Hitachino Nest White Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

545 Reviews
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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Reviews: 545 | Ratings: 1,509
Photo of adamhdg
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this straight from the bottle. Interesting citrus notes with some vanilla. Easily and quickly drank. Nice but can get cheaper beers for the same quality.

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Photo of EdwardIV84
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A little pricey for what it is but it is ffom Japan so.....pretty nice beer. Don't think I drank it in Japan at all though. Should have, but didn't see it.

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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 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 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 dikebrewery
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 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 josanguapo
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Carrefour. In Teku glass. Reviewing CSHTP6 Ch4. A standard lightly spiced witbier, with nothing specially good nor specially bad apart from a noticeable lack of carbonation. BB date next month

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

A: Very pale, yellow. Cloudy. Colour is a mix of 2 parts Robinson's lemon barley water and 1 part orange barley water. Minimal head reduces quickly to a patchy cap. Almost no lacing.

S: Wheat, yeast, spices, a little banana. The coriander (ground coriander, not cilantro) is an alluring hint in the background.

T: Can taste the orange juice. Can sense the coriander. Wish the wheat was more pronounced.

F: Starts with a pleasant level of carbonation, moves to a strangely flat/bitter middle, ends herbal. Is refreshing nonetheless. Unusual but a grower.

O: Unusual but enjoyable. Ingredients fight each other at times. My personal preference would be to dial down the orange juice/orange peel a little.

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Photo of LAp
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a thin, slightly hazy yellow, with yeast from the bottom of the bottle suspending in beautiful trails throughout the beer. A rapidly rising white head (3 fingers) forms, but rapidly recedes, leaving lacing with moderate retention. Nose is crisp, slight funk with a sharp bite. The palate is clove and banana, with a yeasty element more prominent at the backend. As the beer warms, spices emerge (cinnamon and nutmeg). Mouthfeel is relatively thin, but pairs well with the rest of the brew. Overall, I feel I'm at a loss to describe or compare witbiers with any authority, as it's not a style I usually turn to. Though underwhelmed by the initial appearance and nose of the beer, the palate is complex and robust enough that it makes up ground lost by the former. A good import, and though not one I'd buy again for the price, a solid beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with pretty much zero head. The nose is quite wild. Really skunky. Also quite funky. I also get sweet wheat and coriander. Smells rather funky, actually. One of the more intense witbiers I have stumbled upon. Flavor is less zany. It mellows out a bunch. I am slightly disappointed because the nose was such a break from the usual (in terms of style). The flavor is softer and more to style. Creamy wheat, plenty of coriander, yeasty spiciness, citrus, some light hoppiness. Pretty diverse. Creamy feel. The nose and flavor are quite the dichotomy. Worth the purchase.

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Photo of jhartley
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful slightly hazy golden-yellow body. Thin amount of white head.
Aromas of wheat, orange peel and clove.
Taste follows suit with the aromas; plenty of orange and lemon with what taste like ginger; spicy for sure.
Light mouth feel with a medium amount of carbonation. Clean and easy to drink.
Overall a fabulous Witbier! Super easy to drink and a great representation of the style! Will definitely be drinking more of this one.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding beer! I had mine on Koh Samui, purchased a bottle at a Tops Grocery. Golden color with a decent head that didn't last too long. The citrus and wheat flavors are a nearly perfect mix, and the carbonation level is just right - not too strong at all. Hint of malts and some other things that I can't quite place, but all good. I would highly recommend this one. Very well might be one of my highest ratings yet.

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Photo of drmeto
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

-pours a cloudy straw golden with a small,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-Follows the nose plus clove
-really spicy
-medium carbonation
-light body
Very good Witbier

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Photo of gr0g
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy, with a light straw color. A fizzy head doesn't stick around for very long, nor does it leave much lacing. Aroma is more interesting than any other witbier I can recall. Lemony (lemongrass?) citrus character, with a very interesting spice profile. The usual coriander is present, but there's maybe something of a ginger note, too. Very dry and refreshing in terms of flavor. Citrusy and grassy, not unlike an APA, but the grain profile makes the difference. The mouthfeel takes a hit for being excessively fizzy.

Hitachino Nest White is a pretty unconventional witbier and all the better for it. Having finally tried something from Kiuchi, I'm interested in trying more of their lineup.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy and straw colored, with a thin white head that leaves behind a bit of lacing - looks good for a wit. The nose features the typical witbier notes as well (orange peel, candied sugar, and a touch of coriander), but it also a nice amount of grassy hops, similar to a good pilsner. While it's not a bold aroma, it's a well-integrated and balanced one. It also tastes like a standard wit, with a greater focus on coriander than the aroma suggested. I'm really liking the injection of noble hops into this traditional witbier, especially on the back end. Having said that, the witbier flavors don't really pop. The carbonic bite is powerful, perhaps as expected. I'm not a wit lover, but I *AM* a pilsner lover, and this is right up my alley. Shame it's so pricey as an import (hey American brewers, I'd like to see a traditional wit that's hoppier than normal!)

3.68/5: More proof that hops - in moderation, that is - can improve any style

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

Bottle, pours a cloudy straw color with a white head; aroma is citrus, wheat, and a hint of spice, taste is wheat and citrus, finishes light bitter and dry with some spice notes, pretty good.

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Photo of thebigredone
2.91/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bought a bottle that unfortunately was a year old. Taste is somewhere between a white ale and a Heineken, some minor fruity flavors masked by a skunky diacetyl. Kinda pissed I paid $5 for this beer, I'll have to find a fresher one.

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Photo of crotharagain
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this on the rotating cask series at a local high end sushi restaurant. Hard for me to characterize other than pretty darned good with sushi. Have gone back to it several times.

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Photo of lakemarkham
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice yellow with two finger head, which soon disperses.

Hoppy aroma with some woody notes. Taste is consistent with the smell, but with a bit of apple or dark citrus at first, a jolt of coriander, and something sort of flowery at the end as the taste evaporates.

Feel is thick enough for a white ale, but still rather thin. Wouldn't bathe my kid in it. Good beer, but nothing special, and definitely not worth the $6 sticker.

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Photo of MFgerm
4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this is a great beer. its has kind of a light medium body. looks like a regular white ale. straw color slightly cloudy. the taste is light but all the flavors come through so i really liked it. it has a grapefruit coriander taste. the finish is clean. a light herbal coriander kinda chamomile taste linger which i really like. this was a great beer. it really compliments a nice sushi dinner.

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Photo of janubio
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy straw yellow colour, small head that leaves ome lace and ring. Aroma of orange, cloves and coriander. Crispy and creamy palate, light refreshing body. Taste of clove, orange, coriander. Great.

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Photo of vinicole
3.09/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served at Wagamamas in Lincoln.
Murky yellow colour.
Some spice detected in aroma and taste (but not much). Somewhat yeasty.
Rather thin.
Went OK with the meal but not really what I Like.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Unique in that it has a very slight tartness to it, like a touch of fresh clementine. Closer to a saison than the kind of yeast flavour you get in something like Allagash White, but still very savory and well-blended with the wheat on the long finish.

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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,509 ratings.
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