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Hitachino Nest White Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,117 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,117
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 108
Gots: 61 | 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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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 21:28:28 | More by rhoadsrage
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very cloudy pale straw yellow in color. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Very light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of citrus/orange with some hints of spices (coriander and clove). Very inviting and it smells very refreshing.

T: Follows the smell but the citrus/orange flavor is more pronounced. The citrus/orange flavor is balanced nicely with the wheat flavor and the spice hints (coriander and clove).

M: Light bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Very refreshing, very enjoyable, and very easy to drink, I have had this beer many times over the years, enjoy it, and will likely continue to drink it. I find the taste and the style very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 22:53:11 | More by dbrauneis
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

08-15-2013 22:56:00 | More by DrunkinYogi
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2002 16:03:52 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2004 04:17:53 | More by Zorro
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 01:35:49 | More by Georgiabeer
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DoubleJ

California

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 03:09:01 | More by DoubleJ
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duceswild

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

04-11-2012 06:02:28 | More by duceswild
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 07:36:29 | More by Stinkypuss
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.7%

12-05-2013 02:14:16 | More by BillRoth
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 23:12:29 | More by biegaman
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 04:20:30 | More by superspak
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

11-30-2011 19:29:34 | More by brandoman63
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rab53

Washington

3/5  rDev -27%

12-02-2011 03:11:42 | More by rab53
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plaid75

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2009 16:13:29 | More by plaid75
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 05:23:41 | More by Mebuzzard
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy lemon color, nice frothy white head and small speckled floaties.

S: Some lemon merang on nose.

T: Very sweet and citrusy, big lemon tang. Starts out with a sweet citrusy tang with spicy hops and finishes with a nice subtle sourness. Good per style and very thirst quenching.

M: Some fizziness in mouthful from carbonation but very smooth going down.

D: decent drinkability. not a first class example but a good enough one from japan.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 13:36:44 | More by beerthulhu
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 04:20:04 | More by smakawhat
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 15:15:57 | More by mdaschaf
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold with a bit of haze and a constant stream of bubbles supporting a soapy, bright white head. The cap thinned quickly to a fine skim. Aromas of citrus zest, cloves, bread, grain and straw. The flavour was milder than the aroma with notes of lemon and clove, bread and malt sweetness. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly soapy texture. Refreshing with a nice aroma.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 20:01:54 | More by DrJay
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glid02

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Bookhouse in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet citrus - orange and lemon - with good amounts of floral notes.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet orange and mild lemon flavors stand out against a wheat background. There are also mild spice flavors that meld nicely with the citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished one glass without much problem and could have another.

Overall this was a solid beer that I could revisit in the future. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2009 05:14:06 | More by glid02
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afsdan

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

05-22-2014 18:14:57 | More by afsdan
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-24-2011 14:19:39 | More by PEIhop
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Gusler

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

After its eviction from the 330ml brown bottle, the beer sets in the glass a hazy golden amber. The head started forming the minute I popped the cap off the bottle, as I poured it into the glass it from a behemothic head that is bright white and frothy, as it slowly subsides the lace forms a lumpy sheet upon the glass. Nose is sweet with orange peels, cloves, coriander, a real mélange of flavors and aromas, start is sweet and the grain profile delightful, top is light in its feel to the palate. Finish is striking in its acidity, the hops pleasing and the aftertaste quite dry, a very drinkable beer and one I enjoyed immensely.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 22:54:10 | More by Gusler
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

05-04-2014 15:42:27 | More by dmorgan310
Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,117 ratings.