GarrettB (1184) - San Diego, 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 Japan’s 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. It’s 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 Japan’s beer market saturated with flavorless suds, it’s less of a spy and more of a superhero.
mitchh200 (10) - - MAY 24, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Has a strong citrus aroma. the appearance is pale yellow and hazy. The head is minimal. The taste is light sweet . This beer is light bodied, with a thin texture. The carbonation is soft and the beer has a long finish. Overall I’am greatly impressed buy this white ale a great summertime brew! Good Job Kiuchi!
markextrae (1903) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 21, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle bought at a local beer store, somehow they have a import program of these japanese beers, poured a pale yellow to golden colour, notes of grains, citrus, wheats, bubble gum,corn?, some orange, spices, fruit notes, moderate carbonation. nice to try, but it’s not worth to import these beers IMO...
Manslow (336) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 19, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Butelka 0,33l Kolor jasnozłoty, mętne. Nikła piana. Bardzo łagodny aromat cytrusów i owoców tropikalnych. Smak łagodny korzenny. Nagazowanie średnie, dobre orzeżwiające piwo.
tsd08460 (138) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: floral, citrus, nutmeg
Appearance: hazy, golden, slight white head
Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, citrus
Palate: medium body, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,
Nice summer beer
DanielBrown (4069) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Waitrose. Really nice Wit. Its been a long time since I tried a new example of this style, and liked it as much. Really smooth. Lacks the rancid tartness, which some Wits exhibit. Nice.
solidfunk (5010) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light aroma, light coriander. Can’t really taste the nutmeg much but that can be overpowering so this is a good thing. Pours hazy golden white with ok head. Light sweet finish with a touch of grain. Tap at Pizza Paradiso G-Town.
Desverger (3268) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap@Taphouse, Copenhagen (12/02/2015) - fuzzy yellow pour with white head. Aroma and taste is medium sweet fruity and wheaty, some grassy and floral notes going on, some spices in there as well, interesting brew.
RafeAU (332) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle in osaka. pale yellow white cloudy. no head. spice and orange is subtle. unusual in the use of nutmeg but it is very subtle. flavours and aromas are overall very muted. A decent but unexceptional belgian white ale.
cityzen (54) - FRANCE - APR 12, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enfin une bière blanche de référence. Un gout de grain, une longueur inouïe en bouche qui finit par des touches de fruits rouges. Ça faisait longtemps que je ne m’étais pas régalé sur une blanche.
Tognetta (222) - Campinas, BRAZIL - APR 9, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amarelo leitoso, espuma branca que se desfaz bem rapidamente. Aroma delicado adocicado, maltado, bem ao fundo citrico (nesse quesito faltou intensidade). Paladar traz um pouco de amargor, adocicado também leve, corpo leve/médio bastante adequado ao estilo. Aftertaste refrescante, porém breve, paladar de cereais. Uma boa wit, mas faltou um diferencial, algum destaque.