Kiuchi Brewery (Hitachino) Reviews




radagast83
2.8
Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Ale
Bottle at a local Asian restaurant. Poured a hazy, light brown color with a little ruby tinge and a white head. Aroma was surprisingly heavy in malts - not a lot of ginger here, which is a little unfortunate. Flavor was caramel, light ginger - but not a lot. Not impressed.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

dnicolaescu
2.7
Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale
BOTTLE 33 CL. Slightly hazy red, fast diminishing head. The aroma is vague and unconvincing - boiled fruit, traces of alcohol and something cheesy. The taste is close to that of an over-attenuated strong amber lager - vague maltiness, harsh boozy notes and unpleasant bitterness. I prefer rice as food.
Friday, January 20, 2017

Karelbeersindral
4.4
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout
Intense coffee beans, dark chocolate, prunes, vanilla, all the goodness of the perfect espresso stout.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

john44
3.3
Hitachino Nest White Ale
Bottle. Slightly hazy Yellow in colour. Average foamy white head. Malty; wheaty malts. Spicy; coriander, nutmeg. Yeasty. Fruity; orange and lemon citrus, peel. Hoppy; slight hop bitterness. Sweet wheaty malty spicy citrus fruity throughout. Quite dry. Pleasant easy drinking witbier. (2016-10-31)
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Ferris
3.7
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout
Draft - Intense dark chocolate. Jet black brown with a nice brown head. Bittersweet chocolate, espresso and a long finish. Solid.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ferris
3
Hitachino Nest White Ale
Draft - Fruity, light flower and sweet corriander. Cloudy gold with a decent white head. Citrus, soap, corriander and baking spice.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ferris
3.4
Hitachino Nest Saison du Japon
Draft - Nice citrus notes. Dark clear gold with a decent white head. Light bitterness and citrus rinds and a hop perfumy like finish. This may have been mixed up with Yosano.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ferris
3.3
Hitachino Nest Yosano Fresh CC
Draft - Apricot and citrus notes. Clear dark gold with a decent white head. Fruity apricot and light citrus with almost no bitterness. Apricot dominates and is quite nice.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Juks
3.2
Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Ale
330ml bottle. Hazy dark amber, thich golden-beige head. Very sweet ginger, malt, caramel candy, gingerbeard, light smokiness, some alcohol in aroma. Taste is very malty, ginger is not as strong as expected from aroma, alcohol and some spiciness in aftertaste. Full bodied, quite alcoholy, low carbonated. Belgian strong ale with ginger.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

cheewazz
3.3
Hitachino Nest Lacto Sweet Stout
Przede wszystkim piwo jest bardzo delikatne w odbiorze, zdecydowanie za delikatne jak na to do czego przyzwyczaiły nas europejskie browary. W aromacie na pierwszym planie slodowosc, następnie karmel i czekolada. Wyczuwalna tez mleczny słodki smak. Piana znika całkowicie w kilkanaście sekund po otwarciu piwa. Barwa ciemnobrunatna. W smaku wyczuwalna najpierw slodycz, następnie smak kawy i delikatna kwaśność na końcu. Poza tym smak piwa pozostaje na języku drażniąc go i zachęcając do kolejnego łyka. Reasumując, piwo nie jest wybitne, ale nie jest tez nudne. Poza w trakcie picia w szkle armat sie kumuluje i wydaje sie być silniejszy niz na początku.
Monday, January 16, 2017

jonno
3.8
Hitachino Nest Saison du Japon
Nice Saison. Really grew and unfolded as it warmed. No Dupont, but the extra dimension from the koji and yuzu give this a unique citric take.
Monday, January 16, 2017

PanMarek
3
Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale
Pours dark reddish orange with quick, white foam. Sweet, caramel malt nose with some notes of wheat (?). Medium body with active fizz. The malt / rice combination gives it an unusual sweetness, perhaps strawberry as the description suggests. The yeast comes out as it warms. It ends up on the ale end of the spectrum. Rich, with a slightly sour finish.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

boto
3.9
Hitachino Nest XH
11.2oz bottle: This one pours a hazy darker amber color. There was just a touch of an off white head that leaves no lacing. Interesting nose. Dark fruits, toffee and a hint of the sake. The taste is good, if a touch different. Caramel malts, faint dark fruits, a touch of sake. It has a faint sourness to it. This is good!
Saturday, January 14, 2017

hirigalzkar
3.8
Hitachino Nest Saison du Japon
Bottle. Light and fresh with a high sweetness and a heavy herbalness. Also heavy notes of citrus. Semi dry.
Friday, January 13, 2017

cagou007
3.6
Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale
Pours deep amber with thick white head. Nose is toasted malts and candi. Aromas are toasted malts, red fruits, wooden notes. Average carbonation, medium body. Medium bitter finish. Very well balanced and pleasant. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Juks
2.6
Kikusakari Junmai Sake
300ml bottle. Very light pale yellow. Flowery, boozy, sweet aroma, ricey. Taste is fresh. alcoholy, ricey, kind of sweet, some citrus. Flat carbo. Itís my 2nd sake I ever have tasted. Iím not sure yet how good one should taste, so I rate it average and Iím going to rerate this after some experience.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

michael_bb
3.5
Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale
Being a japanese red rice ale I bought it expecting something quite original, which for the price, you can at least expect... However thereís nothing particularly outstanding about it. That being said, itís a really enjoyable beer with some red fruit notes and a pleasant taste. The texture and carbonation are just on point and the label design is beautiful, so all adds up for a perfectly fine beer albeit not that special.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

DonGregorio
4
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout
Bottle. Black colour, average beige head with decent lacing. Aroma of coffee, espresso, cocoa, bitter chocolate and some caramel. Taste is light to medium sweet and medium bitter - sweet chocolate and cocoa followed by strong roasty taste of coffee, espresso. Long bitter coffee finish. Medium+ body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Wonderful, intense coffee stout.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

johnarktor
4.3
Hitachino Nest XH
Aroma: Smoked, cooked rice, old liquor (brandy, rum, sake), ripe fruits (stewed orange, plum ?), toast, biscuit, volatile alcohol in the background ; Appearance: clear/sparkling dark red, minimal white head ; Taste: medium sweetness, then mild bitterness, followed by a salty sour feel, and (Iím not totally sure of it) a hint of what I think is umami ; Palate: full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, warm, moderately long aftertaste. Overall a great beer, with a rich depth of flavours and a very pleasant complexity. This is however a somewhat sophisticated beer, not fully accessible to the untrained. I would recommend it with Stilton or old Laguiole (or similar cheeses).
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

GarageBrewer80
3.5
Hitachino Nest White Ale
Flaska frŚn Propaganda i Tokyo. Dimmig, ljusgul kulŲr med vit skumkrona. Doft av vetemalt och citrus. Smak av detsamma.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tide
3.3
Hitachino Nest Saison du Japon
From backlog. Bottle from a friend. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, yeast, toast, a bit of hops, grass and ripe fruits. Bitter finish with citrus, hops, yeast, ripe fruits and grass. Good saison.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

alexmate
3.9
Hitachino Nest XH
Appearance: dark brown, not much head or carbonation. Nose: has a definite wine nose, plum, caramel and brandy - reminded me a lot of the Flying Dog Horn Dog Barley Wine. Taste has a dominant grape musk taste similar to brandy, as well as toffee\caramel, raisins and plum port. A complex beer, which wonít be for everyone, but one of the more exciting beers I have tried to date. Price Paid: £2 on clearance.
Monday, January 9, 2017

GeorgePratt
4
Hitachino Nest XH
Pours a dark amber with small white head. Complex aroma of caramel, banana, apricot, coriander. Smooth silky taste of burnt oats, dark chocolate, raisin, wood, bread with a smooth slightly metallic finish. Excellent.
Sunday, January 8, 2017

ClubGonzo
3.8
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout
Bottle. Pours a black body with a medium creamy off-white head. Nose is coffee, caramel, mocca, dark chocolate and hints of grains, espresso and cocoa. Taste is cocoa, espresso, dark chocolate and hints of coffee, dark berries and caramel. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Nice and pretty straight-forward coffee stout, very enjoyable.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Freaky_tiki
3.3
Hitachino Nest Saison du Japon
Bottle from back of my fridge (not sure where it came from & not really into saisons in the deep winter). But check this: nice tartness, squeezed lime, gentle spicing (almost wit like), sake sweetness. Not quite the sum of its parts. Interesting to try.
Friday, January 6, 2017

sir__v
3.5
Hitachino Nest Saison du Japon
Bottle from Beery Christmas 2016 #9 from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: clear golden blond beer with small carbonation and medium white foam. Smell: fruity, citrus and lime notes. Grassy and hay notes. Taste: light body with hay and lime domination. Grassy. Drinkable. OK. Aftertaste: wet bitterness with grassy and floral. Hay notes and lime hint.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Juks
4
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout
330ml bottle. Almost black with big thick beige head, stays long. Roasty, lots of good coffee beans, bitter chocolate, very dark prunes, hint of vanilla in aroma. Medium-sweet, roasty, dark chocolate in taste. Long finish is bitter chocolate and some espresso beans. Smooth medium carbonation, rather oily texture, full body, alcohol is well covered. Very enjoyable stout!
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

MayumiH
3.3
Hitachino Nest Daidai IPA
Tap at Hitachino Brewing Lab in Tokyo. Citrus with some floral. Smooth texture. Refreshing. Itís alright.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

BlueGaljoen
2.6
Hitachino Nest White Ale
Jaune assez lavasse et mousse quasi inexistante. On est sur la cťrťale sŤche. Amertume maitrisťe mais prťsente. Sans plus ...
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Juks
3.3
Hitachino Nest Daidai IPA
Bottle 330ml. Hazy golden with lots of sediment, thick white head. Aroma is sweet, flowery, fruity, tangerine, some kind of shower gel. Taste is juicy, sweet, tangerine again. Finish is dry and bitterish, some herbs, hint of alcohol. Medium carbonated, medium bodied. Good refreshing beer.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Villyzzz
4.2
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout
Bottle at home. Pours black with medium sized beige head. Aroma is roasted coffee and cocoa. Taste is bitter espresso with roastiness and caramel. This is a solid coffee stout!
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Carlisle
3.6
Hitachino Nest XH
Bottle. Pours opaque bronze with light tan head. Funky nose of raisins, sweet cherries, and earthy, sour fruit notes. Raisins and toffee upfront followed by sweet plums with subtle chocolate notes in the long finish. Fine carbonation and a chewy mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Monday, January 2, 2017

Hoponmate
3.5
Hitachino Nest Saison du Japon
Lightly spiced saison. Smell is cloves and an almost banana smell. Taste is similar refreshing slight soapy biterness from the yuzu but extremely understated.
Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hoponmate
3.1
Hitachino Nest Lager
A nice slightly fruity and floral lager. The finish is very refreahing and suprisingly bitter finish. Great lager
Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hoponmate
3.3
Hitachino Nest Pale Ale
A refreshing slightly bitter malt forward beer. Refreshing clean but dissapointing no fruit pale ale.
Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hoponmate
3.7
Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Ale
Sweet ginger smell. Color is a light amber. Sweet thick alcahol rolling the beer around the tongue gives that ginger kick but the seet finish takes that all away.
Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hoponmate
3.8
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout
A terific example of what a strong coffee can do to a stout. Adds a graniness to the beer and amplifies the chocolate notes. A brilliant strong stout.
Sunday, January 1, 2017

nittoh
3.3
Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale Bourbon Barrel Aged
Purchase from online shop of the brewery. Barrel note, no detectable bourbon in aroma. Spicy belgian taste and a little bit sour. Faintly bourbon in after taste.
Saturday, December 31, 2016

nittoh
2.4
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout Barrel Aged (Bourbon and Sherry)
Purchased from online shop of the brewery. Coffee, chocolate and barrel note in behind. Strong acetic sour taste. This beer was aged Bourbon and Sherry barrel but that is no detectable.
Saturday, December 31, 2016

nittoh
1.2
Hitachino Nest Sakurasaku/Barrel Aged Red Rice
Purchased from online shop of the brewery. Barrel note but no detectable Sakura-tree. Very hazy in appearance. Contaminated sour taste and acetaldehyde. Unworthy to drink.
Saturday, December 31, 2016

nittoh
2.1
Hitachino Nest Nipponia Wine Barrel Aged Version
Bottle purchased from online shop of the brewery. Flat, no carbonation. Good barrel note on the aroma. Acetic sour taste, clear finish. There was no description this beer is sour ale, maybe this sour taste come from uncontrolled spontaneous fermentation.
Saturday, December 31, 2016

Fisler
4.6
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout
SchŲnes Dunkel im Glas, brauner Schaum, etwas sehr feinperlig. In der Nase wundervolle Kaffeenoten und Schokolade. Im Trunk cremig, deutlich Kaffee und Schokolade - cremig bitterer Abgang, lange anhaltend. Wow. Spitzenklasse!
Saturday, December 31, 2016

TimE
2.8
Hitachino Nest Anbai Ale
Light, sour, salty and malty but base beer is fairly weak, so unbalanced and ultimately too salty. Donít get the dec by ratings
Saturday, December 31, 2016

Maris
2.2
Hitachino Nest White Ale
From a 330ml bottle on 31/12/2016. Pours a milky straw colour with little head. Has a quite odd, slightly off, spicy aroma. Taste wise, itís also unusual, with some sharp orange, coriander and nutmeg. Bugger all bitterness is present, which is not entirely surprising. Light bodies with moderate to average carbonation. Just didnít work for me on any level.
Saturday, December 31, 2016

kerenmk
3.4
Hitachino Nest Lager
Can sample at a tasting at Maxí place. Thanks Tom. Piss yellow color. Fruity aroma of faint orange marmalade hops and a little pineapple juice. Fresh, bitter, hoppy taste, a little fruity. Light body, hoppy bitter finish.
Friday, December 30, 2016

sonofian
3
Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale
Perfectly fine red ale from Japan that could be from absolutely anywhere. Rice is promised but never materialises, although thatís probably for the best. Very drinkable for 7% and surprisingly bland
Friday, December 30, 2016

crossovert
2.8
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout Barrel Aged (Ichiroís Malt Bourbon Barrel)
Draft. Dark brown black pour no head. Aroma is berries and coffee. Flavor is berry acidic espresso and cocoa. Boozy. Not a huge bourbon character other than booze. Ehhh...
Thursday, December 29, 2016

jdjuice
3.3
Hitachino Nest Nipponia Wine Barrel Aged Version
Pours a muddy amber with no head. Absolutely no carbonation (is there something wrong with my bottle?). Aromas are totally different from original Nipponia, very interesting to see how the original beer changes to a sour. Thereís oak, sour cherry pie, a bit of the original maltiness of the Nipponia, not much hop flavor, but a somewhat unpleasant bitterness that lingers on the finish. A really interesting beer and surprisingly drinkable even without carbonation.
Thursday, December 29, 2016

drpimento
3.2
Kikusakari Tarusake
Appearances more less like other jockeys appear yellow and clear. Similarly Aroma is like other sake but perhaps a bit more mild. Flavor is similarly like other side is not as complex little bit sweet up front and a bit of an alcohol burn in the back. Okay buddy and finish.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

drpimento
3
Kikusakari Kurashizuku Junmai Ginjo Nigori Sake
Appearance is a slightly hazy pale yellow. Aroma is a bit of solvent some citrus rice and not entirely Pleasant. Maybe itís an acquired appreciation. Flavor is similar to nose with a long finish. Body isnít bad.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016