Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery (Hitachino)
Style: Witbier
Konosu, Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen


on tap

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RATINGS: 1169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Hitachino Nest White Ale is brewed in the tradition of a Belgian style white beer with coriander, nutmeg, orange peel and orange juice.  Malts: Lager, Wheat  Hops: Perle, Styrian Golding  Adjuncts: Flaked Wheat, Flaked Barley, Coriander, Nutmeg, Orange peel, Orange Juice  Original Gravity: 1.06 

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1562) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2012
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 Japans 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. Its 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 Japans beer market saturated with flavorless suds, its less of a spy and more of a superhero.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mishnok (240) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2017
From 330ml bottle. Straw coloured and slightly hazy. Slightly yeasty aroma. Taste is light and slightly wheat. Quite a refreshing beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lele (526) - Padova, ITALY - APR 20, 2017
Buona blanche, ma niente di trascendentale. Classici sentori speziati (coriandolo) e agrumati. Dissetante, scivola bene.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenL8 (150) - SWITZERLAND - APR 17, 2017
Appearance: opaque straw colour, little foam and carbonation. Aroma: very estery and yeasty, very fruity and banana and very refreshing. Flavour: very refreshing and fruity, estery, banana, quite mild. Nice wit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cokemonkey11 (768) - - APR 10, 2017
Bottle. Pours pale golden with a slight amber hue, thin white foam residing to a ring, and a slight opacity. Scent is lovely ale yeast, either weizen or saison. Floral. Light. Taste is medium crystal malt with light floral flavors of what actually tastes a bit like pilsener yeast. Sugar cane. Finish is smooth. Great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dogbomb (1205) - ENGLAND - APR 2, 2017
Bottle. Slightly cloudy pale gold. Decent white head. Nose is malty. Taste is wheat. Full. Lagers. A good, light ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
petewhitley (545) - Nagoya, JAPAN - APR 1, 2017
citrus, clove, golden, hazy, light sweetness, medium body, soft carbonation. Very hazy yellow, frothy white head. Malty and light citrus nose. Flat and a bit watery, spicy finish. Soft, subdued, and disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Juanmi1 (19) - boadilla del monte, SPAIN - MAR 31, 2017
aromtica y refrescante.Suave.aromas a manzana acida y especias. Velada. en boca ligera y algo picante

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
lbianchi66 (378) - FRANCE - MAR 23, 2017
Robe blonde et trouble. Une jolie mousse blanche se forme mais retombe malheureusement rapidement. Armes forts pices (clou de girofle et cannelle) et lgers de malt, fruits jaunes et levures. Got agrumes (lextrait dorange), biscuit et levure. Il y a un arrire-got mtallique pas trs agrable. La texture est plutt aqueuse et la carbonatation trs trs aggressive. Jai connu bien mieux comme bire blanche.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Stoned99 (1469) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2017
Sample from bottle shared with father. Aroma: intense smell of spices, nutmeg, cloves, all spices, etc. Orange zest. App: clear pale with minimal white head, minimal white head. Taste and palate: light body, moderate carbonation, medium sweetness, spices in mouth, moderate bitter finish. Overall: this is simply disgusting. So much spices in mouth. Ouch. 3 sips is enough. Pour father who drank almost the bottle by himself probably not wanting to hurt my feelings saying its bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (4466) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 10, 2017
An underappreciated style and Hitachino does it justice. Tried at their Brew Lab in Tokyo in 2017 with Sam and Janet. Slick, sweet, and spicy!

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