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Hitachino Nest Nipponia - Kiuchi Brewery

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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 9
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"HITACHINO NEST BEER is a brand of our quality top-fermented ales. Nipponia is brewed using the revived Japanese breed of Kanego Golden barley which was first developed in 1900, along with another strain of hops called 'Japanese-bred Sorachi Ace'. Nipponia is a delightfully golden coloured beer with citrus edge and complex and lingering taste."

Malt: Kaneko Golden
Hops: Sorachi Ace
Alcohol Vol: 6.5%
Color: Golden Yellow

Won a Bronze Medal at the Australian International Beer Awards 2012 in category 5D "Other International Style Lager Packaged".

(Beer added by: John_M on 08-13-2010)
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Reviews by Trilogy31:
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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Happy i was able to taste this obscure rarity. Pours a cloudy brown sunset orange with a fleeting half inch of head. Nose is sweeter bready malts, bright citrus especially tangerine. Taste is more of the same with maybe a touch of light caramel and mandarin showing up, along with some vinous notes. Tasty beer but far from though provoking for the price.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 03:38:27 | More by Trilogy31
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look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark gold but just a tiny bit of lacing and not really any head at all.

The Sorachi Ace hops are quite powerful in the aroma and there is also a slight earthy/oaky character. I'm assuming this is from the hops as well. Pretty intersting.

The flavor has a lot more complexity than I was expecting. That same dank/citrus hop note along with a stronger note of oak and vanilla; almost like this was wood aged. Not clean at all like a pilsner but more like an aged ale. Moderate bitterness and a pretty clean finish.

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Head large (5 cm), white, creamy, mostly quickly diminishing into 3 mm layer
Lacing good – partial ring of small bubbles
Body medium yellow, hazy
Flavor begins like a weak slightly sweet weiss with more citrus than coriander flavor; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no hop bitterness found. Flavor ends quickly with no aftertaste.
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

An odd take on a pilsner – not clean and crisp but a more complicated flavor, probably from the Sorachi Ace hops. To me, this has more characteristics of a hefeweizen/weissbier than a pilsner. Not a bad beer, but not what I was expecting from a pilsner.

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Hitachino Nest Nipponia from Kiuchi Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.