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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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392 Ratings
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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

On draft at the Waterfront, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a murky medium copper hue with. One finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light spicy Ginger.

The taste was upfront Ginger spice - think Ginger ale. A soft malt followed.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with avsoft residual spice.

Overall a subtle spiced ale. Nice.

01-08-2010 17:11:06 | More by plaid75
Photo of tlinner

New York

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

This is an amazing beer. I was surprised from the start, as a big foamy head greeted me before I could even start pouring. Once poured, the head stays bubbly and lacy. The body of the beer is a rusty orange color, and you can see big chunks of sediment resting on the bottom. The smell is unsurprisingly of ginger, with some citrusy notes that actually remind me of a weizen or Belgian blonde. The taste is where things really get interesting. The ginger is predominant, but acidic, sweet, fruity malts and hops follow after. Again, I'm amazed how much this tastes like other styles: lambics, bdsas, weizens, and wittes are all represented. The mouthfeel is smooth and effortless, which is good because there's a lot of flavor to process. If you had handed me a glass of this stuff without telling me where it came from, I would have immediately guessed that it was Belgian or a north-eastern American micro. I'm absolutely floored that it came from Japan (aka Beer Hell), and I can't wait to go back and try another brew from Hitachino.

12-28-2009 21:56:00 | More by tlinner
Photo of kirkmichel


4.5/5  rDev +24%

A-Beer came in a squat brown bottle whose label was completely different than the image displayed on BA; nevertheless, this is it.
I poured it into a fluted glass - it poured an opaque ruby-brown with a dense tan head
S-Smell is surprisingly sour - raisins and cranberries and a little apple. Also yeasty. Smells delightfully like a belgian gueze or flemish red, which is wierd because I was expecting a sharp ginger scent, not just that of pickled ginger. (i know i'm going to get totally hazed for using the word delightful, but I don't care - I love it!)
T- Tastes very sour - like a combination of cider, flemish red ale, and a belgian lambic. Lots of sour cherry and apple jumping out at you. Carbonation is very sharp on the tip of the tongue, and that sour apple taste lingers on the back. I really like this.
M- Light; leaves a bit of the bitter/sourness with you, but it's appley and nice.
D- Great - I could have a few of these pricey - Very surprised by this in a good way

This beer definitely seems to be more of a fruit beer than a ginger beer, so I'm not sure how true to it's "style" it is. Nevertheless I'm a huge fan. If it weren't for the high price point, I might be tempted to always keep a few of these on hand!
This is my second beer from this producer and I haven't been disappointed yet - only surprised in both cases.

11-23-2009 00:19:14 | More by kirkmichel
Photo of OldSchoolGamer


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

This is the third Hitachino beer I have had. Their beers have been decent, but definetly nothing noteworthy. Here is my review of the Real Ginger Brew.

A: Pours a lot darker than I thought it would. Is a murky brownish amber color. Very cloudy. Head is tan and it leaves light lacing on the glass.

S/T: Ginger heavy in the aroma. Not much else is detectable except for the ginger. Taste is also ginger heavy, which is to be expected. I get hints of a Brown Ale in the distant back. Maybe some brown sugar and caramel. Very earthy as well. Overall, a very unique and different beer. Not excellent, but quite different.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Somewhat syrupy. Finish is a little sweet, almost Barley Wine-like. Drinks okay. The sweetness is more prevelant as it goes. Probably not something I could drink more than one of without getting sick.

I haven't had very many ginger brews, but this is probably the best of the ones I have had. I have had Left Hand Juju Ginger, and Dogfish Head Pangaea, both of which were rather disappointing. This has a more full and complex flavor to it. Definetly worth checking out.

11-14-2009 16:58:26 | More by OldSchoolGamer
Photo of Halcyondays


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours orange with a big soapy pillowy white head. Some lace.

S: Smells a lot like ginger kombucha, with a little more caramelization. Brown sugar and orange. Heady ginger smell, nice.

T: Heavy ginger and sweet malt, quite medicinal. Spiced winter bread feel with a light pine hop note on the back end. Gets very woodsy in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation. But it does have that cloying, medicinal feel which dried me out and made me crave some water.

D: An interesting and weird brew. The ginger may be over the top for me, but it doesn't dominate the brew entirely. Unique. It's a beer that's hard to quantify. Definitely not for everybody.

10-31-2009 17:19:27 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Brad007


2.15/5  rDev -40.8%

Pours a nice dark red color with a one-finger head into my fluted glass. Not sure what to expect for color but it's good looking.

Aroma is sweet with a hint of mild spice, possibly ginger in the nose. Too hard to tell by aroma. Need to taste it.

Taste is both sweet and and a bit spicy to a point where it's nearly overwhelming, possibly cloying. Has a feel reminiscent of soy sauce.

Mouthfeel is full of a mix of ginger and soy sauce. Still quite cloying. Undesirable taste. Dry and tangy at the back of the throat.

Avoid. It tries but certainly fails.

10-18-2009 06:11:37 | More by Brad007
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

Hitachino Nest Ginger Brew is a translucent (but not at all transparent) orangish red ale. It's very sparkling with lots of particles. It has a thick multi-colored head, marbled from white to rusty brown. It's dense, with outstanding retention and lacing. There is a lot of dirty ginger in the aroma with a touch of sweetness. It has a very fluffy medium body that's very smooth with a sharp, slightly gritty finish. There's not really any sweetness. It's tangy. The ginger is pretty prominent, but not dominant. It's tangy, leathery, Belgian-like, almost salty. It's very unique!

08-11-2009 12:33:57 | More by yesyouam
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -28.4%

This bottle was bought maybe six months ago. There was a ginger ginsing aroma whafting from the mushroom cloud head on a dark yellow body. But the taste was a skunky medicine disaster,it had an stringent finish. medium mouthfeel,and really not too drinkable.

08-02-2009 03:12:43 | More by Sammy
Photo of jrallen34


3.2/5  rDev -11.8%

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

The beer pours a medium copper with a light tan head that foams about a finger and disapates quickly.

It smells sweet, very strongly of ginger but in a good way. Also hints of soy sauce and caramel.

The taste is very subtle and hidden. Its a smooth texture going down and in your mouth. In the beginning you taste nothing and at the end notes of ginger.

Overall decent, but not flavorful enough.

08-01-2009 00:48:47 | More by jrallen34
Photo of rtepiak


3.63/5  rDev 0%

a rather herbal amber ale that comes out sweet. nose of ginger... not ginger powder. a sweetness that is similar to that of pickled ginger. not palate is milder ginger astringent than expected. has a sweet caramel with a mild warm from the ginger and somewhat the alcohol also. sort of hard to tell. ginger is definitely not as punchy as expected.

07-29-2009 01:21:13 | More by rtepiak
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

A dense, two fingers of curiously yellow froth drift above a cloudy, reddish brown to orange brew with lively carbonation dropping some lace on the tulip glass.

The anticipated ginger is accompanied by orange peel, nutmeg and an underlying funkiness.

The ginger is light, comparable to a soft drink, but still very much a beer. Bitterness is there for balance and I keep going back to thin slices of ginger root. There is a quick, blunt finish, followed by subtle, lingering spice.

This one has a medium body with lively carbonation and is modestly cleansing. No alcohol is present.

Hitachino is interesting and refreshingly unique, but hardly easy to consume. Definitely have this with subtle-flavored foods.

07-26-2009 01:57:10 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of generallee

New York

4.65/5  rDev +28.1%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a smooth mug.

Appearance: It has a dark amber brown body with orange highlights. On top sits tall foamy off white head with very good retention and makes good lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has heavy hit of ginger in sweet fruity and bready malt with some funky yeast and spices.

Taste/Mouth Feel: The flavor is true to its aroma. It has a solid medium body with a strong spicy ginger presence with a touch of allspice. This is layered over a sweet bready and fruity malt with a note of apple juice, citrus and a touch of funky yeast. The spice and mild alcohol presence warms the palate and the finish shows a light touch of hops. The texture is slick and lively with nice active carbonation.

Notes: Overall this beer is very interesting with many layers of complexity. This is not a beer you can drink a lot of but I did enjoy it and would highly recommend this beer to someone who is looking for something different maybe odd and defiantly special.

07-03-2009 23:30:39 | More by generallee
Photo of John_M


4/5  rDev +10.2%

The beer pours a brownish amber color with OK head retention and lacing. The nose is complex, with some aromas of ice tea, ginger, and light citrus. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, with a fairly light mouthfeel. The beer is moderately sweet, but with some underlying bitterness as well. Alcohol is well disguised, and drinkability is pretty decent.

Normally don't like ginger flavor beers, but in this case, the ginger flavor is nicely integrated into the rest of the flavor profile. Nice beer.

06-25-2009 00:53:11 | More by John_M
Photo of TheNapkin


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

I'll preface this review by saying that the bottle (a 720 ml) I bought has a different label than the one displayed here and is only 5% alcohol. Maybe they changed the recipe recently.

A: Coppery brown, full head and lacing.

S: Fantastic Belgian yeast aroma with a hint of funk/skunk (probably from the addition of Brett yeast or maybe some dry hopping). Ginger notes are mild and marry surprisingly well with the classic Belgian yeast aromas.

T: Just as good as the smell. Mildly sweet with only a hint of ginger. Great spice and medium-dark malts deliver the yeast to your tongue. The beer has a very nice, dry finish that helps to balance all the powerful flavors. Though there's not much hops bitterness at all, the dryness comes in at just the right moment, tasting crisp and bitter. The ginger here acts much like it does in sushi--cleaning the palate of residual flavors and oils and preparing the tongue for a new, fresh experience. The more you drink, the more you feel a light "buzzing" on the tip of your tongue from the growing ginger heat.

M: Good carbonation. Lighter in the mouth than you would expect with the malts being as dark as they are and the strong Belgian yeast being as dominant as it is.

D: Great. Both refreshing and flavorful. A multi purpose beer. Would be great with sushi or pork dishes.

06-22-2009 03:20:35 | More by TheNapkin
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev 0%

The beer pours a cloudy amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a spicy, fresh ginger aroma that blends well with the pale and crystal malt scent. The taste is average. It has a thick, malty flavor that goes down slow and finishes sweet with a spicy, ginger character. There is a mild tartness in there as well. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is decent ginger brew. It's quite prevelant in the aroma and the taste. A good example of the style. I'm just not sure that I like the style that much.

06-21-2009 21:15:59 | More by WesWes
Photo of neenerzig


4.05/5  rDev +11.6%

A 12 oz bottle poured into my pint glass. This beer pours a cloudy amber/orange/copper color. The slightly tan, off-white head was about an inch thick when poured. Settles to a nice surface coating and a thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Nice lacing. Has a malty, yeasty aromas along with ginger, clove, and a bit of citrus and maybe a hint of coriander too. Has a sweet rich caramel malt flavor along with strong hints of ginger, clove, and I also detect a bit of banana and maybe a slight touch of a dark fruit such as raisin, apple, or plum. Rounded out with a hint of citrus hops. Has a crisp but also very frothy and creamy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. Pretty good, but not something I think I'd go out of my way to drink all the time.


05-13-2009 23:53:47 | More by neenerzig
Photo of froghop


3.23/5  rDev -11%

pours a brown with an orange tint and lots of sediment, small light beige head that goes away quickly, and some lacing.

smell is of ginger, spice, orange peel, and a few hops.

taste is tangy, lots of ginger, tangerine, tart on the tongue, and some hops, ends a little bitter and tart.

05-09-2009 01:47:41 | More by froghop
Photo of DigitalHype


3.43/5  rDev -5.5%

Cloudy, deep reddish-brown color with 1/4" pillowy-soft head. Nice retention and lots of lacing. Attractive pour.

Nicely balanced ginger aroma, with cirtus and light malts.

Lots of ginger, some orange fruit, black-pepper. and allspice. There does seem to be a slightly unpleasant medicinal bitterness. The ginger provides a nice slow warm-up in the back of your throat. Alcohol is tempered well. Carbonation is moderate-high, and feels right for this style.

The ginger and spice are crisp and refreshing. But, it is hard to ignore the bitterness that seems a little unablanced, and at times, overpowering.

04-18-2009 00:20:36 | More by DigitalHype
Photo of pinotboy007


3.15/5  rDev -13.2%

A - Label has a red owl. Quite nice looking brew with a huge foamy cap that has a yellow-orange color to it; no lacing. The beer is a cloudy, stained amber/oak look.

S - Candies ginger, similar to ginger ale - but with alcohol. :)

T - Has an odd sour thing going on; obvious ginger and not as sweet as the smell implies. Slight medicinal quality . . . band aid?

M - Nice carbonation and quite creamy and refreshing.

D - I don't know if this is really something to be consumed all that often, but it's worth a shot. It's probably food friendly.

04-03-2009 22:18:29 | More by pinotboy007
Photo of skrib09


2.53/5  rDev -30.3%

well aged bottle.

looks striking amber with haze and an off white head forming. really strong carbonation even off of the age.

punch in the nose with ginger and some sweetness.

strong ginger ale likeness over powers any ale in the beer. it tastes like boiled down vernons with carbonation.

i can't get over the "syrup" i get in the nose and on the tongue.

03-26-2009 22:06:35 | More by skrib09
Photo of iceball585

New York

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

A- Light reddish brown color, semi-cloudy, thin white head that faded slowly, tiny bit of sediment floating throughout

S- Ginger, candy sugar, sweet, malty, light fruity auroma

T- Mostly ginger, toasted malts, herbal, light spiciness, fairly sweet

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, simple, crisp, oily finish

D- Worth trying

This brew has a bit too much ginger flavor in my opinion (and I really like ginger). It's also a bit too sweet for my taste. I just wish it was slightly more complex with other flavors.

03-24-2009 00:57:35 | More by iceball585
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. Lots of sediment floating around. Had a fairly large, creamy, long-lasting head and average lacing.

S: The aroma of ginger is evident the second you pop open the bottle. This is mixed with malt and a sweet, almost fruity smell.

T: The ginger wasn't as dominant as I thought it would be, but was still very evident. Combined with malt and maybe some citrus, this beer has a sharp flavor.

M: A lively amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Light- medium-bodied.

D: This is an interesting brew, but not one I'd come back to time and again. Still, like most Hitachino products, it's a well made beer.

03-23-2009 12:44:08 | More by avalon07
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

1.95/5  rDev -46.3%

Very cloudy apple-cider brown with plenty of sediment floaters. Nicely fluffy buttery head. Decent retention with good stick.

Smells sweet and gingery. Almost like a Canada Dry. If I was blindfolded and someone held this under my nose, I'm not sure I would be able to tell that it's beer.

Flavor isn't quite so dominated. A good rounded malt presence is there, and even a little hops that show up in the finish with a mild bitterness, but mostly sweet sugary ginger and fruit (maybe apricot). Not sure I'm digging this, but it is interesting.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Medium body.

I want to give this beer a better grade for the effort, but the fact of the matter is that I had trouble finishing it. It's just too damn sweet. I'm glad for having tried it, but wouldn't buy it again.

02-25-2009 23:30:52 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of erz316


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

330ml brown owl bottle into S. Smith pint glass.

A - pours a cloudy burnt orange, with a bunch of particles in the body, the head is an off white, that is influenced by the color of the beer. the head forms well, and dissipates just as fast. I have never had a spiced beer, so I do not know how exceptional or not this is; it looks fine, but I do not know if it is superb, so I shall give it a bit above average since I find the color appealing for a ginger beer.

S - well, it certainly does not have the same kick in the nose that a Reed's Jamaican ginger brew does. instead of ginger it smells like really pungent generic fruit sweetness, which isnt bad at all; Though I am unable to discern any real particular fruit; may be artificial fruit punch or some sort of peach/nectarine.

T - the ginger hits the middle tongue most prominently when first sipping, the light flavours then fades out pretty quickly during the finish; the after taste has a revival of the flavour, a nice wide encompassing taste of the ginger, nothing to pungent. the ginger is hardly overwhelming, and is a very delicate taste. the spiciness is most clearly found in the finish, while the slight floral bitterness is found in the initial tasting. the after taste also has some sweetness, most likely from the malts.

MF&D the feel is a bit thin, though I agree with the brewer I wouldnt want to be drinking a ginger slurpee, I think a bit more carbonation or viscosity would have done well to make the beer pack a bigger concentrated ginger punch. the drink ability, however, is great as it is. For if it were to get a heavier body then it wouldnt be quite as light and refreshing. thus we have a paradox.

02-06-2009 17:21:39 | More by erz316
Photo of Richardberg

New York

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%

A: poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a white wine glass. Smoky amber color, opaque, small head quickly gone.

S: very malty and yeasty, clear Ginger spice, some clove, citrus

T: slightly sweet, caramel, rich malty brew.

M: little carbonation, thick feel, warming, clean finish.

D: refreshing and tasty beverage all around, ABV well hidden. Almost like a soda.

02-05-2009 04:10:30 | More by Richardberg
Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.