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
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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 genaro
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This weizen had a golden color, with a decent, small bubbled head. There was not too much lace. The aroma was not too bad - clovey, spicey (nutmeg?), and citrusy. The taste had many of the same elements as the aroma - cloves, spices, citrus. It was also a bit grassy with some maltiness. It had a spicey and dry finish that was verging on sour. Definately not an awful beer, but one I probably won't buy again. (410 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)

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

Orange-golden in color with a nice size head that slowly disappears. Aroma is citrus and bannana with some strong yeast. Tangerine in the taste, sweet and slightly tart. Finishes with a nice yeasty bite. Who would have guessed that one of my favorite wheat beers is from Japan? (277 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color, medium head. Weird nose, citrusy and spicy and ???. Malty and way too hoppy for a weizen. Kind of tart. Citrus, herb and flowery. A little dry. A different beer, but not a weizen, none of the typical banana and clove flavor . Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is a little sweet and alcoholic. (331 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange-yellow; perhaps Crayola should just make a crayon in this color called "hefeweizen." Head isn't quite the beast present on many hefes. A mild and confined aroma of oranges and perhaps cloves. Delicious zesty flavor doesn't quit, and the active carbonation seems to help keep it feeling alive for quite a while. A nice citrus finish, very little bitterness. (368 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
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. (766 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 SixpointJMH
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of purplehops
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (871 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of bditty187
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
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! (731 characters)

Photo of dwarbi
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (364 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)

Photo of MJR
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,120 characters)

Photo of yen157
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (1,201 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 mickeymac
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of aracauna
2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
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. (463 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 francisweizen
4.37/5  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!
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Photo of Naerhu
4.46/5  rDev +18.9%
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 (294 characters)

Photo of mjohn27603
4.2/5  rDev +12%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of StevieW
4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of John
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of zerk
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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... (498 characters)

Hitachino Nest Weizen from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.