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: 426
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 8
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: goodbyeohio on 07-13-2005)
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Photo of bruachan
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

it's a touch hazy but i did inadvertently let in some yeasty beasties during the pour. ambery/dark gold color thing going on. some head doesn't smell of ginger. malt sweetness: some dark fruit characteristics, with a touch of honey

there is an unusual element in the flavor but not something i would identify as ginger. hop presence is minimal so the mystery element is not due to bitterness, and it's not quite a spice. sweetness throughout and the mystery aspect kinda juxtaposes with it but works with the sweet well enough. a little tart...actually, way tart

well...doesn't really taste like ginger. but something is going on that i don't recognize. that must be ginger. mmm...ginger

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

22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: amber color with one finger of head that disappeared quickly. No lacing.

S: ginger, ginger, and more ginger. Hints of malt in the background.

T: starts with ginger, ends with ginger. Obviously I knew it was coming, and it's not bad, but I wish some other flavors would come out and play.

M: medium-bodied with lots of carbo.

D: would be much higher if the ginger weren't so dominant.

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this beer.

The beer gushes out the top when opened and then pours a murky orange color with a white head. The aroma is tart lemon with some nice malt and brett character. The flavor is very tart with some brett funk as well as some lemons and oranges. Tart, funky finish. High carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Photo of Patrick999
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a Stella goblet. Lot of carbonation, very persistent head indeed. The beer has the color of a penny, and has good clarity., I now realize that I've smelled this in many other beers, mostly Belgians, and never identified it as such. Also has a root/birch beer aroma. I like it.

Wow! This is not at all what I was expecting. I was expecting a plain golden ale as the base beer, with some ginger flavoring. Although I guess I should have known better considering the other very interesting beers I've had from this brewer. It's malty, with a little hop kiss. Spicy ginger integrated throughout...and Brett? There's a rustic, leathery, earthy, woody flavor going on in here that makes me think Brett. Complexities abound in this mostly dry beer, giving me *a lot more* to think about than I expected. Quite good.

Spiky mouthfeel, but not too much of a carbonic bite.

Not the simplistic beer I thought it could be, this will demand a bit of your time and attention. Overall, I really like this. Why am I always surprised that I like a Hitachino Nest beer? I should know better by now.

Photo of ADZA
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a deep copper hue with decent carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing one finger head and a ring of lacing,the aroma is suprisngly not full on ginger which i was expecting with a ginger beer its more sweetish like candied ginger and boiled candy,it has a nice full mouthfeel with tastes of sweet boiled candy,fruity hops and a little ginger kick but by no means overpowering in fact the ginger in my mind plays a nice co-host in this brew to accomodate the other flavours while still displaying the ginger qualities even though its a Real Ginger beer almost like a beautiful curry which has ginger in it but does not overpower the other flavours and still shows its qualities,overall a tasty brew and even if your not a fan of ginger dont let the label scare you as its more a brew with ginger in it than a Ginger beer.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very rich malty brew with a nice sweet ginger profile.

Presentation: 330 ml brown bottle. Label design based around typography surrounding the seal of an owl, with the name of the brew in watercolor like brushes. Shows notes in Japanese in both the front and neck label, the back custom made in English for exporting offers a small description of ingredients. Does not offer an evident date of freshness or bottling. Notes Alc. by Vol. (7%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Amber brown pour with a nice foamy head, short retention but a nice surface memory and some touches of lace.

S - Nose is nice but very subdued, very subtle... With a sweet note, and a brief ginger whiff, nice but a bit short.

T - Rich maltiness with a nice sweet candied ginger sense. Some sweet fruit over the recurring ginger woven in the malt. Slight touch of spices coat the experience.

M - Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, and a rich lightly sticky and creamy feel.

D - Very pleasing, the ginger, malt and spice feel rather well balanced and work very pleasingly.

Notes: Nice surprise from the Hitachino beer, typically very nice brews but this one was something else. Sure one needs to like ginger to enjoy this one but it is not overwhelming, and in fact works well as a rich malty complex brew with a long finish.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with an ample foamy head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin layer of tan foam and no lacing on the glass. Some brown sediment chunks in the bottom of the glass.

Smells of wet hay, brown sugar, a little citrus, apple vinegar, and ginger.

Tastes pleasantly sour, with a bit of apple vinegar, some tart apple or tart apple cider, brown sugar, and strongly of ginger.

Mouthfeel is very light. Tight carbonation, along with the sourness, makes it very refreshing. The ginger is really evident in the finish.

I think this is quite drinkable, but I would want to pair it with food rather than drink by itself. Would pair well with sushi, maybe some noodle dishes.

Photo of July2Nov
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy amber color with an eventual one finger head after the massive three-finger settles down.

Smell: Ginger ale like! Sweet and slightly spicy...let's see what the mouth has to say, because the brain is thinking it's going to be like a Shandy/Radler.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Boy!!! The ginger really comes through! Also hints of buttery biscuit hints come through. Starts off very smooth and continues until the very end when it opens up with that warm, dry, tingly flavor of the hops. A little bit sour at the end, which this guy likes. Overall the taste has a buttery sweet quality to it....oh! and ginger!

Overall: It's a solid brew and unusual. Really liked the added ginger which is thinking outside of the box and when your thinking outside the box, I'm all for it! Maybe not for everyone, as I can see that ginger and sour wouldn't go over well in some crowds, but if your looking out of the ordinary, give it a shot.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Besides being delicious, this beer also has some of the coolest packaging, although the not as cool as the label shown on the profile.

A – Copper-amber with a fizzy soda head.

S – Shockingly complex, and not overwhelmingly gingery; it is more akin to a Geuze or Belgian Pale / Sour. Apples, straw and Band-Aids are in the nose.

T – Awesome taste, tart, much like the nose with the addition of a ginger zest that attaches to and transforms the Band-Aid smell into a delicious flavor. The fruitiness is there too, but it is mostly in vague impressions of sour light fruits: white grape, apple, pear and peach. Very complex overall.

M – Dry Champagne-like finish, light bodied, although it has too little carbonation.

D – This is a ridiculously good beer. I think if it were brewed by monks in Belgium it would probably be exalted.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tlinner
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kirkmichel
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Brad007
2.15/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of yesyouam
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Sammy
2.6/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of jrallen34
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of generallee
4.65/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheNapkin
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of neenerzig
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.


Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.