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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew - Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger BrewHitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew

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Reviews: 218
Hads: 447
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 21.1%
Wants: 12
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 Troy-Hawaii
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy caramel color, high carbonation, medium mouthfeel, smell and taste of ginger, slight aftertaste. You don't forget that you are drinking a beer unlike some other flavored brews that taste more like wine coolers than beer. Interesting enough to try at least once.

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Photo of Burg
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle from RSVP in Portland Maine. Very good beer. Ginger and spice/alcohol on the nose. Mouthfeel surprisingly super smooth and creamy. Strong Ginger taste, sweet and boozy. Not real complex. This is the second Hitachino Nest beer I have had. Impressed with this brewery.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Bottle, Brown, hazy with minimal white head. Aroma, Ginger, malt and spices. Light sweet, light sweet with a ginger end. Alc well hidden. Not to bad.

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Photo of Brew_42
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Might have gotten a bad bottle but.....

Copper colored.

Smells heavily of ginger as to be expected.

The taste of ginger is so strong that I couldn't really enjoy it. The sweetness was overpowered by something in between floral and sour.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

S: wet, mild hop presence, gingery, strong pear
A: water, weak head retention, almost no head really, looks like apple juice
T: Spice blends nicely with the grain in the beer, very sweet, presence of honey in a good way, definite ginger as the label suggests, this is a very interesting beer, taste a bit of rice, it might be the grain used not sure. needs a session variety with a toned back honey profile, it would make a great everyday beer
M: silky, cold,sharp and crisp
O: Quite good, could benefit from a tad more of the citrus presence in the beer to balance it out. it is very interesting and different, definitely worth a try

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of cmq103
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from a 720 ml. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass. Dark amber in color with a ½ off white head. Spotty lacing that disappears quickly.

Smell: Make no mistake; the ginger aroma is prominent and distinct. An aggressive swirl of the glass brings out even more of the ginger aroma, followed by a hint of sweet candy-like booziness. Not the same ginger ale smell from a soda, as this was sweeter and spicier with a citrus undertone.

Taste: Exactly as I thought it was be. Ginger, ginger, ginger all the way through with the same hint of sweet booziness at the finish. I catch a glimpse of nutmeg and all-spice with each sip. Dessert-like sweetness is prominent.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and slick, with a mildly bitter and warming finish. There is no doubt this beer dabbles in the 8% ABV range.

Overall: You have to love ginger to truly appreciate this beer. I happen to be a big fan of ginger, which is why I enjoyed this beer so much. It gets better as it warmed. If you like ginger then give it a try. This is my first beer from Kiuchi Brewery. I’m looking forward to trying more of them. Enjoy…

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(bottle code RG.13.12 - poured into a tall Unibroue tulip)

A: tall, gooey-spongy foam to start... somewhat cloudy, dark caramel color - looks like liquified caramel in the process of cooling off dry...

S: browned, dry caramel overtone... old, candied ginger

T: heavy malt foundation, malty ginger beer, herbal bitterness in the finish... powdered ginger and grain-husky bitterness lingers... tiny hint of spicy alcohol

M: fatty-round... thinnish, chewy-gooey viscosity... booze enhances the notably dry finish

O: caramel-y malt and powdered ginger are core to the taste here... it appears that it could be a goopy mess, however, the flavors seem to have decent balance and it thankfully ends up surprisingly dry... if you dig malt and ginger anything, this is a good one

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of beepill
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of Auraan
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
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 8% also gives you a nice double whammy when combined with the ginger :)

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Photo of ironchefkook
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.32/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.52/5  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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of BWED
3.41/5  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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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

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Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Aleks_P
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
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...

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
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