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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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1,212 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,212
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 124
Gots: 97 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2001)
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

HeadyTheElder, May 04, 2014
Photo of treehugger02010
3.05/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought a bottle of this at Gristedes in Scarsdale, NY, and poured it into an oversized and flared pint glass.
Appearance: Very low SRM, cloudy, big white head with bad retention and no lacing.
Smell: SPicy as in cooking spice not hot and not like a standard hop spice.
Taste: Very nice Christmas like, a bit watery.
Mouthfeel: Crisp but light.
Drinkability: Ok.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of gmfessen
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle with an interesting label into a chalice, beer is a cloudy straw color with a thin, yet continuously bubbling head. The nose is dominated by ginger but there are also subtle nuances of citrus and peppery spice. The flavor starts out grainy and moves to the flavors contained in the nose; ginger again being very apparent. Light orange citrus flavors and just a touch of yeasty, peppery spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth yet aggressive carbonation. Overall a drinkable witbeer, different with the ginger presence, not my favorite but interesting none the less.

gmfessen, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of ferrari29
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer served in a 4oz. sampler sized Tumbler shaped glass at Churchkey (DC)

A - Beer was served with a dull yellow cloudy body; beer was poured with a one finger white colored head; some lacing stuck to the side of the glass

S - Light floral notes, like rose; yeast; wheat; tea and grass; spice like coriander

T - Slightly sour; herbal and flowery; wheat; light malt; wheat and grains; orange with spices

M - Medium body feel; slightly effervescent; semi-sweet aftertaste

D - Great stuff; like this for a light Witbier and would make a great summertime drink; it has become so popular that it's hard to get a hold of; I had this many years ago and was always a fan of the Hitachino brand of beers; glad to see it's getting the recognition it deserves

ferrari29, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Ozzylizard, Apr 02, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an interesting 21 oz. bottle.

Poures a cloudy golden color with a decent sized clumpy white head that has decent lasting power. Spotty lacing.

Aromas has a lot going on. Some fruit/citrus aroma and light pepper. Nice floral aroma throughout.

Taste is of passion fruit. Also some citrus. Has a nice dry finish. Well balanced that doesn't overwhelm. More sublteness.

Mouthfeel has a light body and moderate cleansing. Fits the style.

Overall, a very drinkable brew for the summer and goes very well with lighter items [fish, chicken, etc.]. Very nicely balanced. Has a lot of subtle complexity that makes this very interesting and makes me want to pick up another on my next trip to the store. Can't wait to try it again.

atigerlife, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of mralphabet
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Poured a hazy yellow color with about 1/2 a fingers worth of white foamy head, that settled pretty quickly to a ring with a little lacing.

S: Smells wonderful, full of citrus, yeast, coriander, nutmeg and a little spicy pepper.

T: The taste is just as wonderful as the smell.... Lemon zest is coming though first, followed by coriander, nutmeg and a little pepper.... I'm getting a little yeast at the finish.

M: Strangely medium bodied, but with a crisp lively carbonation, very refreshing yet smooth finish.

O: This is a very nice wit, fits the style to a T... Worth looking out for...

This is my first beer from Kiuchi and I must say it will not be my last.

mralphabet, Jan 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22%

bigox420, Nov 28, 2011
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2/5  rDev -51.2%

HumphreyLee, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of EPICAC
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I purchased this at Downtown Wine & Spirits along with Tripel Karmeliet. This came in a brown 11.2 oz. bottle with a red owl on a blue background. I let this warm to approximately 50°F, and served it in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: This beer pours a very hazy golden color, it almost seems to emit light. The beer is moderately carbonated, with a few soda-like bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. The beer is topped by a thick white head that diminishes quickly.

Smell: I get a dominant sour apple aroma, with some citrus and yeast notes.

Taste: The flavors at the front of the palate are masked by the carbonation, but I get spicy notes, with a slightly medicinal flavor. Sweetness makes a brief appearance at the center, but is overtaken by a citrusy sour character. The beer finishes dry with a lingering bitterness. Hops are present throughout the palate, but are mild and restrained, becoming mosst evident in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is tingly, but only moderately so. The beer is on the medium side of light-bodied. It has a creamy almost oily feel.

Drinability: This is a nice beer, the flavors good, and it's really refreshing. Definitely easy to drink.

EPICAC, Jan 31, 2006
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Very Nice Witbier pours out a pale golden-straw color. A very lovely white pillow caps this brew. The head leaves a good deal of lacing around the rim of the glass. Very nice on apperance.
The aroma is corianders, orange peels, light flowery nice aroma. Yeast, hay come through at the end as well as a slghtly spicy note that I place as ginger. A Japanese touch if you will!
Flavor is great. Light, lemony,orange, ginger,coriander, light yeastiness adds a great creamy balance.
This beer is extremely, wonderfully drinkable. It is extremly light and delicate. No one flavor dominates another. All work in very nice harmony. I was a bit skeptical about a good Japanese beer after Kirin, Sapporo etc, but this is outstanding.

czfreeman, Mar 28, 2008
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

mrcraft, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of sfprint
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

My friend mail ordered this while in Japan and brought it straight to me!

A: Not so impressive. Mildly hazy yellow with a tinge of orange, barely any rising carbonation, but what is there rises very thin columns.
S: Ha, well, it reminds me of both a sweet and very nice witbier but also a freshly washed dog. Interesting combo, but nice!
T: Whoa, very nice and very different than other wits I've had. Not at all bitter. There's pineapple prominently in the middle. Fresh yet with a degree of weight. Very very nice.
M: Mild but nice tingling. Medium body.
O: Very special, I feel very happy to be drinking this one. Way up there on the list of top witbiers

sfprint, Sep 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

CreekyJarls, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of SargeC
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale, hazy-yellow brew with limited head.

Smell: Oranges, with a hint of yeast character.

Taste: Citrus, solid wheat presence. Interesting flavors that are unique within the style. Almost seems like a different beverage altogether.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Sharp, tangy and refreshing.

Drinkablity: Nice wheat beer with a good body to it.

SargeC, Sep 27, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

In_Control_Mike, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Thrasher
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This startling beer is pricey but worth it. Fruity attack with huge blend of spices, including some hints of Japanese origin. I thought I felt some wasabe kick although it could be my imagination; the finish has a similar effect of scraping out the sinuses and the back of the throat (similar to some pharmeceuticals, too). Definite yogurt characteristics, perhaps due to yeast. Nice blend of Japanese and east Mediterranean flavors. Attack is gingery, but not as refreshing as many wits; more heavy duty and may be be best appreciated with robust Japanese-style cuisine. Bubbly on the tongue, smooth in the belly. I think I'll get the 750 bottle next time. Yum.

Thrasher, Jun 02, 2002
Photo of frank4sail
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh lemon, ginger, wheat, and corriander smell that really knocks your socks off. It really smells like sunshine. If I was lookin' for a date I would put a dab of this behind the ears! Hazy cloudy pale orange color with nice carbonation in the glass and a nice persistant white head. Upfront taste of lemon zest, corriander, and ginger. This is quickly followed by a sweet wheat/marshmellow sweetness. The finish balences the brew with a hint of nobel hops. Medium body, quite a full mouth for a wit. A must try for the white beer fan. A little dab will do ya!

frank4sail, Jun 23, 2003
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Pellinore1, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Auraan
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous cloudy yellow with a three finger fluffy white head that stuck around and left a bit of lacing as I drank the beer. True to style and very attractive. Scents of orange peel, which is quite pronounced, grainy wheat, sweetness, chamomile, allspice and clove, fruity and yeasty esters, incredibly complex for a witbier and extremely pleasant. Taste begins with yeasty wheat bread, moving into citrus peel, slight peppery spiciness, herbal hops, and finishing with wheat cracker and a strong graininess. Aftertaste is yeasty and grainy with some herbal notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, with a nice yeasty feel present as well. Overall it's an amazing witbier with a depth of complexity in it's aroma that no other witbier I've had has reached, and and an excellent flavor hitting the wibier style with a nice herbal hop character that adds some complexity there as well, the mouthfeel is standard for the style but good. It's just a fantastic witbier, with an excellent complexity to it, and it's just plain pleasant to drink. Well worth it's $5 price tag. An excellent craft beer out of Japan

Auraan, Oct 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

falconxman, Feb 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

bh123, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of MeisterBurger
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow gold with an hint of chartreuse underneath, topped by a splotchy white head. Retention and lacing seem low for a wheat beer.

Bright lemony, herbal aroma, with lots of coriander and freshly scythed wheat sheaves.

The taste is bright and fresh, teeming with lemon-orange citrus and wheat with grassy bitterness, spice notes, strongly of coriander, that linger in the finish.

Medium bodied with a nice full creaminess balanced with a fresh clean carbonation.

More lemony and grassy than any other witbier I have had, and easily the best and most moreishly drinkable of them all.

MeisterBurger, May 05, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.8%

davidwhatshisnam, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of acevenom
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy golden with a white head that dissipates quickly. There's lots of carbonation present. There's an slight, pleasing aroma of citrus, black pepper and bread. The taste? Wow. It's a pleasing slightly sweet citrus flavor with a creamy texture on the first sip. The black pepper hits you as well as the grain on the way down. All the flavors shine through and are perfectly balanced. The mouthfeel is light to medium and the carbonation aids greatly in the drinkability of this beer. I could see myself buying this again. This is a fantastic beer that I would recommend to anyone who likes a good witbier.

acevenom, Feb 17, 2012
Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,212 ratings.