Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew - Kiuchi Brewery

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Ratings: 436
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.92%
Wants: 10
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: goodbyeohio on 07-13-2005

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Photo of Murrhey
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Bitterbill
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served at room temp, it's a clear copper colour with a 2 finger head of foam.

Ginger and honey in the nose. There's another spice here, I reckon it's nutmeg. Nice aromas going on.

Ginger first, honey sweet flavours second, nutmeg brings up the rear. Sight hop bitterness here but that isn't really needed for me to like this brew.

Smooth smooth mouthfeel. Very creamy. Oh and the foam is long lasting and there's awesome lacing.

In plain words, this is very good.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fiery jack-o'-lantern orange with abundant (stationary) yeast and abundant (rising) bubbles. The beer is pretty impressive in that it looks like it contains its own light source. The head was huge and Belgian-like immediately after the pour and filled almost the entire glass. I'll ignore the fact that there's very little lace because this is one fantastic looking beer.

The nose smells like... wait for it... ginger. I happen to love ginger, so I like the nose just fine. The best part about it is that there's a pale malty sweetness underneath the spice. At least it smells like there is.

Real Ginger Ale is real fabulous beer. I don't need to check my reviews to know that this is the best ginger beer that I've ever had. I'm overjoyed that Kiuchi decided to brew what tastes and feels like a bigger beer rather than a light, refreshing one. I wouldn't want the bold, rich flavor to be scaled back one little bit.

I love the sugar cookie soaked in honey sweetness. It's obvious that there's a fantastic beer beneath the perfectly calibrated, freshly grated ginger. I can also appreciate a tart, apricot and peach fruitiness. The rear label says that Ginger Ale has an 'intriguing balance of ginger-spicy, sweet-malty and hoppy-dry' flavor. Other than the dry part, I couldn't agree more. This is a fascinating, multi-faceted and delightfully delicious ale.

I'm a sucker for lush, silky mouthfeels, so it's no great surprise that I love this one. Who knew that all those bubbles would expend most of their energy in head creation and that the mouthfeel would be so poised? Quality brewers brew beer with quality mouthfeels.

Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Ale (along with Celebration Ale and White Ale) is the cream of the Kiuchi crop. One probably has to like ginger to like it, so it won't appeal to everyone. It sure as hell appeals to me though. I just wish I could remember where I bought the bottle since I'd love to lay my hands on a few more.

Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a dull rust color with a thinner white head,the ginger is light in the nose intermingling with some floral hop and toasted grain.Same as the aromas really on the palate the ginger comes thru late and gives a little edge at about mid swallow up front is a mix of floral citric hop and toasty lightly sweet malt.Hmm not half bad but the ginger could be a bit more pronounced before the lingering finish,glad I tried but not sure I would go back.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a pilsener glass at Muramoto in Madison, WI a blushing chestnut with a creamy khaki head. The ginger is not overdone, (what a pleasant surprise), it just lingers throughout while still allowing for wonderful fruit notes, mainly strawberries, to shine. Flavor matches with a healthy amount of caramel. Body is light and palatable. Complimented our deserts of strawberry eggrolls, ginger sorbet, and black sesame cream Brule perfectly.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Real Ginger Ale pours from the 11.2oz stubby bottle a dark amber/orange color with a half inch of small bubbly off white head. I get a hit of sweet carmalized fruits upfront along with an obvious, yet mellow ginger spiciness. A bit bready with some brown sugar and a waft of herbal hops. An interesting aroma.

First sip brings a sweet, pale caramelized maltiness upfront that's a bit toasty. Fruity as it makes its way down along with a nice integration of spicy ginger. Almost woody in flavor, this one finishes quite dry. An interesting brew with a nice sweet/spicy aspect. A faint herbal hop at the end as well..but it's the ginger that really leaves its mark.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, rather dry with well placed carbonation. Goes down smooth, but the finish gets to be a bit much after each sip. Not a brew I'd drink regularly, however it's quite intriguing and definetly brings the ginger flavor. Worth trying if you enjoy Kiuchi's brews or if you like ginger.

Photo of generallee
4.63/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a smooth mug.

Appearance: It has a dark amber brown body with orange highlights. On top sits tall foamy off white head with very good retention and makes good lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has heavy hit of ginger in sweet fruity and bready malt with some funky yeast and spices.

Taste/Mouth Feel: The flavor is true to its aroma. It has a solid medium body with a strong spicy ginger presence with a touch of allspice. This is layered over a sweet bready and fruity malt with a note of apple juice, citrus and a touch of funky yeast. The spice and mild alcohol presence warms the palate and the finish shows a light touch of hops. The texture is slick and lively with nice active carbonation.

Notes: Overall this beer is very interesting with many layers of complexity. This is not a beer you can drink a lot of but I did enjoy it and would highly recommend this beer to someone who is looking for something different maybe odd and defiantly special.

Photo of Billolick
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tried this rarity on tap at the Lazy Boy in White Plains NY. I sampled it before I went for a pint, it tasted pretty good, sort of "interesting" after a few sips I knew I had made a mistake. This is heavy very flavorful brew, usually not a bad thing, but here were talking lots of ginger, lots of mint, clove, spruce, pine etc. This stuf was just plain nasty IMHO. To much personality, here equals tough to drink. Over the top in the "herbed/spiced" department for my palate.

Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this beer.

The beer gushes out the top when opened and then pours a murky orange color with a white head. The aroma is tart lemon with some nice malt and brett character. The flavor is very tart with some brett funk as well as some lemons and oranges. Tart, funky finish. High carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Photo of mattster
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened 11.2 oz bottle and poured into Nonic glass.

Nice but low bubbly head that dies down quickly atop a mostly translucent amber brown brew.

Surprisingly, Smell is of ginger.

Taste is of ginger. Nice flavor sort of expands on the palate with sweet hints of brown sugar. Not overwhelming. Also faint hops. A really nice beer. I like the occasional ginger brew, and this one is well worth looking for.

Photo of kb199
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hitachino Ginger Brew pours an orange-amber color with a medium-dense head. The head quickly dissipated, with no lacing (although I suspect there may have been some soap on the inside of the glass). Initial note of ginger predominates and lasts throughout the drinking. Tastes initially of ginger, with a malt undertone, and finishes with a nice ginger-malt combination. Mouthfeel is nice, light to medium. Overall a refreshing summer beer, with a very good drinkability. My only qualm was a weird aftertaste at the bottom of the glass, but I suspect that there was some soap residue (which also may have caused the head to disappear so fast).

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. The bottle does not have a freshness date.

A: Dark reddish brown (almost rust) with a fingernail deep head that is slightly brown. It really has a striking color; though, it does not leave much lacing.

S: Nice scents of malt and bread, but, and to no surprise, sweet ginger dominates the aroma.

T: Malt quickly changes into sweet and spicy ginger (it reminds me of ginger dressing that always comes on salads at a sushi or hibachi place). The finish has more spice, warming alcohol, and some bread.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Herbed or spiced beers are frequently considered novelty beers. It is true that this beer has a very unique flavor (and color), but it is not brewed for kicks and giggles. The sweetness and spice of the ginger work together to create a beer that has balance. The beer can feel a little heavy (slight syrup); I wish it has higher carbonation.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark brown clear body with a reddish hue to it. There is a thin tan creamy head that sits on top for a bit and a strong carbonation.

S- This beer has a spicy dry ginger note with a light caramel malt note in the background. The ginger was the main aroma.

T- This beer has a spicy and slightly sweet ginger bite to it that controls most of the flavor. The ginger heat hangs on your breath after each sip. There are some very light notes of malt in the background when it warms but they are pretty faint.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight ginger heat but not alcohol heat in the finish.

D- This beer has to much ginger and not enough supporting flavors. I like ginger but I just couldn't find the beer in this glass.

Photo of Auraan
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Photo of sloejams
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Being a big fan of most Hitachino beers, I was surprised to see this one in a club in Chicago. I couldn't really tell what it was from the bar, only saw a Hitachino that I haven't had before and that was enough for me.

Thankfully the bartender did me right by pouring it into a pint glass. The aroma was nutty with an obvious ginger kick. The taste was more sutle until the finish which was all ginger. It was interesting to drink one, but I think all that ginger wouldn't be great for more than that.

Photo of zjungleist
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours coppery orange with a fat offwhite head that faded very fast. The has lots of ginger, some sweet malts, and a very tiny bit of hops. The taste has some nice citrusy ginger (almost like orange peel), some malt and ale yeast flavors, and a tiny twang of hops. The mouthfeel is slightly rich, but the carbonation and ginger flavors make me perceive it as lighter and more refreshing. Actually, I like this beer a whole lot. This is probably my favorite Japanese beer and my favorite herbal brew as well.

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Ah, the SuperHappyFunTime owl returns.

This beer pours a murky, dark burnt orange amber hue, with three fingers of tightly foamy, almost creamy light beige head, which settles slowly, leaving a low-ebbing coral reef ring of lace around the glass.

It smells of spicy ginger root, and bready malt, so...gingerbread, yes, but I also get a nice subtle citrus twang and soft earthy yeastiness in there too. The taste is bready, biscuity malt, sweet and tangy ginger, some black pepper, a touch of lost in translation yeast, and a musty, floral leafiness that is somehow hard to ascribe to hops.

The carbonation is average, and a little frothy, the body a decent medium weight, and mildly astringent from the ginger, but generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malt more-or-less ducking and covering, as the dirty, earthy ginger notes carry the day, amongst a soft undercurrent of nascent booze warming.

Well, ginger, in many, if not most, of its forms pervades this offering, and despite its inconsistencies (which seem sort of endearing at times) this would kick ass on the usual Sapporo or Kirin lager options at each and every sushi joint on the planet. More drinkable and enjoyable than I would have initially imagined.

Photo of mintjellie
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Japanese beer brewed with real ginger, and a beer that I did not enjoy the first time I ever had it. Having bought a bottle of this in the US only to find it a hot & sour mess of a beer, I was initially hesitant to grab this now that it's available at the LCBO. I decided to give it a shot anyways, and I'm glad I did.

Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew is a hazy amber in colour, topped by an insubstantial off-white head that doesn't lace the glass. It has an intense ginger aroma over a biscuity malt background, effectively making it smell like ginger snap cookies. The ginger is tastes less intense than it smells, but manages to give the beer a mildly spicy flavour that is complemented by some sweet caramel and honey. Finishes with a very mild bitterness. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated; smooth but not heavy. As far as beer brewed with ginger goes, this isn't as complex as Albino Python from Schmaltz Brewing. Nice beer with a good balance between malt and ginger flavours. A hell of a lot better than I remember.

Photo of asabreed
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lots of beautiful red body and an insane amount of bubbles surging lethargically to the top, along with some layers of thick white lacing and a head in the glass that decides not to leave after everything's commenced.

Smell: Ginger, yes, and lots of it, but, and I can't explain it, but it's somehow extremely inviting, clean, warming, and all around comfortable. And maybe it's the slight balance of cream in there too, with little hops. This is not something anyone expects I imagine, but something I hope they're grateful for. I sense more complexity here, but with words I can't tease anything else out of it.

Taste: The ginger finish is long, and one of the things that graces this beer with a presence to enjoy and savor. Ginger ale? Is it in here? Yes, but the hops and balance with the beer, along with not too much sweetness and the ginger flavors, are making it somewhat of a spectacle for me.

Mouthfeel: For some reason this reminds me of years past, and it's not just the ginger in the beer. I wish the creaminess were taking more of a part in the overall experience, but the carbonation levels don't disappoint, enabling the lushness of brew to come out along with the flavor blossoming with all its ginger nature.

Drinkability: Very expensive for a bottle, around $4. But if you're curious, be curious. I think they were when they brewed it. And honestly, for the singular experience this crazy and enigmatic ginger brew brings, I say at least grab a bottle and see what you think.

Photo of Sammy
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This bottle was bought maybe six months ago. There was a ginger ginsing aroma whafting from the mushroom cloud head on a dark yellow body. But the taste was a skunky medicine disaster,it had an stringent finish. medium mouthfeel,and really not too drinkable.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber. Cloudy. Big, dense head with great retention. Nice lacings to the finish.

Fresh ginger in the aroma with some dark malt flavours. Loads of toffee.

Not at all what I was expecting. Malt up front. Deep caramel and toffee turns to burnt toast. Ginger adds a touch of zest and follows through with a subtle finish.

Mouthfeel is nice.

I simply feel that ginger lends itself more to lighter beers. Give me a ginger infused Hefe or nice refreshing Pale. It's an interesting beer, but is out of place in the LCBO summer release in Ontario.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hitchino's Real Ginger Ale pours a hazy ruby-tinted chhestnut body beneath a creamy head of tan that holds remarkably well and initially leaves some nice lace about the glass. The lacing disappears, however, a few sips into the glass.

The nose is fairly complex but not particularily bold, and includes notes of summer fruit (strawberry, melon), flowers, caramel malt, non-descript spice, a light but clear waft of ginger, and a touch of yeast.

Not surprisingly, the flavor follows suit. The ginger is kept well-within bounds, which is nice as it's easy to let it run amok, but the overall character remains somewhat muddled. There's a dollop of lightly caramel and cocoaish malt upfront, followed by a touch of yeast and the same fruitiness found in the nose, but it's not quite as bright. Some clove-like and mildly piney flavors rise as the bitterness hits it's high at this point, and the flavors seem to run together as the beer warms and becomes airy. The ginger then appears distinctly at the swallow, and carries into the aftertaste where it grows stronger. Unfortunately, some lingering dull-maltiness hinders its flavor from coming through and allows only its spiciness to resonate.

Nice on the nose, not quite as nice on the palate.

Photo of PretzelCity
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a nice cloudy golden brown with a thin off white head. As for the smell, yep, it's made with ginger. It's noticeable in the taste as well. A little too noticeable for me. It's intense. Then I realize the beer is cloudy with pieces of ginger. Lots of em. I tried hard but just couldn't finish this one and had to send it seaward. This one is for the true ginger lover, not necessarily the true beer lover.

Photo of GinaBeerInc
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Copper color. Off-white head quickly fades. Great aroma: lots of fresh ginger with dandelion and wildflower, citrus zest, caramel in the malt. Medium to full, slick body with light bubbles on the tongue. Lots more ginger with grass and wildflowers in the flavor; great malt balance in behind with citrus zest. Dark fruit in the finish. Good Stuff.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - very hazy burnt orange, thumb of tan head dissipated average to a thin cover with some random lacing down the glass as it was consumed
S - big shot of ginger and brown sugar, light molasses and pepper
T - ginger is more subdued than the nose but pleasant and well integrated, molasses and bread maltiness, just a touch of leafy hops
M - medium body and slightly creamy, a subtle ginger spice tingle lasts through the finish which also bready
O - the ginger is not overdone as is easy to do with this style, pleasant and refreshing while being a fairly big brew, a nice slant on the style

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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
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