Hitachino Nest White Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
1,535 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:
1,535
Reviews:
553
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
11.85%
 
 
Wants:
221
Gots:
301
For Trade:
2
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,535 |  Reviews: 553
Photo of LAp
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a thin, slightly hazy yellow, with yeast from the bottom of the bottle suspending in beautiful trails throughout the beer. A rapidly rising white head (3 fingers) forms, but rapidly recedes, leaving lacing with moderate retention. Nose is crisp, slight funk with a sharp bite. The palate is clove and banana, with a yeasty element more prominent at the backend. As the beer warms, spices emerge (cinnamon and nutmeg). Mouthfeel is relatively thin, but pairs well with the rest of the brew. Overall, I feel I'm at a loss to describe or compare witbiers with any authority, as it's not a style I usually turn to. Though underwhelmed by the initial appearance and nose of the beer, the palate is complex and robust enough that it makes up ground lost by the former. A good import, and though not one I'd buy again for the price, a solid beer.

 889 characters

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

Photo of HardyA
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with pretty much zero head. The nose is quite wild. Really skunky. Also quite funky. I also get sweet wheat and coriander. Smells rather funky, actually. One of the more intense witbiers I have stumbled upon. Flavor is less zany. It mellows out a bunch. I am slightly disappointed because the nose was such a break from the usual (in terms of style). The flavor is softer and more to style. Creamy wheat, plenty of coriander, yeasty spiciness, citrus, some light hoppiness. Pretty diverse. Creamy feel. The nose and flavor are quite the dichotomy. Worth the purchase.

 595 characters

Photo of KlownthenomaD
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

 435 characters

Photo of shauun176
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of _drummer_
4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding beer! I had mine on Koh Samui, purchased a bottle at a Tops Grocery. Golden color with a decent head that didn't last too long. The citrus and wheat flavors are a nearly perfect mix, and the carbonation level is just right - not too strong at all. Hint of malts and some other things that I can't quite place, but all good. I would highly recommend this one. Very well might be one of my highest ratings yet.

 426 characters

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

Photo of Foley67
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LukeGude
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

 239 characters

Photo of leefx
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeMans
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerhemoth
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bonesaw1127
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of casta
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gregf51
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of elamb106
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tfwoodard
2.48/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of gr0g
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy, with a light straw color. A fizzy head doesn't stick around for very long, nor does it leave much lacing. Aroma is more interesting than any other witbier I can recall. Lemony (lemongrass?) citrus character, with a very interesting spice profile. The usual coriander is present, but there's maybe something of a ginger note, too. Very dry and refreshing in terms of flavor. Citrusy and grassy, not unlike an APA, but the grain profile makes the difference. The mouthfeel takes a hit for being excessively fizzy.

Hitachino Nest White is a pretty unconventional witbier and all the better for it. Having finally tried something from Kiuchi, I'm interested in trying more of their lineup.

 699 characters

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hockeypuck
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of salias
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,535 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More