Hitachino Nest White Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest White AleHitachino Nest White Ale
BA SCORE
4.07/5
1,556 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
Ranking:
#2,410
Reviews:
557
Ratings:
1,556
pDev:
11.79%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
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225
Gots:
311
Trade:
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Photo of MattyV
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy lemon colour with a thin creamy white head that doesn't stick around long but retains its creamy texture in a ring that leaves some sticky lacing. Hints of yeast, spice, and citrus fruit in the nose along with a bit of wheat tang. Very fresh and inviting. Much of the same flavours in the taste, which are accented with some sharp and lively carbonation. Refreshing crisp finish with little to no hop bitterness to speak of. Thin body. An extremely well-balanced and refreshing wit, one of my preferred takes on the style.

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Photo of kwjd
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After delays, this finally came to Ontario (not sure if delays were LCBO's fault or somehow related to the situation in Japan). Either way, I'm glad it is finally in my glass. Pours a cloudy yellow colour with thick white head. Head dissipates to a thin ring. Mild lacing on the glass. Smells of nutmeg and orange peel, with the wheat aroma. Sweet flavour, slightly tart in the aftertaste. This is quite refreshing,

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Photo of Ralphus
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hitachino!

This is a simple but effective witbier. It does everything well while not really excelling in any one area.

The appearance is a hazy golden color. The head died off quickly but I think that's more a result of my dishwasher.

The smell is nice.. lemons and oranges with some grass thrown in.

Taste is light but enjoyable with a dash of lemon and spice.

Mouthfeel is light and spritzy. Refreshing.

Overall a solid beer.

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Photo of farrago
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whipped up froth gets to about one finger of pure white, then rapidly fizzles down to the surface, very little lacing left behind. Fuzzy light orange to yellow liquid, easy to see the particulate floating inside, given lighter hue it's just about entirely opaque. Clove, coriander, cinnamon stick and orange zest do most of the work in the nose, straw, meadow grasses and garden herbs right there, close to earthy at moments, apricot and peach pit all for fruit scents. Medium-bodied, the carbonation doesn't lift as much as paste the liquid to the roof of your mouth. Sour orange, grapefruit citrus an eye opener, coriander, ginger spice, white pepper, wheatgerm, develops just the right amount of rougher texture to extend the finish. More tart than many witbiers but none the less enjoyable for it.

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Photo of gabeerfan
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, pale yellow. White head that completely disappears. No cap or ring. Looks a bit like lemon-lime Gatorade.
Lots of ginger in the aroma followed by orange peel and corriander. Lemony aromas in there too. Very light graininess in the aroma too.
Corriander and orange peel dominate the flavor, but the ginger is still strong. Graininess and lemon come into the background, but aren't subtle. Ginger adds a very nice spiciness that I wasn't expecting at all.
Light mouthfeel. Finishes powdery dry.
Quite drinkable. Very good flavors and light enough to drink on a hot day.
Pleasantly surprised by this beer. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of nickss
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

720 ml bottle

Straw yellow... appears to be generously carbonated. Nice head. In fact, the head is the only thing that makes this beer appear any different than your typical macro. The color is too dark in my opinion to be a wit.

Very interesting aroma.... strong scent of coriander, creating a very perfumey presence. Now this is what I expect from japanese beer... delicate and complex... in contrast to the Sapporos and Kirins I have had.

Once again... tremendous amount of coriander, this time mixed with a hearty citric flavour...peaches and orange. Delicious, if perhaps a bit heavy handed.

Crisp, yet not so carbonated as to ruin the flavour... actually has a pretty decent body to it. Not too shabby at all.

Would be more drinkable if not for the overwhelming spice.... still a pretty damn tasty beer... were the price a little lower, I'd make this a frequent purchase. As is, however, I will stick with Southampton's Double Wit when given the choice.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jsisko01
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Billolick
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the Puck Fair bar in Soho, NYC. pours cloudy apricot, white head, light lacing left on the glass, light sugary nose. This is a light, yeasty brew, spicing is fairly mellow but evident. Citrusy and piney notes late. Fine summer brew, pleasant, well crafted wheat that is a treat if you can find it on tap.

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Photo of WeymouthMike
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy , highly carbonated pale golden yellow
S- Somewhat floral, very tough to describe maybe some apple.
T and M- Carbonation has a good bite right of the bat. Again the apple comes into play with a tang of citrius on the finish.
D- A very drinkable beer and one of the better I've had.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice fairly cloudy amber with a decent head that quickly dissipates. Nice aromatic smell that is slightly sweet and very clean. Nice taste that is also slightly sweet. I really enjoyed the smell the best. Fantastic. A very easy beer to drink with lots of flavor.

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Photo of Reuuin
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lupe
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy straw-color with a creamy pure white head. Decent retention and some sticky lace is left behind.

Dominant coriander aroma with a healthy does of clove and ginger. Light citrus and floral notes, and a unique "greenness" - think after a spring shower.

Starts out with some grainy malt that leads the way for bright and refreshing citrus - orange peel and some hops. Spice comes in next with endless ginger, clove, and coriander. Spices fit nicely and are not overwhelming. White pepper lies in the background, keeping up with the other spices. No malt sweetness, but more than enough grain to balance out the spices. Finishes dry with lingering clove and pepper.

Light in body, smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy. Very well balanced wit. Above average drinkability, but the coriander in Wit beer limits it for me - a couple on a warm day would be perfect.

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Photo of wwb114
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of goochpunch
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a peach Jelly Belly with a moderately sized, thinning head that leaves some scant chunks of lace on the glass. There is a lot of orange upfront in the nose with a spiciness that lingers on longer than the initial citrus. Aroma is overall light and relatively clean. In the flavor, spice comes out more along with wheat cracker/ Finishes tart, dry and has a slight tannic(?) astringency. Mouthfeel is light and lively. Apropos. A very refreshing and flavorful wit with a welcome tartness in the finish. I like it.

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Photo of nouseforotacon
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one gushes out a pale, golden orange with a big billowing head, foamy pockets that fall quickly.

Incredibly strong smell, heavy pine and spice, upfront, peppery, clove, and also traces of yeast. Somewhat chalky and also some buttery notes/diacetyl. Nice aroma.

First sip contains noticeable carbonation, quite sour, with a pleasantly bitter twang. Orange/lemon citrus flavor, with the spice resurfacing on the tongue. This brew leaves my mouth feeling refreshed and has a very wet finish, almost a bit too watery for my liking.

Nicely done summer witibier, quaffable and enjoyable, though strong carbonation and watery mouthfeel might turn some off.

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Photo of Martine
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of vhiggins
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle and very fresh.
Interesting Beer. At first it started to go down like a Flat mello-yellow
a little lemon-limon but as I started to drink the beer it became
much more complex. Every sip revealed a different spice
First ginger, then some pepper and it's all mixed in with an underlying
fruity zest. I can drink a few of these in a sitting, but don't expect a buzz

It a nice little break from the normal if that's what u are looking for
and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz stubby bottle with the cute owl on the label and cap. Actually looks white as it pours from the bottle, but in the glass is a slightly hazed, straw yellow body with a modest white head that has good retention and leaves some patchy lace. Odd aroma of slightly sulfuric Saaz hops, orangepeel, and coriander. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Taste has spicy coriander, lemony citrus, wheaty cracker, yeast, orangepeel, and herbal hops that come together quite well. The flavors are all restrained, and the high carbonation helps them meld into a very flavorful, light bodied Wit. Very interesting flavor profile, but it works well. Very refreshing, and an excellent choice as a session ale. Based on my experience with other offerings from this brewery, this is basically a Hitachino Lite.

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Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of gibgink
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,556 ratings
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