Hitachino Nest Weizen | Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest WeizenHitachino Nest Weizen
BA SCORE
3.74/5
277 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#23,024
Reviews:
163
Ratings:
277
pDev:
13.37%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
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15
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Ratings: 277 |  Reviews: 163
Photo of goochpunch
4.95/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out of the little bottle a cloudy orange with a thick, fluffy head with huge indentations, cliffs, peaks, and plateaus. Leaves loads of thick, raised, and ornate lacing. Smells of a mix of fresh apple juice, cider, and with a bit of funk. I get some wheat cracker tones also. Very faint clove and not much banana to speak of. The banana that is present resembles more of a cand banana aroma. Flavor: wow. There isn't much yeast flavor or much phenolic or estery flavors present, although banana and clove play a background role. What this is big on is the apple and cider flavors. Very tart and dry. A good deal of funk here. This really reminded me of a geuze/hefeweizen mix. Mouthfeel is light and spritzy and serves these flavors well. This beer is interesting, peculiar, flavorful, flavorful, and refreshing. If I could get this in Texas, I would buy it often.

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

Color is deep murky yellow with 3 fingers of frothy white head that has no plans on staying. It is cloudy to the point that it looks like someone has dumped some creamer in it.

The aroma is rather typical, lemon, a touch of clove spice, and a sour wheatiness. There's a bit of underlying mineral astringancy that is unpleasant.

Flavor holds up to the nose with a subtle lemony zest, faint clove and corriander, and wheat malt. Not bad, but nothing special. I was expecting something more as the rest of the beers I've had from Hitochino were excellent.

The body is medium with a very soft creamy mouthfeel supported by large bubbles of carbonation.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mpenske
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Zimm
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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 froghop
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a semi-cloudy orange-yellow with a very small white head, and not much of a lacing.

smell is of wheat, spice, pepper, grain, some slight orange peel, and some malt.

taste is of lemon, wheat, orange peel, and some spice, ends a little tart and somewhat dry.

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Photo of putnam
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can explain this perfection? Hundreds of years of experience in the demanding, precision-intense art of Sake brewing? I still remember my first taste of this beer: I was at work. We were busy. The beer was polite. Not loud, it quietly displayed its soothing orange and green banana flavors in a soulful, deep medium of bubbles and glycerin. Sip after sip it steadily demanded more and more attention, until I was in a trance. I wondered how it would compare with some other Weizens. The Schneider Weisse seemed watery in comparison, something that shocked me because I think of SW as full and sweet. Actually Bell's Oberon was nearly a match for this beer. Only on the finish were the relative pedigrees obvious. The Oberon finished rustic, awkward and abruptly (even if long). The Nest Weizen was polished all the way to the horizon.
retasted 10-20-2002. 5, 5, 5, 5, 5.

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Photo of Lob
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of RMoeNay
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Naerhu
4.46/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ingredients: malts, hops.
330 ml bottle, 5% alcohol

This is a beautiful beer (to taste and to look at). Opaque orange/peach color. Citrus aroma. Light banana, clove (?), no astringency, finishes with a refreshing bitterness.

Made: 21 Dec. 2002
Consumed: 27 Dec. 2002
Exp. 21 Feb. 2003

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Muddled golden yellow, thick with clouds of yeast and big, audible bubbles. Head is initially quite large but extremely unstable and does not retain well.

Smell: White wine, lemons, underripe bananas, earthy yeast, sweet honey-like malts, citric hops.

Taste: Extremely fruity, almost like a cider. Apples, limes, bananas, pineapple with a dry, tangy, powdery, orange-spiked finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderately chewy and slippery.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable, I wish I had another.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy (just barely cloudy) golden yellow with a small white head that quickly vanishes. Aroma is of fresh wheat, more wheat, and more wheat. Light background spices- can't discern what.

Flavor is full of grains- bready and full mouthfeel. There is a slightly odd, astringent aftertaste that I have tasted before but can't identify- it's stonger here than I've had elsewhere. Part of it is hop bitterness, but there's more to it than that. Maybe it's a particular variety of hops that I don't taste very often.

To be honest, I don't have a lot to say about this beer. It's pleasant, enjoyable, and it is what it's supposed to be. Nice and drinkable on a warm day.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

he had two bombers of this at this month's MCD meeting. exploded from the bottle with a big white bubbly head. cloudy and orange body formed beneath the massive head. Banana and clove odor. sour yeast and ethanol. Tasty clove and yeast flavor. weak alcohol taste. not wonderful, not terrible, just a regular old hefe. smooth and light and maybe overly foamy and bubbly. easy to drink.

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Photo of Bustersuess
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 24.3oz bottle with an owl on the front. This Japanese-styled weissbier had a cloudy peach tone and a large, champagne-like white head, full of bubbles thanks to the high level of carbonation but still quick to recede to a modest collar and leave no lace.
The nose was strangely reminiscent of Kiuchi Brewery's white ale in that there was a similar spice aroma (cloves and a hint of nutmeg). Some fruity esters and a pleasant malt aroma round out the nose.
The taste was spicy-sweet. I was finally able to pin down the overall flavor to that of spiced pears. The sweet pear flavor came across immediately on a lightly bready malt backbone. Then the flavors of nutmeg and clove rolled through for an interesting, if unorthodox, take on the style. The feel was light, dry, crisp and refreshing.
Overall, this was nicely drinkable, a comfortable brew to quaff while watching the NCAA Tournament. A bit off the usual path for a hefeweizen but still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden straw brew with a large foamy head and a thick ring of`lacing.

S - Coriander, sour grapes, and allspice.

T - Mild spicy brew - allspice, coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon. Sour aftertaste that resounds of grapes.

M - Smooth, thin, refreshing.

D - Good. Easy to drink, worth a try. Another winner from Kiuchi.

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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 Loveyourbeer
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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

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 Andy_Luft
4/5  rDev +7%

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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Hitachino Nest Weizen from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 277 ratings
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