Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew - Kiuchi Brewery
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4.69/5 rDev +29.2%
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.
01-18-2013 23:14:00 | More by schoolboy
4.65/5 rDev +28.1%
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.
07-03-2009 23:30:39 | More by generallee
4.6/5 rDev +26.7%
Purchased from Key Food for $3.99. This is pretty pricey but I have wanted to try it for awhile as i love ginger.
A-Pours a very cloudy brownish red with a light brown/off white pillowy head. This dissipates a bit quickly and leaves a thin wisp of a cap. the lacing though is very impressive as it almost completely clings to the side of the glass.
S-A lovely ginger dominates the nose but is not in any way overpowering. Slilght sweet malt as well. The ginger is more like a carribean ginger beer rather than canada dry.
T-Ginger hits you at first followed up by a sweet roasted/toasted malt. There is a lsight ginger burn at the end, like a mild version of ginger beer. There is also a great interplay of hops throughout which brings everything into a perfect balance. There is also a nice yeast in here as well which provides a bit of red apple in there as well. This is a lovely beer. The balance between the sweet malt, ginger and hops is damned near perfect.
M-Creamy, slightly chewy with a nice mild carbonation. The ginger also provides a nice zing at the end which works perfectly with the mouthfeel. Really great body.
D-I have had other Hitachino prodcuts and defnitely was underwhelmed. They seem to be a bit overrated to me. However with this one, they really knocked it out of the park. While this maybe pricey, it will be an occasional treat in my fridge. i would love to have this on cask if it were available. Highly recommended to anyone who likes ginger.
06-10-2007 04:11:28 | More by sleazo
4.5/5 rDev +24%
A-Beer came in a squat brown bottle whose label was completely different than the image displayed on BA; nevertheless, this is it.
I poured it into a fluted glass - it poured an opaque ruby-brown with a dense tan head
S-Smell is surprisingly sour - raisins and cranberries and a little apple. Also yeasty. Smells delightfully like a belgian gueze or flemish red, which is wierd because I was expecting a sharp ginger scent, not just that of pickled ginger. (i know i'm going to get totally hazed for using the word delightful, but I don't care - I love it!)
T- Tastes very sour - like a combination of cider, flemish red ale, and a belgian lambic. Lots of sour cherry and apple jumping out at you. Carbonation is very sharp on the tip of the tongue, and that sour apple taste lingers on the back. I really like this.
M- Light; leaves a bit of the bitter/sourness with you, but it's appley and nice.
D- Great - I could have a few of these pricey - Very surprised by this in a good way
This beer definitely seems to be more of a fruit beer than a ginger beer, so I'm not sure how true to it's "style" it is. Nevertheless I'm a huge fan. If it weren't for the high price point, I might be tempted to always keep a few of these on hand!
This is my second beer from this producer and I haven't been disappointed yet - only surprised in both cases.
11-23-2009 00:19:14 | More by kirkmichel
4.45/5 rDev +22.6%
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.
11-24-2013 05:15:03 | More by Auraan
4.45/5 rDev +22.6%
appearance: pours a cloudy, reddish-brown copper, moderately carbonated with a moderate amount of flakey sediment suspended throughout; head is off-white and foamy, dissipating into a light ring of lacing.
smell: pleasantly and equally balanced in hops, yeast, and ginger, while obvious that each individually would stimulate the smell, collectively the effect yields the nose of a cross between a Belgian and a spiced harvest ale.
taste: begins dry and yeasty, but seamlessly progresses with floral hop notes complemented by an essence of ginger, finishing similar to the start, with a notable ginger taste in the lingering.
mouthfeel: above-average body, hops help to give a syrupy-like sensation.
overall: unique infusion of ingredients, well complemented, very drinkable.
11-25-2011 02:03:50 | More by weller1js
4.45/5 rDev +22.6%
Besides being delicious, this beer also has some of the coolest packaging, although the not as cool as the label shown on the profile.
A – Copper-amber with a fizzy soda head.
S – Shockingly complex, and not overwhelmingly gingery; it is more akin to a Geuze or Belgian Pale / Sour. Apples, straw and Band-Aids are in the nose.
T – Awesome taste, tart, much like the nose with the addition of a ginger zest that attaches to and transforms the Band-Aid smell into a delicious flavor. The fruitiness is there too, but it is mostly in vague impressions of sour light fruits: white grape, apple, pear and peach. Very complex overall.
M – Dry Champagne-like finish, light bodied, although it has too little carbonation.
D – This is a ridiculously good beer. I think if it were brewed by monks in Belgium it would probably be exalted.
01-19-2010 15:07:35 | More by ktrillionaire
4.43/5 rDev +22%
Pours a nice, frothy head. Color is a clouded darker amber.
Smell is a bit spicy, although from a ginger beer, I'm not really sure what to expect.
First sip is a bit more citrus-like than I expected it would be. In terms of mouthfeel, I would agree that it's pretty rewarding. Overall flavor and consistency mirror that of some beers made with wild yeasts. And as those are some of my favorite, I would contest that this might end up on the top of your list.
03-11-2011 00:52:41 | More by techfed87
4.4/5 rDev +21.2%
Pours out a slightly hazed copper body with some slow moving bubbles and a thinnish head that manages to maintain itself. Smells of some soft bready and caramel malts with a fresh ginger crispness that is rather strong yet melds well with everything. Flavor starts off with a touch of sweetness and maltiness that I would best describe as a mix between breadiness and crackeriness. The bright ginger introduces itself in the middle. The finish is very dry with a touch of bitterness and a lovely lingering ginger spiciness. Mouthfeel is one of the creamiest I've come across in a long while. Moderate in weight. Really drinkable. I could drink this all night. This went amazingly well with a cracked black pepper encrusted goat cheese.
03-20-2008 07:26:27 | More by goochpunch
4.35/5 rDev +19.8%
Pours a murky copper with a few fine trails of carbonation rising through the middle. A small oatmeal colored head forms, but doesn't hold out very long. Smells like a malty pale ale, but with a dash of ginger. Actually it reminds me of spiced pumpkin smell for some reason. Solid, caramel maltyness holds up against the modest ginger. The finish is only slightly bitter, and there's a mild bite to the ginger. The hops are hard to pick out, but I think there's some piney hops in the mix. Almost chewy body does well to carry the sweet flavors and keep the ginger in check. Wow, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I'm impressed. Not as hot as I thought it would be, but that is good. Well balanced, flavorful, and I'm a ginger fan so I could drink a few of these.
02-19-2006 19:25:43 | More by HappyHourHero
4.35/5 rDev +19.8%
I've been searching for a great, ginger-flavored beer, and I think I might have found it.
Poured from a bottle into a sour glass.
A - Brick red color, with substantial khaki head, 2-3 fingers. Leaving a lovely, thick lacing.
S - The ginger is pretty bold already, but mostly just a malt profile. Nothing outstanding, just clean.
T - As it should, the crisp, clean taste of ginger just rolls onto the tongue. Backed by a honey and caramel malt profile, the ginger tugs at the tip of your tongue, and passes into a dry finish. There's a bit of a citrusy flavor, but it's very mellow. just enough to compliment the ginger, not overwhelm it.
M - Moderately light and bubbly, with a bit of weight in the end. Carbonation is pretty high, but the malts are definitely present. Finish is both dry and sweet, making for an interesting aftertaste. The ginger remains with you, making your whole mouth tingle.
O - Really happy with this beer! A perfect tribute to TRUE ginger flavor while still having some backbone and character. I hope I can find a US brewery that can rival, cause $6 for a 12 oz bottle is pretty steep for this style of beer.
03-23-2012 20:53:10 | More by emeline
4.33/5 rDev +19.3%
Had this one on-tap at Spuyten Duyvil. Damn, Joe has some esoteric beers ! Booya!
The beer poured a strange, almost pink? color that resembled pickled ginger. Wow! Not really sharp pink, but it definitely had some pink hues to it. Also, poured with a nice, pillowy 1.5" head on top. Nice.
The aroma was of spicy hops, ginger, and lemons. Very nice...
The taste was very well-balanced... not too assertively hopped, but much contribution from the ginger in the way of spiciness. You don't get much of the ginger until the end, where it leaves a tingling on the tongue.
The body was medium, and the carbonation was full. This seemed to also work well with the ginger... sort of a digestif.
Overall, a very drinkable brew. I definitely recommend this one.
07-27-2005 11:15:48 | More by Sixpoint
Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
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