Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Ale
Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Real Ginger AleHitachino Nest Real Ginger Ale
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From:
Kiuchi Brewery
 
Japan
Style:
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #56
ABV:
8%
Score:
82
Ranked #26,054
Avg:
3.62 | pDev: 14.92%
Ratings:
531
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 29, 2022
Added:
Jul 13, 2005
Wants:
  20
Gots:
  56
SCORE
82
Good
Hitachino Nest Real Ginger AleHitachino Nest Real Ginger Ale
Notes: Marketed as "Real Ginger Brew" in the USA.

Ginger Ale is brewed using fresh fragrant raw ginger.
Malts: Marris Otter, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate
Hops: Chinook, Perle, Styrian Golding
Adjuncts: raw ginger
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3.75 by altrio on Apr 29, 2022
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3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
by BJB13 from Maryland

330 ml bottle poured into a tumbler style pint glass.

L: Cloudy copper, effervescent, half inch tan head, medium retention.
S: Ginger, bread (sweet and buttery), mineral.
T: Dry, ginger is prominent, bread malt, almost no bitterness but it has a moderate zesty sharpness, fairly clean finish.
F: Crisp and light with an underlying creaminess that gives it a heavier feel.
O: Not overly spicy, rather easy to drink, not bad.

Mar 18, 2022
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3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Sigmund from Norway

330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 7%. Amber colour, slightly hazy, big off-white head. Nice aroma of fresh ginger and fruity and flowery hops, hints of lemongrass. The flavour is malty sweet with ginger as the dominant element throughout, hints of sweet fruits and candy. The finish is drier, with moderate hops. A fairly good beer if you like ginger (I do) - but if you hate ginger or are allergic to it, you are looking for trouble here.

May 05, 2021
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1.9/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
by BalancingBrooms from Illinois

Opaque burnt orange, with quarter finger white head. Aroma is of caramel malt and ginger. Taste follows the nose with a sharp ginger up front, followed by a thin caramel and hints of chocolate, and ends with a raw ginger flavor that lingers for a long time. Body is light to medium with medium carbonation. Overall very strong on the ginger. I like ginger in my food, but not this much in my beer. Not much else going on.

Mar 31, 2021
 
3.94 by Nunya from Ohio on Feb 27, 2021
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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

Interesting beer, in a good way. It has the mouthfeel of belgian strong ale but different flavors. I cant detect all of them, except for the ginger, it all blends well together. First of this style, Im guessing beers of this style cannot be directly compared with each other as they would have different herbs and spices. Anyhow, I like this one. Also first japanese beer that Im recording here. Had Sapporo before i started writing them down, this is obviously miles better !

Jan 23, 2021
 
4.14 by entenduintransit from Tennessee on Nov 01, 2020
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3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by kemoarps from Washington

Ruddy amber body. Kind of rusty throughout. Initial swell of wet head dissipates pretty quickly leaving not a thing.

Nose is malty caramels and earthiness. The ginger is kind of an afterthought though it does ultimately kind of remind me of those ginger chew candies.

Sweet and malty is the first impression. Some caramel and roast and a little rye-like spice. The ginger itself is again pretty faint.

Medium sticky body with a good but not heavy feel. ultimately it's fine and has its place but doesn't stand out for me and doesn't really deliver the ginger I was hoping for

Sep 06, 2020
 
3.75 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Aug 02, 2020
 
3.45 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio on Jun 23, 2020
 
3.5 by dsshuck from Delaware on Feb 18, 2020
 
4.02 by kvadiat from Canada (AB) on Jan 07, 2020
 
3.27 by Jjmj51 from Rhode Island on Nov 08, 2019
 
4 by morrowd3 from Vermont on Oct 27, 2019
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2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by DefenCorps from Oregon

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.

Sep 22, 2019
 
3.45 by muswellbeerbelly from Illinois on Aug 22, 2019
 
3.66 by shelby415 from Oregon on Aug 09, 2019
 
3 by aztraz from Sweden on Aug 01, 2019
 
3.75 by Velivolus from Vermont on Mar 11, 2019
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3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by morimech from Minnesota

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.

Jan 14, 2019
 
3.77 by windowside from Germany on Jan 05, 2019
 
4.16 by bmaggot from Lithuania on Nov 05, 2018
 
3.35 by gungjm from New York on Oct 07, 2018
 
3.96 by rorjets from Connecticut on Aug 15, 2018
 
4.09 by Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts on Jul 28, 2018
 
4.13 by Duffman79 from Connecticut on Jul 08, 2018
 
3.25 by mcthfg from Korea (South) on Jun 24, 2018
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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ChazFqy from New Jersey

Great by itself and fantastic in a Moscow Mule

Mar 18, 2018
 
3.61 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota on Mar 02, 2018
 
3.66 by Dawon from Korea (South) on Feb 28, 2018
 
3.5 by LarrysDeerGut from Illinois on Feb 25, 2018
 
4.03 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island on Jan 18, 2018
 
4 by ArnoldBlumenthal from Maryland on Jan 13, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jan 05, 2018
 
4 by trocketsauced from New York on Nov 15, 2017
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Beerucee from Texas

I was looking for more spiciness. Kind of like a bland ipa.

Oct 20, 2017
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3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by puck1225 from Texas

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.

Aug 16, 2017
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3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by pat61 from Minnesota

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.

Aug 02, 2017
 
4.24 by sisterofba from Maryland on Aug 01, 2017
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3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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...

Jul 28, 2017
Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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