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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew - Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger BrewHitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew

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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
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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 Finkel


2.3/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured very nice and looked great. The brownish orange opaque color was thick and was perfectly complemented with a chunky looking head. It was pretty and it looked delicious.

However, I was extremely grossed out by the smell. The earthy aromas and unknown spices tingled my nose. Additionally, although I can't specify by name, I could smell scents that I could find only in an Asian supermarket. Forget about the ginger smell, I couldn't bare trying to look for it.

It tasted slightly dirty with a mix of ginger and apricots. With all the other weird earthy tones, my guess is that this is what a bird's nest tasted like. On a positive note, the mouth feel was creamy and thick, just as it looked.

I had to chug the rest of this down just for the sake of finishing it, but found that to be a regrettable move; just...disgusting.

I really tried to be open-minded with this one. Oh well, at least now I know this is not my kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 05:03:32 | More by Finkel
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy orange-amber color with a thin off-white head.

Aroma of fruit cocktail, apricot, ginger, and booze.

The taste is much like the aroma with a slight sourness along with the fruit cocktail, apricot and ginger. The alcohol from the aroma is not present in the taste.

Medium bodied, drying, and lightly carbonated.

A fine little ginger beer from Hitachino Nest. Quite drinkable and worth a try when you have the chance.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 00:17:34 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of ploobs


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured an opaque light copper color.

S: not a strong aroma, light ginger overtones notable.

T: had a very subtle ginger taste, enjoyed the fact that it wasn't over-flavored, good flavor.

M: medium body, pretty smooth.

D: i enjoyed the beer itself, would probably get it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 01:21:47 | More by ploobs
Photo of kb199


4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hitachino Ginger Brew pours an orange-amber color with a medium-dense head. The head quickly dissipated, with no lacing (although I suspect there may have been some soap on the inside of the glass). Initial note of ginger predominates and lasts throughout the drinking. Tastes initially of ginger, with a malt undertone, and finishes with a nice ginger-malt combination. Mouthfeel is nice, light to medium. Overall a refreshing summer beer, with a very good drinkability. My only qualm was a weird aftertaste at the bottom of the glass, but I suspect that there was some soap residue (which also may have caused the head to disappear so fast).

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 15:48:14 | More by kb199
Photo of nickfl


3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of tan head that settles quickly to a film of large bubbles. The body is a hazy, dark amber color.

S - Pine/ citrus hops, malty note with some caramel, and a minor hint of ginger.

T - Spicy, citrus hops up front with a kick of ginger. Other spice flavors seem to be present as well, cinnamon and perhaps some anise. The finish is sweet and malty, lots of caramel, and balanced by mild hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately thick body, and a sweet finish.

D - A rich and spicy beer, a bit thick for my taste, but fairly drinkable. The ginger character is weaker than I expected, but the malt is quite nice and what ginger is present plays off of the malt in a nice way.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 03:33:18 | More by nickfl
Photo of AMo


4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew pours a georgious dark orangish amber, with a nice stiff medium lasting head. The smell is moderate and pleasantly spiced with ginger. Ginger is also the backbone of the taste coming out very nicely with a slight tartness at the end. Mouthfeel is great. It sports a smooth, moderately dense feel with a medium to low amount of carbonation. For a ginger beer this is right on. It really has everything that I could possibly want from a specialty brew of this kind. Overall this is really pleasant and enjoyable, a good benchmark for what a ginger brew should try to be.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 20:02:37 | More by AMo
Photo of davidchollar


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice appearance of darkish but shiny-edged golden-crimson with a thick, light beige head. Great retention. It takes on a darker, thicker look after a swirl and final pour. This is a gorgeous brew, maybe my favorite beer color, perfect.

The first smell I get - although I was probably looking for it - is indeed ginger. Recently Canada Dry released a dark ginger ale here in Japan. It has a considerable amount more smell and stronger flavor than the normal clear product. I'm reminded of it here with the smell as well as taste. But there is more. A spicy nose with a lot happening at once. I get a nice toffee malt, licorice, bread, cola and some floral hops.

Medium body and well balanced, no trace of the slightly above average abv. An even more bitter of a finish than I expected. A unique taste that brings a nice change of pace while having several standard styles.

I remember thinking these beers were pretty expensive. And, on my first trip to bottleworks since joining BA, the guy working at the time asked me if Hitachino nest beers were also expensive in Japan. I said yes, they were. But actually, they are really not bad compared to some other J-craft-beers! Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 12:52:02 | More by davidchollar
Photo of Goliath


3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy brown with one finger of light tan head. Decent retention and no real lace. Aroma is nice. Sweet yet spicey ginger, a little hoppiness and a sweet maltiness. Taste is nice. A malty backbone with a sweet ginger touch. Kind of weaker than I was hoping. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Drinkability is moderate. Low alcohol and decent flavors make the beer drinkable but in small doses.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 04:45:09 | More by Goliath
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A gift from Ding, as I have not previously had much in the way of luck with the Ginger Beers, I was going out on a limb to try this one, but I figured if he liked it, I had o give it a shot, right? The pour was nice, a soft amber, honey color with a good amount of clarity was presented before me. Nice carbonation coming up from the bottom to reinforce the two inch high head of fizzy white foam that was on the top of it. A quick fade left behind a white crown which dripped some side glass lace, and I have to admit a good looking beer so far

The aroma was your typical fare for the style with the rich candied sugar totally dominating the entire aroma. Nice, and subtle hints of ginger in the back, and a hint of rice, but this was a malt driven nose for sure. The feel was thicker then I thought, almost coming in at a medium bodied clip. Nice, albeit slightly slick finish to it, with decent enough carbonation. The flavor was light, lots of ginger but not overdone, with a good amount of spice thrown in. Nice grain like malts right up front again. It was an easy drinker and I had this one down in no time, though it was better cold then it was when it finally warmed up.

Overall not bad. I am really not a fan of the ginger beers, but even I have to admit that this one was not bad at all. I think I might even try it again one day, and would sure to take a test of it on tap if given the chance. If you see it and its reasonable, its not a bad bet.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 22:33:37 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, mahogany body with a thin, frothed, whiteish head.

Smell: Perfumy aroma smelling predominately of candied ginger.

Taste: Delicate, sweetish maltiness along with that candied ginger flavor. Tiny dash of pear juice. The ginger spiciness is left to do most of the balancing as there's only a slight, earthy bitterness. A dull, gingery burn sits on the tongue beyond the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Better than expected. Seriously! Plenty of ginger without being off-putting.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 22:24:54 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of ATLbeerDog


3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very nice brown orange reddish color with a small thin head, almost no lacing. Below average carbonation with a fairly strong smell of flowery hops followed by spice. Tastes or ginger and light malts with hops as a backbone. Light body. Flavor is medium with the ginger not over powering.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 20:44:51 | More by ATLbeerDog
Photo of JDV


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

can't remember if this was from trade or bought on vacation, so my apologies if I'm forgetting the donor.
Pours dark amber with a lasting offwhite head atop. Pretty nice looking beer. Nose is malty, with some spicy ginger notes and hoplike aromas wafting up. Somewhat full bodied, and malty with tartness and some light ginger spiciness, with a semi-rich body and a light ginger flavor in the finish as well. Not bad and you actually get some of the advertised ginger.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 21:19:42 | More by JDV
Photo of goochpunch


4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a slightly hazed copper body with some slow moving bubbles and a thinnish head that manages to maintain itself. Smells of some soft bready and caramel malts with a fresh ginger crispness that is rather strong yet melds well with everything. Flavor starts off with a touch of sweetness and maltiness that I would best describe as a mix between breadiness and crackeriness. The bright ginger introduces itself in the middle. The finish is very dry with a touch of bitterness and a lovely lingering ginger spiciness. Mouthfeel is one of the creamiest I've come across in a long while. Moderate in weight. Really drinkable. I could drink this all night. This went amazingly well with a cracked black pepper encrusted goat cheese.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 07:26:27 | More by goochpunch
Photo of SargeC


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy copper orange brew with a tan head and flowing carbonation.

Smell: Citrus, sugar, mild malt and ginger.

Taste: Interesting tart flavor. Hints of yeast hide behind the malt and ginger flavors. Minimal hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Dense and chalky liquid.

Drinkablity: This would be a great beer to pair with food. Very interesting and unique.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 07:39:29 | More by SargeC
Photo of mattster


4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened 11.2 oz bottle and poured into Nonic glass.

Nice but low bubbly head that dies down quickly atop a mostly translucent amber brown brew.

Surprisingly, Smell is of ginger.

Taste is of ginger. Nice flavor sort of expands on the palate with sweet hints of brown sugar. Not overwhelming. Also faint hops. A really nice beer. I like the occasional ginger brew, and this one is well worth looking for.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 03:30:22 | More by mattster
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, two finger thick, darkly amber tinged, tan colored head that sits on top of a deep amber colored beer. When held up to the light, the beer shows lots of carbonation and a lightly hazy, bright red color. As I pour the beer smells quite fruity with a mix of citrus and berry notes. A closer inspection confirms the fruitiness. Smells a bit like young, sweet pickled ginger that comes with sushi, but I am surprised how fruit-like this smells. Towards the finish a woody, spicy, almost black pepper like notes emerges, but mainly berry and citrus notes seem to dominate.

Sweet and tart tasting up front, the beer finishes with quite a chalk-like taste. Spicy ginger flavors play a prominent role here in the flavor, though I would not call them overwhelming. There is still some of that citrus and berry flavors from the aroma too. Flavors of ginger, key limes, strawberries . Sharp and slightly astringent in the finish (from the ginger), chalky, dusty malt notes also enter in to the mix. Woody, earthy ginger notes intermingle quite well with tart and sweet fruit notes. This has a medium fullness to it that allows the beer to have some heft and presence on the palate. The malt especially contributes to a full mouthfeel here, and seems to work quite harmoniously with the ginger character; by which I mean that a lesser bodied beer would probably not hold up nearly as well to the ginger character.

This is an interesting brew, it has brought out a side of aromas and flavors of ginger that I did not realize was there (and that is always cool). I do really like that the ginger character is not over the top, it is certainly present, even perhaps the largest flavor contributor, but really integrates itself quite well here. As I work my way through my glass this beer actually grows on my quite a bit; it has moved up from being interesting and educational to being tasty and fairly quaffable.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 00:52:48 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Bookseeb


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another from Uwajimaya in Seattle and my first Japanese beer. Appearance is a very dark amber with a dissapating head that leaves a thin film. Ginger dominates the aroma with a sweetness along with other herbs and spice. I'm going to have to say the same for the taste, with a slight burned sugar aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a good solid viscous medium with good carbonation for this type of beer. An interesting beer with some charactoristics I did enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 02:28:56 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up one of these bombers as a nice change of pace beer. Needless to say, I am VERY happy that I did.

A- A very hazy, muddy, foggy caramel tan color- huge huge tan head- no lacing.

S- Have you every smelled the little cup of ginger on the table at sushi restaurants? That is exactly what it smells like. Very sweet, spicy, and sugary.

T- This was highly spicey- lots of straight up ginger- brown sugar, some cinnamon, small hop presence.

M- Mouthfeel was tingly, warm, and carbonated.

D- Awesome beer but cant drink glass after glass.

VERY cool beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 00:06:47 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i'm a fan of hazy, murky, muddy looking beers. this one was all that. nice and muddy. like swamp water. reddish brown with dark pumpkin colored feet. almost seemed to glow. maybe it was like magic radioactive voodoo swamp water. big, thick, light tan head that held really well. only reason i don't give it a 5 is because there was barely any lace left behind. nose was great, but not as powerful as i was hoping for. sweet caramel malt was the first thing i noticed. sweet, spicy caramel malt as a matter of fact. ginger was the highlight, but the hops and yeast also added another faint dimension. to me, it tasted wonderful. ginger came out more and more as it warmed. taste was almost like liquid candied ginger for adults. well balanced with a long lasting gingery finish in the bottom of my throat. a pleasant warming caused by the ginger was a cool change of pace from a hop or alcohol type burn. the sweet malt really was the perfect vehicle to ride that ginger down as well. soft, silky and medium full bodied. easy and fun to drink and enjoy the complexities, but not something i'd want all day everyday. best ginger ale (w/alcohol) i've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 01:18:05 | More by timtim
Photo of KarlHungus


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a ruby re color. The head is massive, thick, and creamy. It recedes slowly into nice thick lacing. The aroma is of ginger, cream, and nutmeg. The taste is like the aroma. It had tones of ginger, but no real complexity. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer, but if I am in the mood for a spiced beer I would much rather have an Anchor OSA.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 02:40:40 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of sloejams


3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Being a big fan of most Hitachino beers, I was surprised to see this one in a club in Chicago. I couldn't really tell what it was from the bar, only saw a Hitachino that I haven't had before and that was enough for me.

Thankfully the bartender did me right by pouring it into a pint glass. The aroma was nutty with an obvious ginger kick. The taste was more sutle until the finish which was all ginger. It was interesting to drink one, but I think all that ginger wouldn't be great for more than that.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 00:01:46 | More by sloejams
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

8/6/2007 $5.99 720 mL 7.00% No best by date.


Pours a murky dark brown that is topped by a quarter inch of dense tan head that is slow to settle.


Sweet candied ginger aroma with nuances of brown sugar.


Wow, they weren't lying about the ginger! This tastes almost more like ginger beer, than a beer brewed with ginger. Molasses/brown sugar flavors prevail throughout as well, though the ginger is in complete control of the palate. This is not an everyday drinker here. It's fun to try once, but I won't be revisiting this ever again.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 21:14:14 | More by cbl2
Photo of Damian


2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drank from an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Formaggio Kitchen, Cambridge, MA

Hitachino does it again with their amazing bottle graphics. This time, the label features a toddler-ish looking boy with a head in the shape of a ginger root. To top it off, he is smiling and holding a beer. (Talk about pushing the envelope!)

The beer itself poured a dark, murky, rust color with a frothy, one-finger head that quickly disappeared. These was no residual film or lacing whatsoever. In fact, the beer appeared to be completely flat. Pieces of white granules were seen floating throughout (Unbeknown to me, this beer apparently is bottle conditioned.)

The aroma was pleasantly sweet and boozy. Ginger and allspice were quite apparent, along with ripe fruits and sweet caramel malts. Brown sugar also came out as the beer warmed, lending a rum-like quality to the nose. The taste however was rather sharp and harsh. Rich malts and notes of mild ginger were noticeable up front before the beer turned overly spicy and slightly acidic mid-palate. The finish was sharply alcoholic and harshly acidic as well.

The mouthfeel was absolutely terrible. When the liquid hit my tongue, it immediately turned to a bubbly, airy froth.

As with all the other Hitachino beers I have sampled, this was an utter disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 01:47:55 | More by Damian
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3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up several Hitachino Nest beers on a recent trip to Nashville. Pours the color of a thick and dark honey. Some slight lacing, but an aggressive pour yields no head. Not picking up much in smell either, but this is definately malt over hops. The ginger seems to stand out in the taste more when this beer is on the cooler side. It lingers on the tongue and in the aftertaste, but there is no burn from the ginger. Quite mild. I enjoyed this less as the beer warmed. It just seemed to get maltier and maltier. Mouthfeel and drinkability are fine. Alcohol is well hidden. All in all, a nice beer, but I'd have prefered a more dominant ginger presence.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 12:46:34 | More by Onibubba
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District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pretty brown color that almost turns to amber when held up in the light. There is virtually no head when poured. The smell is mostly malty, but there is a special addition of ginger that forces its way through and is very inviting. The taste is great. It tastes a lot like normal Ginger Beers on the market (Reed's is the most popular), but the slight addition of malt tones down the ginger and couples to form a really interesting mixture. There is very little carbonation, so the mouthfeel reminds me of a generic malt beverage. The lingering taste is thick, and sits on the back of the tongue with a pungent ginger kick that begs for anther sip. A very special beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 00:10:55 | More by Toddv29424
Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.