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Hitachino Nest Weizen - Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest WeizenHitachino Nest Weizen

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BA SCORE
85
very good

215 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%


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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champ103

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pretty much clear golden/yellow color. A towering white head forms with good retention. The foam finally recedes and leaves some rings of lace. Seems like this is filtered.
S: A big spicy clove aroma hits the nose right up front. Actually the clove was so powerful that it sent me into a sneezing and coughing fit. A shock to the senses. Lots of banana esters fairly sweet in the nose as well.
T: After the initial shock from the nose, I was a bit more prepared for the heavy dose of spicy clove here. Again banana esters and a lingering sweetness.
M/D: A medium body but a bit lifeless. I wish there was some more carbonation. It is also to slick/oily for my liking. Easy to drink. I will have no problem finishing the bottle.

A nice Hefeweizen, if a bit on the thin side. I would almost call this a Krystalweizen because I think this is filtered. Though not a big deal. Check it out.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 23:48:57 | More by champ103
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up in Ikebukuro (Tokyo) and am now drinking it as a nightcap in my hotel room. The bottle is 330ml, a squat fattie.

Everything about this beer was a disappointment to me, as i was expecting a hefeweizen and got more of a wheat ale. There were no flavors such as banana or clove or apple or anything else which I identify with good hefeweizen. Just some mild fruit and wheat aromas (such as an American wheat ale). Pale golden color (almost witbier appearance) was OK I guess, and the mouthfeel was thickish. But other than that I was disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 10:50:57 | More by TurdFurgison
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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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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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Gmann

New York

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1st pour out of the bottle so it is a fairly clear golden straw color with a tight pure white head that quickly dissipates. The smell is of unripe green apples and lemon, quite tart. The taste is of apple cider, lemon, an ever so faint hint of clove/spice. Definitely has wheat beer characteristics but to call it a hefe, might be a stretch. The feel is light and outrageously carbonated; it burns just sitting in the mouth. The finish is tart and tangy. A quite tart brew which would be very enjoyable for those you like your brews tart and funky. However I like my hefe's to be spicy and smoother. Still a good beer, cool bottle for the collection.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 05:18:13 | More by Gmann
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mynie

Indiana

4.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a wonderfully hazy DARK gold, bordering on orange, atop which sits one of Hitachino's trademarked gigantic white heads. Quite the pour.

Smells of rich Belgian-y yeast and strong pengs of weizen wheatmalt--white pepper and cloves.

Tastes--whooo! Tastes even better than it smells! Goodness, it's like a blend of a great weizen and a great saison, minus the alcohol burn. Big giant yeast upfront, followed by an entire spice rack--allspice, cloves, white pepper, lemongrass, corriander, and ginger, and ending on a pronounced citrus node. Very nice.

One hell of a beer. For its style, it's amazingly complex and strong. For its size (5%?!?), it's amazingly complex and strong. For the fact that it came all the way from Japan and has to be at least a little bit old, it's amazing complex and strong. This is a remarkably well-crafted beer, and I have no problem at all giving it world class marks.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 03:48:13 | More by mynie
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber with a quickly fading.
Nose shows big banana notes but also sweet malt and spicy hops. Nice malt character, suggesting at honey.
Not as good flavours, very little in the way of typical wheat beer characters, mainly just honey and spicy hops.
Body feels a bit watery.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 10:34:10 | More by CrazyDavros
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stubby 11 oz bottle with the cute owl on the label and cap. Pours a hazy honey gold body with a one finger vanilla head that lasts a couple of minutes before falling into ring and film lace. Some spotty patch lace is left on the glass, as well. Aroma is spicy pepper and citrusy lemon. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a satiny feel. Taste is slightly above average for a Hefe, yeasty and bready, with white pepper and lemon. Slightly bitter on the finish. Refreshing and nicely drinkable, but not a standout for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2005 11:22:59 | More by merlin48
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy apricot color with impressive white puffy head.
Smell is loaded with fruit with strong citrus but mainly bananas.
Taste also is fruity, citrusy, and had strong bananas notes.
Finishes with more sweetness, but a balanacing bitterness is the perfect ending to this beer.
Very drinkable. one of the best of this style I have yet to try.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 00:28:36 | More by tgbljb
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty cloudy in a almost not so good way but the nose seemed appealling with lots of cloves and bananas. The beer was fullbodied and yeasty in the midbody. The drinkability improved the more I consumed. An okay Hefe from far away. The distance of shipping may have adversly changed the beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2005 02:50:57 | More by canucklehead
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 04:00:39 | More by BARFLYB
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 21:33:16 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Pencible

Virginia

2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This poured a pale straw color with fluffy white head. It smelled like potent yeast with a bit of rice and floral hops. It had a light and watery flavor of sweet and sour lemon grass, but it lacked any further tastes for balance. It was watery with tons of carbonation that actually made it more difficult to taste the flavor, but it had a crisp and bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a little more enjoyable (to me) than most weizens, mostly because its bland flavor made it more drinkable. But as a beer in general, it simply wasn't good.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 22:30:09 | More by Pencible
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 14:32:53 | More by bobsy
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2005 03:15:06 | More by kmpitz2
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beerguy101

California

2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2003 00:57:47 | More by beerguy101
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2004 02:19:05 | More by IronDjinn
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dsa7783

New Jersey

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

Okay, first thought - I just paid $6.99 for a 1pint, 5 fl. oz bottle with a red owl on it... Just wanted to say I tried it, so I opted to pay the steep price to sample a brew from Japan... Poured an off-yellow apple juice color with obvious carbonation and rising bubbles present... The smell was good but somewhat bland and not at all very dominant... The crisp, refreshing, lightly citric taste is what makes this beer special, (although still not worth the 7 bucks). The overall taste, which is certainly good is satisfying but not over the top and very accentuated - somewhat bland but certainly enjoyable.This is definitely an interesting take on a hefe, and if it wasn't so expensive, I'd certainly buy this again... The mouthfeel is excellent - crisp, refreshing, and very drinkable... I really liked this beer and it's too bad this isn't more widely available.. Definitely recommended if you can find it...

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 23:04:08 | More by dsa7783
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weizen glass welcomes a cloudy light orange brew. Capped with a finger of head. 3.5

Meaty banana aroma with a fantastic clove character. Sweet wheat grains and ripe fruits. Very light bubblegum and orange. Pretty effin' fantastic. 4.5

Clove steps in to match the massive banana flavors. Lemony kick feels out the finish. Lively spice notes that border on peppery. Sourdough malts reminiscent of the tanginess. Pretty exceptional. 4.0

Milky liquid feel. Easy drinking. There is, however, an unexpected alcohol bite in the mouth. 4.0

Amazing smelling hefe with great feel and great flavor. Not as complex as the Germans, but comparable overall. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 02:14:30 | More by thecheapies
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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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Crosling

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange.

Orange zest, tangerine, vanilla, faint clove and soft fruitiness and maltiness in the aroma.

Unusual for the style, but different and a very good example Light bodied. Molden fruitiness of light clove, lemon, orange and banana. Minor spicing. True to the Bavarian style in many ways.

I'd love to visit Kiuchi some day. First the excellent celebration, now this, this is a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2004 02:18:16 | More by Crosling
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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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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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TastyTaste

Minnesota

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

Served at cellar temp. Smells of cloves mustiness, and faint banana. Taste is very strong yet smooth with apple, clove, and a nice hops finish that goes well with the clove flavors. Mouthfeel is well carbonated, yet very smooth. Extremely agreeable and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2004 15:27:55 | More by TastyTaste
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DogFood11

California

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a tall wiezen glass it formed a loose smallish head that falls to a ring. Minimal lace. Sturdy looking body, cloudy, leaning towards a light orange in color.

A fairly spicy version of a Hefe. Yeast is the key to this one. Clovey goodness is evident. Mouth is sharp at first but mellows as it closes and is smooth in the finish. Heavy on the lemon and come orange rind give this the complexity that I love in a good hefe. The citrus also helps cut through a slighty candied body very nicely.

Notes: Not quite in the elite class but not far off either. Very good, Interesting, and one I could session all day.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 02:34:00 | More by DogFood11
Hitachino Nest Weizen from Kiuchi Brewery
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