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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew - Kiuchi Brewery

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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 28 | 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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Ratings: 431 | Reviews: 216
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of flyingpig
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange amber colour with a foamy tan white head on top that is about two centimetres tall and holds very well.

Some ginger right at the start but not quite as strong as I had expected from the name and some of the cheaper ginger style beers I have tried previously. I can detect a good malt base and there is a touch of spice and hints of caramel and some light brown sugar notes.

Nice malts to start with followed up with a lot of spice and ginger along with some nice hints of brown sugar and even some caramel from the nose. Ginger and spice is very slightly more pronounced than some of other flavours. Surprisingly I even detected some light hops and citrus.

Medium with medium carbonation and touches of bitterness and a fair bit of spice. The flavours are all well balanced and there is a clean, wet finish to the beer.

Not as offensive in the ginger department as I had feared with all the flavours coming out well balanced and making a refreshing beer as a result.

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - very hazy burnt orange, thumb of tan head dissipated average to a thin cover with some random lacing down the glass as it was consumed
S - big shot of ginger and brown sugar, light molasses and pepper
T - ginger is more subdued than the nose but pleasant and well integrated, molasses and bread maltiness, just a touch of leafy hops
M - medium body and slightly creamy, a subtle ginger spice tingle lasts through the finish which also bready
O - the ginger is not overdone as is easy to do with this style, pleasant and refreshing while being a fairly big brew, a nice slant on the style

Photo of BeerOps
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours hazy dark amber with a small head.
Nose shows ginger, biscuit-like malt along with a soft spicy note.
More ginger in the flavours, but not dominant; there's also some faint bready malt. A bit of herbal astringency shows later. The base beer doesn't seem that great.

Photo of LambicKing
3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rudzud
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep, dark copper hue with a nice one finger creamy white head that leaves light side lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malts with a very light herbal/spice note from ginger root. Wish there was more ginger.

T - Taste isnt bad. More of those sweet malts, but not distractingly sweet, with nice light spice ginger. Again, bit too malty and not enough ginger for me.

M - Average mouthfeel here. Kind of thin, alcohol is definitely noticeable. Would like more carbonation.

O - Overall this was a relatively disappointing beer from Hitachino. Way too malty for my tastes with not enough bold ginger. Waste of money for the price.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Kimonos (Disney) in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper to garnet red in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that reduced to a thin film covering most of the surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to heavy aromas of caramel and toasted malts with some lighter notes of ginger - slightly spicy.

T: The beer has a pretty solid malt body that contributes some sweetness to the beer with the mostly caramel malt flavors. There is also a light presence of the ginger spice and just a touch of something like honey.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable but slightly too gingery and too strong in ABV to be sessionable. This beer paired very nicely with my sushi dinner and is definitely one that I would have another time.

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of BostonHops
2.45/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

11.2oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a hazy amber tone; about a finger of white head with mediocre retention, lacing.

who woulda thunk it: ginger leads the way in the nose... notes of caramel malts and a bit of spice, yeast round out the aroma. an intruiging (in a good way) smelling brew.

taste takes a step back. two steps, maybe three. the ginger pulls through, of course, along with some caramel malt, but i find the beer to be overly sweet, almost cloyingly so, with an accompanying tartness that IMO just doesn't jibe with the flavor profile. a bitter, pucker-inducing finish. not a drainpour, but a disappointment. somewhat creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel.

while i'd be open to sampling other offerings from the brewery, this particular beer just isn't for me. i may have to retract my earlier drainpour comment.

original review on: 09-21-2010

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased for me by @epiclurk. Shared with @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a pleasantly burnished orange-red colour, with a hazy wholeness to it. Some mild, filmy but fine lacing of pure white forms above the glass. Body actually looks pretty solid, which represents the beer overall: solid.

Nose is pleasantly sweet and gingery, in a (pardon the stereotype) very Asian kind of way. It has a pickled sweetness to the quality of the ginger, leaving it almost festive and boisterous. There's some slightly lively carbonic bite to it, but it's ok to ignore that and to consider just the unique ginger quality to the brew.

Similar sort of flavour to the Asian-style ginger. There's certainly some sweetness, and some husky spice to it, but it's almost as though the unusualness of the flavour protects you from the unexpected. It's as though the slightly curried or piquant ginger character caresses you and says "I know I'm not what you expect, but you could love me anyway".

Overall, an unexpectedly delicious, and certainly unusually caressing ginger-infused brew. There's something utterly unique about it, but also utterly disarming about it. Although almost everything about it is unexpected, you're happy to let it do what it needs to do. An unexpectedly pleasant experience.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
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