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: 25 | 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 Gagnonsux
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is golden orange and hazy. Head is tall and sticky. Plenty of carbonation here. The smell has the typical clove hefe aroma with a little of that bubblegum aroma I've been hearing about thrown in too. The taste has an initial sharp clove bite that mixes in with a medium malt body. There is more malt here than expected, but not enough to knock the beer off of it's style. As with all hefes the drinkability is very good. Hitachino Weizen is a nice interpretation of the style, however there are better German examples at lower prices. (540 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
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. (565 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 avalon07
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a brownish-yellow color and a slightly cloudy texture. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head and solid lacing.

S: Smelled of wheat, bananas and an somewhat off-putting acidic quality.

T: As with the smell, there was an astringency that was very unpleasant in the taste. Had some wheat and bananas, but none of the sweet subtlety of its German cousins.

M: A decently high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a disappointing entry from Hitachino. It seems they deviated away from the style a little. It's simply not that tasty. (613 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.45/5  rDev -8%
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. (897 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.8/5  rDev +28%
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. (911 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 Pencible
2.58/5  rDev -31.2%
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. (541 characters)

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

Presentation: 11 fluid ounce Japanese stubby which has a gold, orange and white colored label, complete with the little red owl. The orange neck label has the words ‘Weizen’ and a ‘W’ as well.

Appearance: Simple pout into a tall thin curved glass invites the head to rise uncontrollably, but it never does. Hazed golden body with some lemon marmalade color. The head is thin but stays consistent and leaves a little lacing that covers the glass sides. Many streamers and a high level of carbonation assist in retaining the thin head.

Nose: A very lemon tart nose mixed with a pungent sharp wheat character. Some yeast odors take the rough edges off of this one.

Taste: Overall this is a nicely balanced brew. Rather a laid back start and finish, but the middle builds in strength. Light wheat in the first quarter, rough wheat texture is particularly memorable. Middle has a tart, citric bite, as does the long lingering aftertaste. Spicy wheat latter third and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Immense carbonation on the tongue and a light body make this a very refreshing brew and easy on the palate, despite its sharp lemon citric bite. Spicy feel on the cheeks at times.

Drinkability: On a hot day I had little problem with this. For the longer term, or the bigger bottle, I think I would like to have some strong pickles to go with it.

Overall: I have been consistently impressed with the Hitachino beers that I have so far tried. This is no exception. Not as heavy as I expected, or as Germanic as the name may have you believe (considering they also do a White) but a decent drinking brew nonetheless. (1,622 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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. (961 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (292 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 Oakenator
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden yellow with a relatively reserved head that disappates quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass. Mouthfeel is good with finer carbonation bubbles - somewhat creamy but more present on the front end. Smells of citrus and mild grassy hopping. Taste is clean and refreshing - nice citrus and spices. (313 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 merlin48
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
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 (650 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 GCBrewingCo
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (1,022 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a bubbly and slightly hazy straw color with a frothy white head.

Aroma is sweet like Juicyfruit gum, with ripe fruits, raisins, citrus, and white sugar.

Taste is similar with a sweet fruitiness upfront. A bit like a tropical fruit punch. Finishes with light saltiness. As beer warms the sweetness begins a shift towards sourness.

Light mouthfeel with a bit of dryness and a sharp carbonation.

A really nice Hefeweizen and one try. (455 characters)

Photo of Todd
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11oz stuby bottle with that trademark owl on the label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Plenty of yeast in the bottle, so I swirl it up to create a cloudy orange-ish beer with a patchy white foam head -- decent retention.

Smell: Musty, clove, caramel and faint, very faint, banana.

Taste: Smooth and very creamy on the palate. Body is more or less light. Faint flavour of pool water, followed by an immediate lemon (touch of lime) tartness that is near puckering, and Sprite-like when combined with the tight carbonation on the palate. Malt flavours kick-in with a mellow sweetness, touch of toasty caramel, banana esters, yeasty must and a rounding dash of clove. Finish is a bit spicy and musty, going dry eventually.

Notes: This is truly a bit of something special, for many reasons. 1) A weizen from Japan? How'd that happen? 2) It's a fine example of the style, and 3) It's darnright tasty as hell!

However, this being said, you can't beat a weizen from the source ... (1,001 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 kmpitz2
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (327 characters)

Hitachino Nest Weizen from Kiuchi Brewery
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