Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery (Hitachino)
Style: Witbier
Konosu, Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen


on tap

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RATINGS: 1121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Hitachino Nest White Ale is brewed in the tradition of a Belgian style white beer with coriander, nutmeg, orange peel and orange juice.  Malts: Lager, Wheat  Hops: Perle, Styrian Golding  Adjuncts: Flaked Wheat, Flaked Barley, Coriander, Nutmeg, Orange peel, Orange Juice  Original Gravity: 1.06 

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (25838) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2009
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. Spicy finish. Too much coriander, but an OK witbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (4123) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - JAN 24, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2009
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
improvjock (327) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Pours a cloudy light green/yellow with medium white head. Very crisp with a slight sour fruit flavor. Not bad, but not my favorite of this style

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Pours a yellow/Green color, almost a diluted gatoraid-esche presentation. Nose was deeply influenced with nutmeg, then coriander...Carbonation is crisp. Very clean, spicy flavors with citrus-touched grains behind... Spices here are done refreshingly rather than cloyingly..but thereís a lagery crispness to it that makes it feel a little weak. Not a huge fan of the traditional belgian wit, but am a huge fan of Hitachino. This is a crisp, refreshing example of a wit, the spices accenting the beer rather than taking over...but these traditional spices have never impressed me in a beer...but I suppose you gotta use em if youíre brewing this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11605) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2009
11.2 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a hazy and bright lemon yellow color with a large head. Good head retention and lacing,. Aroma is tart, tangy and strongly citrus. Taste is citrus, yeast, clove, nutmeg, caramel, bubblegum. Full bodied and kinda funky. Very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
glennmastrange (2652) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Bottle. Light malt note of straw, moderate flowers and lemon for the hops, light musty smell fo the yeast, with lavender and Earl Grey tea in the background. Head is small, fizzy, white with no lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is murky pale yellow. Flavor starts moderately acidic and finishes moderately acidic and bitter. Palate is light, water with a fizzy carbonation and finishes fairly astringent. Refreshing and unique aroma, but real bland in most aspects.

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