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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew - Kiuchi Brewery

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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 7
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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Japan

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 despainmakesbeer
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

despainmakesbeer, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of snogglethorpe
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

snogglethorpe, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of TheHammer
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

TheHammer, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of heebes
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

heebes, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of perrymarcus
2.48/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

perrymarcus, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of Seanstoppable
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Seanstoppable, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of allergictomacros
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

allergictomacros, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of mynie
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells like medicine ginger. They make that, right? Cus my mom always said that when my stummy starts aching, like from a flu, it's good to drink a glass of Vernors. This is like that, only instead of sugar backing up the ginger spice you get, like, a rootiness.

It's like black licorice only without the sugar.

Only this ginger instead of anis/licorice flavor , so that's not a good literal paralell, but the affect is very much the same. It's like an old timey flavor that you're used to having sugared up--all processed and corn-syrupy--only this hits you without any sugaring.

And yet it's still a beer. Rice and thick, bitter barley dominate the back end, along with zippy yeast and pleasant alcohol burn. This is maybe a bit too thick, seeing as the opening end is more like a nice old timey cough drop.

mynie, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of canucklehead
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see a ginger beer that is big enough to work with the ginger flavour and make it food friendly. Darkish ale with lots of ginger but a goodly amount of hops and malt to back it up. I probably wouldn't want to drink more than one but as Ginger beers go this is pretty good

canucklehead, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of carpezytha
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip at 53 degrees F

A: Murky and tawny colored body. Prper head that slowly settles leaving a nice lace ring.
S: Spicy ginger with corn husks and yeast.
T: Rough roots, earth, hay, less ginger than in nose on first taste. There are a lot of intangibles, with bark, dried rinds supporting a sweet tang.
M: A burly and large texture, not smooth on the micro level but overall gives a satisfying grip.
D: I can see why not everyone would like this but to me it is a gem. I find its challenges, if well met, are worthwhile. Like a young art student she will break your heart and keep you coming back for more. You may not marry her but you will sleep with her again given the right circumstances.

carpezytha, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of kjyost
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO in July, no date code to be found.

Poured into a tulip, where the very deep red brown beer exhibited a touch of cloudiness, and a fizzy head that *POOF* disappeared, pretending it had never existed, one of my pet peeves. The beer label claims to use fresh ginger, and the beer itself smells of only one thing: fresh ginger, with the natural grassiness and spice that accompanies this root. I had hoped for a balance between bready malt aromas and and the ginger, alas. As time passes the aroma moves almost to a soy / wasabi blend.

The beer itself surprises, for a beer dominated by ginger on the nose it exhibits a decent balance between the bready malt, mild caramel sweetness and ginger. The scale is definitely tilted towards ginger, though not unacceptably so. Ginger and soy linger on the tongue. The only thing holding the taste back is the mouthfeel which is too thin and watery. The carbonation seems to have released itself in one fell swoop with the head, leaving a light watery feel. The 7% is perfectly masked though.

Certainly a specialty beer to pair with the right dish / mood, but a good drink for the right person looking for something different.

kjyost, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of TerryW
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy cedar-red under a good sized head that settles to a film. Gives up a little lace early on. Looks appetizing.

Smell is also appetizing. The ginger is clearly present alongside an unexpectedly large dose of hops. Sweet malts also noticeable. Overall the aroma comes across as fruity and sweet and could remind you of a Belgian.

The taste of the beer comes across the same way. Ginger, the unexpectedly generous hopping, sweet malt, fruit, and a touch of alcohol. Once again, could remind you of a Belgian. Mouthfeel is slightly heavy and sweet. Well made and smooth.

Overall an interesting brew. Definitely a firm solid brew. Best suited for working at slowly while sitting in your favorite comfy chair. I'd do this one again.

TerryW, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to try a foreign ginger beer, as my last expericence was quite rewarding.

A - Pours a nice hazy golden colour, thin finger of head, which held its own, yet didn't offer much in terms of lacing.

S - The scent was a little disappointing, and nowhere near what I have experience in the past (albeit rather limited). Could be a bit sweeter. It had more of a chocolate malt scent, though a bready ginger snap did come through.

T - The taste was rather nice, but it didn't offer enough ginger for my liking. The bready malts dominated the palette, and the ginger snap finish was a little disappointing. The flavours were nice, but I would've preferred something with a little more of a ginger kick.

M - Nothing wrong in this cateogry. Nicely balanced carbonation, that goes down smooth.

D - Tasty but I've had better... I wouldn't consider myself a connoiseur of the style, however, I would've liked something with a little more ginger.

andrenaline, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of StephenRich
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ginger is a sweet, tangy, heaty, spicy and potent root. So what is it doing in a beer? The better question is why not put it in a beer? Exactly. Why not, thats the beauty of craft beer. We can design and brew practically anything we want with anything we want! Hitachino Nest, an award winning brewery from Japan has created a Real Ginger Beer for the Japanese and North American Market.

This beer starts off in the usual manner brewed with marris otter, munich, crystal and chocolate malt. Hops added are chinook, perle, and styrian golding. But then raw ginger is added into the mix adding rich aromas and flavor to a beer that ends up at 7% abv with just 18 IBUs. I have had a few ginger beers before, and most of them have been light, pale yellow beers with very little character and a somewhat forced ginger flavor that does not meld well with the beer, or enhance its flavors. But I can tell you now that this ginger ale made it all the way over here from Japan for good reason.

The Ginger Brew comes in a short 33oml bottle and is available at the LCBO and much of the United States. I wans't quite sure at what temperature to serve this beer at, but at 7% I knew it wasn't going to be just another light and fizzy ginger beer. I have also had other beers from Hitachino Nest before, so I had faith in the craftsmanship.

I opened it up cool around 8C (45F) and poured it into a tulip glass. The pour was smooth and clean with a slight oil like consistency. It build a gorgeous deep amber brown beer with rich copper reds and golden shades of brunt orange and brown sugar glowing out from it. A sturdy and densely packed one and half inch head build up an egg shell, creamy white foam with a frothy cap. A slight haze and deep rich color prevented much light from getting though proving a richly focused beer. This was really a striking beer that so far and had me very excited.

The nose was warming and malty sweet with a perfect blend of rich caramel and brown sugar malts and the distinct smooth heat of ginger. Warming spices come in off the back end of the beer and hints at herbs, soft fruits, and a touch of yeast. Whats most prominent is the melted caramel scent that has been invigorated by the power of the ginger, and the blend is just perfect.

Like the nose, the taste is perfectly paired. Warm malts wash smoothly over your palate with an oil like creaminess and a big round mouthfeel. The malt is widely complex and shows flavors of fresh grains, brown sugar, dark toffee and consistently a heat and spice from sweet ginger. Go grab some ginger, and peel off the skin with a spoon, then just smell the oils that are present in the raw golden white and yellow flesh. That is the fresh, mellow sweet, slightly spicy, and warming sensation that the ginger contributes to this beer.

Rather than trying to go it on its own, the ginger is worked masterfully into the deep flavors of this beer and has actually created a remarkable brew. Hop flavors are restrained but do add some herbal and floral aromas, and the touch of bitter balanced out sweet malts and a honey like sugar. Biscuit and slightly tart dried fruits make their way in the back of this beer as well adding further layers of flavor and depth.

Thats the key to this beer. It is not a one sided ginger beer - it has depth and complexity showing ginger essence on every level. The mouthfeel fits the beer perfectly too with a light carbonation but overall a creamy smooth, and lightly thick texture that coats your palate and sooths your tongue. A touch of earthy dry hops help the beer quench rather than stick, finishing off with hints of spice, heat and sweet ginger.

This was very well done, and is easily the best ginger beer I have ever had. I will be very excited to try it with Asian dishes made with ginger, but also burgers, steak, roast beef, and sharp cheeses will work fabulously with this fascinating and enjoyable beer.

StephenRich, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of decimator
1.83/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

330ml bottle poured into a mug.

A - Poured a cloudy copper with a 1cm creamy head that quickly reduced to a thin bubbly cap.

S - Sweet malts, ginger and savoury herbs. It's interesting and different. Not what I was expecting but it wasn't offensive.

T - Sweet, spicy, gingery, a bit salty and an unpleasant bitter finish. Similar to the aroma but it didn't taste too good.

M - Flat, bland & rustic. It could use more carbonation.

D - I love ginger. I love cooking with it. I love eating it. I love drinking it. Just really not loving drinking this one. Halfway through the drink down the drain it went.

decimator, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample shared @ Arp's B-Day party.

Looks nice in the glass. Amber color, no real lace or head to speak of, though.

Smells of ginger, honey, pale malt, and a touch of crackery malt.

Taste is weird. The ginger in the nose has dissapeared. Strange brew here, not really a herbed/spiced, I'd call it more of an amber. Some caramel malt and perhaps a hint of tart fruit. Strangeness abounding here.

Mouthfeel was actually creamy, medium body. Seems out of place. This is one odd-ball brew.

Despite the weird disconnect between the nose, tongue, and mouth this beer was remarkably average. Not offensive, but nothing worth wasting one's time drinking IMO. Sorry for the short review, but I'd rather not waste my time or creative energy BS'ing about this. Would not drink again unless other available brews are few and far between.

jampics2, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
2.35/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. G.09.12 printed on the label.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with some golden hues around the rim. Almost no head.

Nose: Just ginger. Ginger and more ginger. Period.

Palate: Crisp with lots of spicy ginger surprising enough. Somewhat floral and earthy. Simple.

Notes: Meh. Ginger beer. Wish it was carbonated...

SFLpunk, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of Ralphus
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Kiuchi beer and it's not what I expected. I have to admit that I was thinking Japan + ginger = strange sapporo! I was wrong, but glad to be so.

It pours a deep, semi cloudy mahogany colour. The head beige and slowly falls to a light ring of foam. At first smell I swear I go raisins, but deeper into the glass you can pick out lots of roasted malts and spice.

The taste is bigger and more complex than you'd expect. Rich roasted malts, hints of pine, sweet fruits and a lightly bitter and spicy finish are there. It may be brewed with ginger but I wouldn't have known if tasting blind. It tastes a bit like a slightly watered down barleywine or a double. I assume the spiciness I taste comes from the ginger as ginger beers have similar heat.

The mouthfeel is good. Full and smooth with tiny carbonation. Drinkability is decent. The beer goes down well and another would be enjoyable.

Ralphus, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of bort11
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head narrow pint glass. A light colored head gives about a half inch. The head is light and airy, quickly recedes to the surface. No lacing on the glass. Body color is a hazy reddish brown. It is dense through the center with no clarity.

Smell is a tart raw ginger. The malt comes off as a little spicy with hints of cinnamon. No hops presence here. Taste is a puckering tart raw ginger. It's tart but has a spicy bite. The malt flavor gives off an amber ale quality. Slightly sweet but not too heavy.

Mouthfeel is a light/medium body that finishes clean. The tartness makes this a refreshing summer beer, even at 7% ABV.

bort11, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of mintjellie
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Japanese beer brewed with real ginger, and a beer that I did not enjoy the first time I ever had it. Having bought a bottle of this in the US only to find it a hot & sour mess of a beer, I was initially hesitant to grab this now that it's available at the LCBO. I decided to give it a shot anyways, and I'm glad I did.

Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew is a hazy amber in colour, topped by an insubstantial off-white head that doesn't lace the glass. It has an intense ginger aroma over a biscuity malt background, effectively making it smell like ginger snap cookies. The ginger is tastes less intense than it smells, but manages to give the beer a mildly spicy flavour that is complemented by some sweet caramel and honey. Finishes with a very mild bitterness. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated; smooth but not heavy. As far as beer brewed with ginger goes, this isn't as complex as Albino Python from Schmaltz Brewing. Nice beer with a good balance between malt and ginger flavours. A hell of a lot better than I remember.

mintjellie, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of ritzkiss
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle from the LCBO, first of this brewery's offerings to hit our fine province. Drank with a spicy Thai peanut dish.

Pours a deep, hazy amber with a finger of yellowish head, not much retention and by half-way down the glass it's placid.

Nose is sweet and malty with some biscuit, some candied ginger and a hint of a grassy hop.

Not what I had imagined at all but a decent beer nonetheless. Quite a hefty biscuity and caramel malt base which provides a fair bit of sweetness, candied ginger which also comes across as a bit earthy/musty at moments, a bit of spiciness, a hint of husky grains, a decent finishing bitterness.

Not something I would be naturally drawn to but I am struck by how well integrated the ginger is and how surprisingly drinkable it is for a malt-heavy ginger beer.

ritzkiss, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of Mit
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Totally unexpected find in an Ontario Liquor store of all places. I have had offerings from some of the other bigger named Japanese Breweries but had not had a chance to try anything from Kiuchi yet.

A-a dark amber colour with a very short lasting effervescent head.

S-all ginger with some subdued maltiness coming through.

T-Tasted differently than I had expected. I was expecting an almost GingerBeer flavour thanks to the initial smell. It's much more complex than that. Ginger is present for sure, but its balanced against a malty backbone.

M-Feels almost syrupy. It is a higher ABV so that wasn't unexpected.

D-The higher abv doesn't hit you over the head. I found this to be very drinkable. I might get tired of the ginger after about 4 or 5 though. I think this beer might be better served colder. Mine sat in the freezer for about 10 min so it was only slightly chilled.

Mit, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of CanuckRover
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber. Cloudy. Big, dense head with great retention. Nice lacings to the finish.

Fresh ginger in the aroma with some dark malt flavours. Loads of toffee.

Not at all what I was expecting. Malt up front. Deep caramel and toffee turns to burnt toast. Ginger adds a touch of zest and follows through with a subtle finish.

Mouthfeel is nice.

I simply feel that ginger lends itself more to lighter beers. Give me a ginger infused Hefe or nice refreshing Pale. It's an interesting beer, but is out of place in the LCBO summer release in Ontario.

CanuckRover, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of deep caramel malt and toffee with some very subtle ginger notes. Taste is also dominated by caramel malt with sweet toffee notes while ginger is hidden quite well in this whole mix. Body is full with limited filtration and some average carbonation. Not bad overall but I was expecting a beer more focus toward ginger then strong caramel malt.

Phyl21ca, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy, fall-appropriate orangey colour seems at odds with a beer marketed for summertime quaffing. Perhaps I should take its deep tone and blurred complexion as signs of authenticity and a brewer that favors flavour over appearance (because, frankly, this thing doesn't look so great). A little head would have also been aesthetically beneficial.

The aroma is chock-full of that spicy, savory, fleshy, herbal zing of fresh-grated ginger. I also get hints of shallots and garlic (or maybe that's just because I'm used to using those ingredients when I cook with ginger). The most similar thing I've smelled to this is Pumpkin Ale, the only style that shares a similar brand of zesty, savory fragrance.

As for the taste: I don't love it and I don't hate it, I just think it alright. I do wonder, however, if it wouldn't taste better with some tofu or noodles or fish; I'm not sure the ginger is an innate pairing for caramel-sweet, biscuity malts (although some grassy/lemony hops, the Japanese Sorachi Ace maybe, seem a natural fit. Too bad there aren't any).

As much as I want to like the beer - it is quite tasty - it simply won't work until they find a way to beef it up a little (pardon the pun). Scaling back the alcohol might be a start. More malt is a must. Any elements (spices, hops, etc) that might enhance the ginger's natural savory zestiness would probably make it live up to its quenching potential.

Hitachino Nest's Real Ginger Brew is a very likable and appreciably unique offering but now, having tried an alcoholic Asian ginger beer, I can say for certain that I prefer the Caribbean-style non-alcohol version and that when it comes to incorporating ginger into the gastronomic realm, I prefer it best in cookie form or with seafood or meat.

biegaman, Jul 19, 2010
Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.