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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,269 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,269
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 134
Gots: 118 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

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 woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a finger of bone-white head with low retention off of my pour. Nose had a great citrus-y zestiness: lemon peel, orange peel, lime. It was like air freshener in a glass, but not in a bad, cloying way. Color was a cloudy honey-yellow. Mouthfeel was medium with an attention-getting bite of ginger (?), no wait, nutmeg (!), cutting right through all of the citrus. The nutmeg really carried the flavor, but it also set up a very dry finish. This would be great on a hot, humid summer day or with sushi. Ah, sushi! Pass the salmon!

Photo of corby112
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy dark golden yellowish brown color and pale golden yellow edges when held to a light source. One finger frothy white head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

Very spicy aroma with hints of zesty pepper and coriander as ell as faint banana and lemon peel. There's also a bit of bread/yeast in the nose but the aroma is dominated by the spicy coriander character.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a blast of peppery coriander spice that lingers throughout into a slight dry finish. There is a decent bread/yeast presence that adds to the mouthfeel as well as some slight banana and citrus flavor. As the palate adjusts to the spice there is a prominent lemon juice/rind character that balances things out a bit. Slightly tart and refreshing making it pretty quaffable. A good attempt at the style but a bit too heavy on the spice for my liking.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24.3 ounce bottle into tulip glass, H12.06 bottle code(June 2012?). Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light foamy lacing on the glass. Aromas of big clove, wheat, pepper, coriander, lemon, orange zest, herbal, earth, and yeast spices. Excellent aromas with nice strength, balance, and complexity. Taste of lemon, pepper, coriander, clove, orange zest, wheat, bread, herbal, earth, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of citrus zest, pepper, coriander, clove, wheat, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of flavors with solid complexity. No cloying flavors at all on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent witbier. Well balanced with good flavor and complexity; extremely smooth to drink. Really enjoyable stuff.

Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy light gold with a small white head that fades into a small cap and mild collar.
Smell is of lemon and orange peel with coriander and mild traces of wheat flakes.
Taste is of the same aromas with a pleasant orange candy finish.
Mouthfeel is slightly spritzy with a medium feel and a yeasty body. Mild spices highlighted by pepper and coriander make this Belgian style Witbier stand out among the better ones. Certainly much better than the old standby, Hoegaarden.

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the Puck Fair bar in Soho, NYC. pours cloudy apricot, white head, light lacing left on the glass, light sugary nose. This is a light, yeasty brew, spicing is fairly mellow but evident. Citrusy and piney notes late. Fine summer brew, pleasant, well crafted wheat that is a treat if you can find it on tap.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker golden than you might expect for the style, and with a nice white head. I've always really liked this beer as a very bold interpretation of a wit. It's loaded with orange peel and has a quite bold, rounded flavor for the style. This is more serious than so many light quaffable summer versions. More boddy than most, but still refreshing with hints of lemon and lots of zingy orange with a bitter finish. Complex but nicely drinkable.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had at Myers and Chang in Boston.

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a foamy two finger head on top. Very nice retention with bits of sticky lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles released from the bottom.

S: Very fruity with some lemon, a little orange, and some lemon peel. The fruit blends nicely with some spices, mostly coriander, some nutmeg, and bit of pepper.

T: Crisp and clean, a bit more orange than the aroma indicated, almost on equal footing with the lemon and some zest. As it warms the spices shine through more with some nutmeg and coriander, as well as a little bit of white pepper and some ginger.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and refreshing, drinks very smooth.

O: A very nice witbier, and my first beer from Kiuchi. Easy drinking and went very well with the food I ordered.

Photo of wl0307
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled date: 14/05/2007, served lightly chilled on 02/11/2007 in a large bulb wine glass.

A: pours a murky, dark-yellowish golden hue; a thin layer of white foam retreats fast to a rim, on top of rather flat carbonation.
S: assertively lemony-acidic and gingery-spicy upfront, backed by plenty of sweet, almost syrupy maltiness and sharp flowery scents. The spiciness from ginger syrup comes rather sharp actually, but gets mixed quite well with the equally pronounced lemony fruitiness. Alas, these two elements suppress the performance of other basic ingredients.
T: the thin taste remains yeasty from the first second onwards, while the following flow of unripe-grapefruity and limey peels as well as green apple-ish acidic taste gradually yields to a very mild wheat-ish mid-taste with a spicy kick, then turning intensifyingly tangy&dry with a light touch of orange-flavouring and mineral in the end. The overall flavour gives a strong suggestion of Belgian witbier.
M&D: softly sparkling, quite refreshing in texture and feather light in body due to the high percentage of wheats in the mixture. A pretty decent product with a highly yeasty flavour overall, making it quite different from a normal witbier from Belgium.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm in for a 21 ounce enjoyment, courtesy of the Wine Exchange. Why does that owl stare at me? Is he guarding the bottle of beer? He's even found on the bottle cap, so I will look away as I pop the cap, fearing he might give me a seizure if I look for too long. The cap is now off, so on to the beer:

Fizzy white head on top of nearly colorless and clear straw body. A lively show of carbonation bubbles in the body keep the appearance from looking totally dull. The aroma is very pleasing with its fruit salad-like smell. Big scents of fruit are making my mouth water. Down the hatch we go.

Mmm, this is quite the treat. The carbonation level is this brew is high, but it doesn't take away from the flavor. The flavor melts on the tongue better than other wits I've had, resulting in a higher taste score than its counterparts. You couldn't taste a better blend of orange and coriader. Ditch the citrus garnish, this is the citrus garnish!

It's appearance is nothing to rave about, but its taste sure is. This is one Japanese beer that can stay in the US market. Interestingly, a few Japanese tourists I met some time ago had no idea Kiuchi made beer. I might have to e-mail them about this brew.

Photo of Zorro
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow/orange brew that is quite fizzy.

Smell is citrus and fruity, with hints of malt and herb perfume.

Taste is sweet and very orange like in taste. Crisp and a little tart while still being a bit bitter sweet.

Mouthfeel is very full.

Super drinkable an Ultra refreshing brew.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a slight hazy lemon yellow body with a very strong carbonation of micro bubbles. There was a perfectly smooth creamy snow-white head that lasted a good long time.

S- The soft smooth smell of lemon frosting was not as sweet as frosting but had a hint of powdered sugar to it. There was a subtle yet complex aroma with hints of cherry blossoms in the background with a light yeasty note. The smell made me want to keep sniffing as deep as I could but it was a bit mysterious.

T- The taste of smooth mellow wheat has a light tartness to it with a soft bubblegum hint to it. The tartness was a supporting flavor and not over the top. There was a nice hint of bitterness in the finish that balanced the wheat malt notes.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a light fizz in the finish and a very light hint of chewiness to the texture.

D-This beer has a lot of nice depth but it is very soft. That makes this beer a nice session beer, which lets you understand a little more about it with every new glass. Very nice wit without the over powering bubblegum and clove characteristics.

Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hitachino Nest : White Ale
Part of the Late Night Ale Drinker series.

Appearance: Poured from a stubby 11.2oz bottle. Straw yellow with a chill haze and bubbly foam that collects over an inch into a nonic pint glass. Unfiltered wheat with some cloudy yeast swirled in half way.

Smell: Lemon and strongly of coriander as well. A nice bright citrus tone. Exactly what you would expect from a wit, but the smell is somewhat unique.

Taste: Initially citrus, with lemon juice and orange peel notes. Gives way to a creamy maltyness. In the finish, dry coriander and sour lemon. Bitterness is perfect, balances the beer out quite nicely.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, high level of carbonation. A nice spicy bite to this one.

Drinkability: Quite liked this one. Refreshing, easy to drink and good flavors. The price point is a bit high, but this is a quality brew. Went down quickly.

Photo of jdhilt
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Who would have thought that a Belgian white would come out of Japan and taste really good. Expensive $3.95 for 11oz but you get what you pay for. Creamy head fades quickly. Spicy/floral smell.

Photo of smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This White Ale consists of a very solid 14 carat gold lemon body with opaque quality. It is cloudy with a lemon like color and displaying good carbonation. White head dissipates but leaves a ring throughout finishing this beer.

The nose is a wonderful fruit tight apricot and peach. Schapps like in bouquet, nothing overbearing or sickly syrup sweetness, just extremely pleasant.

Quaffing the beverage lends to a fascinating peach pop soda quality which feels odd, and then gives a HUGE wheat afterfinish of baked bread. Light in body and texture but not in taste, also small carbonation that isn't gaseous but noticeable.

Drinkability at this simple ABV is highly desirable.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a beer. Pours a cloudy, dull yellow color. Looks like thick lemonade. A soapy head forms then dies quickly. Vigorous swirls do not reproduce it. Pity, cuz this beer has it all afterward.

Nice aroma of coriander, mild lemon zest, orange, ginger and malt. complex yet simple and manageable. Flavor contains the same. Coriander on the tip of the tongue and a good malt smoothness on the back. The ginger provides the foundation for more citric flavors like lemon, kumquat, and orange. Very subtle hints of banana linger in the background.
Crisp and smooth, very refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Witbiers (or 'white beers') are a little like the Kate Moss of the beer world: their appearance is pallid and anemic, with a hazy, burnt-out complexion that, frankly, makes them look sickly compared to normal beers. But hey, that's what gives the style its innately stylish panache and, frankly, it's pretty; this specific one could surely be on a magazine cover.

The aroma has a very musty, lemony, citric tang that comes at the olfactory system like Godzilla. While it does have its fair share of juicy orange fruit, the bouquet is embalmed in a distinct and unusual perfume that, with a quick glance at the label, can positively be identified as nutmeg. It is highly savory, and reminds me of holiday baking.

The beer's citric tang digs into the palate like a major league slugger who's come up to bat with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. It is tremendously refreshing, and leaves the impression of an extra-pulpy orange juice. Indeed, some sugary sweetness lingers, alongside a lemony tartness, but it is savory nutmeg that spikes the football on the finish.

The two bottles I initially bought simply won't do. Honestly, this is the kind of beer I could drink until I lose count. That may sound shameful but I blame the beer - it is so light and smooth, with invigorating effervescence, herbal savoriness, juicy sweetness and a pleasant, underlying tartness. It's possible to stop at just one, but you won't want to!

Hitachino Nest White Ale is top-notch witbier. While there are a couple examples I have rated higher, this brewery has undoubtedly characterized the style to near perfection and even put their own slightly unique stamp on it. Since it contains orange juice, does that mean I can make it part of my breakfast? Hell, I'll find any excuse to drink this stuff!

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy light straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a lemon zest and coriander.

The taste was upfront bitter lemon with some softer yeast esters and spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a decent wit. Say too sour for my taste.

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,269 ratings.