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

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 BostonHops
2.38/5  rDev -34.3%
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

BostonHops, May 12, 2012
Photo of Vylo
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Vylo, May 09, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

lacqueredmouse, May 05, 2012
Photo of andrewborstein
4/5  rDev +10.5%

andrewborstein, May 01, 2012
Photo of kchannel9
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

kchannel9, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of StoicBeast
4/5  rDev +10.5%

StoicBeast, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of CBPAS
4/5  rDev +10.5%

CBPAS, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of NewportBoom
4/5  rDev +10.5%

NewportBoom, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of sobapan
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

sobapan, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Clinton
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Clinton, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of emeline
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.


emeline, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of jpajpajeff
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

jpajpajeff, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of PG2G
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

PG2G, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Hanzo, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of BarrelAgedBarry
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

BarrelAgedBarry, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of TheBeard89
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

TheBeard89, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of electtodefer
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

electtodefer, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of bluHatter
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love Hitachino Nest. There's just something different about their brews. Poured this into a chilled Hitachino Nest Beer glass.

A: Very foggy orange in color. Pours with a huge 4-5 finger thick head. Perfect lacing. Looks amazing.

S: Tangy, ginger, sweet fruits, allspice, caramel, a little wood.

T: Fast, strong floral hops, light citrus that quickly fades into a strong ginger character. Light bitter back, but nothing unpleasant here at all.

M: Dry, smooth and creamy, fluffy carbonation.

O: Kiuchi is by far my favorite brewery. Even though I didn't think I'd care much for a "ginger" beer, once again the Hitachino Nest series pulls through and puts forth a winner. Absolutely great.

bluHatter, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of kinolust
3/5  rDev -17.1%

kinolust, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

imperialking, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of GinaBeerInc
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Copper color. Off-white head quickly fades. Great aroma: lots of fresh ginger with dandelion and wildflower, citrus zest, caramel in the malt. Medium to full, slick body with light bubbles on the tongue. Lots more ginger with grass and wildflowers in the flavor; great malt balance in behind with citrus zest. Dark fruit in the finish. Good Stuff.

GinaBeerInc, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Jibecity223
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Jibecity223, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of shigg85
4/5  rDev +10.5%

shigg85, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of likeemdark
3/5  rDev -17.1%

likeemdark, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of shand
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

I love (non-alcoholic) ginger beers, so thought I should give this guy a chance. Pours a very hazy orange-yellow color with a tiny head. Aroma is ginger and sweet malts. The taste has that ginger kick for sure, but the sweet malts (caramel and sugar) really don't work with the ginger kick. There's some other spices in here that also kinda muddle the whole thing. It works, but could be a bit better. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and strangely drying on the finish - it's almost like my tongue is dry, but my throat is still wet. Overall, it was an alright beer, but as a huge ginger fan, I really wanted more.

shand, Jan 24, 2012
Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.