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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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1,182 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,182
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 122
Gots: 84 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

seavercm, Aug 22, 2013
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
Photo of Pellinore1
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Pellinore1, Nov 15, 2011
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
Photo of bh123
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
Photo of HeadyTheElder
4/5  rDev -2.4%

HeadyTheElder, May 04, 2014
Photo of davidwhatshisnam
3/5  rDev -26.8%

davidwhatshisnam, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of bigox420
5/5  rDev +22%

bigox420, Nov 28, 2011
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
Photo of Bieniek30
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Bieniek30, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of falconxman
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

falconxman, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Slynger
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Slynger, May 19, 2008
Photo of Naugros
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Naugros, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of jpro
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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 -

jpro, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of berley31
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

berley31, Oct 22, 2009
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
Photo of stoutman
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

stoutman, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

LordAdmNelson, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
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
Photo of megahurts4
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Bottom line:
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.

megahurts4, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of perrymarcus
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

perrymarcus, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of theboozecruise
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

theboozecruise, Sep 16, 2008
Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,182 ratings.