Hitachino Nest White Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest White AleHitachino Nest White Ale
Hitachino Nest White AleHitachino Nest White Ale

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 575 | Ratings: 1,634
Photo of Bshaw22
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprised by this beer. Pours orange hazy with a 1 Finger white hade that fades into lacing.
Smell is that of some sort of festive spice with some orange, and then maybe some Belgian yeast. Flavor is orangish with those same spices coming thru. Carbonation is perfect: enough there, but yet soft. This beer went very well with my maki rolls and thai food.

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, served at Sushi By Boū in New York, NY.

Poured from the bottle into a glass by the waiter, it had a light amber color with a creamy white head. Very cloudy in appearance. Complex mixed fruit and spice aroma. Orange, lemon, and coriander stand out in both the aroma and flavor. Wheat malt comes out upon tasting. Very fruity, slightly tart and refreshing. I didn't pick up any of the nutmeg that's listed in the ingredients. Medium-light bodied. I sipped this slowly to make sure it would last the duration of my meal, but could have drunk it much faster. The price tag is on the hefty side for what it is but I had to try this classic beer at least once! In all honesty, you could go with Allagash White at a fraction of the price.

An excellent accompaniment to an omakase sushi lunch, as it was versatile enough to pair with the various types of fish.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kyatchi MPLS... it pours a slight hazed bright yellow color. Smell and taste was herbal and spicy with banana,orange,clove and citrus. Mouth feel was medium with fruity light bitterness,very enjoyable.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L-Pours a straw gold beer with about a one fingered head. The head is frothy and lively. The beer is cloudy in nature. Looks very nice. Some floaters are present–could be an older beer.
S- Nice spice smell, with a slight phenolic upbringing. Maybe some ginger? Definitely some orange.
T- Taste follows the nose. Some ginger, some orange, some other spices I can imagine like clove. Nice phenolic taste. Very Belgian. Very good. Very smooth.
F- Crisp carbonation. It fits okay with this beer.
O- My first beer from Japan. Impressed with it to be honest. They know what they're doing and their mind is clearly in the right direction. Would certainly try this beer again, and would love to try a fresher beer.

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Photo of JonnyGoldsbrough
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from M&S. Really excited to try this one...

L3.5 Light and inviting but with little head
S4 Burnt orange and spices
T3 matches the smell but without much else. Some sweetness or something is needed. Maybe I’m just addicted to hops.
F3.75 good carbonation, clean, lacking depth
O3.5 disappointing. Would legitimately rather have a blue moon!!

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: tangy zesty herbal, tea like notes, orange juice citrus, yeast. Same with the nose. Straw color hue, unfiltered, delicate lace and head. Light body. Unique.

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Photo of writer917
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pale, cloudy. You're in Belgium. You're in an owl's nest in an orange tree, surrounded by herb bushes. The spices surge just as the beer's flavor starts to fade. What's left is a shimmering throatfeel that conjures bananas in crates on pirate ships. Or better yet: a monastic way of life in a Medieval Europe. Or even better: the slowness of fermentation in fast-paced Tokyo. Slow enough for a beer, or a prayer, or a deep breath, or a fermentation process done just right. Slow enough for a deep gaze at the moon.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L- Pale gold with some cloudiness. Pours with 5mm white head that reduces quite quickly to lacing.
S- I get some hoppy notes, plus a touch of citrus akin to mandarin orange.
T- A little spicing, coriander, and I believe white pepper (at first I thought 'Oh no, sourness, but it's not it's the zing of pepper without the taste of it, hence white pepper i/o black).
M- Clean, refreshing, good carbonation in the mouth.
O- The Hitachino Nest beers are very interesting and worth looking out for. They're not cheap in Japan, so don't be surprised at the cost when imported into the UK. Worth it as an occasional treat! Bought from Whole-Foods, London W8. BB 08/19.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.93/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The body is a hazy golden yellow, with a finger white head. Aromas consist of orange, coriander, cinnamon, wheat, and tangerine. It smells similar to a spiced fruit pie. Flavors are the same. The feel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw orange like color with a thumb length bubbly white head. However, the head retention is not particularly long as per style as it soon dissipates completely.
Aromas of coriander, orange peel and light hints of banana.
The taste has a round wheat flavor, as well as a touch of caramel malt, that emits sweetness. Fruity esters evoke flavors of banana. As per style, there is the taste of orange peel as well as lemon. The middle palate is spicy and peppery, the coriander, in particular, balances the sweetness.
Medium bodied, a bit more on the smooth side than crisp.
Good example of the style.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving: Bottle
No date

Pours a cloudy light orange-ish color with some yeast chunks and a whisp of fizzy white had that drops to nothing. Fruity wheat flavors/aromas with a hint of banana, soap and minerals. Fairly drinkable, nothing too remarkable.

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Photo of Maatc
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After Reading the reviews on this beer on beer advocate I went to a local liquor store and they actually carried singles of this beer. I poured in into a glass and I must say DAMN I really enjoyed this beer, very smooth and did not leave any after taste , i am definitely going back to get some more .

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow golden poor with lively carbonation but short lived white head. Had a grassy, sweet citrus aroma - a bit floral. Taste is bubbly sweet orange, spice - clove/nutmeg - bit of bubblegum and perhaps bit of melon. Crisply carbonated with lively mouthfeel - delicious and full - perfect on a warm spring day.

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Photo of Tstromer
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L- peach colored with no head
S- citrus scent
T- orange with notes of spices
F- smooth and slightly bubbly
excellent new beer to try that would be great in spring or summer time.

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Photo of mintzmeet
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

White ale. Nice complex coloration. Little to no head. Light citrusy (orange) flavor. Crisp. Some nice subtle spices in this one! Comes in very cute bottle.

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Photo of iatethefoodie
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear yet full of flavor. Classified as a Witbier but leans more towards an Ale, as stated by other reviewers. Doesn't have an overly yeasty/bread bouquet instead it gives off lovely and light hints of earthy mushroom and citrus. Some might judge it harsh comparatively to there more established European counterparts. This is a fantastic complement to seafood, preferably crab, scallops and white fish.

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Photo of Act25
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Is this Japanese beer worth the premium price? As compared with Belgian craft? No, I think not, but it's interesting and worth 1 try.

Hitachino White is unlike most WIT beer, more of a pale ale.
a) Pours 1 finger of white head supported by a hazed pale orange body, plenty of sediment Decent lasting and lace.
s) Sports a woody, earthy, floral nose, woody, with citrus and belgian like coriander and spice.
t) Follows the smell. Starts with a citrusy bite, followed by a gentle floral hop that lands nicely with earth, flowers, spice, and cleansing tang. Great with sushi.
f) Light and clean, mid weight, nice finish.

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Photo of EMV
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz glass into a tulip

L: Semi-opaque light golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Modest rim of lacing.

S: Delicious... juicy and citrus. Loads of lemon and orange. Light grains.

T/F: Crackery grains... follows the nose with lots of citrus. Lemon, orange, and citrus rind. Grassy... earthy with mild spice (nutmeg, coriander). Light in body... zesty carbonation. Finish is sweet lemongrass.

O: A pretty pleasing witbier. Great citrus flavor... easy drinking... very well made.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of April 2018. Purchased a little while back from M&S. Described on the label as a witbier brewed with coriander, orange peel and nutmeg.

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A hazy golden hue with plentiful floating sediment and light carbonation. Produces a small head of white foam that lasts for a moment before collapsing and dissipating.

S: Aroma of subtle earthy yeast with hints of nutmeg, mild peel, faint coriander and pale malt. No hop presence to speak of. Pleasant but very understated.

T: Tastes of light malt with notes of earthy yeast esters, nutmeg, subtle peel, a hint of coriander and faint stewed hops. Very dry, with the most delicate bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and decent body. Aftertaste of earthy yeast, subtle peel/spice and light malt.

O: A reasonable take on a witbier. Lacklustre looks, though the aroma and flavour are rounded and satisfying with well-judged use of spice. Body is OK; perhaps a tad textureless. The lack of carbonation and head detract from the beer, but perhaps I simply got a subpar bottle. Possesses a light, easy-drinking character that is worth sampling.

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Photo of Delbertogrady
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy, yellow to orange, Sparse almost non existent head. Citrus, fruity, spicy aroma. Aroma continues into the taste, being retained pleasantly on the tongue.
Would drink again.

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Photo of mrsockless
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crazy delicious stuff, especially paired with more delicate foods. Totally surprised me at how well balanced and easy-drinking it was, no excessive dryness or sweetness typical of beers of the region, while maintaining a beautiful floral aroma.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a nice looking hazy/cloudy yellow to orange color with a fairly decent one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. The lacing was there and slid right on into the body. The smell had some decent Belgian styled spices with a light coriander, nutmeg, and orange peel. The taste ends up being somewhat sweet and spicy with a nice lightness running all around. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Overall, not a bad witbier, its just a tad above average to me and worthy of having again.

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Photo of thommo_nk
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like cold pressed apple juice in the glass, no head, medium carbonation, great mouthful.

The beer has real spice and bite to it, almost like a dry ginger beer. The coriander is present and is welcome.

Overall spicy and super-dry.

Classy brew, looking forward to trying more from this brewery

330ml botle poured into Leffe chalice.

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Photo of DavidR_9
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber (H16.08) poured into belgian tulip glass.

L - Bright golden yellow body, plenty of bubbles and a tall bright 2 finger head - settles to a 1/3 finger head around the egdes of the glass
S - Actually shares a huge scent profile with many pilsners I have had. However, this brew carries a hint of orange and lemony coriander especially as the beer gets warmer.
T - Very surprising taste of slight sourness like a gose but with loads of orangey fruit flavor and a generous amount of limey/lemoney notes. Very balanced. The finish is very abrupt and clean.
F - Lively carbonation. Bubbly and light beer yet the citrus flavors really give it more depth and thickness in a unique way.

Great beer for a hot day

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Photo of ChicagoJoe
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.23 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Easy drinking beer with an opaque yellow appearance.

Nice carbonation level and mouth feel.

Has a certain crispness and almost Belgian beer like flavor. Goes down easy on a warm evening.

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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,634 ratings