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Hitachino Nest White Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding
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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
534
Ratings:
1,477
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
19.95%
 
 
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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Highly hazed and golden-toned, a thin layer of bone white foam above, eventually narrowing down.

Lovely aromatics, a twist of lemon, hint of orange, and beautiful spices. I'd always assumed coriander, but recent research revealed to me they also use nutmeg in here. It works well.

Taste: light bodied, but sublime drinkability. Just enough flavor to keep the tongue happy. Zesty and refreshing. Minor hops, slight bitterness, a touch of sour, and a dash of sweet.
Moderate carbonation, not too spritzy, just mellow enough.

Never dreamed I'd have a Japanese Belgian wit on tap, but, hey, crazier stuff has happened.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This White Ale consists of a very solid 14 carat gold lemon body with opaque quality. It is cloudy with a lemon like color and displaying good carbonation. White head dissipates but leaves a ring throughout finishing this beer.

The nose is a wonderful fruit tight apricot and peach. Schapps like in bouquet, nothing overbearing or sickly syrup sweetness, just extremely pleasant.

Quaffing the beverage lends to a fascinating peach pop soda quality which feels odd, and then gives a HUGE wheat afterfinish of baked bread. Light in body and texture but not in taste, also small carbonation that isn't gaseous but noticeable.

Drinkability at this simple ABV is highly desirable.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #3 top witbier on beeradvocate.com best of lists. Awesome. Beer poured from a bottle into a Bruery glass because a Hitachino glass is the white whale of beer glassware, not the black text one, the inverted beehive with the painted owl on it. Don't know what I'm talking about? Too bad.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a nice white head, moderate carbonation, some lacing, decent retention.

Beer is sweet and spicy in the aroma, almost citrusy, orange peel.

What is that flavor? OK, first, it tastes like tea on the back half, there is a earthy sulfurness to the midpalate, the lead off is a light bodied and sweet beer, almost like chai, it has this nutmeg / corriander flavor that dominates the finish. The finish is a little too dry, I don't know....I know these are suppose to be spiced (sometimes) and dry but this is too spiced and too dry for me. Not my favorite witbier.

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Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev -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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Photo of GClarkage
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

01/04/05- Purchased at Weimax Liquors in Burlingame, CA

Presentation- 11.2 oz small bottle with no dates. Poured into my Duvel glass.

Appearance- Beautiful cloudy golden pour. Nice thick white head that decreases to about 1/4 inch and stays there and wafts. Light minor lacing along the edges.

Smell- I think everyone called the smell and taste of this one. Tons of corriander and orange peel extract.

Taste- A bit acidic with all the citrus flavor going on here. The corriander works well with the orange and lemon.

Mouthfeel- Ultra carbonated as expected, but still feels a bit thick. Leaves a huge sugary lemonade aftertaste.

Drinkability- One of the better witbier I have had. A bit strong with the acidity though. Still would have another one of these if I had one.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.16/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Opaque yellow pear. Almost no head.

S - Mild, effervescent cider.

T - Pear, little Champaign, light wheat. Flavor drops off at the end with almost no after taste, just a little residual booze.

M - Almost flat, with a very light body.

D - Mild and very drinkable.

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

!2 oz bottle from the LCBO poured in to pint glass.

A - Cloudy yellow colour with a small amount of white head that very quickly disappeared.

S - Cloves, banana, citrus, light hop scent in the background.

T - Cloves, Belgian yeast, banana, citrus. Crisp and refreshing.

M -Light body with a slight chew. Moderate carbonation.

O - An excellent witbier.

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, citrusy scent along with a bit of orange peel and coriander spice. It's light and refreshing with a hint of lemon zest. The taste is good as well. It has a very drinkable pale and wheat malt flavor; light and refreshing. The citrusy flavor is outstanding along with a dry and fruity yeast finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn good witbier. It's winter now. I'd rather be drinking this while enjoying a nice sunny day.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a hazy, light golden shade with a large, frothy head. Carbonation is excellent. The aroma is of sweet of sweet oranges with some mild spiciness. Taste starts with a nice citrus bite which is soon rounded out and sweetened. Spices soon join the palate. A mild wheat taste is noted, especially in the finish, where it is joined by a stronger malt flavor. This is an awesome lighter beer, very flavorful and full of complex subtleties. I could spend a lot of time with a beer like Hitachno Nest White Ale. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a beer. Pours a cloudy, dull yellow color. Looks like thick lemonade. A soapy head forms then dies quickly. Vigorous swirls do not reproduce it. Pity, cuz this beer has it all afterward.

Nice aroma of coriander, mild lemon zest, orange, ginger and malt. complex yet simple and manageable. Flavor contains the same. Coriander on the tip of the tongue and a good malt smoothness on the back. The ginger provides the foundation for more citric flavors like lemon, kumquat, and orange. Very subtle hints of banana linger in the background.
Crisp and smooth, very refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm in for a 21 ounce enjoyment, courtesy of the Wine Exchange. Why does that owl stare at me? Is he guarding the bottle of beer? He's even found on the bottle cap, so I will look away as I pop the cap, fearing he might give me a seizure if I look for too long. The cap is now off, so on to the beer:

Fizzy white head on top of nearly colorless and clear straw body. A lively show of carbonation bubbles in the body keep the appearance from looking totally dull. The aroma is very pleasing with its fruit salad-like smell. Big scents of fruit are making my mouth water. Down the hatch we go.

Mmm, this is quite the treat. The carbonation level is this brew is high, but it doesn't take away from the flavor. The flavor melts on the tongue better than other wits I've had, resulting in a higher taste score than its counterparts. You couldn't taste a better blend of orange and coriader. Ditch the citrus garnish, this is the citrus garnish!

It's appearance is nothing to rave about, but its taste sure is. This is one Japanese beer that can stay in the US market. Interestingly, a few Japanese tourists I met some time ago had no idea Kiuchi made beer. I might have to e-mail them about this brew.

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, last one from the spring release. 341ml into a tulip.

Pours a slightly cloudy pale orange, with a finger or so of offwhite head. Head falls to a thin layer. Nose has wheat, lots of nutmeg and a hint of citrus zest. Taste has about the same, citrus zest and abit of spritzy carbonation upfront, before a bit of softer wheat character come through with more nutmeg. Simple in most respects, but adequate proportions of the components make this a nice drinker. Carbonation is medium high, and most evident at the beginning of each sip. Refreshing and quite a nice wit.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite well carbonated, the cap makes a loud sound as I crack it off. The beer is a hazy straw color, that is topped by a thick white head that is held up by the ample carbonation. The aroma is spicy (with notes of lemon, ginger, and pepper), and a bit musty. It really has quite a rich intriguing aroma to it. The beer is well carbonated, which in combination with the spices gives this a peppery-spicy start as I take my first sip. This is actually quite tasty, and quite a bit different (either because of the spices used, or a combination of the yeast used and the spicing) than your average Wit type beer. There is some solid spicy notes here that seem to be driven by ginger, and perhaps some pepper. It is quite dry and light on the palate. This beer must be super spicy when fresh. This would be a great beer to pair with sushi, more places need to pick this up, it is quite tasty, and with its spiciness would pair quite well with food.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a quite hazy caramel yellow amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet wheat, orange family citrus, herbal bittering. Flavor is mild sweet wheat, caramel, mild fruit and citrus, hints of clove and Belgian yeast. Flavor tapers off quickly, but leaves a very pleasant light caramel wheat aftertaste that is quite satisfying. Medium bodied with peppery carbonation. A very nice witbier that is somewhat understated and almost a bit overcarbonated, but with mellow wheat flavor that is very enjoyable. Balanced and tasty.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hitachino Nest : White Ale
Part of the Late Night Ale Drinker series.

Appearance: Poured from a stubby 11.2oz bottle. Straw yellow with a chill haze and bubbly foam that collects over an inch into a nonic pint glass. Unfiltered wheat with some cloudy yeast swirled in half way.

Smell: Lemon and strongly of coriander as well. A nice bright citrus tone. Exactly what you would expect from a wit, but the smell is somewhat unique.

Taste: Initially citrus, with lemon juice and orange peel notes. Gives way to a creamy maltyness. In the finish, dry coriander and sour lemon. Bitterness is perfect, balances the beer out quite nicely.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, high level of carbonation. A nice spicy bite to this one.

Drinkability: Quite liked this one. Refreshing, easy to drink and good flavors. The price point is a bit high, but this is a quality brew. Went down quickly.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, into a Hoegaarden tumbler,

A: Pours a cloudy dark gold. Good 1 finger head, nice retention, no lace.

S: Great orange in the nose, citrus city.

T: Bitter coriander, with a nice orange and wheat balance. Nice collection of flavours, going more towards the yeasty side at the finish, but still has enough citrus to make me happy.

M: Overly fizzy and carbonated, very spritzy. Finishes well.

D: A very good witbier. The price ($5) precludes me from buying this often, but it's a real nice ale.

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Photo of Zorro
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow/orange brew that is quite fizzy.

Smell is citrus and fruity, with hints of malt and herb perfume.

Taste is sweet and very orange like in taste. Crisp and a little tart while still being a bit bitter sweet.

Mouthfeel is very full.

Super drinkable an Ultra refreshing brew.

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Photo of biegaman
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Witbiers (or 'white beers') are a little like the Kate Moss of the beer world: their appearance is pallid and anemic, with a hazy, burnt-out complexion that, frankly, makes them look sickly compared to normal beers. But hey, that's what gives the style its innately stylish panache and, frankly, it's pretty; this specific one could surely be on a magazine cover.

The aroma has a very musty, lemony, citric tang that comes at the olfactory system like Godzilla. While it does have its fair share of juicy orange fruit, the bouquet is embalmed in a distinct and unusual perfume that, with a quick glance at the label, can positively be identified as nutmeg. It is highly savory, and reminds me of holiday baking.

The beer's citric tang digs into the palate like a major league slugger who's come up to bat with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. It is tremendously refreshing, and leaves the impression of an extra-pulpy orange juice. Indeed, some sugary sweetness lingers, alongside a lemony tartness, but it is savory nutmeg that spikes the football on the finish.

The two bottles I initially bought simply won't do. Honestly, this is the kind of beer I could drink until I lose count. That may sound shameful but I blame the beer - it is so light and smooth, with invigorating effervescence, herbal savoriness, juicy sweetness and a pleasant, underlying tartness. It's possible to stop at just one, but you won't want to!

Hitachino Nest White Ale is top-notch witbier. While there are a couple examples I have rated higher, this brewery has undoubtedly characterized the style to near perfection and even put their own slightly unique stamp on it. Since it contains orange juice, does that mean I can make it part of my breakfast? Hell, I'll find any excuse to drink this stuff!

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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 tone77
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Smell is sweet, citrus with spices. Taste is a good mixture of fruit and spices, quite tasty. Feels great in the mouth and I could drink these all night. Overall this is a high quality beer that is worth checking out.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker golden than you might expect for the style, and with a nice white head. I've always really liked this beer as a very bold interpretation of a wit. It's loaded with orange peel and has a quite bold, rounded flavor for the style. This is more serious than so many light quaffable summer versions. More boddy than most, but still refreshing with hints of lemon and lots of zingy orange with a bitter finish. Complex but nicely drinkable.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with a moderate haze and a finger of frothy white foam. Not bad!

Smell: very floral, wheaty aroma with a fair amount of raw grain in the mix. Floral elements include hints of lavender and chamomile, which are nice. Maybe not traditional, but not bad at all.

Taste: the flavor starts off smooth with some of the grainy edge taken off the aroma, but unfortunately that edge starts to work its way through. Smooth and floral up front, but there is a little harshness toward the end. Frankly, I'm not a fan of that aspect.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, well-integrated carbonation and a super smooth, satisfying creaminess. Bam!

Overall: this beer has some great stuff in it, as well as some annoying flaws. Without the harsh graininess, this might be in the running among my favorite witbiers. Unfortunately, it's just a little too rough for my taste.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy light gold with a small white head that fades into a small cap and mild collar.
Smell is of lemon and orange peel with coriander and mild traces of wheat flakes.
Taste is of the same aromas with a pleasant orange candy finish.
Mouthfeel is slightly spritzy with a medium feel and a yeasty body. Mild spices highlighted by pepper and coriander make this Belgian style Witbier stand out among the better ones. Certainly much better than the old standby, Hoegaarden.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Who would have thought that a Belgian white would come out of Japan and taste really good. Expensive $3.95 for 11oz but you get what you pay for. Creamy head fades quickly. Spicy/floral smell.

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Photo of corby112
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy dark golden yellowish brown color and pale golden yellow edges when held to a light source. One finger frothy white head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

Very spicy aroma with hints of zesty pepper and coriander as ell as faint banana and lemon peel. There's also a bit of bread/yeast in the nose but the aroma is dominated by the spicy coriander character.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a blast of peppery coriander spice that lingers throughout into a slight dry finish. There is a decent bread/yeast presence that adds to the mouthfeel as well as some slight banana and citrus flavor. As the palate adjusts to the spice there is a prominent lemon juice/rind character that balances things out a bit. Slightly tart and refreshing making it pretty quaffable. A good attempt at the style but a bit too heavy on the spice for my liking.

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