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:
No notes at this time.

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 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 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 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 joemcgrath27
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - cloudy golden with a thumb of white head that dissipated quickly, leaving very little head anywhere
S - sweet banana and sour peach, light wheat note
T - strong flavour dominated by yeast esters of sour apricot, some light banana, light spice note, the wheat malt is there but burried
M - prominent carbonation kick, somewhat light with a strong puckering tangy feel
O - definitely on the tangier fruitier end of the hefe spectrum, enjoyable and flavourful, but different than a traditional hefe

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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 beerguy101
2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color, medium head. Weird nose, citrusy and spicy and ???. Malty and way too hoppy for a weizen. Kind of tart. Citrus, herb and flowery. A little dry. A different beer, but not a weizen, none of the typical banana and clove flavor . Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is a little sweet and alcoholic.

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

Found a 720 ml brown bottle of this at Lee's Discount Liquor in Las Vegas, the novelty factor urged me to pick it up. Pours out a hazy straw colour, a quick fizzle of head with little retention. The nose possesses a mandarin orange sweetness, citrus and yeast, with mild spices like corainder and black pepper. The flavour grows on me over time, I bump it up from a 3.5 to a 4 in that period. Orange citrus sweetness, wheat and mild spice on the finish, it's all very subtle and low key, but it works. Reminds me more of a wit than a weizen, but I like the Japanese interpretation. Brings some faith back into Hitachino for me, as I am enjoying this far more than I did their Red Rice Ale. Worth picking up, would go well on a hot day, or any day in Vegas for that matter.

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

Hazy but not chunky greenish yellow appearance, big small-bubbled head with spidery traces of lace. Slightly lemony and estery aroma. Taste is quite sweet and the mouthfeel is quite fizzy with fine sized carbonation. The main ester flavor was a sugary pineapple fountain syrup with a leavening of lemon grass citrus tang. Not as peppery as the Wit, but like the Wit, a slightly unsettling swallow for me. Not bad, Weizens always walk a fine line for me...

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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 Crosling
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange.

Orange zest, tangerine, vanilla, faint clove and soft fruitiness and maltiness in the aroma.

Unusual for the style, but different and a very good example Light bodied. Molden fruitiness of light clove, lemon, orange and banana. Minor spicing. True to the Bavarian style in many ways.

I'd love to visit Kiuchi some day. First the excellent celebration, now this, this is a great brewery.

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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 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 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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Photo of Amalak
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A. It has a straw color, it is completely opaque, hazy. It has a small foamy white head with no head.

S. It has a very wheaty scent to it.

T/M. It has a strong grape and grassy taste. Wheaty with a hint of alcohol. It is a bit tart. A medium body.

O. It is just a bit too thick, but just a clusterfuck of flavors. It's not bad, it just feels like a well-made macro wheat.

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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 budgood1
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24.3 oz. bottle.

pours out a brilliant dark golden colour, with active carbonation supporting a billowy inch thick white head. the head stays in a nice layer and leaves plenty of lace. spicy aroma; peppery, clovey and hinting of wheat malts. a pleasant spicy taste to this hefe...they typical cloves and subdued banana flavours, with hints of other spice infused fruits. the high carbonation produces a tingly mouthfeel...this weizen seems to "dance" right down your throat. the addition of the heavy sediment murks thing up quite a bit...smoothing out the mouthfeel quite a bit and of course adding more yeasty fruitiness to the profile. i don't ever perceive any alcohol in the course of quaffing this, increasing it's slammability when extremely thirsty (as i was when i sampled this). it finishes with a spicy kick and wheaty aftertaste.

overall, this is a fair example of the style. it was a bit boring in the flavour department and never really wowed me. it definitely wasn't worth the $7 i paid for th bottle either. interesting to try but not a hefe i'll purchase again.

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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 marc77
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy amber hue topped by a quickly receding tight head that leaves sparse lace. Citrusy sweet & slightly peppery aroma w/ mild banana esters and subdued clove, along with grainy & tart wheat notes. Flavorwise, each component is well integrated, lending this weizen good balance. Lightly tart wheat and light hop bitterness are perceptible initially & are followed by lemony citrus, mellow mustiness and trace banana. Esters are mild compared to German examples. Well carbonated, w/ a spritzy mouthfeel that lacks the viscous proteinaceous quality of many hefeweizens. Finishes clean, w/ a light drying graininess coating the tongue in a pleasant way. Hitachino Nest is a highly drinkable and fairly flavorful weizen, but contributions from the yeast were too mild and the body was a bit thin. Still better than many U.S. microbrewed versions.

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

The beer was purchased at the Dilly Deli for $5.99. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a pale yellow. The head was about two fingers high off white in coloration. The head never really stayed around for long.

Smell: The beer has a lot of upfront lemony smells. There is a pleasant wheat and yeast mixture. A bit of floral and cloves smells drift from the glass.

Taste: The beer is almost peppery lemon in first taste. The beer has a nice wheat and spicy yeast taste. There is a after taste of cloves and other spices.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is a bit more than light bodied. The beer is well carbonated. The taste is spicy and finishes clean. This is a very tasty beer and I would gladly have it again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hazzzhy blonde with a 3 finger head of foam. Sparse lace as is always with a Hefeweizen.

Hahaha, this is Japan all over. Smell is of jasmine rice, cilantro, bamboo, rain water, celery, and of course white wheat and yeast.

Flavor of winter wheat, spicy cilantro, already-been-chewed bubble gum, black pepper, sea salt, and leafy greens. Not really reminiscent of Hefeweizen whatsoever, but it has its own thing going on.

Feel is very carbonated, with a semi dry parch throughout. A little starchy on the finish.

Hey, I got this for $1.99. I won't lie it's not bad at that price. But for the original price of 5 times that? Ah, I'd be super disappointed. Gotta take that into consideration.

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Photo of aracauna
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

About the same color as the White but slightly better head. There's a slight soapiness, some lemon, not a lot of flavor at all. Maybe if I could have gotten the damn yeast to stop sticking to the bottom of the bottle and pour into the glass it would have had a bit more flavor but it wouldn't budge no matter how hard I swirled. There were overtones of vinegar and herbs in the aroma that made the beer hard to drink. It did have a nice velvety mouthfeel, though.

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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 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 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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Hitachino Nest Weizen from Kiuchi Brewery
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