Hitachino Nest White Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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90
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1,530 Ratings
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:
1,530
Reviews:
551
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
11.85%
 
 
Wants:
220
Gots:
298
For Trade:
2
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3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Hieinh
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of wingedhelmets
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Solid. Been wanting to try. Love Belgium whites. Love nutmeg, but not sure I like in my wheat beer.

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Photo of ChicagoJoe
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Photo of monkist
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of SaltofOH
3.01/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle H.15.08. Bell's Spieglau Snifter.

A: pours a hazy pale yellow with 1 finger foamy white head that quickly dissipated to a thin cap. A little visible carb, but not much. No lacing. Poor retention.

S: smells like a clean, grainy, slightly citrusy witbier. Not knocking my socks off on the aroma. Maybe allergies inhibiting my smell, or maybe an old bottle. Swirl it around and this glass gives you more citrus, a little brightness. Not really any phenolics or spices to speak of.

T: arrives light and crisp; delicate, even. Across midpalate it is bready, wheaty, with building orange - not the peel, but the fruit itself, or rather, a shadow of the fruit. Mild bitterness on the end, followed by some mild phenols and a lingering mandarin orange peel bitterness.

M: very light and clean, very highly carbonated. Almost watery, but with a little lingering ale slickness.

O: this was a real disappointment. I have wanted to try this for a long time, and it really failed to deliver the bright, perky, experience I was anticipating. It is a light, crisp, and refreshing witbier, but a lot of easier to find and less expensive beers can do that. Perhaps a 2015 bottle? I sure hope so.

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Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Casey_L
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Libeertarian
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 04/14/17:

Pale straw gold, mostly clear but with a fine, uniform particulate haze. White head, delicate, rocky, moderate retention. Smells like a Pilsner with orange and strawberry notes. Palate halfway between a Pale Lager and a Witbier, not really enough overt citrus or berry or spice flavor, it’s just barely passable as a White Ale. At least not a characteristic one, maybe there are some out there that are more plain but still well within style guidelines. Still, it’s okay. It’s grassy, mildly grainy (rice?), with lemon and just a little orange. This last bit seems more akin to orange juice added to a decent Shandy than orange peel in a White Ale. Also comparable to a speciality/seasonal Blonde Ale with citrus or citric hops added. Hops or spices are more floral than anything. A little more ale-like in the finish with the faintest rind and pepper notes. Lighter end of medium in body, sloshy and fizzy to sudsy. Overall, it has a good flavor and quenches my thirst.

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ofYYC
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden yellow, with a small head that doesn't stick around. Citrus smell is bright and sunny, pleasant. Tastes of oranges and hops, slightly bitter with a clean finish. Overall: a good, refreshing beer.

Note: Apparently I like coriander, who knew?

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Photo of FowlerWorldPeace
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jzeilinger
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a very hazy golden body that obscures with minimal white head
Wheaty aroma with some mace spice
Tart and tangy slightly citrus flavour
Nice

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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 chrishiker1409
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BMMillsy
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of liquid-lotus
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SGT_Cookie
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thebeers
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy light straw yellow with a finger of white foam head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Distinctive lemony, peppery aroma -- nutmeg, coriander, lemon peel, orange peel, mild soap. This continues to the taste, where, honestly, it sort of overwhelms. The citrus is extremely strong, the soapiness carries over, too, both a bit too much to my taste. The spice is definitely very present in the taste, too. Pretty strong bitterness mixes with the citrus and soap on the backend.

Medium bodied, slightly creamy, with a fairly prickly mouthfeel.

This is a surprisingly big, in-your-face beer. Super juicy. Glad to try it, but not something I'd come back to often.

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Photo of bryanlindsey12345
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ordybill
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The appearance is a clear bright gold color with a small white head. The aroma is mild and is mostly light hops and some fruit. The taste is a very nice blend of fruit and spice.

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Photo of yaron73
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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