Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger BrewHitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Beginner2
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
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 +5.5%
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 -13.7%
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 +8.2%
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 JayKay
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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 +23.5%
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 -62.8%
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 +7.9%
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 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 +2.2%
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 +10.7%
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 -1.6%
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 Brew_42
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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 +2.5%

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 +12.8%
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%
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 +2.7%
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 +6.6%
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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Photo of beepill
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 330 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle date seems to be July 2013.

A - dark reddish-brown color, somewhat cloudy with visible particles of ginger throughout. Thin head and minimal lacing.

S - Earthy malty tones and sweet ginger tea dominate the initial smell. Another description would be "gingerbready". Slight hoppiness when swirled in tulip glass.

T - First thing I thought was that this tastes like an alcoholic version of 'salabat' (Filipino sweet ginger tea). I like. Smooth, sweet, bready malt with pronounced sweet ginger. Slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Flavors enhance with sitting/warming (like everything else, I guess).

M - Quite spritzy, like a non-alcoholic ginger ale. It feels almost soda-pop-like.

O - Very satisfying beer. I like the scent and flavor profile much more than expected and will probably buy again.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked 6.13.10 at 45 degrees into a pint glass
Aroma of ginger and stale beer
Head average (4 cm), off white, frothy, diminishing to a 1 mm layer
No lacing
Body medium orange with very small particulates suspended throughout
Flavor begins with a burst of alcohol which blasts out any subtle flavors. After getting by the initial swallow, there is a slight ginger flavor and aroma remaining, while the stomach burning begins. No hops, no malt, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, carbonation soft

A passable beer, with a subtle ginger flavor, certainly less aggressive than Crabbie’s. More of a novelty beer.

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Photo of Auraan
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy, fresh apple cider brown, with a one finger off-white head that receded to a nice ring of lacing. Very good looking. Scents of overripe fruit, earthy, musty and funky aromas, ginger, and some faint honey and malt sweetness. A very nice, earthy, fruity and sweet aroma with some unexpected funk. Far more complex than I was expecting, very nice. Flavor begins with sweet malt and caramel, moves into some white grape, raisin and dried fruit, apricot and apricot pit with some slight spiciness, some earthy and musty yeast flavors, coming out on the finish and aftertaste, slight sour funkiness and some slight hints of ginger in the background in the middle, finish and aftertaste. Very good, the ginger is not as big in the flavor as I expected, but it has a good, Belgian quality to the flavor, with some wild notes and the spiciness, malty sweetness, stone fruit and dried fruit flavors of tripels and quads. Quite unique and very good. The flavor hides the 8% ABV entirely. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, with moderate carbonation that barely pricks the tongue, yet enough to give the beer a sipping quality. There is also a slight creaminess in the feel. Very nice to drink and swish, excellently crafted. Overall this is an amazing beer. I went in expecting a ginger heavy gimmick, but got a good, Belgian-like beer with a surprising complexity in aroma and flavor, with just a bit of ginger. Its a well crafted beer, showing the brewer's care for the final product. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a huge head when first poured and lacing remains throughout. Nice reddish caramel color. There is some dark sediment that comes out at the end of the pour. You can really smell the ginger and taste it as well. Nice spicy finish from the ginger without being harsh due to the sweetness of the beer. If you like ginger, this is the beer for you. I was not expecting such a true rendition of the ginger flavor but this one hits it on the spot. This is what a true ginger beer should be. The ABV of 8% also gives you a nice double whammy when combined with the ginger :)

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Photo of ironchefkook
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: ruby-like and amber. the hue has a very mahogany and opaque . the head was almost non-existent as i poured into a tulip (but maybe its the way i poured)

S: not to anyone's surprise; gingery. almost like maple syrup.

T: if anyone is familiar with the korean candy, 'yeot', it is definitely what it tasted like. malty and sweet.

M: silky smooth, creamy, and medium body, with light carbonation.

O: i am a fan of the korean candy, 'yeot', so i couldnt get that thought out of my head as i continued to drink it. kiuchi brewery has once again won me over. will i drink it again? absolutely.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark, somewhat hazy orange with lots of chunky floaties in the body. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam. Not too bad.

Smell: soapy, bready malty aroma. Interesting earthy character, but the ginger just contributes a kind of off-aroma, instead of something ginger-specific.

Taste: earthy, floral, and somewhat gingery flavor. Kind of an interesting pale ale, perhaps, but nothing crazy good. The floral aspect actually sells it the most for me.

Mouthfeel: rich body with a great carbonation and a highly surprising creaminess. Easily the best characteristic of this beer.

Overall: OK, it's not the best thing in the world. But it's a decently interesting beer. It's definitely worth a try if you're into the more exotic brews; otherwise, probably not worth your time.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a conic pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live. I despise ginger so I will try to be fair in spite of that, but no promises.

A- One-finger white head that recedes quickly. Atop a murky, dark-orange body with sluggish carbonation. Looks... not great.

S- Smells just like the ginger snaps of my childhood. Nostalgia throwback. Wow. Molasses, amber malts and some of that sweet ginger I remember.

T- Molasses and understated ginger. Spicy and crisp flavors. Not bad at all.

M- Medium feel with very subtle carbonation and a semi-sticky finish.

O- Polarized beer. Very good parts and pretty bad parts.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a fairly murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, and ginger aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and subdued ginger flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the ginger that is present in the aroma and flavor is fairly underwhelming in my opinion.

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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
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