GarrettB (899) - 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.
dclark (3) - Prairieville, Louisiana, USA - MAR 15, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
My personal favorite. Bottle. Smooth. Excellent aroma. No bad aftertaste. Just wish it was more available around the Baton Rouge area.
Satyroneto (53) - - MAR 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cor amarelo palha, translúcida, com espuma branca de média formação e baixa persistência, praticamente sem lacing;
Aroma de capim e defumado;
Sabor de início de frutas amarelas evoluindo rapidamente para amargo amadeirado;
Retrogosto amadeirado e amargo
---Rated via Beer Buddy by Sátyro
Brentv (206) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle, pours a hazy light yellow with a small white head and no lacing. Subtle aroma of wheat with bananas. Taste is moderately sweet, slight hoppiness, but not a lot of either. Medium mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Enjoyed in Narita, Japan.
Davhgbrew (847) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Been looking forward to a Hitachino brew for a while & this is my 1st. Cloudy gold color. Aroma of corn and orange peel. Sips lively and tingly on the tongue, medium bodied. Crisp fruity flavor of citrus up front which blends into a dry hoppy like middle and finishes with flavors of wheat and wet garbage funk and skunk. Very middle of the road witbier.
rondphoto (1456) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@ Amerasia / Covington KY --- Cloudy golden orange with a light head cover, light stripes of lace. Taste is wheat and malt with lightly bittered biscuit showing in the palate. Very mild fizz and hops maintain balance easily in the finish. A simple offering from Hitachino Nest.
pbzbo (4) - - MAR 3, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spot on for style. Fruity, yeasty, creamy, spicy, phenolic, delicious! No real hop character, fresh bread and spice notes most prominent.
UkrainPubCrawler (57) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a surprisingly tasteful light beer with a great citrus flavor. Very enjoyable and easy to drink.
JimmyBoy74 (81) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2014
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
33 cl East West Sushi. Ytterligare en ganska smaklös japansk öl. Inget att rekommendera för den kräsna.
RespertFTW (464) - Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear light yellow. Very mild flavors for a witbier which I appreciate. Rosemary and spice. Light.
-- rated with beerbasher
Mittenator (1055) - Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pale yellow with a big, white head. A little holiday spicy and sweet aromas. Nutmeg and coriander.