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Hitachino Nest Weizen - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

239 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | 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 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
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
Hitachino Nest Weizen from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.