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

Pours a hazy light gold with a Huge white fluffy head. Lord one could go take a shower, make lunch and come back and the head might still be there. Aroma is of sweet orange, spice and lemon. Taste is very citrusy. Spice is at the forefront then fades back into a dry citrus aftertone. Mouthfeel is super carbonated but not obnoixious. This would be a perfect beer for sushi or any oily fish dishes. I would think this would be great for fish and chips for those that like lighter styles. The flavor scrubs anything off the palate. Drinkability is good as well. This is light and flavourful. Belgian wits are not my favourite, but this one is to style and really good. I would put this up there with Allagash white and above Hoogarten on my list of Wits. As a side note I had a sixer of this and Hoogarten in the DBF- the wife left one of the Hitachino, and there are still 5 Hoogarten. I wish more upscale sushi places would carry this as well as the usual Japanese offerings.

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

Exceedingly pale lemon yellow with a buriza-do of yeast, topped by a large head of bleached white froth that has the consistency of bubble bath (but will undoubtedly be more palatable). The absence of any appreciable stickiness results in very little lace. It matters little though because the beer-head combination looks so good.

Wonderful witbier nose that is absolutely bursting with citrus (orange) peel and white spices. Olfactorily speaking, it seems like the perfect combination of witgredients. Upon tasting... White Nest Ale is a different sort of wit, a unique take on the style. My first impressions are that it's lighter and sweeter than most with more pronounced orange zest notes. All of those characteristics are positives, with the possible exception of the first.

The citrus peel is now equal parts lemon and orange and the spices/herbs are more in the background. There's nothing at all wrong with that particular profile, it all comes together beautifully. I especially love the sweet, lightly bitter, citrusy finish. As noted, the body is light and airy. An enthusiastic cadre of bubbles livens up the mouth party and makes this a fun beer to drink.

White Nest is my first Kiuchi beer and I'm impressed. It carves out its own niche in the style in a manner that thoroughly appeals to me. The $3.99 price tag for a 12 oz. bottle is a bit much however. Price aside, this is one of the best witbiers out there.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24.3 oz. bottle. Picked this up in Kansas City. Not available here in Wichita. Can't read a damn thing on this bottle, except for the stickers that were added after import.

Appearance: A muddy, yellow-brown beer that was extremely murky due to the sediment. A white head rose up with a little coaxing and dissipated quickly. It was very coarse and spider web-like as is it died away. After it had settled down, a cap of white bubbles remained on the beer for a long time. I assume there was a heavy bead that sustained the foam, but I coudln't see anything in this beer.

Smell: An odd nose to this one. Kind of broad and washed out; very hard to explain. Light Mandarin oranges and Bottle Cap candy were the main components. There was a hint of ginger in the background, but it was very faint.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with a nice chewy presence. Rather smooth, picking up some carbonation tickle as it moved back into the mouth and throat.

Taste: At first, this beer was pretty tart, but that subsided after just a couple of drinks. Sweet Mandarin oranges started things out, then a sharp acidic lemon zest rose up to wash away the sweetness. There was a strong yeast mustiness in the background. Lemon grass and grains kicked in on the finish. The aftertaste was a mix of sweet orange and lightly sour lemon. I didn't detect any spices at all in the flavor, except for the very occasional and very light hint of ginger.

A decent beer, but odd for the style. I'm used to yeast in wheat beers, but the musty quality that it had seemed odd for a wit and was a little distracting.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

01/04/05- Purchased at Weimax Liquors in Burlingame, CA

Presentation- 11.2 oz small bottle with no dates. Poured into my Duvel glass.

Appearance- Beautiful cloudy golden pour. Nice thick white head that decreases to about 1/4 inch and stays there and wafts. Light minor lacing along the edges.

Smell- I think everyone called the smell and taste of this one. Tons of corriander and orange peel extract.

Taste- A bit acidic with all the citrus flavor going on here. The corriander works well with the orange and lemon.

Mouthfeel- Ultra carbonated as expected, but still feels a bit thick. Leaves a huge sugary lemonade aftertaste.

Drinkability- One of the better witbier I have had. A bit strong with the acidity though. Still would have another one of these if I had one.

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

The beer poured almost clear pale golden straw with a white low head that was persistent and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was strongly citrus and evident from across the room. The citrus notes were well done and carried orange and tangerine aromas with them. Also present was a low clove spice that almost took on a cinnamon character.

The flavor was crisp with strong spice presence of clove that also had the similar cinnamon character. The strong citrus of the aroma was muted in the flavor, but present in the bittering. The citrus bittering was strong and added complexity with the spice and light wheat.

The finish was dry with lasting citrus peel bittering and clove spice long and pleasant into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium and just above medium light and well achieved.

24.3 ounce bottle. A darn nice witbier. One I would suggest people who like witbiers search out.

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Photo of Gusler
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

After its eviction from the 330ml brown bottle, the beer sets in the glass a hazy golden amber. The head started forming the minute I popped the cap off the bottle, as I poured it into the glass it from a behemothic head that is bright white and frothy, as it slowly subsides the lace forms a lumpy sheet upon the glass. Nose is sweet with orange peels, cloves, coriander, a real mélange of flavors and aromas, start is sweet and the grain profile delightful, top is light in its feel to the palate. Finish is striking in its acidity, the hops pleasing and the aftertaste quite dry, a very drinkable beer and one I enjoyed immensely.

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

An excellent translation of a Belgian white ale. Pours a beautiful haze of yellow/amber with a frothy, pure white head and nice lacing. Typical white aromas of citrus, coriander, and wheat malt followed by apricot, pear, and clove. Flavors follow closely, intense apricot/peach, melon, nice spices, dry, crisp, with floral notes (jasmine?) not typically found in this style. Soft mouthfeel with a dry, very mildly hopped finish. Pairs exquisitely with sushi. Unique in it's own way, this is one white worth trying

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Photo of rousee
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love these people. This is one of my top breweries-- where they seem to get every style correct. They are WAY expensive though !! $4 + for a 12oz beer is a joke but I like this brand so much and it is fairly difficult to find --esp. around these parts, so I buy it. Had the Weizen last night and I think this one is much better. The taste on this with the beef jerky I am having is just perfect. You pick up every subtlety of the beer--from the nice yeasty wheat dryness to the spicy coriander, orange peel and pepper--everything-- really cuz there is a lot more going on here than those flavors I named.

A-not so hot. boring gold-honey murk-no head no lace. Does this mean its not gonna be good??
S-is freshly fermented apple orchard--but mild. there is some wheatiness present but overall just fabulous. You can pick up some of the spicy elements too.
T-I don't know if I have ever had a better one for this style than this. I don't know how fresh the bottle I am having is, but at the BBF (where it was definitely fresh) they had it from a 750ml bomber
and i remember it being equally good. I bet this beer on-tap would be close to the king of white ales. I am already giving it a 5 on taste and i hate to give these out w/o major consideration first. My taste descriptions are in the 1st paragraph but I will add that it has some sourness on the back but not enough to take away from the 5 score.

MF-nice fuzzy one typical of this style.
D-Way drinkable-probably desrves a 4.75 but I am moving my score from 4 to 4.5 anyway.

Edit--there is no edit--I earlier submitted the review w/o finishing it first.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Beer Belly in Osaka, Japan.
Slightly hazy lager-looking slightly hazy yellow body, with a low lying white head. Amazing muscat grape, papaya and ginger like aroma. This beer has a more impressive bitterness than most white ales, but still subdued. Massive amounts of orange and again grape fruit on the palate. I am getting almost none of the corriander and pepper everyone is talking about.

The impossible amount of fruityness brought down my score.

Light bodied, not alot of yeastyness. Very refreshing.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 oz stubby. Bottle-conditioned. Code on back H.2.11

Cloudy apricot glow under creamy white head that billows up and settles into fluffy clumps as it falls. No lace.

Enticing sweet spicy orange scent that takes on a slightly metallic, marmalade tone as the level falls the beer warms.

More marmalade in the flavor with lots of orange and strong apricot tones. The suggestion of pepper in the chilled beer fades as it warms. Tinny elements emerge with warmth. Prickly carbonation in medium light body.

Faint resiny finish that lingers until after you forget it's there and then it reminds you that it's been a while since you had a sip.

I think I short-changed this beer by pouring too carefully. That left a sticky pad of yeast on the bottom, which turned to be quite tasty. I still got a fair amount of spice, but it would have been much more distinctive if I had swirled up the yeast properly.

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Photo of clvand0
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle. Pours a very cloudy light yellow color with a medium head that dies off and leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma is very grassy and has the presence of a floral hop. The flavor is spicy and grainy with citrus notes as well as a grassy feel. This is a very odd beer, but a very good beer. I'll definately have this one again.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

fine white lace, dull orange tinted yellow body
sharp, corriander in nose
ginger, clove, white pepper spice in taste
dry finish, dry malts
yeast lends slight grassy flavor

It's not a haiku. It's a minimalist review. Good beer here, a little different. kinda a little spicy for a wit. I could see this going well with Japanese cuisine.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite well carbonated, the cap makes a loud sound as I crack it off. The beer is a hazy straw color, that is topped by a thick white head that is held up by the ample carbonation. The aroma is spicy (with notes of lemon, ginger, and pepper), and a bit musty. It really has quite a rich intriguing aroma to it. The beer is well carbonated, which in combination with the spices gives this a peppery-spicy start as I take my first sip. This is actually quite tasty, and quite a bit different (either because of the spices used, or a combination of the yeast used and the spicing) than your average Wit type beer. There is some solid spicy notes here that seem to be driven by ginger, and perhaps some pepper. It is quite dry and light on the palate. This beer must be super spicy when fresh. This would be a great beer to pair with sushi, more places need to pick this up, it is quite tasty, and with its spiciness would pair quite well with food.

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Photo of Truh
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Flew the coop with this one on 7/22/2004. 16-oz. pour at Redbones in a shaker glass.

Milky yellow to straw coloring, almost to the point of light green, with gently ascending carbonation throughout. A film of head, but really nothing to write home about – the nest was a little bare. Fruity lemon/lime esters on nose with a huge hit of mixed sunshine composed of equal parts sweet and sour from a perceived grapefruit aroma. That same grapefruit was the first thing noted to taste, with a nice juiciness which left a lingering note on the tongue. Some light clover aspects were noted as well. On the whole, this was entirely refreshing on a muggy 85-degree day in the heart of Davis Square.

If this offering is made with rice, bring on the Kokuho!

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Photo of mschofield
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy "white"-yellow, topped with a one finger white head, gets a lot cloudier if the yeast is swirled and added in. Left no lacing at all.
Perfume and floral aroma, grass and spices.
Orange, spice, wheat, perfume/flowers, some bitter orange as well in the taste.
Light-medium bodied.

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

11oz bottle (just make it 12)

Pours out a pale gold color with a nice head that stays with you for the entire time. Smell consisted of lots of spices and fruits. Ginger, coriander, cloves and a touch of lemon along with some fruit tones. Pretty nice. Taste was nicely balanced. It's quite flavorful with nothing was overdone which was nice to taste. Lots of fruity tones hit the palate first and then the spices take over and lasts into the aftertaste. Some yeast undertones can be detected as well. I saw the bombers for like 6.50, don't know if I would want to spend that amount of money for this one, I could put in two extra dollars and get Allgash or Hoegaarden 6 pack and it's just as good. Tasty? You bet. But you gotta ask yourself if the price is worth paying for this beer.

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Photo of silenius
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has the straw-like haziness part right, but blink and the head is gone in no time.

Smell is a little sulfur, a little orange, a little spice and strangely enough a little eucalyptus. Without the sulfur this would score higher.

Taste is orangey with a nice spice balance. Not too spicy. It hits with some orange then segues into a spicy zing that finishes with an herbal zip. Nice and refreshing.

I think this beer screams for food with sauces. The carbonation is lively enough to lift anything heavy off your tongue and prepares your mouth for the next bite. I'm thinking eggs Benedict.

Drinkability is quite nice with its palate cleansing power it does not tire itself out. Solid.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
2.83/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear yellow with lots of floaties- not hazy like other wits, but floaties particles. Very unusual. Has a medium sized white head that collapses immediately, even though there's a lot of carbonation. Aroma has wit-style floral, yeast , and coriander notes. Herbal/coriander aroma is much stronger than in other wits I have had- to the point of being very distracting. The flavor follows through the aroma- I do not care for it beacuse it seems to be a one-note spice flavor. The mouthfeel is clean and light, but I was happy when I finshed it.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium gold color with one finger of head. There is some lacing left. The smell is a little spicy, with some ginger in behind the wheat malt. The taste is sweet, with some citrus fruit. The finish is spicy, with black pepper and ginger. There are some hops present as well. The mouthfeel is just a little light. The drinkability fairs very well, and it's a nice unique beer.

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

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow with a faint white head that barely laces the glass.

Smell: Notes of coriander and spice, along with some citrus notes and a bit of orange peel. Also a slight tone of ginger is present.

Taste: This beer hits up front with a nice citrus twang, followed by a bunch spices (when I mean a bunch, there are tons in this bad boy), pepper, and coriander. Some malts are also present along with a bit of light candy sugar. In the end this beer kicks in with a nice clove flavor.

Mouthfeel: This beer is super light on the tongue but with all the flavors going on its like a true explosion. Along with its light body this beer has a nice light carbonation so that all the flavors truly show off.

Drinkability: Not only is this beer great to drink with but try to sautee it with some green veggies.

Overall for a brewery that's no where near belgium, they sure know how to make one interesting beer. A great experience for the style.

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

Tasted 7/5/04 from 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Hazy pale gold, with a lasting, lacy foamy white head.

Smell: Citrus, eucalyptus, spice, bready malt, orange peel.

Taste: Yeast, tropical fruit, grapefruit, a hint of pale malt, subtle spice on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Delicate carbonation, light bodied, refreshing.

Drinkability: Excellent, fabulous brew for pairing with some asian food and seafood.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light yellow and wonderfully hazy in color with a pretty good head.

Smell – This one had a monster coriander aroma that took control of the nose. I could also pick up some orange and maybe a bit of yeast.

Taste – A good portion of the coriander from the nose found its way into the taste. There was also a bit of orangish sourness and a light yeast backbone.

Mouthfeel – I thought the mouthfeel was a little clumsy. There was some significant carbonation but the body itself was thin-feeling.

Drinkability – This was OK, but I probably wouldn’t look for another.

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

11 oz. bottle. I could smell the aroma even as I was pouring it. It has a cloudy straw color which is style appropriate for a wit. The head lingered nicely.

The aroma is intense. Huge on the coriander and then rounding it out is the orange peel. There is also a hint of grassiness as well from the hops. I really appreciate the complexity already.

The flavor is as complex as the aroma. The wheat comes through but not like the coriander. This is a major player in the flavor profile. The orange peel comes through in the finish as does a floral flavor from the hops. This beer finishes dry and the body is on the light side. There might also be a hint of lemon.

Very drinkable beer. I would recommend it and buy it again.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't ask me how the perfect witbier was made in Japan; I just don't know. This is an ideal blend of coriander and orange peel. Harmonious is a word I could use for great song, but is a paltry definition for this beer. Its balance is unmatched -- orange scented coriander on the nose and coriander spiced oranges on the palette. The mouthfeel is drying and lightly carbonated.

This beer defines summer to me -- more than lemonheads and bazooka joe, more than bubbles and ice cream trucks, more than open fire hydrants and afternoons on the swings -- this beer is a memory of my childhood, matured enough to hold me in the sun.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of ark57
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazed golden color with a large head. There is some citrus and spice (corriander) in the nose, but it is somewhat subtle. The body is nice and light. The first taste I get is fresh juice (mostly orange, but some grapefuit). It finishes with a clean, dry lemony bitterness.

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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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