Hitachino Nest Yuzu Lager
Kiuchi Brewery

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American Lager
Ranked #67
Ranked #20,515
3.89 | pDev: 9.77%
Kiuchi Brewery
Very Good
Notes: Plentiful use of Japanese yuzu gives this beer a delicate yet deep citrus flavor. Enjoy the refreshing acidity from the yuzu and the crispness of a lager.
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Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely delicious (if you like yuzu). Brings a full body of flavor to the American style lager with all its classic characteristics. Pairs super well with food too! Enjoy!

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a good white and bubbly head that takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is a clear yellow gold color that looks decent. It isn't awe inspiring or as clear as other lagers tend to be.

The smell is pretty good. It has a moderate pepper note through it all and mixes very well with the citrus and slightly sweet yuzu fruit. It isn't an overly complex smell but it's certainly very different than one would expect.

The taste is the exact same as the smell. It has good pepper note up front and followed by a lime like citrus note with a bit of sweetness to it.

The feel is pretty good. It has a light body with a slight burn to it and kind of refreshing.

Overall, this is a pretty interesting lager and worth trying. The yuzu fruit adds some nice notes while the pepper adds a rather uniqueness to it. It's definitely worth trying.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Mid-amber, veeery slight haze, pours with 5mm white head receding...
S- Distinct orange perfume which will be the Japanese Yuzu orange.
T- Orange zest, again more 'perfumed' than citric, makes sense since Japanese and east Asians as a whole don't tolerate the taste of bitterness well due to genetic reasons (x-ref: 'The Bitter Gene'). This hinges on a solid mouth-feel into a semi-dry finish.
M- It has a quite meaty-malty middle based upon 5.5% ABV which provides balance, a platform from which the Yuzu is the star of the show here. It's quite zesty and medium-dry; it would make a refreshing summer beer.
O- The Japanese do not tend to cut corners, nor make brash statements (consider vs contemporary western hipster 'hop-bombs'), everything F+B-wise is about great care to achieve the desired balance. I thought this an unusual find in London and despite it being quite different to my usual styles of choice I'd happily buy it again - if I ever see it again that is!
BB: 10/2019. Bought from the Japan Centre nr. Leicester Square in London. £2.99/350ml can.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a proper Kiuchi branded lager glass (ooh la la), this is a very slightly hazed bronze-gold beer with a short-lived white head. Aroma is bountiful with yuzu rind – not sharp like yuzu juice, just the mellow, sweet, floral fragrance from the outermost zest. Yuzu is a volatile aroma so it dissipates slightly over time, revealing a honeyed malt sweetness, but really it's all about the yuzu, which is exactly what I want from a beer called Yuzu Lager.

The flavour is predominantly malt-forward, nice and smooth and clean, with a very subtle bitterness of yuzu pith and noble hops. If anything, this beer is too sweet – I had hoped for a touch of acidity from the yuzu, a drier finish, spritzier carbonation, or a sharper bitterness from the hops – but those are just my expectations, and if taken as simply a classic malty German lager, it is difficult to fault. There are a lot of yuzu beers out there now, many of which are quite good, but I think this is one of the best.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 6.56(Including tax and discount)/350 mL can ($ 0.556/oz) from Spec’s #100, DeZavala, San Antonio. Reviewed 3/24/19.
“YL.18.02d” on bottom of the can. On shelf in store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.75.
Body – Yellow, hazy.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive center pour), white, medium density, average retention, diminishing to a seven to fifteen mm lacy ring and a thin complete layer with a large rocky island.
Lacing – Fair. Some torn curtain lacing remains on the inside of the glass.
First pour – Light yellow, clear.
Aroma – 3 - Weak citrus and hints of soap; not particularly appealing.
Flavor – 3 - The nose carries into the flavor with the citrus/soap predominating. There is a bit of maltiness and bitterness at the end. No alcohol (5.5% ABV), no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Medium, watery, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3 – While this does not taste like a typical lager, that is probably because of the yuzu fruit. I’ve only had a yuzu-based beer once before and remember it as being a much brighter citrus experience.

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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that quickly settled down but left lots of lacing on the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and some streaks of bubbles running down the sides.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of yuzu fruit are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of yuzu fruit, which seems like a cross between three quarters of an orange and one quarter of a lemon with faint bits of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of cleanness in the mouthfeel.
O: This beer is very light and refreshing and almost tastes like you are having an adult version of an Orangina. It is perfectly sessionable.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(350 ml can, code YL.18.03... poured into a fluted goblet)

L: fairly-clear, light-amber colored liquid; tall pad of open, spongy foam which initially recedes slow but then just drops, keeping a thin cap and leaving a lil crusty lace

S: exotic fruit aroma leaps out with nose close to foam - sort of grapefruit mixed with melon with a hint of mango in the back, maybe a note of bubblegum as well... mild presence of pilsner malt in the back that, with the slight phenolic note, throws off a shade of malt liquor

T: underlying malt passes by first in a flash, followed by a familiar Hitachino note, then some citrus and bubblegum - in the finish, a fantastic, fragrant blast of the fruit holds momentarily (most prominently on the first sip, also resurfacing a little with any burps)... aftertaste leaves a delicate toasty malt, tiny nip of peppery phenols, and broad haze of lightly-bitter tropical fruit rind on the palate... overall, wonderful degree of dryness

F: satin soft, light-bodied, disappearing dryness; very refreshing, opens up the palate... drinks like a helles lager with a tiny touch of nectary viscosity

O: wasn't quite sure what to expect - wasn't as thin or spritzy as I'd feared... delighted by the degree of malt flavor and the fruit compliments rather well... I may be tempted to buy a sleeve (appropriate term? it's packaged in a row) in the future

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Photo of Lucular
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like an ordinary lager but has plenty of mildly tart citrus flavor and aroma (good, exactly as expected), plus quite a bit of floral character (not as good). An interesting beer, at the very least.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a dark yellow, with a small white head and no lacing on the glass.

S: The Yuzu fruit is very upfront in this beer, kinda lemony and limey, with a slight note of berry and some orange. Don't smell much malt in this lager.

T: Lemon and limey, with some fuzzy fruit and berry underneath, a slight medicinal quality, and light bitterness. Never had Yuzu fruit but now I definitely know what it tastes like, this is a very fruity lager.

F: Light body, smooth carbonation.

O: This is a very fruity, it's not quite my cup of tea, but if you like fruity beers, I would give it a try.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear dark yellow. The head is with with very little retention. No lacing.
Yuzu upfront that dominates. Tons of lemon like sourness and grass/grains.
Taste is straight up Yuzu. Taste like lemon rind. Sort of medicinal maybe. Apart of me believes I am not supposed to like these flavors but oddly enough I kind of do.
Mouthfeel is light bodied with pretty damn crisp carbonation.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: Clear gold with a thin white head. No activity. The head dissipated quickly.

Smell: Bright citrus and pine needles on the attack. This gets muddled up quickly by a sweet bread malt.

Taste: I have never had Yuzu by itself before but that is what I attribute to an attack of bitter lemon and spruce tips. Then comes a sweet malty body with more lemon notes. Like lemon preserves smeared over whole wheat bread. The sharp pine note pops back in to usher in the. Finish which has notes of rose hips and floral hops as it dries.

Feel: Quenching and thick for a lager it gets a bit too bogged down sweetness robbing it of that crisp lager body. No alcohol. Medium bitterness. Dry finish. Carbonation is lacking for a crisp lager as well.

Overall: This beer is fine. The flavors are alright and it’s pleasant enough to drink. However it doesn’t match the style it’s going for so it’s hard not to knock it. Also the Yuzu flavor is a bit much and it can move towards pine sol flavor on some sips. Alright.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-lager pint. YL.17.12.

A: Medium gold-orange coloring is quite nice when back lighted providing a good lager clarity and a heavy handed dose of macro-bubble effervesce. A dull white head is slightly soapy with pockets and sits briefly atop before dissipating. Minimal lace sticks to the vessel. A golden deep coloring is a sure plus here.

S: Fresh burst of fruitiness upon opening the can shows lemon and tropical fruit, grapefruit juice that was really wet and fresh. The strength was above average, nice longevity factor and fresh dripping wet citrus gives this street cred of pale ale proportions.

T: Lemony-tropical notes are full, fresh bright and spicy on the open. Really sharp delivery of orange-citrus flavors are abundant with a soft dry touch of grapefruit peel and lemon peelings. Some buttered barley and guava fill out with some sweetness and fullness.

M: Crisp carbonation, milky depth malts are full on the mouthful and provide a sharp and spicy citric hold on the inner cheeks with very good results.

O: A pale lager with american pale ale like hopping comes courtesy of the addition of the yuzu providing a bold, spicy citrus spike with a milky depth of malts. Bright, bold and american influence gives a pleasant first surprise and strong drink ability factor throughout the entire experience. Bonus points here go to the localization of the yuzu fruit.

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Photo of triphopera
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The yuzu flavor sits on the top of the beer without really being well incorporated unfortunately. Perhaps it’s the novelty of the fruit used. Nevertheless, a pleasant beer.

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Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On Tap it pours a golden clear color. smeel is citrus rind and pine resins. Taste had grapefruit and oranges sweet juicy rioe with rice and bread and grass with lemon and pine resin in finish Mouth feel was bitter for a lager it was crisp and well carbonated. Would have again enjoyed the tap pour i had.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

350 ml can into lager glass, canned in 12/2017. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lightly tart ruby red grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, peach, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, cracker, white bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, yuzu, and moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lightly tart ruby red grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, peach, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, cracker, white bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/citrus peel/rind bitterness and light fruit tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart ruby red grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, peach, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, cracker, white bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, yuzu, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/tartness balance, and no hop/fruit astringency after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness, fruit tartness, and carbonation. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and moderately grainy/sticky, lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.5%. Overall this is a nice fruited pale lager. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, yuzu, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Flavorful and not watery feeling for the ABV. Vibrant yuzu fruit and Cascade/Amarillo hops, with a solid pils malt backbone. A bit underwhelming, but a nicely enjoyable and well made offering.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Likely the fruitiest beer I've had that nails that balance between tasting like beer vs. tasting like juice. Citrus, cactus fruit, a bit of peach fuzz and salt play around on a warm and smooth lager base. It's no showstopper, but it definitely hits a certain refreshing spot. If this came with more economical pricing/packaging, it would be a fridge regular!

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Hitachino Nest Yuzu Lager from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 33 ratings