GarrettB (843) - 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.
Dazz3 (1429) - Hšllefors, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled at East West ÷rebro. Pours hazy pale yellow with a small white head. Smells and tastes boiled vegetables, canned fruity, sweet mild bitter finish.
Lowenbrau (1457) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 3, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle from 1420.Pours hazy pale gold, with some white head. Poor head retention, no lacing. Coriander, citrusy aromas. Light body, average carbonation, crispy texture. Taste is cortiander, citrusy, subtle sour notes. Coriander linger till the aftertaste. Quite light and refreshing.
JBPortland (192) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours hazy golden yellow with small head. Nose is wheat, hay, grapes, fruit. Taste is fruity hay, citrus, and white grape, with a nice lingering fruity citrus finish. Good.
larsga (5812) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small white head. Hazy opaque pale yellow body. Gingery spicy
mealy aroma with persimmon aroma. Dry gingery persimmon taste
with spicy herbal notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, mealy mouthfeel.
Dry plummy persimmon aftertaste with grassy spicy gingery notes.
Interesting and unusual. Nice. (0.33l bottle, wine monopoly,
bjerkeaa (55) - NORWAY - NOV 23, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Light orange to yellow. No head. Citrus and wheat aroma, and hints of cereal (Honeypuffs). Sweet and sour taste, very little bitter, only in the aftertaste. Light body and sour-like, lively texture. Decent made beer, and nothing technically wrong with it, but wouldnít recommend it. My friend picked up notes of coriander, which wasnít to her liking.
JHillAustin49 (44) - round rock, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is wheat and heavy orange, poyrs a mildly hazy golden hay tone with a small white head that bubbles off quickly. Lazy carbonation. Tastes heavily of orange honey and spices. Absolutely delicicious bkend leads to a fairly dry and properly bitter finish. Solid white ale here folks!
ronaldtheriot (973) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hitachino Nest has a pretty thick, foamy collar, a very hazy, bubbly, yellow appearance, with thick lacing, and a descending yellow cloud, once the bottom contents are swished and poured. The aroma is of strong, pungent, sweet, spicy, citrusy, malts, and the flavor is of those elements, with an overriding orange juice component and a background of coriander. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Hitachino Nest finishes semi-dry, refreshing, sweet, and very easy going. Overall, this is most excellent and maybe the best of the style. Check it out! RJT
Fredis23 (449) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Exotic Brew From Japan. Muddy Yellow Color, Floaters On The Bottom, Medium Head That Dissipated Almost Immediately, Light Lacing. Faint Coriander, Orange Aroma. Wheat, Coriander, Orange. Sweat and Sour. Fanta Like Bubbly Body. Coriander and Orange Peel, Spices Aftertaste.Nice. Easy To Drink. Enjoyed It. Thanks To My Sister for This One. Recommended. ..
olliejobbins (594) - Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle. pours very hazy light yellow. aroma is of wheat and citrus fruit. very nice taste. lots of fruit and wheat.
Travlr (9827) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Hazy orange amber color, small white head. Aroma of orange peel and coriander. Taste is malt-forward, with citrus, light spice, subtle clove.