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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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521 Reviews

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Reviews: 521
Hads: 1,410
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 19.7%
Wants: 183
Gots: 225 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Photo of crotharagain
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this on the rotating cask series at a local high end sushi restaurant. Hard for me to characterize other than pretty darned good with sushi. Have gone back to it several times.

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Photo of brewbasterd
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden color until the settled yeast is shaken up and added to make a hazy pale yelloow hue. The nose is that of sour lemons and wheat,there is definately some tartness on the nose also. Lemons and orange peels, along with corriander on the palate, wheat is present and a sour yeasty taste, almost like a lemon sweet tart. Light bodied and extremely refreshing, great beer for the summer or anytime of the year.

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Photo of ForkAndSpoonOp
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer my brother raved about for a while after he discovered it last year. I came across some bottles and decided to put aside my prejudices that something of decent quality can't come in such an adorably twee little package. Though that said, I do kinda want to hug this bottle. Super-kawaii.

I'm either too indie or not nearly indie enough, having recently acquired some completely unbranded pint glasses, so I'll be using them until I figure out which. Opened the 12 oz. bottle carefully, as my girlfriend has requested that I save the bottlecaps so she can make more earrings. Poured a cloudy, sickly yellow color. Maybe half a finger of head, dissipated rapidly and left no real lacing to speak of.

What's lacking in the visual aspect is more than made up for in the smell. Tons of lemon, ginger, yeast, the hopes and desires of a nation struggling to return to their daily lives after a tremendous metaphorical and literal upheaval.

This beer tastes exactly like an awesomely fucked-up glass of orange juice. Citric and plenty hoppy for my personal tastes. Some nice spices, too; nutmeg and maybe a little bit of cardamom. Light and airy. I wasn't expecting the carbonation to be this nice, given the poor head retention. Tremendously refreshing on a warm day.

Tasteless jokes aside, this brewery has done a tremendously good thing by temporarily shifting over their bottling capacity to supply water to the earthquake victims. Not only do they make great beer, but they're great people as well. Though that does mean I'll be hoarding any bottles of this nectar I come across until Japan achieves normality.

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Photo of PeterM
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty little brew
Very cloudy, straw like tones, with minimal head that disappears quickly, even after a vigorous pour.
Complex and pleasing smell - sake like with pine and citrus undertones: brilliant!
Effervescent, smooth and mellow with a great aftertaste that leaves me licking my lips.
Overall its a fine one that I'll go back t oagain and again.

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Photo of queenboadicea
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After revisiting this beer (possibly for the last time for a while, since our local distributor has decided to stop carrying it) I remember why it is one of my all-time favorites. The nose hits you with a burst of freshly ground cardamom and a slight hint of lemon and citrus. The color is a very light gold, with little to no head, but fine, tight bubbles. The flavor can only be described as exotic. You get some of the cardamom and citrus that you find on the nose, but there is also a slightly fruity character similar to star fruit, or perhaps papaya. Very clean finish, with little to no bite. It is one of those rare beers where you get a slightly different flavor every time you take a sip, so it doesn't get boring. It also pairs exceptionally well with food (especially- go figure- sushi!).

Since wine usually doesn’t pair well with spicy food I recommend this beer to people frequently when they come into the store where I work and ask for something to go with hotter fare. It will take the sting out of the fieriest Asian and Indian foods.

A small word of warning- When first opened, this beer can sometimes give off a skunky, cheap-pilsner smell, but it usually dissipates quickly. A great summer beer, if you are looking for something other than a pilsner or a weiss beer. I will miss it dearly!

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Photo of Irie
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice foggy body but little head and no retention. Nice small bubble lacing though. Smells like a Witbier with orange and other citrusy hints. Nice full aroma that lingers.

Great light feel on the tongue countered by sharp carbonation which I like. The almost fluffy feel smooth out well and leaves a cool, soft after-feel that almost bubbles strangely like Orangina or something. Great balanced taste with citrus tones and a solid bitterness that's even with a smooth malt.

Very enjoyable drink that's light and easy but feels full. Will drink again.

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Photo of JaredKent
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle, Poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance: A thin, white head, no bigger than half a finger, forms on the immediate pour. This quickly dissipates into a nice foam over the top of the beer. Hazy and golden in color, this is a perfect looking white ale. About a 6 SRM.

Scent: Coriander is the first thing that hits my nose. Definitely has the spiciness of a traditional Belgian Wit. There is a bit of citrus towards the end, no doubt from some orange peel. The aroma carries a fantastic wheat scent that doesn't overwhelm the nose and works perfectly with the spice.

Taste: This beer is unmistakably a wheat ale. Definitely some wheat flavors on the front followed by hint of citrus. As the beer sits in your mouth there is a very slight acidity. On the finish you get the spiciness followed by a hint of bitterness, both from the hops and the orange peel.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth on the mouth with a light body. Upon hitting the tongue you immediately feel the high levels of carbonation dancing in your mouth. The effervescence complements the spices perfectly.

Overall: I've had a few White Ales cross my palate and I've become disappointed by anything outside of Belgium. American White Ales are lacking the warm, spicy flavors that are typically associated with a Belgian Wit. Most American Whites I try are very light in body and taste. This Japanese White Ale has reassured me that I don't need to stick with the Belgians to get a quality White Ale.

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Photo of Mythos82
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was a great beer that had a 1 finger head that poured into a pint with good lacing.

Smell was spiced nicely with sweet smells.

Taste was unique to say the least and left a pleasant after taste.

Overall this beer was a pleasant beer found on a great trip to Chicago over 6 years ago that leaves me returning to Kiuchi Brewery beers every chance I can.

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Photo of surfnebr
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle

Light golden hue, translucent with a head that disapears fast. From appearance alone it appears light, limited lacing.

The corriander nose is easily present, as well as evergreen. It comes off as dirty/earthier than other whites that I've sampled. The citrus is light in that nose.

Pepper and nutmeg are on the first taste, citrus like sour finish. The hops are more present in this flavor than many whites, that could explain the dirtier, more earthy nose.

The carbonation was light in my opinion. The mouthfeel was light, which is perfect for a white.

I enjoyed this beer. Couple this with their Espresso Stout and their Sake Beer, they offer some solid beer. Easily drinkable, it would be great for a hot day.

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Photo of brewjones
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this in a restaurant in Times Square. Had it back in April and reviewing old notes.

Poured a cloudy pale yellow color with a thick head. Nice notes of spice and citrus that aren't overwhelming but grasp you to take a sip. Great wheat flavor and nice crispness with full body mouthfeel. Easy to drink and well balanced. My first from this brewery and really impressed. Colorado doesn't sell it but always looking for more.

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Photo of Internatbrewlove
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of andyj
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I definitely had some apprehension about this one. Belgium and Japan couldn't be further apart. What is more, this is a tough style to brew. It had a bittersweet palate with a citrusy aroma. The citrus seemed more lemon or grapefruit than the usual bitter orang, but I'm not complaining. As far as wit beers go this one had a unique taste that despite it's uniqueness still fits the category. The citrusy bitterness mixes with an awesome spiciness. The combination makes this beer an enjoyable thirst quencher!

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Photo of SFBeerGuy
4.67/5  rDev +15%
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!!

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Photo of trygger87
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a joy to drink, truly a great beer from Japan. The appearance is pale blond, it is not see thru at all. Great white head but no lacing to speak of. The smell i got from this beer when i first opened it was smoked Gouda, i kid you not. Then i get a hint of corriander and a bit of hops. I like the smell of this beer because the coriander is not at all over powering (which is what i find in most beers that use coriander as a flavoring. I usually am not a fan of coriander in the first place so the fact that i like the use of coriander in this beer is just a testament to how well balanced this one is.
This beer is very refreshing and i could honestly drink this one all night with out my taste buds getting killed. The taste is this delicious subtle tangerine thing with high acidic tones at first then mellowing out. A tasty beer to say the least, its a bit hard to describe the taste accurately because i cant find the right words to convey how it really taste.Just believe me when i say its a Great beer and if your a fan of whites then you will probably fiend this beer after you try it.
The drink-ability of this beer is scary. Although its not a boozy beer its still incredibly smooth.This beer lingers though. The taste will stay with you for a while, which is not a bad thing at all.
Over all i highly recommend this beer to any lover of beer regardless of preference of style

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Photo of HeroicDoses
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich yellow haze with a spectacular head. Smell is a deep mix of subtle lemon and wheat. Consistency is truly inspirational. The carbonation literally hangs in the glass, creating a suspended cloud of headyness. If you like white ale (and it's my favorite), this is a homerun. Has a tasty lemon flavor with a distant accent of slight tartness. The combination of the two gives it a truly unique appeal. I'll give it Japan here, this is a mindblower. Picked up a pint of it at ShopRite Liquors in Oakland (AMAZING selection btw). The description they used on the display was simply "Some say it's the best beer", and I think they might be right. Oh, and the drinkibility is off the charts.

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Photo of GinaBeerInc
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Lovely turbid pale golden pour with 2-finger fluffy white head on this. Noce aroma of hopcitrus and spices up front, including cloves and orange zest. The palate is extremely smooth, with the aforementioned hop-citrus, clove, and orange zest flavors, and the beer picking up some apparent palate heft and complexity as it warms up a little and the flavors marry a bit. This one is great Beer from Kiuchi Brewery!

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Photo of ashleyshalyn
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown glass bottle with an adorable owl on the label into a pint glass

A: Poured ¾ of the beer into the glass and then gave the bottle a swirl to collect remaining yeast and to create head. 1-2 finger head. Gorgeous cloudy yellow/orange.

S: Light hoppy scent married nicely to a ginger citrus aroma. Also a slight tea-rose aroma.

T: Standard wheat-like taste with a ginger citrus twist. Light carbonation, tiny bubbles, with a dry slight piney hop finish.

I hate to do the girl thing again (like with the troublette), but god that owl is cute. I got this beer at a bar in Orlando when I asked the awesome bartender to give me any witbier that wasn’t Wittekerk and needless to say I love this one! Here’s to Japan for a great little witbier ;)

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Photo of Bergenboy1981
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a very unique flavor.
It poured a nice pale cloudy color, and had a great smell.
This beer had a nice citrusy taste and a spicy taste, however, was not really like hoegaarten or blue moon. This beer was nice and crisp. I really suggest it to anybody who likes white ales.

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Photo of SFRider
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy. Yellow. Little head with sediment on the bottom.

Smell: Sweet citrus. No hops.

Taste: Heffy. Little lighter than the Heff's I'm used to. Definitely some citrus/lemon notes. It's good as is. Anymore would be too much. Slightly sour in the corners of my mouth after.

Drinkability: Medium-heavy carbonation. Good consistency. Fairly sharp. Drinkable.

This wasn't bad. Not as great as the Red Rice Ale (in my opinion), but worth having. Another Japanese Heff type beer. It was a little too citrusy for my palette. Wasn't bad, but anymore would have made it a Framboise. Enjoy it where you would a Heff, if you want to try something different. But personally - if I want a Heff - this won't do.

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Photo of Radiodred
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of vhiggins
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle and very fresh.
Interesting Beer. At first it started to go down like a Flat mello-yellow
a little lemon-limon but as I started to drink the beer it became
much more complex. Every sip revealed a different spice
First ginger, then some pepper and it's all mixed in with an underlying
fruity zest. I can drink a few of these in a sitting, but don't expect a buzz

It a nice little break from the normal if that's what u are looking for
and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of JWeldon
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11.2oz bottle into tulip @38F

A: pours straw with a thin, brief white head

S: green grass, citrus, floral notes, apricot, pear, apple

T: same as smell, with a delicate hoppy-fruity finish

M: light-bodied with medium carb, little malt and a great dry/lightly bitter finish

O: Complex, well balanced and delicious! It’s like wine in beer’s clothing. It’s like drinking in the most refined aspects of a garden, orchard and wheat field all togther. I love it, and it’s a definite do-over. Wow.

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Photo of freescribbles
2.78/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A light-bodied ale with a hazy, pale yellow color. Light and fizzy, with minimal head and lacing. A lot of carbonation to it that quickly tickles the tongue and then fades away. Tastes are faint but can pick some subtle spicing and a citrus undertone.

Slightly more texture and flavor than an American Pilsner but comparable in overall experience.

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Photo of sschliv
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this beer. Would purchase it again. Realized it was unique from the first floral whif. A nice twist on the classic Witbier. Poured cloudy golden with a small white head. Starts and ends with spicy orange peel. Just sweet enough with a fine orange peel aftertaste that lingers.

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Photo of sfz
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.