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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew - Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Real Ginger BrewHitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew

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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.11%

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Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24.3 oz bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 3/2012. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of ginger root, caramel, pear, apple, citrus zest, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, herbal, floral, grass, light clove, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of ginger, malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, ginger, toast, brown sugar, pear, apple, light citrus zest, brown bread, toffee, herbal, floral, grass, light clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, ginger, toast, brown sugar, pear, apple, brown bread, toffee, herbal, floral, light clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, ginger, and moderate yeast fruitiness; with a good malt/spice balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced amber ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of malt, ginger, and moderate yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 02:35:03 | More by superspak
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3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 330 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle date seems to be July 2013.

A - dark reddish-brown color, somewhat cloudy with visible particles of ginger throughout. Thin head and minimal lacing.

S - Earthy malty tones and sweet ginger tea dominate the initial smell. Another description would be "gingerbready". Slight hoppiness when swirled in tulip glass.

T - First thing I thought was that this tastes like an alcoholic version of 'salabat' (Filipino sweet ginger tea). I like. Smooth, sweet, bready malt with pronounced sweet ginger. Slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Flavors enhance with sitting/warming (like everything else, I guess).

M - Quite spritzy, like a non-alcoholic ginger ale. It feels almost soda-pop-like.

O - Very satisfying beer. I like the scent and flavor profile much more than expected and will probably buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 20:18:02 | More by beepill
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3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked 6.13.10 at 45 degrees into a pint glass
Aroma of ginger and stale beer
Head average (4 cm), off white, frothy, diminishing to a 1 mm layer
No lacing
Body medium orange with very small particulates suspended throughout
Flavor begins with a burst of alcohol which blasts out any subtle flavors. After getting by the initial swallow, there is a slight ginger flavor and aroma remaining, while the stomach burning begins. No hops, no malt, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, carbonation soft

A passable beer, with a subtle ginger flavor, certainly less aggressive than Crabbie’s. More of a novelty beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 13:02:16 | More by Ozzylizard
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4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy, fresh apple cider brown, with a one finger off-white head that receded to a nice ring of lacing. Very good looking. Scents of overripe fruit, earthy, musty and funky aromas, ginger, and some faint honey and malt sweetness. A very nice, earthy, fruity and sweet aroma with some unexpected funk. Far more complex than I was expecting, very nice. Flavor begins with sweet malt and caramel, moves into some white grape, raisin and dried fruit, apricot and apricot pit with some slight spiciness, some earthy and musty yeast flavors, coming out on the finish and aftertaste, slight sour funkiness and some slight hints of ginger in the background in the middle, finish and aftertaste. Very good, the ginger is not as big in the flavor as I expected, but it has a good, Belgian quality to the flavor, with some wild notes and the spiciness, malty sweetness, stone fruit and dried fruit flavors of tripels and quads. Quite unique and very good. The flavor hides the 8% ABV entirely. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, with moderate carbonation that barely pricks the tongue, yet enough to give the beer a sipping quality. There is also a slight creaminess in the feel. Very nice to drink and swish, excellently crafted. Overall this is an amazing beer. I went in expecting a ginger heavy gimmick, but got a good, Belgian-like beer with a surprising complexity in aroma and flavor, with just a bit of ginger. Its a well crafted beer, showing the brewer's care for the final product. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 05:15:03 | More by Auraan
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4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a huge head when first poured and lacing remains throughout. Nice reddish caramel color. There is some dark sediment that comes out at the end of the pour. You can really smell the ginger and taste it as well. Nice spicy finish from the ginger without being harsh due to the sweetness of the beer. If you like ginger, this is the beer for you. I was not expecting such a true rendition of the ginger flavor but this one hits it on the spot. This is what a true ginger beer should be. The ABV of 7% also gives you a nice double whammy when combined with the ginger :)

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 03:34:03 | More by Richardbeerlover
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4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: ruby-like and amber. the hue has a very mahogany and opaque . the head was almost non-existent as i poured into a tulip (but maybe its the way i poured)

S: not to anyone's surprise; gingery. almost like maple syrup.

T: if anyone is familiar with the korean candy, 'yeot', it is definitely what it tasted like. malty and sweet.

M: silky smooth, creamy, and medium body, with light carbonation.

O: i am a fan of the korean candy, 'yeot', so i couldnt get that thought out of my head as i continued to drink it. kiuchi brewery has once again won me over. will i drink it again? absolutely.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 04:17:36 | More by ironchefkook
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3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark, somewhat hazy orange with lots of chunky floaties in the body. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam. Not too bad.

Smell: soapy, bready malty aroma. Interesting earthy character, but the ginger just contributes a kind of off-aroma, instead of something ginger-specific.

Taste: earthy, floral, and somewhat gingery flavor. Kind of an interesting pale ale, perhaps, but nothing crazy good. The floral aspect actually sells it the most for me.

Mouthfeel: rich body with a great carbonation and a highly surprising creaminess. Easily the best characteristic of this beer.

Overall: OK, it's not the best thing in the world. But it's a decently interesting beer. It's definitely worth a try if you're into the more exotic brews; otherwise, probably not worth your time.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 01:22:41 | More by flagmantho
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3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a conic pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live. I despise ginger so I will try to be fair in spite of that, but no promises.

A- One-finger white head that recedes quickly. Atop a murky, dark-orange body with sluggish carbonation. Looks... not great.

S- Smells just like the ginger snaps of my childhood. Nostalgia throwback. Wow. Molasses, amber malts and some of that sweet ginger I remember.

T- Molasses and understated ginger. Spicy and crisp flavors. Not bad at all.

M- Medium feel with very subtle carbonation and a semi-sticky finish.

O- Polarized beer. Very good parts and pretty bad parts.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 04:06:18 | More by Murrhey
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a fairly murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, and ginger aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and subdued ginger flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the ginger that is present in the aroma and flavor is fairly underwhelming in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 06:11:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. poured into a craft pint

A- Hazy chestnut with a 1/4" off white head. Some darker brown ginger sediment or yeast rests on top of the head. Retention is poor and lacing is nonexistent.

S- Ginger upfront with some caramel background.

T- Caramel, with a quick spike of ginger, and a lingering malt sweetness.

M- A bit of a heavy body, but the finish is so easy. Spicy. Mild carbonation.

O- Decent ginger beer. I think the beer aspect could be improved, but I enjoyed the ginger character. A lot more in the final product than other ginger beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 12:50:21 | More by BWED
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4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip during hitachino tasting 2013. Nice brownish orange color with a finger of head. Ginger and sugary dried fruit aroma...actually quite nice. Taste is ginger and belgian dark quad like...dried fruit a bit...the ginger is much stronger in the aroma than the taste. Its actually a good brew

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 03:04:52 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of Amalak

New York

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. It has a cidery color, mud like thickness, it has a good foamy white head with some lacing.

S. It is quite gingery and has a lysol soapy scent.

T/M. The ginger definitely comes through. It has a malty taste with a sour Belgium style fell underneath. Medium bodied. It has a carbonated refreshingness to it.

O. It is solid. It has a unique taste. Definitely worth a try, but can't have more than one or two. But I enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 03:03:35 | More by Amalak
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3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruby or caramel colored and cloudy. Translucent with thin white/yellow head. Looks a lot like apple cider.

Smell: Just smells like beer, can't really detect the ginger at all.

Taste: Definitely taste the ginger, particularly in the aftertaste. Starts off with sweet caramel flavor but the ginger kicks in toward the end.

Mouthfeel: Tastes a little syrupy and sweet. Smooth taste, not much carbonation.

Overall: I admittedly haven't had any other ginger beer so this was interesting, I'd probably order this if I was getting sushi although I paid almost $5 for a 12oz bottle so I'd have to be in the mood for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 01:44:25 | More by Aleks_P
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3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A nice dark orange amber, thin rising carbonation along the edges, presented with a three finger light tan head and even bubbles. Settles to a thick tan head, kind of looks like a strong ale. Some good spider like lacing to match as well.

Minor ginger on the nose, with a powdery sense. Not much else going on, but truly does smell like ginger with a nice softness.

Palate hits with a minor wet body. Not much of a taste of ginger on the beer, but finishes with a quite dry powdery feel. Not much malt feeling presence that comes with the first sips, but manages a mild sweetness.

Overall it's kind of interesting but I am not exactly keen on this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 20:47:57 | More by smakawhat
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3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From Camperdown Cellars. BB jan 14.

What an odd beer.

Pours murky and almost does not look like beer.... Head dies no film.

Aromas are of dull ginger, no zest... Malts...

Taste is dull and malty and earthy, and the ginger zing I was expecting does not appear. Malts and spice all the way. It's not a bad taste it's just way unusual and does not fit standard beer terms.

Mouthfeel lightly carbonated and somewhat alcoholic.

Jury out. It's not beer just not as we know it. Have to say would not buy again...

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 10:48:19 | More by heygeebee
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New York

3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into an Ommegang tulip at low altitude in NY. I'm a fan of ginger, so I expect I might like this more than others.

A: Pours a nearly opaque red-amber color with a creamy yellowish head. Great retention and leaves a thick layer of lacing.

S: Candied ginger - sweet and spicy. Plenty of caramel as well. An interesting combination of flavors.

T: Starts off tasting like a ginger snap but finishes with noble hop bitterness. Plenty of malt body, but unfortunately the bitterness on the finish doesn't complement the initial ginger sweetness very well. There's a bit of clove character as it warms.

M: Medium-bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. A bit too flat in terms of carbonation.

O: Another interesting attempt at a ginger brew. Overall, not my favorite Hitachino offering and probably not something I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 04:18:25 | More by schlimenhaumer
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3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a hazy ruddy amber color, off-white lacing for a head.

Smells of caramel, apples, piney hop resin and hints of ginger.

Tastes of semi-sweet bready malts, mildly bitter hops and a whisper of ginger spice and sweetness. More ginger in the aftertaste.

Medium to full body with minimal carbonation but a noted light sting of ginger.

An interesting and different ale, enjoyable and worth trying. Strikes me as something that might pair well with certain savory foods. On it's own, might be a little too weird to warrant a second try for most, but I am personally happy drinking it the first time at least.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 01:38:22 | More by Cylinsier
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New York

3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Given the name of the beer was Real Ginger Brew, I was expecting a more ginger-forward flavor. In truth it did have notifiable ginger flavor, but if you are expecting something akin to "ginger beer" (soda) then you will be disappointed. The color was a beautiful amber with a light, foamy head. Overall this was an enjoyable brew, but I would probably not pay the more than $5 per 12oz bottle that I did again.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 01:32:52 | More by JudoJeff
Photo of schoolboy


4.69/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The folks at Save On (carry out) had not tried this one but the brewery came highly recommended. It was a nice risk and a great treat - not a novelty.

The taste is not nearly the overly ginger brew I thought it might be. It is a well balanced (beer? ale?) with some spice, but not a bunch of different ones.

It looks quite good in the glass - a partly cloudy light brown. The aroma is fantastic. Beautiful beer, a little hops, and ginger. The aftertaste is very pleasant.

I really enjoyed this. I wish it weren't so expensive.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 23:14:00 | More by schoolboy
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4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: clear light amber body, a two finger puffy and foamy white head appears and gently dies to a half finger that lasts for a good bit. Speckles are seen on the inside floating around (assuming that's the ground ginger root). Bubbles gently drift and look like they are dodging the ginger root, interesting, this is really interesting stuff.

S: ginger in front with some nice hops slightly in the background.

T: sweet yet spicey with the ginger and hops mixing with some light malts.

M: light to medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. It has a very nice smoothness I'm picking up on, and for the fairly high ABV, this is extremely drinkable, big wow here

O: I bought two of these and had one with dinner which was Japanese pepper steak and one by itself to test its worth. Personally, I thought It went nice with dinner and by itself. I'd come back to this if I can find it cheaper because the price was $4.59 for a 12 oz bottle, yikes.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 00:18:27 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark murky amber body with a huge finger of yellowish head. The nose has as a mild ginger spice and a mild hop up front with a few roasted aromas as well. The first sip is rather sweet with big caramel And candied ginger with light citrus. The finish is quite dry and somewhat warming....now realize its 8%. Overall well balanced and tasty for sure

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 21:03:10 | More by Serge
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3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear light amber beer, a white head with little lacing and some curtains.

Smelling of sweet coco-nut and ginger.

Starting with sweet brown bread, ginger marmalade and spices.

Little carbonation, soft with a medium body and light dry finish.

Rather sweet and spicy, but that was probably expected.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 20:36:20 | More by rarbring
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3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber colored and hazy. Descent ivory colored head on the pour but weak retention.

Deep caramel and spicy pine in the aroma.

Sweet overall flavor with lots of caramel and brown sugar. Mild ginger and pine spice with a subtle hop bitterness. Descent balance.

Full bodied and pretty thick. Almost a syrupy texture. Small bubbles, snappy carbonation.

Descent ginger brew. Would appreciate a little less sugary flavor and feel so the ginger character can show through.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 03:52:00 | More by bnes09
Photo of Oakenator


4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is brown and amber but most notable is the unfiltered, cloudy appearance. Head is present at pour but disappates quickly to just around the rim of the glass. The smell is unique - ginger, banana, clove, other fruits (maybe some candied dates). And the taste is the star - I've tried other ginger beers and find the ginger hard to pick out - not so in this beer. Well done. The ginger is present from start to finish - finally a ginger beer that meets expectations of having that flavor. Other spices and some malty breadiness to the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 01:46:33 | More by Oakenator
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange amber colour with a foamy tan white head on top that is about two centimetres tall and holds very well.

Some ginger right at the start but not quite as strong as I had expected from the name and some of the cheaper ginger style beers I have tried previously. I can detect a good malt base and there is a touch of spice and hints of caramel and some light brown sugar notes.

Nice malts to start with followed up with a lot of spice and ginger along with some nice hints of brown sugar and even some caramel from the nose. Ginger and spice is very slightly more pronounced than some of other flavours. Surprisingly I even detected some light hops and citrus.

Medium with medium carbonation and touches of bitterness and a fair bit of spice. The flavours are all well balanced and there is a clean, wet finish to the beer.

Not as offensive in the ginger department as I had feared with all the flavours coming out well balanced and making a refreshing beer as a result.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 19:05:39 | More by flyingpig
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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.