Hitachino Nest White Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest White AleHitachino Nest White Ale
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2001

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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Japanese beer.
I poured this beer into my glass, it has a golden color body with a fizzy head.lt comes off as a slight grain aroma. The taste is spot on, it has a ginger and slight lemon flavor. It also has a nice spice to it. Mouthfeel is smooth and this beer is very drinkable.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle poured in a snifter.

Light golden color with a small head that hangs around for a bit. Very odd nose to it, there's some sort of a spicy note to it or something that seems a bit off.

Taste is like a light wheat beer, nothing too special, no hop taste. Overall I'd say it's one of the best Japanese beers I've had, but that's not saying too much.

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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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Pale gold body but not as pale as many wits. The head is surprisingly small and short-lived. The aroma is coriander and a soft floral fruitiness that seems to be a blending of orange, plum and peaches. The flavor is more of the same. The spices linger on the palate. Surprisingly easy drinking.

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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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Cloudy light straw yellow with a finger of white foam head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Distinctive lemony, peppery aroma -- nutmeg, coriander, lemon peel, orange peel, mild soap. This continues to the taste, where, honestly, it sort of overwhelms. The citrus is extremely strong, the soapiness carries over, too, both a bit too much to my taste. The spice is definitely very present in the taste, too. Pretty strong bitterness mixes with the citrus and soap on the backend.

Medium bodied, slightly creamy, with a fairly prickly mouthfeel.

This is a surprisingly big, in-your-face beer. Super juicy. Glad to try it, but not something I'd come back to often.

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Hitachino Nest White Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,592 ratings