Monday, 29 June 2015

30 Second Beer Review - White Ale by Hitachino Nest Beer

Last year, as part of my Beers of The World Cup challenge, I tried to drink a beer from each of the 32 countries who were competing in Brazil. I struggled to source a beer from every country but still managed to drink some pretty tasty examples of fine brewing from around the globe, including a wonderful beer from Japan - Hitachino Nest Pale Ale.
I hadn't drank any of the other beers from 'the nest' since then but when we were in Wagamama in Birmingham last month, I was delighted to see that the restaurant chain have extended their range of Asian beers to now include Hitachino Nest White Ale.
White Ale (5.5% ABV) from Hitachino Nest Beer
  • Bought at Wagamama New Street, Birmingham for £4.50
  • Pours with a thin head that doesn't stick around (although I don't think the glasses in Wagamama do the drink justice)
  • Hazy golden colour, not as cloudy as a German weissbier but the Japanese attempt at styling a wheat beer is a good one
  • Notes of orange peel, coriander, clove and nutmeg on the nose
  • High carbonation
  • This is a great beer. The spice flavours come through well, with orange and clove vying for immediate attention before the coriander and nutmeg arrive on the tongue. Fairly complex in taste, the clove wins in the end and lingers in the mouth. It works well with spicy food, although not sure that I could drink too much of it in one sitting.
This is one of the better wheat beers from outside of Germany and I would definitely recommend you try it if you get the chance. You might find the Hitachino Nest Beer range at a good independent off sales but if you're struggling, you can just as easily get yourself along to your nearest Wagamama and treat yourself to some authentic Japanese food and drink.



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