Hitachino Nest Weizen | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest WeizenHitachino Nest Weizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-16-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
163
Ratings:
273
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
17.38%
 
 
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Photo of Jason
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tight little bone coloured lace, murky orange colour from the yeast being swirled and poured into the glass. Faint clove and a soft fruitiness in the aroma, fruitiness makes obvious suggestion of banana. Crispness is a somewhat viscous from the flexed medium body and the stiff carbonation. Estery with a palate cleansing spicy clove, nutty with fruity flavours of banana and pear. Big twang from the fermented wheat that leaves a touch of lemon and grain. A good go at the German Hefe-weizen style, perhaps too much body and that takes away from the drinkability other than that this is a really good beer.

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Photo of jubnat
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As with the White Ale, when I poured this, very large bits of sediment were on the bottom. Not bad, just odd. Beautiful head on this beer, stayed fluffy all the way down. Hazy orange-yellow color, off-white head. The smell is strong and wonderful as soon as I opened the bottle. It tastes much of yeast, but it is predominantly spicy. No fruit flavors are really strong enough to come through. Mainly cloves and yeast. An interesting brew. The head is still hanging around as I finish my last sips, but be careful of that sediment, I can imagine it would be very intense.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weizen glass welcomes a cloudy light orange brew. Capped with a finger of head. 3.5

Meaty banana aroma with a fantastic clove character. Sweet wheat grains and ripe fruits. Very light bubblegum and orange. Pretty effin' fantastic. 4.5

Clove steps in to match the massive banana flavors. Lemony kick feels out the finish. Lively spice notes that border on peppery. Sourdough malts reminiscent of the tanginess. Pretty exceptional. 4.0

Milky liquid feel. Easy drinking. There is, however, an unexpected alcohol bite in the mouth. 4.0

Amazing smelling hefe with great feel and great flavor. Not as complex as the Germans, but comparable overall. 4.0

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Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay, first thought - I just paid $6.99 for a 1pint, 5 fl. oz bottle with a red owl on it... Just wanted to say I tried it, so I opted to pay the steep price to sample a brew from Japan... Poured an off-yellow apple juice color with obvious carbonation and rising bubbles present... The smell was good but somewhat bland and not at all very dominant... The crisp, refreshing, lightly citric taste is what makes this beer special, (although still not worth the 7 bucks). The overall taste, which is certainly good is satisfying but not over the top and very accentuated - somewhat bland but certainly enjoyable.This is definitely an interesting take on a hefe, and if it wasn't so expensive, I'd certainly buy this again... The mouthfeel is excellent - crisp, refreshing, and very drinkable... I really liked this beer and it's too bad this isn't more widely available.. Definitely recommended if you can find it...

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Photo of bluHatter
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Really light, crisp and clean looking beer. Lots of bubbles, but only about 1 finger of quickly fading head.

S: Nice wheat and slightly cirtrusy or lemony sweet aroma. Some clove. Just slightly musky. Nicely balanced.

T: Very nice signature Hitachino bite. I haven't met a Hitachino I haven't loved, and this is no exception. Wonderfully deep and complex without being overpowering. One of their lighter offerings, but still worth checking out. Delicious beer.

M: Great carbonation, a bit of an alcohol scrape on the swallow, but nothing too bad. Mild alcohol and clove aftertaste.

O: Another great beer from Kiuchi Brewery. Not their best work, but certainly better than most.

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Photo of bditty187
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, honey-orange hue, a finger’s worth of white head, fair retention, no lace. A lovely hefeweizen nose; yeasty, clove, floral, citrus, tropical fruit, faintly musty… an inviting bouquet. Nice palate, crisp, tangy, wheaty, citrusy, soft bubblegum, banana; this is really close to a traditional German Wheat. Refreshing, perfectly carbonated, medium-light body (lacks a little malt character)… quick, tart finish… albeit a tad too clean yet it leaves you wanting another sip… exactly as it should be. This is a mellow, pleasant beer to quaff… this interpretation is way “better” (read: authentic) than the vast majority of American Hefeweizens thus, I suggest, try one! Recommended.

Thank you StevieW for the sample!

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Photo of purplehops
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This wheat ale pours a hazy yellow/orange with a fluffy white head that leaves little to no lace. The aroma is sweet wheat malt and lemon with a good dose of coriander. The taste starts with a robust maltiness, not overpowering but enough to get your attention. This is followed by a balanced amount of orange peel and citrus flavors and the beginings of spice notes. The finish is dominated by citrus flavors with coriander and grains of paradise edging out the malt for the second most dominant flavor. Aftertaste is a refreshing citrus flavor with wheat malt and spices blending together to balance the lemon/orange flavor. Mouthfeel is a wee bit thick yet still refreshing with a medium body for a wheat beer.
Overall a pleasant ale from Kiuchi. Would be wonderful with curry and other spicy foods. This is a wheat that can hold its own. By itself it is a bit heavy.

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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 mjohn27603
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw colored with a hazy appearance. Slight citrus smell. Taste is sweet with citrus and champagne like taste. A bit of an oddball for the weiss style. Some banana. I'm beginning to notice a more dry finish after halfway through the glass. I could pick up some pear like tastes too. Enjoyable.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a tall wiezen glass it formed a loose smallish head that falls to a ring. Minimal lace. Sturdy looking body, cloudy, leaning towards a light orange in color.

A fairly spicy version of a Hefe. Yeast is the key to this one. Clovey goodness is evident. Mouth is sharp at first but mellows as it closes and is smooth in the finish. Heavy on the lemon and come orange rind give this the complexity that I love in a good hefe. The citrus also helps cut through a slighty candied body very nicely.

Notes: Not quite in the elite class but not far off either. Very good, Interesting, and one I could session all day.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It starts with a cool looking bottle with the funky owl on it and on the cap. The color is a slightly hazy light yellow--not the yellow/gold color of many hefes. The smell is mostly citrus with a bit of spice. The taste is surprisingly good and unique. The citrus and spice are definitely in the taste, but it has a unique taste that's hard to pin down exactly. It has a very full mouthfeel. This is the best--and most surprising--Japanese beer I've tried.

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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 paperbackfoster
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Starting with a light, thin pour, the immediate impression you get from this beer comes from one of its biggest highlights: the carbonation. A solid one-finger head quickly froths up, fluffy as a cupcake with an intense column of fizz bubbling underneath.

The smell's a telltale lightly sweet scent of yeast with just a hint of berry, bitter/tangy spice, and citrus zest.

Taking a drink, it's tart, almost like a green apple. This is quickly followed by the smooth wheat, finishing with the citric hit of lemon/lime. Not being a fan of sweet beers myself, this one tackles the idea with a tartness that can stand for bitterness. It has the quality of a fruity beer, particularly the light/refreshing factor, but it's not at all syrupy or sucrotic.

The big star here, though, is still the carbonation for me. It almost feels like a shandy, all on its own. With high acidity and a consistently tingly mouthfeel, this is a great summer brew, as well as a good spacer for those long sessions.

Overall - if it wasn’t for the yeasty tartness, I’d barely call it a weizen. I agree with those I’m finding that call it a wit, and more on the belgian side at that. Good for those that want a summer, lawnmower beer but don’t want to abandon the sour notes of bigger beers.

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Photo of yen157
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a strange journey, but I’m glad it ended on a positive note. I opened my bottle of this and I didn’t hear a thing. Worried, I put the bottle to my nose and smelled nothing but lemon scented acetone-based nail polish remover. Yum! I put the bottle to my lips and took a swig. I normally wouldn’t do this, but knowing that the beer was bad I wanted to save as much as possible to return. It didn’t really taste like it smelled, it was more vinegary. Anyway, I capped it with my bottle capper and took it back to the store and took my chances with another bottle. I’m glad that it was only a spoiled bottle, not a spoiled batch.

With that said, the beer poured with a orange-yellow haze and a perfectly even fine white foam. Very pretty beer. No big surprises in the nose, some citrus, clove, and some banana. The real treat was in the taste. It was light with some malt sweetness. Something special happened in the middle. Instead of some normal citrus flavors, there was a sharp lemony bite. I was really happy with the real tasting lemon acidity. It’s too bad that the finish was so short. Oh well. This was still a really good beer, and it came in a cool bottle with a hypnotic owl.

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Photo of zerk
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear peach color with a clinging white lace. Also had quite a few yeasties floating in the beer, since I swirled it around to get the flavor from the yeast. Aroma of citrus, bananas and a hint of cloves. Flavor of the same, with a light bitterness. It's a highly carbonated beer, with a crisp, clean finish. A little different for a wizen, and a strong effort. I've read a lot of good things about this brewery, and I'll definately look up their other offerings. I'll have this one again...

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Photo of John
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Heavily clouded yellow/orange color. The aroma suggests a sweetish wheat and malt blend with some banana, pineapple esters and clove. The taste is thick with the previously mentioned attributes along with a semi-sour yeast bite. The mouthfeel is slick and substantial from the full bodied brew. This is a bit different from traditional weissbiers...but so what. It's an impressive beer. Definitely give it a go.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy apricot color with impressive white puffy head.
Smell is loaded with fruit with strong citrus but mainly bananas.
Taste also is fruity, citrusy, and had strong bananas notes.
Finishes with more sweetness, but a balanacing bitterness is the perfect ending to this beer.
Very drinkable. one of the best of this style I have yet to try.

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Photo of pikemark
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at the foodery as well in a small version bottle.

Poured fairly murky with a darker than most straw/rust, good head and fluffy lacing.

Sweetness came off the top rather strongly with a lot of fruity vibes. almost a phenol smell that one would expect off an IPA.

The taste was troubling at first because it was too intense for a weizen. It was almost sour upfront but the finish is unbelievable, very smooth and flavorful with a sort of hppy finish, cant explain.

As a fan of IPAs and weizen this feels like a cross. Not as smooth and subtle as the best weizen but this one sticks out. Like most Hitchinos I could buy more if they were a little cheaper.

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

Is the same golden-straw color of a typical weizen, but a little bit darker. The head doesn't have much retention, but has a nice, white apperance while it lasts.

Smells odd for a weizen - the smells are more similar to a Belgian white, with hints of orange - very citrus filled.

This beer has a lot of carbonation, and has a great taste. Very smooth start, with a finish that reminds me of zested orange. Leaves me feeling refreshed.

The more often that I have this beer, the more that I find I enjoy it.

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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 cokes
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from the wrong direction. These guys make some funky stuff....I am digging it.
This one pours a solid golden-orange with alot of haze. Not sure if those are yeast particles or fish swimming around in there. Either way, they are trophy size...had to make sure I didn't choke on any. Wierd looking, but kind of cool.
Smells yeasty and spicy (clove) with some faint fruitiness (tropical rather than banana...well, maybe banana too).
Taste starts of grassy, then comes a citric blast of sweet and sourness. The malts kick in and add body, but stay in the wake of the sweet/tart burst. Yeasty flavors and grass dominate the finish, with some lingering sweetness as well.
Bold in body, but with enough carbonation to make it work.
Nice attempt at a hefe, with enough uniqueness to make it memorable.

The fact I managed to score this for next to nothing (see my Hitachino Nest White comments) thrills me. Talk about good fortune.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i quite enjoyed this brew, a surprising offering from japan. pours a cloudy orange/yellow colour. a nice head immediately forms and dissolves rather rapidly into a very thin lace. citrus smells are immediately apparent, with a lemony smell dominating ever so slighltly over orange. the taste is more balanced, with no dominant citrus flavour. the expected wheatiness follows and in right on par for a hefeweizen. others have mentioned that the body is a bit too full, which it may be for a true hefeweizen, but it did not bother or distract me. goes down smooth and easy. a great hot, summer day beverage. i thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of marburg
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange-yellow; perhaps Crayola should just make a crayon in this color called "hefeweizen." Head isn't quite the beast present on many hefes. A mild and confined aroma of oranges and perhaps cloves. Delicious zesty flavor doesn't quit, and the active carbonation seems to help keep it feeling alive for quite a while. A nice citrus finish, very little bitterness.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes: This beer also comes in a 720ml bottle, which should be quite tasty as well!

Now This Is What I'm Talking About!
One of the Kiuchi Brewerys best beers and also one of, if not my favorite, Weizens! This Weizen pours a cloudy light amber colour with a nice head on it. It appeared to be cloudy but it did not have many yeast floaties in it. This smells spicy, clovey, and wonderful and the taste was more of the excellent same! This beer had a nice full and creamy mouthfeel and an excellent drinkability as well. An A+ Weizen!
Cheers!
F

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at cellar temp. Smells of cloves mustiness, and faint banana. Taste is very strong yet smooth with apple, clove, and a nice hops finish that goes well with the clove flavors. Mouthfeel is well carbonated, yet very smooth. Extremely agreeable and drinkable.

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Hitachino Nest Weizen from Kiuchi Brewery
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