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Hitachino Nest Weizen - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

230 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-16-2001)
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

YamagamiTravis, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Andy_Luft, Feb 23, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/26/2010
1 pt. 5 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A: Poured a cloudy lemony-golden with 1-inch head. Lacing all around the glass. Awesome carbonation. No complaints here.

S: Tons of yeast. Some crazy sweet/sour clove thing going on with some mild funky citrus. Could have sworn this was a Saison by the smell instead of a Hefeweizen.

T: Huge wave of tartness followed by yeast and lemon-citrus notes. Semi-dry finish.

M: Great carbonation. Tartness does some crazy stuff to your tongue.

D: Had this one a long time ago. Tastes a lot different than I remember. I've had a bunch of different kinds of Hitachino Nests and they always seem to push the boundaries of the beer category listed on the bottle. Either that means they're that good, or they need to re-label their beers, but regardless I find myself picking up more bottles for a second-try.

DoppleJock, Jan 27, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slight hazed sunshine yellow with a nice tight 1/2 finger head that had some good retention,lemony and clove aromas dominate and are quite boisterous very refreshing in the nose,a big sturdy body for the style I liked the bigger feel to it.Flavors of clove and lemon hit nicely with underlying toasty wheat malt, very quaffable and sturdy a style Iam not a huge fan of but I do enjoy well made examples and this is one of them.

oberon, Jul 26, 2006
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4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip glass, some HOTD after a long night of drinking.

Into the Tulip glass, weizen comes out honey orange with some bronze highlights. A spritzy flimsy weak cap of popping bubbles comes up and then down.

This is a step away from your regular hefe and I'm down for the change. Instead of big banana, I get big apple. Some tart lemons and wheat, with a small malt backing. Not overrun with spice, I dig.

A step in a new direction, this is more a str8 weizen than a hefe and darker. Apple and lemon pair nice with somewhat of a twang. Not sour, just tangy. A small amount of sweet malt and no bubblegum that I get in some hefe's.

A pretty much medium bodied beer that is nicely carbed even though it does not look that way in appearance. This wont burn out your palate, I could drink alot.

This is what I like about Hitachino beer, you never know what you are going to get. Im sure I'll find a loser in the lineup down the line, but i've enjoyed what I had thus far, this being no exception.

BARFLYB, Sep 06, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly murky gold with a large head which left good lacing. a nice looking brew.

Smelled tart and spicy with a very small hint of banana.

Tasted much as it smelled. Nice citric tartness about it with a hint of banana.

Wonderful mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation present along with a smooth finish. Medium bodied.

This was a very refreshing beer. If it wasn't for the rather steep price ($4 for an 11 oz bottle) I'd rate it higher in this department. Worth a try if you come across it.

JBogan, Jun 29, 2008
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4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As with the White Ale, when I poured this, very large bits of sediment were on the bottom. Not bad, just odd. Beautiful head on this beer, stayed fluffy all the way down. Hazy orange-yellow color, off-white head. The smell is strong and wonderful as soon as I opened the bottle. It tastes much of yeast, but it is predominantly spicy. No fruit flavors are really strong enough to come through. Mainly cloves and yeast. An interesting brew. The head is still hanging around as I finish my last sips, but be careful of that sediment, I can imagine it would be very intense.

jubnat, Nov 15, 2006
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4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden-yellow color with a huge white head. Steady streams of bubbles race to the top keeping the head around for a while.

The aroma was a peppery blend of cloves, banana, and lemon zest.

Spicy, peppery cloves and yeast in the beginning, continuing through the rest of the spice cabinet before hitting the fruit basket. Quite an adventure.

Thinner medium body with very active carbonation...more than I am expecting from a hefe weizen. Low abv makes this one very sessionable. One bottle was enough for me, though, this day.

Imstillthegman, Apr 09, 2007
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4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: short and stumpy 11oz. brown bottle.

Appearance: very effervescent. Poured a absolutely clear golden yellow, very small off white head.

Nose: Clean malt, most defined clove phenols I've ever smelled, and lemon juice. Where's the banana?

Taste: Very carbonated, the beer expands rapidly in the mouth. Banana esters, clove, and a acidic twang in the sweet and clean finish. Alcohol slightly detectable.

Notes: Very good body, but extremely filling. This is more carbonated than any other hefeweizen I've ever had. Tasty and very refreshing. Classical yet different at the same time. I was severely disappointed in Kuichi's Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout (Lacto), and I was a little hesistant to try this one but good job.

dauss, Jan 29, 2005
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4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Weizen from Japan? Cool! The names sounds like a bad translation but, hey, it's kinda funny.

This hefe pours a hazy orange, yellow with a bubbly white head that dissipates almost completely and leaves some patchy traces of lace.

Smell is full of yeasty, banana fruit esters and a ton of Belgian-esque sour cherry and, like a well-aged burgundy, even some leather in there too. Very interesting for a hefe.

Taste is mostly sweet and sour candied fruit (cherries predominantly with a good amount of lemon) with definite leathery undertones. There is some classic yeasty banana notes in there as well but not as pronounced as I would expect from a hefe. Finish is puckeringly sour with a touch of spice with a long, lingering earthy, leathery presence that lingers on and on and on . . . Very odd but actually quite impressive and an interesting factor interesting to ponder over.

Mouthfeel is light and very crisp with an oily, acidic finish that leaves the mouth watering and the palate tingling.

This beer loses a bit on drinkaility since it's sour nature makes it more of a sipper. Still, at 5%, I could see myself having a couple of these over a long period of time.

This is really unlike any other hefe I've ever tried. To me this beer seems closer in style to a lambic - crossed with a fine pinot noir :-)

This is the best and most unique beer from Japan I've ever had. I'd really like to try more from this brewery!

Graham5161986, May 07, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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

thecheapies, May 22, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tight little bone coloured lace, murky orange colour from the yeast being swirled and poured into the glass. Faint clove and a soft fruitiness in the aroma, fruitiness makes obvious suggestion of banana. Crispness is a somewhat viscous from the flexed medium body and the stiff carbonation. Estery with a palate cleansing spicy clove, nutty with fruity flavours of banana and pear. Big twang from the fermented wheat that leaves a touch of lemon and grain. A good go at the German Hefe-weizen style, perhaps too much body and that takes away from the drinkability other than that this is a really good beer.

Jason, Apr 15, 2002
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4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay, first thought - I just paid $6.99 for a 1pint, 5 fl. oz bottle with a red owl on it... Just wanted to say I tried it, so I opted to pay the steep price to sample a brew from Japan... Poured an off-yellow apple juice color with obvious carbonation and rising bubbles present... The smell was good but somewhat bland and not at all very dominant... The crisp, refreshing, lightly citric taste is what makes this beer special, (although still not worth the 7 bucks). The overall taste, which is certainly good is satisfying but not over the top and very accentuated - somewhat bland but certainly enjoyable.This is definitely an interesting take on a hefe, and if it wasn't so expensive, I'd certainly buy this again... The mouthfeel is excellent - crisp, refreshing, and very drinkable... I really liked this beer and it's too bad this isn't more widely available.. Definitely recommended if you can find it...

dsa7783, Nov 25, 2007
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4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Stinkypuss, Dec 23, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, honey-orange hue, a finger’s worth of white head, fair retention, no lace. A lovely hefeweizen nose; yeasty, clove, floral, citrus, tropical fruit, faintly musty… an inviting bouquet. Nice palate, crisp, tangy, wheaty, citrusy, soft bubblegum, banana; this is really close to a traditional German Wheat. Refreshing, perfectly carbonated, medium-light body (lacks a little malt character)… quick, tart finish… albeit a tad too clean yet it leaves you wanting another sip… exactly as it should be. This is a mellow, pleasant beer to quaff… this interpretation is way “better” (read: authentic) than the vast majority of American Hefeweizens thus, I suggest, try one! Recommended.

Thank you StevieW for the sample!

bditty187, May 14, 2003
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4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

bluHatter, Sep 12, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to give another shot to the land of the Rising Sun, and I am quite happy that I did.

The beer pours a crystal clear (at first) pale gold. A little swirling of the bottle and the signature cloud of beauty rears it's lovely head. Speaking of head, it was large and quite fine.

The smell and taste are both dominated by clove. There is some bannana and a little maltage going on in the back, but the clove is sitting in front bullying the others around. Nice, but in need of a bit of balance.

The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, high carbonation, and some carryover astringency.

I could drink quite a few of these. Thank you Kiuchi Brewery for redeeming the commonly seen Japanese Macros...this pairs better with sushi anyday.

grayburn, May 09, 2009
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4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This wheat ale pours a hazy yellow/orange with a fluffy white head that leaves little to no lace. The aroma is sweet wheat malt and lemon with a good dose of coriander. The taste starts with a robust maltiness, not overpowering but enough to get your attention. This is followed by a balanced amount of orange peel and citrus flavors and the beginings of spice notes. The finish is dominated by citrus flavors with coriander and grains of paradise edging out the malt for the second most dominant flavor. Aftertaste is a refreshing citrus flavor with wheat malt and spices blending together to balance the lemon/orange flavor. Mouthfeel is a wee bit thick yet still refreshing with a medium body for a wheat beer.
Overall a pleasant ale from Kiuchi. Would be wonderful with curry and other spicy foods. This is a wheat that can hold its own. By itself it is a bit heavy.

purplehops, May 29, 2003
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4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hitachino has been impressing at a fast rate, with few misses and some unique hits. This one pours a cloudy, murky, orangey light lemon with a thin head that dissapates and a light lacing ring. Sure looks like a heffe. Aroma of citrus and brett. Am I the only one that picks up Hitachino's resident funk...found in several across the board including the reining champ, XH?The body is spritzy, carrying a lemon zest, light citrus peel and the barnyard I love. Horse hair and confectionary sugar take this one above the rest. The sweet, powdered sugar is light and rides the palate to a soft end. I have been consistently grinning after my lips retreat from the nest. Kumpei!

SeanRedd, Jan 27, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a tall wiezen glass it formed a loose smallish head that falls to a ring. Minimal lace. Sturdy looking body, cloudy, leaning towards a light orange in color.

A fairly spicy version of a Hefe. Yeast is the key to this one. Clovey goodness is evident. Mouth is sharp at first but mellows as it closes and is smooth in the finish. Heavy on the lemon and come orange rind give this the complexity that I love in a good hefe. The citrus also helps cut through a slighty candied body very nicely.

Notes: Not quite in the elite class but not far off either. Very good, Interesting, and one I could session all day.

DogFood11, Jan 04, 2007
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4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

paperbackfoster, Aug 12, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw colored with a hazy appearance. Slight citrus smell. Taste is sweet with citrus and champagne like taste. A bit of an oddball for the weiss style. Some banana. I'm beginning to notice a more dry finish after halfway through the glass. I could pick up some pear like tastes too. Enjoyable.

mjohn27603, Dec 09, 2002
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4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear peach color with a clinging white lace. Also had quite a few yeasties floating in the beer, since I swirled it around to get the flavor from the yeast. Aroma of citrus, bananas and a hint of cloves. Flavor of the same, with a light bitterness. It's a highly carbonated beer, with a crisp, clean finish. A little different for a wizen, and a strong effort. I've read a lot of good things about this brewery, and I'll definately look up their other offerings. I'll have this one again...

zerk, Aug 26, 2002
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

-ronin-, Jan 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

MacStinson, Mar 27, 2014
Hitachino Nest Weizen from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.