Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger BrewHitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew

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Kiuchi Brewery

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a pilsener glass at Muramoto in Madison, WI a blushing chestnut with a creamy khaki head. The ginger is not overdone, (what a pleasant surprise), it just lingers throughout while still allowing for wonderful fruit notes, mainly strawberries, to shine. Flavor matches with a healthy amount of caramel. Body is light and palatable. Complimented our deserts of strawberry eggrolls, ginger sorbet, and black sesame cream Brule perfectly.

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Photo of Ego
2.4/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

head retreats quickly, forms an o-ring with an island in the middle, lacing is very spotty, murky brown/orange hue. nothing special.

ginger and spice, sweetness (almost too much). while interesting this isn't that appetizing to me, some caramel tones can be found as well

taste etc...
the ginger is so overpowering I almost lurched on the first sip, jarring, it tastes like flat soda, the sickly sweet/ginger flavor is pretty hard to take. It is semi-light in the mouth in terms of pallet presence. This is WAY too sweet for me....

I couldn't finish this one... it really goes against me.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - an amber iced-tea color. A very brief head formation which disappears to nothing.

Aroma - light grain and ginger, a light cocoa whiff at times.

Taste - light malts with the light cocoa bit, then the ginger comes in. It has an interesting place in this beer, roasted malts and light cocoa mixed with ginger. Different but it works. The ginger is not spicy-hot and not cookie-sweet, just a genuine, straight-up flavor. It's peculiar but distinct.

Mouthfeel - slightly thin, pretty bubbly, a little light on body.

Drinkability - this is a unique beer and could grow on me. An expensive session beer though at $3.79 per 12-ounces.

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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 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 Grundle20
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep murky amber into a snifter. The beer is pretty fizzy but there really isn't much of a head to it.

It smells like ginger, not overly so, but it smells like ginger.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
I've got a surprise for you... THIS BEER TASTES LIKE GINGER! Shocking I know. It's a pretty mild ginger taste, a couple steps below your average ginger ale soda. It's really smooth and I actually don't pick up any carbonation despite it's fizziness. This is the kind of ginger spicing I could really grow to like in a beer though. Just the right touch. It's really the only flavor I am getting though. No malts. No hops. Just slight carbonation and a good ginger zing. The beer finishes really clean to with little aftertaste.

I could easily sub out a ginger ale soda for this beer. It's pretty refreshing and you've got to love alcohol that you can't taste.

Bottom Line:
Probably won't appeal too much to ginger freaks but I find this to be a very good application of ginger in a beer. Japan stand up and be proud. Kono biru wa totemo sugoi desu!

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Photo of GooberMcNutly
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my new favorites. Head pours thick and with a slightly reddish tint. No single taste or aroma is overwhelming, but the ginger shines through and wakes up the whole palate. A bunch of yeast was present in the bottle, leaving a haze in my second glass. Pour carefully.

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Photo of zjungleist
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours coppery orange with a fat offwhite head that faded very fast. The has lots of ginger, some sweet malts, and a very tiny bit of hops. The taste has some nice citrusy ginger (almost like orange peel), some malt and ale yeast flavors, and a tiny twang of hops. The mouthfeel is slightly rich, but the carbonation and ginger flavors make me perceive it as lighter and more refreshing. Actually, I like this beer a whole lot. This is probably my favorite Japanese beer and my favorite herbal brew as well.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The tan head on the copper colored beer fell quickly, but a citrusy nose with a lot of spice promised a lot. And, a lot is what it is. First, a lot of ginger, with an overwhelming initial taste followed by a bitter, bitter finish. It improves after a few sips, and the taste buds acclimate (surrender???) to the ginger. Also, a lot of alcohol (7%) taste comes through as well, blended with a soda like high carbonation bite as well. It did clear my sinuses for a bit. With that said, it has some balance and if you like ginger (which I suspect is my main problem with this beer), I can see where there are some really ravenous ginger fans who are terribly loyal to this brew from Japan. Enjoy with caution.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Thickly hazed red brick amber. Fizzy, mottled beige head comes and goes rapidly. No lacing. Visible sediment.

Smell: Crystallized ginger, sweet and mildly spicy. Apple cider notes and some honey-roasted nutty malts act as a foundation, with a slight citric hop zip.

Taste: Mostly toasty, nutty, toffee malts, with a dry, lime-ish twang from the hops and yeast. Ginger is unfulfillingly subtle, but it is there and it is spicy and good. Finish is dry, almost parchingly dry, with a lingering spicy sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and juicy. Quite nice.

Drinkability: Certainly not Kiuchi's finest effort, but worth a try nonetheless. I want the ginger flavor to be kicked up a little more, because as it is this is just kind of a blasé pale ale.

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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 BDTyre
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa...ginger ale at 7% ABV. That's a damn strong ginger ale.

Crazy Japanese bottle with a creepy looking ginger root smiling at you in his RGA jumper. He is holding what appears to be a glass of beer or an ice cream cone and he is in the middle of a snow storm centred strictly upon him.

Nice hazy orange colour, but the head is way too much. I'd poured maybe a fifth of this beer and the head filled almost the entire glass. Ginger ale smell, and by this I mean a proper ginger ale...not the watered down, sweetened variety most people are familiar with. Dry, zesty smell combined with some pale malt and a faint bitterness perhaps from hops. A slight hint of honey and maybe even some melon?

Surprisingly refined taste. Ginger root with a dry malt taste. The ginger does not dominate, nor is it overwhelmingly sweet. Not nearly as sweet as GI's ginger beer. Maybe there's a faint trace of hops in there, but the ginger is powerful enough that you won't get any mistaken ideas. This is a ginger ale, not a ginger flavoured ale.

Good mouthfeel...not as carbonated as Granville Island's Ginger Beer, and thus not as "soda-ish." Great summer drink, one that excels served ice cold.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy ruby color, with a thin beige head that thins to a persistent thin layer with nice lacing. The little chunks of ginger floating about were a bit disconcerting.

Smell: Sharp acidic nose, sweet malts, and spicy ginger.

Taste: Toasty malt flavors greet the palate upfront. Spicy ginger predominates in the center. Fruity sweetness appears in the finish followed by mild bitterness and spicy alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, smooth, oily.

Drinkability: The flavors are nice, but the alcohol and spiciness in the finish can be harsh.

Overall: I was worried that the ginger in this beer would be overpowering (like a Ginger Altoid), but they did a really good job of allowing the ginger to be the focus of the beer without letting it overpower the other flavors.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased at the Party Source for $4.19. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a amber coloration. Moderate amounts of sediment float in the beer. The head is biege two fingers high. The head quickly resolves into a ring of foam. The carbonation is absolutely explosive.

Smell: The beer has an explosion of ginger, cloves, mint and sweet breadyness. Wow!

Taste: The beer has a dominate ginger taste. The ginger produces a pleasant pepperyness. The sweet malty profile stands up very well.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied. The beer is explosively carbonated. The ginger taste is dominate and lingering as a ginger sting. This is a very interesting beer. The beer is very refreshing and easy to consume.

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Photo of Chaz
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, bright bronze in color, with a dense tan head of moderate duration and enough lace to pique my interest – this looks sturdy! Nose offers a hint of pineapple and spice, with the ginger being surprisingly subtle (think of liquid Pineapple Upside-down Cake without the cherries!) I’m also catching a bready, ale-yeast component (strong/old ale), ginger snaps, and just a touch of bittering hops. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, the ginger and firm alcohol work in a point-counterpoint manner, delivering a spicy kick within a medium-full bodied strong ale. Hop bitterness is present but more as a compliment to the sharp, tangy ginger, and there is a touch of resin-y pine in the aromatics. The malt profile is obscured by the spice and warming alcohol, but adds just enough sweetness to this dry, spicy, strong-yet-very drinkable brew. A very good tipple!

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Photo of ybnorml
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly cloudy dark amber beer. Has a small fizzy head that evaporates quickly. There is a definte belgian like floral and herbal character to the aroma ( similar to beers that I have had from Offshore Ales and The Tap when Mr Paquette was there.) That whole floral and herbal texture carrys over into the taste. With hints of malty sweetness in the middle and a dry floral hop finish Quite a suprising brew.

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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 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 orbitalr0x
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Real Ginger Ale pours from the 11.2oz stubby bottle a dark amber/orange color with a half inch of small bubbly off white head. I get a hit of sweet carmalized fruits upfront along with an obvious, yet mellow ginger spiciness. A bit bready with some brown sugar and a waft of herbal hops. An interesting aroma.

First sip brings a sweet, pale caramelized maltiness upfront that's a bit toasty. Fruity as it makes its way down along with a nice integration of spicy ginger. Almost woody in flavor, this one finishes quite dry. An interesting brew with a nice sweet/spicy aspect. A faint herbal hop at the end as well..but it's the ginger that really leaves its mark.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, rather dry with well placed carbonation. Goes down smooth, but the finish gets to be a bit much after each sip. Not a brew I'd drink regularly, however it's quite intriguing and definetly brings the ginger flavor. Worth trying if you enjoy Kiuchi's brews or if you like ginger.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky copper with a few fine trails of carbonation rising through the middle. A small oatmeal colored head forms, but doesn't hold out very long. Smells like a malty pale ale, but with a dash of ginger. Actually it reminds me of spiced pumpkin smell for some reason. Solid, caramel maltyness holds up against the modest ginger. The finish is only slightly bitter, and there's a mild bite to the ginger. The hops are hard to pick out, but I think there's some piney hops in the mix. Almost chewy body does well to carry the sweet flavors and keep the ginger in check. Wow, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I'm impressed. Not as hot as I thought it would be, but that is good. Well balanced, flavorful, and I'm a ginger fan so I could drink a few of these.

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Photo of Tbone
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

7.0% abv

I poured it hard and the head was five fingers deep, and left lace on the glass.

Colour is a cloudy, burnt orange.

Strong ginger smell.

Taste is of strong and real ginger with a slight bitterness at the end.
Not overly sweet like most ginger beers. You can't really taste much outside the ginger, and yet there is clearly a more substantial beer behind the ginger than in most ginger beers I have encountered.

Mouthfeel is a nice median density, but it does leave an slight "fuzzy" feeling on the tongue.

Would be great with some Thai food.

I'm tired of so-called "ginger beers" that make you concentrate to taste the ginger. This one doesn't have that problem. If you like ginger, you should try this beer. It may the best version I have tried.

I will buy it again, but only occasionally due to the cost of $3.50 for a 11.2 oz bottle.

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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 jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A heavy pour and got a one-fingered head that vanished leaving no lace. Hazy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Faint ginger nose. Starts with sweet ginger flavor but very mild, finish - hops are there but not overpowering. $3.89 for a 11.2oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap at Spuyten Duyvil. Damn, Joe has some esoteric beers ! Booya!

The beer poured a strange, almost pink? color that resembled pickled ginger. Wow! Not really sharp pink, but it definitely had some pink hues to it. Also, poured with a nice, pillowy 1.5" head on top. Nice.

The aroma was of spicy hops, ginger, and lemons. Very nice...

The taste was very well-balanced... not too assertively hopped, but much contribution from the ginger in the way of spiciness. You don't get much of the ginger until the end, where it leaves a tingling on the tongue.

The body was medium, and the carbonation was full. This seemed to also work well with the ginger... sort of a digestif.

Overall, a very drinkable brew. I definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle, no abv or info listed. label contains only the name of the beer and an illustration of a freakish beer-drinking personnified ginger root.. looks more like the elephant man to me.

pours a nice mildly hazy deep orange color, similar to a left coast ipa. aroma on this beer is a sweet caramel malt which carries over big in the flavor.. conflicts chaotically with the very light but noticeable sprinkling of ginger root flavor. american hops are very understated here, feeling almost absent. if any hop activity is detectable here, its a light citrus tart.

finishes rather clean for such an experimental beer, but the drinkability suffers. a good accompinament for food.. good sipper, but not the strongest thing from kiuchi.

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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
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