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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2001

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Photo of 99bottles
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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%
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 -15.5%
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 -8.4%
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 +0.2%
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 -6.7%
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 -30.3%
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 -3.9%
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 +1.5%
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 +5.9%
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 -17.5%
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 +1.5%
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 +8.6%
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 -4.4%
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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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.94/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hitachino Nest White Ale was served from an 11 oz. bottle. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was a soft and glowing hazy yellow-orange hue, and was topped by a small white head. The nose was just wonderful, with notes of coriander, orange juice, mango, and a lightly acidic grapefruit-like citrus. The taste was simply fantastic as well. It began with a orange-citrusy coriander-tinged firm and dry malt base that exuded a refreshing acidity. This acidity increased in strength through the finish, which left lingering robust flavors of bitter orange, ginger, black peppercorn, nutmeg, grapefruit, and coriander. I loved the interplay of acidity with the spicey accents. The body was excellently composed for the flavors, as was the vigorous carbonation. I really loved this refreshing and tasty white from Japan...beautifully done!

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11oz bottle like the one in the picture. Appearance was a hazy yellow color with a thin fizzy, creamy white head that faded and rose with each taste. The nose was a delightful bounty of fruity esters (light orange and hints of apple), mild crackery malt, and spices such as nutmeg, coriander, and pepper.
The taste was awesome. Light, dry and crisp, this beer had elements of baked apples, biscuity malt, a touch of orange peel, and nutmeg, coriander, ginger and a hint of cinnamon. It reminded me of a baked apple pie.
Man, that was good! This doesn't come off as a typical witbier but I'm not going to complain. I'm simply going to go get some more of this great tasting, refreshing brew, especially as it gets hotter. By far my favorite beer from the Land of the Rising Sun.

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Photo of Zorro
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow/orange brew that is quite fizzy.

Smell is citrus and fruity, with hints of malt and herb perfume.

Taste is sweet and very orange like in taste. Crisp and a little tart while still being a bit bitter sweet.

Mouthfeel is very full.

Super drinkable an Ultra refreshing brew.

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Photo of maxpower
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale golden-yellow color, spicy, peppery and earthy citrus aromas, huge white foamy head that sticks to the sides of my glass. Spicy pepper, coriander and citrus flavors, crisp and spicy carbonated mouthfeel, finishes clean and dry, has a funny aftertaste, very refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of Foxman
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The cute little owl on the bottle could never denote what's going on inside!
It pours a pale, cloudy yellow, with a rapid, voluminous, but thinly constructed white head. There's moderate retention, visible carbonation, and virtually no lacing.

My oh my, the aroma! First up is the ginger, which is notably nestled in with a lemony citrus, a seeming melange of spice, and perhaps a distant yeast. There's not as much specificity here as in the flavor, but I can say for certain that the wheat is no real factor.

Just where does one's palate begin? The ginger is again initially assertive, tasting like the ginger floret on a sushi platter. There's the woody citrus of lemongrass as well. The spice is more specific here than in the aroma, with definite coriander notes, and to a lesser degree, clove. The lemony tartness is reminiscent of meringue pie, missing only the velvety egg-whites to complete the illusion. Again, the wheat is relegated to a very covert status. There's a slight bitter aftertaste on the finish, along with what I can only identify as a chrysanthemum floral effect, not really surprising considering the country of origin.

It's light bodied, and doesn't coat at all, but all the elements work to leave a very refreshing sensation in the mouth.

Asian innovation! It's busy and brassy, tangy and grassy, and just good clean fun. Really, it's crisp and clean, and so full of flavorful diversity that it could be confusing except that each element makes itself clearly known for your appraisal. The citrus and spice refresh nciely, making it emminently quaffable. If you didn't like this beer, it would be easy to specify exactly why, but if you do like it, it's easier just to say, I like it! And so, I like it...that's my story, and I'm sticking to it. Now pour me another!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 11 fluid ounce Japanese stubby just like the one in the BA picture.

Appearance: Large voluminous white head at first that builds upwards as you pour. Slowly settles to a solid uniform ½” white head that leaves no lacing whatsoever. The body of the beer is a lovely golden color that has a light haze, with some continual streamers. High levels of carbonation assist the head, almost perfect looks but the head tends to break a little early.

Nose: Zesty aroma with a strong orange odor. Some spices and coriander in the back end. Incredible nose on this White Ale! Beautiful – one of the best noses on any White Ale that I have ever inhaled.

Taste: Wow, this is incredibly spicy with a strong orange peel feel. This has everything in perfect balance. A Wheat Ale with orange zest, sharp lemon flavors (that sooo reminded me my Mums Lemon Meringue Pies that she made), ginger, coriander and a light cinnamon feel. Incredibly refreshing and very lively, yet the finish on the mouth has a long lingering citric bite that seems to go on forever. Very impressive.

Mouthfeel: Immense carbonation on the tongue that is far from spritzy but smooth and perfectly balances the acidic orange and spices in the Wheat Ale.

Drinkability: Well, I cannot find fault with this beauty at all. Maybe the citric acidity will become overwhelming, well perhaps after the 20th bottle!!!

Overall: After the good impression I had once I tried the Celebration Ale 2004, when I spied the White Ale I figured I would give this one a whirl also. Not exactly inexpensive, but well worth splashing the extra coin on this one.

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

Sweet-scented and hazy, this orange-shaded White ale nice combo for a Tennessee fan) poured from its owl-adorned bottle with a thin bit of dissipating foam atop it. Flavor is very light, very sweet, with a very slight touch of wheat (did that rhyme?) - actually, almost too light, but it's forgivable. I like the unique green apple and Middle Eastern-style rose candy flavors, and it has a nice, full mouthfeel for such an easy drinking brew, with lots of dark yeast floating at the bottom.

I like this beer, and I'd drink it a lot more often if the price wasn't so much more expensive than so many witbiers that are, at very least, equal peers.

Still, cool bottle, and easily my favorite Asian brewery.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This wit beer poured a cloudy, golden color with white foam that settled to leave a thin coat. The smell was fruity (citrus and green apples) with some wheat. The taste was a bit tart and fruity (green apples) with citrus and wheat flavors and a bit of yeast coming through. Overall a very nicely balanced taste. The mouthfeel was smooth and tart (almost puckering). The body was medium with modest carbonation feel. There was a lingering yeasty and tart flavor. This was a very enjoyable beer fresh on tap.

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Photo of nomad
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a nice hazy straw color, slight apricot hue, with a bubbly thin head and plenty of carbonation underneath.

Smelled of oranges, sweet lemon, a beautiful tart wheat, and a soft and flowery malt. Tasted like some tasty wheat, solid pale malt, and great classic lemon and citric tinges of a wit. Incredibly juicy, like biting actual fruit wedges thinned down a pinch over tantalizing wheat. Spice is light but nice enough, especially with the yeast poured in. Had a juicy, citric, and light grainy finish.

And that's all there is too it, as I'm not even paying attention to the mouthfeel when it tastes this good, though it could have more pop to it. Regardless, a world class witbier, simple to understand, easy to enjoy.

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Photo of littlebibs
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This in one very refreshing strange Belgium/Japan wit mellow
beer thats not easy to find but well worth seeking out. Nice
combinations of spice going- orange/citrus/lemon/ginger/coriander,
crisp and tastey beer. It has a slight lace on the glass but plenty
of carbination and fiz for my taste. Outstanding example of this
style, but as stated often, expensive, not easy to find but
when you get some it doesn't last long, great to share this at
holidays with family and friends.

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Photo of purplehops
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hitachino Nest White pours a hazy pale straw color with a sticky white head that leaves plenty of lace on the glass. The aroma is a pleasant mix of orange and ginger with some background floral notes. Taste starts with a good dose of orange and cherimoya fruitiness and quickly moves on to a crisp and light maltiness. Flavors of malt and wheat blend with citrus and spice as it moves around in your mouth. The finish is dry and mellow with spice flavors of coriander, ginger, fagara, clove, and cassia coming to the fore front supported by a soft malt in the background. Aftertaste is a smooth and spicy lingering of spice and lightly sweet malt flavors. Mouthfeel is a light body that starts crisp and fruity and finishes with a dry spiciness.
Overall a great white ale from Japan that can stand with the best Belgium has to offer. Very complex and unique. Sweet, sour, spicy, malty, smooth, acidic, fruity, and tasty. An enjoyable experience on the palette and the mind.

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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,488 ratings.
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