Hitachino Nest White Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest White AleHitachino Nest White Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan
kodawari.cc

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,543
Reviews:
557
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
11.85%
 
 
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Photo of nickss
3.97/5  rDev -2%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jsisko01
3.97/5  rDev -2%
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 -1.7%
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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Photo of WeymouthMike
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy , highly carbonated pale golden yellow
S- Somewhat floral, very tough to describe maybe some apple.
T and M- Carbonation has a good bite right of the bat. Again the apple comes into play with a tang of citrius on the finish.
D- A very drinkable beer and one of the better I've had.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice fairly cloudy amber with a decent head that quickly dissipates. Nice aromatic smell that is slightly sweet and very clean. Nice taste that is also slightly sweet. I really enjoyed the smell the best. Fantastic. A very easy beer to drink with lots of flavor.

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Photo of Reuuin
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lupe
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy straw-color with a creamy pure white head. Decent retention and some sticky lace is left behind.

Dominant coriander aroma with a healthy does of clove and ginger. Light citrus and floral notes, and a unique "greenness" - think after a spring shower.

Starts out with some grainy malt that leads the way for bright and refreshing citrus - orange peel and some hops. Spice comes in next with endless ginger, clove, and coriander. Spices fit nicely and are not overwhelming. White pepper lies in the background, keeping up with the other spices. No malt sweetness, but more than enough grain to balance out the spices. Finishes dry with lingering clove and pepper.

Light in body, smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy. Very well balanced wit. Above average drinkability, but the coriander in Wit beer limits it for me - a couple on a warm day would be perfect.

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Photo of wwb114
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of goochpunch
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a peach Jelly Belly with a moderately sized, thinning head that leaves some scant chunks of lace on the glass. There is a lot of orange upfront in the nose with a spiciness that lingers on longer than the initial citrus. Aroma is overall light and relatively clean. In the flavor, spice comes out more along with wheat cracker/ Finishes tart, dry and has a slight tannic(?) astringency. Mouthfeel is light and lively. Apropos. A very refreshing and flavorful wit with a welcome tartness in the finish. I like it.

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Photo of nouseforotacon
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one gushes out a pale, golden orange with a big billowing head, foamy pockets that fall quickly.

Incredibly strong smell, heavy pine and spice, upfront, peppery, clove, and also traces of yeast. Somewhat chalky and also some buttery notes/diacetyl. Nice aroma.

First sip contains noticeable carbonation, quite sour, with a pleasantly bitter twang. Orange/lemon citrus flavor, with the spice resurfacing on the tongue. This brew leaves my mouth feeling refreshed and has a very wet finish, almost a bit too watery for my liking.

Nicely done summer witibier, quaffable and enjoyable, though strong carbonation and watery mouthfeel might turn some off.

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Photo of Martine
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of vhiggins
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle and very fresh.
Interesting Beer. At first it started to go down like a Flat mello-yellow
a little lemon-limon but as I started to drink the beer it became
much more complex. Every sip revealed a different spice
First ginger, then some pepper and it's all mixed in with an underlying
fruity zest. I can drink a few of these in a sitting, but don't expect a buzz

It a nice little break from the normal if that's what u are looking for
and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz stubby bottle with the cute owl on the label and cap. Actually looks white as it pours from the bottle, but in the glass is a slightly hazed, straw yellow body with a modest white head that has good retention and leaves some patchy lace. Odd aroma of slightly sulfuric Saaz hops, orangepeel, and coriander. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Taste has spicy coriander, lemony citrus, wheaty cracker, yeast, orangepeel, and herbal hops that come together quite well. The flavors are all restrained, and the high carbonation helps them meld into a very flavorful, light bodied Wit. Very interesting flavor profile, but it works well. Very refreshing, and an excellent choice as a session ale. Based on my experience with other offerings from this brewery, this is basically a Hitachino Lite.

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Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of gibgink
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DennisYee
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of JMS1512
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

720ml bottle. I remember this brewery from a mini pub crawl I was part of in Chicago a few years ago, where we wound up at this Japanese/techno fusion place. The locals suggested the Hitachino beers, because I guess they were new at the time, and appropriate for the occasion. Well, my current occasion isn't very Japanese, unless you count the bags of mandarin Christmas oranges I've consumed over the past month.

This beer pours a foggy, pale golden yellow hue, with two lofty fingers of puffy and loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some random paint splatter lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of softly grainy wheat malt, a bit of dank citrus, and a somewhat funky clove and nutmeg spiciness. The taste is mildly edgy wheat grain, a tart citrus creaminess, some additional drupe fruitiness, hints of ginger and nutmeg holiday goodness, and earthy and leafy noble hops.

The carbonation is somewhat frothy, but generally agreeable, the body a medium-light weight, and quite smooth, nothing else worthy enough here to mess with that. It finishes off-dry, the semi-sweet wheatiness playing nice with the lingering citrus and earthy spices.

While maybe a tad reserved on the spice quotient, this is still one pleasantly slavish ode to the Belgian style - wheaty, fruity, and spicy, all in a manner that deserves quiet contemplation, i.e. my friend's Chicago backyard before a Lollapalooza show, instead of the pithy, way too trendy club afterwards.

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Photo of seavercm
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,543 ratings.
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