Monday, 1 October 2012
Hitachino Nest Beer White Ale (Japan)
Hitachino Nest Beer White Ale
Due to the popularity of the Belgium beer Hoegarden in Japan - Hitachino Nest (Kiuchi Brewery) decided to make their own version. In 1998 the beer was brewed. Because of Japanese tax laws stating that anything containing less than 50% malt could be taxed at a lot less than beer the brewery worked on a recipe that produced a result they were happy with and managing to brew with less than 50% of malt in the brew. The brewery used flaked barley and flaked wheat along with pilsner malt to give it is flavour and Perle hops are used for bittering and Styrian Golding are used for aroma. The addition of orange juice, coriander, nutmeg and orange peel adds to it's flavour profile.
Subtle citrus notes are present on the nose along with the mild sweetness that is found in all wheat beers. The beer itself is a hazy pale golden yellow beer with a quickly disappearing white head. On tasting - the typical wheat beer characteristics are present very subtle spices are there along with the sweetness of the wheat and the citrus that is added from the oranges. The beer has a well weighted medium body. A pretty good wheat beer although wheat beers are not my thing.