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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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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dull yellow glow with 2 fingers of bright white head. Not nearly as much head as one would expect from a wit. lots of ginger and nutty yeast on the nose, dry grain husks, and a bit of citrus fruit.

Creamy body with initial sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Bright fizziness throughout, super super dry wit. lots of ginger with other spicey flavor including clove. Subtle orange flavors with dry grains, faint tart flavor along the mid palate cut but the most delicate hop balance. Finishes dry and smooth. A really good and unique wit, never had one like it before with layers of complex flavors that blend together really well. Yeast imparts a lot to the flavor but only by complimenting the already existing ones in the beer.

a little pricey but damn good and super unique.

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Photo of HabiMendes
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. We have here a pale-looking appearance, yet pretty golden for a Witbier, hazy with a white, creamy neck. The aroma emanates oranges, honey, coriander seeds, peper and herbs (more of those than the similarly-wonderful Allagash White).

The flavor brings up the pepper, an expressive orange juice (one of the ingredients here), and a little bit of honey. The body is light, super-refreshing, with a great carbonation. Amazing, wonderful Witbier.

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Photo of Mythos82
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was a great beer that had a 1 finger head that poured into a pint with good lacing.

Smell was spiced nicely with sweet smells.

Taste was unique to say the least and left a pleasant after taste.

Overall this beer was a pleasant beer found on a great trip to Chicago over 6 years ago that leaves me returning to Kiuchi Brewery beers every chance I can.

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Photo of Muhly
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

650 ml bottle poured into a brandy snifter.

A-slightly hazy yellow and gold with two fingers of white head. Looks pretty carbonated. Decent retention and lacing. Nothing overly interesting or strong, but whatever.

S-apples, ginger and a bit of pepper. The ginger really strikes me as it asserts itself without being cloying or overbearing.

T-ginger and pepper with light fruity sweetness.

M-light mouthfeel with effervescent carbonation. Sweetness melts on the tongue giving way to a crisp clean finish.

O-a fantastically refreshing beer. Provides just a glint of sweetness and a sassy bit of spice and pepper without overwhelming the palate. Refined, clean and delicious.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours a cloudy light yellow straw color. Has a nice head that leaves a thin covering on the beer for a long time. Lacing is nice.

Smell – Coriander, ginger, and a hint of lemon zest. Very nice!

Taste – Wheat ale, lemon, ginger, and coriander.

Mouthfeel – Thin, lightly carbonated and light (not much alcohol).

Drinkability – Very easy drinking. One of the best witbeirs I’ve had!

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Photo of tonton
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very good wheat beer, quite light and zesty. First note on taste is citrus, with spices, but a little bit of a soapy tinge as well. Wheat is not overwhelming.

Would buy this again if it were the same price as Hoegaarden, but since it's double the price where I am, and not easy to find, I'll pass.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy yellow color with an inch thick, creamy white head that dissipates after a minute. Has a very nice lacing.

Smell - Quite spicy. Light citrus with clove, coriander, and wheat.

Taste - It's pretty delicious. But it's a little too spicy for my liking.. mostly just because I have acid reflux. But it's great tasting. Citrus up front, followed clove, coriander, and white pepper. Wheat is more dominant in the finish, with a somewhat musty flavor and light bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with very high carbonation. Too much if you ask me

Overall - This beer is really good. I wish I could have enjoyed it better (if it wasn't for my acid reflux).

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Photo of brendan12
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I have always been a fan of Japanese beer and Belgian whites. Little did I know that I could have both in the same beer. I would highly recommend trying this beer if you have the chance and enjoy mild to medium flavored full bodied beers or are a fan of either style.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A bright yellow color to this brew. Semi-clear but with a cloudy presence. Carbonation bubbled happily throughout enjoying the brew. Not a very significant head, just a thin layer remained on the outside of the glass.

Smell: A spiced aroma hit you right at the front of the aroma. A pleasant combination of yeast and citrus fruits on the undertones. Not an overpowering aroma, just settles in nicely while enjoying this brew.

Taste: Wow I was really surprised by this one. The front of the beer is a very pleasant light spice which transitions into an awesome orange peel wheat flavor. The brightness of the citrus mixed perfectly with the dry wheat presence. The layers of citrus keep flowing on the palette long after the brew is gone.

Mouthfeel: A perfect balance of hop dryness and overall sweetness makes this a very easy drinker. Keeps you reaching for the glass over and over.

Overall: Really happy about this brew. Good beer can be found all over the world!

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

This is my second taste of Kiuchi and the second winner. The ginger beer was a best of (a very limited) breed. This is also excellent. I still haven't tried the stout they were raving about, but it's in the fridge.

This one pours to look gorgeous. The thin head keeps giving, but not pumping. The aroma is a bit unique. A nice blend of things, but nothing jumps out and slaps you (it's not an American style so this is good).

The taste is a beautiful balance of malt, yeast and faintly, some hops. There is a slight fruitiness - sweetness from the combo. It is a very clean and pure tasting brew.

The aftertaste is wonderful. I wish I had five or six of these to guzzle, but for $4.99 a bottle, it is a luxury I will have to forgo. There are other less expensive representatives of the style that make more sense, but there isn't anything here I could fault outside of the price.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Slowbeer. BB 10 2013

Pours a straw body. Fizzy one finger head, little lace.

Aromas of yeast, creamy nutmeg.

Taste is surprising for a Wit. Very very creamy and soft. Wheat, yeast, orange in the mix, as it the nutmeg, a little spice/clove.

Mouthfeel smoother than you might expect. Medium bodied.

Different altogether. A bit worried this is the best beer from Japan, tho, on BA ! Would be a good beer to get togther with fellow BAs and discuss....

aside - mrs heygeebee thought - smelt of flowers, tasted like apricot crumble... (!)

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Photo of SmashPants
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: squat little 330mL brown bottle with an interesting label. Cute owl too.

Appearance: cloudy pour with a thin-looking body and light but fine carbonation. A disappointingly minimal head with very little lacing.

Aroma: an impressive blend of quality wheats, spices and orchard fruits - apple and pear.

Taste: quite different to the usual witbier - instead of the traditional banana and cloves, this definite quality wheats similar to the nose, but with orange peel, and peppery spices. Quite a thick feel, which takes a bit to get used to.

Aftertaste: citric and pine hops linger somewhat.

Mouth feel: quite heavy - perhaps a little too much so, for a witbier. Almost gritty in feel. The fine carbonation is spot on though.

Overall: a very interesting take on the witbier- different feel and flavours. Pretty expensive, but you get what you pay for I suppose.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow and cloudy. Lots of yeast on the bottom of this bottle. Healthy white head at pour - at least a finger on 10 oz. The smell is floral and fruity - definitely citrus - I get strong citrus. Mouthfeel is a bit watery - mild carbonation. Flavor is very nice - again fruity up front and sweet on the end.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tasting glass

Pours a bit like lemonade. Thin white bubbles, pale, minimal head.

Aroma is sour pears and citrus. Appetizing.

The taste itself is watery, though I don't find that the case with the mouthfeel. Lightly citrus with white pepper and gently spiced. Little force of flavor up-front and no aftertaste.

Good carbonation. Very light feel and finishes with a light spice.

Very easy to drink; so smooth across the board.


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Photo of PeterM
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty little brew
Very cloudy, straw like tones, with minimal head that disappears quickly, even after a vigorous pour.
Complex and pleasing smell - sake like with pine and citrus undertones: brilliant!
Effervescent, smooth and mellow with a great aftertaste that leaves me licking my lips.
Overall its a fine one that I'll go back t oagain and again.

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

24.3 ounce bottle into tulip glass, H12.06 bottle code(June 2012?). Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light foamy lacing on the glass. Aromas of big clove, wheat, pepper, coriander, lemon, orange zest, herbal, earth, and yeast spices. Excellent aromas with nice strength, balance, and complexity. Taste of lemon, pepper, coriander, clove, orange zest, wheat, bread, herbal, earth, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of citrus zest, pepper, coriander, clove, wheat, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of flavors with solid complexity. No cloying flavors at all on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent witbier. Well balanced with good flavor and complexity; extremely smooth to drink. Really enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of julian89
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I went ahead and forked out the big bucks for 8 different Hitachino's we sell at Hop City.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed, yellowish body with a 1/2 inch white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Wheat and wet orange peel. It has the faint aroma of a typical German pils.

Taste:It follows the nose well with an addition of spice and slight hops bitterness character. It taste a little like Heineken though, which is throwing me off a tad.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability:A fairly nice and crisp wheat beer.

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Photo of sfprint
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

My friend mail ordered this while in Japan and brought it straight to me!

A: Not so impressive. Mildly hazy yellow with a tinge of orange, barely any rising carbonation, but what is there rises very thin columns.
S: Ha, well, it reminds me of both a sweet and very nice witbier but also a freshly washed dog. Interesting combo, but nice!
T: Whoa, very nice and very different than other wits I've had. Not at all bitter. There's pineapple prominently in the middle. Fresh yet with a degree of weight. Very very nice.
M: Mild but nice tingling. Medium body.
O: Very special, I feel very happy to be drinking this one. Way up there on the list of top witbiers

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been wanting to try this for a while, as a well hyped wit bier made in none other than *Japan* is quite intriguing. Poured into a wiezen glass from a 11.2oz bottle.

Appearance is a lightly tinged straw, golden color, and poured the way I did into the weizen glass (bottleneck down all the way), it produced an enormous jet of carbonation that kept itself under control for the most part. The brownish yeast slipped in quite well, producing a cloudy haze that materialized in the glass gracefully. I would've given this a perfect 5 here if it weren't for the fact that the head so quickly vanishing over time, leaving a tiny, clear ring at the top.

Smell is, in summary, unbelievably pleasant. First a slight maltiness overcomes the nose, then it quickly shifts to a warm yeastiness that resembles the fruitiness of cider. There are strong phenolic traces of the yeast that lingers behind, only to catch up with a combination of fresh wheat and tartiness that is readily present. At the end, there are tons of spiced herbs - coriander is obvious, but rosemary is surprisingly present - that make this a rather fascinating but ultimately pleasant aroma.

Wow, the flavor is probably the exact opposite experience in the beer. Rather than remain mild and pleasant, it's utterly explosive and takes on various different directions during the consumption process. The primary flavor is slightly bready, then spiced and hopped up to the point where it produces a tingling sensation on the tongue. Afterwards, the spiciness wears off and the yeast takes over to the point where it engulfs the taste buds, and I mean this in the best way possible. Apple tart, tangerines, cinnamon, and even vanilla seem to come and go in the aftertaste. The body is far thinner than expected, but the initial wheat/hop combo makes it almost a relative nuisance as opposed to a factor that degrades the beer's drinking experience. Easy to drink, but amazingly complex.

Truly fantastic. The bizarre part about this beer is despite it blowing me away in its category, it's not by any means a perfect beer. And you know what? Any sloppiness it may have only makes the drinking experience more fun! This is really worth checking out for the flavorful yeast alone... you can just taste the vitamins and nutrients they carry in the aftertaste, and the vivid tartiness is unlike any wit bier I've ever had. Despite the price tag (over $6), I'd say it's a beer that I'd revisit again. Welcoming in every way, it's guaranteed to improve your day with every sip, just as it did for me!

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Photo of martyl1000
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

UPDATE: 7/2015
Wow, much less good than my orig. score (below). Definitely not worth the $$$.

But still quite good, of course. I've been thinking of this beer as one of my favorite . . . . . .

Orig. score: 4.6
Love it. Have long been intrigued by the notion of a large Japanese brewer doing serious renditions of Belgian and German beers. Feel fortunate to come across this one without looking for it.

This is a malt guy talking, one for whom a lack of sweetness has only been met with disappointment (except for in good sour beers). But this symphony of dry is just the antidote for someone as addicted to sweet as I am.

Not quite able to pick out particular notes in the orchestra of flavors, save for the white pepper which would be obvious to anyone, I'd think. There's also a tropical (hint of sweet!) fruit of Belgian yeast. Others have said clove and coriander, as well as OJ.

This has become my summer go-to.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy spun gold with a ribbon of loose white froth. Fresh country loaf with lemon oil and slight herbal brightness on the nose.
Table water crackers and lemon zest moving into lemon boiled sweets.
Coriander finish and citrusy zingy linger. Crisp, dry, light.

Jumping with freshness and supremely balanced. Grassy and lemon Fruit Pastille hops (Styrian, it turns out) notes come out as it warms; it thus shows both lemony top and base notes. As good as any wit from Belgium. HN on point.

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Photo of ChrisGusSaksa
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

aroma: Orange and Corriander right up from with a bit of incense(sp)
Appearance: Hazy Straw Gold
Taste: Just like a belgium wit bit with a bit of herbal flavor in there as well.
Overall: This is the first japanese beer that tastes great and not something flavorless. The aroma was odd at first but its still a great example of a beligum wit.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a slightly cloudy, dull yellow tone; yields a foamy finger of a white head that dissipates quickly. not much lacing to speak of.

nose is lead by citrus (notably lemon zest) with coriander and some yeast evident. flavor follows the aroma with an added bit of wheat grain and some floral/herbal/earthiness... has a subtle sourness to it... finish is largely clean. not bad, even somewhat enjoyable in its own right, but for me nothing really to write home about, will give this one another try over the summer, which it's more tailored for.

light to medium bodied mouthfeel. serviceable, i'd be open to another but it's nothing i would seek out again.

originally reviewed: 12-21-2010

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazy orange yellow pour with barely any head. hints of orange, lemon, bread, banana on the nose. a very mellow wheat taste up front with a zesty citrus finish. hints of orange and coriander, very mellow. light body with mild carbonation - tart citrus taste hits the cheeks.

a nice refreshing ale. not much in the body, nothing outstanding in the flavor. different than a lot of witbiers i've had with the citrus.

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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,492 ratings.
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