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Hitachino Nest Weizen - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

248 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 9
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-16-2001

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Ratings: 248 | Reviews: 155
Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.44/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

There's some light bubblegum in the aroma along with some clove, vanilla, and a faint twang of lemon and yeasty sourness. The dull yellow body is very cloudy; the eggshell-white head is foamy with good retention; lots of lacing sticks around. There is some rather pronounced bitterness in the initial taste. Also present is some banana, vanilla, and grainy malt. The clove spiciness is restrained but well balanced with the sweeter qualities. Surprisingly not much yeasty sourness. A grainy texture lingers upon swallowing. The body is medium-light with crisp, spritzy carbonation.

This is a very delicious, refreshing, and well-structured weizen. The bitterness was a little surprising at first, but it helps to balance out the sweeter flavors in place of the thankfully absent yeasty sourness. The carbonation is a bit intense but not bad.

Photo of ordybill
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Poured from a 11.2 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- I can detect wheat and rice, not bad
Appearance- A great murky golden yellow color, with a small head
Taste- A nice wheat flavor with a bitter aftertaste
Palate- Dry medium bodied
Overall- not a bad beer, not their best style of beer from Kiuchi but a pretty good beer to try.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24.3 oz bottle into weizen glass, bottled in 12/2013. Pours hazy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of banana, lemon, pear, apple, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, malt, and light hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of banana, lemon, pear, apple, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light wheat tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of banana, lemon, pear, apple, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, malt, and light hop flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice hefeweizen. Good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, malt, and light hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. The yeast flavors were not as bold as I expected for the style, but it did not feel watery. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice yellow gold color with a small to medium size head. Nice clean smelling and tasting beer. Not a whole lot of body. You can smell and taste the citrus and other spices. Somewhat sweet flavor. Nice and creamy. The thing that really stands out for me was the spiciness at the finish. It's a good clean beer that is very refreshing.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, a bit odd for a hefe. Where's the little yeasty bits? Anyway, a dark yellow in color with an explosion of white foam that nearly burst out of the glass. It settles to 1/2" relatively quickly and remains a thick film forever, leaving decent lace.
Smell is sweet, malty, wheat, citrus, spices. All balanced nicely, very nicely indeed.
Taste is a copy of the smell. Malt, a slightly syrupy sweetness, wheat, citrus, spice and some alcohol. Great balance.
Warming, medium plus body, light effervescence. Smooth, too. If the yeast had shown up in the glass, this would be one of the best wheats ever.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber with a quickly fading.
Nose shows big banana notes but also sweet malt and spicy hops. Nice malt character, suggesting at honey.
Not as good flavours, very little in the way of typical wheat beer characters, mainly just honey and spicy hops.
Body feels a bit watery.

Photo of Amalak
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A. It has a straw color, it is completely opaque, hazy. It has a small foamy white head with no head.

S. It has a very wheaty scent to it.

T/M. It has a strong grape and grassy taste. Wheaty with a hint of alcohol. It is a bit tart. A medium body.

O. It is just a bit too thick, but just a clusterfuck of flavors. It's not bad, it just feels like a well-made macro wheat.

Photo of rainydays2020
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank it from a tulip glass. I don't remember the specifics as I drank it yesterday afternoon. It had a very dry Japanese, Sapporo-esque dryness that I didn't prefer at first. After a few sips it really grew on me. An interesting Beer with a very light smell.

Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with notes of bananas.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and has flavors of wheat and bananas. There are some hints of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and is a good representation of the style.

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Cloudy straw yellow. Big white head.

S: General wheat smell and a sherbet-like yeast aroma.

T: Full flavoured with a bit of banana. Slightly bitter for a weizen which is fine by me. Tiny bit of marzipan and some coriander right at the back as it's going down the gullet.

M: Not much in the way of carbonation, which I like.

O: Better than your average weizen but not quite top notch. I bought it in Korea which is next to Japan and yet it was ludicrously expensive. Otherwise it's a very sessionable beer.

Photo of Serge
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It pours a nice, hazy orange-golden body with a small off-white head. Slightly yeasty nose with some banana and lemon, sweetness and a little bit of cloves. Almost syrupy sweet in the mouth, with some fruity sourness, cloves and banana. Strange, but quite nice, even though it’s far from the regular hefeweizen. Effervescent. Lemony, acidic finish. For a hefeweizen, it’s both very sweet and very sour.

Photo of Knapp85
2.76/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured out as a bright yellow color with some floating particles in there. The head is fizzy and white. No retention or lacing at all on this beer. The smell of the beer is a little spicy, the traditional clove aromas are there. The aroma doesn't give off my o the soft bready aromas that I feel it should. The taste of the beer has a big clove flavor with a minimal banana flavor like most have. The mouthfeel of the beer was a little high in carbonation and a bit watery. Overall I wasn't very impressed with this beer.

Photo of Oakenator
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden yellow with a relatively reserved head that disappates quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass. Mouthfeel is good with finer carbonation bubbles - somewhat creamy but more present on the front end. Smells of citrus and mild grassy hopping. Taste is clean and refreshing - nice citrus and spices.

Photo of sfprint
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: I love the color. an almost flourescent orangy yellow, very hazy. but basically no head.
S: Yes, hefeweizen like, but somehow creamier and smoother. banana cream yeast
T: watery. not a very full flavor, okay but a bit sour. unimpressive but okay.
M: sharp numbing, but otherwise flat.
O: Mediocre but okay.

Photo of bluHatter
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Really light, crisp and clean looking beer. Lots of bubbles, but only about 1 finger of quickly fading head.

S: Nice wheat and slightly cirtrusy or lemony sweet aroma. Some clove. Just slightly musky. Nicely balanced.

T: Very nice signature Hitachino bite. I haven't met a Hitachino I haven't loved, and this is no exception. Wonderfully deep and complex without being overpowering. One of their lighter offerings, but still worth checking out. Delicious beer.

M: Great carbonation, a bit of an alcohol scrape on the swallow, but nothing too bad. Mild alcohol and clove aftertaste.

O: Another great beer from Kiuchi Brewery. Not their best work, but certainly better than most.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow in color. The beer has a quarter finger tall white head that very quickly reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass.

S: There are moderate strong aromas of banana and clove, some lighter notes of citrus/orange, and hints of Belgian yeast.

T: The flavors are very similar to the aroma, the beer has a huge banana presence. After that, there is a substantial clove notes and some lemony citrus in the finish. Also, there is a slightly spicy note from the Belgian yeast that is bordering on peppery.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is very refreshing, enjoyable, and easy to drink. I think this beer is very sessionable and would be great at a summer cook-out.

Photo of thecheapies
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weizen glass welcomes a cloudy light orange brew. Capped with a finger of head. 3.5

Meaty banana aroma with a fantastic clove character. Sweet wheat grains and ripe fruits. Very light bubblegum and orange. Pretty effin' fantastic. 4.5

Clove steps in to match the massive banana flavors. Lemony kick feels out the finish. Lively spice notes that border on peppery. Sourdough malts reminiscent of the tanginess. Pretty exceptional. 4.0

Milky liquid feel. Easy drinking. There is, however, an unexpected alcohol bite in the mouth. 4.0

Amazing smelling hefe with great feel and great flavor. Not as complex as the Germans, but comparable overall. 4.0

Photo of flyingpig
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, golden & thin bubbly white head with ok retention.

Spicy yeast and banana aroma to begin with along with some coriander and a lot of spice to it. There is a tiny amount of clove and a very fruity, citrus infused.

A very spicey and banana tasting beer that has touches of clove, coriander and citrus throughout. I also detected some yeast and wheat.

Light medium in body and with a lot of spice and good carbonation. There is a good refreshing taste too.

A very nice beer although probably not good enough to rank alongside the beer German hefeweizens, still a solid effort though with a good banana flavour that was pretty refreshing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For those who like their Hefes very bananay and clovey- well, here ya go!

A creamy and medium gold pour rounds the glass with a medium haze and no apparent yeast sedement- surprising in that most are much more hazy and has obvious yeast particles floating about. A creamy and light head builds from the liquid and forms a cotton white cap that dissapates quickly and without the classic lace of traditional hefeweizens.

Very estery aromas of apples and bananas quickly become the more prevailant of the beer's scent. Matched with the balance of clove gives a sweeter spicy note that offers a bit of complexity against the sweet wheat malt base.

Sweet to taste with wheat malt, light breads, yeast, and powdered sugar. The counterpart of banana and apples rise, but the banana character certainly dominates the flavor. A balance of clove spice and lemon-like acidity supports the banana ester but doesn't rival for attention, just lurking a bit behind. Light alcohol taste of mint, wood, acetone, and a hint of herbal hops give just a hint of variety in finish.

Bready and sweet textured as well, with a focus on malty creaminess that lingers well into finish where the mild and minty alcohol warmth and semi-sweet closure. Low in bite and dryness, this beer should apease those with a sweet tooth.

Low on complexity, this Hefeweizen is focused on banana and clove, and little else. Low-lying peppery character, lemony acidity, or malt dryness hinders the beer slightly but the signature banana/clove balance is spot on!

Photo of GinaBeerInc
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden lively body. The head is a fomay white pillow. The aroma is wheat with hints of esthers. The flavor contains much more esthery banana then the aroma, in fact this is the dominant flavor with wheat playing second fiddle with some other floral flavors in the backup band. The body is nice and very drinkable. Better than I had expected.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hitachino Nest Weizen
Kiuchi Brewery

12oz stubby bottle. Pours a hazed straw color, head retention is low. Smells of wheat malt, lending musty hay and lemon scents. In the taste, mild banana notes, rye like spice, possibly from a peppery hop concoction. Grassy, noble type hop. Mouthfeel is light/light medium bodied , juicy and spicy. A really nice wheat beer, good flavor and body.

Photo of champ103
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pretty much clear golden/yellow color. A towering white head forms with good retention. The foam finally recedes and leaves some rings of lace. Seems like this is filtered.
S: A big spicy clove aroma hits the nose right up front. Actually the clove was so powerful that it sent me into a sneezing and coughing fit. A shock to the senses. Lots of banana esters fairly sweet in the nose as well.
T: After the initial shock from the nose, I was a bit more prepared for the heavy dose of spicy clove here. Again banana esters and a lingering sweetness.
M/D: A medium body but a bit lifeless. I wish there was some more carbonation. It is also to slick/oily for my liking. Easy to drink. I will have no problem finishing the bottle.

A nice Hefeweizen, if a bit on the thin side. I would almost call this a Krystalweizen because I think this is filtered. Though not a big deal. Check it out.

Photo of chefelf
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This weizen from Kiuchi was a good beer but not completely what you'd expect from a weizen.

Overall I've enjoyed the Hitachino Nest line of beers but I can't help wondering why they are priced so high. They're good but at $4.99 a bottle they should be great.

For less than half the price you could get an excellent German weizen. For a third the price you can get a decent American weizen.

Again, it's a good beer but I think for what it is it is a bit on the expensive side.

Photo of paperbackfoster
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Starting with a light, thin pour, the immediate impression you get from this beer comes from one of its biggest highlights: the carbonation. A solid one-finger head quickly froths up, fluffy as a cupcake with an intense column of fizz bubbling underneath.

The smell's a telltale lightly sweet scent of yeast with just a hint of berry, bitter/tangy spice, and citrus zest.

Taking a drink, it's tart, almost like a green apple. This is quickly followed by the smooth wheat, finishing with the citric hit of lemon/lime. Not being a fan of sweet beers myself, this one tackles the idea with a tartness that can stand for bitterness. It has the quality of a fruity beer, particularly the light/refreshing factor, but it's not at all syrupy or sucrotic.

The big star here, though, is still the carbonation for me. It almost feels like a shandy, all on its own. With high acidity and a consistently tingly mouthfeel, this is a great summer brew, as well as a good spacer for those long sessions.

Overall - if it wasn’t for the yeasty tartness, I’d barely call it a weizen. I agree with those I’m finding that call it a wit, and more on the belgian side at that. Good for those that want a summer, lawnmower beer but don’t want to abandon the sour notes of bigger beers.

Photo of woodychandler
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another bottle out of my now-infamous basement. I am happy to be emptying it out over the course of the summer, if anyone cares to join me.

My pour resulted in a lovely finger-and-a-half of fluffy eggnog-colored head with good retention. Color was a cloudy deep-brown, like fresh-squeezed apple cider. Nose was citrusy, like a lemon had already been squeezed into it. Mouthfeel was thin, kind of watery with a gentle wheat flavor and not much else. It could have used a squeeze/slice of lemon or something, anything. Finish was bland and unassuming. Not a very good iteration of the style.

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Hitachino Nest Weizen from Kiuchi Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.