Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Ale
Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Real Ginger AleHitachino Nest Real Ginger Ale
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Style:
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #72
ABV:
8%
Score:
83
Ranked #38,750
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 14.71%
Reviews:
234
Ratings:
520
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Kiuchi Brewery
 
Japan
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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SCORE
83
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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger AleHitachino Nest Real Ginger Ale
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Photo of DefenCorps
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from Market of Choice

A clear deep red with a thin white head with decent retention and minimal lacing, this looks solid. The nose is caramelized and candied ginger,bright and deep,coupled with brown sugar and a little toffee. Some honey as well. The palate opens moderately sweet with honey, toffee and a big ginger note. Bright and deep but unfortunately held back by the sweetness. Rather watery and overcarbonated mouthfeel, resulting in the palate feeling disjointed. Alcohol is well hidden. Decent, but not my cup of tea.

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Photo of morimech
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Unattractive murkiness with a short lived head. I like the aroma. Nice ginger notes along with some yeast esters. Does not taste anything like non alcoholic ginger ale. More like a Belgian style beer with a hint of ginger.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a fairly nice looking bronzed orange color with a thin cap of a little white semi-foamy head that quickly settled. Lace fainted extremely quick.
The aroma definitely had the spicy effects of ginger up front and a sly little sweetness of it that seemed to come across somewhat like ginger extract - nice to me.
The flavor leaned into the spiciness of the ginger and allowed a stifled sort of sweetness coming in gently. Mild ginger spicy sort of aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied and had a fairly good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good and wasn't distracting upon any of the "ginger-like" spicy harshness that did show it's presence here but felt good and not distracting. ABV felt on par. Finish was all about the ginger.
Overall, if you don't like ginger, don't drink this beer because that's what this beer is all about. Despite not having any other qualities about it, I would say it's actually quite well done and for a ginger fan such as me, I'd definitely have again.

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Photo of puck1225
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Orangish brown, slightly cloudy with a light head and decent lacing. Nice ginger smell and taste. It is an ok beer but Orval is about the same price for a bottle, so I think I would go Belgian next time.

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Photo of pat61
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: ginger and faint earthy hops

S: effervescent hazy dark amber with a 2" dirty cream colored cap with good retention. filled with floaties.

T: mild ginger and malt first with the ginger heat building towards the finish. Light caramel helps balance the ginger

F: fairly thick and chewy with medium low carbonation

O: A bit meh and disappointing.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

for how much i like these guys, this one really want my favorite. the balance is off, its overly malty, and there is more sweetness than their should be and i think it interferes with the fresh and spicy nature of all the ginger, which is quite obviously fresh and natural in this cool food beer. who knew it was so strong too?! whew, drank this like a session beer and it caught me! clear red color and very heady in the glass, smells toasted, sweet and earthy, much more substantial then the lighter ales i am used to from this awesome brewery. i like how fresh and floral the ginger is, but the grain is bready and heavy and has a sweetness that i think detracts from the refreshment factor. complex flavors though, strachy, some maple, the very spicy ginger, a bready aspect, and a strange yeast that i cant place at all with everything else going on. lacking some bubbles from the tap, it sits a little heavy for me with my ramen, but it never tastes boozy at all. i think the malt bill could be dialed back a little for a more streamlined and drinkable beer, but i appreciate this one a lot too, nothing quite like it out there. a fine compliment to some spicy kimchi ramen with pork, couldnt think of a better context for this positively unique beer...

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Photo of Beginner2
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Always good to stretch the buds outside their comfort zone.
This Ginger Brew does... and it pushes the envelope just enough to make me think that this is how we should appreciate ale-making experiments. Instead of just piling in the hops, try different spices... like those that are good for you, like ginger.
Without launching into a treatise on ginger, I will keep it short and say it is a stimulant and primarily clears the sinuses.

As for how Hitachino uses ginger, I am unsuspecting in both Look and Smell. But taste immediately tells me ginger is a good idea: first quenching and, then interesting. The Feel is drier than I would expect, since the ginger got my taste glands to go into salivating overdrive. Overall, I like it, recommend it and clearly consider this alternative to hopped-up ales.

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Photo of Tone
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, hint of alcohol, caramel malt, hint of wheat, hint of hops, yeast, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of an Herbed / Spiced Beer. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, hint of alcohol, caramel malt, hint of wheat, hint of hops, yeast, and slight pale malt. Overall, too malty, strongly earthy, and the ginger is sadly lacking.

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Photo of willricewillsweep
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Very low head, dark caramel. Get a bit of ginger at first, then heavy molasses, almost as if the beer is made with syrups. Very sweet, and pretty disappointing.

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Photo of Flickerdart
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330ml bottle into tall pilsner glass. Beer was brilliant copper in color, with a steady head. Smell was powerfully sweet and malty, not gingery at all. Taste was the same, with heavy spice.

If I had to describe it, it would be like an American lager done by Belgians. Kind of odd.

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Photo of drmeto
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a hazy red with a small to medium,foamy,beige head
-medium carbonation visible
-small particle floaties visible
S:
-grapefruit,orange,dates,salt,cherries,ginger,caramel
T:
-grapefruit ,orange,ginger (plus Heat),caramel,strawberries,toasty
-finishes dry
-medium bitterniss
F:
-medium to hih carbonation
-medium body
O:
Take an American Strong Ale and add Ginger to it,you will get this Brew.
Pretty good imo,unless you absolutely hate Ginger.

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Photo of JayKay
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Cooper color, hazy.
S- Mild, not much on the nose
T- Not "gingery" but subtle spice, malt; enjoyable.
F- Rich and but not super rich or full bodied.

Overall, I enjoyed it. Not "gingery" but subtle spicy notes. Quaffable.

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Photo of threesignificantstarfish
4.52/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not a huge fan of ginger brews, however this ginger brew, brew my socks off! Tasted kind of funky at the start and the finish was very smooth. I recommend this if you like ginger brews.

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Photo of NiallMac44
1.36/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Thank God I only bought a bottle. Tastes like sugar water with a bit of a twist. The ginger is barely noticeable. My inclination was to dump it after one mouthful but persevered to my detriment and dumped it after three three mouthfuls.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- This Japanese Ginger Beer pours a dark copper color that is chill hazed. The head starts out promising but becomes non existent fairly quick....just a small ring around the glass! Carbonation appears to be very slow to rise and the lacing is quite minor as well.....not the best looking brew but that doesn't always mean everything.

S- Very sweet, candied ginger aroma overall....a healthy blend of sweet malt, spiced ginger and bittering hop finish. It smells very natural to be honest....I've had some others that smell like theyve been flavored but this one doesn't.

T- This isn't what I expected, flavor wise....the ginger is very much in the background....more like just a tinge to provide warmth. What this really is like is a Pale Ale....malty, rich, honeyed grain and spice, with a finish that is mildly bitter....overall very nice I have to say, if not just a little underwhelming.....well balanced though!

M/O- Heavy mouthfeel for the style, and the carbonation is very mellow.....as this warms, the spice character becomes more noticeable but remains mellow throughout. I think this has aging potential and I'd buy it again, but would like to attempt to put one away.....could be a great addition as a marinade to steak for something different!

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy caramel color, high carbonation, medium mouthfeel, smell and taste of ginger, slight aftertaste. You don't forget that you are drinking a beer unlike some other flavored brews that taste more like wine coolers than beer. Interesting enough to try at least once.

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Photo of Burg
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle from RSVP in Portland Maine. Very good beer. Ginger and spice/alcohol on the nose. Mouthfeel surprisingly super smooth and creamy. Strong Ginger taste, sweet and boozy. Not real complex. This is the second Hitachino Nest beer I have had. Impressed with this brewery.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Bottle, Brown, hazy with minimal white head. Aroma, Ginger, malt and spices. Light sweet, light sweet with a ginger end. Alc well hidden. Not to bad.

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Photo of smcolw
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark, muddy amber color. Some haze. No head and no haze.

The smell is like an amber ale. No notable ginger.

Semisweet with some toasted malt. The finish is relatively dry, perhaps from the ginger. But the the truth is there isn't much ginger. Dark malt finish.

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Photo of Brew_42
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Might have gotten a bad bottle but.....

Copper colored.

Smells heavily of ginger as to be expected.

The taste of ginger is so strong that I couldn't really enjoy it. The sweetness was overpowered by something in between floral and sour.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

S: wet, mild hop presence, gingery, strong pear
A: water, weak head retention, almost no head really, looks like apple juice
T: Spice blends nicely with the grain in the beer, very sweet, presence of honey in a good way, definite ginger as the label suggests, this is a very interesting beer, taste a bit of rice, it might be the grain used not sure. needs a session variety with a toned back honey profile, it would make a great everyday beer
M: silky, cold,sharp and crisp
O: Quite good, could benefit from a tad more of the citrus presence in the beer to balance it out. it is very interesting and different, definitely worth a try

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served at room temp, it's a clear copper colour with a 2 finger head of foam.

Ginger and honey in the nose. There's another spice here, I reckon it's nutmeg. Nice aromas going on.

Ginger first, honey sweet flavours second, nutmeg brings up the rear. Sight hop bitterness here but that isn't really needed for me to like this brew.

Smooth smooth mouthfeel. Very creamy. Oh and the foam is long lasting and there's awesome lacing.

In plain words, this is very good.

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Photo of cmq103
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from a 720 ml. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass. Dark amber in color with a ½ off white head. Spotty lacing that disappears quickly.

Smell: Make no mistake; the ginger aroma is prominent and distinct. An aggressive swirl of the glass brings out even more of the ginger aroma, followed by a hint of sweet candy-like booziness. Not the same ginger ale smell from a soda, as this was sweeter and spicier with a citrus undertone.

Taste: Exactly as I thought it was be. Ginger, ginger, ginger all the way through with the same hint of sweet booziness at the finish. I catch a glimpse of nutmeg and all-spice with each sip. Dessert-like sweetness is prominent.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and slick, with a mildly bitter and warming finish. There is no doubt this beer dabbles in the 8% ABV range.

Overall: You have to love ginger to truly appreciate this beer. I happen to be a big fan of ginger, which is why I enjoyed this beer so much. It gets better as it warmed. If you like ginger then give it a try. This is my first beer from Kiuchi Brewery. I’m looking forward to trying more of them. Enjoy…

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(bottle code RG.13.12 - poured into a tall Unibroue tulip)

A: tall, gooey-spongy foam to start... somewhat cloudy, dark caramel color - looks like liquified caramel in the process of cooling off dry...

S: browned, dry caramel overtone... old, candied ginger

T: heavy malt foundation, malty ginger beer, herbal bitterness in the finish... powdered ginger and grain-husky bitterness lingers... tiny hint of spicy alcohol

M: fatty-round... thinnish, chewy-gooey viscosity... booze enhances the notably dry finish

O: caramel-y malt and powdered ginger are core to the taste here... it appears that it could be a goopy mess, however, the flavors seem to have decent balance and it thankfully ends up surprisingly dry... if you dig malt and ginger anything, this is a good one

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24.3 oz bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 3/2012. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of ginger root, caramel, pear, apple, citrus zest, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, herbal, floral, grass, light clove, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of ginger, malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, ginger, toast, brown sugar, pear, apple, light citrus zest, brown bread, toffee, herbal, floral, grass, light clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, ginger, toast, brown sugar, pear, apple, brown bread, toffee, herbal, floral, light clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, ginger, and moderate yeast fruitiness; with a good malt/spice balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced amber ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of malt, ginger, and moderate yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 520 ratings