I grabbed a bottle of Hitachino Nest White Ale from Wegmans, not really knowing what to expect. Well, shit, I expected it to taste like a white ale. However, white ales are not typically on my radar and I’m not usually in the mood for them. Also, with a price-tag of $4.99 a bottle, I’d normally rather spend two bucks more and get a deuce-deuce of Southern Tier or 3 Heads. It was time to try something a little bit different. I can honestly only remember trying two white ales in my drinking career- Hoegaarden and Sam Adams. Obviously, those are pretty standard representations of the style. I guess I’m about to re-pop my white ale cherry. Here’s what I thought:
The beer pours a very pale and clear straw color. The thin white head dissipates rather quickly. On the nose, I get strong notes of clove, coriander and Belgian yeast. My tongue is greeted much in the same way…with the addition of a slight citrus flavor. The spiciness definitely shines through, but does not overpower the overall flavor of the beer. It does leave a bit of a strong aftertaste, though. Other than that small complaint, this beer tastes extremely fresh and is definitely sessionable. (Although, with its hefty price-tag, I won’t be session-ing it any time soon). Mouthfeel and carbonation are very light, as you might expect.
I’m going to keep this review short and sweet: this beer is pricey, but worth trying. It has to be one of the better offerings of this style on the market. It won’t be a regular in my beer fridge due to the price, but I’m glad I splurged on it.