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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 jamie2dope
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lately I've been going a little nuts with the German styles, especially Hefeweizens and Dunkelweizens. When I saw that a Japanese brewery did a German style, I jumped at the chance to try it. It poured a cloudy light golden color, with a small white head that did not stick to the sides. In the nose was a mustyness, and a sort of dour funkyness. It almost reminded me of some of the Belgian yeast smells found in Lambics. Taste was crisp up front, with lots of bready flavors, and then sour towards the end. There was a mild metallic after taste as well. Mouthfeel was light, and the drinkability of this beer was decent. I think one is enough for me, but its pretty interesting. I would stick with the German interpretations of the style, but will definitely be sampling more from the brewery such as the white ale and the milk stout. Cheers

jamie2dope, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a small weizen glass)

A- This beer has a huge super strong carbonation that pushes a snow white head above the glass rim and still holds its shape. There is a golden yellow body that is hazy with little bits of stringy stuff floating around, which I assume to be trub of some sort.

S- This beer has a yeasty lemon note with a light fresh bread note that comes through when it warms.

T- This beer has a dry carbonic acid bite with a finish of green hops that is pretty soft. As it warms a bit more there are notes of slightly sweet bread and a note of wet basement which actually adds some nice depth to the beer.

M- This beer has a big fizz with a medium mouthfeel.

D- This beer has a light flavor but it is not that interesting and doesn’t have much depth. There is a hint of a wild ale note it the taste but it doesn't make up for missing flavor. This beer was not as heavy and most weizens and I didn't feel like I was full after I finished the bottle.

rhoadsrage, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy apricot color with impressive white puffy head.
Smell is loaded with fruit with strong citrus but mainly bananas.
Taste also is fruity, citrusy, and had strong bananas notes.
Finishes with more sweetness, but a balanacing bitterness is the perfect ending to this beer.
Very drinkable. one of the best of this style I have yet to try.

tgbljb, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of shivtim
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very hazy orange with a huge off-white head. Tons of bubbles. Nose is banana and cloves, crisp and sweet. Taste is sweet oranges, wheat and yeast. Starts sweet of front and fades to a spicy finish. Mouthfeel is decent, drinkability is good. nice brew.
Also, if you call the brewery, they like that a lot.

shivtim, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
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
Photo of mynie
4.83/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a wonderfully hazy DARK gold, bordering on orange, atop which sits one of Hitachino's trademarked gigantic white heads. Quite the pour.

Smells of rich Belgian-y yeast and strong pengs of weizen wheatmalt--white pepper and cloves.

Tastes--whooo! Tastes even better than it smells! Goodness, it's like a blend of a great weizen and a great saison, minus the alcohol burn. Big giant yeast upfront, followed by an entire spice rack--allspice, cloves, white pepper, lemongrass, corriander, and ginger, and ending on a pronounced citrus node. Very nice.

One hell of a beer. For its style, it's amazingly complex and strong. For its size (5%?!?), it's amazingly complex and strong. For the fact that it came all the way from Japan and has to be at least a little bit old, it's amazing complex and strong. This is a remarkably well-crafted beer, and I have no problem at all giving it world class marks.

mynie, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of Budlum
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Budlum, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of 3frog
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml recently bottled (2 months) example bought in Tokyo.

A-orangey yellow, with a small ephemeral head, which I see contrasts with other reviews. Possibly my glass. A few tiny floaters, but this was a fresh example.

S-sweet/sour, tending more toward the sour. It smells more like a witbier.

T-continues with the sour, which seems to win-out over a mild clove and the faintest hint of banana. It does seem to be more of a Belgian-influenced beer, though it has some of the right stuff.

M-medium body, with a moderately light carbonation that gives a little prickliness but not much.

D-despite its variance from the style, I really liked this. It was a good tasting beer with no great flaws. I get the banana more in the aftertaste, which is better than some aftertastes from western German examples, but it does seem to have a Belgian influence.
As light as it is, I wouldn't expect it to travel well.

3frog, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of BitterBrian
2.28/5  rDev -39.2%
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.

BitterBrian, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of jubnat
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
Photo of aforbes10
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

aforbes10, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

plaztikjezuz, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of nortmand
4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

nortmand, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of bonbright7
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

bonbright7, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of oberon
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
Photo of hopsaplenty
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

hopsaplenty, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

nlmartin, May 11, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

EvilKeith, May 10, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

scruffwhor, May 04, 2006
Photo of soulgrowl
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

soulgrowl, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -4%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of drewmprs
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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,

drewmprs, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Sammy, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of WesWes
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

WesWes, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of pikemark
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

pikemark, Oct 23, 2005
Hitachino Nest Weizen from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.