Hitachino Nest White Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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1,534 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:
1,534
Reviews:
552
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
11.85%
 
 
Wants:
221
Gots:
301
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,534 |  Reviews: 552
Photo of hansavijaticar
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duhast500
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 331ml bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

The color is a cloudy yellowish/orange with two to three fingers of foamy white head ans some nice lacing left on the sides of the glass.

The smell is a it spicy with some nice hop aroma poking out with some touches of citrus fruits. The light malty aroma also comes out here as well with some doughy bread aroma.

The taste is wheaty but has a bigger citrus hop flavor then the nose let on. A grapefruit flavor is all over the middle of this beer mixed with that bready malt flavor that is balancing the flavor a bit nicely. The end is bitter as this beer goes down and has a slight yeast flavor as it goes.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and is nicely drinkable with a full flavor that will have you coming back.

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Photo of drmeto
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a cloudy straw golden with a small,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-lemon,coriander,wheaty,orange,zesty
T:
-Follows the nose plus clove
-really spicy
F:
-medium carbonation
-light body
O:
Very good Witbier

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Photo of abcdefghijkyle
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jhartley
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful slightly hazy golden-yellow body. Thin amount of white head.
Aromas of wheat, orange peel and clove.
Taste follows suit with the aromas; plenty of orange and lemon with what taste like ginger; spicy for sure.
Light mouth feel with a medium amount of carbonation. Clean and easy to drink.
Overall a fabulous Witbier! Super easy to drink and a great representation of the style! Will definitely be drinking more of this one.

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Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of katan
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Undated (and unsized unless I read Japaneese) bottle

A - Pours a hazy gold color, a littl edark, with lots of visible carbonation. The 1 cm head is retained for some time.

S - Spices are the dominant nose on this one. My guess is that it is mostly clove and secondarily coriander. I think there i some what of a orange zest background to it.

T - It starts with some bitterness, with some of the malt coming through. Not much connection with the smell. The aftertaste on this one is not my favorite. There is nothing there, but perhaps some orange peel backdrop. All and all not strong in any aspect.

M - This feels dry to me - its got a bite to it. It has alot of carbonation as well that goes along with it.

D - An okay drinker - although the carbonation is a bit strong which would slow me down.

I really wanted to like this beer. I think drinking a Belgian White from Japan is pretty cool. But, like my first unreviewed time I had it, I was underwhelmed. Perhaps this thing is just to bitter and dry to get it done. And, this baby being so pricy doesn't help.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange body, small fizzy white head which dissapates quickly into a ring of foam and then leaving no lace behind.

S - Powerful clove aroma, with ginger and grapefuit.

T - There's the clove, fresh oranges and cut grass. Sweet yet crisp. Tasty.

M - Quite moderate body, smooth and rounded for a wit. Not a lot of hop bitterness.

O - Im not a huge fan of white beers but my wife loves them so I get a chance to sample a few. This one is clearly the best I've had and certainly a class above the Hoegaarden flagship.

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

Photo of Wildman
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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 kmoen
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of justinm4bama
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Irrationalist
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a standard glass at a sushi restaurant in Calgary (holy crap, an Asian restaurant with something from a craft brewer! Let's hope that becomes a trend). A pale cloudy straw yellow with some rocky, sudsy white head. Aroma of citrus (orange, lemon, lime), spices (clove, nutmeg, ginger, coriander), and a malty depth not typically observed in this style ... Has a clear lager malt flavor as well. Interesting. Some bubble gum and pineapple notes vie with the aforementioned citrus. A brown spice flavor gathers steam over the course of sips (nutmeg, which is actually in the brew according to the label). Moderate body, seems on the thick side for the style, with the carbonation not violent but certainly assertive. Finish dry, rather earthy even. Unique wit. I enjoyed the emphasis on the malts and spice. My bottle may have been a tad old.

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Photo of T-34-85
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy straw with a couple of centimetres of white head that falls away fairly fast.
S - Spicy clove and ginger with some citrus touch.
T - Fairly much the same as the smell but with some wheat maltiness coming through as well.
M - Light bodied, high carbonation with a slight tartness.
D - A very nice, sessionable witbier. Would drink again without hesitation.

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Photo of victory4me
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of craftaholic
3.12/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty thin, lackluster appearance with a nonexistent head.

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Photo of stephenlee
3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Hypersomnia
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Bnoise11
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of nuebs
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | 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 DarkerTheBetter
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
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
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,534 ratings.
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