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Hitachino Nest Weizen - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

247 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 9
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-16-2001

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Photo of tommyguz
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with notes of bananas.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and has flavors of wheat and bananas. There are some hints of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and is a good representation of the style.

Photo of drewmprs
3.76/5  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,

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of marc77
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy amber hue topped by a quickly receding tight head that leaves sparse lace. Citrusy sweet & slightly peppery aroma w/ mild banana esters and subdued clove, along with grainy & tart wheat notes. Flavorwise, each component is well integrated, lending this weizen good balance. Lightly tart wheat and light hop bitterness are perceptible initially & are followed by lemony citrus, mellow mustiness and trace banana. Esters are mild compared to German examples. Well carbonated, w/ a spritzy mouthfeel that lacks the viscous proteinaceous quality of many hefeweizens. Finishes clean, w/ a light drying graininess coating the tongue in a pleasant way. Hitachino Nest is a highly drinkable and fairly flavorful weizen, but contributions from the yeast were too mild and the body was a bit thin. Still better than many U.S. microbrewed versions.

Photo of DESTRO
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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

Photo of shivtim
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dull orange body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Tangy wafts of malted wheat with lesser notes of toasted grain, lemons, and earthy, spicy cloves.

Taste: Sweet, tangy wheat malt, everso slightly toasted, and with a little pop of table sugar sweetness. A flavor of tart lemons and a pinch of clove enters the taste, but no real banana esters. Light, very brief hop bitterness. The lemony tartness outshine the other tastes in the latter half. Finishes dry and lightly crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus, crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: A pleasant, refreshing wheat ale, but comes up well short of being an ideal hefeweizen.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the finest bottles currently on God's Green Earth, a unique shape and utterly cool cartoony owl staring at you from the silkscreened label. 24.3oz.
Appearance: clear, pale yellow, with a huge, fluming, bubbly whitish head.
Aroma: everything a weizen ought to be, fresh, lively, spicy, and full of citrus, lemon, orange, a bit floral, and a touch of straw.
On the palate: we get some tasty wheaten texture, but not too much, very minimal. Body is light, hops and malt are downplayed. Finish is swift, but nice. A good weizen, nothing great, but you've got to applaud Kiuchi for upturning stereotypes and proving, if it needed be, that Japan can turn out fine examples of the world's classic styles.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden straw brew with a large foamy head and a thick ring of`lacing.

S - Coriander, sour grapes, and allspice.

T - Mild spicy brew - allspice, coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon. Sour aftertaste that resounds of grapes.

M - Smooth, thin, refreshing.

D - Good. Easy to drink, worth a try. Another winner from Kiuchi.

Photo of Jrbinchiba
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Oakenator
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden yellow with a relatively reserved head that disappates quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass. Mouthfeel is good with finer carbonation bubbles - somewhat creamy but more present on the front end. Smells of citrus and mild grassy hopping. Taste is clean and refreshing - nice citrus and spices.

Photo of soulgrowl
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of jonziefle
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a honey color, slightly cloudy. Half-finger foamy white head, reducing slowly to a thin covering layer. Decent lacing.

Smell: Smells of wheat, banana, and cloves. A nice "spiced" nose, though pretty mild. Definitely a hefe, if a unique one. When first poured, though, it had a slight grassy off smell. Very nice in the glass, though.

Taste: More malty than I'd expect from a hefe and a little bitter on the front end, but still decent wheaty. The banana and spices come through, as well as some lemon, but not nearly as good as in the nose. Better than average, but not as complex as a good German hefe.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin-bodied, but smooth enough to make up for that. Smooth and easy to drink.

Drinkability: A nice hefe, definitely unique (coming from Japan and all). Not nearly as nuanced or complex as a good German hefeweizen, but very good in its own right. Very refreshing and easy to drink. A good beer to try; while there may be better hefes, this one is will not disappoint.

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Jess's Market, was not impressed with the red rice ale, hoping that this would be better. it is. pours a cloudy golden color, smell is of sweet fruits and yeast, tastes quite sweet, but not too much, a bit of honey, slight yeasty taste, slight bitter finish, mostly citrus like. Overall a solid weizen, nothing that really stands out from other weizens I've had but very good anyway. Definete recommend.

Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt 5oz bottle to Weizen Glass
Cool logo but no freshness date.

A: Pours straw yellow with a 3.5-finger bubbly white head. This quickly reduced to a small white crown in the first part of the session. Some yeasty haze and patchy lace initially.

S: Sweet and spicy phenolic character. Orange and lemon honey. A lot of what I expect to smell in a German Weizen..not a Japanese Weizen ha.

T: A lemony sweetness that was at times cloying. Wheaty with clove and hop spice on the finish.

M: A chewy beer that is well-carbed. Creamy and crisp finish that is semi-dry.

D: Low body but the sweetness could limit the session length...at least for me.

No banana character that traditionally have been present in a German Weissbier. A similar yeast character to the German style but different enough that you know its not from Germany. Not bad.

Photo of BDIMike
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice cloudy golden color. A good amount of carbonation with a nice white head that has a fairly fast retention.
Smell is very strong of fresh wheat and biscuit. There is a good finish to the wheat with some nice citrus and floral smell to it, especially banana.
Taste is very strong in the wheat department. Very subtle floral and citrus taste, stronger on the floral.
Mouthfeel has a grainy feel to it as well. Never really felt the strainy wheat feel on a weizen before, very interesting.
Drinkability is very refreshing. This is one of those great hefeweizens that refresh your thirst on a warm day, but have enough flavor to not get boring over a long period. It would be more refreshing if the body were thinner and crisper, but overall a good session beer.

Photo of Beervis
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, a bit odd for a hefe. Where's the little yeasty bits? Anyway, a dark yellow in color with an explosion of white foam that nearly burst out of the glass. It settles to 1/2" relatively quickly and remains a thick film forever, leaving decent lace.
Smell is sweet, malty, wheat, citrus, spices. All balanced nicely, very nicely indeed.
Taste is a copy of the smell. Malt, a slightly syrupy sweetness, wheat, citrus, spice and some alcohol. Great balance.
Warming, medium plus body, light effervescence. Smooth, too. If the yeast had shown up in the glass, this would be one of the best wheats ever.

Hitachino Nest Weizen from Kiuchi Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.