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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 paperbackfoster
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Starting with a light, thin pour, the immediate impression you get from this beer comes from one of its biggest highlights: the carbonation. A solid one-finger head quickly froths up, fluffy as a cupcake with an intense column of fizz bubbling underneath.

The smell's a telltale lightly sweet scent of yeast with just a hint of berry, bitter/tangy spice, and citrus zest.

Taking a drink, it's tart, almost like a green apple. This is quickly followed by the smooth wheat, finishing with the citric hit of lemon/lime. Not being a fan of sweet beers myself, this one tackles the idea with a tartness that can stand for bitterness. It has the quality of a fruity beer, particularly the light/refreshing factor, but it's not at all syrupy or sucrotic.

The big star here, though, is still the carbonation for me. It almost feels like a shandy, all on its own. With high acidity and a consistently tingly mouthfeel, this is a great summer brew, as well as a good spacer for those long sessions.

Overall - if it wasn’t for the yeasty tartness, I’d barely call it a weizen. I agree with those I’m finding that call it a wit, and more on the belgian side at that. Good for those that want a summer, lawnmower beer but don’t want to abandon the sour notes of bigger beers. (1,274 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another bottle out of my now-infamous basement. I am happy to be emptying it out over the course of the summer, if anyone cares to join me.

My pour resulted in a lovely finger-and-a-half of fluffy eggnog-colored head with good retention. Color was a cloudy deep-brown, like fresh-squeezed apple cider. Nose was citrusy, like a lemon had already been squeezed into it. Mouthfeel was thin, kind of watery with a gentle wheat flavor and not much else. It could have used a squeeze/slice of lemon or something, anything. Finish was bland and unassuming. Not a very good iteration of the style. (590 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 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 vfgccp
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,090 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 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 Daniellobo
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,278 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.39/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a bright clear orangey color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus is more powerful then I would have expected with light wheat notes also noticeable. Taste was more tart and citrusy then I had expected with light wheat malt notes - makes me wonder if I had an infected bottle. Body was quite full with good carbonation. A bit too tart for my taste and I will have to re-rate that one. (442 characters)

Photo of Dawkfan
2.87/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Lively carbonation as I pour from a 330 ml bottle. Just like my last beer from Kiuchi the head fizzled out and left no lace behind. Color is a cloudy dirty yellow.

S- Smell mainly consists of wheat & lemons. There's a hint of spice as well.

T- It's fairly tart throughout and the finish is rather sweet and sticks with you for awhile. The label says "Enjoy the banana like flavor", well I'm still trying to find it.

M- Light bodied probably to thin actually, but the carbonation helps it a bit and makes it somewhat refreshing.

D- Meh, I'll pass next time. (563 characters)

Photo of portlandjeff
4.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Went to the store to stock up on a few new things after a good day of work. Spotted this bottle and decided it would be good to drink tonight with dinner. I love hitachino nest beers, but don't get to try new ones (to me at least) very often.

Bought in the large bottle - biggest I've ever seen from this brewery.

Appearance is somewhere between a nice pilsner, sparkling cider, and champagne in color - a light crisp light golden hue. Pours with a pillowy white head, and plenty of tiny bubbles ascending to the surface in the glass, even several minutes after pouring.

The nose is really nice, although it smells more like cider than a wheat beer, I'm intrigued.

The taste... wow! Wheat, green apples, and a more belgiany yeast presence than I would have expected from the name. Sweet and light up front, spicy in the middle like cinnamon and cloves (but NOT too spicy), and the finish is a bit tart like green apples. It's like an apple pie in a glass, but in a good way. The spice and sugars aren't cloying in the least. This is the most unique beer I've had in this style.

Mouthfeel is really nice, although I wouldn't mind it being a little chewier. This is a light, easy drinking beer, not a meal. Despite the thinner feel of the beer, the mouthfeel is rounded out nicely by the higher carbonation. The carbonation works to emphasize the tartness in the finish as well.

Drinkability is super high. This beer is delicious, with no noticeable alcohol presence, cloying sweetness, or anything else to detract from its enjoyment.

I was a bit skeptical when I bought this. I love the brewery, but my tastes tend to lie in sour beers, and big heavy stouts and barley wines; but this was a delicious and enjoyable break from my normal routine. (1,750 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip glass, some HOTD after a long night of drinking.

Into the Tulip glass, weizen comes out honey orange with some bronze highlights. A spritzy flimsy weak cap of popping bubbles comes up and then down.

This is a step away from your regular hefe and I'm down for the change. Instead of big banana, I get big apple. Some tart lemons and wheat, with a small malt backing. Not overrun with spice, I dig.

A step in a new direction, this is more a str8 weizen than a hefe and darker. Apple and lemon pair nice with somewhat of a twang. Not sour, just tangy. A small amount of sweet malt and no bubblegum that I get in some hefe's.

A pretty much medium bodied beer that is nicely carbed even though it does not look that way in appearance. This wont burn out your palate, I could drink alot.

This is what I like about Hitachino beer, you never know what you are going to get. Im sure I'll find a loser in the lineup down the line, but i've enjoyed what I had thus far, this being no exception. (1,013 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 BehindtheFinBrew
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (840 characters)

Photo of Graham5161986
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Weizen from Japan? Cool! The names sounds like a bad translation but, hey, it's kinda funny.

This hefe pours a hazy orange, yellow with a bubbly white head that dissipates almost completely and leaves some patchy traces of lace.

Smell is full of yeasty, banana fruit esters and a ton of Belgian-esque sour cherry and, like a well-aged burgundy, even some leather in there too. Very interesting for a hefe.

Taste is mostly sweet and sour candied fruit (cherries predominantly with a good amount of lemon) with definite leathery undertones. There is some classic yeasty banana notes in there as well but not as pronounced as I would expect from a hefe. Finish is puckeringly sour with a touch of spice with a long, lingering earthy, leathery presence that lingers on and on and on . . . Very odd but actually quite impressive and an interesting factor interesting to ponder over.

Mouthfeel is light and very crisp with an oily, acidic finish that leaves the mouth watering and the palate tingling.

This beer loses a bit on drinkaility since it's sour nature makes it more of a sipper. Still, at 5%, I could see myself having a couple of these over a long period of time.

This is really unlike any other hefe I've ever tried. To me this beer seems closer in style to a lambic - crossed with a fine pinot noir :-)

This is the best and most unique beer from Japan I've ever had. I'd really like to try more from this brewery! (1,429 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (264 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 DoppleJock
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/26/2010
1 pt. 5 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A: Poured a cloudy lemony-golden with 1-inch head. Lacing all around the glass. Awesome carbonation. No complaints here.

S: Tons of yeast. Some crazy sweet/sour clove thing going on with some mild funky citrus. Could have sworn this was a Saison by the smell instead of a Hefeweizen.

T: Huge wave of tartness followed by yeast and lemon-citrus notes. Semi-dry finish.

M: Great carbonation. Tartness does some crazy stuff to your tongue.

D: Had this one a long time ago. Tastes a lot different than I remember. I've had a bunch of different kinds of Hitachino Nests and they always seem to push the boundaries of the beer category listed on the bottle. Either that means they're that good, or they need to re-label their beers, but regardless I find myself picking up more bottles for a second-try. (861 characters)

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. (335 characters)

Photo of atigerlife
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden with a 2-finger fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation rising. Lacing is OK.

Aroma of banana, clove, citrus and somewhat grassy.

Taste is of light banana, light clove, light lemons and some wheat. Nothing really clear. Rather muddled.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, cleansing.

Overall, not too good for the style. The taste just didn't match up. (365 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 packetknife
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sparkly yellow with clouds and heavy carbonation very visible with a bit off-white head that held and laced sporadically down the glass. Light yeasty bread with some candy apple or something similar on the nose. Light but very good smell. Wheat, yeast, strong clove, and kinda crunchy toward the end. Thin like this brewer seems to prefer and heavily carbonated. (362 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dull orange body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Tangy wafts of malted wheat with lesser notes of toasted grain, lemons, and earthy, spicy cloves.

Taste: Sweet, tangy wheat malt, everso slightly toasted, and with a little pop of table sugar sweetness. A flavor of tart lemons and a pinch of clove enters the taste, but no real banana esters. Light, very brief hop bitterness. The lemony tartness outshine the other tastes in the latter half. Finishes dry and lightly crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus, crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: A pleasant, refreshing wheat ale, but comes up well short of being an ideal hefeweizen. (671 characters)

Photo of grayburn
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to give another shot to the land of the Rising Sun, and I am quite happy that I did.

The beer pours a crystal clear (at first) pale gold. A little swirling of the bottle and the signature cloud of beauty rears it's lovely head. Speaking of head, it was large and quite fine.

The smell and taste are both dominated by clove. There is some bannana and a little maltage going on in the back, but the clove is sitting in front bullying the others around. Nice, but in need of a bit of balance.

The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, high carbonation, and some carryover astringency.

I could drink quite a few of these. Thank you Kiuchi Brewery for redeeming the commonly seen Japanese Macros...this pairs better with sushi anyday. (737 characters)

Photo of Anthony1
3.07/5  rDev -18.1%
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. (720 characters)

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