Hitachino Nest Weizen

Today was a long Monday. It’s also pretty humid out, which is always a good reason to have a brew, and a wheat brew at that. I had a Hitachino brew during a Philadelphia beer fest and remember enjoying it, so I’m excited to try this one. And the bottle is absolutely adorable!

ABV: 5%

Style: Hefeweizen

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Kiuchi Brewery was established in 1823 by Kiuchi Gihei, the headman of Kounosu village. His family was collecting rice from farmers as land taxes for the Mito Tokugawa family.”

Random: It’s been awhile since I’ve had a hefe. They have since taken a back seat as my favorite style to the saison, but I still appreciate a good hefe.

This brew presented with a one finger head that quickly dissipated (almost as soon I tried to get the camera). The color is a light straw yellow that is cloudy with “stuff” floating the bottom. The nose has a lot of lemon and citrus going on. Any spice that is on the nose is overtaken by the citrus. On the first sip, you get with a lot carbonation and tart lemon. This is really unique for a hefe, because normally a hefe doesn’t present with such tart notes. It’s not only unique, but exceptionally tasty! The spice is also muted as the sour lemon takes over. There’s also not a lot of banana notes that are usually associated with hefeweizens. I really enjoy this (as does Nicole) because it’s not just a typical hefe. She actually said that she “loves it.” The finish on this ends pretty quick, and it’s got a bit of fruit. This beer is great. Nicole says that it’s her favorite beer that we’ve tried. It’s got enough carbonation to make it refreshing and the flavor is spot on. If you haven’t tried this, you have to before summer’s over. Awesome brew!

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

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3 thoughts on “Hitachino Nest Weizen

  1. Lisa

    I’ve been wanting to try this one since I first saw that cute owl on the beer store shelf! Wonder what the name’s all about.

    1. After doing some extensive research (read: google search), the name is a translation from the name of Kounosu village (in Japan) where the brewery is located. I have no idea what the owl is about though. He’s called the “mascot” of Hitachino.

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