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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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1,265 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,265
Reviews: 510
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 134
Gots: 118 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of martyl1000
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Love it. Have long been intrigued by the notion of a large Japanese brewer doing serious renditions of Belgian and German beers. Feel fortunate to come across this one without looking for it.

This is a malt guy talking, one for whom a lack of sweetness has only been met with disappointment (except for in good sour beers). But this symphony of dry is just the antidote for someone as addicted to sweet as I am.

Not quite able to pick out particular notes in the orchestra of flavors, save for the white pepper which would be obvious to anyone, I'd think. There's also a tropical (hint of sweet!) fruit of Belgian yeast. Others have said clove and coriander, as well as OJ.

This has become my summer go-to.

Photo of dcguitar
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of kmos27
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of pwoody11
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from notes...

Nice head, rather thick but dissapates quickly leaving a slippery lace.

The aroma consists of coriander, cinnamon, ginger, orange peel and some green apple.

The taste is a little sour. I'm getting lemon and lime with some orange towards the end.

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and found it to be very quaff-able. I think it would be great for a nice summer day on the patio or while working the grill. I'll definitely seek this one out again.

Photo of seavercm
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Beervana
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jackndan
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hitachino Nest White Ale: Konichiwa! Excellent white Belgian style ale, with a weird owl on the label to boot. Creamy white sticky head over a fluorescent orange/yellow beer. Very cloudy, with an aroma of citrus cut only with faint yeast aroma. Well bodied, with a very easy drinking creamy mouth feel. The taste initially hits with a flood of citrus flavors, with a noticeable sensation of hops. The aftertaste reminds me of fresh pine, with a hint of hops. Very very nice, expensive beer from Japan.

Photo of KFBR392
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A bright yellow color to this brew. Semi-clear but with a cloudy presence. Carbonation bubbled happily throughout enjoying the brew. Not a very significant head, just a thin layer remained on the outside of the glass.

Smell: A spiced aroma hit you right at the front of the aroma. A pleasant combination of yeast and citrus fruits on the undertones. Not an overpowering aroma, just settles in nicely while enjoying this brew.

Taste: Wow I was really surprised by this one. The front of the beer is a very pleasant light spice which transitions into an awesome orange peel wheat flavor. The brightness of the citrus mixed perfectly with the dry wheat presence. The layers of citrus keep flowing on the palette long after the brew is gone.

Mouthfeel: A perfect balance of hop dryness and overall sweetness makes this a very easy drinker. Keeps you reaching for the glass over and over.

Overall: Really happy about this brew. Good beer can be found all over the world!

Photo of cardinals22
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of zenithberwyn
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of dedrinker
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very light pale straw and hazy, small head. Smell was herbal, faintly woodsy and fruity. The flavor was much lighter than normal witbiers, but there was an autumn leafy character that I found intriguing. The spices were a bit muted, but that bumped up the drinkability. Finished clean with a little coriander. After the bar closed, the kind bartender allowed me to crane my neck under the tap and go for it; a much different experience than the one mentioned above.

Photo of jnardone235
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of BucBasil
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the stubby 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy pale tannish color. Almost light brown, sort of orange. Odd color here. Not the most appealing, but not too far from an average witbier. Head was 3 fingers and pure white with ok retention.

S: Nice fresh lemony aroma with hints of other citrus and some pineapple over a sourdough malt backbone. Spices throughout. Classic wit,and very well done - especially on the fresh citrus. Really good.

T: Nice balanced character. Pineapple is prominent with a banana bread backbone. In the middle, coriander and clove mingle with fresh green apple and a very unique ginger note and a touch of pepper. I'm not usually the biggest witbier fan, but this is one of the most refreshing beers I've ever had.

O: Super smooth and supremely drinkable. I would drink this every day this summer if it were a bit cheaper. I will definitely pick up again in the coming summer weeks regardless. Definitely recommended, and a HUGE pleasant surprise out of Japan...

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

Photo of hotstuff
2.15/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This brew poured a quick dissolving head with no lacing on my mug. In my opinion it had a fruity and citrusy aroma to it. It was extremely carbonated/fizzy. It had very little aftertaste, if any. I did not feel there was anything special about this particular brew. It was not to my liking by any means.

Photo of OgreSanchez
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

in my experience, this is one of the best wit beers of all time. hazy straw colored with a nice white head that leaves nice lace. hitachino beers tend to glow, and this one has a weird pinkish hue in the beer and the head. maybe i'm nuts. nose is full of corriander and orange zest. taste is wheaty for sure, with corriander and orange in the front, and some ginger and a tiny bit of pepper in the back. light, spritzy and creamy at the same time, and a nice, long finish. hell of a beer, i wish it was a bit less expensive, or i would knock 'em back all day, all summer. great with humboldt fog.

Photo of bigox420
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of In_Control_Mike
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of maddogruss
3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours a cloudy, straw yellow body with a small, white head with poor retention and no lacing along the glass.

S: A very floral smell with some hints of wax or something as undertones. Maybe due to a combination of various spices.

T: A smooth, interesting, floral taste with hints of citrus/orange zest and coriander in the aftertaste. Definitely a nice tasting beer overall.

M: A pretty carbonated mouthfeel. Slightly refreshing feeling.

D: OK drinkability overall. The mix of spices and malts gave it a bit too much of a floral taste - almost like potpourri. Definitely an easy, light drinking beer.

Photo of Grebdioz
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,265 ratings.