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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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1,108 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,108
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 106
Gots: 58 | 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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Photo of Truh

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Flew the coop with this one on 7/22/2004. 16-oz. pour at Redbones in a shaker glass.

Milky yellow to straw coloring, almost to the point of light green, with gently ascending carbonation throughout. A film of head, but really nothing to write home about – the nest was a little bare. Fruity lemon/lime esters on nose with a huge hit of mixed sunshine composed of equal parts sweet and sour from a perceived grapefruit aroma. That same grapefruit was the first thing noted to taste, with a nice juiciness which left a lingering note on the tongue. Some light clover aspects were noted as well. On the whole, this was entirely refreshing on a muggy 85-degree day in the heart of Davis Square.

If this offering is made with rice, bring on the Kokuho!

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2004 23:46:23 | More by Truh
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3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Whole Foods, Chicago. After reading in "All About Beer" about their cedar-aged IPA, I had to try this, even though it’s not the same beer. It has a very pale and cloudy color. Kind of lemony like a hefeweisen, but then I picked up a big nutmeg taste (before I knew there was nutmeg in it). Coriander makes an appearance, too. And I do get a cedary taste with this beer after all. It’s good to see some craft beers coming over from Japan and discovering brews beyond Sapporo and Kirin.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2005 14:19:12 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-14-2013 17:21:53 | More by bconsidine
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-03-2014 23:10:08 | More by HeadyTheElder
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

10-12-2013 16:04:56 | More by Pens1967
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

03-25-2014 12:10:48 | More by warpedrevolution
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4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes in the distinctive Hitachino bottle with the distinctive owl. It pours a yellowish-gold with a smallish white head, despite the seemingly high carbonation content. The smell is citrus (more orange than lemon) and spice. Although a hint of floral smell is present, a floral flavor really comes through from the first sip. It's highly drinkable and, but for the price, would make a good session beer. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2003 16:15:03 | More by mickeymac
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

08-22-2013 15:50:42 | More by seavercm
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3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I'm really digging the artwork on the bottle.

A- Off-yellow with a bit of haziness. Half inch of white head formed that dissipated as the beer was consumed.

S- Definitely wheat mixed with citrus and lemons and and some spices.

T- Almost like a hefeweizen, but with hints of citrus. Wheat taste was there along with some sour citrus notes.

M- Light bodied with some carbonation. Very smooth and had a crisp, clean finish.

D- At 5% abv. this beer is definitely sessionable. The sour/citrus taste would be the only thing holding me back from consuming several of these in a sitting.

Overall, something different that is highly drinkable. I could see myself drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 16:59:36 | More by rhinos00
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

07-23-2014 16:17:09 | More by thufflife
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

02-03-2014 15:12:56 | More by dcguitar
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4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 07:42:27 | More by Auraan
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

10-15-2012 15:48:57 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

04-07-2012 22:12:16 | More by harrylee773
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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, straw-colored body. Foamy head that dies down to somewhat meager lacing.

Coriander and powdered sugar dominate but traces of lemon peel and clove linger as well.

Soft citrus flavor paired with a gentle sweetness and a bit of yeasty flavor. Clove continues to make its case and strengthens as the beer warms. Not overly complex, just well executed and very satisfying.

Mouthfeel is crisp and not at all thin. Finish leaves a slight twang and gives a cottony kiss to the tongue, improving the overall character of the beer greatly. A solid example of a wit from an unexpected locale. My only complaint is that I've had this beer a number of times and the quality seems to vary widely. The only thing I can think of is that certain places I've purchased this from have simply had it on the shelf too long or stored it improperly.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 14:48:08 | More by malcontent
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a creamy, turbid, pale apricot with about a finger of head.

S: Some horse blanket, funk, and wheat malts. Definitely smell the wildness in this one.

T/M: A creamy, lightly carbonated orange peel and coriander taste; heavy on the wheat malts, lighter on the citrus fruits and a generous helping of yeast.

D: Definitely a full-bodied wheat ale leaning towards a wild ale. Sticks out in flavor from the bunch of Witbiers I've tried, and I'm glad I got a new perspective on the style from this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 07:08:07 | More by thekanna
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

02-21-2014 23:15:49 | More by RandyKemka
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3.2/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy and yellow looking very true to the style. Great packaging with a painted owl for a logo. I'm a big fan of spiced white ales but this one was overpowered by ginger. Good acidity and mouthfeel was good. Surprised to see a Japanese brewers interpretation of this style. Would be better if it weren't for being heavy on the ginger.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2003 19:51:21 | More by BierReise
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3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with small white head.

S: Smell is very unique; predominantly floral and spicy (most notably coriander) with a bit of citrus (presumably from the use of orange). As it warms, a bit of honey aroma comes out.

T: Taste follows smell very closely with an additional peppery flavor. Light body with medium carbonation. A bit of a metallic flavor did come out as the beer warmed, which wasn't quite as pleasant as the rest of the taste.

M: Light body with medium carbonation and a slightly bitter finish.

D: A very interesting beer, definitely enjoyed drinking this one and could go for a few more.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 00:50:33 | More by AwYeh
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-23-2013 00:53:09 | More by FadetoBock
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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

720ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Paler than most wits. Head fades quickly.

S: Oranges, ginger, perfumey spices.

T: Similar to the nose. Oranges, perfume-like notes, some breadiness.

M: Smooth. Pretty good carbonation.

D: It's better than bad, it's good.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 03:08:53 | More by BarrelO
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South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a pale lemon yellow. Two fingers of rich white foam. Decent retention, not much lacing. Lots of little yeasties floating around.

Nose is entirely citrus and spice. I'm picking up some orange peel and ginger. Mostly ginger. There might be some lemon zest, but I may be reaching.

Luckily, for my tastes, the citrus is the dominant flavor, while the spice (which I'm still only picking up ginger) takes the background. Very light body with fine carbonation. Very tasty witbier.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 02:51:22 | More by Gyle41386
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Intrigued by the wide-eyed owl on the bottle, I decided to give this one a try. Japan isn't known for their beer, but then again you don't usually find wits! Anyway, it poured a hezy, bright pale yellow with a nice white head on top. Aroma was spicy with a bit of ginger.

Wow! Delicious. I was not expecting such a refreshing and unique brew. The ginger flavor plays a big part in the taste, and along with the high carbonation, gives it the feeling of an alcoholic ginger ale. And that's a compliment here. It never gets overly sweet or bitter, but has a good amount of peppery spice and a bubbly mouthfeel. I could drink this all night. I will most certainly seek out other Kiuchi beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 22:57:46 | More by BBM
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a classic golden yellow with a decent head.

Smell - subtle. Afraid I am not much on smell, as I have been mislead before based on smell. Yeasty/wheat smell that is light.

Taste - incredible. Very smooth creamy taste that is well balanced.

Mouthfeel - amazing, perfectly carbonated.

Overall - One of the best beers I have ever tried. I expected something decent from Hitachino, but this was much more. A must try if you are looking to expand your horizons.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 18:32:52 | More by Vylo
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-08-2012 14:01:00 | More by YamagamiTravis
Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,108 ratings.