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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew - Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Real Ginger BrewHitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew

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360 Ratings
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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.11%

Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 02:34:57 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of CrazyDavros


2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 10:26:01 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of rudzud


3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 02:37:15 | More by rudzud
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 18:04:06 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of BostonHops


2.38/5  rDev -34.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 06:56:17 | More by BostonHops
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 11:53:02 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of emeline

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
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.


Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 20:53:10 | More by emeline
Photo of bluHatter


4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 02:50:16 | More by bluHatter
Photo of GinaBeerInc


4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 19:39:51 | More by GinaBeerInc
Photo of shand


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 02:35:44 | More by shand
Photo of matjack85


4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. 330ml brown bottle for $5. No freshness date, but the owl is cool.

The beer poured out a hazed copper color with a nice 1½-finger fluffy white head that lasted a few minutes before receding to just a rim. Moderate lacing.

The ginger smell is definitely there along with a significant amout of sweet malts.

Sweet, spicy, and delicious. Seems like there's more than just one kind of malt in here. I'm getting caramel, brown sugar, and even a kiss of honey. The ginger adds spiciness, and in my opinion they added just the right amount to make this a really tasty brew. Low bitterness, but enough hops to cut into the sweetness. This is good stuff.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel, yet light and refreshing despite the low carbonation.

This may be the best ginger beer on the market.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 10:44:59 | More by matjack85
Photo of drabmuh


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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 +7.1%
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 -8.5%
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 flannelman808


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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 +22.3%
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 Pintofbrown


4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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
Photo of tonyf55

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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 -0.3%
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 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! I also get a nice subtle citrus twang in there too. The taste is bready, biscuity malt, sweet and tangy ginger, some black pepper, and a musty leafiness, that is somehow hard to ascribe to hops. The carbonation is average, and a little frothy, the body medium weight, mildly astringent, 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. Despite its inconsistencies (which seem sort of endearing at times) this would kick ass on the usual Sapporo or Kirin lager options at every sushi joint on the planet.

Serving type: bottle

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -3%
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 +9.3%
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 +15.9%
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 -2.5%
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 +13.5%
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
Photo of celticfutblclub


3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle put in pint glass.

a nice hazy brown body with a thin head that has ok retention and minimum lacing. nose is spicy ginger cinnamon and bread malts. taste is big spicy ginger crackers and a nice hop bite with a dry finish. carbonation is moderate to low. overall this is a fine beer. its interesting and definitely worth the try as a one off.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 01:51:30 | More by celticfutblclub
Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.