GarrettB (790) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
May 19th, 2011 - Somewhere in the hordes of Japanese pale lagers and happoshu beers are agents and moles - spies, hidden amongst the flock of consistently weak brews. These are Japanís craft brewers, practicing excellence and fine form against the bashing tides of a consumer demand pushed by sheer momentum. One of these furtive rebels is Hitachino, and this review is about their White Ale. Dressed in the pale garb of the style and with a nice cloudiness, you can immediately tell this is different from crystal clear lagers poured at every izakaya in the country. A stronger sign of its rebellious nature is found in the aroma - signals of flavor, scents of butter and wheat, deep and rich and flavorful, enough to entice the palate for a sip. Here I catch a lot of carbonation at first, but also ample butter notes and deep, bready wheatiness, lasting until the very end of the aftertaste. Here the bread flavor expires, exhausted, collapses and then a strange and curious squeeze of diluted lemon juice punctuates the flavor. Itís a clear and definitive conclusion, and feels strangely deliberate. Whatever the intention in manufacture, this is, by itself, a great light beer. But as a resident in and amongst Japanís beer market saturated with flavorless suds, itís less of a spy and more of a superhero.
XmnwildX12 (1622) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from Paul, probably old. Smells like skunk and grass, taste same, awful.
keanex (830) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
H12.03 on the back.
Appearance: Classic witbier color, pale straw with a good haze throughout. The head is tall and puffy with a white color and good retention.
Aroma: The aroma is very mild, thereís orange and hints of coriander, but overall this is lacking.
Taste: The body is a bit thin with straw and weak orange juice flavors throughout, some hints of spice also. Decent.
Palate: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This is a bit tame, but overall a decent beer. The price is a bit high so I wonít buy this again, but it was nice to try.
mansquito (2569) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keybar, NY bottle: Have I had this before? Probably. In fact, I almost certain I have sipped this. Somehow the rating eluded me. In any case, it pours a cloudy yellow with a white head. Aroma is of a melange of spices, coupled with wheat notes, and a bit of yeast; some citrus sits in the background as well. Taste is slightly sweet, but hardly sugary. Nice spicy bite, but unlike some of the other raters, I hardly found this to be a spice monster. That being said, this is hardly a watery Belgian wit either.
The_Bish (973) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not sure what more they couldíve done with it. Fine, just not massively interesting. I was paid to go and watch cricket all day today at Edgbaston. Oh, ok then, if I must.
espenra (771) - Kurland, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
65cl bottle at Amundsen. Hazy light golden colour with a medium big head. Aroma is mostly spices but some hints of hay. Flavour is also spicy. Notes of nuts, pepper, clove. Medium long aftertaste.
morri (83) - NORWAY - JUN 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
331 bottle from Vinmonopolet. Tiny white head. Cloudy, pale golden body. Malty aroma with a hint of spices. In the mouth I notice some cloves. The taste is rounded and good, but short lasting, and feels a bit thin.
Nejhleader (1077) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2013 Interesting taste, can?t even pinpoint what it is. A bit of orange maybe smooth body, overall a nice refreshing change of pace
Geokkjer (4311) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy yellow with a white head. Aroma of citrus, spices, nutmeg and pepper. Flavor is sweet and peppery with some citrus and nutmeg. Medium to thin body, average carbonation.
tfredvik (646) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The guys at Kiuchi Brewery really like their spices. It isnít that strange that their ginger ale has lots of spicy notes, but to me it came as a surprise that their take on a Belgian white is even more spicy. I often find it hard to pinpoint coriander in the gentle spicy mix that should be a part of any nice witbierís aroma, but this one doesnít leave much to the snifferís imagination: here are tons of coriander, in my opinion a bit too much. According to my tasting notes I also got notes of clove, but in retrospect I guess thatís the nutmeg. In addition the quite strong aroma has some pleasant acidic lemony citric notes and a bit of perfume. The taste is light sweet and to me the bitterness in the finish feels moderate, but according to the label the IBU is only 13? Iím probably fooled by the all the stinging spices: in front of a gentle citric background I once more find lots of coriander, and also a good twist of black pepper. All the spices actually makes the beer a bit rough on the palate, leaving this medium yellow beer beer far less refreshing and drinkable than a wit should be. The head is white and long-lived and leaves some lacing. The texture is dry with an even drier pepper finish, medium body. Quite nice, quite spicy, quite rough.
[33 cl bottle, from Vinmonopolet Online]
esp0r (1324) - NORWAY - MAY 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Vika enjoyed at home
Golden hazy, thin white head. Smells of wheat, lemon peel, coriander, alot of yeast esters. Moderate sweet, yeat, almost a hint of salt, wheat malts. Moderate bitter, orange peal. A strange beer; very yeasty