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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew - Kiuchi Brewery

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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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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 portia99
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy/hazy, almost mud puddle brown color with a touch of amber mixed in. A thick finger of dense off white, creamy foam sits atop the beer for a minute or two, slowly dropping to the surface. Loose spiderwebs of lacing are left on the glass.

S - As one would expect, ginger is a major aroma component, but not as spicy as I expected. Sweet, caramelly malt seems to smooth out the ginger aromas. Not really grabbing any hops in the nose, really just the ginger on top of the malt is what gives this any character at all.

T - Again, gingery really is the best descriptor. Sweet caramel candies, sugar, some medicinal bitterness and a bit of yeast add a bit, but fairly low flavor profile overall. I think I was expecting more of a true ginger beer like experience and the lack of flavor intensity is a bit of a letdown.

M - Foamy and firm carbonation. Mildly spicy ginger gives the slightest of warm tingles. Body is just on the thin side of medium.

O - Nothing special here...ginger is lacking the punch I was looking for and the base beer really is pretty non-descript for me. A bit malty, not much for hops, ginger is a let down...just ok overall. Pretty expensive 12oz experience at $6+...don't think I will be revisiting. Having my doubts about the other bottle of Hitachino Nest beer I bought...

Photo of getgetgettleman
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes of 4/2/11

I received this bottle from my friend JT in a 6 pack grab.

A = Cloudy nut brown to beautiful amber red color. Stiff 2 finger froth. Creamy lace. Good carbonation.

S = Ginger, plum, malt, and minor hop.

T = Candied plum and malt. Corriander and cardomon spice. Semi synthetic tasting because of the sweetness.

M = Good body, drinks like a nut brown ale. Bubbly carb on the front end. Malty sweet cream on the back end.

O = I liked this because of the creamy malt factor. Kudos to Kiuchi Brewery for always trying to do something interesting. But the sweet notes seemed slightly unnatural. But I think I can get past that. This would pair well with wagu beef or bulgoki.

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

no notes, from memory
a- a green gold, with good brown head retention

n- malt. not really ginger, very very faint

m- full bodied ale, not the best acitity

t-really malty and light on the ginger. the spice is there after about 30 secs. but its super soft. its fairly lopsided.

d- i was expecting a little more. worth a try but once.

Photo of BrewerB
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Hazy, amber liquid fills the cup. Thin off-white foam formed but dissipated very quickly. Toast malts and gingerbread cookies tingle the nose. Hops might be present but having difficulty locating them. Cup yields very mild spicy notes with heavier emphasis on the bready, sweet croissant-like flavor. Low floral hop presence. Ginger spice notes more prevalent as the beer warms. Medium-light bodied with a moderate carbonation.

For a beer labeled "Real Ginger" I'd expect more of a spicy presence. Hard to pick it out although it did assert itself more as the beer warmed.

Photo of jocosa
2.35/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Was expecting much much more from this one. The aroma was of sugars and syrup. Just a bit too sweet for me as far as a beer goes. Great color and nice head, which settled down so a nice thin ring around the surface. I can't think of anything to pair with it, so it'll probably be a drain pour. Will think about trying this one again if I know it's a fresher batch (which may not be for a while), the shop I purchased this from often has outdated brews on the shelves.

Photo of jera1350
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a murky orange color with lots of bits floating about. Thin sandy head with some nice lacing.

A whiskey/sour mixed drink smell with apple cider. I'm guessing it's the ginger, but the cider is sweet smelling.

A bit confusing on the palate. Sour and moderately spicy tasting from the ginger, warm and noticeable alcohol, apple cider notes with a moderate sweetness. Very unique, but the flavor is not meshing real well.

Medium bodied, soft and smooth with a very dry finish.

I like the attempt here, but the flavor is kind of all over as mentioned before. Unique for sure, but I won't need to have this one again personally.

Photo of EricCioe
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours ruby red with some hanging sediment, a thin head that dies down to nothing, and no lace. On the nose the ginger hits hardest and first, but underneath that are some subtle fruit aromas. In the mouth the ginger is less assertive that I thought, a good thing, and there are some fruit notes. I think one reviewer mentioned watermelon, and that doesn't sound outrageous to me. I had a hard time picking out the individual flavors underneath the ginger, which kind of covered everything for me. The body is pretty light but the ginger sticks around on the front of the tongue for some time. I guess I just don't like ginger, or at least in beers. For someone who does, this may be a better brew.

Photo of techfed87
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice, frothy head. Color is a clouded darker amber.

Smell is a bit spicy, although from a ginger beer, I'm not really sure what to expect.

First sip is a bit more citrus-like than I expected it would be. In terms of mouthfeel, I would agree that it's pretty rewarding. Overall flavor and consistency mirror that of some beers made with wild yeasts. And as those are some of my favorite, I would contest that this might end up on the top of your list.

Photo of eat
2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An opaque ruddy amber body holds a sparse, frothy cream-coloured head.

Lots of caramel malt up front, with subtler-than-expected powdered ginger sneaking up underneath. Flowers, peppercorns, nutmeg, a little alcohol. The nose reminds me a little of a saison. I'm left wanting lots more presence here.

Thin on taste, a too-high alcohol presence and less ginger flavour than you would expect given a name like this. Sweet dark malt (reminds me a bit of a malt from a bock), alcohol, characterless bitterness and light powdered ginger. Not too well balanced nor is it at all interesting. Light drying bitterness and malt-liquor alcohol on the finish.

It looked watery on the pour and lo and behold...it is watery. Lightly carbonated. Not a good feel, but I guess it at least pairs well with the other elements of this strange brew.

I'm not into this one; glad I only bought the one bottle out of curiosity. Of all the Hitachino Nest offerings the LCBO could have brought in, why did they choose this one?

Photo of Gobzilla
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a murky light brown in color with pale yellow highlights and had a thin head leaving very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I could definitely smell the ginger in the nose with other herbs, spices, some grains, and sweetness I believe were coming from the malts; smelled like ginger dressing.

T: the ginger character was also big on the palate with spices, herb, caramel, mild hop accents but had a good sweet malty presence and a touch of citrus.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of prickly carbonation which had a sweet, herbal, spice, slightly hoppy, and sticky finish.

D: I liked the balance in the herbal character which was not overwhelming, drank decent, and was a decent herbal brew.

Photo of Rutager
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance. Poured a cloudy copper with a half-finger head that quickly fell to a film. Minimal lacing.

Smell. Herbal ginger. A little toasty malt.

Taste. A little sweet, dry spicy ginger. Hint of hops at the end?

Mouthfeel. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability. Not a great drinker. A little too herby.

Photo of CHickman
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours hazy copper in color with a small creamy tan head that faded quickly; good spotty lacing that clings to the glass.

Smells of ginger, herbs, sweet malt, yeast and light caramel; pretty funky aroma that's sweet and spicy.

Taste is really strange, but decent to good; flavor is a mix of sweet malt, ginger, pepper, floral hops, flowers, herbs, caramel, coriander, lemon zest, orange peel, yeast, grass, sour apple and sour berries like blackberry; the funky yeast aftertaste was sour and metallic and sent mixed signals - didn't know if I was really loving this beer or really hating this beer as it went down. The 7% ABV was very well hidden.

Mouthfeel with smooth, light and crisp, with light carbonation and a refreshing sensation overall. Low drinkability; this was a nice experiment, but not a beer I'd seek out again.

Photo of Macca
2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This pours a dark cloudy orange amber colour with small beige head

The ginger isn't as dominant on the nose as I was expecting. It's a fuller ginger aroma rather than something sharp. Some nice malt notes too.

Hardly any ginger coming through on the palate. Some sweet maltiness and yeasty spiciness but that is it. Too sweet for mine.

The alcohol is quite upfront.

Disappointed with this. Everything seems out of balance.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange amber, pretty thick and syrupy. Not much of a head forms on this, no real lacing. The unique (maybe good, maybe bad) thing about this is the strange sediment that hangs collodially in the brew. It's dark, kind of like pepper. Weird...Aromas are full of ginger...Like a non-alcoholic ginger ale. But they don't completely dominate. I get a lot of the caramel malt used in the brew, and the ginger seems to accentuate and enhance the aromas. Very nice a refreshing, actually. Flavor is interesting, as all these guys' beers are. Very spritzy tasting. Not really carbonated, but the flavors make you think it's more carbonated than it is. Lot's of citrusy tang right up front - some malt based and some from the ginger. Not spicy at all, like I thought it might be. The flavors careen around your mouth, malt here, ginger there. Quite well done, truth be told. It's got a hint of sweetness to it, and the finish is nice and dry. The price is daunting at $5.29/12oz. bottle. With an ABV of 7%, this is quite nice. Not super drinkable as the flavors are vibrant and the beer isn't light. I really like this and would drink it more if it were cheaper.

What I like most: The well-balanced use of Ginger throughout the beer.

What I like least: The price and poor appearance.

Verdict: Quite nice, unique and refreshing. Too expensive, but worth trying if you see it.

Photo of bobsy
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich mahogany with a finger of white head that leaves some lace spots on the glass. Ginger cookie nose has an awesome gingersnap aspect that begs to be drank. Some sweet malts and alcohol in behind. Great candied ginger flavour, which combines with the alcohol to give a wonderful peppery, warming feel. This all plays off a strong sweet, bready background. Medium body feels bulkier than it is because of a pillowy carbonation.

Japanese beer provides me with happy memories of vacations past, and its easy for me to look at them with rose-tinted glasses, but I believe this is the real deal. An ode to one of the world's greatest tuberous roots.

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of mlazzaro
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy reddish brown color. Nice cream colored head. Head holding nicely. Has an almost Belgiany aroma. That is most likely the spice replicating yeast esters. I like how this is still a delicious malty flavored beer with inclusion of ginger. The base of the beer would be delicious without the ginger addition (which works quite well ion the brew.) Just a hint of ginger at the end of the sip with the bitterness. I really like this beer! best ginger beer I have ever had. Biterness and ABV work well together. Tastes fresh for Japanese beer. I am quite happy with the purchase.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours hazy rusty red brown topped by a reasonably retentive tan brown head which leave a trail of nice lace.

Aromas of candied ginger and brown sugar prevail. Caramel malts seem at play here adding their distinctive character almost demerara in nature. A strange spiced cream scent adds intrigue.

Candied ginger again comes to the forefront in taste with a peppery quality adding some good bite. This cuts through the very strong malt character quite well leading to a gingerbread sensation. Burnt notes mix with glimpses of apricot and cherry fruitiness. Mild hopping provides a balancing afterthought.
The body is rich smooth with medium high carbonation.

A very interesting beer, I would not have expected it to be as dark and malt heavy as it was. It certainly works well the ginger standing up well to the richness of the malt, quite enjoyable.

Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber color. Slightly murky. Pretty nice actually. Extremely thin white lace around edge. No head. Very gingery aroma. Smooths out as beer warms. Malt is added
is added to the aroma as beer warms. Average carbonation. Light in finish, very drinkable. Color clears as it warms. Spiciness also nellies out with warmth. Breadiness and alcohol increase slightly with warmth. Still very good.

Photo of snogglethorpe
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

[I'm not sure if this is the same beer as their earlier "Real Ginger Brew", but the bottle I have definitely says "Real Ginger Ale" (and has a different illustration).]

Anyway, this is a hit and miss beer. It looks pretty enough, a deep amber color, and really smells like ginger. There's a smallish quickly dispersing head.

The immediate impression upon drinking it is: despite the head, it tastes completely flat. There's no sensation of carbonation at all. A bit disappointing.

The taste pretty much delivers what was advertised -- it really tastes like a classic non-alcoholic ginger ale, and it's even on the more spicy/gingery/hot end of that spectrum. This is layered over a fairly sweet malty beer that's agreeable enough, and supports the ginger taste decently, but really doesn't add all that much beyond sweetness. Well.... that's not entirely true; I'm left with a vague "brown sugar" aftertaste, although this might be simply the association that comes from a lifetime of eating other sweet ginger goods... :]

The alcohol is somewhat apparent at 7%.

This is a beer that I wanted to like, and if you like the taste of spicy ginger (I do), it does come through in that respect, but the flatness knocks it down, and while it's reasonably drinkable, I had the feeling that it really didn't gain a whole lot from being a beer -- there's a sense of "that's all?"

All in all, it's worth trying, but I'm not sure I'd buy another bottle.

Photo of TheHammer
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A cloudy reddish brown that seems to boast quite a few particles on yeast and ginger I would assume. Anyways, a pinky of creamy head that retained amirably was produced.

Smell: Ginger dominates the nose unsurprisingly, to a backing a fruity yeast and light caramel malt. Notes of grapes, apples and plums can be found. A little more potency could be had though, as warming didn't help very much.

Taste: Starts with the immediate taste of light ginger with the barest trace of malt and turns beautifully to a fruity apple yeast flavour for a brief moment before being quickly taken away by an almost spicy kick of ginger and peppery hops. That brief yeast taste really does wonders for the drinkability as you keep wanting to find it.

Mouthfeel: Well it has an almost surreal creaminess to it and the transistioning while odd, I wouldn't say is bad. However there is a lack of carbonation with this one, and the bitterest end of the ginger snap seems to linger on the back of the tounge. I think also to consistency stops it from scorring higher as it comes across as thicker then it should be.

Drinkability: Despite being a bit dry due to the yeast and ginger, this beer does a good job of getting down. As I said earilier that brief fruity hit really helps it and no gas or stomach issues are apparent. It goes down well although it could be a bit more refreshing.

Final Thoughts: All in all, this was far better then the last beer I had from Japan (being Asahi Super Dry) so all is forgiven. I'd probably pick this up again as a novelty. It's just so weird and off the beaten path for me. Give it a shot.

As a side note, something about that bizzare orange cartoon owl on the bottle creeps me out for some reason. It's like his unrelenting steady gaze, slowly bores into my soul. It wouldn't stop me from buying it again, but for some reason it seems...unsettling.

Photo of heebes
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich deep-medium amber with a thick foamy head. Rentention fades and some lacing is left, overall seems to have good carbonation.
The nose is sweet with the ginger essence really coming through. Fruits and hops are rich auromas also appearing.
This is a bitter beer to begin, a real lingering hop taste. The ginger isnt overpowering but rather a settled slight aftertaste.
It's got a big burst of flavour at the sip wich soon settles.
Mouthfeel is medium, a bit watery and a bit chewy.
Overall this is decent ginger brew and hopefully only a sneak peak into more craft beers from Japan. Would be best paired with food, but on it's own it's still a treat. Could have a few in a session.

Photo of perrymarcus
2.48/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | 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, 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 drain pour, but a bit of a disappointment.

somewhat creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel. obviously i'm not going to find this one very drinkable. i'd be open to sampling other offerings from the brewery, but this particular beer just isn't for me.

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tried out my first ginger infused ale a few months ago and enjoyed it. Saw this on a recent trip to Ontario and thought I would sample another take on it.

Best before date of November 2010.

Pours a hazy dark amber/red color with a finger of head. Head retention is pretty good, with it settling down to a fairly thick cap.

Light scent of ginger. Not much else.

Big ginger taste up front, that sort of coasts and declines until we are done with the aftertaste. Decent malt backbone as well, so you aren't left feeling you are drinking a glass of fresh ginger.

Stronger than the other ginger beer I have had. While the other one I found somewhat sessionable, this one (while enjoyable) feels more like it needs a food accompaniment.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Certainly smells a bit gingery. Pours a chill hazed amber with an average sized, but impeccably creamy head. Nose has ginger of course, and hints of honey. A bit of a spicy flavour, and very dry. Gingery bitterness (does that make sense?) and bit of a husky grain round out the flavours. Not a lot of acidity and did I mention very dry? Moderate body but sharp carbonation and ok drinkability. Maybe a bit of novelty here, but not much else.

Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.