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:
481
Reviews:
229
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
15.03%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
42
For Trade:
1
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Photo of puck1225
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
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 -9.8%
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 sisterofba
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Ickiwotog
2/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I've tried two beers from this brewery and have liked neither. I get a strong after taste of soy sauce that covers any ginger there may be.

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Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 481 ratings.
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