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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Reviews: 226 | Ratings: 473
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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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 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 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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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
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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Photo of tonyf55
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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 -0.3%
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 wordemupg
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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 +8.7%
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 +14.8%
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 -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 lstokes
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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 -3.3%
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 -7.1%
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 +9.3%
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 -12.3%
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 +3.8%
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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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. The bottle does not have a freshness date.

A: Dark reddish brown (almost rust) with a fingernail deep head that is slightly brown. It really has a striking color; though, it does not leave much lacing.

S: Nice scents of malt and bread, but, and to no surprise, sweet ginger dominates the aroma.

T: Malt quickly changes into sweet and spicy ginger (it reminds me of ginger dressing that always comes on salads at a sushi or hibachi place). The finish has more spice, warming alcohol, and some bread.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Herbed or spiced beers are frequently considered novelty beers. It is true that this beer has a very unique flavor (and color), but it is not brewed for kicks and giggles. The sweetness and spice of the ginger work together to create a beer that has balance. The beer can feel a little heavy (slight syrup); I wish it has higher carbonation.

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

12oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours a deep orange with a thick dark tan head that reduced into a thin film that left a few soapy spots of lace.
S: Big notes of candied ginger. Very strong and interesting smelling.
T: Good dose of ginger but it’s not overwhelming. The spiciness of the root really shows up in the finish. This beer is actually pretty sweet though, and has a good underlying flavor of sweet fruits, candied sugar and caramel. I pick up some orange zest in the finish as well.
M: There is a good amount of heft to the mouth with a touch of heavy slickness. Body is medium to heavy, and the carbonation is tingly but low.
O: Tastes a lot like a heavier, sweeter ginger ale. Not bad really. I was expecting a lighter, crisper beer, but this did just fine.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.
Pours a deeper brown color than I had expected, with an exceptionally creamy 2 finger head that stands up to swirling abuse for quite some time. Smells of gingersnap cookies and the malt profile is like a Wee Heavy in both the nose and in the mouth, only with lots of nice hot ginger, and an oddball flavor which is difficult to describe, the flavor of a rice malt. Honestly, I can't figure out a good way to describe rice malts. But its there, and noticeable underneath the malts that are rather reminiscent of O'so Dank. Has a heavier-medium body and chewy texture. The ginger in this one acts like a hops amplifier, complimenting the hops already in there while at the same time boosting them. This is just what I was looking for, a ginger brew with a substantial Ginger presence rather than a fleeting one. The spicy ginger will stick with you for a while.
Worth trying and I'll get it again if I can find it.

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Photo of Brittmb29
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at World of Beer Coconut Creek, FL

A- Appears like a hazy brown ale with some light penetration. Head is ~1/4 and bubbly off white dissipates to ring of bubbles and leaves no lacing.
S- Mmmm gingery brew, ginger smell takes over hoppy citrus aromas. Not spicy, some malty sweetness in smell.
T- Very gingery but not overpowering (for my taste) malty undertones give a fullness to the taste with ginger acting as the spicy/pungent beer character.
M- on the thin side of a medium body. hazy body comes across smooth over the tongue while not tasting too dry w/ 7.0% ABV. carbonation stays thru the beer.
D- I could absolutely drink this beer all night, if you enjoy a hoppy beer this would be enjoyable because ginger adds spicy hop-esque kick

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Photo of ThoreauLikeAGirl
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a Tulip glass.

Poured a cloudy orange-brown in color.
1 finger head that receeded within 30 seconds to a light lacing.
Nice aroma of fresh ginger, citrus fruits (mainly lemon)
taste: spicy fresh ginger, caramely malts
ample carbonation.
Most people might be overwhelmed with the flavor of ginger and spice, but I really enjoyed it.
I have to review this in 2 parts, though.
Those are my initial opinions at first couple tastes. But, after attempting the whole bottle, the ginger was a bit too much and overpowering. Hard to finish. Not something to drink more of a glass of.

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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 473 ratings.
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