Hitachino Nest White Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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90
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1,547 Ratings
Hitachino Nest White AleHitachino Nest White Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan
kodawari.cc

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,547
Reviews:
557
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
11.85%
 
 
Wants:
225
Gots:
304
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,547 |  Reviews: 557
Photo of Determined419
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of J30wang
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very pleasant, very crisp and perfect refreshing balance of a white ale done Japanese--clean cut. Orange/citrus on the nose, pours a golden yellow w/ minimal head--separates it from the comparable UFO.

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Photo of Sehnsee
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of thayne
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light with a short fruity finish. Easy to drink. Nice white fluffy cap.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful dense peach haze. Lasting cap.

Apricot, citrus - orange, very dense fruit. Light earth notes, zesty.

The taste is immediately satisfying. Sweet pineapple. Dried fruit. A dash of salt and pepper. Vanilla sweetness. Dry oak.

The mouthfeel has a velvety texture, smooth, delicious. ABV tastes around 4.5% . Dry yet soft and delicate. Good light non-intrusive carbonation.

This is a damn good beer. One of the best lighter beers I've had. Hell one of the best beers I’ve ever had.

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Photo of rarigney
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of I3eer
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kitschiguy
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a 350ml beer glass.

Pours a nice cloudy deep yellow with a pretty good loose head that died instantly.

Nose is nice with citrus, white pepper, coriander and orange.

Palate follows with minimal bitterness and is drying with a little spice. Very refreshing.

Body is quite light but mouthfeel is quite good.

Overall a very well-made beer. Good for the style.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Light blonde cloudy and topped off with a thick white rocky head and mild lacing.
Smell: Malts, cloves and coriander are predominant in the aroma.
Taste: Coriander, cloves ginger and just a bit spicy; It’s sweet overall with a mild tart finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, yet crisp and full of carbonation. Medium bodied, semi dry and very smooth in its aftertaste.
Overall: This is a very good wit bier

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Photo of ControlVolume
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dry, citrus, herbal aftertaste. Very delicate and almost tea-like. Reminds me of earl gray tea. Not my style.

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Photo of aufie
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MFMB
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale pale light yellow with cloudiness. Nice white foam that recedes fair quickly. Banana and coriander spice along with yeast on the nose. Taste of that classic Belgian spice, coriander, slight clove, very little banana to taste. More of light citrus fruits and then the Belgian yeast with a little bit of funk. I stress minimal funk but highlights are there finishes with a bit of wheat. Finishes very light and moderately dry. As a fan of the style this one didn't disappoint.

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Photo of tregan_20
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eire
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of bird_soul
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A classic. At worst, an excellent copy of the real deal. At best, a serious competitor in its style.
Hitachino White Looks are little uninspiring (but so goes its style.)
Smells come in complex with unique spicing and sweet wheat well-blended with the barley. (We are told a 50-50 bill.)
Taste wins big points on the spicing and the rich luxurious, soft mouth (albeit a bit thin... but so goes its style.)
Listed on the "1001", this deserves to be there. Its yeast is one of the few outside of Belgium to capture the Belgian spirit... and certainly one of the early ones to succeed. All done by a brewery that started by brewing rice into sake. Impressive.

6/6/17 Had again. Great with a garlicky dish. Modest increase in Overall rating. Classic is as classic does.

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Photo of pmagee
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of elNopalero
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Delicate and nuanced in every aspect.
I get hints of orange juice and some coriander in the nose.
I feel like I can taste the orange juice on the finish and a bit of the spices. Light and smooth with a crisp finish.

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Photo of CPAles
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,547 ratings.
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