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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 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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Photo of moulefrite
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boy this is an in your face refresher?! The beer pours a hazy golden. There is minimal head retention yet a nice amount of sticky lace stays with the glass to the end. Some beer diamonds as this must be a minimally filtered brew? The aromas are awesome and perfect for an Asian white! Instantly, aromas of freshly zested orange peel, ginger root and Asian spices attack the nose. I am immediately transported to my favorite Japanese Restaurant and am craving sashimi and especially teryaki Sea Bass! On the palate more of the same. Refreshing to the max, orange and ginger flavors dance an asian jig, and are clean and as fresh tasting as is the cusine of the region! This is a fantastic Beer! I will ask for it to be brought in at my favorite Asian joints as I think this would be un-beatable with the cuisine of the bottles region. Expensive yes-well worth the expense, no doubt!! Drink less and drink slower if you must.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold color- hazy. Small head. Aroma is orange, spice and yeast. A medium bodied wit beer. Yeasty and spicy. Coriander and orange. Light and refreshing. Citrusy and fizzy (but in a good way) Tasty beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

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Photo of andyj
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I definitely had some apprehension about this one. Belgium and Japan couldn't be further apart. What is more, this is a tough style to brew. It had a bittersweet palate with a citrusy aroma. The citrus seemed more lemon or grapefruit than the usual bitter orang, but I'm not complaining. As far as wit beers go this one had a unique taste that despite it's uniqueness still fits the category. The citrusy bitterness mixes with an awesome spiciness. The combination makes this beer an enjoyable thirst quencher!

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, my first Japenese Belgian. This is probably the best Japanese beer I have sampled so far. Pours a murky light orange with a thin white head. Quick lacing, and some sediment at the bottom of the glass. Strong citrus aroma (all orange), with a pinch of spice as well. Crisp and refreshing with a decent balance of orange, ginger, yeast and peaches. Also has a fairly crisp finish. Pricey at over $3 for a 12oz. bottle but a good summer brew.

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

Hello, Mr. Owl. He's funny...thus I shall keep the cap until I lose it. This beer pours out a clear golden color with a good sized white head...then the chunky yeast comes flowing out, making this baby quite cloudy. Rather large bubbles are constantly cascading from the bottom of the glass. The aroma of this beer is complex and delicious. Cloves and coriander are quite strong. I wish my car smelled like this beer. Flavor is not as complex as I had expected, but I possibly set my expectations too high. Orange peel and citrus seem to come out the most, with the clove and spices coming in right behind them. Finishes very dry. Definitely a recommended Wit, light and refreshing while still maintaining a nice flavor and decent complexity.

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Photo of TheDM
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a small white brown head of finely sized bubbles. It had a transparent yellow rice brew colored body with a lot, burp, of carbonation rising throughout my mug. There were a lot of particles that could bee seen floating in the body of the brew. It has a very rice like aroma and a very fizzy, burp, taste of fruit like apples. The flavor was OK, but nothing special. It was a very average brew that I would pass on in lieu of much better brews.

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Photo of vitesse
2.28/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

served in 25 oz. bottle at monk's in philly.
i love wits, but this one just didn't do it for me. the orange-iness was just way too overwhelming. there was a real chemical taste that reminded me of those super-heavy duty "orange cleaning solutions." no real yeasty tones in the flavor and the beer didn't even that have that great cloudy golden color despite it being bottle conditioned.
i don't recommend this beer at all. there isn't any balance to the flavor palate at all.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh lemon, ginger, wheat, and corriander smell that really knocks your socks off. It really smells like sunshine. If I was lookin' for a date I would put a dab of this behind the ears! Hazy cloudy pale orange color with nice carbonation in the glass and a nice persistant white head. Upfront taste of lemon zest, corriander, and ginger. This is quickly followed by a sweet wheat/marshmellow sweetness. The finish balences the brew with a hint of nobel hops. Medium body, quite a full mouth for a wit. A must try for the white beer fan. A little dab will do ya!

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Photo of BierReise
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy and yellow looking very true to the style. Great packaging with a painted owl for a logo. I'm a big fan of spiced white ales but this one was overpowered by ginger. Good acidity and mouthfeel was good. Surprised to see a Japanese brewers interpretation of this style. Would be better if it weren't for being heavy on the ginger.

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Photo of Indybeer
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11 oz bottle. Pours a golden yellow with a moderate head that didn't last, and leaves only a small ring of lace. Floral aroma with a hint of spice. The taste is a highly carbonated, and the spicyness and tartness dominates the finish. No real hops detected. It's not a bad beer, but I don't think its quite my type of drink.

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Photo of bditty187
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, honey-orange hue. Small white head, poor retention, and no lace. Agreeable nose… not very forceful though, spicy with notes of orange, coriander, sweet sugariness, some clove. Quite the invitation! The palate was excellent… well-balanced sweetness & spiciness, coriander, orange, sugar, clove, ginger… with seemingly endless hints of other flavors that all mingle to create one tasty Wit! Highly carbonated, almost seltzer-like but creamier, medium-light mouthfeel, very fitting for the style. The finish is refreshing… it leaves you wanting more, slightly tacky. Very drinkable… this is a great beer. Recommended!

Thank you StevieW for the lovely bottle!

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Photo of mickeymac
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes in the distinctive Hitachino bottle with the distinctive owl. It pours a yellowish-gold with a smallish white head, despite the seemingly high carbonation content. The smell is citrus (more orange than lemon) and spice. Although a hint of floral smell is present, a floral flavor really comes through from the first sip. It's highly drinkable and, but for the price, would make a good session beer. Good stuff.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.15/5  rDev -47%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This brew poured a quick dissolving head with no lacing on my mug. In my opinion it had a fruity and citrusy aroma to it. It was extremely carbonated/fizzy. It had very little aftertaste, if any. I did not feel there was anything special about this particular brew. It was not to my liking by any means.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had heard about this line of beers and really wanted to try one,and Iam glad I did.Poured a nnice hazy orange color with big fluffy head,smell was very fresh and citruisy smelling.Taste was nice and tart with some coriander spiciness.Very drinkable and not to light in body,these guys know how to make an excellent wit.

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Photo of Brent
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An alternate-universe sort of white ale, unlike any other I've had. Should have decanted more carefully, as the bottle dispensed a significant amount of white flaky sediment and some rather nasty looking dark gunk (I'm sure "dark gunk" is a professional brewing term). The sediment distributed evenly throughout the beer and then hung absolutely motionless, like a frozen blizzard.

Aroma was astounding. Herbal and floral. Coriander? Ginger? Clove? Whatever the individual components, the net effect was jasmine, crazy as that sounds.

The flavor was as intense as the aroma. Rather soft mouthfeel and not as sweet as the aroma suggested. Again, the primary flavor struck me as jasmine, like an herbal tea flavoring, and quite appropriate for a unique oriental take on the style. The beer was very interesting, but more of a novelty rather than something I would want on a frequent basis, given the innovative but almost overpowering spicing.

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Photo of Viking
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chalky gold, with an initial big foamy head. Head quickly settles to a fine lace atop the brew. Aroma full of spices (coriander really stands out) and citrus, with the smell of wheat hiding underneath. Spices are almost overwhelming in the flavor - tons of coriander, clove and I think perhaps ginger and hints of sage. Plenty of citrus notes as well, with a solid grainy base of wheat. Light, crisp mouthfeel. Very smooth. A very refreshing beer, for a warm spring afternoon.

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Photo of MJR
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dull, pale yellow that's cloudy as all hell from the yeast sediment. A thick white head starts out full and shrinks down to a respectable cap.

Smell: The aroma jumped out at me as soon I popped the cap! Heavy handed on the spices: coriander, ginger, and orange peel. There's a heavy dose of clove in there too. I pick up on a wheat tartness, but it's buried under the spices. Very aggressive aroma...I like that!

Taste: The taste is an explosion of spiciness that has many faces: orange, clove, lemon, coriander, ginger, and wheat. There's a hint of an earthy character as well, presumably from the yeast. Finishes with an ever-so-slighty sour, strong lemony tartness. Heavier on the spices than a lot of wits, but very well-done.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and rounded mouthfeel with a medium thickness. Finishes tart with a hint of dryness.

Drinkability: Pretty good. I'm a fan of wits as an off-kilter session brew, and I could see myself putting back a few of these.

Kudos to the Kiuchi Brewery for making such an interesting version of a Belgian brew!

A 'thank you' goes out to StevieW for including this in our Blockbuster Trade.

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Photo of queenboadicea
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After revisiting this beer (possibly for the last time for a while, since our local distributor has decided to stop carrying it) I remember why it is one of my all-time favorites. The nose hits you with a burst of freshly ground cardamom and a slight hint of lemon and citrus. The color is a very light gold, with little to no head, but fine, tight bubbles. The flavor can only be described as exotic. You get some of the cardamom and citrus that you find on the nose, but there is also a slightly fruity character similar to star fruit, or perhaps papaya. Very clean finish, with little to no bite. It is one of those rare beers where you get a slightly different flavor every time you take a sip, so it doesn't get boring. It also pairs exceptionally well with food (especially- go figure- sushi!).

Since wine usually doesn’t pair well with spicy food I recommend this beer to people frequently when they come into the store where I work and ask for something to go with hotter fare. It will take the sting out of the fieriest Asian and Indian foods.

A small word of warning- When first opened, this beer can sometimes give off a skunky, cheap-pilsner smell, but it usually dissipates quickly. A great summer beer, if you are looking for something other than a pilsner or a weiss beer. I will miss it dearly!

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Photo of yen157
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured hazy and yellowish with lemongrass and coriander in the nose. Superfine spritzy carbonation. The nose has more spice than the taste. Very clean and a little citrus with some yeast thrown in for good measure. Medium to full-bodied, this is a thirst quencher and also a big brew to relax with. This was mu first Japanese craft beer, and I was very pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Wildman
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light yellow color and formed a nice foamy white head that left circular lace as it subsided. Much like a float. A heavy amount of rapid moving carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, coriandar and citrus. A flavor of of malt and corindar. Fairly light beer. Not bad for this style and much better than the milk/lacto stout they make. My second venture into this Japanese brewer.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very intriguing, very pale washed out yellow...the taste was smooth, yet somewhat spicey, made me reminiscent of perhaps cinnamon or cloves(??).

Easy to drink, quite unexpected balance in the taste. This is a beer that I would wnt to try again for sure.

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Photo of aracauna
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale gold body but not as pale as many wits. The head is surprisingly small and short-lived. The aroma is coriander and a soft floral fruitiness that seems to be a blending of orange, plum and peaches. The flavor is more of the same. The spices linger on the palate. Surprisingly easy drinking.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a nice golden yellow with medium foam. The smell was of a citrus nature with spices. The taste was had a sweetness of citrus and I thought it also had a hint of cloves. It had a pleasant after taste. The sweet/bitter after taste was well balanced. I just wish that the after taste would have lingered a little longer in my mouth!

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Photo of zerk
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy apricot gold with a quickly dissipating head. I smelled, then tasted this beer, and couldn't figure out the spice used in it... near the end of the beer, it finally hit me... ginger! Has a very intriguing aroma of ginger, citrus, and wheat. Flavor began with an upfront taste of fresh ginger and orange, with a touch of wheat and some malt sweetness to balance things out. Had a thin to medium body with medium carbonation. A beer that you must experience... one of the most interesting beers I've had in quite some time!

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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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