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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew - Kiuchi Brewery

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407 Ratings
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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 7
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: goodbyeohio on 07-13-2005)
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Reviews by cbarrett4:
Photo of cbarrett4
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a surprise! Used as I am to generic and flaccid ginger brews, I was not expecting much... but imagine my surprise to find a ginger brew that actually tastes like fresh ginger!

The highlight of this beer is that there is a great spicy ginger core on the nose and especially on the palate. There is a lot of other flavor coming through and it definitely proves that it is a beer of quality, even if the ginger were not present.

Overall a great beer and one of the best ginger brews that I have tasted. (Though if you want that sweet, candied ginger character this is NOT the beer for you! This tastes like the ginger you get at sushi restaurants. YUM!)

cbarrett4, Aug 27, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

oberon, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.93/5  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.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Tiernan, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

tbryan5, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

orbitalr0x, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

DaftPatrick, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +10.2%

csmartin6, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of generallee
4.65/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

generallee, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

SmellsofMahagony, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Billolick, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Mora2000, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of mattster
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

mattster, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of kb199
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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).

kb199, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of virinow
3/5  rDev -17.4%

virinow, May 19, 2013
Photo of fionn13
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

fionn13, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Dello
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Dello, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

ianjsullivan, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of OBIrish24
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

OBIrish24, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

rhoadsrage, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of Auraan
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Auraan, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of PopGun
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

PopGun, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of sloejams
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

sloejams, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of zjungleist
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

zjungleist, Sep 16, 2006
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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.