BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy and yellow looking very true to the style. Great packaging with a painted owl for a logo. I'm a big fan of spiced white ales but this one was overpowered by ginger. Good acidity and mouthfeel was good. Surprised to see a Japanese brewers interpretation of this style. Would be better if it weren't for being heavy on the ginger.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2003 I had wanted to try this beer for some time, but I just never got around to buying it, well I finally did, $3.75 for a 12oz bottle. I had now idea what to expect, would it be like Hoegaarden? No it did not resemble Hoegaarden, this White Ale was something different. Hitachino Nest had a light/medium watery, oily palate, a cloudy pale golden color, and a short-lived fizzy head. The aroma and taste were immensely citric, unlike any beer I had ever had to this point. The orange flavor/aroma was very prominent; maybe it was an artificial concentrate or a shit load of orange zest/peals? Overall, a very unique beer, great or the summer months.
BillKismet (3163) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Atypical wit appearance. Lackluster sunrise with a fine verdigris of head. However, aside from the appearance, this was anything, but lackluster. Excellent aroma one would desire of a wit, coriander, earthiness, and possibly and orange underpinning--though perhaps this is more an expectation. Light-medium bodied, this could be the standard for the style, pace, hoegarten. Excellent balance yields a delighfully refreshing twinkling of tastes with coriander, earth, and maybe it's the nutmeg or orange juice vein?---seamlessly intertwined.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice straw color.Small head.Very nice fruity,spicy aroma,you can really smell the orange and coriander,with the nutmeg coming in last but loud and clear.Nicely sweet flavor with the orange coming through nicely and this is a very nicely spiced brew.The after taste is pretty decent,coriander,orange with a heavy hit on the orange making you feel like you just downed a glass of O.J. pretty good brew i didn't know the Japanese could brew like this.
bac080 (398) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Yet another odd beer from Kiuchi. This one starts off reminiscent of Allagash white, but then you're left with that aftertaste. It kind of feels like the beer is just sticking to your mouth. Not bad, just...different.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy, looks like a Belgian white. None of the interesting sweet fruit of a German wheat, none of the clovey spice of a German wheat, and although it was billed as a Belgian I did not get the citrus sourness I expected. Could not stand up to the full smokey taste of the southern barbecue served with it.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - An excellent Belgian style Wit coming from Japan. Very fruity and sweet. The beer has nice color and aroma.
ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - MAY 5, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
hazy yellow , firm white head. aroma od citrus, coriander and spices.
a nice light tasting wit with a dominant lemon flavor.
full mouthfeel for a wit.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. I expected basically nothing from this beer, but came away deeply impressed. Basic coriander, orange and wheat flavors put together very nicely. Definitely a light beer, but well filled out.
thedm (4848) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 30, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This brew pours a small white brown head of finely sized bubbles. It had a transparent yellow rice brew colored body with a lot, burp, of carbonation rising throughout my mug. There were a lot of particles that could bee seen floating in the body of the brew. It has a very rice like aroma and a very fizzy, burp, taste of fruit like apples. The flavor was OK, but nothing special. It was a very average brew that I would pass on in lieu of much better brews.