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Hitachino Nest Weizen - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

222 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | 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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BitterBrian

Pennsylvania

2.28/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

OK, I had big hopes for this beer. I love their witbier and the large bottles kick ass. Maybe it sat on the shelves too long where I bought it. Maybe it's just not that good.

Straw colored with a big white head (sounds like a hefe weizen so far!). The head quickly disolved to leave room for my nose to detect some serious sourness. This is not your typical banana tasting hefe, rather I though it tasted more like a bad attempt at a tripel. Too much sourness and not much of the sweet refreshingness of most Hefes.

I would only buy again if I knew it was fresh and stored correctly. Not on a dusty shelf under neon lights off of RT 47 in NJ.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 00:23:14 | More by BitterBrian
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jubnat

Louisiana

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 19:28:37 | More by jubnat
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aforbes10

Iowa

3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

he had two bombers of this at this month's MCD meeting. exploded from the bottle with a big white bubbly head. cloudy and orange body formed beneath the massive head. Banana and clove odor. sour yeast and ethanol. Tasty clove and yeast flavor. weak alcohol taste. not wonderful, not terrible, just a regular old hefe. smooth and light and maybe overly foamy and bubbly. easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 14:53:53 | More by aforbes10
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plaztikjezuz

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a 12 oz bottle at the gourmet galley on drummond island michigan.
drank it from the bottle.
the aroma was wheaty and yeastie, hint of banana.
the flavor was wheaty, yeastie, banana, hint of clove.
very good summer beer, was nice drinking on the beach in the sun, the yeast was so compact in my bottle the beer stayed clear.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 23:19:31 | More by plaztikjezuz
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nortmand

Virginia

4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours light amber, with a bit of haze and some white head.

Nice, estery nose. Banana, cloves, very spicy.

Flavor is nice spicy, chai tea notes for sure. Balanced nicely with a slight hop presence near the end.

I'd expect a bit more body from this style, but overall very nice and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 22:59:29 | More by nortmand
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bonbright7

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer with lunch at Whole Foods today and it really was good down to the yeasty sediment at the end. I really appreciated the great taste with my tray of sushi and my box of Indian style food.

It was poured for me by a friend who was there to see the great beer collection at the WF. The beer came out a light golden color with a million little bubbles like good champagne.

My first taste was one of surprise as I tried to give it some more air by putting the cup down. Well, that didn't work and the great beer just had to be mine with the salmon sushi.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 03:22:24 | More by bonbright7
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oberon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 01:57:27 | More by oberon
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hopsaplenty

Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

720ml smoked green bottle, W.5.6.2 on the back label.

18K sparkling honeyed gold. The first pour generated a big dense off-white head, while subsequent pours had a dish detergent look about them. The head dissipates quickly, leaving just a few stray bubbles. There are plentiful jetting carbonation streams. Fruity nose with some cloves and just a bit of banana. Rich, sweet candy sugar up front with some cloves in the finish. The sweetness dominates and generates some apple notes. Medium to heavy body with a sticky mouthfeel. Not as light and refreshing as a weizen is expected to be. A bit too heavy and those clove, banana, and bubblegum notes are really lacking.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 02:19:36 | More by hopsaplenty
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nlmartin

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was purchased at the Dilly Deli for $5.99. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a pale yellow. The head was about two fingers high off white in coloration. The head never really stayed around for long.

Smell: The beer has a lot of upfront lemony smells. There is a pleasant wheat and yeast mixture. A bit of floral and cloves smells drift from the glass.

Taste: The beer is almost peppery lemon in first taste. The beer has a nice wheat and spicy yeast taste. There is a after taste of cloves and other spices.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is a bit more than light bodied. The beer is well carbonated. The taste is spicy and finishes clean. This is a very tasty beer and I would gladly have it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 14:02:40 | More by nlmartin
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EvilKeith

Alabama

2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours into the glass a traditional murky, cloudy dark orange color. Head began as two fingers of frothy off-white foam. Head quickly receded to a wispy cap. Lacing was minimal.

Smell was a mix of raw grain, yeast, mild citrus and bubblegum.

Taste was citrus and metallic. Lingering metallic, acidic aftertaste.

I did not finish or enjoy this one. My hope is that this bottle was hopelessly beyond it's prime. That could not have been what the brewer intended to market.
I will try and find another to re-review.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 22:56:33 | More by EvilKeith
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Poured a plae and slightly hazy yellow, more like 4pm Spring settign sun. Some lacing, but not as spectacular as the real deal straight from Deutschland. Hardly any had after the pour and no retention whta so ever.

Smell- A little tart and not the enjoyable aroma of wheat I always expect from a weiss. More like a macro lager smell to me.

Taste- Oretty bland and a hint of tartness to add to my disappointment. A apanese weiss never tasted so unsatisfying.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 04:46:31 | More by scruffwhor
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Muddled golden yellow, thick with clouds of yeast and big, audible bubbles. Head is initially quite large but extremely unstable and does not retain well.

Smell: White wine, lemons, underripe bananas, earthy yeast, sweet honey-like malts, citric hops.

Taste: Extremely fruity, almost like a cider. Apples, limes, bananas, pineapple with a dry, tangy, powdery, orange-spiked finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderately chewy and slippery.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable, I wish I had another.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 03:57:32 | More by soulgrowl
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foggy nectarine chock full of fine yeast. The off-white head is nothing much to look at since it's too airy and is absolutely devoid of stickiness. Predictably, those qualities result in a quick departure and a clean glass. I really like the look of the beer, but the head is woeful.

The nose is different (nothing new for Kiuchi) since it smells like a hefe weizen mixed 50:50 with a Belgian pale ale. That might be because clove far outpaces banana, but also because there's more than a little Belgian yeasty funkiness onboard. It's bold and original and I like it.

Hitachino Nest Weizen doesn't taste like the typical hefe weizen either. When it comes to the flavor profile, I'm not inclined to be so generous of its quirkiness. It's a sweeter sort of wheat, perhaps due to a greater than usual amount of pale malt. The beer tastes a little flat to me, and isn't helped in that regard by a less than vigorous amount of carbonation.

Clove is still evident, although I wouldn't say it's abundant. Banana is absent (a hefe weizen banan-o-meter score of 0.5/5.0) and whatever yeasty funkiness that I thought I appreciated in the nose has gone by the wayside. The sweet and sour melange of flavors is decent, if nothing special. Chinook and Tettnang hops? That's a joke, right?

The mouthfeel isn't as soft or as smooth as it could be. This is one case where a relative lack of carbonation is not to my liking. On a positive note, what carbonation is present lasts until the final swallow. Strangely enough, I find myself a little more tolerant of the mouthfeel in the second half of the bottle and will bump the score accordingly.

The Hitachino series of beers is hit-or-miss for me. Actually, it's one hit (Hitachino Nest White Ale) and all the rest miss; at least in terms of memorable, special beer. I'm okay with Kiuchi wanting to impart their own Far Eastern slant, and I'm always okay with a little quirkiness as long as the result is good, but Hitachino Nest Weizen is no substitute for the world's (that is, Germany's) classic hefe weizens.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2006 15:23:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
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drewmprs

California

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Goes down lighter than it looks. Very thick head at first which quickly dissipates. This beer is starting to be served at most sushi bars in Manhattan now. The only Japanese wheat beer i've ever had, and it wasn't bad. Nothing special about this beer but the expensive price,

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 03:15:28 | More by drewmprs
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a large initial head of soap bubbles. Under average aroma. Pale colour. Spicey taste, a bit of wheat and yeast, easy quaffable. Medium to slightly thin mouthfeel. Drying banana creamy finish. Clove and vinegary tart and malt aftertaste. Nice overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 03:19:20 | More by Sammy
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WesWes

New York

3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thin white head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a fruity pale and wheat malt scent along with some banana and orange peel. The taste is decent also. It has a refreshingly fruity flavor that boasts of wheat malts and weizen yeast. It's nothing special. It goes down easy and finishes tart and slightly earthy. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium/full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This must be an old bottle or something. I just don't care for this. It has good character, but with no CO2 it's one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 01:20:59 | More by WesWes
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pikemark

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at the foodery as well in a small version bottle.

Poured fairly murky with a darker than most straw/rust, good head and fluffy lacing.

Sweetness came off the top rather strongly with a lot of fruity vibes. almost a phenol smell that one would expect off an IPA.

The taste was troubling at first because it was too intense for a weizen. It was almost sour upfront but the finish is unbelievable, very smooth and flavorful with a sort of hppy finish, cant explain.

As a fan of IPAs and weizen this feels like a cross. Not as smooth and subtle as the best weizen but this one sticks out. Like most Hitchinos I could buy more if they were a little cheaper.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2005 03:24:16 | More by pikemark
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Beervis

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2005 13:13:15 | More by Beervis
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2005 02:50:57 | More by canucklehead
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AlexJ

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 16:53:23 | More by AlexJ
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2005 02:53:43 | More by Gagnonsux
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Dukeofearl

California

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2005 01:01:05 | More by Dukeofearl
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2005 11:22:59 | More by merlin48
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2005 19:59:13 | More by SheepNutz
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2005 03:15:06 | More by kmpitz2
Hitachino Nest Weizen from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.