Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery
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4.38/5 rDev +6.8%
White Nest appears a hazy pale lemony yellow color with a large, fine-fuzzing white lid. The nose is all sweet, fruity, and spicy. Sweetly floral and lemony with light wit-y yeast and bold clove and nutmeg spices. A luciously soft and creamy fuzzing carbonation fills the medium body. Tastes of sweet lemons and zesty orange peel along with herby, floral, hops and spices. Really well done and delicious wit. Three thumbs up on my first Kiuchi beer.
05-19-2008 02:33:03 | More by Slynger
3.68/5 rDev -10.2%
Light straw in color with a thin head and a nose that speaks of lemon grass. There's also a hint of coriander which leads me to believe that this would complement Thai food nicely.
The first sip just confirms what the nose already knew, but the herbal flavors really come on strong, providing a vegetal experience that I want to say tastes like asparagus. I know that my pee will come out the same color as this beer; I'm hoping it doesn't come out smelling like it too. That would be too weird as it always freaks me out when that happens with asparagus. Aftertaste delivers spice, clove.
There's a nice medium-bodied creaminess to it, but it might be one of those white beers that could benefit from a slice of orange. I have a rule that states that if you need to put a piece of fruit in your beer to make it taste better, then just drink a beer that tastes better. That said, I'll drink a different beer.
08-08-2010 01:29:28 | More by Naugros
New Brunswick (Canada)
4.1/5 rDev 0%
A: Poured with a small, white head that diminished to a thin froth on the beer. Body is a nice, dark-yellow color, and very cloudy.
S: Wow, there's a lot going on in here. Lots of spices, especially coriander, coming through, as well as lemon, lime, and pepper.
T: Equally as much going on in the taste... not quite like any other wit I've had before. Slightly milder taste than the smell, but still lots of coriander, orange, and pepper, but nicely balanced overall.
M: Light-bodied, but creamy, with lively carbonation.
D: Fairly easy to drink, but all of those spices may make it hard to have more than a couple. Still, a very interesting wit that should be tried by any fan of the class.
10-22-2009 20:39:30 | More by berley31
3.75/5 rDev -8.5%
Tried this Japanese white ale and was almost tricked into thinking it was a good Belgian. Tasted like a mild Celis white or Blue Moon. Had a strange wet bitterness but was pretty good. Color is murky like a yeast laden brew sort of a dark, cloudy yellow. No real head or lacing to speak of. Smell is light and airy of citrus, spice, and a little sweet. Has a nice taste of sweetness with some sour, wheat, and citrus notes. I liked this one on the whole, but it is a bit pricey.
12-09-2006 03:37:45 | More by stoutman
4.47/5 rDev +9%
24.3 oz bottle from Whole Foods in Mt. P - poured into a standard pint glass...
A: Cloudy, pale gold; about one-finger's worth of effervescent white head dies down fast; lots of tiny bubbles shooting towards the surface.
S: Light grains; light sweet malt notes; some cracker; yeasty tartness and some zest.
T: Light wheaty graininess followed by the yeast / zest combo finish which provides a slightly tart finish; just a hint of hop bitterness to even things out.
M: Light and high carbonation; crisp and nice.
D: Refreshingly drinkable; probably the best Belgian style wit I've had! Almost thirst quenching -
02-27-2011 19:37:46 | More by jpro
4.08/5 rDev -0.5%
Not my favorite looking beer... pale yellow with little head developing at all, even with a swirl. Otherwise, this is a very interesting and good beer. Nose has an almost tea-like quality to it from what my guess would be whatever spices or hops they use in this. Flavor is refreshing, fruity, sweet, and spicy all at once... a nice flavorful witbier here for sure. It tastes more like the European witbiers that I've had than their American imitations. Very drinkable and super flavorful for a 5% beer... I have to try more from this brewery.
03-03-2011 03:52:37 | More by LordAdmNelson
3.83/5 rDev -6.6%
Hitachino Nest White Ale
Served at 48 degrees Fahrenheit
Appearance: cloudy orange with a large initial head that dissipates. A smidgen of yeast can be seen.
Smell: dark-citrusy, grapefruit
Taste: strong grapefruit, rose petal, citrus. Hops are the last taste on the palate.
Mouthfeel: medium, lots of carbonation, smooth
If you love grapefruit, you may love this wit bier. There is only a minor hint of bitterness. This is a very good beer with a lot of flavor.
10-08-2010 05:02:31 | More by megahurts4
3.63/5 rDev -11.5%
11.2oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.
pours a slightly cloudy, dull yellow tone; yields a foamy finger of a white head that dissipates quickly. not much lacing to speak of.
nose is lead by citrus (notably lemon zest) with coriander and some yeast evident.
flavor follows the nose with an added bit of wheat grain and some floral/herbal/earthiness... has a subtle sourness to it... finish is largely clean. not bad, even somewhat enjoyable in its own right, but for me nothing really to write home about, will give this one another try over the summer, which it's more tailored for.
light to medium bodied mouthfeel. drinkability is good, i would have no trouble having a couple of these.
12-21-2010 03:09:06 | More by perrymarcus
4.8/5 rDev +17.1%
By far one of the best beers I've had, and also one of the harder beers to find in my area.
I had this beer straight from the bottle at a local bar known for a strong beer selection.
The aroma hit right away, very strong, full of spices that made me think immediately of Belgium, but also some different flavors evoking a thought of the far East.
The taste is no different, a cornucopia of flavors on the tongue that will not fail to disappoint.
Definitely try this one if you get a chance!
09-16-2008 18:30:57 | More by theboozecruise
4/5 rDev -2.4%
Hazy pale banana-yellow body with a thin cover of bright-white head. Bits of lacing.
Smells astringent, peppery with subtle coriander, yeast, a nice hop mix (herbal, little citrus) and light sweet malt. Nice fresh nose.
Subtly flavourful and fairly unique. Wheat and light banana sweetness with fresh orange, just enough coriander and a hint of bubblegum. These hops are quite peppery, could they have used Japanese hops? Whatever they are, I like it. The bottle lists nutmeg as an ingredient but its very subtle if it can be noticed at all. Smoothed-out pine and white pepper on the finish.
Its medium body is substantial enough and the moderate carbonation accompanies the peppery hops appropriately.
Light, peppery and balanced; a refreshing wit. I'm liking this more as I drink it. I was thinking at first that I wouldn't buy it again (mostly because of price) but now I'm not so sure... Would go well with a warm summer day, that's for sure. Worth checking out.
05-20-2011 23:06:04 | More by eat
3.63/5 rDev -11.5%
Single purchased at Buy Rite, So Plainfield.
11.2oz bottle poured into Hoeegarden tumbler.
poured from an 11 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass
A: Hazy light pale color with a creamy thick head.
S: Orange and citrus smells right up front. Not much hop or malt- interesting. Some coriander.
T: Fruity, possibly too sweet. Nice taste though in all, better than Hoeegarden. More coriander than in the aroma.
M: Creamy and crisp.
D: Very much so, goes down easy. This will make a good summertime session. Wanted to try for a while and glad I did.
04-09-2008 23:40:39 | More by marcpal
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
Looks like urine that must be fresh because it still has the ring of white bubbles from its turbulent entry. Smell is that deep citrusy coriander and an earthy spice like nutmeg or clove. Nice continental musty hops make it seem like an antique wood (in a good way). Hints of sulfur and a sourness get me all psyched up for something grand. The flavor is pleasant, and the tartness is very much appreciated, but a pervading dullness stops it short of grand. Pretty idiosyncratic apple/orange/melon/peach mixture. Thin body is spritzy and does a small exotic dance on the tongue. The oranginess pleasantly lingers in the mouth, and any sweetness is nicely balanced by the tartness.
Overall, I really like this beer. At $4.20 though, I will probably never buy it again because I make a beer at home that is very very reminiscent of it and costs about 90% less.
11-05-2005 22:49:35 | More by waughbrew
4.53/5 rDev +10.5%
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
10-06-2013 07:42:27 | More by Auraan
Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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