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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,318 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,318
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 157
Gots: 163 | FT: 1
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Japan

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2001

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Ratings: 1,318 | Reviews: 517
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

720ml bottle. I remember this brewery from a mini pub crawl I was part of in Chicago a few years ago, where we wound up at this Japanese/techno fusion place. The locals suggested the Hitachino beers, because I guess they were new at the time, and appropriate for the occasion. Well, my current occasion isn't very Japanese, unless you count the bags of mandarin Christmas oranges I've consumed over the past month.

This beer pours a foggy pale golden yellow hue, with two lofty fingers of puffy, loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some random paint splatter lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of softly grainy wheat malt, a bit of dank citrus, and a somewhat funky clove and nutmeg spiciness. The taste is mildly edgy wheat grain, a tart citrus creaminess, some additional drupe fruitiness, hints of ginger and nutmeg holiday goodness, and earthy, leafy noble hops.

The carbonation is somewhat frothy, but generally agreeable, the body a medium-light weight, and quite smooth, nothing worthy enough to mess with that. It finishes off-dry, the semi-sweet wheatiness playing nice with the lingering citrus and earthy spices.

While maybe a tad reserved on the spice quotient, this is still one pleasantly slavish ode to the Belgian style - wheaty, fruity, and spicy, all in a manner that deserves quiet contemplation, i.e. my friend's Chicago backyard before a Lollapalooza show, instead of the pithy, way too trendy club afterwards.

Photo of emerge077
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've tried lots of Witbiers, and to stand above the pack you have to be unique. Hitachino White is very unique to me.

Two fingers of bone white foam set atop a pale body of glowing, murky orange. IN direct light it appears more of a pastel yellow, dirtied up by the darker sediment poured in. Some lacing arcs on the sipping side of the glass.

Deeply floral nose, woody, mild citrus, earthy with coriander.

Smooth bodied, a tangy citrusy bite at first, then a soft sweetness and mild nutmeg spice, with a gentle floral character in the aftertaste. Really smooth on the palate. Each sip is very quenching, and keeps me coming back. The spice is in check, but certainly present in a unique blend.

This is one i'll return to again and again, it never gets old to me. This is unique and eye-opening, especially if you think you've tried every Witbier out there. Give it a try with an open mind...

Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a pale, yellow. Very cloudy and highly carbonated with a two-finger head.

S - It smelled of corn, citrus and yeast.

T - It tasted very sweet and fruity. The corn and yeast flavors were much more subtle.

M - It was very crisp and light-bodied.

D - A very nice witbier. I really liked the sweet, fruity flavors.

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy, golden body with an orange cast topped by a thin bright white head that holds an exceptionall collar but leaves no lace. Great aroma! Very bold and perfumy. Sweet & spicy, full of sugary clove, ginger, and light citrus notes as well as some whisps of maltiness. Quite unique. The body is medium light and very creamy. The flavor comes on strong but finishes oh-so-soft, starting with a bright fruitiness, followed immediately by a light-but-mouthcoating maltiness as it crosses the palate, and eventually receeding into a long lasting finish with a light fruit, ginger, citrus, and soft maltiness that is not at all sticky. A little bit of a spice bite on the front of the tongue. Fairly complex for a white ale. Unique. Immensely refreshing and very enjoyable.

Photo of nickfl
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of bone white head disapates quickly and leaves little lace. The body is slightly hazy and straw colored, and it clouds up nicely when given a swirl and final pour from the bottle.

S - Very distinct aroma of pepper and lemon, with an odd floral, spicy note of jasmine, chamomile and ginger.

T - Ginger and pepper up front with a hint of lemon. Grainy malt in the middle with some subdued yeast notes of vanilla and pepper. The finish is dry, with a hint of hops and more ginger.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - An easily drinkable and interesting example of the style. The aroma qualities in particular are excellent; easily the best smelling Witbier I have had.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.09/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a large white head that fades almost instantly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coriander & nutmeg spices along with orange peel, light malts and a slight touch of Belgian yeast.

T: The taste is mostly fruit and spice with flavors of orange, banana, coriander & nutmeg. There’s very little trace of Belgian yeast or wheat. The malt character is very thin and there’s almost no hops presence at all. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, light body, heavy carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, not a good representation of style, this is definitely at the bottom of the list of Witbier’s that I’ve tried, however, compared to some of the other Japanese beer exports that I’ve had, it’s a hell of a lot better than any Rice Lager.

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

Cloudy pale orange with a dense rocky white head. Dried orange peel and coriander in the aroma and flavour. Seems the coriander is more dominant in the aroma. Refreshingly crisp and smooth at the same time, dry malt character in the back with grainy tones and nuttiness from the yeast. Spices add some sweetness, coriander is the one that flexes the most. Smooth and rounded grainy flavour helps in the finish. A good and balanced white ale.

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

Pours a slightly hazed straw with a white head. Nose is lemon and citrus on the nose with a straw edge to it that just gives an earthy, plant like fragrance. Very perfume like, but also like walking through a field of aromatic flower stems that were just cut. I could take a whiff of this one for hours. Flavor is smooth and even. There is a straw like quality that stays earthen and thick, though still light enough overall to enjoy. Feel is smooth and silky with a balanced carbonation. Definitely drinkable, though it is fairly different and unique which might detract for some. Plus for such a high price (again with the Hitachino), is it really worth it? $5? Hmmm. No.

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.25/5  rDev -45%

Photo of russpowell
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle at Goebels in Wichita

Pours an effervescent straw color with a sliver of beige head. Hazes a bit as it warms, no head retention & lacing

S: White pepper & coriander & grassyness & barnyard

T: Grassy, slightlty funky, & lemons up front. Grassyness, lemon zest & funk dominate as this warms, plus much tartness. Puckery tartness in the finish, along with some dryness & funky grass

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & puckery tartness

Through the roof drikability, easily the best Japanese beer & or Wit I've had, period

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: 22oz. bottle from Capone's beer garden, Norristown, PA

Poured into a Zero Gravity pilsner glass, a cloudy, bronzed yellow with a finger of foamy white head that receded to a thin layer. Typical wheaty aroma, with hints of orange and lemon zest, and a bit of spice. Crisp wheat profile on the tongue, citrus zest and piney hops, just the right amount of peppery spice. Dry and slightly bitter in the finish. Light mouthfeel, and very easy to drink.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Highly hazed and golden-toned, a thin layer of bone white foam above, eventually narrowing down.

Lovely aromatics, a twist of lemon, hint of orange, and beautiful spices. I'd always assumed coriander, but recent research revealed to me they also use nutmeg in here. It works well.

Taste: light bodied, but sublime drinkability. Just enough flavor to keep the tongue happy. Zesty and refreshing. Minor hops, slight bitterness, a touch of sour, and a dash of sweet.
Moderate carbonation, not too spritzy, just mellow enough.

Never dreamed I'd have a Japanese Belgian wit on tap, but, hey, crazier stuff has happened.

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #3 top witbier on beeradvocate.com best of lists. Awesome. Beer poured from a bottle into a Bruery glass because a Hitachino glass is the white whale of beer glassware, not the black text one, the inverted beehive with the painted owl on it. Don't know what I'm talking about? Too bad.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a nice white head, moderate carbonation, some lacing, decent retention.

Beer is sweet and spicy in the aroma, almost citrusy, orange peel.

What is that flavor? OK, first, it tastes like tea on the back half, there is a earthy sulfurness to the midpalate, the lead off is a light bodied and sweet beer, almost like chai, it has this nutmeg / corriander flavor that dominates the finish. The finish is a little too dry, I don't know....I know these are suppose to be spiced (sometimes) and dry but this is too spiced and too dry for me. Not my favorite witbier.

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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 Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of duceswild
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of GClarkage
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

01/04/05- Purchased at Weimax Liquors in Burlingame, CA

Presentation- 11.2 oz small bottle with no dates. Poured into my Duvel glass.

Appearance- Beautiful cloudy golden pour. Nice thick white head that decreases to about 1/4 inch and stays there and wafts. Light minor lacing along the edges.

Smell- I think everyone called the smell and taste of this one. Tons of corriander and orange peel extract.

Taste- A bit acidic with all the citrus flavor going on here. The corriander works well with the orange and lemon.

Mouthfeel- Ultra carbonated as expected, but still feels a bit thick. Leaves a huge sugary lemonade aftertaste.

Drinkability- One of the better witbier I have had. A bit strong with the acidity though. Still would have another one of these if I had one.

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

24.3 ounce bottle into tulip glass, H12.06 bottle code(June 2012?). Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light foamy lacing on the glass. Aromas of big clove, wheat, pepper, coriander, lemon, orange zest, herbal, earth, and yeast spices. Excellent aromas with nice strength, balance, and complexity. Taste of lemon, pepper, coriander, clove, orange zest, wheat, bread, herbal, earth, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of citrus zest, pepper, coriander, clove, wheat, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of flavors with solid complexity. No cloying flavors at all on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent witbier. Well balanced with good flavor and complexity; extremely smooth to drink. Really enjoyable stuff.

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,318 ratings.