Hitachino Nest
White Ale (Wit)

Additional notes 06/29/24 Pictured.

I really don’t get this beer, but I quite like it. Sweeetish orange notes but by no means a classic Wit. Keep that in mind, and you’ll be OK.


Original notes 08/23/23

12oz pour. JK O’Donnell’s, Fort Wayne, IN. $9.00 for the privilege!

Back in the mid 00s I drank a few of these, but odd to see that there are no reviews of the Wit here. OK, let’s put that right.

The beer sits as a cloudy gold with small head and a little lace.

Nose is mostly a non-descript grain. The beer offers a kind of weird smokiness that is hard to place. I don’t remember this from 15+ years ago, but I suppose that’s hardly surprising. It’s very light in the mouth, but the smoky element does persist a bit. As it warms some orange comes through. This is a weird beer for sure, and in no way does this feel like a traditional Wit in any way shape or form.

There’s something in there which starts out as smoke, then goes orange, and finishes with almost a cream ale feel. I don’t get this. I don’t actively dislike it either, but it’s hard to love it. My advice would simply be so NOT seek a Belgian wit and maybe you’ll like it, maybe you won’t but at least then you shouldn’t be too disappointed in terms of the style.

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08/23/2023
Style:
Witbier
Format:
bottle | on-tap
ABV: 5.5 %
Appearance: 4.0
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3.0
Overall: 3.0
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