Hitachino Nest Weizen - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

156 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 156
Hads: 253
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 10
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-16-2001

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Photo of GinaBeerInc
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden lively body. The head is a fomay white pillow. The aroma is wheat with hints of esthers. The flavor contains much more esthery banana then the aroma, in fact this is the dominant flavor with wheat playing second fiddle with some other floral flavors in the backup band. The body is nice and very drinkable. Better than I had expected. (347 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Wheat nose. Flavor is yeasty wheat and slight sweet lemon, no banana or clove. Clean finish. $3.89 for a 11oz (unusual size, I have had only three others this size out of 2260) bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME. (357 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (1,084 characters)

Photo of sfprint
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: I love the color. an almost flourescent orangy yellow, very hazy. but basically no head.
S: Yes, hefeweizen like, but somehow creamier and smoother. banana cream yeast
T: watery. not a very full flavor, okay but a bit sour. unimpressive but okay.
M: sharp numbing, but otherwise flat.
O: Mediocre but okay. (310 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (1,207 characters)

Photo of gabeerfan
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy golden orange with a nice, off-white head that fell to a thin ring with little islands floating on top.
Aromas of green apple, some cloves, hints of ginger, wheat, and sour lemon.
Wheaty flavors dominate with some lemon coming next. Hints of the spices, not as strong as in the aroma.
Kind of thick mouthfeel. Good carbonation, and the lemon flavor lingers for a bit.
Fairly drinkable. Maybe a little heavy for a hot day, maybe better for early/mid fall before things get too cold outside.
Not bad beer. There are definitely better hefes out there, but this is still a good one to try. (600 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber with a quickly fading.
Nose shows big banana notes but also sweet malt and spicy hops. Nice malt character, suggesting at honey.
Not as good flavours, very little in the way of typical wheat beer characters, mainly just honey and spicy hops.
Body feels a bit watery. (278 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1st pour out of the bottle so it is a fairly clear golden straw color with a tight pure white head that quickly dissipates. The smell is of unripe green apples and lemon, quite tart. The taste is of apple cider, lemon, an ever so faint hint of clove/spice. Definitely has wheat beer characteristics but to call it a hefe, might be a stretch. The feel is light and outrageously carbonated; it burns just sitting in the mouth. The finish is tart and tangy. A quite tart brew which would be very enjoyable for those you like your brews tart and funky. However I like my hefe's to be spicy and smoother. Still a good beer, cool bottle for the collection. (650 characters)

Photo of 3frog
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (920 characters)

Photo of monkeyturtle
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been scoping this one out for several weeks. At $4 per 12 oz bottle, it took me a while to commit the cash. What an experience. This was unlike any hefeweizen I've had before, and certainly not what I was expecting.

The brew poured with a short head, 1.5 to 2 fingers of white foamy head that quickly dissipated. Color was slightly amber yellow in appearance.

The taste here is what was so unusual. Lemon undertones beneath a sour taste. Sour is not what I expected here. There was a tartness suggesting under ripe berries. Within a couple of sips, I knew this was not a beer I would feel the need to try again.

Mouthfeel was reasonable with good carbonation, but the mask of tart green berries lingered, outstaying it's welcome and sullying the potentially crisp nature. I'm not entirely opposed to sour. It just seemed out of place with this brew. (857 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A. It has a straw color, it is completely opaque, hazy. It has a small foamy white head with no head.

S. It has a very wheaty scent to it.

T/M. It has a strong grape and grassy taste. Wheaty with a hint of alcohol. It is a bit tart. A medium body.

O. It is just a bit too thick, but just a clusterfuck of flavors. It's not bad, it just feels like a well-made macro wheat. (374 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pretty much clear golden/yellow color. A towering white head forms with good retention. The foam finally recedes and leaves some rings of lace. Seems like this is filtered.
S: A big spicy clove aroma hits the nose right up front. Actually the clove was so powerful that it sent me into a sneezing and coughing fit. A shock to the senses. Lots of banana esters fairly sweet in the nose as well.
T: After the initial shock from the nose, I was a bit more prepared for the heavy dose of spicy clove here. Again banana esters and a lingering sweetness.
M/D: A medium body but a bit lifeless. I wish there was some more carbonation. It is also to slick/oily for my liking. Easy to drink. I will have no problem finishing the bottle.

A nice Hefeweizen, if a bit on the thin side. I would almost call this a Krystalweizen because I think this is filtered. Though not a big deal. Check it out. (897 characters)

Photo of Tulkas
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a pilsner glass.
Accidentally shook glass prior to opening, so some notes are likely exaggerated.

Head was lacking, even with aggressive pouring.

Dominating tart yeast flavor that stays on the palette for short sips, no real finishing flavor-shallow in depth of flavor for a hefeweizen.

Enjoyed for being unique (tartness) without being offensively so. Unlikely to try again unless found on tap. (410 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - cloudy golden with a thumb of white head that dissipated quickly, leaving very little head anywhere
S - sweet banana and sour peach, light wheat note
T - strong flavour dominated by yeast esters of sour apricot, some light banana, light spice note, the wheat malt is there but burried
M - prominent carbonation kick, somewhat light with a strong puckering tangy feel
O - definitely on the tangier fruitier end of the hefe spectrum, enjoyable and flavourful, but different than a traditional hefe (499 characters)

Photo of ordybill
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Poured from a 11.2 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- I can detect wheat and rice, not bad
Appearance- A great murky golden yellow color, with a small head
Taste- A nice wheat flavor with a bitter aftertaste
Palate- Dry medium bodied
Overall- not a bad beer, not their best style of beer from Kiuchi but a pretty good beer to try. (334 characters)

Photo of necoadam
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of mickstepp
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd read some reviews here at B.A. and some newspaper articles about this beer before trying it so I think I was expecting too much. It delivered all of the expected characteristics of a weiss beer but nothing, in my view, that was out of the ordinary or special in any sense. A little clove/banana. A little cloudy. A little yeasty in the nose. Certainly a refreshing beer, more suited to summer rather than the cold winter day that I tried it. I'll probably have another go at it sometime in the future but my view at this time is that it's good but unexeptional. (565 characters)

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. (426 characters)

Photo of erz316
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 floz brown owl bottle poured into Weihenstephan weizbier glass.

A - a hazy mild straw yellow, very light and delicate. looks better when held up to a light, becomes slightly more golden then. the head is big and white, slowly dissipates and leaves a nice one finger layer on the top.

S - a slight caramel buzz and some light fruity sweetness lingers int the background.

T - initial taste is of something a slightly bit bitter on the back of the tongue, maybe a bit spicy or as people have suggested that of cloves. the finish has some definite wheaty notes come through and the clove. the after taste is most certainly sweet and grainy, a pleasant finish to an odd little beer.

MF&D - the feel is good, great amount of carbonation, but this is only here to make up for the lack of thickness, the body is quite light in my opinion. but this does let one drink quite unencumbered, and despite not really liking the beer all to much, I can see myself having another. (972 characters)

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice yellow gold color with a small to medium size head. Nice clean smelling and tasting beer. Not a whole lot of body. You can smell and taste the citrus and other spices. Somewhat sweet flavor. Nice and creamy. The thing that really stands out for me was the spiciness at the finish. It's a good clean beer that is very refreshing. (333 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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 (843 characters)

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. (547 characters)

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (471 characters)

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