Hitachino Nest White Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

1,543 Ratings
Hitachino Nest White AleHitachino Nest White Ale

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy bright yellow color with a slight head which goes away to nothing fast. There is no lace left on the glass. The aroma draws you in, before you bring your nose to the glass you can smell this beer. The nose is of big time citurs, orange and a big lemon part. There is also a hint of pepper. The taste follows suit with a big and smooth sweet citrus taste with orange and lemon taking the front and middle. A little pepper spice comes in at the back end with a slight tartness at the end. The mouthfeel is crisp and well carbonated. Overall this is a very good beer, the drinkability is off the charts and you want more of this beer. A great take on the style.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 24.3 ounce bottle of Hitachino Nest White Ale was purchased for $9.29 at Pere Marquette Expeditions in Ludington, MI. It’s been on my bucket list for a while and I was pleasantly surprised to find it in my neck of the woods. The code H11.09 is stamped on the importer’s label. Apart from that, the label divulges very little additional information, unless you can read Japanese text.

The bottle was poured into a weizen glass. The pour yields less than a finger of white head that disappears very quickly. There is no lacing. The carbonation level appears to be high (as seen through the glass). The brew is quite pale and only moderately hazy, despite my attempts to rile some yeastiness into suspension. The look is neither impressive nor offensive. (The second pour was much hazier and closer to style.)

The aroma is pretty unique. Soft fruitiness brings to mind berries and Clementine zest. It has a sort of fruity soap aroma as well, but in an oddly pleasant fashion for a beer. I believe lavender is the correct reference. Per style, hop aroma is nowhere to be found. It’s a different animal, but I like the scent.

The first sip reveals a pair of unexpected surprises. First: the flavor is strongly reminiscent of Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat (the Froot Loops beer!). Second: it is much better than the abomination that is Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat. A soft sweetness gives way to the surprisingly strong bite of wheat malt. Subtle notes of berry fruits weave through each other to form a tapestry that somehow works as a piece of the whole. The finish is sweet, with no hop bitterness. Hitachino Nest’s website lists nutmeg amongst the specialty ingredients. The literal flavor of nutmeg is only noticed after becoming informed of the fact, but it is the very ingredient that seems to tie everything together. It’s a creative twist that makes for the most unique witbier I’ve yet tasted. That doesn’t make it excellent, but it is very good.

In the mouth, the high level of carbonation makes for a stinging sensation that is a little overwhelming at first. Alcohol is completely hidden. The beer is a bit heavy for a witbier, but at 5% ABV, it is on the higher end for the style. I don’t mind how substantial it feels since a lighter brew with this level of carbonation would bludgeon me into indifference. As is, it is pretty easy drinking.

This is the second beer from Hitachino Nest that I’ve had the pleasure of imbibing (the first being Red Rice Ale), and I can report nothing but pleasant results thus far. It is a bit pricy for regular consumption. But as a beer that is on the heaviest side of refreshing, this makes for an excellent treat in these days of record high spring temperatures. I can wholeheartedly recommend this to both witbier fans, as well as those wondering what the hell the architects of Sunset Wheat were thinking.

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A- Slightly hazy golden yellow topped with a thick off white head. Head falls quickly but leave some nice lace on the glass.

S- Subtle, notes of orange, coriander, and hints of pepper.

T- Orange and coriander are the dominate notes, there is a nice interest of pepper spice through out each sip. The finish is clean, refreshing and very dry. Lingering final note of citrus tartness which adds to the balance.

M- A little less than medium in body and about the same in carbonation.

O- Nice take on a Wit, the 5.0% ABV makes it very sessionable. Seek this out, it is not what I was expecting from a Japanese brewing company. Very well done quality brew.

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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,543 ratings.
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