Hitachino Nest Nipponia | Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
3.85/5
Very Good
145 Ratings
Hitachino Nest NipponiaHitachino Nest Nipponia
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan
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Style: American Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"HITACHINO NEST BEER is a brand of our quality top-fermented ales. Nipponia is brewed using the revived Japanese breed of Kanego Golden barley which was first developed in 1900, along with another strain of hops called 'Japanese-bred Sorachi Ace'. Nipponia is a delightfully golden coloured beer with citrus edge and complex and lingering taste."

Malt: Kaneko Golden
Hops: Sorachi Ace
Alcohol Vol: 6.5%
Color: Golden Yellow

Won a Bronze Medal at the Australian International Beer Awards 2012 in category 5D "Other International Style Lager Packaged".

Added by John_M on 08-13-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,985
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
145
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
9
Trade:
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Ratings: 145 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy apricot color with a finger of bright white head.

Aroma of yeast, honey and light lemon.

Tastes of tea, lemon and Belgian malt with a touch of bitter hoppiness and medicinal notes at the finish.

Lighter bodied with a fizzy carbonation.

Definitely a different type of beer but well made as expected from the folks at Hitachino.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked NI.13.03 at 44 degrees into pilsner glass
Aroma of a weiss/hefeweizen; phenolic, slight coriander
Head large (5 cm), white, creamy, mostly quickly diminishing into 3 mm layer
Lacing good – partial ring of small bubbles
Body medium yellow, hazy
Flavor begins like a weak slightly sweet weiss with more citrus than coriander flavor; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no hop bitterness found. Flavor ends quickly with no aftertaste.
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

An odd take on a pilsner – not clean and crisp but a more complicated flavor, probably from the Sorachi Ace hops. To me, this has more characteristics of a hefeweizen/weissbier than a pilsner. Not a bad beer, but not what I was expecting from a pilsner.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - fully hazy orange, some light suspended sediment, fluff white head retained very well
S - musty and yeasty, some lager like adjunct odour, caramel and lemongrass hints
T - earthy and sour citrus hops mixed with caramel and rye bread, with the caramel and peppery qualities lingering
M - rich and creamy with a sneaky carbonation kick, bready and spicy through the finish with some citrus bitterness
O - a solid brew front to back, definitely represents both aspects of a strong Belgian with an English pale ale, well worth a purchase

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Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes in a 550ml bottle brew pours a light golden honey hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a fast vanishing two finger head and some little lacing,the smell is barnyard funk,herbal hops and barley,it has a pretty average light mouthfeel which leaves you with tastes of orange zest,barley,yeasty bread and finishes with a nice,dry herbal hop hit of bitterness which leaves you thirsty and wanting another sip to whet the palette,overall i was really excited to try this brew as i do like this Japanese brewery alot but this is not one of their more memorable brews and for the price would rather revisit some of their other ones that where cheaper and i really did appreciate way more.

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Photo of yancot
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of CraigTravor
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Oakenator
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rangerred
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark gold but just a tiny bit of lacing and not really any head at all.

The Sorachi Ace hops are quite powerful in the aroma and there is also a slight earthy/oaky character. I'm assuming this is from the hops as well. Pretty intersting.

The flavor has a lot more complexity than I was expecting. That same dank/citrus hop note along with a stronger note of oak and vanilla; almost like this was wood aged. Not clean at all like a pilsner but more like an aged ale. Moderate bitterness and a pretty clean finish.

Overall, this is a very intersting beer. The wood/vanilla notes are unique and I love Sorachi Ace hops. A different, but well put together beer.

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Photo of BT_Bobandy
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of jsanford
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a tall narrow 550 ml brown bottle. Pours out a bright yet hazed marmalade hue, thin creamy white head that quickly settles.

Speaking of marmalade, the aroma has a character of that too, some sweet, almost sugary orange zest, mild apricot, mild spice from the yeast, rounded wheat malt in the background.

Flavour is mild overall, soft yet somewhat tart wheat grains, dry neutral spice near the finish, with spicy, leafy green hops lingering in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, deceptively thin yet still has a healthy dose of carbonation to carry it all.

Nothing really offensive about it, yet not a very strong rendition of the style, no real character or depth of flavour to speak of. Perhaps an unintimidating stepping stone for those just getting into Belgians, but it still doesn't do the actual style any justice.

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Photo of frasergrove
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AGust82
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cgrunin
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of FreshHawk
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear, crisp golden orange color with a pretty good sized, light, creamy, fluffy, slightly sticky, white head. Decent retention leaving a patchy lace.

S - Intriguing nose with yeast and hops competing for attention. Reminds me of somewhere in between a Belgian pale and a saison. The more I smell it, the more lemon and lemon grass hop aroma comes out. Some pale malt and floral aroma also comes out. Slightly sweet and slightly tart.

T - Somewhere in between a Belgian pale and a saison. The sorachi hops really provide a nice kick. Lemon, grassy, and a slight funk provide a lot of the flavor. The funk is subtle but there. A slight herbal, floral, and tea like flavor comes out as well. Yeast provides a touch of flavor as does the malt.

M - Lighter side of medium body with average carbonation. Somewhat slick. Decent but not great.

D - Has a nice subtle funk and tartness. Refreshing and taste good. Not something I would typically reach for, but I would gladly drink this on a regular base.

Notes: Interesting beer with the sorachi hops giving a good amount of the flavors (which is good since this is why I got this). Lemony with a slight funk. Slightly resembles a saison although not entirely like one. Good and interesting. Worth a try.

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Photo of twenty5
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(purchased at Binny's Beverage, Marcey, CHI - bottle code NI.13.10 - poured into a balloon)

A: fairly clear, orange gold in color... good inch of frothy foam on the pour, falls quick, leaving a thin cap and island of medium-sized bubbles

S: (by now) classic Hitachino fruity yeast profile... not much in the way out front of quintessential Sorachi Ace aromas, maybe a faint trace in the back... fresh 8.5"x11" printer paper... juicy pineapple, orange/lemon zest

T: quite faded Sorachi on the edges... mild spicy bitterness, faint peppery notes in the back... mellow attack of flavors but, nevertheless, vibrant essences of citrus peel... not getting much discernible malt flavor or sweetness - any sweetness, and there's not a ton, seems to be hop/yeast derived - this is fairly dry (and old)

M: smooth and slightly rounded up top, kind of flat with light friction across the tongue on the bottom... what I've come to expect from an age-ed HN

O: other than marketing, I don't understand why you would feature an indigenous malt and hide its potential unique nuances with such distinct yeast characteristics and Sorachi Ace hops on top of that - this ends up tasting like the lot of their light-colored beers (not that that's a bad thing!)... drinking yet another one of these just convinces me that I have to trade for fresher West Coast bottles or visit this place

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Poupae
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the Brick Store Pub June 21, 2012. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) Pours a thick creamy white head that retains above average. Lacing is thin but nearly solid. Body color is a pale golden yellow with a medium haze. A nice looking beer. 4

(Smell) Heavy pleasing pear fruit aroma over a subtle malt base. Mild yeast aromatics accentuate the fruity tones in this Belgian Pale. Aroma is mild but pleasing. 4

(Taste) Very mild pear tinged pale malt blend with some lingering tartness on the dry finish. Really pleasing flavors, although some simplicity makes me with there was more diversity to the flavors in the brew. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Creamy smoothness with a touch of sweet yeasty cracker on the finish. Alcohol presence is low and body is light. Pleasing pair. 3.5

(Overall) Leave it to a Japanese craft brewery to put out a nice Belgian Pale ale. I really enjoyed the pear flavor in this beer although it finished a bit too dry and the flavor profile was enjoyable but very simple. It was a nice beer however. 3.5

Kiuchi Brewery's
Hitachino Nest Nipponia
3.53/5.00

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Photo of mpenske
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hitachino Nest Nipponia from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 145 ratings