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Hitachino Nest Weizen - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

228 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | 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 Anthony1
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - The beer is a a mustard yellow and very cloudy in color. The head is lack luster at best and quickly dissipates. Seems to be a severe lack of carbonation after the pour.

Smell - The smell is very dull and missing many notes. A mild smell of orange and banana, but not much of either.

Taste - Not bad through and through. Seems to be slightly heavier taste at the end. Progresses from a wheat taste to a citrus taste. Oddly, taste is highly carbonated, but no head or consistency of bubbles.

Mouthfeel - Light body, more carbonated feel then it looks. Very citrus after taste.

Drinkability - Overall, this beer was poor, but not bad. I do not think i will buy this beer again, but enjoyed drinking it.

Anthony1, May 06, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a medium cloudy gold with a small white head, not much lacing or any disthinguishable color from any wheat.

It smells very sour with a hint of lemon and wheat.

The taste is average light notes of hops with honey, but nothing special here.

Mouthfeel is watery, pretty drinkable.

jrallen34, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of avalon07
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a brownish-yellow color and a slightly cloudy texture. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head and solid lacing.

S: Smelled of wheat, bananas and an somewhat off-putting acidic quality.

T: As with the smell, there was an astringency that was very unpleasant in the taste. Had some wheat and bananas, but none of the sweet subtlety of its German cousins.

M: A decently high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a disappointing entry from Hitachino. It seems they deviated away from the style a little. It's simply not that tasty.

avalon07, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of aforbes10
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

he had two bombers of this at this month's MCD meeting. exploded from the bottle with a big white bubbly head. cloudy and orange body formed beneath the massive head. Banana and clove odor. sour yeast and ethanol. Tasty clove and yeast flavor. weak alcohol taste. not wonderful, not terrible, just a regular old hefe. smooth and light and maybe overly foamy and bubbly. easy to drink.

aforbes10, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of Bookseeb
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another one Aquired from Uwajimaya in seattle. Appearance is light golden with a crisp but quickly dissapating head. Smell is sweet with mild honey, spice and citrus. Taste is sweet, peppery with lemons and citric acid. Mouthfeel has a good medium body with a good hit of carbonation. A little strong on the acidic bite for me, but still a good one to try.

Bookseeb, Apr 04, 2008
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 matjack85
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

matjack85, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of Hultkrantz
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Hultkrantz, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Zimm
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Zimm, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of GinaBeerInc
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

GinaBeerInc, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of froghop
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a semi-cloudy orange-yellow with a very small white head, and not much of a lacing.

smell is of wheat, spice, pepper, grain, some slight orange peel, and some malt.

taste is of lemon, wheat, orange peel, and some spice, ends a little tart and somewhat dry.

froghop, May 04, 2010
Photo of Serge
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It pours a nice, hazy orange-golden body with a small off-white head. Slightly yeasty nose with some banana and lemon, sweetness and a little bit of cloves. Almost syrupy sweet in the mouth, with some fruity sourness, cloves and banana. Strange, but quite nice, even though it’s far from the regular hefeweizen. Effervescent. Lemony, acidic finish. For a hefeweizen, it’s both very sweet and very sour.

Serge, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of sfprint
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

sfprint, Sep 28, 2012
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 budgood1
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

budgood1, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

jdhilt, Aug 16, 2007
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 CrazyDavros
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

CrazyDavros, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Gmann
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Gmann, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of 3frog
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

3frog, Nov 19, 2006
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.

gabeerfan, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of monkeyturtle
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

monkeyturtle, Jul 04, 2010
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.

Amalak, Jul 13, 2013
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.

champ103, Dec 16, 2011
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
Hitachino Nest Weizen from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.