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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
Reviews:
163
Ratings:
275
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
17.38%
 
 
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Photo of atigerlife
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden with a 2-finger fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation rising. Lacing is OK.

Aroma of banana, clove, citrus and somewhat grassy.

Taste is of light banana, light clove, light lemons and some wheat. Nothing really clear. Rather muddled.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, cleansing.

Overall, not too good for the style. The taste just didn't match up.

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Photo of bobsy
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, purchased at the Tobu department store in Ikebukuro.

First off all, I have to give big props to this bottle, which combines the Japanese obsession with cuteness with an excellent design. After popping the cap and pouring, a light orange, cloudy body is revealed to sit under a couple fingers of bone white head. Sadly, the head fades to a thin cap quite rapidly, and the lacing is too fluid and heavy to grasp the sides of the glass. While the colouration is excellent, the head retention and lacing is certainly below par for the style. The aroma is also quite interesting, notably for its lack of banana esters, and its emphasis on a nose full of yeast, wheat and clove. The crispness, and slight herbal quality, almost recalls a Belgian wit more than a hefe. Again, there is a marked absence of banana when the beer is tasted. Faint hints linger at the back, but the dominant feature here is a bullish wheat body and a yeast spiciness, with pronounced clove notes. While its interesting, and the mix of slightly sour and sharp wheat with some sweetness is great, I do look for a lot more banana in a hefe. Fortunately, the body helps pick up the rest of the drink, with its ethereal lightness elevated to a smooth creaminess by a pillowy carbonation. Its refreshing and full at the same time.

My thoughts on this beer are mixed. Its a decent sessionable brew, but no better than any number of other hefes, and I regret not picking something else to bring back from Japan. After tasting some great Japanese hefeweizen, and then greatly enjoying Hitachino's Espresso beer I had high hopes that this would combine to form a great beer. I need to tone down my expectations.

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Photo of packetknife
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sparkly yellow with clouds and heavy carbonation very visible with a bit off-white head that held and laced sporadically down the glass. Light yeasty bread with some candy apple or something similar on the nose. Light but very good smell. Wheat, yeast, strong clove, and kinda crunchy toward the end. Thin like this brewer seems to prefer and heavily carbonated.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dull orange body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Tangy wafts of malted wheat with lesser notes of toasted grain, lemons, and earthy, spicy cloves.

Taste: Sweet, tangy wheat malt, everso slightly toasted, and with a little pop of table sugar sweetness. A flavor of tart lemons and a pinch of clove enters the taste, but no real banana esters. Light, very brief hop bitterness. The lemony tartness outshine the other tastes in the latter half. Finishes dry and lightly crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus, crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: A pleasant, refreshing wheat ale, but comes up well short of being an ideal hefeweizen.

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Photo of grayburn
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to give another shot to the land of the Rising Sun, and I am quite happy that I did.

The beer pours a crystal clear (at first) pale gold. A little swirling of the bottle and the signature cloud of beauty rears it's lovely head. Speaking of head, it was large and quite fine.

The smell and taste are both dominated by clove. There is some bannana and a little maltage going on in the back, but the clove is sitting in front bullying the others around. Nice, but in need of a bit of balance.

The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, high carbonation, and some carryover astringency.

I could drink quite a few of these. Thank you Kiuchi Brewery for redeeming the commonly seen Japanese Macros...this pairs better with sushi anyday.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - The beer is a a mustard yellow and very cloudy in color. The head is lack luster at best and quickly dissipates. Seems to be a severe lack of carbonation after the pour.

Smell - The smell is very dull and missing many notes. A mild smell of orange and banana, but not much of either.

Taste - Not bad through and through. Seems to be slightly heavier taste at the end. Progresses from a wheat taste to a citrus taste. Oddly, taste is highly carbonated, but no head or consistency of bubbles.

Mouthfeel - Light body, more carbonated feel then it looks. Very citrus after taste.

Drinkability - Overall, this beer was poor, but not bad. I do not think i will buy this beer again, but enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of jonziefle
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a honey color, slightly cloudy. Half-finger foamy white head, reducing slowly to a thin covering layer. Decent lacing.

Smell: Smells of wheat, banana, and cloves. A nice "spiced" nose, though pretty mild. Definitely a hefe, if a unique one. When first poured, though, it had a slight grassy off smell. Very nice in the glass, though.

Taste: More malty than I'd expect from a hefe and a little bitter on the front end, but still decent wheaty. The banana and spices come through, as well as some lemon, but not nearly as good as in the nose. Better than average, but not as complex as a good German hefe.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin-bodied, but smooth enough to make up for that. Smooth and easy to drink.

Drinkability: A nice hefe, definitely unique (coming from Japan and all). Not nearly as nuanced or complex as a good German hefeweizen, but very good in its own right. Very refreshing and easy to drink. A good beer to try; while there may be better hefes, this one is will not disappoint.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

330mL squat brown stubbie bottle, past its freshness date of 11/11/2008 by nearly three months, but in a land where cerevisial delights are few and far between, I'll take what I can get. Purchased at Muji, Canal City, Fukuoka (if that's of interest to anyone).

No true Weizengläser handy, just a standard reasonably tall Japanese beer mug. Poured with much less carbonation and head formation than I would have expected; disappointing. Bottle shape isn't appropriate for a Weißbier, especially since this has been sitting undisturbed for a while. When sediment was poured, it was an appropriate cloudy dark gold colour with little carbonation evident. Wonder if there was a slight leak in the cap - probably just the beer.

Smell is pretty authentic: banana more than anything else. It's been a while since I've had a decent Weizen, or indeed a decent beer of any kind, so my senses are rusty, but there was a surfeit of banana in the nose. Other typical Weizen aromas were there though; grainy wheatiness, cloves, bitter hops etc.

Taste is pretty unbalanced: a little sour, not as sweet on the tongue as anticipated and certainly more than a little rough on the palate. Disappointing, but it still resembles the style, it's nice and buttery and is definitely still drinkable, so it doesn't rank below 'average'. Perhaps I am a little overcritical since I am such a fan of this style, but this beer's heart is in the right place and I can't fault that.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard but there is a slight aftereffect in my mouth right now that is making my palate a little dry and unpleasant. Despite that though I'd definitely have a few more of these if I could - only I'm not in Fukuoka any more!

Overall: I'll have it again, preferably fresher, preferably at the brewery, and I'm sure my experience with this beer will improve a lot. Above average, but my tasting of this bottle wasn't anything better than the "average" Weizenbier out there.

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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 SeanRedd
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hitachino has been impressing at a fast rate, with few misses and some unique hits. This one pours a cloudy, murky, orangey light lemon with a thin head that dissapates and a light lacing ring. Sure looks like a heffe. Aroma of citrus and brett. Am I the only one that picks up Hitachino's resident funk...found in several across the board including the reining champ, XH?The body is spritzy, carrying a lemon zest, light citrus peel and the barnyard I love. Horse hair and confectionary sugar take this one above the rest. The sweet, powdered sugar is light and rides the palate to a soft end. I have been consistently grinning after my lips retreat from the nest. Kumpei!

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Photo of avalon07
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a brownish-yellow color and a slightly cloudy texture. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head and solid lacing.

S: Smelled of wheat, bananas and an somewhat off-putting acidic quality.

T: As with the smell, there was an astringency that was very unpleasant in the taste. Had some wheat and bananas, but none of the sweet subtlety of its German cousins.

M: A decently high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a disappointing entry from Hitachino. It seems they deviated away from the style a little. It's simply not that tasty.

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Photo of gabeerfan
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy golden orange with a nice, off-white head that fell to a thin ring with little islands floating on top.
Aromas of green apple, some cloves, hints of ginger, wheat, and sour lemon.
Wheaty flavors dominate with some lemon coming next. Hints of the spices, not as strong as in the aroma.
Kind of thick mouthfeel. Good carbonation, and the lemon flavor lingers for a bit.
Fairly drinkable. Maybe a little heavy for a hot day, maybe better for early/mid fall before things get too cold outside.
Not bad beer. There are definitely better hefes out there, but this is still a good one to try.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a weizen glass. Beer was a golden straw color with a huge, foamy white head. Heavy lacing around the glass and aggressive carbonation.

Aroma was honey, pears, rice and apples.

Taste was much sweeter than expected. Lots of apple flavor along with some light spices.

Thick, chewy mouthfeel. On the syrpuy side.

Not at all what I expected from this beer. A pretty unique hefeweizen, but I'm not sure it's one I'd work hard to track down again.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shipped back from my trip to Indiana. I actually got this one by mistake. I meant to grab the White and got the Weizen - damnit really wanted the White.

Poured from a 330ml bottle (no dating info) into a weizen glass. It was a hazy pale yellow/straw color. It had a good fizzy white head that started to quickly evaporate but then it stopped and left a thin layer of foam for rest of drink. Good carb but no lacing.

The aroma was weaker version of standard hefe. Banana, clove and malt. The taste was good except for a tart finish that I found a little annoying. I like my hefes more fruity than spicy. For spicy, I'll drink a saison or a white. The base taste was good but the vinegary tartness was odd. Mouthfeel also hurt by the vinegar bite.

Overall, it was a good but not great beer. Glad I tried it but there are better ones out there. Now I just need to find the White.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice cloudy golden color. A good amount of carbonation with a nice white head that has a fairly fast retention.
Smell is very strong of fresh wheat and biscuit. There is a good finish to the wheat with some nice citrus and floral smell to it, especially banana.
Taste is very strong in the wheat department. Very subtle floral and citrus taste, stronger on the floral.
Mouthfeel has a grainy feel to it as well. Never really felt the strainy wheat feel on a weizen before, very interesting.
Drinkability is very refreshing. This is one of those great hefeweizens that refresh your thirst on a warm day, but have enough flavor to not get boring over a long period. It would be more refreshing if the body were thinner and crisper, but overall a good session beer.

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Photo of JBogan
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly murky gold with a large head which left good lacing. a nice looking brew.

Smelled tart and spicy with a very small hint of banana.

Tasted much as it smelled. Nice citric tartness about it with a hint of banana.

Wonderful mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation present along with a smooth finish. Medium bodied.

This was a very refreshing beer. If it wasn't for the rather steep price ($4 for an 11 oz bottle) I'd rate it higher in this department. Worth a try if you come across it.

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Photo of Winter
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with amber hues and a thick white head. Although it didn't seem to have the cloudiness of a typical hefeweizen. Aroma is light with hints of citrus and banana. The mouthfeel is medium in body and crisp. The taste consists of banana upfront. Midway that transitions to a spiciness that finishes of with flavors of clove and wheat malt.

Drank this while out to dinner one night for sushi. The flavors seemed to compliment the meal pretty well and it was a nice palate cleanser with ample carbonation, between bites of salmon and tuna sushi. Definitely a good beer with food and an overall decent weizen.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a hazy straw color with a nice white head. Lacing was VERY minimal.

Smell: Bananas and coriander dominate.

Taste: The taste of bananas come through huge in this beer. A bready wheat taste also is present.

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Overall an incredible beer. A bit pricey but a great crisp, clean and refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden color, thin white head with some light peppery floaties.

S: Lemons, bananas, and coriander on nose.

T: Some fresh fruit (apples, pears). Nice spiciness from hops as well. Citrus flavor with a light lemon tang. Light fresh bread, lemon meringu, and slight sourness on the finish.

M: Zesty light mouthful, subtle tart lemon tang and good spiciness.

D: makes for a decent example for a summer weizen.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another one Aquired from Uwajimaya in seattle. Appearance is light golden with a crisp but quickly dissapating head. Smell is sweet with mild honey, spice and citrus. Taste is sweet, peppery with lemons and citric acid. Mouthfeel has a good medium body with a good hit of carbonation. A little strong on the acidic bite for me, but still a good one to try.

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Photo of Pencible
2.58/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This poured a pale straw color with fluffy white head. It smelled like potent yeast with a bit of rice and floral hops. It had a light and watery flavor of sweet and sour lemon grass, but it lacked any further tastes for balance. It was watery with tons of carbonation that actually made it more difficult to taste the flavor, but it had a crisp and bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a little more enjoyable (to me) than most weizens, mostly because its bland flavor made it more drinkable. But as a beer in general, it simply wasn't good.

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Photo of Gmann
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1st pour out of the bottle so it is a fairly clear golden straw color with a tight pure white head that quickly dissipates. The smell is of unripe green apples and lemon, quite tart. The taste is of apple cider, lemon, an ever so faint hint of clove/spice. Definitely has wheat beer characteristics but to call it a hefe, might be a stretch. The feel is light and outrageously carbonated; it burns just sitting in the mouth. The finish is tart and tangy. A quite tart brew which would be very enjoyable for those you like your brews tart and funky. However I like my hefe's to be spicy and smoother. Still a good beer, cool bottle for the collection.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Hitachino owl is one of the cooler logos I've seen on beer. Pours a cloudy orange with a bubbly head. As with other Hitachino beers, if you pour too fast, the head will erupt out of the glass.

Smell was of citrus and fruit aromas.

Taste started with some fruits like lemons and bananas, but then followed with a strange floral flavor that ruined it for me. It starts great, reminding me of lemon cookies. It's also very creamy and refreshing. But that floral taste really takes away from the overall flavor.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a bubbly and slightly hazy straw color with a frothy white head.

Aroma is sweet like Juicyfruit gum, with ripe fruits, raisins, citrus, and white sugar.

Taste is similar with a sweet fruitiness upfront. A bit like a tropical fruit punch. Finishes with light saltiness. As beer warms the sweetness begins a shift towards sourness.

Light mouthfeel with a bit of dryness and a sharp carbonation.

A really nice Hefeweizen and one try.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Jess's Market, was not impressed with the red rice ale, hoping that this would be better. it is. pours a cloudy golden color, smell is of sweet fruits and yeast, tastes quite sweet, but not too much, a bit of honey, slight yeasty taste, slight bitter finish, mostly citrus like. Overall a solid weizen, nothing that really stands out from other weizens I've had but very good anyway. Definete recommend.

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Hitachino Nest Weizen from Kiuchi Brewery
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