Hitachino Nest White Ale
Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest White AleHitachino Nest White Ale
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From:
Kiuchi Brewery
 
Japan
Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #12
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,839
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 11.82%
Ratings:
1,703
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 07, 2022
Added:
Nov 13, 2001
Wants:
  250
Gots:
  365
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Hitachino Nest White AleHitachino Nest White Ale
Notes: None
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Unknown vintage; drank 3/12/22 @ the Yarchives.

See-through pale yellow appearance with tiny khaki detritus visible.

An even pour yielded a small white head; minimal lace.

Soft wheat, mild ginger & a faint skunky note in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Wheat & mild ginger flavors up front; dry yeast notes on the finish.

Slight flavors & a bit off (perhaps this is old?), but drinkable.

Mar 13, 2022
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a decent cap that leaves good lacing

S: Fruity and spicy yeast up front along with some lighter wheat and floral undertones

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the fruity and spicy yeast notes, followed by the wheat and floral notes. Finishes with lingering spicy yeast notes

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nice white ale that really starts and ends with the yeast influence. Super easy to drink. Worth checking out

Feb 05, 2022
Photo of GeEDirt
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by GeEDirt from France

Très belle couleur, pas fan des blanches d'habitude mais très raffraichissante et très vive dans les bulles qui pétillent sèchement dans la bouche. Les bulles se marient très bien avec un piment ou bien un cornichon mariné dans du piment

Feb 04, 2022
Photo of Sheppard
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Sheppard from Massachusetts

It pours a hazy pale golden. Some aromatic floral herbs on the nose. I get that traditional wheat character with some clementine and lemongrass. Honestly, I wish I could have had Allagash on draft vs having to have this at the company party bc we didn't have access to draft which is an insulting way to say this was fine.

Dec 16, 2021
Photo of damndirtyape
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by damndirtyape from Ohio

11.2 oz bottle, served in a tulip glass. Date stamp of H.21.07.P

Appearance: Cloudy pale golden yellow, with a thin white head. Some occasional islands of lacing noted.

Smell: Light citrus aroma, wheat tang and malt.

Taste: Delicate taste initially, with wheat tang, some spices, and a bit of lemon and orange. As it warmed up, the wheat is more noticeable and the orange becomes more zest like (and lemon disappears), but there is also a bit of green apple in this as it warms up.

Mouthfeel: Brisk carbonation, very dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: A solid witbier, with some definite changes and flavor as it goes from cold/first poured to lingering in the glass. It's almost like two different beers between cold and carbonated and warm and a bit more flat. Still tasty though, and I wouldn't mind having another. Went really well with capellini noodles + sage butter sauce + scallops.

Dec 05, 2021
 
4.25 by Bigmoist from West Virginia on Dec 03, 2021
Photo of naikwot
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by naikwot

Allspice & orangey citrus on the nose. Orange & lemon on the palate, some hint of nutmeg comes on the mid palate and finish. A delightful wheat beer with some nice extra earthiness. Don't think I taste any coriander. Light body, low acidity & medium fruitiness.

Sep 27, 2021
 
3.59 by Kam from North Dakota on Aug 29, 2021
 
4.08 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Jul 12, 2021
 
4.19 by LXIXME from New Mexico on Jul 05, 2021
Photo of TheRatCage
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by TheRatCage from Connecticut

L: hazy light apricot gold. Bubbly one finger head that quickly disappears to just rim the edge of the glass. No noticeable lacing.

S: citrus foremost, orange and lemon. Some clove and spice.

T: Again citrus foremost, especially orange. Some clove, coriander, pepper in there. Little bitterness right at the end from hops and carbonation.

F: lighter bodied but with a lot of carbonation.

O: A straightforward witbier. Light and refreshing with a heavy citrus and a little bitterness on the end. I think I prefer it to allagash white.

Jun 29, 2021
 
4.34 by cauchysequence from Maryland on Jun 25, 2021
 
4.12 by Shan-man from New Jersey on Jun 12, 2021
 
2.94 by AmatuerSurgeon from Missouri on Jun 06, 2021
Photo of Storm_Rryder
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

Holy moly that was a lot of foam !! Nice refreshing beer. Slightly bitter, citrus flavors. Delicate spices, it's there but subtle. This is good, I'd have it again.

May 30, 2021
Photo of OlaB
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by OlaB from Norway

Pours a hazy golden color with a medium top off white head that dissolves quickly.
Aroma is of oranges, lemon, wheat, corriander, flowers and herbal and earthy hops.
The flavour is dry and fruity some slight acidic notes. Nice fruity feel especially of oranges allong with spices in the taste. The finish is slightly bitter with notes of floral and herbal hops. Prickly mouthfeel with a medium carbonation and a light body. A well made and enjoyable witbier. Really refreshing.

May 28, 2021
Photo of simonrgilbert57
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25
by simonrgilbert57 from California

Overall a really great beer. Looks like a fairly classic wheat beer with that light unfiltered hue. Not much smell. Taste is exquisite: spices and dry hops really come out in the middle and have a nice finish. However, it is much too carbonated, which really takes away from the overall experience. So close to a great beer.

May 14, 2021
Photo of Sigmund
3.49/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Sigmund from Norway

2015: 11.2 fl. oz. bottle, from Vinmonopolet. BB date 01.2014. ABV is 5%. Golden colour, only slightl hazy (some sediment remained in the bottle), moderate to low white head. Moderate aroma of coriander, nutmeg and orange peel. Fairly refreshing flavour, medium dry, wheaty with notes of coriander, nutmeg and some orange peel / citrus. Pleasant to drink - I have a somewhat fresher bottle too, but this one seemed to have kept well. Might buy again.

May 05, 2021
Photo of imperiousbanana
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by imperiousbanana from Virginia

Wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this beer. Contra most of the reviews here, I actually found it in a can. A local beer monger had it in their cooler in an interesting folded-cardboard 4pack. To be totally honest, the packaging is what got me to pull the trigger as I'm not normally a fan of wheat beers.

Look - I mean I guess the packaging has to be part of that right? But the beer itself was a light orange, a bit hazy.
Smell - Pretty much what I would have expected out of a white ale. Some spice, a bit of citrus if you're really looking for it.
Taste - So, like I said, I'm not actually a huge fan of wheat beers, so I'll try to be fair. The can I got said it was brewed with "coriander nutmeg, orange peel and fresh orange juice" and you can definitely get the citrus tang if you're looking for it. The spice profile is a bit much for me, you get the coriander and nutmeg at the start and then the citrus comes in. Small notes of bitterness towards the very end.
Feel - Some fizz, no real aftertaste as such.
Overall - I could see this being a really refreshing (to me) take on a wheat beer if they dialed up the orange like 20% and dialed the spice down like 10%. Something nice to sip on during a hot day, almost like a west coast IPA. At the same time, the 4 pack I got was like $20, so for that price point, probably not worth it to buy again.

Apr 19, 2021
Photo of milkshakebeersucks
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Hazy, golden/orange appearance with a small off white head and little lacing. Spicy aroma with a good dose of orange zest and lemon. Tart, dry, herbal, spicy taste with some wheaty flavors below deck. Medium-to-light bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel with a dry short lived finish.

Mar 20, 2021
 
4.01 by Mac_Cheesin from Maryland on Feb 22, 2021
 
3.75 by Chipwells from Georgia on Feb 02, 2021
Photo of imnodoctorbut
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

pint bottle bomber dated Oct 20

pours a hazy red-tinged straw body with an excited chalk-white foamed head that has low retention and leaves no lacing as it settles to a halo

aroma is an earthy shade of orange tinged-hop, spice (coriander & nutmeg, as advertised), and sweet wheat

taste follows that nose pretty straight forward. very orange centric, very earthy, with spiced notes intermittent that funk it up a bit. the nutmeg is an interesting nod.

moderately high carbonation and a medium-light body; it's juicy, smooth, soft, slightly pillowy. finishes with a low-key earthy bitterness.

overall:
very well balanced wheat beer that gets funky with the orange juice. as stated, the spice spread was an interesting choice and helps it stand out more; the nutmeg puts an kind of rustic spin on the style that was unexpected. this is one of those instances where you can just taste a higher quality in what you're drinking.

Jan 24, 2021
 
3.88 by soarinsteven from Illinois on Nov 09, 2020
 
4.2 by AustinRT from Texas on Nov 01, 2020
 
4.18 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Oct 12, 2020
 
4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York on Oct 08, 2020
Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by VABA from Virginia

Pours a light hazy golden color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has orange peel, coriander and nutmeg hints
The taste follows the nose with a very well balanced coriander, orange peel and nutmeg flavor
A light bodied very well carbonated beer
A good Witbier

Oct 04, 2020
 
3.06 by pyoung9348 from Texas on Sep 25, 2020
Photo of hk117
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by hk117 from Hong Kong

330 ml bottle - hazy golden color with a big loose foamy head that dissipated quickly. Smell is subtle, a bit earthy with very slight hint of citrus. Soft mouth feel and midly sweet, striking an amazingly balanced bitter, fruity and spice flavour. My favourite Witbier to date.

Sep 15, 2020
 
3.47 by Quarantinehobby from Massachusetts on Sep 05, 2020
Photo of Steve555
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Steve555 from Wales

Look was a slight murky orange with a thick head that fizzled out quickly to a small head, little lacing. Faint citrus smell and fruity hops. Taste is very faint of citrus, clove and wheat. Quite a thick body, medium carbonation leaves a faintly dry feeling in the mouth. Not quite getting all the love for this beer. I found it inoffensive but nothing special.

Aug 13, 2020
 
4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Aug 02, 2020
Photo of Bierschenker
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Bierschenker from Belgium

I found this one while driving home from work. I stopped at a supermarket in Rocourt, close to Liège for lunch and was smart enough to check the beer section as well.

Served in my trusty "Seef" tumbler.
Hazy yellow beer with rich carbonation making the sediment dance around.
Nice white crown, very fine lacing.
Ambient aroma of citrus and malt.
Very fresh taste. Lemony citrus, but never outspoken. It's cloaked in with honey sweetness. Carbonation is noticeble.
Aftertatse is dry. some of the citrus remains. With hints of coriander and grass.
Mouthfeel resembles banana and orange candy.

A nice thirst quencher

Jul 08, 2020
 
4.21 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio on Jun 16, 2020
 
3.8 by jglynn from California on Jun 10, 2020
Photo of Greywulfken
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Greywulfken from New York

Rich gold color, hazy with some visible particulate matter (I did not pull up on the pour); coupla fingers of white foam slimmed into a collar... Delivers on the expected notes of spice and orange peel - earthy and rustic, with suggestions of stone fruit, banana, and clove - drier elements of pith and peel add depth and funk - medium-bodied, smooth but with a soft fuzzy tingle... A well-done wit...

May 01, 2020
 
3.55 by smi69 from New York on Apr 18, 2020
 
3 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 16, 2020
Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1703 ratings