Hitachino Nest White Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest White AleHitachino Nest White Ale
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Hitachino Nest White AleHitachino Nest White Ale

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2001

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

UPDATE: 7/2015
Wow, much less good than my orig. score (below). Definitely not worth the $$$.

But still quite good, of course. I've been thinking of this beer as one of my favorite . . . . . .

Orig. score: 4.6
Love it. Have long been intrigued by the notion of a large Japanese brewer doing serious renditions of Belgian and German beers. Feel fortunate to come across this one without looking for it.

This is a malt guy talking, one for whom a lack of sweetness has only been met with disappointment (except for in good sour beers). But this symphony of dry is just the antidote for someone as addicted to sweet as I am.

Not quite able to pick out particular notes in the orchestra of flavors, save for the white pepper which would be obvious to anyone, I'd think. There's also a tropical (hint of sweet!) fruit of Belgian yeast. Others have said clove and coriander, as well as OJ.

This has become my summer go-to.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy spun gold with a ribbon of loose white froth. Fresh country loaf with lemon oil and slight herbal brightness on the nose.
Table water crackers and lemon zest moving into lemon boiled sweets.
Coriander finish and citrusy zingy linger. Crisp, dry, light.

Jumping with freshness and supremely balanced. Grassy and lemon Fruit Pastille hops (Styrian, it turns out) notes come out as it warms; it thus shows both lemony top and base notes. As good as any wit from Belgium. HN on point.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

aroma: Orange and Corriander right up from with a bit of incense(sp)
Appearance: Hazy Straw Gold
Taste: Just like a belgium wit bit with a bit of herbal flavor in there as well.
Overall: This is the first japanese beer that tastes great and not something flavorless. The aroma was odd at first but its still a great example of a beligum wit.

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

11.2oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a slightly cloudy, dull yellow tone; yields a foamy finger of a white head that dissipates quickly. not much lacing to speak of.

nose is lead by citrus (notably lemon zest) with coriander and some yeast evident. flavor follows the aroma with an added bit of wheat grain and some floral/herbal/earthiness... has a subtle sourness to it... finish is largely clean. not bad, even somewhat enjoyable in its own right, but for me nothing really to write home about, will give this one another try over the summer, which it's more tailored for.

light to medium bodied mouthfeel. serviceable, i'd be open to another but it's nothing i would seek out again.

originally reviewed: 12-21-2010

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

hazy orange yellow pour with barely any head. hints of orange, lemon, bread, banana on the nose. a very mellow wheat taste up front with a zesty citrus finish. hints of orange and coriander, very mellow. light body with mild carbonation - tart citrus taste hits the cheeks.

a nice refreshing ale. not much in the body, nothing outstanding in the flavor. different than a lot of witbiers i've had with the citrus.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a classic golden yellow with a decent head.

Smell - subtle. Afraid I am not much on smell, as I have been mislead before based on smell. Yeasty/wheat smell that is light.

Taste - incredible. Very smooth creamy taste that is well balanced.

Mouthfeel - amazing, perfectly carbonated.

Overall - One of the best beers I have ever tried. I expected something decent from Hitachino, but this was much more. A must try if you are looking to expand your horizons.

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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,585 ratings