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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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Photo of Beervis
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orangey colour with a small white head.

Smell is yeasty with a strong clove and faint fruity banana. A decent carbonation and fruity malt taste is immediately refreshing. A light to medium body and slightly lemony tartness give way to a lingering sweet and spicy finish.

In my opinion, this is a very good example of the style. It's also very refreshing.

Beervis, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of canucklehead
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty cloudy in a almost not so good way but the nose seemed appealling with lots of cloves and bananas. The beer was fullbodied and yeasty in the midbody. The drinkability improved the more I consumed. An okay Hefe from far away. The distance of shipping may have adversly changed the beer.

canucklehead, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is deep murky yellow with 3 fingers of frothy white head that has no plans on staying. It is cloudy to the point that it looks like someone has dumped some creamer in it.

The aroma is rather typical, lemon, a touch of clove spice, and a sour wheatiness. There's a bit of underlying mineral astringancy that is unpleasant.

Flavor holds up to the nose with a subtle lemony zest, faint clove and corriander, and wheat malt. Not bad, but nothing special. I was expecting something more as the rest of the beers I've had from Hitochino were excellent.

The body is medium with a very soft creamy mouthfeel supported by large bubbles of carbonation.

AlexJ, May 30, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is golden orange and hazy. Head is tall and sticky. Plenty of carbonation here. The smell has the typical clove hefe aroma with a little of that bubblegum aroma I've been hearing about thrown in too. The taste has an initial sharp clove bite that mixes in with a medium malt body. There is more malt here than expected, but not enough to knock the beer off of it's style. As with all hefes the drinkability is very good. Hitachino Weizen is a nice interpretation of the style, however there are better German examples at lower prices.

Gagnonsux, May 08, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy (just barely cloudy) golden yellow with a small white head that quickly vanishes. Aroma is of fresh wheat, more wheat, and more wheat. Light background spices- can't discern what.

Flavor is full of grains- bready and full mouthfeel. There is a slightly odd, astringent aftertaste that I have tasted before but can't identify- it's stonger here than I've had elsewhere. Part of it is hop bitterness, but there's more to it than that. Maybe it's a particular variety of hops that I don't taste very often.

To be honest, I don't have a lot to say about this beer. It's pleasant, enjoyable, and it is what it's supposed to be. Nice and drinkable on a warm day.

Dukeofearl, May 03, 2005
Photo of merlin48
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stubby 11 oz bottle with the cute owl on the label and cap. Pours a hazy honey gold body with a one finger vanilla head that lasts a couple of minutes before falling into ring and film lace. Some spotty patch lace is left on the glass, as well. Aroma is spicy pepper and citrusy lemon. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a satiny feel. Taste is slightly above average for a Hefe, yeasty and bready, with white pepper and lemon. Slightly bitter on the finish. Refreshing and nicely drinkable, but not a standout for the style.

merlin48, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of SheepNutz
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24.3oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a hazy medium orange color with one finger of head. Hardly any lacing. The smell is very sweet and very fruity. There is a slight tart aroma behind the hints of citrus. The taste is also on the fruity side. It has lots of orange and banana, and there's some of that tart profile in there too. The mouthfeel is decently strong for a weizen, and the drinkability is good as well. A decent take on a weizen.

SheepNutz, Mar 14, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a golden color with no head. The nose was slightly sour and slightly citrusy orange and acidic. The flavor was mild, with a slight belgian spicey flavor abd slight acidic tartness. Enjoyable. The feel was moderate, somewhat drying. Overall, I found hte beer refreshing and quenching. I liked the drying quality.

kmpitz2, Mar 11, 2005
Photo of dauss
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
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear golden with a white frothy head that fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was lightly fruity with some pineapple notes most prevalent and some citrusy notes along with a very slight oak/woodsy aroma. Slight lactic aroma was present.

The flavor was crisp with a slight sourness that did not detract. The wheat flavor was present followed by a tart pineapple and and citrusy flavor. The flavor was a bit sharp with the fruits, especially with the citrus flavors.

The finish was dry with lasting pleasant tartness and woodsy character. The body was medium light.

24.3 ounce bottle. Oddly enough, the label on the bottle I have is in the exact same off center location as the one in the picture.

A very interesting wheat beer, but not one I would go out of my way to procure. At $7 a bottle the only reason to seek it out is for it's country of origin and for some of the interesting flavors. Of course if I ever make it to Japan, this will be one place I will certainly visit.

GCBrewingCo, Dec 30, 2004
Photo of Quaffer
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fat old 24.3 oz bottle. Strange size. Picked this up in Kansas City. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer poured a deep, golden brown. It was much darker than I expected, but I did have it in a rather wide glass. Very murky due to the fine sediment that I added from the bottom of the bottle The head rose up big and fizzy but dissipated quickly. A thin layer linger for a long time due to the very heavy bead. No lacing.

Smell: Lemon and orange dominated the aroma, hardly allowing anything else to come through. There were just the slightest hints of wheat and grain on the nose.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with a chewy presence along the sides of the tongue. Lively in the mouth due to the strong carbonation.

Taste: This beer is all about citrus. Strong lemon and mandarin orange kicked in almost immediately and continued throughout. On the finish was some bitter grapefruit that joined the citric fray. There were some sharp, grain tannins that seemed to peek through on the finish as well. Becomes dry and puckering in the end.

Too much citrus without any wheat or grains to balance it out. Definitely drinkable, but not a great example of a hefe in my opinion.

Quaffer, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of rousee
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

These scores are tough and I can sense that I might like this one more after it has time to grow on me. I have tremendous respect for this brand and when I first smell and taste--smell is good-but taste is better. There is the floral bubbly nose-feel that almost all the Belgian-style hefe-weisses have. This one is from Japan though and I love it. I am yet to try a style by Hitachino (Kiuchi) that I didn't think they did well.

A-boring. apricot murkiness-no foam, no head, no lace.
S-so belgian-blonde smelling. has a floral herby honey-like nose with a slightly complex wine-like touch.
T-nicely balanced hops/honey/herbal/grassy/grape-citrus type front.fizzy salty-peppery finish
MF-strong carbonation-champagne-ish type mouthfeel
D- kinda average. these do go down at first but one or two max seems to be a good rule.

rousee, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of alexAK
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll preface this by saying I'm more of a Belgian witbier man than a weizen guy, but this one seemed to hit the mark. And it's pretty cool that this is coming from Japan (if not a little expensive).

I found the appearance to be appealing and well worth for this beer. Seems to pretty well match the style of the hefe weizens I've had (Erdinger and Frankishaner). If I was offered another one I'd have no problems taking it.

alexAK, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of thoover
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is the same golden-straw color of a typical weizen, but a little bit darker. The head doesn't have much retention, but has a nice, white apperance while it lasts.

Smells odd for a weizen - the smells are more similar to a Belgian white, with hints of orange - very citrus filled.

This beer has a lot of carbonation, and has a great taste. Very smooth start, with a finish that reminds me of zested orange. Leaves me feeling refreshed.

The more often that I have this beer, the more that I find I enjoy it.

thoover, Dec 03, 2004
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First and foremost this is not your typical weizen, but its damn good.

Pours a pale straw color with bits of orange and amber in the mix. The head is a nice bubbly whie color, that rises majestically and leaves a decent lace. Aromas are a little odd for a weizen. While it has such typical notes as a nice wheat and cloves in the mix, there are big tones of mandarin oranges, grapefruit, a slight grape, with a huge mix of citrus. Overall though these aromas are not typical they smell damn good, almost like whiffing a bit fresh tropical fruit platter. For flavor this beer goes with its aromas. A good mix of wheat with a solid backing of sweet fruits give this brew a flavor of its own. There is absolutely no bitterness to be tasted (did they use hops in this at all?), but a solid body of tropical like fruits. The body to this brew is fairly light which does take a bit away from this brew but the carbonation tingles nicely on the tongue and takes nothing away from the fine flavor. Overall this brew is not your typical weizen, but a great flavored brew that pushes the envelope on what a weizen can actually be.

bigbeerdrinka, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of TheLiterati
4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I know what you’re thinking: A weizen? From Japan?

Asahi, Kirin and Sapporo are all good beers in their own right, but if that’s all that comes to mind when you think of Japanese beer, think – and then drink - again!

This is some good stuff. And I must say, I was pleasantly surprised.

More amber than golden, this weizen is smooth, cloudy and slightly sweet smelling. All of the traditional essences - apple, banana, clove and fresh baked bread – are there contributing to a mild and pleasing aroma.

As I took my first sip, I was caught a little off guard by the carbonation, but the brew rolled off my tongue nicely with a delightful finish. There’s a hint of syrupy sweetness that I’ve not encountered in a weizen before, but it doesn’t take away from the experience.

I can see why this beer won Gold Medals at the 2000 ABT Competition in England and the 2000 DLG Guarantee of Quality contest in Germany.

By the way – I’ve read “Hitachino” translates to “abundant forest.”

All in all a quaffable brew and one I will definitely have again.

TheLiterati, Oct 30, 2004
Photo of IronDjinn
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a 720 ml brown bottle of this at Lee's Discount Liquor in Las Vegas, the novelty factor urged me to pick it up. Pours out a hazy straw colour, a quick fizzle of head with little retention. The nose possesses a mandarin orange sweetness, citrus and yeast, with mild spices like corainder and black pepper. The flavour grows on me over time, I bump it up from a 3.5 to a 4 in that period. Orange citrus sweetness, wheat and mild spice on the finish, it's all very subtle and low key, but it works. Reminds me more of a wit than a weizen, but I like the Japanese interpretation. Brings some faith back into Hitachino for me, as I am enjoying this far more than I did their Red Rice Ale. Worth picking up, would go well on a hot day, or any day in Vegas for that matter.

IronDjinn, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of necoadam
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11oz bottle. Pours out an orange/amber color with a little bit of carbonation visible. Some slight clove is in the aroma department along with some slight fruitiness and a little bit of tartness in the backround. Taste was a litlte light as well with the spiciness (cloves) showing up at the very end. The tartness also shows up in the middle and kinda blends in with the tartness at the end. Mouthfeel was a little light but the carbonation was quite smooth in this beer. All in all it's not bad. It is different from other hefeweizen's out there and could get some getting used to. Give it a try.

necoadam, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of Crosling
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange.

Orange zest, tangerine, vanilla, faint clove and soft fruitiness and maltiness in the aroma.

Unusual for the style, but different and a very good example Light bodied. Molden fruitiness of light clove, lemon, orange and banana. Minor spicing. True to the Bavarian style in many ways.

I'd love to visit Kiuchi some day. First the excellent celebration, now this, this is a great brewery.

Crosling, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11 fluid ounce Japanese stubby which has a gold, orange and white colored label, complete with the little red owl. The orange neck label has the words ‘Weizen’ and a ‘W’ as well.

Appearance: Simple pout into a tall thin curved glass invites the head to rise uncontrollably, but it never does. Hazed golden body with some lemon marmalade color. The head is thin but stays consistent and leaves a little lacing that covers the glass sides. Many streamers and a high level of carbonation assist in retaining the thin head.

Nose: A very lemon tart nose mixed with a pungent sharp wheat character. Some yeast odors take the rough edges off of this one.

Taste: Overall this is a nicely balanced brew. Rather a laid back start and finish, but the middle builds in strength. Light wheat in the first quarter, rough wheat texture is particularly memorable. Middle has a tart, citric bite, as does the long lingering aftertaste. Spicy wheat latter third and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Immense carbonation on the tongue and a light body make this a very refreshing brew and easy on the palate, despite its sharp lemon citric bite. Spicy feel on the cheeks at times.

Drinkability: On a hot day I had little problem with this. For the longer term, or the bigger bottle, I think I would like to have some strong pickles to go with it.

Overall: I have been consistently impressed with the Hitachino beers that I have so far tried. This is no exception. Not as heavy as I expected, or as Germanic as the name may have you believe (considering they also do a White) but a decent drinking brew nonetheless.

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at cellar temp. Smells of cloves mustiness, and faint banana. Taste is very strong yet smooth with apple, clove, and a nice hops finish that goes well with the clove flavors. Mouthfeel is well carbonated, yet very smooth. Extremely agreeable and drinkable.

TastyTaste, Apr 21, 2004
Photo of DESTRO
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a clear golden orange with an enormous frothy white head. whoa. smells fruity (think strong citrus) with a light dose of wheat. heavier bodied than most weizens but crisp and bubbly none the less. tangy on in the mouth with huge lemon/orange flavors, light wheat and a slight clove like spice finish things off. a bit one dimensional, but good. highly drinkable and refreshing...a good beer, but not in the same league as the true greats (weheinstephaner, paulaner, hacker etc.)

$5.99 for 24oz bottle

DESTRO, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of budgood1
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24.3 oz. bottle.

pours out a brilliant dark golden colour, with active carbonation supporting a billowy inch thick white head. the head stays in a nice layer and leaves plenty of lace. spicy aroma; peppery, clovey and hinting of wheat malts. a pleasant spicy taste to this hefe...they typical cloves and subdued banana flavours, with hints of other spice infused fruits. the high carbonation produces a tingly mouthfeel...this weizen seems to "dance" right down your throat. the addition of the heavy sediment murks thing up quite a bit...smoothing out the mouthfeel quite a bit and of course adding more yeasty fruitiness to the profile. i don't ever perceive any alcohol in the course of quaffing this, increasing it's slammability when extremely thirsty (as i was when i sampled this). it finishes with a spicy kick and wheaty aftertaste.

overall, this is a fair example of the style. it was a bit boring in the flavour department and never really wowed me. it definitely wasn't worth the $7 i paid for th bottle either. interesting to try but not a hefe i'll purchase again.

budgood1, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 24.3oz bottle with an owl on the front. This Japanese-styled weissbier had a cloudy peach tone and a large, champagne-like white head, full of bubbles thanks to the high level of carbonation but still quick to recede to a modest collar and leave no lace.
The nose was strangely reminiscent of Kiuchi Brewery's white ale in that there was a similar spice aroma (cloves and a hint of nutmeg). Some fruity esters and a pleasant malt aroma round out the nose.
The taste was spicy-sweet. I was finally able to pin down the overall flavor to that of spiced pears. The sweet pear flavor came across immediately on a lightly bready malt backbone. Then the flavors of nutmeg and clove rolled through for an interesting, if unorthodox, take on the style. The feel was light, dry, crisp and refreshing.
Overall, this was nicely drinkable, a comfortable brew to quaff while watching the NCAA Tournament. A bit off the usual path for a hefeweizen but still an enjoyable beer.

Boilermaker88, Mar 22, 2004
Photo of genaro
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This weizen had a golden color, with a decent, small bubbled head. There was not too much lace. The aroma was not too bad - clovey, spicey (nutmeg?), and citrusy. The taste had many of the same elements as the aroma - cloves, spices, citrus. It was also a bit grassy with some maltiness. It had a spicey and dry finish that was verging on sour. Definately not an awful beer, but one I probably won't buy again.

genaro, Jan 28, 2004
Hitachino Nest Weizen from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.