Hitachino Japanese Beer Trio for May Long Weekend

Standing in the beer cooler scanning bottle after bottle of beer, my eyes keep seeing Stout, Porter, IPA and Pilsner labels. I keep searching, there must be something else? There has to be something else. I am not in the mood for dark and heavy, or light and crisp. I’m looking for something sensitive to the palate, something that will nourish the weekend ahead, something that will not linger like a meal or feel like I just popped a couple of hop-heads into my mouth. I want something you would settle down with on a warm summer’s afternoon, chatting with friends and watching the clouds drift on by… then by chance my eyes slowly drifted over the Red and White Owl of Hitachino Nest.

Weizen, Japanese Classic, White Ale
Weizen, Japanese Classic Ale, White Ale

Hitachino Nest

What drew me to these bottles: First its the cute red and white owl sitting in its burrowed hole, perched in the centre of different trees. Also, the fact that this is a Japanese craft beer! And mainly because it reminds me of the yeas teaching English outside of Osaka, Japan and the many times I have experienced the wonders of Japan.

 

I hesitated all of like 3-seconds grabbed the Orange Label (since it was the last one on the shelf) “Weizen” and I took the other 2-bottles: White Ale and Japanese Classic Ale.

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What does that label say?

Weizen – The German Style Wizen is a cloudy beer brewed with wheat malt, and a fragrant yeast. Please enjoy the banana like flavour and light taste 

Japanese Classic Ale – The Japanese Classic Ale is a recreation of the first Japanese Beer made in the Edo Period. Please enjoy the Japanese taste, aged in cedar barrels like the old IPA style method from England. 

White Ale – The White Ale is brewed with wheat malt, and flavoured with coriander, orange peel and nutmeg. Please enjoy the soft and flavourful taste. 

First impressions of the bottle and labelHonestly, I really enjoy the foreign labels. Especially Japanese. Probably because I lived in Japan a couple of times, teaching English and it brings back memories of days gone by. The other reasons is the labels are colourful, a mix of Japanese kanji and English plus there will always be a grammatical error in the English writing, which brings back other fun times in the memory banks. 

  • Established1823
  • Location: Japan
  • Number of beers offered: 15
  • Style of beers offered: Amber Ale, Daidai Ale, Espresso Stout, Extra High, Ginger Ale, Japanese Classic Ale, Lager, Nipponia, Non-Ale, Pale Ale, Red Rice, Saison du Japon, Sweet Stout, Weizen, White Ale 

Nest Beer WeizenPrice: A fair $4.00 per 330ml bottle 

First sip: The wife asked that we eat lunch out on the front porch whe
re the sun had been beating down all afternoon. The temperature was about 24-degrees Celsius except here on the porch where it must have been a crisp 29! It was the perfe
ct setting for the first sip of the Weizen. I sat watching the delicious yellow-amber dance in the mason jar glass. It sparkled in the sunlight. Tempting that first sip. A touch of fruit bouquet settled on the tongue and slipped down over the taste buds. Its meek flavours tingling in the afternoon sun. 

Those in between sips Weizen-up, I thought sitting on the porch gazing at the yellowness of this beverage on the porch. Each sip, I could feel the hint of a different piece of fruit. The label says think “banana” and all I could taste was citrus. My tongue must have been deceiving me.

Last sips, Slowly, I sipped this beer in the afternoon sun, knowing that we were coming to an end of this small bottle, which made me think of his brothers, Japanese Classic Ale and White Ale, sitting in the fridge keeping it cool. I sipped and swished until the last drop of Weizen had escaped from the mason jar mug. Delighted by its fragrance, a happy smile smirking on my lips. This is one fine beer. 

Address: 1257 Kounosu, Naka-shi, Ibaraki-ken, 311-0133, JAPAN
Call: +81 (0) 29 212 5111
If you like this review, check out my other review on “Willie the Wit” by Grain Bin Brewing Company.

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