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Hitachino Nest Weizen - Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest WeizenHitachino Nest Weizen

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BA SCORE
85
very good

216 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 216
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%


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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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma presents very nicely, with a strong phenol presence of cloves with other qualities of spiciness, like nutmeg (like a Christmas drink). This is also sweet, but enjoyably so. Outstanding aroma presentation. Yellow fizzy head that leaves fairly quickly on its own. Hazy golden yellow. Clove presence in taste, but accented with a lemony citrus quality that makes it really refreshing. Somewhat dry and bitter, but this merely increases the pleasure. Wheat is noticeable, but seems like background. As warms becomes simplier in its taste qualtities. It's still refreshing, but less complex. Fullness from the mouthfeel, as there is a lot of carbonation, otherwise medium to thin, with some softness. This is really quite enjoyable. I really like the lemon quality.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2003 03:14:22 | More by garymuchow
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BierReise

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2003 20:02:18 | More by BierReise
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guinness33

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i quite enjoyed this brew, a surprising offering from japan. pours a cloudy orange/yellow colour. a nice head immediately forms and dissolves rather rapidly into a very thin lace. citrus smells are immediately apparent, with a lemony smell dominating ever so slighltly over orange. the taste is more balanced, with no dominant citrus flavour. the expected wheatiness follows and in right on par for a hefeweizen. others have mentioned that the body is a bit too full, which it may be for a true hefeweizen, but it did not bother or distract me. goes down smooth and easy. a great hot, summer day beverage. i thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2003 13:32:40 | More by guinness33
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purplehops

Maine

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This wheat ale pours a hazy yellow/orange with a fluffy white head that leaves little to no lace. The aroma is sweet wheat malt and lemon with a good dose of coriander. The taste starts with a robust maltiness, not overpowering but enough to get your attention. This is followed by a balanced amount of orange peel and citrus flavors and the beginings of spice notes. The finish is dominated by citrus flavors with coriander and grains of paradise edging out the malt for the second most dominant flavor. Aftertaste is a refreshing citrus flavor with wheat malt and spices blending together to balance the lemon/orange flavor. Mouthfeel is a wee bit thick yet still refreshing with a medium body for a wheat beer.
Overall a pleasant ale from Kiuchi. Would be wonderful with curry and other spicy foods. This is a wheat that can hold its own. By itself it is a bit heavy.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2003 16:15:44 | More by purplehops
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2003 19:21:27 | More by feloniousmonk
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, honey-orange hue, a finger’s worth of white head, fair retention, no lace. A lovely hefeweizen nose; yeasty, clove, floral, citrus, tropical fruit, faintly musty… an inviting bouquet. Nice palate, crisp, tangy, wheaty, citrusy, soft bubblegum, banana; this is really close to a traditional German Wheat. Refreshing, perfectly carbonated, medium-light body (lacks a little malt character)… quick, tart finish… albeit a tad too clean yet it leaves you wanting another sip… exactly as it should be. This is a mellow, pleasant beer to quaff… this interpretation is way “better” (read: authentic) than the vast majority of American Hefeweizens thus, I suggest, try one! Recommended.

Thank you StevieW for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2003 13:38:24 | More by bditty187
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dwarbi

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a good size head. It's a very light, pale color at first. And very clear. Once the last of the bottle makes it in the glass, it turns a richer orange color and appropriately hazy. Smells lemony and crisp. Tastes light and bubbly in the mouth at first. Then the wholeness of the wheat kicks in. Still relatively light. Very refreshing and extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2003 18:33:55 | More by dwarbi
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Brent

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2003 06:41:21 | More by Brent
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MJR

Missouri

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The body starts out pale yellow, then turns a peach color upon pouring the yeast. Staying true to style, it's cloudy and has a huge three finger deep head. The head retention is decent, as it shrinks to a small cap.

Smell: The aroma has the typical banana and clove, but it's a bit subdued. There's a faint spiciness in there, as well as a yeast smell (duh!)

Taste: Full flavored with the expected banana and clove flavors, and refreshing wheat tartness. There's the same spicy note from the aroma, but it's not as noticable here. There's an interesting sharpness that appears, then quickly disappears...kinda strange... Just like their Wit, it finishes with a very slighty sour, acidic note.

Mouthfeel: Starts full and round, then gets a bit thinner on the tail end. Crisp, tart, and refreshing.

Drinkability: Quite high. This is a well made Weizen-style brew, and is even more impressive when you consider that it comes from Japan! I could drink a lot of these once the weather turns warmer. Good stuff here!

A 'thank you' goes out to StevieW for including this gem in our Blockbuster Trade.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2003 20:46:28 | More by MJR
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yen157

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a strange journey, but I’m glad it ended on a positive note. I opened my bottle of this and I didn’t hear a thing. Worried, I put the bottle to my nose and smelled nothing but lemon scented acetone-based nail polish remover. Yum! I put the bottle to my lips and took a swig. I normally wouldn’t do this, but knowing that the beer was bad I wanted to save as much as possible to return. It didn’t really taste like it smelled, it was more vinegary. Anyway, I capped it with my bottle capper and took it back to the store and took my chances with another bottle. I’m glad that it was only a spoiled bottle, not a spoiled batch.

With that said, the beer poured with a orange-yellow haze and a perfectly even fine white foam. Very pretty beer. No big surprises in the nose, some citrus, clove, and some banana. The real treat was in the taste. It was light with some malt sweetness. Something special happened in the middle. Instead of some normal citrus flavors, there was a sharp lemony bite. I was really happy with the real tasting lemon acidity. It’s too bad that the finish was so short. Oh well. This was still a really good beer, and it came in a cool bottle with a hypnotic owl.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2003 06:15:52 | More by yen157
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2003 09:25:16 | More by ADR
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mickeymac

California

4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It starts with a cool looking bottle with the funky owl on it and on the cap. The color is a slightly hazy light yellow--not the yellow/gold color of many hefes. The smell is mostly citrus with a bit of spice. The taste is surprisingly good and unique. The citrus and spice are definitely in the taste, but it has a unique taste that's hard to pin down exactly. It has a very full mouthfeel. This is the best--and most surprising--Japanese beer I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2003 22:07:32 | More by mickeymac
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aracauna

Georgia

2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

About the same color as the White but slightly better head. There's a slight soapiness, some lemon, not a lot of flavor at all. Maybe if I could have gotten the damn yeast to stop sticking to the bottom of the bottle and pour into the glass it would have had a bit more flavor but it wouldn't budge no matter how hard I swirled. There were overtones of vinegar and herbs in the aroma that made the beer hard to drink. It did have a nice velvety mouthfeel, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2003 00:14:23 | More by aracauna
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mickstepp

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 13:40:36 | More by mickstepp
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes: This beer also comes in a 720ml bottle, which should be quite tasty as well!

Now This Is What I'm Talking About!
One of the Kiuchi Brewerys best beers and also one of, if not my favorite, Weizens! This Weizen pours a cloudy light amber colour with a nice head on it. It appeared to be cloudy but it did not have many yeast floaties in it. This smells spicy, clovey, and wonderful and the taste was more of the excellent same! This beer had a nice full and creamy mouthfeel and an excellent drinkability as well. An A+ Weizen!
Cheers!
F

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2003 08:12:43 | More by francisweizen
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Naerhu

Japan

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ingredients: malts, hops.
330 ml bottle, 5% alcohol

This is a beautiful beer (to taste and to look at). Opaque orange/peach color. Citrus aroma. Light banana, clove (?), no astringency, finishes with a refreshing bitterness.

Made: 21 Dec. 2002
Consumed: 27 Dec. 2002
Exp. 21 Feb. 2003

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2002 20:36:51 | More by Naerhu
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mjohn27603

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw colored with a hazy appearance. Slight citrus smell. Taste is sweet with citrus and champagne like taste. A bit of an oddball for the weiss style. Some banana. I'm beginning to notice a more dry finish after halfway through the glass. I could pick up some pear like tastes too. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2002 19:21:13 | More by mjohn27603
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StevieW

Florida

4.72/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy pale yellow, almost peach color. Super foamy, rich, dense white head. Full of sweet citrus and floral aromas. Very crisp traditional hefe like taste. Crisp, tart, tangy citrus, combinations all the way to the bottom. Very balanced dry finish. Unbelievably tasty, and right on for the hefeweissbier. One of the best I have had thus far. I heard a story that 8 German brewers were hired, and brought to Japan to make this beer. Whatever the story it is well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2002 14:42:12 | More by StevieW
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John

New York

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Heavily clouded yellow/orange color. The aroma suggests a sweetish wheat and malt blend with some banana, pineapple esters and clove. The taste is thick with the previously mentioned attributes along with a semi-sour yeast bite. The mouthfeel is slick and substantial from the full bodied brew. This is a bit different from traditional weissbiers...but so what. It's an impressive beer. Definitely give it a go.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2002 09:47:53 | More by John
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zerk

California

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear peach color with a clinging white lace. Also had quite a few yeasties floating in the beer, since I swirled it around to get the flavor from the yeast. Aroma of citrus, bananas and a hint of cloves. Flavor of the same, with a light bitterness. It's a highly carbonated beer, with a crisp, clean finish. A little different for a wizen, and a strong effort. I've read a lot of good things about this brewery, and I'll definately look up their other offerings. I'll have this one again...

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2002 21:18:07 | More by zerk
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putnam

Michigan

5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can explain this perfection? Hundreds of years of experience in the demanding, precision-intense art of Sake brewing? I still remember my first taste of this beer: I was at work. We were busy. The beer was polite. Not loud, it quietly displayed its soothing orange and green banana flavors in a soulful, deep medium of bubbles and glycerin. Sip after sip it steadily demanded more and more attention, until I was in a trance. I wondered how it would compare with some other Weizens. The Schneider Weisse seemed watery in comparison, something that shocked me because I think of SW as full and sweet. Actually Bell's Oberon was nearly a match for this beer. Only on the finish were the relative pedigrees obvious. The Oberon finished rustic, awkward and abruptly (even if long). The Nest Weizen was polished all the way to the horizon.
retasted 10-20-2002. 5, 5, 5, 5, 5.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2002 04:48:47 | More by putnam
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, deep orange-amber with a good size off-white head that holds well but leaves only limited lace. Soft aroma of sweet citrus (somewhat orange) with some mild candyish notes, light clove, very subtle banana and a light tart note. The body is light but it has a really nice, super-soft creaminess in the mouthfeel. The flavor is gently fruity at the outset, coat-tailed by a tart and citrus character, then mellowing into soft grainy malt at the middle of the tongue.The finish really stands out though. Wonderfully refreshing; expressing some bubblegum and soft, light banana - then a lightly lingering yeasty mustiness that is just enough to make you want another sip. Incredibly well balanced. A really unique weizen. So full, and yet so delicately handled. There is something really special about this brewery!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2002 09:42:04 | More by NeroFiddled
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marc77

California

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2002 05:21:52 | More by marc77
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from the wrong direction. These guys make some funky stuff....I am digging it.
This one pours a solid golden-orange with alot of haze. Not sure if those are yeast particles or fish swimming around in there. Either way, they are trophy size...had to make sure I didn't choke on any. Wierd looking, but kind of cool.
Smells yeasty and spicy (clove) with some faint fruitiness (tropical rather than banana...well, maybe banana too).
Taste starts of grassy, then comes a citric blast of sweet and sourness. The malts kick in and add body, but stay in the wake of the sweet/tart burst. Yeasty flavors and grass dominate the finish, with some lingering sweetness as well.
Bold in body, but with enough carbonation to make it work.
Nice attempt at a hefe, with enough uniqueness to make it memorable.

The fact I managed to score this for next to nothing (see my Hitachino Nest White comments) thrills me. Talk about good fortune.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2002 23:08:27 | More by cokes
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tight little bone coloured lace, murky orange colour from the yeast being swirled and poured into the glass. Faint clove and a soft fruitiness in the aroma, fruitiness makes obvious suggestion of banana. Crispness is a somewhat viscous from the flexed medium body and the stiff carbonation. Estery with a palate cleansing spicy clove, nutty with fruity flavours of banana and pear. Big twang from the fermented wheat that leaves a touch of lemon and grain. A good go at the German Hefe-weizen style, perhaps too much body and that takes away from the drinkability other than that this is a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2002 18:08:42 | More by Jason
Hitachino Nest Weizen from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.