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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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dauss

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2005 01:49:52 | More by dauss
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 21:33:16 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Quaffer

Nevada

3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 23:48:45 | More by Quaffer
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rousee

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2004 05:16:01 | More by rousee
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alexAK

Alaska

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2004 10:33:36 | More by alexAK
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thoover

California

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2004 05:44:43 | More by thoover
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bigbeerdrinka

Germany

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2004 01:00:38 | More by bigbeerdrinka
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TheLiterati

California

4.7/5  rDev +25%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2004 08:53:35 | More by TheLiterati
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2004 02:19:05 | More by IronDjinn
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necoadam

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 23:52:31 | More by necoadam
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Crosling

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2004 02:18:16 | More by Crosling
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2004 00:13:33 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2004 15:27:55 | More by TastyTaste
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DESTRO

Nevada

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2004 06:57:16 | More by DESTRO
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2004 02:29:26 | More by budgood1
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Boilermaker88

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2004 01:05:19 | More by Boilermaker88
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genaro

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2004 02:06:36 | More by genaro
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy, light brown without much of a head. This Japanese weizen had a very light flavor that lacked strong wheat tones, but had an indeterminable Sprite-like citrus sweetness (lemon? lime? somewhere in between?) and aftertaste. Ridiculously drinkable, this beer is mild and smooth. Would be great on a hot summer day. We accidently left a lot of yeast on the bottom, so that could have affected our review ("us" being TheJoj and me).

Part #1 of the Z-Test Adventure.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2003 03:38:39 | More by RockyTopHeel
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dmarch

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-golden in color with a nice size head that slowly disappears. Aroma is citrus and bannana with some strong yeast. Tangerine in the taste, sweet and slightly tart. Finishes with a nice yeasty bite. Who would have guessed that one of my favorite wheat beers is from Japan?

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2003 21:11:31 | More by dmarch
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beerguy101

California

2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color, medium head. Weird nose, citrusy and spicy and ???. Malty and way too hoppy for a weizen. Kind of tart. Citrus, herb and flowery. A little dry. A different beer, but not a weizen, none of the typical banana and clove flavor . Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is a little sweet and alcoholic.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2003 00:57:47 | More by beerguy101
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marburg

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange-yellow; perhaps Crayola should just make a crayon in this color called "hefeweizen." Head isn't quite the beast present on many hefes. A mild and confined aroma of oranges and perhaps cloves. Delicious zesty flavor doesn't quit, and the active carbonation seems to help keep it feeling alive for quite a while. A nice citrus finish, very little bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2003 13:08:52 | More by marburg
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma presents very nicely, with a strong phenol presence of cloves with other qualities of spiciness, like nutmeg (like a Christmas drink). This is also sweet, but enjoyably so. Outstanding aroma presentation. Yellow fizzy head that leaves fairly quickly on its own. Hazy golden yellow. Clove presence in taste, but accented with a lemony citrus quality that makes it really refreshing. Somewhat dry and bitter, but this merely increases the pleasure. Wheat is noticeable, but seems like background. As warms becomes simplier in its taste qualtities. It's still refreshing, but less complex. Fullness from the mouthfeel, as there is a lot of carbonation, otherwise medium to thin, with some softness. This is really quite enjoyable. I really like the lemon quality.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2003 03:14:22 | More by garymuchow
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BierReise

Florida

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

Deep golden and cloudy with color similar to Schneider-Weisse. Head dissapears immediately. Big aroma of clove and yeast. Very crisp with some nice flavors, clove, banana and wheat malt. Not as good as the German Hefes but better than most of the American s I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2003 20:02:18 | More by BierReise
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guinness33

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i quite enjoyed this brew, a surprising offering from japan. pours a cloudy orange/yellow colour. a nice head immediately forms and dissolves rather rapidly into a very thin lace. citrus smells are immediately apparent, with a lemony smell dominating ever so slighltly over orange. the taste is more balanced, with no dominant citrus flavour. the expected wheatiness follows and in right on par for a hefeweizen. others have mentioned that the body is a bit too full, which it may be for a true hefeweizen, but it did not bother or distract me. goes down smooth and easy. a great hot, summer day beverage. i thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2003 13:32:40 | More by guinness33
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purplehops

Maine

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2003 16:15:44 | More by purplehops
Hitachino Nest Weizen from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.