Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew | Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Real Ginger BrewHitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew
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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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Added by goodbyeohio on 07-13-2005

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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2/5  rDev -44.9%

Photo of flannelman808
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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 +22.6%
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 -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a glass stein.

Appearance- Extremely cloudy copper-amber body with copious amounts of carbonation. The head receded from a one-finger, orange tinted head quickly. Only a little foam left around the perimeter of the glass.

Smell- Very spicy hops and a nice caramel malt coming up to meet me. It takes a couple of sniffs, but the ginger starts to come on strong. Luckily, it smells like the real deal and not some "ginger flavoring". Really pleasant and crisp.

Taste- Lots of ginger pervades through out the drink, and it is good. However, the malt that is used is not doing a good job of meshing with the ginger. It is honestly, a little too sweet.

Besides that, there is a little bit of an ester note to the drink. And incredibly, as the drink warms, a little bit of roasted quality coming through. Odd, but it works better than the sweet malt. Also a slight wheat feel to the finish. Mainly, I am happy the ginger is not overwhelming.

Mouth feel- It is definitely medium bodied, thanks to the malt smoothing everything out. I was afraid the carbonation was going to be overdone, but it actually is really creamy.

Overall- It is hard to place every thing that is going on in this beer. And even harder for me to decide how much I like it. I think I would have it again, because it is so easy to drink.

I am starting to think I would have liked more ginger on the palate than what was given. That sweet malt has a way of cancelling out the ginger.

But if you are looking for a ginger beer, you could do much worse. Because this offering has the ginger without being a bummer to drink. And that makes it okay in my book.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of tonyf55
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the little bottle with the owl into a tulip glass

Visual (4): Orangy-red color with almost no clarity and a lot of particulates. Looks almost like a pumpkin spice beer. Head was slightly off white (three-finger down to single finger quickly), with large rolling bubbles. Eventually settles into a thin white film across the top of the beer.

Aroma (4): Mainly the crisp, but light, smell of ginger. Makes me think of eating sushi. Malty scent is weakly present, enough to make sure you remember that's a beer you're smelling.

Taste (3.5): Ginger is dominant, but not in the way I was expecting. Other ginger beers tend to be overly sweet with the ginger flavour, while Real Ginger Brew showcases the 'real ginger' as almost an undertone. Sweetness is present, but not overstated. The tiniest hint of bitterness at the end with almost no taste indication of the higher 7% ABV. Like the initial taste, any lasting ginger flavour is almost non-existent.

Mouthfeel (3): Thin and watery, emphasizing the lively carbonation. Leaves a chalky coating and an alcoholic numbness on the tounge

Overall (4): The smell and look are great for a ginger beer and the taste is bang-on the goal. Couple this with some sushi and you have the perfect match. I'm struggling to place this as a "refreshing" or "savory" beer, likely because its a bit of both depending on when you're drinking it.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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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3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 22/10/11

A very hazy brownish amber with a plenty of bubbles swirling off the bottom feed a large three finger head that falls fast stopping at a thick film leaving a couple partial rings of lace

S ginger is noticeable but not sweet or pickled, OK maybe a little sweet but its the root on display here with a little brown sugar, booze and white pepper

T no connection here, moldy wood and bitter root, I understand its a ginger beer but its like chewing on a wet stick

M slight heat and a little grit with a lingering woody flavor and a bitter bite, well carbonated but that's a highlight

O went down easy enough but it may have been out of curiosity and I never really did figure it out

for once the taste didn't mimic the smell, interesting stuff and I feel I should powering back Unagi, and Ebi with a California Roll on the side

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Photo of Rukasu
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great spicy fall beer.

Pours a thick, murky copper color with yellowish tinted head which dissipates quickly.

Great biting, yet sweet ginger scent.

Taste is malty and sugar sweet, the ginger taste hits strongly at the front yet mellows out when swallowed. Feel is a bit syrupy.

This beer almost has shandy qualities to it, could almost be good with a wedge of lemon in the summer or straight up on a cool fall day.

Overall a good beer, but a full bomber bottle is tough to manage single-handedly.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a surprise! Used as I am to generic and flaccid ginger brews, I was not expecting much... but imagine my surprise to find a ginger brew that actually tastes like fresh ginger!

The highlight of this beer is that there is a great spicy ginger core on the nose and especially on the palate. There is a lot of other flavor coming through and it definitely proves that it is a beer of quality, even if the ginger were not present.

Overall a great beer and one of the best ginger brews that I have tasted. (Though if you want that sweet, candied ginger character this is NOT the beer for you! This tastes like the ginger you get at sushi restaurants. YUM!)

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Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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 lstokes
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Binny's and wish I had picked up more. The nose is a lot of candied sugar, but the taste picks up considerably. Woody ginger and spicy clove, toasty malts, some pear/apricot fruitiness and candied sugar, but overall this is a big spicy beer rather than a sweet one. Full coating mouthfeel.

My boyfriend and I both really enjoyed it--not what we were expecting from a ginger beer, surprised us and knocked it out of the park. Will be buying again.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle put in pint glass.

a nice hazy brown body with a thin head that has ok retention and minimum lacing. nose is spicy ginger cinnamon and bread malts. taste is big spicy ginger crackers and a nice hop bite with a dry finish. carbonation is moderate to low. overall this is a fine beer. its interesting and definitely worth the try as a one off.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up while in Chicago last week. Poured into a standard pint glass, this is a murky brown beer with only a thin layer of foam across the top. Aroma mixes light ginger with abundant sweet malt. Flavor is rather sweet, and ginger is present but doesn't make a substantial part of the flavor. What this really tastes like is a sweet, underhopped amber beer. Body is a bit thin from lack of carbonation.

I suspect I've gotten an old bottle. Looking at other reviews, this just doesn't match up. I love ginger, use a lot of ginger when I cook, and what I have here is not a very good ginger beer.

If I can get another bottle, I'll re-review.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad looking but not quite what I expected either. Heck, I'm not sure what I DID expect. What I got was a cloudy amber colored brew that made a decent head that had some staying power and dissipated slowly into a nice thick sheen. Thick lacing sheets slowly rejoined the beer over time.

Smelled and tasted quite similar, and very gingery at that. No shortage of ginger!! Did I mention the ginger yet? Some spices follow through nicely, especially a touch of pepper. I'd say there's a little bit of maltiness there too. It's fairly sweet and leaves a slightly slick feel in your mouth. Tangy too. Very nice.

Now body wise its medium and well carbonated, leaving a lightly sweet and gingery flavor residue behind. Very easy to drink. overall I gotta say I really like this beer.

A well done ginger beer, albeit a bit over the top, but not out of the ballpark. This would make an excellent on tap offering at an upscale Chinese bistro, Japanese sushi bar, or basically any really good Asian restaurant.

The one drawback is that it's a tad expensive at >10 a bomber.

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Photo of Klym
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

I'll keep this short as I don't think this beer was so complex as to break it down. Ginger is written on the bottle and ginger it is. Smell is pretty straight up ginger, and the taste is a sweet ginger, almost like a candied ginger/ginger candy with maybe a little dates and figs underneath the taste. If you love ginger, you'll likely enjoy this beer. But, even with a love of ginger I couldn't rate this one too highly. Close to no complexity, very straight forward and simple. I probably could've imagined this beer by description before I had it.

Nothing terrible though, and if they really just wanted to make a very ginger tasting beer I'd say their execution was flawless. If you're in the mood for ginger and a beer and want to knock out two birds with one stone this is your beer.

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Photo of drpimento
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mmm, better than I anticipated. Poured with a large, foamy, thick, cream colored head that slowly settled and a little lace. Color is a brownish amber with lots of flecks of stuff and no bubble trails. Aroma is malt and spice. Flavor is like nose with a little sweetness and ginger showing up more. The carbonic tang perfectly offsets the sweetness and ginger. Body and carb are decent. Finish is like flavor and about medium in length. I could see having several of these.

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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 49.7% out of 100 with 481 ratings
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