Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger BrewHitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan
kodawari.cc

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by goodbyeohio on 07-13-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
475
Reviews:
226
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
14.75%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
41
For Trade:
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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tomb_ride
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rsuarez1982
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nichols33
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 JonnyCastle
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of davelem
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 DamienI
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jodio
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of h2oamay
4.46/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of harrisjohnson
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 AGB
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JMUduke
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of salias
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Wontonst
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MisledTitan
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of arini10
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of I3eer
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 475 ratings.
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