Hitachino Nest Weizen | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest WeizenHitachino Nest Weizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan
kodawari.cc

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-16-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
277
Reviews:
163
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
13.37%
 
 
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15
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31
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Photo of kmpitz2
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a golden color with no head. The nose was slightly sour and slightly citrusy orange and acidic. The flavor was mild, with a slight belgian spicey flavor abd slight acidic tartness. Enjoyable. The feel was moderate, somewhat drying. Overall, I found hte beer refreshing and quenching. I liked the drying quality.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear golden with a white frothy head that fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was lightly fruity with some pineapple notes most prevalent and some citrusy notes along with a very slight oak/woodsy aroma. Slight lactic aroma was present.

The flavor was crisp with a slight sourness that did not detract. The wheat flavor was present followed by a tart pineapple and and citrusy flavor. The flavor was a bit sharp with the fruits, especially with the citrus flavors.

The finish was dry with lasting pleasant tartness and woodsy character. The body was medium light.

24.3 ounce bottle. Oddly enough, the label on the bottle I have is in the exact same off center location as the one in the picture.

A very interesting wheat beer, but not one I would go out of my way to procure. At $7 a bottle the only reason to seek it out is for it's country of origin and for some of the interesting flavors. Of course if I ever make it to Japan, this will be one place I will certainly visit.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, 5.5% ABV. I haven't subjected myself to that Battling Seizure Robots-afflicted owl on Hitachino's labels for a while now, so here goes.

This beer pours a cloudy, bright pale straw colour, with one skinny finger of fizzy, bubbly, and sudsy dirty white head, which settles quite quickly, rendering but a few specks of remote islet lace in spots around the glass.

It smells of sharp pale grain, sweet wheat malt, musty yeast, creamy orange citrus, bruised banana, and clove - all bases duly covered. The taste is semi-sweet wheat malt, somewhat acidic citrus pith, lemon zest, and yeasty white grape lees - which all just seem to add to the overall tartness - ethereal clove/coriander spice, and a proclaimed banana simulacrum flavour that is more or less AWOL.

The carbonation is average, though a bit airy in its hollow frothiness, the body compensating somewhat with its fruity medium weight bravado, which includes an understated creaminess. It finishes fairly dry, the acidic fruitiness tugging things in that direction, away from the lingering, and now kind of spicy wheatiness.

While this has a few nice Deutschlander on vacation in Nippon nuances, replete with the expected complexity and thoroughness, the overwrought bitter (dry, acidic, sour) edge detracts from an otherwise enjoyable Hefe. Good, sure, but that sentiment must be taken with more than an ounce of suspicion and Lost in Translation acceptance.

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Photo of Viggo
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chris and Kyoko for cracking this one.

Pours a hazed golden, thin off white head, some lace spots on the glass, settles to a thin layer. Smell is sour bananas, spicy yeast, cloves, wood, bread, interesting take but it works. Taste is wheat, bread, lots of yeast, banana, spices, sour woody finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, interesting weizen, not a whole lot going on but the sourness is neat and this would be excellent if there was more complexity. Thanks guys!

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Photo of farrago
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The loose airiness of the head results in a swift evaporation from the just under one finger level, pure white and spotless, the lacing starts off broadly but lacks meaningful stickiness. Transparent liquid with a fine gauziness, faded yellow gold hue, the bubbles are widely dispersed and show good vigor in flowing upwards. The nose has a confectionery element to it, flower petals, bubblegum, yeast and raw pie dough, honey, banana and clove, the wheat does not enunciate all that clearly, ends with a burst of pepperiness. Medium to full-bodied, more the former but it tends to drag itself slothfully across the palate which adds volume. The carbonation does a good job of starting off prickly and then ending on a creamier note. Here too you get a mix of sweets and bitters, same bubblegum, honey, yeast, whipped cream to banana split flavors and then same cracked wheat, pepper, clove and herbaceous grasses. The fruit seems to alternate, at some moments peach or apricot, others cherry to berry. Has more of a funky aftertaste than clean freshness. Interesting for its slightly off-kilter character but nothing you’d pound all night.

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Photo of BierReise
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden and cloudy with color similar to Schneider-Weisse. Head dissapears immediately. Big aroma of clove and yeast. Very crisp with some nice flavors, clove, banana and wheat malt. Not as good as the German Hefes but better than most of the American s I've tried.

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Photo of schmoopsbeer
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into pint glass

Color: Vibrant orange with golden notes at the core. No head or vi sable lacing is left on the glass. Little carbonation also.

Nose: Coriander, lemon zest and other citrus hit the nose with potency. Hints of grass and orange peel.

Palate: The tartness is the first thing your tongue gets. It is followed by a semi sweet orange and some light sourness from the lemon. This is light bodied beer and its soft and refreshing too.

Finish: Long and tart. goes down clean with waves of lemon zest and grassy notes, but not very complex. Lacks texture and a bit of presence at the back end.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foggy nectarine chock full of fine yeast. The off-white head is nothing much to look at since it's too airy and is absolutely devoid of stickiness. Predictably, those qualities result in a quick departure and a clean glass. I really like the look of the beer, but the head is woeful.

The nose is different (nothing new for Kiuchi) since it smells like a hefe weizen mixed 50:50 with a Belgian pale ale. That might be because clove far outpaces banana, but also because there's more than a little Belgian yeasty funkiness onboard. It's bold and original and I like it.

Hitachino Nest Weizen doesn't taste like the typical hefe weizen either. When it comes to the flavor profile, I'm not inclined to be so generous of its quirkiness. It's a sweeter sort of wheat, perhaps due to a greater than usual amount of pale malt. The beer tastes a little flat to me, and isn't helped in that regard by a less than vigorous amount of carbonation.

Clove is still evident, although I wouldn't say it's abundant. Banana is absent (a hefe weizen banan-o-meter score of 0.5/5.0) and whatever yeasty funkiness that I thought I appreciated in the nose has gone by the wayside. The sweet and sour melange of flavors is decent, if nothing special. Chinook and Tettnang hops? That's a joke, right?

The mouthfeel isn't as soft or as smooth as it could be. This is one case where a relative lack of carbonation is not to my liking. On a positive note, what carbonation is present lasts until the final swallow. Strangely enough, I find myself a little more tolerant of the mouthfeel in the second half of the bottle and will bump the score accordingly.

The Hitachino series of beers is hit-or-miss for me. Actually, it's one hit (Hitachino Nest White Ale) and all the rest miss; at least in terms of memorable, special beer. I'm okay with Kiuchi wanting to impart their own Far Eastern slant, and I'm always okay with a little quirkiness as long as the result is good, but Hitachino Nest Weizen is no substitute for the world's (that is, Germany's) classic hefe weizens.

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Photo of Sammy
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a large initial head of soap bubbles. Under average aroma. Pale colour. Spicey taste, a bit of wheat and yeast, easy quaffable. Medium to slightly thin mouthfeel. Drying banana creamy finish. Clove and vinegary tart and malt aftertaste. Nice overall.

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Photo of Ristaccia
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of merlin48
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stubby 11 oz bottle with the cute owl on the label and cap. Pours a hazy honey gold body with a one finger vanilla head that lasts a couple of minutes before falling into ring and film lace. Some spotty patch lace is left on the glass, as well. Aroma is spicy pepper and citrusy lemon. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a satiny feel. Taste is slightly above average for a Hefe, yeasty and bready, with white pepper and lemon. Slightly bitter on the finish. Refreshing and nicely drinkable, but not a standout for the style.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy, light brown without much of a head. This Japanese weizen had a very light flavor that lacked strong wheat tones, but had an indeterminable Sprite-like citrus sweetness (lemon? lime? somewhere in between?) and aftertaste. Ridiculously drinkable, this beer is mild and smooth. Would be great on a hot summer day. We accidently left a lot of yeast on the bottom, so that could have affected our review ("us" being TheJoj and me).

Part #1 of the Z-Test Adventure.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, golden & thin bubbly white head with ok retention.

Spicy yeast and banana aroma to begin with along with some coriander and a lot of spice to it. There is a tiny amount of clove and a very fruity, citrus infused.

A very spicey and banana tasting beer that has touches of clove, coriander and citrus throughout. I also detected some yeast and wheat.

Light medium in body and with a lot of spice and good carbonation. There is a good refreshing taste too.

A very nice beer although probably not good enough to rank alongside the beer German hefeweizens, still a solid effort though with a good banana flavour that was pretty refreshing.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice yellow gold color with a small to medium size head. Nice clean smelling and tasting beer. Not a whole lot of body. You can smell and taste the citrus and other spices. Somewhat sweet flavor. Nice and creamy. The thing that really stands out for me was the spiciness at the finish. It's a good clean beer that is very refreshing.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lately I've been going a little nuts with the German styles, especially Hefeweizens and Dunkelweizens. When I saw that a Japanese brewery did a German style, I jumped at the chance to try it. It poured a cloudy light golden color, with a small white head that did not stick to the sides. In the nose was a mustyness, and a sort of dour funkyness. It almost reminded me of some of the Belgian yeast smells found in Lambics. Taste was crisp up front, with lots of bready flavors, and then sour towards the end. There was a mild metallic after taste as well. Mouthfeel was light, and the drinkability of this beer was decent. I think one is enough for me, but its pretty interesting. I would stick with the German interpretations of the style, but will definitely be sampling more from the brewery such as the white ale and the milk stout. Cheers

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Photo of Wattie
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alexAK
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll preface this by saying I'm more of a Belgian witbier man than a weizen guy, but this one seemed to hit the mark. And it's pretty cool that this is coming from Japan (if not a little expensive).

I found the appearance to be appealing and well worth for this beer. Seems to pretty well match the style of the hefe weizens I've had (Erdinger and Frankishaner). If I was offered another one I'd have no problems taking it.

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Photo of erz316
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 floz brown owl bottle poured into Weihenstephan weizbier glass.

A - a hazy mild straw yellow, very light and delicate. looks better when held up to a light, becomes slightly more golden then. the head is big and white, slowly dissipates and leaves a nice one finger layer on the top.

S - a slight caramel buzz and some light fruity sweetness lingers int the background.

T - initial taste is of something a slightly bit bitter on the back of the tongue, maybe a bit spicy or as people have suggested that of cloves. the finish has some definite wheaty notes come through and the clove. the after taste is most certainly sweet and grainy, a pleasant finish to an odd little beer.

MF&D - the feel is good, great amount of carbonation, but this is only here to make up for the lack of thickness, the body is quite light in my opinion. but this does let one drink quite unencumbered, and despite not really liking the beer all to much, I can see myself having another.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy cloudy golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma and flavor have banana, cloves, wheat, yeast, some citrus notes. very drinkable.

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Photo of intoxabroad
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of ordybill
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Poured from a 11.2 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- I can detect wheat and rice, not bad
Appearance- A great murky golden yellow color, with a small head
Taste- A nice wheat flavor with a bitter aftertaste
Palate- Dry medium bodied
Overall- not a bad beer, not their best style of beer from Kiuchi but a pretty good beer to try.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of torriman
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of mscudder
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Hitachino Nest Weizen from Kiuchi Brewery
3.74 out of 5 based on 277 ratings.
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