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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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1,246 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,246
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 128
Gots: 108 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

cardinals22, Aug 11, 2014
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!

KFBR392, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of TheBeeraholic
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

TheBeeraholic, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of zenithberwyn
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

zenithberwyn, Aug 16, 2013
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.

dedrinker, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of jnardone235
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

jnardone235, Jan 15, 2014
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...

BucBasil, May 01, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

NJB145, Oct 27, 2014
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.

hotstuff, Apr 26, 2003
Photo of OgreSanchez
4/5  rDev -2.4%

OgreSanchez, Jan 08, 2014
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
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

slimntubbs, Feb 02, 2012
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.

timtim, Aug 08, 2008
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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.

maddogruss, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of Grebdioz
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Grebdioz, Dec 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

bigox420, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Beervana
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Beervana, Aug 03, 2014
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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
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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
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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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4.22/5  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
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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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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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2/5  rDev -51.2%

HumphreyLee, Dec 14, 2011
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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
Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,246 ratings.