GarrettB (998) - 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 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.
Itzjerm (1157) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Awesome coriander aroma. Light refreshing sweet watery flavor. Golden appearance no head. Thin on tongue. Aroma amazing everything else is average.
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martjoobolut (589) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,33L bottle, BB 04.2015. Pours hazy straw with white head. The head stays. Aroma is sweet, wheat, spices, flowers, and perfumy. Flavor is sweet, wheat, spices, citrus, orange, coriander, and soapy. Finish is orange and bitter. Overall: very nice juicy wit.
MunBro (253) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale yellow pour with a fizzy white head that left no lacing. Aroma had a big blast of wheat right off the bat with subtle spice notes after. Tastes really light and refreshing, spices, coriander, wheat, etc. Not getting any malt notes which is perfectly fine!
parasiil (4) - - JUL 11, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First reaction was, this is interesting. Very fresh, easy drinking. Floral notes, modest soureness.
HuskerTan (460) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUL 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A- Baby powder, coriander, orange, spices.
A- Golden orange color, slightly hazy liquid, minimal white head.
T- Strong notes of coriander and nutmeg, slight orange, wheat.
P- Light body, average texture, average carbonation, spiced finish.
O- Not your usual Belgian Wit. A ton of spices, especially the nutmeg and coriander. Iím not sure how much age was on this bottle, but I donít think it was too fresh, hence the lack of citrus notes and more of the spices. An odd aroma of baby powder when really wasnít too bad. Not my favorite Belgian White but a worthwhile beer at the least.
Jucko (14) - - JUL 6, 2014
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells like sour Sapporo. Tastes like oak and vanilla. A little sour. Strange. I'm not sure what style of beer this is trying to be. Unique and weird. Strong nose.
torriman (30) - Valencia, SPAIN - JUN 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In 33 cl cristal bottle. Really nice and citic beer. Notes of orange and nutmeg. Very soft and refreshing. Invites to continue drinking. Combines excellent with Sushi!!!
hockeybeerguy (1618) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy/cloudy yellow to orange color with a fairly decent one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. The lacing was there and slid right on into the body.
The smell had some decent Belgian styled spices with a light coriander, nutmeg, and orange peel.
The taste ends up being somewhat sweet and spicy with a nice lightness running all around.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it.
Overall, not a bad witbier, its just a tad above average to me and worthy of having again.
jh773 (81) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a thick, velvety head two fingers deep. Pale white-yellow with some filaments. Smells spicy. First impressions are orange juice and strong yeast flavors. Subtle nutmeg and herbal notes. Decent body; very smooth (almost flat) on the finish. Interesting.
alexsdad06 (5335) - Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home from backlog notes 07. Pours a hazy yellow color with a medium sized white head. The aroma and flavor have orange and lemony citrus, coriander, additional spices, pale malts, crisp, clean, just not very exciting.