, candied ginger(?).... not a clear, naked coriander scent.... clove.... altogether, has a decidedly ginger snap quality, with a background hint of orange zest.... mmmm

T: blend of citrusy flavors up front - lemon/lime, flowery orange... fair bit of lightly-doughy malt in the middle... quick zip of ginger spice during the finish... looong-lingering lemon sugar and pale malt flavors in the aftertaste... with enough time in between sips, the coriander starts to emerge, swimming in a pool of something like Froot Loops or Trix(?!)...

M: mild-moderate prickly carbonation... possibly the ideal body... somewhat like lightly thinned-out OJ concentrate - may be an overstatement... has some delicate slickness to it, yet it fades away dry

O: having not had this for years, I still feel like this is a top-notch Wit.... the unique flavors of Hitachino's ales make them worth the extra $ or $$ (1,183 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked H.13.07 at 45 degrees into standard pint
Faint aroma of orange
Head average (3 cm), white, fizzy, completely and quickly diminishing to a 1 – 2 mm ring
Body medium yellow, murky
Flavor begins with a subdued orange sweetness, and ends sweet, with no flavor; no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl
Palate medium, somewhat creamy, lively carbonation

The fizzy head that totally disappears coupled with the murky body detract from the visual appeal of this beer, but the light orange taste and aroma help redeem this. The price point is high, and makes this a questionable candidate for multiple drinks. (610 characters)

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Very chunky looking from the large pieces of sediment. It eventually died down to the bottom of the glass. Color is a cloudy, dark lemony yellow color. Head is soapy, but holds fairly well around the rim of the glass. Ok lacing, but not a huge amount. Looks like a witbeir for sure.

S- Big oranges and lemons. Coriander spice. Slightly sour. Wheat grains/grassy. Just the way a good white ale should smell.

T- Slightly sour and semi dry with a orange type citrus. Again, like the scent, it's got the wheat type graininess. Also to round out the flavor is a light lemony taste.

M- Light to medium. It's a heavier beer than say Blue Moon or Shock Top type witbeirs. It's crisp and refreshing for sure. It's got a good charge from the carbination, but it's not overdone. It actually has a creamy feel as well. Finish is fairly dry. Just the slightest amount of citrus type sweetness remains on the palate. It's just so easy to drink. It's so refreshing!

Overall Hitachino nailed this beer down! If you didn't know any better, you'd think this was an authentic whitbeir straight out of Belgium. This is one of those all good and no bad kind of beers. Do yourself a favor and pick this up! You won't regret it. (1,213 characters)

Photo of Breeza
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Cloudy bright straw colour, thin white head dissipates quickly, initially really carbonated but slowed.

S:Sweet, hoppy, slight citrus, hint of pepper.

T: Citrusy.

M: Light and refreshing.

O: Overall extremely enjoyable, I don't like citrusy beers but this one is done really well. Highly recommend it! (308 characters)

Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.