Hitachino Nest White Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest White AleHitachino Nest White Ale
BA SCORE
82.7%
Liked This Beer
4.07 w/ 1,552 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
Ranking:
#2,396
Reviews:
557
Ratings:
1,552
Liked:
1,283
Avg:
4.07/5
pDev:
11.79%
Alströms:
4.38
 
 
Wants:
224
Gots:
308
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exceedingly pale lemon yellow with a buriza-do of yeast, topped by a large head of bleached white froth that has the consistency of bubble bath (but will undoubtedly be more palatable). The absence of any appreciable stickiness results in very little lace. It matters little though because the beer-head combination looks so good.

Wonderful witbier nose that is absolutely bursting with citrus (orange) peel and white spices. Olfactorily speaking, it seems like the perfect combination of witgredients. Upon tasting... White Nest Ale is a different sort of wit, a unique take on the style. My first impressions are that it's lighter and sweeter than most with more pronounced orange zest notes. All of those characteristics are positives, with the possible exception of the first.

The citrus peel is now equal parts lemon and orange and the spices/herbs are more in the background. There's nothing at all wrong with that particular profile, it all comes together beautifully. I especially love the sweet, lightly bitter, citrusy finish. As noted, the body is light and airy. An enthusiastic cadre of bubbles livens up the mouth party and makes this a fun beer to drink.

White Nest is my first Kiuchi beer and I'm impressed. It carves out its own niche in the style in a manner that thoroughly appeals to me. The $3.99 price tag for a 12 oz. bottle is a bit much however. Price aside, this is one of the best witbiers out there.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a finger of bone-white head with low retention off of my pour. Nose had a great citrus-y zestiness: lemon peel, orange peel, lime. It was like air freshener in a glass, but not in a bad, cloying way. Color was a cloudy honey-yellow. Mouthfeel was medium with an attention-getting bite of ginger (?), no wait, nutmeg (!), cutting right through all of the citrus. The nutmeg really carried the flavor, but it also set up a very dry finish. This would be great on a hot, humid summer day or with sushi. Ah, sushi! Pass the salmon!

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Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale orange with a dense rocky white head. Dried orange peel and coriander in the aroma and flavour. Seems the coriander is more dominant in the aroma. Refreshingly crisp and smooth at the same time, dry malt character in the back with grainy tones and nuttiness from the yeast. Spices add some sweetness, coriander is the one that flexes the most. Smooth and rounded grainy flavour helps in the finish. A good and balanced white ale.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried the Hitachino at Montanos in Roanoke. It poured a hazy yellow with white head that is not leaving any lace. ....and lots of settlement. The scent had floral hop hints. The taste was floral potpourri like. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with fizzy carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of imbibehour
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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 rab53
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed straw with a white head. Nose is lemon and citrus on the nose with a straw edge to it that just gives an earthy, plant like fragrance. Very perfume like, but also like walking through a field of aromatic flower stems that were just cut. I could take a whiff of this one for hours. Flavor is smooth and even. There is a straw like quality that stays earthen and thick, though still light enough overall to enjoy. Feel is smooth and silky with a balanced carbonation. Definitely drinkable, though it is fairly different and unique which might detract for some. Plus for such a high price (again with the Hitachino), is it really worth it? $5? Hmmm. No.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mklisz
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle drank at Good Luck in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy golden yellow, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like orange, lemon, spices and yeast.

This is one of my favorite Wits I've ever tried- because they toned down the spices and yeast flavors (still there, but more subtle) and ramped up the delicate orange peel and lemon zest flavors. There's also some grassy hop flavor, wheat bitterness, fruity yeast esters, and spicing I can't distinguish. Very delicious, and goes down quite easily.

Light bodied, crisp at the front, slightly creamy at the back of each sip. Medium amount of carbonation, with the tiniest of carbonation bites.

Wit is far from one of my favorite styles, but this is probably my favorite of the style that I've tried.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a nice looking hazy/cloudy yellow to orange color with a fairly decent one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. The lacing was there and slid right on into the body. The smell had some decent Belgian styled spices with a light coriander, nutmeg, and orange peel. The taste ends up being somewhat sweet and spicy with a nice lightness running all around. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Overall, not a bad witbier, its just a tad above average to me and worthy of having again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 82.7% out of 100 with 1,552 ratings
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