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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Added by goodbyeohio on 07-13-2005

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Photo of electtodefer
4.5/5  rDev +23%

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 kinolust
3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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 Jibecity223
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of shigg85
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of likeemdark
3/5  rDev -18%

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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of matjack85
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. 330ml brown bottle for $5. No freshness date, but the owl is cool.

The beer poured out a hazed copper color with a nice 1½-finger fluffy white head that lasted a few minutes before receding to just a rim. Moderate lacing.

The ginger smell is definitely there along with a significant amout of sweet malts.

Sweet, spicy, and delicious. Seems like there's more than just one kind of malt in here. I'm getting caramel, brown sugar, and even a kiss of honey. The ginger adds spiciness, and in my opinion they added just the right amount to make this a really tasty brew. Low bitterness, but enough hops to cut into the sweetness. This is good stuff.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel, yet light and refreshing despite the low carbonation.

This may be the best ginger beer on the market.

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Photo of Fallingleaves81
2/5  rDev -45.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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

Purchased in New York, New York...

Wonderfull Bottle! Love it. Poured a cloudy amber with an amazingly thick, creamy head. Great pour for sure.

Aroma is Hops and Ginger. sweet pickled ginger.

Taste is very interesting, the hops and Ginger blend and increase the power of the bitterness. A nice malty backbone to balance the flavors. A very assertive beer with probably the best "ginger" i've ever tasted in a beer. Be prepared for some deep and strong flavor. If you like Sushi ginger you'll enjoy trying this.

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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 OBIrish24
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of brandoman63
2/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of flannelman808
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a pretty recent batch of this stuff from todays date 11-26-11;

A: Pours a sort of wild strawberry muddy brown pale violet color with a distinguished, very thinly cut ginger colored with decent retention and good lacing.

S: subdued ginger notes and cane sugar on the cane.
an afterthought of wintergreen.

T: Almost at the same time, sweet brown sugar cane slowly fills the mouth right next to sliced ginger (the head). A whisper of ripe red fruit over the middle, and finishing with a very clean sort of halfway chewed double mint gum, or a mild citrus/wintergreen if you prefer. Not impressive depth of flavor or boldness.

M: latte froth.

O: very quaffable but not all that outstanding in expression of flavor. Not worth the price, these beers have become very expensive in the last two years.

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Photo of weller1js
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a cloudy, reddish-brown copper, moderately carbonated with a moderate amount of flakey sediment suspended throughout; head is off-white and foamy, dissipating into a light ring of lacing.

smell: pleasantly and equally balanced in hops, yeast, and ginger, while obvious that each individually would stimulate the smell, collectively the effect yields the nose of a cross between a Belgian and a spiced harvest ale.

taste: begins dry and yeasty, but seamlessly progresses with floral hop notes complemented by an essence of ginger, finishing similar to the start, with a notable ginger taste in the lingering.

mouthfeel: above-average body, hops help to give a syrupy-like sensation.

overall: unique infusion of ingredients, well complemented, very drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
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