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Hitachino Nest White Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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91
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534 Reviews
Hitachino Nest White AleHitachino Nest White Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2001

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Photo of wl0307
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled date: 14/05/2007, served lightly chilled on 02/11/2007 in a large bulb wine glass.

A: pours a murky, dark-yellowish golden hue; a thin layer of white foam retreats fast to a rim, on top of rather flat carbonation.
S: assertively lemony-acidic and gingery-spicy upfront, backed by plenty of sweet, almost syrupy maltiness and sharp flowery scents. The spiciness from ginger syrup comes rather sharp actually, but gets mixed quite well with the equally pronounced lemony fruitiness. Alas, these two elements suppress the performance of other basic ingredients.
T: the thin taste remains yeasty from the first second onwards, while the following flow of unripe-grapefruity and limey peels as well as green apple-ish acidic taste gradually yields to a very mild wheat-ish mid-taste with a spicy kick, then turning intensifyingly tangy&dry with a light touch of orange-flavouring and mineral in the end. The overall flavour gives a strong suggestion of Belgian witbier.
M&D: softly sparkling, quite refreshing in texture and feather light in body due to the high percentage of wheats in the mixture. A pretty decent product with a highly yeasty flavour overall, making it quite different from a normal witbier from Belgium.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Whole Foods, Chicago. After reading in "All About Beer" about their cedar-aged IPA, I had to try this, even though it’s not the same beer. It has a very pale and cloudy color. Kind of lemony like a hefeweisen, but then I picked up a big nutmeg taste (before I knew there was nutmeg in it). Coriander makes an appearance, too. And I do get a cedary taste with this beer after all. It’s good to see some craft beers coming over from Japan and discovering brews beyond Sapporo and Kirin.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear gold with very little white foam. Patches on top. Subtle wheat-ness in the nose. Some straw too. Light lemon open which evolves into a thin light wheat taste. Crisp close. Virtually no bitter. Some orange peel too. Very light & flavorful. Tasty, easy drinker but not astonishing.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a slightly cloudy, dull yellow tone; yields a foamy finger of a white head that dissipates quickly. not much lacing to speak of.

nose is lead by citrus (notably lemon zest) with coriander and some yeast evident. flavor follows the aroma with an added bit of wheat grain and some floral/herbal/earthiness... has a subtle sourness to it... finish is largely clean. not bad, even somewhat enjoyable in its own right, but for me nothing really to write home about, will give this one another try over the summer, which it's more tailored for.

light to medium bodied mouthfeel. serviceable, i'd be open to another but it's nothing i would seek out again.

originally reviewed: 12-21-2010

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Photo of DogFood11
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm a sucker for labels and this one caught my eye. A red owl with the words White above it and Ale Below, nothing to exciting but enough to get my 3 bucks.

Spritzy head with loads of carbonation feeding it throughout. slightly unfiltered look.

Floral smell/yeast definitely involved. The first taste at the very very beginning is sour but its only a split second until the citrus/carbonation sizzles away at the palate a bit course on the way down...this beer is very unique and doesn't draw all that many similarities to other witbiers i've had. this one stands alone and is a nice example to follow. Kiuchi brewery has gotten my attention with this offering.

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Photo of SFRider
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy. Yellow. Little head with sediment on the bottom.

Smell: Sweet citrus. No hops.

Taste: Heffy. Little lighter than the Heff's I'm used to. Definitely some citrus/lemon notes. It's good as is. Anymore would be too much. Slightly sour in the corners of my mouth after.

Drinkability: Medium-heavy carbonation. Good consistency. Fairly sharp. Drinkable.

This wasn't bad. Not as great as the Red Rice Ale (in my opinion), but worth having. Another Japanese Heff type beer. It was a little too citrusy for my palette. Wasn't bad, but anymore would have made it a Framboise. Enjoy it where you would a Heff, if you want to try something different. But personally - if I want a Heff - this won't do.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Very prototypical looking white ale going on here. Angel food cake colored body, lighly cloudy and dull. The head is strong, pure white and holding on strong.

S: Great smelling beer. Extremely herbal, coriander, yeasty and fresh like a spring breeze. If the beer tastes half this good I'm in luck.

T: Lots of coriander is the first impression. Very spiced, more so than I would have expected. This flavor dominates until finally relenquishing control to some of the citrusy sour notes lurking behind the spices. As the lemon moments fade, a pronounced wheat personality with lots of yeast take the limelight. And the coriander keeps going.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

D: Too many spices added, detracts from the flavor of the beer. And I can't get the flavor off my palate. Not bad but not great.

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Photo of nicnut45
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this beer pours a light straw color. Fizzy pure white head blankets the surface. Bubbles bloom throughout the session. I smell fine pilsner malts in the beginning but the aroma takes on what appears to be a strange BO type smell to me. I have heard others descibe a barnyard scent in beers maybe this is it. There is a certain floral grassy like smell that I have never encountered. It may be strange but it is bold and assertive which I like. The taste is not like your typical wit. It is very spicey kind of like a light tripel. There is some pepper, a strong taste of turmeric powder, cinnamon. And nutmeg flavors throughout and just enough hops to make it slightly bitter. There seems to be a lot of carbonation to this beer from the looks but it does not overtake your mouth. I would say it is a typical Mouthfeel for the style. I will not buy this again but it is very interesting. Not your typical wit.

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Photo of paxkey
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before date of Sept 2011.

owl on the bottle cap

pours a hazy yellow with thin head.

very aromatic. spices, fruit, marmalade comes out right away. a bit soapy smelling, floral. nutmeg and ginger lots of ginger aroma.

sharp acidity. ginger comes through in the taste. slightly watery mouthfeel despite the sharpness.

leaves a clean freshness on the palate, inviting you back for more.

the beer is balanced to the point that i dont recognize much malt or hops in the flavor.

the sharp carbonation and acidity reminds of drinking an orangina pop with booze.

solid and interesting but probably better on a hot day not a rainy damp one.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy light straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a lemon zest and coriander.

The taste was upfront bitter lemon with some softer yeast esters and spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a decent wit. Say too sour for my taste.

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Photo of zachariaIPA
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Owl is staring right at me.

Best before date 2011.09

Pours a cloudy straw colored body with light and bubbly white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Spots of lacing like white owls flying above a frothy gold and white sea below..

As soon as I poured it there were hints of sulfur..but they faded..perhaps the batch was brewed in haste.

Aroma and flavours of wheat, yeast, spices, coriander, sweet orange..

Nice carbonation typical of the style. Dry and overall a very nice Japanese White Ale. To be honest, I drank two in a row but I really don't see why it get's all this praise. Not sure if I'm just not getting it or if this was a bad batch..it probably could have been fresher. The LCBO seemed to have held onto it for quite some time..I'll have to give it another try some other time.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Carrefour. In Teku glass. Reviewing CSHTP6 Ch4. A standard lightly spiced witbier, with nothing specially good nor specially bad apart from a noticeable lack of carbonation. BB date next month

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Photo of lakemarkham
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice yellow with two finger head, which soon disperses.

Hoppy aroma with some woody notes. Taste is consistent with the smell, but with a bit of apple or dark citrus at first, a jolt of coriander, and something sort of flowery at the end as the taste evaporates.

Feel is thick enough for a white ale, but still rather thin. Wouldn't bathe my kid in it. Good beer, but nothing special, and definitely not worth the $6 sticker.

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Photo of maxpower
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale golden-yellow color, spicy, peppery and earthy citrus aromas, huge white foamy head that sticks to the sides of my glass. Spicy pepper, coriander and citrus flavors, crisp and spicy carbonated mouthfeel, finishes clean and dry, has a funny aftertaste, very refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of cvaypai
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to snifter.

Appearance - Straw hazy yellow with lots of sediment and poured with a 1 finger foamy head that dissapears quickly. Leaves a small amount of lacing.

Smell - Peppery, grassy and smells of coriander and other spices. Very spicy smell. A small amount of wheat malt detectable but not much else, very spicy grassy smell overall.

Taste - Peppery with coriander and ginger finish. The beer has a bit of sweet wheatness to it but not much else. Very exotic tasting and unlike anything I have ever had. A bit of a funky end on the finish, no bitterness to speak of.

Mouthfeel - Very light and effervescent, not too heavy at all, good on the tongue for the style.

Drinkability - One of these is plenty for me, I am sure if I was more used to it I could handle much more, its probably not the beer here, its me.

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Photo of lstokes
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw-colored with a lovely towering head, smells like wheat, orange peel and a sugary clove. The taste is the same, floral hops, wheat malt, a bit of coriander, orange--a nice wit? But it's muddled in the finish. My boyfriend and I both agreed there was something odd in the last bit of the taste but weren't sure what it was--now he's suggesting mushroom? I'm willing to go on record with that.

I also found the mouthfeel a little heavy, even kind of soapy, without a crispness I wanted, and ultimately don't know if I would buy the beer again--there are much better wits out there.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked H.13.07 at 45 degrees into standard pint
Faint aroma of orange
Head average (3 cm), white, fizzy, completely and quickly diminishing to a 1 – 2 mm ring
Body medium yellow, murky
Flavor begins with a subdued orange sweetness, and ends sweet, with no flavor; no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl
Palate medium, somewhat creamy, lively carbonation

The fizzy head that totally disappears coupled with the murky body detract from the visual appeal of this beer, but the light orange taste and aroma help redeem this. The price point is high, and makes this a questionable candidate for multiple drinks.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours pale orange with a thin white head that recedes quickly leaving minimal lace around the glass. Nose of yeast, orange, and spices, including coriander, cinnamon, and a hint of nutmeg. The orange flavors come through nicely with the spices mostly subdued until the back where nutmeg, coriander, and a hint of cardamom come through. The body is light with average carbonation, an oily texture, and a medium spiced finish.

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Photo of becktone
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes 12-21-08

Done horizontally with St. Bernardus Wit

Eye: While pouring it is obvious to see why this style of beer is called wit, the beer as a stream into the glass is much more white than yellow. As a collective in the glass the color is a very hazy whitish straw gold. The head is very large with excellent retention and great head formation. In texture I'd say that the head is part cloudy/pillowy part rocky. Lacing is thin rings with gaps between each subsequent ring. 4

Nose: When poured into the glass the aroma of orange and other like citrus aromas fill the room. To the nose much more the same, strong orange aroma and some definite notes of coriander in here. Some minty aromas come into play as well, herbal and fairly green, wintergreen aromas too. Very classic wit aroma, smells great. The only beef I've with it is a small tin-like/metallic aroma I'm picking up.

edit: another beef...the more I keep smelling this the more that I get trough urinals filled with urinal cakes, specifically the pink ones. Each time I take a smell of this beer the aroma changes on me and something else comes to mind. Sometimes it smells good to me, at others well urinal cakes...weird.

Tongue: The spice coriander is very forward in this brew, so much so that I could tell someone who didn't know what coriander was like in beer, and tell them that this is it. Lemon notes are here as well as some orange tones, curacao specifically. I find an off taste as well, something more metallic, or tinny. Hops are citrusy with hints at evergreen and piney flavors, mint as well. Overall a nice wit, but nothing to really brag about. Good, but I've had better.

Feel and Drinkability: Light in body with higher levels of carbonation as is appropriate. Finish is just right, I can see this being very refreshing on a hot day. Curacao tones in the finish with a twist of mint. This one is easy to drink, though I doubt I'll be buying it again anytime soon or at all for that matter, especially considering the price at about $8 a bomber. It was nice to try but I'd rather go for Wittekerke, or even better Southampton Double Wit...better beers, more volume less money.

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Photo of Truh
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Flew the coop with this one on 7/22/2004. 16-oz. pour at Redbones in a shaker glass.

Milky yellow to straw coloring, almost to the point of light green, with gently ascending carbonation throughout. A film of head, but really nothing to write home about – the nest was a little bare. Fruity lemon/lime esters on nose with a huge hit of mixed sunshine composed of equal parts sweet and sour from a perceived grapefruit aroma. That same grapefruit was the first thing noted to taste, with a nice juiciness which left a lingering note on the tongue. Some light clover aspects were noted as well. On the whole, this was entirely refreshing on a muggy 85-degree day in the heart of Davis Square.

If this offering is made with rice, bring on the Kokuho!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold/pale amber with a small fading head.
Nose shows doughy wheat with coriander, nutmeg and very faint citrus.
Similar flavours, although the nutmeg is more powerful. A bit too much spice. And too sweet.
Body seems a bit thick. I would have like it to be more spritzy and refreshing.

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Photo of ryno09
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Hazy pale yellow, 1.5 finger head, low carbonation. Head fades quickly.

Aroma - Big on the coriander and nutmeg. Light citrus character along with the tangy wheat malt and adjuncts.

Taste - Sour citrus notes, like a mix of sour lemonade and orange juice up front. Although they don't use any I'm getting some ginger notes as well. Definitely get a mix of nutmeg and coriander in the end with some tartness. Medium body. Almost a completely dry finish though.

Tangy and refreshing, great for a hot day.

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Photo of hreb
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle dated H.14.02 and served in pint glass. Beer is pale yellow in color, with big soda bubbles rising towards a white head. Actually it looks like cloudy mountain dew. And as cloudy as it is, there's a significant layer of trub still left in the bottle. Pleasant lemon-citrus peel aroma, though.

Flavor is neutral in the grain department, thanks to a healthy load of wheat in the mash, with a coriander flavor front and center, taste profile wise. Orange peel comes out as well. Except for the heavy dose of carbonation is quite drinkable and enjoyable. But as a witbier I think the gimmick of high-quality craft brews from Japan that aren't adjunct lager has kind of worn off by now. I'm certainly less excited about this now than I was when I first tasted it years ago.

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Photo of cichief
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was a nice warm Sunday, so I tried a big 750 ml bottle of this poured into a shaker style pint glass..

A- It poured orange-gold, very cloudy, with a snow-white head, which dissipated quickly.

S- Coriander and citrus very prevalent, some banana and clove.

T- Powerful coriander and orange peel taste. Very powerful flavor.

M- Medium body, but very light drinking, since it was bottle conditioned it was smooth.

D- Very refreshing, a good summertime beer.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a straight, glowing, yellow straw that is plenty foggy with a few suspended particulates. The head consists of a collar of white. Looks good.

Smells of dried pears, lemon zest and a slight wheat yeast. There’s also a little salt in there. It also smells like… dirty urinal? WTF!? How did that get in there. That’s not a good smell.

Tastes very much not like a urinal with pear, lemon and a pinch of ginger, a sour musky yeast, wheat and a big citrus sting along the edges of my tongue.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a tiny bubbled carbonation that seemed to be a bit much.

The smell was a big turn off along with the distracting carbonation.

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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.
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