sebletitje (9313) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. pours cloudy golden with thin white head.
Aroma is yeasty with excellent apricot like nose as well as a strong coriander scent that leans on the spicy ginger.
Taste, fruity mouthfeel of apricot, plenty of coriander spicy. A nice and welcome change form the usual citrus. The high presence of the coriander give the beer a very apricot like palate that ends crisp with light bitterness.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6737) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy pale yellow color with a large yellow-white head and a number of small floaters. The aroma was tart citrus and a hint of dry spice. The flavor was dryish, tarty and had touches of dry spices and citrus. The middle was tangy and a touch musty and the finish was medium length with dry and tart citrus. Decent.
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle poured hazy straw color with a good amount of head. Nice citrusy flavor with a quick finish.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy yellow with a fizzy white head. Orange and bread aroma and taste with notes of apricots and spices. Crisp dry palate.
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Nya TrŲls, MalmŲ.
Clear yellow coloured with a small white head.
Fruity aroma dominated by coriander with notes of spices.
Fruity flavour of citrus, coriander and spices.
Too much coriander, but an OK witbier.
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a pale golden body with a white head. Obvious wheat notes, coriander, bananas, light lemon zest. Ginger accents and citrus as well as some dry floral hops. Decent brew.
nickd717 (4165) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very legitimate Belgian Wit although not quite a standout. Yellow in color with a fizzy white head. Aroma is lemony and not particularly strong. Flavor is dominated by lemon, also notes of orange, banana, coriander, mild funk, and ginger. Refreshing, crisp, and tasty. One of the best Japanese beers Iíve had, but far from the best overall.
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - JAN 24, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Love Hitachino Nestís label designs. This particular one has a sky blue motif with slightly psychedelic writing dripping down around the owl. This is a popular standby beer for this brewery and itís not my favorite style, but the cold weather changes my tastes here and there and this seemed like a nice choice for tonight. Iíll begin with the flavours of this beer...warms up with some zesty lemon/lime type of thing happening, then trickles off with some melon notes, apricot, hints of black pepper, spice, banana, and rose petals. The carbonation kinda spoils all this; although there is a nice tingle on the tongue. The finish is rather abrupt but has a semi-earthy funk to it (as do most of Kiuchiís brews) and the colour is really cloudy and murky...as if it rained in the cider jug. Comes across as a hybrid between a weizen, a farmhouse ale, and melon soda.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hitachino Nest White Ale is a slightly hazy pale straw-colored ale with a white head that quickly vanishes. The aroma is strong with orange peel and lemon peel. There is a spicy smell of coriander and ginger. It is light, bubbly and dry in the mouth. The finish seems acidic. It tastes very citrusy. This reminds me of lemonade and iced tea mixed. It has a lot of zing. Itís loud and clean. I really think I detect ginger. Iíll drink this in the summer. Iíll also make sure I have this on hand the next time I get sushi. It would be perfect.
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow this beer rocks. Opaque hay/gold with a fizzy white head. Wonderful combination of fruit, hop, and ginger in the nose. The somewhat bitter and spicy hop flavor is balanced with fantastically sweet malt and tart fruit elements that lead to a dry, dusty finish. Highly carbonated mouth, a little too spritzy in fact. Very good stuff, Kiuchi again pushing the envelope.