Hitachino Nest White Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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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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Reviews: 549 | Ratings: 1,520
Photo of LordChesterfield
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is an interesting beer... I guess. It at least looks as good as Hoegaarden! It smells very herby, like ginger and pepper. Are any of you aware that coriander is British for cilantro? Neither this nor any other beer smells like cilantro, the herb that I make Laab gai with so I don't know what you guys are talking about. Ginger and pine it does. Well that's the best part of this beer anyway as it tastes just ok. Medicinal and lemony with a watery mouthfeel. A greater hop presence is needed as well as some other things. The weird flavor combined with the thin mouthfeel and excessive carbonation make for a mediocre beer. This is not as good as the rest rice ale offered by the same brewer, that was dynamite.

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Photo of numenor1
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy orange, with a nice white head. Smell is massive ginger and coriander, with some estery yeast in the background. I was nearly knocked over by the spice in this beer on the first sip. I almost wonder if the used ginger. Huge fresh ginger flavor balanced out by the malts. Additionally the hitachino beers i've had so far all seem to have an acidic component to them which i very much like. Mouthfeel is very light and airy. The tremendous spice hurts the drinkability a bit, but this is very interesting and a good tradeoff.

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

bought a 12 oz bottle at gourmet galley on drummond island michigan.
drank it out of the bottle, while i was camping, bottle has a cool design on the label.
the aroma is wheat and citrus.
the flavor is wheaty, yeastie, citrus, hint of spice, lemon.
great beer to sit on the beach in the sun and drink. very good wit.

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Photo of Damian
3.24/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Cute and interesting bottle design.

As for the beer itself: It poured a very murky, straw yellow with large, suspended yeast clouds and some darker sediment on the bottom of the glass. The tiny, white, bubbly head quickly faded to nothing. The beer looked completely flat, but this was definitely not the case.

Smell was yeasty, sweet and fairly mild. Orange peel, lemon zest, coriander and malt were most apparent.

Taste was a combination of orange and spice with subtle hops on the swallow. Clean finish with some noticeable alcohol astringency.

Mouthfeel was quite thin and highly over carbonated. The beer turned to fizz once it hit my tongue. I noticed the same thing with the Red Rice Ale.

At $3.60 a bottle, I would not buy this beer again.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a straight, glowing, yellow straw that is plenty foggy with a few suspended particulates. The head consists of a collar of white. Looks good.

Smells of dried pears, lemon zest and a slight wheat yeast. There’s also a little salt in there. It also smells like… dirty urinal? WTF!? How did that get in there. That’s not a good smell.

Tastes very much not like a urinal with pear, lemon and a pinch of ginger, a sour musky yeast, wheat and a big citrus sting along the edges of my tongue.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a tiny bubbled carbonation that seemed to be a bit much.

The smell was a big turn off along with the distracting carbonation.

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

Who says great beer doesn't come out of Asia? This is very good example of a Belgian White. It has a hazy light yellow color, with a nice head that fell a bit too quick and high carbonation. The aroma is quite citrusy with some wheat grainy notes. The flavor is similar to the aroma with a hop undertone. I had it with some smoked salmon and then with a lime infused veggie stir fry. It lifted up some of the salmon flavor and held hands with the stirfry very well. It is rather easy to drink and very refreshing. I look forward to my next one. This is the third time I've had this beer and am yet to be disappointed.

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Photo of
2.8/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy pale gold, with lots of floaties. Large white head stuck around for a while. Aroma was sweet and spicy, some hops of the citrus variety were present. Taste was quite spicy and citrus-lemon, almost to the point of sour. There was a mild sweet taste in the middle, and a medium hop bite at the finish. I did not particularly care for the taste. Mouthfeel was a little slick (soapy?), fairly light, with medium carbonation and drying. It was an OK beer, fairly refreshing, but definately not to my taste.

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Photo of Winter
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had this was with sushi at Nanakusa's in Milwaukee's Third Ward. I remember enjoying it then, but I wasn't in the mood for reviewing it that night. It was time for a revist.

Pours a pale golden with a white fluffy head. Aroma consists of wheat malt, coriander and this intriguing perfumey floral scent. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Wheat malt upfront followed by coriander, lemon zest and orange citrus. Perle and Styrian Goldings add a hoppiness toward the back. But there's this amazing floral taste that adds a really unique quality to this white ale.

Overall, this is an extremely refreshing and enjoyable white ale. Not an everyday purchase, but I'm glad I tried it. Well done.

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Photo of stouty1
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz bottle in my favorite sushi restaurant. Nice fluffy white head which left a nice 1/16" lacing around the rim. Cool creamy yellowish colr with brown highlights and bubbles chasing eachother around.

Smells of spices and a hint of bannana. Not a strong smell but the beer is kept pretty cold.

The taste is pretty much what I smelled coriander and bannana with a fizzy mouthfeel. Not too sweet and hardly any bitterness or taste of alcohol. Very drinkable ale. Wish I could have another, but that would be too much fun for one night!

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Very prototypical looking white ale going on here. Angel food cake colored body, lighly cloudy and dull. The head is strong, pure white and holding on strong.

S: Great smelling beer. Extremely herbal, coriander, yeasty and fresh like a spring breeze. If the beer tastes half this good I'm in luck.

T: Lots of coriander is the first impression. Very spiced, more so than I would have expected. This flavor dominates until finally relenquishing control to some of the citrusy sour notes lurking behind the spices. As the lemon moments fade, a pronounced wheat personality with lots of yeast take the limelight. And the coriander keeps going.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

D: Too many spices added, detracts from the flavor of the beer. And I can't get the flavor off my palate. Not bad but not great.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

AC is broken.
I need something refreshing.
I reach for this beer.

A: Good head on first pour. White, fluffy, loose, and fading quickly. The body is dark yellow and cloudy, with bits floating around. No lacing to be found here though.

S: Heavy spiciness and definite citrus, mostly orange. I love it.

T: Quick yeast spiciness followed sour bite, with citrus aftertaste. Slight hoppyness and bitterness. Complex, interesting, and refreshing.

M: Pretty heavy on the carbonation, but good overall mouthfeel with mouthwatering finish.

D: Nice and refreshing, nothing overpowers or lingers for too long.

I was surprised and delighted that this beer was so good. I would get it again, if only it was cheaper. Still, on a special hot summer day, what a beer.

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

Poured from an interesting 21 oz. bottle.

Poures a cloudy golden color with a decent sized clumpy white head that has decent lasting power. Spotty lacing.

Aromas has a lot going on. Some fruit/citrus aroma and light pepper. Nice floral aroma throughout.

Taste is of passion fruit. Also some citrus. Has a nice dry finish. Well balanced that doesn't overwhelm. More sublteness.

Mouthfeel has a light body and moderate cleansing. Fits the style.

Overall, a very drinkable brew for the summer and goes very well with lighter items [fish, chicken, etc.]. Very nicely balanced. Has a lot of subtle complexity that makes this very interesting and makes me want to pick up another on my next trip to the store. Can't wait to try it again.

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Photo of guitarmage
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, like an amaretto sour, soapy white head with good retention, stops at about half an inch. Not especially sticky.

Smell: Spices, big cloves, coriander, sweet malt and citrus hops. Spices are the main smells.

Taste: Almost immediate cloves and coriander, becomes citrusy with very subtle hops, and finishes with some light fruity esters.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, finishes really clean, light bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and tasty, refreshing. This is how I think a white ale should taste like, really spicy and flavorful but refreshing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not your typical Wit, but good beer anyways. The bigger additions of lemon zest is apparent as the beer decants from the bottle. Shows the typical canary straw color, but without the soft, glittery hue expected. Head retention is loosely knit, unlike the creamy, foamyness expected either. Along with lemongrass in the nose, there is nice hints of corriander, curraco, and estery yeast qualities. Though these esters show in the flavor, the lemon dominates and religates the other, softer, flavors to support the citrus and not compliment as they should. The beer's lemony qualites keep the beer from becoming creamy or full on the palate, but does help the drinkability and cutting through the thirst. I will love trying this again.

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Photo of EvilKeith
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the glass a clouded golden orange color. Head began as a finger of white sudsy foam, faded to a cap. Lacing was minimal.

Smell was wheaty with coriander and the faintest trace of freshly picked mint leaves.

Taste was citrus, coriander, and lightly hopped. Crisp, clean and dare I say refreshing.

Light-medium bodied. Fairly active carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

I found this one to be quite enjoyable and very drinkable. Score another one for the Hitachino line!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy gold, with a small carbonated head. This beer has a very strong aroma. It smells mainly like citrus, with some coriander and yeast too. It tastes very citrusy, with a slight spicy (coriander and ginger) aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light, with a decent amount of carbonation. It goes down very easy and it's a refreshing beer, great for drinking in spring or summer. This is much better than I expected it to be, I'll have to pick up another one of these again pretty soon.

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Photo of mynie
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, hazy gold. Small white head. It's small, yes, but good lord is it a stubborn little guy. It simply will not die.

Intense smell. Real intense. Fridge cold I can smell it as it sits on my desk, a good two and half feet away from my nose, all spicy and fruity. Upon closer inspection, literally, it smells remarkable, like no other wittbier I've ever come across. The big wheatmalt spices are still there, all whitepepper corriander, but the fruit backing them isn't the usual dull, grainy bananas and the such. There's apples--like, harsh, cider apples, ripe peaches, and bright green grapes. All are sour and sugary. Really, a wonderful smell.

The fine odor doesn't translate entirely over to the mouth, I'm sorry to say. The first taste is that of sweet white wine, which is backed up by a blend of apples and alcohol, and an end of whitepepper. Not as complex or as sapid as I had hoped.

An excellent white, and the first Japanese beer that I've ever really, really enjoyed.

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Photo of Drew966
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hitachino Nest White Ale pours a darker straw color with a huge white head and chunks floating in it from a brown eleven point two ounce bottle. The aroma is downright amazing. Citrus seems to dominate, but there is also some spice, coriander perhaps, that is noticeable. Sparkly carbonation. Taste is also very interesting. I would have to say that up to now, I have not been the biggest fan of Witbiers. This one is quickly changing my mind. Citrus is not overbearing, but is definitely dominant. Coriander is present but not in too assertive of a fashion. Very well balanced. Excellent beer, highly recommended. Who would have expected an excellent witbier from a Japanese brewery? I think I need to try some of their other beers.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gray peach. Thin carbonated head. Crazy bubble streaming. Good head revitalization.

N: Oranges, lemons, a touch of ginger, lactic acid.

T: Deeply spicy. Above a light fruity body are stinging pepper, lemon-ginger, and coriander notes, perhaps cardamom too.

MF: Light bodied. Biting with a strongly acidic, lactic like, (think Hitachino’s Milk Stout) sour finish. Very unique and impressive. Not quite fitting of the style but right up my alley.

D: Dry in the way that makes one thirsty for more. Exceptional.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy light gold with a small white head that fades into a small cap and mild collar.
Smell is of lemon and orange peel with coriander and mild traces of wheat flakes.
Taste is of the same aromas with a pleasant orange candy finish.
Mouthfeel is slightly spritzy with a medium feel and a yeasty body. Mild spices highlighted by pepper and coriander make this Belgian style Witbier stand out among the better ones. Certainly much better than the old standby, Hoegaarden.

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Photo of brushpig
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was suggested to me by the bartender at the Small Bar in Chicago, and I am sure glad it was. As soon as it was poured into my glass I could smell the orange and Yeast. The head was small and left quickly. Light body but not watery. The flavors were well balenced with a smooth finish. I found it a very refreshing beer.
Nice for the summer or with a light meal.

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Photo of nouseforotacon
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one gushes out a pale, golden orange with a big billowing head, foamy pockets that fall quickly.

Incredibly strong smell, heavy pine and spice, upfront, peppery, clove, and also traces of yeast. Somewhat chalky and also some buttery notes/diacetyl. Nice aroma.

First sip contains noticeable carbonation, quite sour, with a pleasantly bitter twang. Orange/lemon citrus flavor, with the spice resurfacing on the tongue. This brew leaves my mouth feeling refreshed and has a very wet finish, almost a bit too watery for my liking.

Nicely done summer witibier, quaffable and enjoyable, though strong carbonation and watery mouthfeel might turn some off.

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Photo of jameaterblues
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nest white poured a cloudy golden yellow color(some orange colors too), from a 24oz bottle, with 3/4 of an inch of bright white head. The head diminished very quickly and left a watery white lacing. The scent was a very mellow sweet scent of wheat and malts. There was a light fruitiness of citrus fruit present. The first thing that I noticed when tasting this beer was the high amount of carbonation. It was a very good representation of a witbier, and if I had not have known that it was japanese I might have mistaken it for a euro wheat. It had a nice fruity/citrusy body, and slightly spiced. the finish was crisp, with just a bit of bitterness(almost not noticeable). This beer was very drinkable....and the carbonation made for a very pleasing mouthfeel. Between my girlfriend and I the bottle did not last long.

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Photo of MrSeth
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

App: Pours with a hazy earthy golden body and forms a two inch white head with big bubbly suds that die down to the surface.

Sm: Sweet and sour, ripe peaches, ponzu sauce.

Ta: Milder than the nose, smooth wheaty start, then bitter bites, but not harshly. Good length, again sweet and sourness linger.

Da: Medium-High. It's probably just "highly drinkable" but witbier is not one of my everyday beers.

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Photo of jakester
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. A date stamp of H.5.10 (August 10, 2005?) is on the back label. Why can't they just put the fucking date on the label? What's the big secret?? Pisses me off!

Pours a cloudy (if you pour in the yeast, which I did) banana yellow with a one finger head of white foam. Carbonation appears moderate. The head falls to islands and a ring, with minimal lacing. Small chunks of yeast seem to be suspended throughout the beer.

Aroma is lemons and coriander with just a hint of light bready malt coming through if you work. Aroma of this beer is pretty faint, but clean and nice.

First flavor is clean lemons, followed by a taste of coriander, and a perceptable but balancing hop bitterness. The tartness of this beer makes it very refreshing. There is a definite taste of lightly bready malt in there, also. Aftertaste is citrusy, spicy, tart, and pretty long-lasting.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, very refreshing. Carbonation has a nice zing to it. Body is light. Finish is on the dry side.

I like this beer. From what I know about the beers of Japan, this brewery is one of a few that's got their shit together. This is a pretty decent effort at a witbier. Keep 'em coming!

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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,520 ratings.
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