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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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Reviews: 225 | Ratings: 468
Photo of Sammy
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This bottle was bought maybe six months ago. There was a ginger ginsing aroma whafting from the mushroom cloud head on a dark yellow body. But the taste was a skunky medicine disaster,it had an stringent finish. medium mouthfeel,and really not too drinkable.

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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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Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking copper gold color with a foamy white head on top. The smell of the beer was pretty good, it had some subtle malts with a touch of ginger in there. The taste of the beer had a slightly sweet herbal spice flavor to it. The mouthfeel was pretty good, lighter bodied with a decent carbonation to it. Overall this beer is pretty good, I enjoyed it but I don't know if I'd go out of my way to have it again.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy amber in color and poured with a thin light yellow head.
S: There are aromas of fresh ginger in the nose along with some hints of sweetness.
T: Similar to the smell, flavors of ginger are very prominent in the taste. There are only some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer clears your palate and is quite refreshing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite plesant in its herbal, spicy, and intriguing character. Expeimental brews rarely contain the finess and roundness as this one. Aromas are floral and flowery with ginger, honey, suckle, and flowers. Basically a potpouri to the nose. Tastes less bitter and bite-ey than expected. Starts with, what would be, a fine pale ale. Throw in a ton of ginger, but without the heartburn qualities that are associated with bold spices. Melded to the tone that is expected from corriander. Lightly peppery and lemony to top it off. Finishes with a prickly and numbing carbonation and a dry powdery texture. Leaves a light ginger, alcohol, and honey flavor to reflect upon.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Ah, the SuperHappyFunTime owl returns.

This beer pours a murky, dark burnt orange amber hue, with three fingers of tightly foamy, almost creamy light beige head, which settles slowly, leaving a low-ebbing coral reef ring of lace around the glass.

It smells of spicy ginger root, and bready malt, so...gingerbread, yes, but I also get a nice subtle citrus twang and soft earthy yeastiness in there too. The taste is bready, biscuity malt, sweet and tangy ginger, some black pepper, a touch of lost in translation yeast, and a musty, floral leafiness that is somehow hard to ascribe to hops.

The carbonation is average, and a little frothy, the body a decent medium weight, and mildly astringent from the ginger, but generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malt more-or-less ducking and covering, as the dirty, earthy ginger notes carry the day, amongst a soft undercurrent of nascent booze warming.

Well, ginger, in many, if not most, of its forms pervades this offering, and despite its inconsistencies (which seem sort of endearing at times) this would kick ass on the usual Sapporo or Kirin lager options at each and every sushi joint on the planet. More drinkable and enjoyable than I would have initially imagined.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of deep caramel malt and toffee with some very subtle ginger notes. Taste is also dominated by caramel malt with sweet toffee notes while ginger is hidden quite well in this whole mix. Body is full with limited filtration and some average carbonation. Not bad overall but I was expecting a beer more focus toward ginger then strong caramel malt.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of Blind BIF 6. Thanks to Brez07. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a clear amber color with a off-white head with good staying power. A touch of lacing. The nose brings some light spicing. Nothing too over-the-top. Flavor has a bit of light malty sweetness along with plenty of cinnamon. Could be a pumpkin beer or a winter warmer. Hard to distinguish with strong cinnamon and not much in the way of malt backing. Light-medium body with quite a bit of fizz. Dry.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a dull rust color with a thinner white head,the ginger is light in the nose intermingling with some floral hop and toasted grain.Same as the aromas really on the palate the ginger comes thru late and gives a little edge at about mid swallow up front is a mix of floral citric hop and toasty lightly sweet malt.Hmm not half bad but the ginger could be a bit more pronounced before the lingering finish,glad I tried but not sure I would go back.

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Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of tan head that settles quickly to a film of large bubbles. The body is a hazy, dark amber color.

S - Pine/ citrus hops, malty note with some caramel, and a minor hint of ginger.

T - Spicy, citrus hops up front with a kick of ginger. Other spice flavors seem to be present as well, cinnamon and perhaps some anise. The finish is sweet and malty, lots of caramel, and balanced by mild hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately thick body, and a sweet finish.

D - A rich and spicy beer, a bit thick for my taste, but fairly drinkable. The ginger character is weaker than I expected, but the malt is quite nice and what ginger is present plays off of the malt in a nice way.

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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 NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hitchino's Real Ginger Ale pours a hazy ruby-tinted chhestnut body beneath a creamy head of tan that holds remarkably well and initially leaves some nice lace about the glass. The lacing disappears, however, a few sips into the glass.

The nose is fairly complex but not particularily bold, and includes notes of summer fruit (strawberry, melon), flowers, caramel malt, non-descript spice, a light but clear waft of ginger, and a touch of yeast.

Not surprisingly, the flavor follows suit. The ginger is kept well-within bounds, which is nice as it's easy to let it run amok, but the overall character remains somewhat muddled. There's a dollop of lightly caramel and cocoaish malt upfront, followed by a touch of yeast and the same fruitiness found in the nose, but it's not quite as bright. Some clove-like and mildly piney flavors rise as the bitterness hits it's high at this point, and the flavors seem to run together as the beer warms and becomes airy. The ginger then appears distinctly at the swallow, and carries into the aftertaste where it grows stronger. Unfortunately, some lingering dull-maltiness hinders its flavor from coming through and allows only its spiciness to resonate.

Nice on the nose, not quite as nice on the palate.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fiery jack-o'-lantern orange with abundant (stationary) yeast and abundant (rising) bubbles. The beer is pretty impressive in that it looks like it contains its own light source. The head was huge and Belgian-like immediately after the pour and filled almost the entire glass. I'll ignore the fact that there's very little lace because this is one fantastic looking beer.

The nose smells like... wait for it... ginger. I happen to love ginger, so I like the nose just fine. The best part about it is that there's a pale malty sweetness underneath the spice. At least it smells like there is.

Real Ginger Ale is real fabulous beer. I don't need to check my reviews to know that this is the best ginger beer that I've ever had. I'm overjoyed that Kiuchi decided to brew what tastes and feels like a bigger beer rather than a light, refreshing one. I wouldn't want the bold, rich flavor to be scaled back one little bit.

I love the sugar cookie soaked in honey sweetness. It's obvious that there's a fantastic beer beneath the perfectly calibrated, freshly grated ginger. I can also appreciate a tart, apricot and peach fruitiness. The rear label says that Ginger Ale has an 'intriguing balance of ginger-spicy, sweet-malty and hoppy-dry' flavor. Other than the dry part, I couldn't agree more. This is a fascinating, multi-faceted and delightfully delicious ale.

I'm a sucker for lush, silky mouthfeels, so it's no great surprise that I love this one. Who knew that all those bubbles would expend most of their energy in head creation and that the mouthfeel would be so poised? Quality brewers brew beer with quality mouthfeels.

Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Ale (along with Celebration Ale and White Ale) is the cream of the Kiuchi crop. One probably has to like ginger to like it, so it won't appeal to everyone. It sure as hell appeals to me though. I just wish I could remember where I bought the bottle since I'd love to lay my hands on a few more.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, mahogany body with a thin, frothed, whiteish head.

Smell: Perfumy aroma smelling predominately of candied ginger.

Taste: Delicate, sweetish maltiness along with that candied ginger flavor. Tiny dash of pear juice. The ginger spiciness is left to do most of the balancing as there's only a slight, earthy bitterness. A dull, gingery burn sits on the tongue beyond the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Better than expected. Seriously! Plenty of ginger without being off-putting.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A gift from Ding, as I have not previously had much in the way of luck with the Ginger Beers, I was going out on a limb to try this one, but I figured if he liked it, I had o give it a shot, right? The pour was nice, a soft amber, honey color with a good amount of clarity was presented before me. Nice carbonation coming up from the bottom to reinforce the two inch high head of fizzy white foam that was on the top of it. A quick fade left behind a white crown which dripped some side glass lace, and I have to admit a good looking beer so far

The aroma was your typical fare for the style with the rich candied sugar totally dominating the entire aroma. Nice, and subtle hints of ginger in the back, and a hint of rice, but this was a malt driven nose for sure. The feel was thicker then I thought, almost coming in at a medium bodied clip. Nice, albeit slightly slick finish to it, with decent enough carbonation. The flavor was light, lots of ginger but not overdone, with a good amount of spice thrown in. Nice grain like malts right up front again. It was an easy drinker and I had this one down in no time, though it was better cold then it was when it finally warmed up.

Overall not bad. I am really not a fan of the ginger beers, but even I have to admit that this one was not bad at all. I think I might even try it again one day, and would sure to take a test of it on tap if given the chance. If you see it and its reasonable, its not a bad bet.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Kimonos (Disney) in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper to garnet red in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that reduced to a thin film covering most of the surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to heavy aromas of caramel and toasted malts with some lighter notes of ginger - slightly spicy.

T: The beer has a pretty solid malt body that contributes some sweetness to the beer with the mostly caramel malt flavors. There is also a light presence of the ginger spice and just a touch of something like honey.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable but slightly too gingery and too strong in ABV to be sessionable. This beer paired very nicely with my sushi dinner and is definitely one that I would have another time.

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Photo of jwc215
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle.

Pours cloudy, almost mirky, orangish. A foamy head quickly descends to a small wisp and a thick ring around the edge.

The smell is of spiced ginger bread with a touch of alcohol.

The taste is of spiced ginger upfont. Sweetness is quickly followed by orange peel. There is a nice balance of sweet malt and bitter hops. The ginger dominates, but is backed by a crisp spicy flavor. The sweetness and bitterness that intermingle give it a complexity beyond just ginger. It's medium bodied. The alcohol becomes more noticeable as the drink progesses. It comes very close to masking the flavors. It has a spicy, alcoholic finish.

The feel is fairly creamy, with a spicy, alcohol kick. It's a bit drying.

It's an interesting, unique brew. Ginger dominates, but does not overpower other flavors. As tasty as it is, one is enough. As the drink progresses, more alcoholic sharpness becomes noticeable. A good one to try because it's something different, but not anything to have with any regularity. It has a rawness about it. Might be good to have with a spicy Asian cuisine that has ginger as a main ingredient. On its own - a bit much.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, caramely-bronze coloration, dull yellow at the bottom...large head, puffy white, lace leaving, quite attractive.

Aroma: sweet, spicy, tangy ginger, and nothing but...but, I like that! It's all over the nose, and it's invigorating and inviting. Nicey, nice.

Let's taste it...big presence in the malt, full flavor, big malt, and delicious ginger flavor. Dang it, I like it. Zingy, zesty, spicy...oh, so tasty.

Full bodied, with a long, delicious finish...ginger lingers on the palate.

Yum, I like. If you hate ginger, you won't. But then, who can resist the smiling ginger root mascot on the label?

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Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A nice dark orange amber, thin rising carbonation along the edges, presented with a three finger light tan head and even bubbles. Settles to a thick tan head, kind of looks like a strong ale. Some good spider like lacing to match as well.

Minor ginger on the nose, with a powdery sense. Not much else going on, but truly does smell like ginger with a nice softness.

Palate hits with a minor wet body. Not much of a taste of ginger on the beer, but finishes with a quite dry powdery feel. Not much malt feeling presence that comes with the first sips, but manages a mild sweetness.

Overall it's kind of interesting but I am not exactly keen on this one.

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Photo of Billolick
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tried this rarity on tap at the Lazy Boy in White Plains NY. I sampled it before I went for a pint, it tasted pretty good, sort of "interesting" after a few sips I knew I had made a mistake. This is heavy very flavorful brew, usually not a bad thing, but here were talking lots of ginger, lots of mint, clove, spruce, pine etc. This stuf was just plain nasty IMHO. To much personality, here equals tough to drink. Over the top in the "herbed/spiced" department for my palate.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Mike, I like this brewery, so does my wife.

Beer is light amber, mostly clear white head, decent retention, minimal lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is flat with a mild spice to it.

Beer is light in body, sweet and spicy, the ginger comes through nicely. The finish is a little dry but not too bad. A decent beer but not great. This brewery makes better beers and I've had them.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a murky light brown in color with pale yellow highlights and had a thin head leaving very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I could definitely smell the ginger in the nose with other herbs, spices, some grains, and sweetness I believe were coming from the malts; smelled like ginger dressing.

T: the ginger character was also big on the palate with spices, herb, caramel, mild hop accents but had a good sweet malty presence and a touch of citrus.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of prickly carbonation which had a sweet, herbal, spice, slightly hoppy, and sticky finish.

D: I liked the balance in the herbal character which was not overwhelming, drank decent, and was a decent herbal brew.

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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 WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a spicy, fresh ginger aroma that blends well with the pale and crystal malt scent. The taste is average. It has a thick, malty flavor that goes down slow and finishes sweet with a spicy, ginger character. There is a mild tartness in there as well. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is decent ginger brew. It's quite prevelant in the aroma and the taste. A good example of the style. I'm just not sure that I like the style that much.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this beer.

The beer gushes out the top when opened and then pours a murky orange color with a white head. The aroma is tart lemon with some nice malt and brett character. The flavor is very tart with some brett funk as well as some lemons and oranges. Tart, funky finish. High carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

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