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Hitachino Nest White Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan
kodawari.cc

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,477
Reviews:
558
Ratings:
1,562
pDev:
11.79%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
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Photo of yesyouam
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hitachino Nest White Ale is a slightly hazy pale straw-colored ale with a white head that quickly vanishes. The aroma is strong with orange peel and lemon peel. There is a spicy smell of coriander and ginger. It is light, bubbly and dry in the mouth. The finish seems acidic. It tastes very citrusy. This reminds me of lemonade and iced tea mixed. It has a lot of zing. It's loud and clean. I really think I detect ginger. I'll drink this in the summer. I'll also make sure I have this on hand the next time I get sushi. It would be perfect.

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Photo of jhartley
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rdooley
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brandonld23
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of colts9016
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a BIF from DIM. Poured it into a heff glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A two finger foamy, bubbly white head with okay retention. The color of the beer is a pale straw color with yellow highlights. The clarity of the beer is hazy. There's a good amount of carbonation in the beer.

Nose: A nice ripe wheat flavor with subtle toasty, biscuit and yeast notes. There's a nice citrus fresh lemon zest note with floral esters.

Taste: A tangy, citrus flavor with lemon, zest, orange, floral hops, and phenols. There is a nice toasty wheat note with biscuit and yeast flavors.

The Mouth feel is carbonated, dry, and slightly astringent.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium with a medium finish. The beer has a very bright, crisp, clean flavor. It is one of the better white ales that I have tried in awhile. Thank you DIM for getting me this beer.

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

Hazy, pale golden colour with minimal head but decent carbonation. Fruity wheat aroma with mild citric undertones. Well balanced taste, both sweet and dry tones, although the finish is predominantly sweet.

All in all a very good example of a traditional European witbier and the first I have enjoyed from Japan. Would like to find more of Hitachino's products...

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gray peach. Thin carbonated head. Crazy bubble streaming. Good head revitalization.

N: Oranges, lemons, a touch of ginger, lactic acid.

T: Deeply spicy. Above a light fruity body are stinging pepper, lemon-ginger, and coriander notes, perhaps cardamom too.

MF: Light bodied. Biting with a strongly acidic, lactic like, (think Hitachino’s Milk Stout) sour finish. Very unique and impressive. Not quite fitting of the style but right up my alley.

D: Dry in the way that makes one thirsty for more. Exceptional.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ajdemma
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duhast500
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 331ml bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

The color is a cloudy yellowish/orange with two to three fingers of foamy white head ans some nice lacing left on the sides of the glass.

The smell is a it spicy with some nice hop aroma poking out with some touches of citrus fruits. The light malty aroma also comes out here as well with some doughy bread aroma.

The taste is wheaty but has a bigger citrus hop flavor then the nose let on. A grapefruit flavor is all over the middle of this beer mixed with that bready malt flavor that is balancing the flavor a bit nicely. The end is bitter as this beer goes down and has a slight yeast flavor as it goes.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and is nicely drinkable with a full flavor that will have you coming back.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of dansmcd
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange body, small fizzy white head which dissapates quickly into a ring of foam and then leaving no lace behind.

S - Powerful clove aroma, with ginger and grapefuit.

T - There's the clove, fresh oranges and cut grass. Sweet yet crisp. Tasty.

M - Quite moderate body, smooth and rounded for a wit. Not a lot of hop bitterness.

O - Im not a huge fan of white beers but my wife loves them so I get a chance to sample a few. This one is clearly the best I've had and certainly a class above the Hoegaarden flagship.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hitachino’s best, I’m told, is their White Ale - a Japanese craft take on a Belgian Witbier, replete with added: Flaked Wheat, Flaked Barley, Coriander, Nutmeg, Orange peel, and oddest of all; Orange Juice... I wonder what Belgian Wit brewers would think of that? Regardless I am always happy to crack open a Hitachino Nest brew - I am yet to try one that I haven’t enjoyed on multiple levels, kampai!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: One of, if not the, whitest Wits ever - a cloudy pale straw body with a thin wispy sharply white (I’m talking titanium dioxide white) head on top. I’ve seen Belgian Wits that struggle to look this good. 9/10.

S: Spice forward with coriander and nutmeg, the aroma is quite acrid with spice actually, following this is a distinctive (probably because they put it in there) orange juice note, some woody dry notes and bready yeast. Overall not the greatest Wit fragrance, but I suspect - as with their Lacto Stout - that the flavour will be top-notch. 6/10.

T: My suspicions have been allayed... no wait - the opposite to allayed: Established! This is an excellent Wit. It starts out with some sweet orange notes, progresses on to those coriander and nutmeg notes (a bit more muted from the aroma), and finishes with an even-keeled sour/bitter/dry orange finish. There is a bold bread yeast middle, making it a little chunkier than a classic Belgian Wit. Damn this is tasty! 9/10.

M: Mid to light bodied, a touch watery (not bad enough to detract points) carbonation is a little excitable - as it can often be with Witbiers. 7/10.

D: Another exceptional Hitachino Nest brew then, aside from being on the higher side pricewise this is a Wit I would highly recommend, despite the odd ingredient list that includes OJ. If however you do like your Witbiers airy and light in flavour you should probably stick with Blue Moon or Hoegaarden - the fool’s Wits*. Oh yeah, I love the weird psychedelic label art on the bottle. 8/10.

Food match: I reckon some tempura vegetables/seafood would ace it with this Wit.

*Double entendre, set and match.

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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,562 ratings
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