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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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Photo of TwiggyCZ
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of April 2018. Purchased a little while back from M&S. Described on the label as a witbier brewed with coriander, orange peel and nutmeg.

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A hazy golden hue with plentiful floating sediment and light carbonation. Produces a small head of white foam that lasts for a moment before collapsing and dissipating.

S: Aroma of subtle earthy yeast with hints of nutmeg, mild peel, faint coriander and pale malt. No hop presence to speak of. Pleasant but very understated.

T: Tastes of light malt with notes of earthy yeast esters, nutmeg, subtle peel, a hint of coriander and faint stewed hops. Very dry, with the most delicate bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and decent body. Aftertaste of earthy yeast, subtle peel/spice and light malt.

O: A reasonable take on a witbier. Lacklustre looks, though the aroma and flavour are rounded and satisfying with well-judged use of spice. Body is OK; perhaps a tad textureless. The lack of carbonation and head detract from the beer, but perhaps I simply got a subpar bottle. Possesses a light, easy-drinking character that is worth sampling.

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Photo of Delbertogrady
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy, yellow to orange, Sparse almost non existent head. Citrus, fruity, spicy aroma. Aroma continues into the taste, being retained pleasantly on the tongue.
Would drink again.

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Photo of mrsockless
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crazy delicious stuff, especially paired with more delicate foods. Totally surprised me at how well balanced and easy-drinking it was, no excessive dryness or sweetness typical of beers of the region, while maintaining a beautiful floral aroma.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a nice looking hazy/cloudy yellow to orange color with a fairly decent one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. The lacing was there and slid right on into the body. The smell had some decent Belgian styled spices with a light coriander, nutmeg, and orange peel. The taste ends up being somewhat sweet and spicy with a nice lightness running all around. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Overall, not a bad witbier, its just a tad above average to me and worthy of having again.

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Photo of animal69
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rulisekmartin
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Looks like cold pressed apple juice in the glass, no head, medium carbonation, great mouthful.

The beer has real spice and bite to it, almost like a dry ginger beer. The coriander is present and is welcome.

Overall spicy and super-dry.

Classy brew, looking forward to trying more from this brewery

330ml botle poured into Leffe chalice.

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Photo of brymtb
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

....good stuff...hard to find but really good beer....

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Photo of DavidR_9
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber (H16.08) poured into belgian tulip glass.

L - Bright golden yellow body, plenty of bubbles and a tall bright 2 finger head - settles to a 1/3 finger head around the egdes of the glass
S - Actually shares a huge scent profile with many pilsners I have had. However, this brew carries a hint of orange and lemony coriander especially as the beer gets warmer.
T - Very surprising taste of slight sourness like a gose but with loads of orangey fruit flavor and a generous amount of limey/lemoney notes. Very balanced. The finish is very abrupt and clean.
F - Lively carbonation. Bubbly and light beer yet the citrus flavors really give it more depth and thickness in a unique way.

Great beer for a hot day

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Photo of seanw22
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Antc2382
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wiescins
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Hieinh
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of wingedhelmets
3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Solid. Been wanting to try. Love Belgium whites. Love nutmeg, but not sure I like in my wheat beer.

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Photo of ChicagoJoe
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.23 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Easy drinking beer with an opaque yellow appearance.

Nice carbonation level and mouth feel.

Has a certain crispness and almost Belgian beer like flavor. Goes down easy on a warm evening.

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Photo of monkist
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of SaltofOH
3.01/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle H.15.08. Bell's Spieglau Snifter.

A: pours a hazy pale yellow with 1 finger foamy white head that quickly dissipated to a thin cap. A little visible carb, but not much. No lacing. Poor retention.

S: smells like a clean, grainy, slightly citrusy witbier. Not knocking my socks off on the aroma. Maybe allergies inhibiting my smell, or maybe an old bottle. Swirl it around and this glass gives you more citrus, a little brightness. Not really any phenolics or spices to speak of.

T: arrives light and crisp; delicate, even. Across midpalate it is bready, wheaty, with building orange - not the peel, but the fruit itself, or rather, a shadow of the fruit. Mild bitterness on the end, followed by some mild phenols and a lingering mandarin orange peel bitterness.

M: very light and clean, very highly carbonated. Almost watery, but with a little lingering ale slickness.

O: this was a real disappointment. I have wanted to try this for a long time, and it really failed to deliver the bright, perky, experience I was anticipating. It is a light, crisp, and refreshing witbier, but a lot of easier to find and less expensive beers can do that. Perhaps a 2015 bottle? I sure hope so.

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Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Casey_L
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Libeertarian
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 04/14/17:

Pale straw gold, mostly clear but with a fine, uniform particulate haze. White head, delicate, rocky, moderate retention. Smells like a Pilsner with orange and strawberry notes. Palate halfway between a Pale Lager and a Witbier, not really enough overt citrus or berry or spice flavor, it’s just barely passable as a White Ale. At least not a characteristic one, maybe there are some out there that are more plain but still well within style guidelines. Still, it’s okay. It’s grassy, mildly grainy (rice?), with lemon and just a little orange. This last bit seems more akin to orange juice added to a decent Shandy than orange peel in a White Ale. Also comparable to a speciality/seasonal Blonde Ale with citrus or citric hops added. Hops or spices are more floral than anything. A little more ale-like in the finish with the faintest rind and pepper notes. Lighter end of medium in body, sloshy and fizzy to sudsy. Overall, it has a good flavor and quenches my thirst.

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ofYYC
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden yellow, with a small head that doesn't stick around. Citrus smell is bright and sunny, pleasant. Tastes of oranges and hops, slightly bitter with a clean finish. Overall: a good, refreshing beer.

Note: Apparently I like coriander, who knew?

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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,567 ratings
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