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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew - Kiuchi Brewery

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415 Ratings
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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: goodbyeohio on 07-13-2005)
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Photo of Sammy
2.6/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Sammy, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +10.5%

t0rin0, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

spycow, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of Blind BIF 6. Thanks to Brez07. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a clear amber color with a off-white head with good staying power. A touch of lacing. The nose brings some light spicing. Nothing too over-the-top. Flavor has a bit of light malty sweetness along with plenty of cinnamon. Could be a pumpkin beer or a winter warmer. Hard to distinguish with strong cinnamon and not much in the way of malt backing. Light-medium body with quite a bit of fizz. Dry.

Thorpe429, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Texasfan549, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy amber in color and poured with a thin light yellow head.
S: There are aromas of fresh ginger in the nose along with some hints of sweetness.
T: Similar to the smell, flavors of ginger are very prominent in the taste. There are only some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer clears your palate and is quite refreshing.

metter98, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

GRG1313, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

kjkinsey, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite plesant in its herbal, spicy, and intriguing character. Expeimental brews rarely contain the finess and roundness as this one. Aromas are floral and flowery with ginger, honey, suckle, and flowers. Basically a potpouri to the nose. Tastes less bitter and bite-ey than expected. Starts with, what would be, a fine pale ale. Throw in a ton of ginger, but without the heartburn qualities that are associated with bold spices. Melded to the tone that is expected from corriander. Lightly peppery and lemony to top it off. Finishes with a prickly and numbing carbonation and a dry powdery texture. Leaves a light ginger, alcohol, and honey flavor to reflect upon.

BEERchitect, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of deep caramel malt and toffee with some very subtle ginger notes. Taste is also dominated by caramel malt with sweet toffee notes while ginger is hidden quite well in this whole mix. Body is full with limited filtration and some average carbonation. Not bad overall but I was expecting a beer more focus toward ginger then strong caramel malt.

Phyl21ca, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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 ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

ygtbsm94, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A gift from Ding, as I have not previously had much in the way of luck with the Ginger Beers, I was going out on a limb to try this one, but I figured if he liked it, I had o give it a shot, right? The pour was nice, a soft amber, honey color with a good amount of clarity was presented before me. Nice carbonation coming up from the bottom to reinforce the two inch high head of fizzy white foam that was on the top of it. A quick fade left behind a white crown which dripped some side glass lace, and I have to admit a good looking beer so far

The aroma was your typical fare for the style with the rich candied sugar totally dominating the entire aroma. Nice, and subtle hints of ginger in the back, and a hint of rice, but this was a malt driven nose for sure. The feel was thicker then I thought, almost coming in at a medium bodied clip. Nice, albeit slightly slick finish to it, with decent enough carbonation. The flavor was light, lots of ginger but not overdone, with a good amount of spice thrown in. Nice grain like malts right up front again. It was an easy drinker and I had this one down in no time, though it was better cold then it was when it finally warmed up.

Overall not bad. I am really not a fan of the ginger beers, but even I have to admit that this one was not bad at all. I think I might even try it again one day, and would sure to take a test of it on tap if given the chance. If you see it and its reasonable, its not a bad bet.

mikesgroove, May 22, 2008
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

jaydoc, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking copper gold color with a foamy white head on top. The smell of the beer was pretty good, it had some subtle malts with a touch of ginger in there. The taste of the beer had a slightly sweet herbal spice flavor to it. The mouthfeel was pretty good, lighter bodied with a decent carbonation to it. Overall this beer is pretty good, I enjoyed it but I don't know if I'd go out of my way to have it again.

Knapp85, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, mahogany body with a thin, frothed, whiteish head.

Smell: Perfumy aroma smelling predominately of candied ginger.

Taste: Delicate, sweetish maltiness along with that candied ginger flavor. Tiny dash of pear juice. The ginger spiciness is left to do most of the balancing as there's only a slight, earthy bitterness. A dull, gingery burn sits on the tongue beyond the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Better than expected. Seriously! Plenty of ginger without being off-putting.

ChainGangGuy, May 11, 2008
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

SocalKicks, Sep 03, 2012
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.

oberon, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +10.5%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

biboergosum, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of nickfl
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of tan head that settles quickly to a film of large bubbles. The body is a hazy, dark amber color.

S - Pine/ citrus hops, malty note with some caramel, and a minor hint of ginger.

T - Spicy, citrus hops up front with a kick of ginger. Other spice flavors seem to be present as well, cinnamon and perhaps some anise. The finish is sweet and malty, lots of caramel, and balanced by mild hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately thick body, and a sweet finish.

D - A rich and spicy beer, a bit thick for my taste, but fairly drinkable. The ginger character is weaker than I expected, but the malt is quite nice and what ginger is present plays off of the malt in a nice way.

nickfl, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

RblWthACoz, Oct 16, 2012
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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.