Hitachino Nest White Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2001

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Photo of sweethome
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy and golden in color. Big rocky head. Dissipates slowly and leaves ring of head around the outside of the glass all the way through. Aroma is quite powerful. Big orange peel and corriander - a hint of oxidation going on - who knows how old this beer is.

Spicy and acidic. Quite tart. The acidity seems turned up from slight oxidation. The flavors are citrus, yeast, and plenty of corriander. Refreshing. Mouthfeel is a bit grainy. Cleanses the palate extremely well. Should pair well with food.

A unique take on Belgian white. Not my favorite in the style, but a different take that creates a lasting impression.

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Photo of gwood
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I haven't had a great deal of Witbier so I'm not as sharp on the style but I really enjoyed this beer. Poured a cloudy yellow with a stark white head that laced quite nicely.

Smells were of light citrus, yeast, and a really nice but subtle floral scent. Taste was again dominated by citrus but a bit more acidic than the smell lets on, almost lemon and orange zests. Spices are right in line with the style but a bit more in the background than other wits I've had. The corriander is present but not overwhelming.

The finish actually starts dry and transitions back to yeast and wheat. I was very pleased with how relatively dry this beer was compared to the few other wits I've had. Really adds a great level of character, and is a good twist on the style IMO. Carbonation is pretty strong and does stand out with what is a very light bodied beer. That said, the dryness of this beer makes it really quite thirst quenching and drinkable. I could see picking this up again if it wasn't so damn expensive (10 bucks? - what did I do?)

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Photo of ATPete
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big bottle, 1 pint 5 fl oz

A- Pours a hazy, pale yellow/orange color with lots of visible carbonation and a solid 1 finger white head.

S- Floral and mellow wheat aromas, banana, spices and...dandelions?

T- Loads of banana and citrus fruits initially to the tongue, bubblegum, seltzer water and a spicy wheat character. This beer has no finish, it hits you with pour witbier awesomeness and then drops off the face of the earth not to be seen again until the next sip.

M- Lively carbonation, medium bodied when it shows up.

D- I liked it, my girl friend loved it.

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Photo of Wildman
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light yellow color and formed a nice foamy white head that left circular lace as it subsided. Much like a float. A heavy amount of rapid moving carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, coriandar and citrus. A flavor of of malt and corindar. Fairly light beer. Not bad for this style and much better than the milk/lacto stout they make. My second venture into this Japanese brewer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MrSeth
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

App: Pours with a hazy earthy golden body and forms a two inch white head with big bubbly suds that die down to the surface.

Sm: Sweet and sour, ripe peaches, ponzu sauce.

Ta: Milder than the nose, smooth wheaty start, then bitter bites, but not harshly. Good length, again sweet and sourness linger.

Da: Medium-High. It's probably just "highly drinkable" but witbier is not one of my everyday beers.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Beer Belly in Osaka, Japan.
Slightly hazy lager-looking slightly hazy yellow body, with a low lying white head. Amazing muscat grape, papaya and ginger like aroma. This beer has a more impressive bitterness than most white ales, but still subdued. Massive amounts of orange and again grape fruit on the palate. I am getting almost none of the corriander and pepper everyone is talking about.

The impossible amount of fruityness brought down my score.

Light bodied, not alot of yeastyness. Very refreshing.

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Photo of 4ster
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jakester
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. A date stamp of H.5.10 (August 10, 2005?) is on the back label. Why can't they just put the fucking date on the label? What's the big secret?? Pisses me off!

Pours a cloudy (if you pour in the yeast, which I did) banana yellow with a one finger head of white foam. Carbonation appears moderate. The head falls to islands and a ring, with minimal lacing. Small chunks of yeast seem to be suspended throughout the beer.

Aroma is lemons and coriander with just a hint of light bready malt coming through if you work. Aroma of this beer is pretty faint, but clean and nice.

First flavor is clean lemons, followed by a taste of coriander, and a perceptable but balancing hop bitterness. The tartness of this beer makes it very refreshing. There is a definite taste of lightly bready malt in there, also. Aftertaste is citrusy, spicy, tart, and pretty long-lasting.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, very refreshing. Carbonation has a nice zing to it. Body is light. Finish is on the dry side.

I like this beer. From what I know about the beers of Japan, this brewery is one of a few that's got their shit together. This is a pretty decent effort at a witbier. Keep 'em coming!

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Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Bookhouse in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet citrus - orange and lemon - with good amounts of floral notes.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet orange and mild lemon flavors stand out against a wheat background. There are also mild spice flavors that meld nicely with the citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished one glass without much problem and could have another.

Overall this was a solid beer that I could revisit in the future. Worth a shot.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

After getting several oxidized "off" bottles of this, I waited a couple years to re-visit. The bottle under review doesn't exhibit any of these problems. Poured from a ~720mL bottle (24.3 oz?) into my Hoegaarden tumbler.

Pale pear body, lightly hazy with a fairly active ghost white head that recedes to a lasting collar and a fluffy slick...then down to almost nothing. Decent lacing.

Interesting citrus notes, lime in addition to the more expected orange notes; followed by a gentle lactic wheat-y tartness. Faintly floral if note herbal aromas as well (white tea? rosewater?).

Sweet palate entry, suggesting wildflower honey and angel food cake, followed by more of the floral notes suggested in the nose. Subtle, complex flavors persist with hints of wheat-based tartness and a bit of orange (or perhaps Kiyomi) zest. Faintly spicy finish (with corainder and maybe a kiss of hops).

Soft, light-bodied, spritzy, but not effervescent.

One of the more floral/perfume-y examples of the style I've sampled. Very drinkable, but missing a little something (derived from yeast?) compared to the best examples...

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Photo of safaricook
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

murky orange and fledling white head, appropriate but not a beauty
Smell is mainly peppery with some orange notes and wheat things
Taste is more towards orange peel, the aromatic oils part not the piff or bitterness, some tartness probably from the wheat
drinks smooth and refreshing
Great take on witbier, not traditional but still classic

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Photo of surfnebr
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle

Light golden hue, translucent with a head that disapears fast. From appearance alone it appears light, limited lacing.

The corriander nose is easily present, as well as evergreen. It comes off as dirty/earthier than other whites that I've sampled. The citrus is light in that nose.

Pepper and nutmeg are on the first taste, citrus like sour finish. The hops are more present in this flavor than many whites, that could explain the dirtier, more earthy nose.

The carbonation was light in my opinion. The mouthfeel was light, which is perfect for a white.

I enjoyed this beer. Couple this with their Espresso Stout and their Sake Beer, they offer some solid beer. Easily drinkable, it would be great for a hot day.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JackieKu
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyV
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy lemon colour with a thin creamy white head that doesn't stick around long but retains its creamy texture in a ring that leaves some sticky lacing. Hints of yeast, spice, and citrus fruit in the nose along with a bit of wheat tang. Very fresh and inviting. Much of the same flavours in the taste, which are accented with some sharp and lively carbonation. Refreshing crisp finish with little to no hop bitterness to speak of. Thin body. An extremely well-balanced and refreshing wit, one of my preferred takes on the style.


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Photo of kwjd
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After delays, this finally came to Ontario (not sure if delays were LCBO's fault or somehow related to the situation in Japan). Either way, I'm glad it is finally in my glass. Pours a cloudy yellow colour with thick white head. Head dissipates to a thin ring. Mild lacing on the glass. Smells of nutmeg and orange peel, with the wheat aroma. Sweet flavour, slightly tart in the aftertaste. This is quite refreshing,

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Photo of Ralphus
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


This is a simple but effective witbier. It does everything well while not really excelling in any one area.

The appearance is a hazy golden color. The head died off quickly but I think that's more a result of my dishwasher.

The smell is nice.. lemons and oranges with some grass thrown in.

Taste is light but enjoyable with a dash of lemon and spice.

Mouthfeel is light and spritzy. Refreshing.

Overall a solid beer.

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Photo of farrago
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whipped up froth gets to about one finger of pure white, then rapidly fizzles down to the surface, very little lacing left behind. Fuzzy light orange to yellow liquid, easy to see the particulate floating inside, given lighter hue it's just about entirely opaque. Clove, coriander, cinnamon stick and orange zest do most of the work in the nose, straw, meadow grasses and garden herbs right there, close to earthy at moments, apricot and peach pit all for fruit scents. Medium-bodied, the carbonation doesn't lift as much as paste the liquid to the roof of your mouth. Sour orange, grapefruit citrus an eye opener, coriander, ginger spice, white pepper, wheatgerm, develops just the right amount of rougher texture to extend the finish. More tart than many witbiers but none the less enjoyable for it.

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Photo of gabeerfan
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, pale yellow. White head that completely disappears. No cap or ring. Looks a bit like lemon-lime Gatorade.
Lots of ginger in the aroma followed by orange peel and corriander. Lemony aromas in there too. Very light graininess in the aroma too.
Corriander and orange peel dominate the flavor, but the ginger is still strong. Graininess and lemon come into the background, but aren't subtle. Ginger adds a very nice spiciness that I wasn't expecting at all.
Light mouthfeel. Finishes powdery dry.
Quite drinkable. Very good flavors and light enough to drink on a hot day.
Pleasantly surprised by this beer. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of nickss
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

720 ml bottle

Straw yellow... appears to be generously carbonated. Nice head. In fact, the head is the only thing that makes this beer appear any different than your typical macro. The color is too dark in my opinion to be a wit.

Very interesting aroma.... strong scent of coriander, creating a very perfumey presence. Now this is what I expect from japanese beer... delicate and complex... in contrast to the Sapporos and Kirins I have had.

Once again... tremendous amount of coriander, this time mixed with a hearty citric flavour...peaches and orange. Delicious, if perhaps a bit heavy handed.

Crisp, yet not so carbonated as to ruin the flavour... actually has a pretty decent body to it. Not too shabby at all.

Would be more drinkable if not for the overwhelming spice.... still a pretty damn tasty beer... were the price a little lower, I'd make this a frequent purchase. As is, however, I will stick with Southampton's Double Wit when given the choice.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jsisko01
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy yellow color with an inch thick, creamy white head that dissipates after a minute. Has a very nice lacing.

Smell - Quite spicy. Light citrus with clove, coriander, and wheat.

Taste - It's pretty delicious. But it's a little too spicy for my liking.. mostly just because I have acid reflux. But it's great tasting. Citrus up front, followed clove, coriander, and white pepper. Wheat is more dominant in the finish, with a somewhat musty flavor and light bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with very high carbonation. Too much if you ask me

Overall - This beer is really good. I wish I could have enjoyed it better (if it wasn't for my acid reflux).

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Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the Puck Fair bar in Soho, NYC. pours cloudy apricot, white head, light lacing left on the glass, light sugary nose. This is a light, yeasty brew, spicing is fairly mellow but evident. Citrusy and piney notes late. Fine summer brew, pleasant, well crafted wheat that is a treat if you can find it on tap.

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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,592 ratings