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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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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of drabmuh


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Mike, I like this brewery, so does my wife.

Beer is light amber, mostly clear white head, decent retention, minimal lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is flat with a mild spice to it.

Beer is light in body, sweet and spicy, the ginger comes through nicely. The finish is a little dry but not too bad. A decent beer but not great. This brewery makes better beers and I've had them.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 03:26:43 | More by drabmuh
Photo of jbonapar

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in New York, New York...

Wonderfull Bottle! Love it. Poured a cloudy amber with an amazingly thick, creamy head. Great pour for sure.

Aroma is Hops and Ginger. sweet pickled ginger.

Taste is very interesting, the hops and Ginger blend and increase the power of the bitterness. A nice malty backbone to balance the flavors. A very assertive beer with probably the best "ginger" i've ever tasted in a beer. Be prepared for some deep and strong flavor. If you like Sushi ginger you'll enjoy trying this.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 03:42:43 | More by jbonapar
Photo of Thorpe429


3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 01:38:35 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of OBIrish24


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-27-2011 01:13:16 | More by OBIrish24
Photo of StonePhil


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-20-2011 01:28:15 | More by StonePhil
Photo of tbeq00


4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-12-2011 20:56:34 | More by tbeq00
Photo of kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

11-30-2011 20:50:46 | More by kelvarnsen
Photo of brandoman63


2/5  rDev -44.9%

11-30-2011 19:29:41 | More by brandoman63
Photo of flannelman808


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a pretty recent batch of this stuff from todays date 11-26-11;

A: Pours a sort of wild strawberry muddy brown pale violet color with a distinguished, very thinly cut ginger colored with decent retention and good lacing.

S: subdued ginger notes and cane sugar on the cane.
an afterthought of wintergreen.

T: Almost at the same time, sweet brown sugar cane slowly fills the mouth right next to sliced ginger (the head). A whisper of ripe red fruit over the middle, and finishing with a very clean sort of halfway chewed double mint gum, or a mild citrus/wintergreen if you prefer. Not impressive depth of flavor or boldness.

M: latte froth.

O: very quaffable but not all that outstanding in expression of flavor. Not worth the price, these beers have become very expensive in the last two years.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 13:10:26 | More by flannelman808
Photo of weller1js

West Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 02:03:50 | More by weller1js
Photo of corby112


4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-22-2011 03:51:41 | More by corby112
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

11-20-2011 20:21:41 | More by deapokid
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New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-20-2011 19:30:35 | More by beerman999999
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-20-2011 05:02:16 | More by JAHMUR
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-20-2011 00:54:42 | More by kevo237
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5/5  rDev +37.7%

11-18-2011 04:00:59 | More by Ryburr
Photo of Pintofbrown


4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a glass stein.

Appearance- Extremely cloudy copper-amber body with copious amounts of carbonation. The head receded from a one-finger, orange tinted head quickly. Only a little foam left around the perimeter of the glass.

Smell- Very spicy hops and a nice caramel malt coming up to meet me. It takes a couple of sniffs, but the ginger starts to come on strong. Luckily, it smells like the real deal and not some "ginger flavoring". Really pleasant and crisp.

Taste- Lots of ginger pervades through out the drink, and it is good. However, the malt that is used is not doing a good job of meshing with the ginger. It is honestly, a little too sweet.

Besides that, there is a little bit of an ester note to the drink. And incredibly, as the drink warms, a little bit of roasted quality coming through. Odd, but it works better than the sweet malt. Also a slight wheat feel to the finish. Mainly, I am happy the ginger is not overwhelming.

Mouth feel- It is definitely medium bodied, thanks to the malt smoothing everything out. I was afraid the carbonation was going to be overdone, but it actually is really creamy.

Overall- It is hard to place every thing that is going on in this beer. And even harder for me to decide how much I like it. I think I would have it again, because it is so easy to drink.

I am starting to think I would have liked more ginger on the palate than what was given. That sweet malt has a way of cancelling out the ginger.

But if you are looking for a ginger beer, you could do much worse. Because this offering has the ginger without being a bummer to drink. And that makes it okay in my book.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 01:44:10 | More by Pintofbrown
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-16-2011 20:51:58 | More by horrorspecialty
Photo of tonyf55

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the little bottle with the owl into a tulip glass

Visual (4): Orangy-red color with almost no clarity and a lot of particulates. Looks almost like a pumpkin spice beer. Head was slightly off white (three-finger down to single finger quickly), with large rolling bubbles. Eventually settles into a thin white film across the top of the beer.

Aroma (4): Mainly the crisp, but light, smell of ginger. Makes me think of eating sushi. Malty scent is weakly present, enough to make sure you remember that's a beer you're smelling.

Taste (3.5): Ginger is dominant, but not in the way I was expecting. Other ginger beers tend to be overly sweet with the ginger flavour, while Real Ginger Brew showcases the 'real ginger' as almost an undertone. Sweetness is present, but not overstated. The tiniest hint of bitterness at the end with almost no taste indication of the higher 7% ABV. Like the initial taste, any lasting ginger flavour is almost non-existent.

Mouthfeel (3): Thin and watery, emphasizing the lively carbonation. Leaves a chalky coating and an alcoholic numbness on the tounge

Overall (4): The smell and look are great for a ginger beer and the taste is bang-on the goal. Couple this with some sushi and you have the perfect match. I'm struggling to place this as a "refreshing" or "savory" beer, likely because its a bit of both depending on when you're drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 00:40:12 | More by tonyf55
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 22:26:51 | More by biboergosum
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 22/10/11

A very hazy brownish amber with a plenty of bubbles swirling off the bottom feed a large three finger head that falls fast stopping at a thick film leaving a couple partial rings of lace

S ginger is noticeable but not sweet or pickled, OK maybe a little sweet but its the root on display here with a little brown sugar, booze and white pepper

T no connection here, moldy wood and bitter root, I understand its a ginger beer but its like chewing on a wet stick

M slight heat and a little grit with a lingering woody flavor and a bitter bite, well carbonated but that's a highlight

O went down easy enough but it may have been out of curiosity and I never really did figure it out

for once the taste didn't mimic the smell, interesting stuff and I feel I should powering back Unagi, and Ebi with a California Roll on the side

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 06:52:39 | More by wordemupg
Photo of Rukasu

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great spicy fall beer.

Pours a thick, murky copper color with yellowish tinted head which dissipates quickly.

Great biting, yet sweet ginger scent.

Taste is malty and sugar sweet, the ginger taste hits strongly at the front yet mellows out when swallowed. Feel is a bit syrupy.

This beer almost has shandy qualities to it, could almost be good with a wedge of lemon in the summer or straight up on a cool fall day.

Overall a good beer, but a full bomber bottle is tough to manage single-handedly.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 00:42:46 | More by Rukasu
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!)

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 22:11:36 | More by cbarrett4
Photo of Knapp85


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 22:00:05 | More by Knapp85
Photo of lstokes


4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Binny's and wish I had picked up more. The nose is a lot of candied sugar, but the taste picks up considerably. Woody ginger and spicy clove, toasty malts, some pear/apricot fruitiness and candied sugar, but overall this is a big spicy beer rather than a sweet one. Full coating mouthfeel.

My boyfriend and I both really enjoyed it--not what we were expecting from a ginger beer, surprised us and knocked it out of the park. Will be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 12:16:53 | More by lstokes
Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.