Hitachino Nest Weizen - Kiuchi Brewery
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4.18/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
05-29-2003 16:15:44 | More by purplehops
2.88/5 rDev -23.2%
A- Lively carbonation as I pour from a 330 ml bottle. Just like my last beer from Kiuchi the head fizzled out and left no lace behind. Color is a cloudy dirty yellow.
S- Smell mainly consists of wheat & lemons. There's a hint of spice as well.
T- It's fairly tart throughout and the finish is rather sweet and sticks with you for awhile. The label says "Enjoy the banana like flavor", well I'm still trying to find it.
M- Light bodied probably to thin actually, but the carbonation helps it a bit and makes it somewhat refreshing.
D- Meh, I'll pass next time.
09-24-2010 22:38:46 | More by Dawkfan
4/5 rDev +6.7%
Pours a good size head. It's a very light, pale color at first. And very clear. Once the last of the bottle makes it in the glass, it turns a richer orange color and appropriately hazy. Smells lemony and crisp. Tastes light and bubbly in the mouth at first. Then the wholeness of the wheat kicks in. Still relatively light. Very refreshing and extremely drinkable.
04-20-2003 18:33:55 | More by dwarbi
3.05/5 rDev -18.7%
330mL squat brown stubbie bottle, past its freshness date of 11/11/2008 by nearly three months, but in a land where cerevisial delights are few and far between, I'll take what I can get. Purchased at Muji, Canal City, Fukuoka (if that's of interest to anyone).
No true Weizengläser handy, just a standard reasonably tall Japanese beer mug. Poured with much less carbonation and head formation than I would have expected; disappointing. Bottle shape isn't appropriate for a Weißbier, especially since this has been sitting undisturbed for a while. When sediment was poured, it was an appropriate cloudy dark gold colour with little carbonation evident. Wonder if there was a slight leak in the cap - probably just the beer.
Smell is pretty authentic: banana more than anything else. It's been a while since I've had a decent Weizen, or indeed a decent beer of any kind, so my senses are rusty, but there was a surfeit of banana in the nose. Other typical Weizen aromas were there though; grainy wheatiness, cloves, bitter hops etc.
Taste is pretty unbalanced: a little sour, not as sweet on the tongue as anticipated and certainly more than a little rough on the palate. Disappointing, but it still resembles the style, it's nice and buttery and is definitely still drinkable, so it doesn't rank below 'average'. Perhaps I am a little overcritical since I am such a fan of this style, but this beer's heart is in the right place and I can't fault that.
Mouthfeel is pretty standard but there is a slight aftereffect in my mouth right now that is making my palate a little dry and unpleasant. Despite that though I'd definitely have a few more of these if I could - only I'm not in Fukuoka any more!
Overall: I'll have it again, preferably fresher, preferably at the brewery, and I'm sure my experience with this beer will improve a lot. Above average, but my tasting of this bottle wasn't anything better than the "average" Weizenbier out there.
03-06-2009 11:02:53 | More by Weizenmensch
3.38/5 rDev -9.9%
Poured a hazy golden orange with a nice, off-white head that fell to a thin ring with little islands floating on top.
Aromas of green apple, some cloves, hints of ginger, wheat, and sour lemon.
Wheaty flavors dominate with some lemon coming next. Hints of the spices, not as strong as in the aroma.
Kind of thick mouthfeel. Good carbonation, and the lemon flavor lingers for a bit.
Fairly drinkable. Maybe a little heavy for a hot day, maybe better for early/mid fall before things get too cold outside.
Not bad beer. There are definitely better hefes out there, but this is still a good one to try.
11-15-2008 02:00:53 | More by gabeerfan
3.7/5 rDev -1.3%
The pour displays a highly carbonated body producing three fingers of foamy, white head. Head retention is very good. The body is a very clear amber color.
The nose starts off with a fresh, pear aroma along with sour apples. Wheat malt smells are minimal. A clove spice adds some tingling feelings in the nose.
Light fruit flavors start this weizen with fresh apples and pears. Fruit flavors are long and last throughout an entire sip. Hints of spice hit at the midpoint and are quickly backed by a sweet, wheat malt flavor. Yeast flavors are noticeable but minimal.
The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and paired with a very dry finish after each sip.
Drinkability is very good. There are much better wheat beers but this is quite refreshing. An excellent hot weather beer.
12-05-2006 23:58:15 | More by Budlum
4.2/5 rDev +12%
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!
01-27-2009 03:19:41 | More by SeanRedd
4.15/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
09-12-2012 01:16:57 | More by bluHatter
4.7/5 rDev +25.3%
I know what youre thinking: A weizen? From Japan?
Asahi, Kirin and Sapporo are all good beers in their own right, but if thats 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. Theres a hint of syrupy sweetness that Ive not encountered in a weizen before, but it doesnt 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 Ive read Hitachino translates to abundant forest.
All in all a quaffable brew and one I will definitely have again.
10-30-2004 08:53:35 | More by TheLiterati
2.95/5 rDev -21.3%
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.
01-28-2004 02:06:36 | More by genaro
4/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
09-12-2011 18:14:29 | More by chefelf
3.54/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
01-13-2014 03:44:04 | More by Richardbeerlover
4.03/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
01-27-2010 00:13:09 | More by DoppleJock
3.88/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
07-26-2005 13:13:15 | More by Beervis
3.6/5 rDev -4%
poured into pint glass
Color: Vibrant orange with golden notes at the core. No head or vi sable lacing is left on the glass. Little carbonation also.
Nose: Coriander, lemon zest and other citrus hit the nose with potency. Hints of grass and orange peel.
Palate: The tartness is the first thing your tongue gets. It is followed by a semi sweet orange and some light sourness from the lemon. This is light bodied beer and its soft and refreshing too.
Finish: Long and tart. goes down clean with waves of lemon zest and grassy notes, but not very complex. Lacks texture and a bit of presence at the back end.
05-18-2011 05:24:47 | More by schmoopsbeer
4.22/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
08-12-2011 07:07:20 | More by paperbackfoster
3.3/5 rDev -12%
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.
01-27-2013 04:45:24 | More by Serge
Hitachino Nest Weizen from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.