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Hitachino Nest Weizen - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

227 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | 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 jonziefle
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

jonziefle, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

feloniousmonk, May 28, 2003
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

mrasskicktastic, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

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 BehindtheFinBrew
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

BehindtheFinBrew, May 21, 2010
Photo of Oakenator
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

Oakenator, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of soulgrowl
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%

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 Beervis
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%

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 Manosbeeroffate
3.9/5  rDev +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.

Manosbeeroffate, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of BDIMike
3.9/5  rDev +4%

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.

BDIMike, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

For those who like their Hefes very bananay and clovey- well, here ya go!

A creamy and medium gold pour rounds the glass with a medium haze and no apparent yeast sedement- surprising in that most are much more hazy and has obvious yeast particles floating about. A creamy and light head builds from the liquid and forms a cotton white cap that dissapates quickly and without the classic lace of traditional hefeweizens.

Very estery aromas of apples and bananas quickly become the more prevailant of the beer's scent. Matched with the balance of clove gives a sweeter spicy note that offers a bit of complexity against the sweet wheat malt base.

Sweet to taste with wheat malt, light breads, yeast, and powdered sugar. The counterpart of banana and apples rise, but the banana character certainly dominates the flavor. A balance of clove spice and lemon-like acidity supports the banana ester but doesn't rival for attention, just lurking a bit behind. Light alcohol taste of mint, wood, acetone, and a hint of herbal hops give just a hint of variety in finish.

Bready and sweet textured as well, with a focus on malty creaminess that lingers well into finish where the mild and minty alcohol warmth and semi-sweet closure. Low in bite and dryness, this beer should apease those with a sweet tooth.

Low on complexity, this Hefeweizen is focused on banana and clove, and little else. Low-lying peppery character, lemony acidity, or malt dryness hinders the beer slightly but the signature banana/clove balance is spot on!

BEERchitect, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of PorterLambic
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

PorterLambic, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of Crosling
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

Crosling, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Pours a hazy golden color, thin white head with some light peppery floaties.

S: Lemons, bananas, and coriander on nose.

T: Some fresh fruit (apples, pears). Nice spiciness from hops as well. Citrus flavor with a light lemon tang. Light fresh bread, lemon meringu, and slight sourness on the finish.

M: Zesty light mouthful, subtle tart lemon tang and good spiciness.

D: makes for a decent example for a summer weizen.

beerthulhu, May 18, 2008
Photo of bonbright7
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

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 dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow in color. The beer has a quarter finger tall white head that very quickly reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass.

S: There are moderate strong aromas of banana and clove, some lighter notes of citrus/orange, and hints of Belgian yeast.

T: The flavors are very similar to the aroma, the beer has a huge banana presence. After that, there is a substantial clove notes and some lemony citrus in the finish. Also, there is a slightly spicy note from the Belgian yeast that is bordering on peppery.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is very refreshing, enjoyable, and easy to drink. I think this beer is very sessionable and would be great at a summer cook-out.

dbrauneis, May 22, 2012
Photo of rousee
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

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 Hoppsbabo
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%

A: Cloudy straw yellow. Big white head.

S: General wheat smell and a sherbet-like yeast aroma.

T: Full flavoured with a bit of banana. Slightly bitter for a weizen which is fine by me. Tiny bit of marzipan and some coriander right at the back as it's going down the gullet.

M: Not much in the way of carbonation, which I like.

O: Better than your average weizen but not quite top notch. I bought it in Korea which is next to Japan and yet it was ludicrously expensive. Otherwise it's a very sessionable beer.

Hoppsbabo, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of SheepNutz
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%

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 vfgccp
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%

A – Pale yellow gold / light grade honey. Pours a loose icky head that settles quickly into a light dusting, leaving little lace.

S – Bright, tart, acidic nose. Crisp wheat with green apple.

T – Acidity accelerates to a quick crescendo over a light wheat backdrop. Once it peaks, the acidity trappers off slowly, leaving a trail of tart apple, peach pit, and plant stems.

M – Medium / light body. Soft, with a light carbonation for the style.

O – Built closer to a Berliner Weisse than a Hefeweizen, but struggles under either categorization. As a Hefe the acidity is heavy and off-balance, and as a Berliner the tartness and acidity are actually mild for the style. Overall though, the beer is drinkable as is – it doesn’t beg for a shot of sugar like a solid Berliner does. The profile this beer brings to the table pairs nicely with light, but rich meals like coconut Thai curries. The acid cuts the fat and substitutes for a lime accent on the dish, but the relatively low carbonation keeps it from punching through bigger curries like Indian Kormas and Tikka Masala.

vfgccp, May 08, 2011
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%

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 51mmz0rz
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%

A: Pale Cloudy Yellow with many bubbles, head is white and loose. It fades quickly but leaves a nice white lace on top. Decent lacing on the sides as well.

S: Smells like pleasant fruits and hefe yeast.

Taste: Surprisingly acidic at first, but I got used to it. Good hefe flavor and some extra fruit nuances.

M: Carbonation might be a little light, mouthfeel is fine for this style, finish is dry.

D: Pretty light and refreshing, but the acidity gets to me a bit.

51mmz0rz, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of Daniellobo
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%

Nice take on a hefeweizen with a predominant citrus and slightly weird, but stimulating, acidic sense.

Presentation: 330 ml brown capped bottle. Label design based around typography surrounding the seal of an owl, orange and brown palette with white touches. Shows notes in Japanese in both the front and neck label, the back custom made in English for exporting offers a small description of ingredients. Does not offer an evident date of freshness or bottling. Notes Alc. by Vol. (5%) Served in a hefeweizen glass.

A - Hazy deep gold pour with a nice foamy head, medium retention, fair surface memory and a little lacing.

S - Good Weizen nose, yeasty, lemony, jumping to the acidic sense as a warning of what will unfold.

T - Hefeweizen range is there, with the yeast and grain, and the spices are under the citrus sense that takes a very acidic character.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a crisp and lightly tart finish.

D - Nice wheat brew, good flow, maybe not too memorable but a great standard.

Notes: I´m pretty sure I´ve had this on tap too and the acidic character was not so prominent, and in fact it had a broader complexity, well at least it had the banana and clove sense in the mix, but here the acidic profile was pretty pleasing so no complaints.

Daniellobo, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +6.7%

SmellsofMahagony, Mar 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

jisak74, Apr 20, 2012
Hitachino Nest Weizen from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.