Hitachino Nest White Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

1,542 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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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ikantspel
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

funny reading the good reviews and bad ones of this brew. i guess the difference is if your beer is old(spoiled) or not

pours a textbook wheat color with a good head and minimal lacing

belgian yeast and citrus dominate the aroma. slight bit of spice hidden in there as well

orange citrus taste. at the end you get the spice and coriander. this is getting better and better after every sip.

can easily beat blue moon head to head

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Photo of bluHatter
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm always happy to try a Hitachino Nest ale I haven't had before. I'm pouring this into a frosted Hitachino Nest glass.

A: Looks light. Very little carbonation, considering I've had Hitachino Nests that bubbled over before it was even poured. Airy carbonation that sticks to the side of the glass, but little to no head on top.

S: Fresh, flowers, white wine aroma. Really a very nice smell.

T: Nostalgic flowery spices. Soothing, calming aftertaste. Difficult to place exactly, but it is excellent - flavors I've never had in a beer before.

M: Light, but with just the right amount of carbonation to really make the flavor work.

O: Once again, Hitachino Nest creates another masterpiece of an ale. I've never had anything quite like this - it's like they've been creating ale in a whole different universe without any input from ours. Just obscenely good stuff.

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Photo of tony223366
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From my beer journal. Originally reviewed on May 20, 2011.

A: Lightly cloudy and pale yellow. Nice fluffy head. A good looking beer with a cute label. My girlfriend instantly fell in love with the label.

S: Definitely orange peel with punches of cloves and hints of coriander. Actually kind of reminded me of a pumpkin beer.

T: Lots of cloves and coriander. Orange peel is present too. A little sweet up front and then oh so smooth.

M: Very creamy mouthfeel... dare I say perfectly carbonated?

O: This beer was great. From top to bottom this was by far my favorite witbier I tried.

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Photo of Blanco
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a hazy golden color with fluffy white head that doesn't hold for as long as it should though never quite disappear totally.

smell is typical belgian white, with orange, coriander and belgian spices.

taste goes above and beyond a typical belgian white. Though the standard flavors are there, there is an additional spiciness that tastes almost like ginger or some other spice.

mouthfeel is medium and creamy. very nice.

overall, i really like this. I have a specific flavor profile (basically Allagash White's flavor) that I look for when drinking whites and generally can't stand whites that don't match up (which is almost all of them). This beer has a different taste though and is making me rethink that approach.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 331ml bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

The color is a cloudy yellowish/orange with two to three fingers of foamy white head ans some nice lacing left on the sides of the glass.

The smell is a it spicy with some nice hop aroma poking out with some touches of citrus fruits. The light malty aroma also comes out here as well with some doughy bread aroma.

The taste is wheaty but has a bigger citrus hop flavor then the nose let on. A grapefruit flavor is all over the middle of this beer mixed with that bready malt flavor that is balancing the flavor a bit nicely. The end is bitter as this beer goes down and has a slight yeast flavor as it goes.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and is nicely drinkable with a full flavor that will have you coming back.

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Photo of OutFox
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very clear gold color. Not a large head, just normal size. Still Im suprised how clear it is for an unfiltered Belgian style white.

S - Ooo. Spicy. I mean thats a dominate amount of spice in the nose. Corriander and some others that arent coming to mind at the moment.

T - Once again a f*kn spice bomb. I love that. Lots of corriander and spice. I mean like 5 minutes after a sip I can still taste the spice mixture and corriander. The most spiced Belgian White Ive had recently and I must say it isnt a bad thing.

M - Lager like. I do miss the sort of light yeasty characteristics that usually exist.

O - Overall its a great beer. Great interpretation of the style, and from Japan no less. I loved the spice. The only thing that wasnt working for me was the unusally clear color and mouthfeel. Ive seen the Hitachino beers around and will be sure to pick up the rest of the line.

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Photo of lionchow
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, pale golden yellow with a finger of thick white head.

A - bright and fruity, orange cream soda, rose petals, shortbread - very nice

F - soft and sweet, lightly malty and wheaty, orange and a touch of lemon, a mild herbal bitterness comes through in the finish - overall mild and well balanced

M - creamy, and light to moderately carbonated. Very nice.

Overall a beautiful aroma and a good, but not outstanding flavor.

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Photo of HBeezley
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Alright. Bottom line is that this beer is good, not my top pick but very drinkable, and has a lot going for it.

It looks nice - hazy gold.
smells interesting - like fresh bread, bannana, pineapple, and faint hops.
Taste is interesting, but still, not a huge fan of wheat beers - Banana (not my first choice to put into a beer), lemon, yeast, very small hop flavor, and maybe rosemary?
Smooth yet thick on the palate. It's easily drinkable, but I wouldn't go for more than two or three in one sitting.

I would drink it again - just because it's interesting enough; but considering this is an asian brewery, its really impressive and mostly, I think it just makes me want to see what their other beers are like.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pale, hazy yellow, almost straw color. Has vigorous carbonation, produces about a finger of soft white head.

S- HUGE aroma. Loads of yeast, banana and clove, but with some real spicy coriander thrown in as well.

T- The flavor on this beer is pretty aggressive. The usual wheat beer flavors are all there, with lots of wheat and yeast and powerful powerful clove spices and banana. The additional spice has a coriander or ginger flavor with a bit of orange and definitely distinguishes this beer from a lot of other wheat beers.

M- Light bodied, smooth, creamy feel with a dry, spicy finish.

O- This is a seriously impressive beer, a solid take on the style but with a very distinctive flavor of its own. This is easily the best Asian beer I've had in, well maybe ever. Respect this beer.

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Photo of shanblur
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Jungle Jim's International Market in Fairfield, OH. Freshness date H.11.05. Poured from 330ml bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Hazy light yellow with hints or orange. Small white head quickly dissipates, leaving sparse lacing.

S - Smells like a cross between a saison and a wheat beer. Coriander and wheat on the nose.

T - Nice spice component and can definitely taste the wheat. Some citrus as well, slightly tart on the finish.

M - Smooth and refreshing with a gentle carbonation

I really liked this one. Would not hesitate to have another.

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Photo of Portertime
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tired this one at a local beer bar called Stubbies and Steins. Served in it's own glassware. Poured a cloudy burnt orange color. Smelled lively with orange peel and coriander notes. The taste was fantastic, nothing I have ever had before. Very unique and complex. Seems like coirander and some kind of candied fruit I can't put my finger on and a hint of white pepper in the finish. Very refreshing and a welcomed change to the typical witbier.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to tulip glass.

A: An opaque light gold, the entirety of the head is a white soapy right, almost no lacing.

S: Spice (white pepper, coriander), very faint citrus hoppiness.

T: Not a whole lot going on here, maybe some banana, again a little spice and maybe some citrus. Mostly dry, this leaves a pleasant lingering mouthwatering sensation.

M: Crisp, light bodied and lighty carbonated, this is a delicate beer.

O: A sessionable, quality though fairly simple (non-complex) witbier. I would drink this again, although it would be tough to justify given the price point (about $5.50 for a 12oz at Whole Foods).

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had at Myers and Chang in Boston.

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a foamy two finger head on top. Very nice retention with bits of sticky lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles released from the bottom.

S: Very fruity with some lemon, a little orange, and some lemon peel. The fruit blends nicely with some spices, mostly coriander, some nutmeg, and bit of pepper.

T: Crisp and clean, a bit more orange than the aroma indicated, almost on equal footing with the lemon and some zest. As it warms the spices shine through more with some nutmeg and coriander, as well as a little bit of white pepper and some ginger.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and refreshing, drinks very smooth.

O: A very nice witbier, and my first beer from Kiuchi. Easy drinking and went very well with the food I ordered.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #3 top witbier on best of lists. Awesome. Beer poured from a bottle into a Bruery glass because a Hitachino glass is the white whale of beer glassware, not the black text one, the inverted beehive with the painted owl on it. Don't know what I'm talking about? Too bad.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a nice white head, moderate carbonation, some lacing, decent retention.

Beer is sweet and spicy in the aroma, almost citrusy, orange peel.

What is that flavor? OK, first, it tastes like tea on the back half, there is a earthy sulfurness to the midpalate, the lead off is a light bodied and sweet beer, almost like chai, it has this nutmeg / corriander flavor that dominates the finish. The finish is a little too dry, I don't know....I know these are suppose to be spiced (sometimes) and dry but this is too spiced and too dry for me. Not my favorite witbier.

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Photo of TheGarvenator
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - pours into a hazy golden color with a limited foam head that dissolves gradually..

S - smells of citrus and orange peel

T - very citrus rich taste thats really crisp and refreshing

M - not really acidic nor does it hit you with an alcoholic punch....with a moderate body to it...

I LOVE this white ale....tastes waaaay better than Hoeegarden and Im standing by that accusation. It has so much flavor and the right amount of hops and cloves. Brilliant beer....I really recommend this beer to anyone trying white ales for the first time or fans of it...truly a delicious drink...

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Photo of MEsoJD
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very thick yellow body with slight white outer rim.

S: Smells of citrus.

T: Taste sweet/oranges and slightly sour/tart.

M: Smooth and crisp. The sense of citrus really lingers.

O: I’m impressed. Probably the first Japanese beer I’ve really enjoyed. What a delight to drink.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy straw with a flash in the pan head that almost immediately recedes to a tiny ring. The aroma is citrusy, malty and vaguely herbal. Lots of complex flavors burst forth in the first sip - pleasant phenols, citrus, coriander, bubble gum. There's a pronounced nutmeg flavor that tends to overpower some of the subtle witbier character. The mouthfeel is quite full bodied and full of velvety carbonation. The finish is citrusy and sweet with lingering herbal bitters notes.

This is a very interesting Witbier. Packed different flavors, including a bit too liberal (for me) dose of nutmeg. Its still a fantastic Wit worth seeking out.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: 22oz. bottle from Capone's beer garden, Norristown, PA

Poured into a Zero Gravity pilsner glass, a cloudy, bronzed yellow with a finger of foamy white head that receded to a thin layer. Typical wheaty aroma, with hints of orange and lemon zest, and a bit of spice. Crisp wheat profile on the tongue, citrus zest and piney hops, just the right amount of peppery spice. Dry and slightly bitter in the finish. Light mouthfeel, and very easy to drink.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange body, small fizzy white head which dissapates quickly into a ring of foam and then leaving no lace behind.

S - Powerful clove aroma, with ginger and grapefuit.

T - There's the clove, fresh oranges and cut grass. Sweet yet crisp. Tasty.

M - Quite moderate body, smooth and rounded for a wit. Not a lot of hop bitterness.

O - Im not a huge fan of white beers but my wife loves them so I get a chance to sample a few. This one is clearly the best I've had and certainly a class above the Hoegaarden flagship.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale golden colour with minimal head but decent carbonation. Fruity wheat aroma with mild citric undertones. Well balanced taste, both sweet and dry tones, although the finish is predominantly sweet.

All in all a very good example of a traditional European witbier and the first I have enjoyed from Japan. Would like to find more of Hitachino's products...

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served in a pint glass.

Look (4/5) - Pours a really pale straw (maybe as little as 5*SRM). The color is near perfect, really. Carbonation clings to the inside of the glass. Head is large, fluffy and bone-white in color. It falls a bit faster than I'd like. Hazy is ideal.

Smell (4/5) - Very light, good for the style. The wheat smell (grainy, crisp) comes through. Some nice fruitiness and spiciness, but this is a touch faint. Finish is clean and dry, falling just short of tartness. No hops.

Flavor (4/5) - The flavor is more assertive than the nose. the balance is a lot more fruity. I still get the strong wheat flavor coming out first. The finish is less dry and tart, though. There is more fruit in there (pears/apricots). Some nutmeg comes through, but not very much. Not a lot of orange or coriander (a flavor combo I really like). No hops.

Feel (4.5/5) - Medium-light body with good carbonation. This really dries out the finish and balances the flavor out. Ideal for the style.

Drink (4/5) - A good example of a witbier that's experimented with the spicing - I would have liked to have gotten a bit more of the nutmeg and coriander, though. Highly drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

comes out a nice hazy yellow with a pure white head about a finger thick. pretty good retention. the nose is a combination of floral and spice notes with a wheat backbone. getting coriander lemon zest a hint of orange peel as well in the spices. taste is running down a similar path. coriander orange peel and lemon zest with a wheat backdrop. its a damn fine combination too. coriander might be too much for some but i think its perfect. light bodied with a good dose of carbonation and some nice hop bite at the end. quite a tasty brew and worthy of the price.

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Photo of Klym
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: An attractive white head composed of unusually large bubbles. Wheat gold color with an almost glittering curtain of small bubble lacing.

S: Definitely very plant-ish. Flowers, lavender, coriander, various plant leaves-- a very green smell.

T: Really nice, all of what was in the nose with more greenness and leafiness such as basil, the slightest tad of mints, and salad/leafy greens. A very complex mixture of the best of the plant world. A beautiful taste, really.

M: What a nice mouthfeel! Carbonation is so vivacious and and there is an incredible lightness to the body that fits so well with its flavor and appearance. Lively, ephemeral, natural.

O: A truly elegant witbier. Complex yet graceful and modest in its presentation to both eyes and mouth, this is a wonderful beer I could see myself revisiting multiple times in the future.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on May 7, 2011 after purchasing from the Queen's Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a hazy yellow colour with a half inch snow white head. The aroma was wheat malt, and spices. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour is wheat, coriander, and citrus, and very refreshing.

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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,542 ratings.
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