Hitachino Nest White Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest White AleHitachino Nest White Ale
BA SCORE
4.07/5
1,556 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:
#2,407
Reviews:
557
Ratings:
1,556
pDev:
11.79%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
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224
Gots:
311
Trade:
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Photo of tregan_20
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eire
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of bird_soul
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A classic. At worst, an excellent copy of the real deal. At best, a serious competitor in its style.
Hitachino White Looks are little uninspiring (but so goes its style.)
Smells come in complex with unique spicing and sweet wheat well-blended with the barley. (We are told a 50-50 bill.)
Taste wins big points on the spicing and the rich luxurious, soft mouth (albeit a bit thin... but so goes its style.)
Listed on the "1001", this deserves to be there. Its yeast is one of the few outside of Belgium to capture the Belgian spirit... and certainly one of the early ones to succeed. All done by a brewery that started by brewing rice into sake. Impressive.

6/6/17 Had again. Great with a garlicky dish. Modest increase in Overall rating. Classic is as classic does.

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Photo of pmagee
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of elNopalero
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Delicate and nuanced in every aspect.
I get hints of orange juice and some coriander in the nose.
I feel like I can taste the orange juice on the finish and a bit of the spices. Light and smooth with a crisp finish.

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Photo of CPAles
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of RedDieselBrewing
2.73/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of blisscent
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of josanguapo
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Carrefour. In Teku glass. Reviewing CSHTP6 Ch4. A standard lightly spiced witbier, with nothing specially good nor specially bad apart from a noticeable lack of carbonation. BB date next month

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

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

Photo of Ppin
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Spike
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Very pale, yellow. Cloudy. Colour is a mix of 2 parts Robinson's lemon barley water and 1 part orange barley water. Minimal head reduces quickly to a patchy cap. Almost no lacing.

S: Wheat, yeast, spices, a little banana. The coriander (ground coriander, not cilantro) is an alluring hint in the background.

T: Can taste the orange juice. Can sense the coriander. Wish the wheat was more pronounced.

F: Starts with a pleasant level of carbonation, moves to a strangely flat/bitter middle, ends herbal. Is refreshing nonetheless. Unusual but a grower.

O: Unusual but enjoyable. Ingredients fight each other at times. My personal preference would be to dial down the orange juice/orange peel a little.

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Photo of BlueSpader
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmoriarty
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Suvereeni
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of LAp
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Reuuin
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HardyA
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,556 ratings
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