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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 225 | Ratings: 468
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip during hitachino tasting 2013. Nice brownish orange color with a finger of head. Ginger and sugary dried fruit aroma...actually quite nice. Taste is ginger and belgian dark quad like...dried fruit a bit...the ginger is much stronger in the aroma than the taste. Its actually a good brew

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

A. It has a cidery color, mud like thickness, it has a good foamy white head with some lacing.

S. It is quite gingery and has a lysol soapy scent.

T/M. The ginger definitely comes through. It has a malty taste with a sour Belgium style fell underneath. Medium bodied. It has a carbonated refreshingness to it.

O. It is solid. It has a unique taste. Definitely worth a try, but can't have more than one or two. But I enjoyed.

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Photo of Aleks_P
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruby or caramel colored and cloudy. Translucent with thin white/yellow head. Looks a lot like apple cider.

Smell: Just smells like beer, can't really detect the ginger at all.

Taste: Definitely taste the ginger, particularly in the aftertaste. Starts off with sweet caramel flavor but the ginger kicks in toward the end.

Mouthfeel: Tastes a little syrupy and sweet. Smooth taste, not much carbonation.

Overall: I admittedly haven't had any other ginger beer so this was interesting, I'd probably order this if I was getting sushi although I paid almost $5 for a 12oz bottle so I'd have to be in the mood for it.

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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 heygeebee
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From Camperdown Cellars. BB jan 14.

What an odd beer.

Pours murky and almost does not look like beer.... Head dies no film.

Aromas are of dull ginger, no zest... Malts...

Taste is dull and malty and earthy, and the ginger zing I was expecting does not appear. Malts and spice all the way. It's not a bad taste it's just way unusual and does not fit standard beer terms.

Mouthfeel lightly carbonated and somewhat alcoholic.

Jury out. It's not beer just not as we know it. Have to say would not buy again...

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into an Ommegang tulip at low altitude in NY. I'm a fan of ginger, so I expect I might like this more than others.

A: Pours a nearly opaque red-amber color with a creamy yellowish head. Great retention and leaves a thick layer of lacing.

S: Candied ginger - sweet and spicy. Plenty of caramel as well. An interesting combination of flavors.

T: Starts off tasting like a ginger snap but finishes with noble hop bitterness. Plenty of malt body, but unfortunately the bitterness on the finish doesn't complement the initial ginger sweetness very well. There's a bit of clove character as it warms.

M: Medium-bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. A bit too flat in terms of carbonation.

O: Another interesting attempt at a ginger brew. Overall, not my favorite Hitachino offering and probably not something I would have again.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a hazy ruddy amber color, off-white lacing for a head.

Smells of caramel, apples, piney hop resin and hints of ginger.

Tastes of semi-sweet bready malts, mildly bitter hops and a whisper of ginger spice and sweetness. More ginger in the aftertaste.

Medium to full body with minimal carbonation but a noted light sting of ginger.

An interesting and different ale, enjoyable and worth trying. Strikes me as something that might pair well with certain savory foods. On it's own, might be a little too weird to warrant a second try for most, but I am personally happy drinking it the first time at least.

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Photo of JudoJeff
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Given the name of the beer was Real Ginger Brew, I was expecting a more ginger-forward flavor. In truth it did have notifiable ginger flavor, but if you are expecting something akin to "ginger beer" (soda) then you will be disappointed. The color was a beautiful amber with a light, foamy head. Overall this was an enjoyable brew, but I would probably not pay the more than $5 per 12oz bottle that I did again.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.69/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The folks at Save On (carry out) had not tried this one but the brewery came highly recommended. It was a nice risk and a great treat - not a novelty.

The taste is not nearly the overly ginger brew I thought it might be. It is a well balanced (beer? ale?) with some spice, but not a bunch of different ones.

It looks quite good in the glass - a partly cloudy light brown. The aroma is fantastic. Beautiful beer, a little hops, and ginger. The aftertaste is very pleasant.

I really enjoyed this. I wish it weren't so expensive.

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

Into a pint glass:

A: clear light amber body, a two finger puffy and foamy white head appears and gently dies to a half finger that lasts for a good bit. Speckles are seen on the inside floating around (assuming that's the ground ginger root). Bubbles gently drift and look like they are dodging the ginger root, interesting, this is really interesting stuff.

S: ginger in front with some nice hops slightly in the background.

T: sweet yet spicey with the ginger and hops mixing with some light malts.

M: light to medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. It has a very nice smoothness I'm picking up on, and for the fairly high ABV, this is extremely drinkable, big wow here

O: I bought two of these and had one with dinner which was Japanese pepper steak and one by itself to test its worth. Personally, I thought It went nice with dinner and by itself. I'd come back to this if I can find it cheaper because the price was $4.59 for a 12 oz bottle, yikes.

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

Dark murky amber body with a huge finger of yellowish head. The nose has as a mild ginger spice and a mild hop up front with a few roasted aromas as well. The first sip is rather sweet with big caramel And candied ginger with light citrus. The finish is quite dry and somewhat warming....now realize its 8%. Overall well balanced and tasty for sure

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

A clear light amber beer, a white head with little lacing and some curtains.

Smelling of sweet coco-nut and ginger.

Starting with sweet brown bread, ginger marmalade and spices.

Little carbonation, soft with a medium body and light dry finish.

Rather sweet and spicy, but that was probably expected.

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Photo of bnes09
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber colored and hazy. Descent ivory colored head on the pour but weak retention.

Deep caramel and spicy pine in the aroma.

Sweet overall flavor with lots of caramel and brown sugar. Mild ginger and pine spice with a subtle hop bitterness. Descent balance.

Full bodied and pretty thick. Almost a syrupy texture. Small bubbles, snappy carbonation.

Descent ginger brew. Would appreciate a little less sugary flavor and feel so the ginger character can show through.

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

Appearance is brown and amber but most notable is the unfiltered, cloudy appearance. Head is present at pour but disappates quickly to just around the rim of the glass. The smell is unique - ginger, banana, clove, other fruits (maybe some candied dates). And the taste is the star - I've tried other ginger beers and find the ginger hard to pick out - not so in this beer. Well done. The ginger is present from start to finish - finally a ginger beer that meets expectations of having that flavor. Other spices and some malty breadiness to the flavor.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange amber colour with a foamy tan white head on top that is about two centimetres tall and holds very well.

Some ginger right at the start but not quite as strong as I had expected from the name and some of the cheaper ginger style beers I have tried previously. I can detect a good malt base and there is a touch of spice and hints of caramel and some light brown sugar notes.

Nice malts to start with followed up with a lot of spice and ginger along with some nice hints of brown sugar and even some caramel from the nose. Ginger and spice is very slightly more pronounced than some of other flavours. Surprisingly I even detected some light hops and citrus.

Medium with medium carbonation and touches of bitterness and a fair bit of spice. The flavours are all well balanced and there is a clean, wet finish to the beer.

Not as offensive in the ginger department as I had feared with all the flavours coming out well balanced and making a refreshing beer as a result.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - very hazy burnt orange, thumb of tan head dissipated average to a thin cover with some random lacing down the glass as it was consumed
S - big shot of ginger and brown sugar, light molasses and pepper
T - ginger is more subdued than the nose but pleasant and well integrated, molasses and bread maltiness, just a touch of leafy hops
M - medium body and slightly creamy, a subtle ginger spice tingle lasts through the finish which also bready
O - the ginger is not overdone as is easy to do with this style, pleasant and refreshing while being a fairly big brew, a nice slant on the style

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours hazy dark amber with a small head.
Nose shows ginger, biscuit-like malt along with a soft spicy note.
More ginger in the flavours, but not dominant; there's also some faint bready malt. A bit of herbal astringency shows later. The base beer doesn't seem that great.

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Photo of rudzud
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep, dark copper hue with a nice one finger creamy white head that leaves light side lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malts with a very light herbal/spice note from ginger root. Wish there was more ginger.

T - Taste isnt bad. More of those sweet malts, but not distractingly sweet, with nice light spice ginger. Again, bit too malty and not enough ginger for me.

M - Average mouthfeel here. Kind of thin, alcohol is definitely noticeable. Would like more carbonation.

O - Overall this was a relatively disappointing beer from Hitachino. Way too malty for my tastes with not enough bold ginger. Waste of money for the price.

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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 BostonHops
2.45/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

11.2oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a hazy amber tone; about a finger of white head with mediocre retention, lacing.

who woulda thunk it: ginger leads the way in the nose... notes of caramel malts and a bit of spice, yeast round out the aroma. an intruiging (in a good way) smelling brew.

taste takes a step back. two steps, maybe three. the ginger pulls through, of course, along with some caramel malt, but i find the beer to be overly sweet, almost cloyingly so, with an accompanying tartness that IMO just doesn't jibe with the flavor profile. a bitter, pucker-inducing finish. not a drainpour, but a disappointment. somewhat creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel.

while i'd be open to sampling other offerings from the brewery, this particular beer just isn't for me. i may have to retract my earlier drainpour comment.

original review on: 09-21-2010

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

Bottle purchased for me by @epiclurk. Shared with @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a pleasantly burnished orange-red colour, with a hazy wholeness to it. Some mild, filmy but fine lacing of pure white forms above the glass. Body actually looks pretty solid, which represents the beer overall: solid.

Nose is pleasantly sweet and gingery, in a (pardon the stereotype) very Asian kind of way. It has a pickled sweetness to the quality of the ginger, leaving it almost festive and boisterous. There's some slightly lively carbonic bite to it, but it's ok to ignore that and to consider just the unique ginger quality to the brew.

Similar sort of flavour to the Asian-style ginger. There's certainly some sweetness, and some husky spice to it, but it's almost as though the unusualness of the flavour protects you from the unexpected. It's as though the slightly curried or piquant ginger character caresses you and says "I know I'm not what you expect, but you could love me anyway".

Overall, an unexpectedly delicious, and certainly unusually caressing ginger-infused brew. There's something utterly unique about it, but also utterly disarming about it. Although almost everything about it is unexpected, you're happy to let it do what it needs to do. An unexpectedly pleasant experience.

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Photo of emeline
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been searching for a great, ginger-flavored beer, and I think I might have found it.

Poured from a bottle into a sour glass.

A - Brick red color, with substantial khaki head, 2-3 fingers. Leaving a lovely, thick lacing.

S - The ginger is pretty bold already, but mostly just a malt profile. Nothing outstanding, just clean.

T - As it should, the crisp, clean taste of ginger just rolls onto the tongue. Backed by a honey and caramel malt profile, the ginger tugs at the tip of your tongue, and passes into a dry finish. There's a bit of a citrusy flavor, but it's very mellow. just enough to compliment the ginger, not overwhelm it.

M - Moderately light and bubbly, with a bit of weight in the end. Carbonation is pretty high, but the malts are definitely present. Finish is both dry and sweet, making for an interesting aftertaste. The ginger remains with you, making your whole mouth tingle.

O - Really happy with this beer! A perfect tribute to TRUE ginger flavor while still having some backbone and character. I hope I can find a US brewery that can rival, cause $6 for a 12 oz bottle is pretty steep for this style of beer.


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Photo of bluHatter
4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love Hitachino Nest. There's just something different about their brews. Poured this into a chilled Hitachino Nest Beer glass.

A: Very foggy orange in color. Pours with a huge 4-5 finger thick head. Perfect lacing. Looks amazing.

S: Tangy, ginger, sweet fruits, allspice, caramel, a little wood.

T: Fast, strong floral hops, light citrus that quickly fades into a strong ginger character. Light bitter back, but nothing unpleasant here at all.

M: Dry, smooth and creamy, fluffy carbonation.

O: Kiuchi is by far my favorite brewery. Even though I didn't think I'd care much for a "ginger" beer, once again the Hitachino Nest series pulls through and puts forth a winner. Absolutely great.

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

Bottle. Copper color. Off-white head quickly fades. Great aroma: lots of fresh ginger with dandelion and wildflower, citrus zest, caramel in the malt. Medium to full, slick body with light bubbles on the tongue. Lots more ginger with grass and wildflowers in the flavor; great malt balance in behind with citrus zest. Dark fruit in the finish. Good Stuff.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

I love (non-alcoholic) ginger beers, so thought I should give this guy a chance. Pours a very hazy orange-yellow color with a tiny head. Aroma is ginger and sweet malts. The taste has that ginger kick for sure, but the sweet malts (caramel and sugar) really don't work with the ginger kick. There's some other spices in here that also kinda muddle the whole thing. It works, but could be a bit better. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and strangely drying on the finish - it's almost like my tongue is dry, but my throat is still wet. Overall, it was an alright beer, but as a huge ginger fan, I really wanted more.

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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 468 ratings.
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