Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery
Style: Belgian White (Witbier)
Ibaraki, Japan
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen


on tap

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RATINGS: 858   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Lemon yellow hue with a mixture of small and medium-sized particles and a sudsy white head that faded fairly quickly. Spicy aroma of ginger, coriander, pepper, oranges, lemons, and grassy/floral hops. Tangy, ginger spice and citrus flavor with some honey tones, although not exceptionally sweet. Medium grassy bitterness. Subtle medicinal quality, but then again, this probably is medicinal. I think I just staved off a cold while drinking this. Interesting spicy twist on a wit. An unusual and amusing beer that takes some getting used to, but is not bad at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Quite well carbonated, the cap makes a loud sound as I crack it off. The beer is a hazy straw color, that is topped by a thick white head that is held up by the ample carbonation. The aroma is spicy (with notes of lemon, ginger, and pepper), and a bit musty. It really has quite a rich intriguing aroma to it. The beer is well carbonated, which in combination with the spices gives this a peppery-spicy start as I take my first sip. This is actually quite tasty, and quite a bit different (either because of the spices used, or a combination of the yeast used and the spicing) than your average Wit type beer. There is some solid spicy notes here that seem to be driven by ginger, and perhaps some pepper. It is quite dry and light on the palate. This beer must be super spicy when fresh. This would be a great beer to pair with sushi, more places need to pick this up, it is quite tasty, and with its spiciness would pair quite well with food.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2004
Color is a mostly hazy dark yellow to orange rather than the usual milky pale yellow. Head is white, thin yet lasting, lacing is not too convincing. Huge funky spicy and grassy nose. Tons of orange, branches, coriander, marjoram and nutmeg flavors. You could easily name a few others here (ginger, mint, cardamom), like nothing you ever smelled anyway. Flavor is also an experience. Long flavor development, mild spicy bitter finish to balance the mostly sweet and citric palate. Very malty, fruity, pineapple and orange like. Develops a piney woody flavor. Creamy bubbly mouthfeel. Great for spices amateurs, avoid if itís not your type as this may feel like spice juice, what can I say, to me, it works like a charm here. This is to witbier what their new year celebration ale is to eisbocks.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2004
10.05.04 720ml bottle is a crazy shape and a deep evergreen color. Pours a very pale yellow with small head for a white. Aroma is all lemon, orange zest, cedar (?); itís wild smelling. The first sip is very citric acidic. If Dorwart hadnít mentioned juniper in his review, I may have spent a half and hour trying to figure out just what that aroma/flavor is. Ginny indeed! At times, itís almost lemonade-ish, the citrus is so potent...but itís also quite drinkable and never gets cloying or thick. The palate is moist and clean with nice finishing acidity. Fresh nutmeg lingers, but is never overpowering and, as I delve deeper, Iím starting to think that what I first thought was juniper/cedar is really more akin to very recently cracked coriander seeds. That corriander lends to the lemony flavor as well. An interesting, tasty, enjoyable brew. Fun times talking to the owl on the bottle, too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2748) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Bottle from Whole Foods, Chicago. After reading in "All About Beer" about their cedar-aged IPA, I had to try this, even though itís not the same beer. It has a very pale and cloudy color. Kind of lemony like a hefeweisen, but then I picked up a big nutmeg taste (before I knew there was nutmeg in it). Coriander makes an appearance, too. And I do get a cedary taste with this beer after all. Itís good to see some craft beers coming over from Japan and discovering brews beyond Sapporo and Kirin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2341) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2004 Great big white head. Head reduces quickly. Aroma dominated by juniper berries. A little bit of wheat and yeast in there also. Color is a hazy light gold. Flavor is light and crisp. Some corriander and pine/spruce in there also. Bit of a wheat backbone. Some lemon also. Gets considerably more spicey as it warms and ginger becomes the prominent flavor. Finish is clean and pretty refreshing. Bit more spice and the nutmeg becomes prominent in the aftertaste. A decent belgian white and not exactly what I expected coming from Japan but I still liked it a lot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
CapFlu (4364) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 29, 2004
(22oz bottle) Purchased at Party Source in June 2004. Pours a cloudy, yeallow body with a medium, white head. No carbonation. Tart nose with strong coriander and mellow banana tones. Flavour is overly lemony with a mildly sweet coriander palate. A sour belgian ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (2387) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Looks like the most recent ratings for this are all abnormally low. Bad batch? Mine was good anyway... Lightly hazy with a creamy head. Vibrantly spicy nose, so much so that itís hard to put my finger on everything going on--oranges and chrismas all wrapped into one. One the other hand, the flavor is somewhat more subdued--softly citric with a hint of cologne. Mouthfeel is also soft if a bit flat. Overall, not really a traditional wit but an interesting one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
crazyvin (1859) - New York, USA - SEP 15, 2004
The aftertaste ruined this beer for me! initally tasted citrusy with some malty note. The malty notes seam to be that of rice, but the aftertaste seemed almost dirty as i drank more of it. Kinda of a dull apperance too pale opaque yellow. it could have used a little more red to it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Bottle: cabbage nose, clear and very pale. White pepper and coriander over cabbage, whoa, nasty aftertaste. Orangey and dry at the finish

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