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Hitachino Nest Weizen - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

157 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 157
Hads: 255
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 11
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 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).

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Photo of flyingpig
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, golden & thin bubbly white head with ok retention.

Spicy yeast and banana aroma to begin with along with some coriander and a lot of spice to it. There is a tiny amount of clove and a very fruity, citrus infused.

A very spicey and banana tasting beer that has touches of clove, coriander and citrus throughout. I also detected some yeast and wheat.

Light medium in body and with a lot of spice and good carbonation. There is a good refreshing taste too.

A very nice beer although probably not good enough to rank alongside the beer German hefeweizens, still a solid effort though with a good banana flavour that was pretty refreshing.

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Photo of Sammy
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a large initial head of soap bubbles. Under average aroma. Pale colour. Spicey taste, a bit of wheat and yeast, easy quaffable. Medium to slightly thin mouthfeel. Drying banana creamy finish. Clove and vinegary tart and malt aftertaste. Nice overall. (256 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, 5.5% ABV. I haven't subjected myself to that Battling Seizure Robots-afflicted owl on Hitachino's labels for a while now, so here goes.

This beer pours a cloudy, bright pale straw colour, with one skinny finger of fizzy, bubbly, and sudsy dirty white head, which settles quite quickly, rendering but a few specks of remote islet lace in spots around the glass.

It smells of sharp pale grain, sweet wheat malt, musty yeast, creamy orange citrus, bruised banana, and clove - all bases duly covered. The taste is semi-sweet wheat malt, somewhat acidic citrus pith, lemon zest, and yeasty white grape lees - which all just seem to add to the overall tartness - ethereal clove/coriander spice, and a proclaimed banana simulacrum flavour that is more or less AWOL.

The carbonation is average, though a bit airy in its hollow frothiness, the body compensating somewhat with its fruity medium weight bravado, which includes an understated creaminess. It finishes fairly dry, the acidic fruitiness tugging things in that direction, away from the lingering, and now kind of spicy wheatiness.

While this has a few nice Deutschlander on vacation in Nippon nuances, replete with the expected complexity and thoroughness, the overwrought bitter (dry, acidic, sour) edge detracts from an otherwise enjoyable Hefe. Good, sure, but that sentiment must be taken with more than an ounce of suspicion and Lost in Translation acceptance. (1,436 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chris and Kyoko for cracking this one.

Pours a hazed golden, thin off white head, some lace spots on the glass, settles to a thin layer. Smell is sour bananas, spicy yeast, cloves, wood, bread, interesting take but it works. Taste is wheat, bread, lots of yeast, banana, spices, sour woody finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, interesting weizen, not a whole lot going on but the sourness is neat and this would be excellent if there was more complexity. Thanks guys! (500 characters)

Photo of BierReise
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of schmoopsbeer
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into pint glass

Color: Vibrant orange with golden notes at the core. No head or vi sable lacing is left on the glass. Little carbonation also.

Nose: Coriander, lemon zest and other citrus hit the nose with potency. Hints of grass and orange peel.

Palate: The tartness is the first thing your tongue gets. It is followed by a semi sweet orange and some light sourness from the lemon. This is light bodied beer and its soft and refreshing too.

Finish: Long and tart. goes down clean with waves of lemon zest and grassy notes, but not very complex. Lacks texture and a bit of presence at the back end. (610 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foggy nectarine chock full of fine yeast. The off-white head is nothing much to look at since it's too airy and is absolutely devoid of stickiness. Predictably, those qualities result in a quick departure and a clean glass. I really like the look of the beer, but the head is woeful.

The nose is different (nothing new for Kiuchi) since it smells like a hefe weizen mixed 50:50 with a Belgian pale ale. That might be because clove far outpaces banana, but also because there's more than a little Belgian yeasty funkiness onboard. It's bold and original and I like it.

Hitachino Nest Weizen doesn't taste like the typical hefe weizen either. When it comes to the flavor profile, I'm not inclined to be so generous of its quirkiness. It's a sweeter sort of wheat, perhaps due to a greater than usual amount of pale malt. The beer tastes a little flat to me, and isn't helped in that regard by a less than vigorous amount of carbonation.

Clove is still evident, although I wouldn't say it's abundant. Banana is absent (a hefe weizen banan-o-meter score of 0.5/5.0) and whatever yeasty funkiness that I thought I appreciated in the nose has gone by the wayside. The sweet and sour melange of flavors is decent, if nothing special. Chinook and Tettnang hops? That's a joke, right?

The mouthfeel isn't as soft or as smooth as it could be. This is one case where a relative lack of carbonation is not to my liking. On a positive note, what carbonation is present lasts until the final swallow. Strangely enough, I find myself a little more tolerant of the mouthfeel in the second half of the bottle and will bump the score accordingly.

The Hitachino series of beers is hit-or-miss for me. Actually, it's one hit (Hitachino Nest White Ale) and all the rest miss; at least in terms of memorable, special beer. I'm okay with Kiuchi wanting to impart their own Far Eastern slant, and I'm always okay with a little quirkiness as long as the result is good, but Hitachino Nest Weizen is no substitute for the world's (that is, Germany's) classic hefe weizens. (2,062 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (1,022 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy but not chunky greenish yellow appearance, big small-bubbled head with spidery traces of lace. Slightly lemony and estery aroma. Taste is quite sweet and the mouthfeel is quite fizzy with fine sized carbonation. The main ester flavor was a sugary pineapple fountain syrup with a leavening of lemon grass citrus tang. Not as peppery as the Wit, but like the Wit, a slightly unsettling swallow for me. Not bad, Weizens always walk a fine line for me... (455 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shipped back from my trip to Indiana. I actually got this one by mistake. I meant to grab the White and got the Weizen - damnit really wanted the White.

Poured from a 330ml bottle (no dating info) into a weizen glass. It was a hazy pale yellow/straw color. It had a good fizzy white head that started to quickly evaporate but then it stopped and left a thin layer of foam for rest of drink. Good carb but no lacing.

The aroma was weaker version of standard hefe. Banana, clove and malt. The taste was good except for a tart finish that I found a little annoying. I like my hefes more fruity than spicy. For spicy, I'll drink a saison or a white. The base taste was good but the vinegary tartness was odd. Mouthfeel also hurt by the vinegar bite.

Overall, it was a good but not great beer. Glad I tried it but there are better ones out there. Now I just need to find the White. (880 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a golden color with no head. The nose was slightly sour and slightly citrusy orange and acidic. The flavor was mild, with a slight belgian spicey flavor abd slight acidic tartness. Enjoyable. The feel was moderate, somewhat drying. Overall, I found hte beer refreshing and quenching. I liked the drying quality. (327 characters)

Photo of rainydays2020
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank it from a tulip glass. I don't remember the specifics as I drank it yesterday afternoon. It had a very dry Japanese, Sapporo-esque dryness that I didn't prefer at first. After a few sips it really grew on me. An interesting Beer with a very light smell. (259 characters)

Photo of Todd
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11oz stuby bottle with that trademark owl on the label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Plenty of yeast in the bottle, so I swirl it up to create a cloudy orange-ish beer with a patchy white foam head -- decent retention.

Smell: Musty, clove, caramel and faint, very faint, banana.

Taste: Smooth and very creamy on the palate. Body is more or less light. Faint flavour of pool water, followed by an immediate lemon (touch of lime) tartness that is near puckering, and Sprite-like when combined with the tight carbonation on the palate. Malt flavours kick-in with a mellow sweetness, touch of toasty caramel, banana esters, yeasty must and a rounding dash of clove. Finish is a bit spicy and musty, going dry eventually.

Notes: This is truly a bit of something special, for many reasons. 1) A weizen from Japan? How'd that happen? 2) It's a fine example of the style, and 3) It's darnright tasty as hell!

However, this being said, you can't beat a weizen from the source ... (1,001 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24.3 oz bottle into weizen glass, bottled in 12/2013. Pours hazy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of banana, lemon, pear, apple, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, malt, and light hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of banana, lemon, pear, apple, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light wheat tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of banana, lemon, pear, apple, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, malt, and light hop flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice hefeweizen. Good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, malt, and light hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. The yeast flavors were not as bold as I expected for the style, but it did not feel watery. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,355 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is golden orange and hazy. Head is tall and sticky. Plenty of carbonation here. The smell has the typical clove hefe aroma with a little of that bubblegum aroma I've been hearing about thrown in too. The taste has an initial sharp clove bite that mixes in with a medium malt body. There is more malt here than expected, but not enough to knock the beer off of it's style. As with all hefes the drinkability is very good. Hitachino Weizen is a nice interpretation of the style, however there are better German examples at lower prices. (540 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a small weizen glass)

A- This beer has a huge super strong carbonation that pushes a snow white head above the glass rim and still holds its shape. There is a golden yellow body that is hazy with little bits of stringy stuff floating around, which I assume to be trub of some sort.

S- This beer has a yeasty lemon note with a light fresh bread note that comes through when it warms.

T- This beer has a dry carbonic acid bite with a finish of green hops that is pretty soft. As it warms a bit more there are notes of slightly sweet bread and a note of wet basement which actually adds some nice depth to the beer.

M- This beer has a big fizz with a medium mouthfeel.

D- This beer has a light flavor but it is not that interesting and doesn’t have much depth. There is a hint of a wild ale note it the taste but it doesn't make up for missing flavor. This beer was not as heavy and most weizens and I didn't feel like I was full after I finished the bottle. (986 characters)

Photo of EORS
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale gold with a large, billowing ecru head. Very minimal lacing. Active carbonation.

Smell: Tangy citrus and green apple, with a musty, spicy aroma from the yeast

Taste: Very big on citrus. Pleasantly tart.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing and full, the carbonation comes to life as you sip the beer.

Overall: Big on flavor and very refreshing, this is a very enjoyable beer. However, it really isn't a Hefeweizen: it tastes and is built more like a Wit, and really can't get full marks for the style. I haven't been able to find their White Ale, but if it's similar to this one, I'll really enjoy drinking it. (659 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was purchased at the Dilly Deli for $5.99. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a pale yellow. The head was about two fingers high off white in coloration. The head never really stayed around for long.

Smell: The beer has a lot of upfront lemony smells. There is a pleasant wheat and yeast mixture. A bit of floral and cloves smells drift from the glass.

Taste: The beer is almost peppery lemon in first taste. The beer has a nice wheat and spicy yeast taste. There is a after taste of cloves and other spices.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is a bit more than light bodied. The beer is well carbonated. The taste is spicy and finishes clean. This is a very tasty beer and I would gladly have it again. (753 characters)

Photo of Budlum
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour displays a highly carbonated body producing three fingers of foamy, white head. Head retention is very good. The body is a very clear amber color.

The nose starts off with a fresh, pear aroma along with sour apples. Wheat malt smells are minimal. A clove spice adds some tingling feelings in the nose.

Light fruit flavors start this weizen with fresh apples and pears. Fruit flavors are long and last throughout an entire sip. Hints of spice hit at the midpoint and are quickly backed by a sweet, wheat malt flavor. Yeast flavors are noticeable but minimal.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and paired with a very dry finish after each sip.

Drinkability is very good. There are much better wheat beers but this is quite refreshing. An excellent hot weather beer. (789 characters)

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Hitachino owl is one of the cooler logos I've seen on beer. Pours a cloudy orange with a bubbly head. As with other Hitachino beers, if you pour too fast, the head will erupt out of the glass.

Smell was of citrus and fruit aromas.

Taste started with some fruits like lemons and bananas, but then followed with a strange floral flavor that ruined it for me. It starts great, reminding me of lemon cookies. It's also very creamy and refreshing. But that floral taste really takes away from the overall flavor. (513 characters)

Photo of bobsy
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, purchased at the Tobu department store in Ikebukuro.

First off all, I have to give big props to this bottle, which combines the Japanese obsession with cuteness with an excellent design. After popping the cap and pouring, a light orange, cloudy body is revealed to sit under a couple fingers of bone white head. Sadly, the head fades to a thin cap quite rapidly, and the lacing is too fluid and heavy to grasp the sides of the glass. While the colouration is excellent, the head retention and lacing is certainly below par for the style. The aroma is also quite interesting, notably for its lack of banana esters, and its emphasis on a nose full of yeast, wheat and clove. The crispness, and slight herbal quality, almost recalls a Belgian wit more than a hefe. Again, there is a marked absence of banana when the beer is tasted. Faint hints linger at the back, but the dominant feature here is a bullish wheat body and a yeast spiciness, with pronounced clove notes. While its interesting, and the mix of slightly sour and sharp wheat with some sweetness is great, I do look for a lot more banana in a hefe. Fortunately, the body helps pick up the rest of the drink, with its ethereal lightness elevated to a smooth creaminess by a pillowy carbonation. Its refreshing and full at the same time.

My thoughts on this beer are mixed. Its a decent sessionable brew, but no better than any number of other hefes, and I regret not picking something else to bring back from Japan. After tasting some great Japanese hefeweizen, and then greatly enjoying Hitachino's Espresso beer I had high hopes that this would combine to form a great beer. I need to tone down my expectations. (1,688 characters)

Photo of Winter
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with amber hues and a thick white head. Although it didn't seem to have the cloudiness of a typical hefeweizen. Aroma is light with hints of citrus and banana. The mouthfeel is medium in body and crisp. The taste consists of banana upfront. Midway that transitions to a spiciness that finishes of with flavors of clove and wheat malt.

Drank this while out to dinner one night for sushi. The flavors seemed to compliment the meal pretty well and it was a nice palate cleanser with ample carbonation, between bites of salmon and tuna sushi. Definitely a good beer with food and an overall decent weizen. (622 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy peach. Aroma was soft and powdery fruity yeast. First sip was a jaw-clenching tartness. My initial reaction was that the beer had gone acidic. Then the malty/yeasty flavors swept in to moderate the sourness. Nonetheless, the beer maintained a quite tart and lemony nature. Finish was dry, the dryest weizen I've run across. Since Japanese brewers seem to have a penchant for dry styles of beer, it should come as no surprise that they have produced a "dry weizen." A pleasant beer, but I still prefer the German varieties. (536 characters)

Hitachino Nest Weizen from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.