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Hitachino Nest Weizen - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

235 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | 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 Imstillthegman
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden-yellow color with a huge white head. Steady streams of bubbles race to the top keeping the head around for a while.

The aroma was a peppery blend of cloves, banana, and lemon zest.

Spicy, peppery cloves and yeast in the beginning, continuing through the rest of the spice cabinet before hitting the fruit basket. Quite an adventure.

Thinner medium body with very active carbonation...more than I am expecting from a hefe weizen. Low abv makes this one very sessionable. One bottle was enough for me, though, this day.

Imstillthegman, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of atigerlife
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

atigerlife, Aug 22, 2009
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 YamagamiTravis
4/5  rDev +6.7%

YamagamiTravis, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Andy_Luft
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Andy_Luft, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of SteeleWright
3.75/5  rDev 0%

SteeleWright, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of mickeymac
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

mickeymac, Feb 04, 2003
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 Vylo
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Vylo, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of JBogan
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly murky gold with a large head which left good lacing. a nice looking brew.

Smelled tart and spicy with a very small hint of banana.

Tasted much as it smelled. Nice citric tartness about it with a hint of banana.

Wonderful mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation present along with a smooth finish. Medium bodied.

This was a very refreshing beer. If it wasn't for the rather steep price ($4 for an 11 oz bottle) I'd rate it higher in this department. Worth a try if you come across it.

JBogan, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a hazy straw color with a nice white head. Lacing was VERY minimal.

Smell: Bananas and coriander dominate.

Taste: The taste of bananas come through huge in this beer. A bready wheat taste also is present.

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Overall an incredible beer. A bit pricey but a great crisp, clean and refreshing summer beer.

Beerbuddha, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of BierReise
3.6/5  rDev -4%
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.

BierReise, Jul 14, 2003
Photo of nortmand
4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours light amber, with a bit of haze and some white head.

Nice, estery nose. Banana, cloves, very spicy.

Flavor is nice spicy, chai tea notes for sure. Balanced nicely with a slight hop presence near the end.

I'd expect a bit more body from this style, but overall very nice and very refreshing.

nortmand, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of necoadam
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11oz bottle. Pours out an orange/amber color with a little bit of carbonation visible. Some slight clove is in the aroma department along with some slight fruitiness and a little bit of tartness in the backround. Taste was a litlte light as well with the spiciness (cloves) showing up at the very end. The tartness also shows up in the middle and kinda blends in with the tartness at the end. Mouthfeel was a little light but the carbonation was quite smooth in this beer. All in all it's not bad. It is different from other hefeweizen's out there and could get some getting used to. Give it a try.

necoadam, Aug 20, 2004
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 BDIMike
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice cloudy golden color. A good amount of carbonation with a nice white head that has a fairly fast retention.
Smell is very strong of fresh wheat and biscuit. There is a good finish to the wheat with some nice citrus and floral smell to it, especially banana.
Taste is very strong in the wheat department. Very subtle floral and citrus taste, stronger on the floral.
Mouthfeel has a grainy feel to it as well. Never really felt the strainy wheat feel on a weizen before, very interesting.
Drinkability is very refreshing. This is one of those great hefeweizens that refresh your thirst on a warm day, but have enough flavor to not get boring over a long period. It would be more refreshing if the body were thinner and crisper, but overall a good session beer.

BDIMike, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of DeFaz
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

DeFaz, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of rousee
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

These scores are tough and I can sense that I might like this one more after it has time to grow on me. I have tremendous respect for this brand and when I first smell and taste--smell is good-but taste is better. There is the floral bubbly nose-feel that almost all the Belgian-style hefe-weisses have. This one is from Japan though and I love it. I am yet to try a style by Hitachino (Kiuchi) that I didn't think they did well.

A-boring. apricot murkiness-no foam, no head, no lace.
S-so belgian-blonde smelling. has a floral herby honey-like nose with a slightly complex wine-like touch.
T-nicely balanced hops/honey/herbal/grassy/grape-citrus type front.fizzy salty-peppery finish
MF-strong carbonation-champagne-ish type mouthfeel
D- kinda average. these do go down at first but one or two max seems to be a good rule.

rousee, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of zerk
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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...

zerk, Aug 26, 2002
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a 12 oz bottle at the gourmet galley on drummond island michigan.
drank it from the bottle.
the aroma was wheaty and yeastie, hint of banana.
the flavor was wheaty, yeastie, banana, hint of clove.
very good summer beer, was nice drinking on the beach in the sun, the yeast was so compact in my bottle the beer stayed clear.

plaztikjezuz, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of BugTownPub
4/5  rDev +6.7%

BugTownPub, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of yen157
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

yen157, Mar 31, 2003
Photo of hsus0225
4/5  rDev +6.7%

hsus0225, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Wsherry1
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Wsherry1, Oct 03, 2013
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.

grayburn, May 09, 2009
Hitachino Nest Weizen from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.