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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew

Beer Review: Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew


Japanese beers, Spiced

A Japanese Ginger beer comes into my life. This small little bottle appeared in front of me in many strange little places.

A Japanese Ginger beer comes into my life.  This small little bottle appeared in front of me in many strange little places.  Standing in line at my local coffee bar, this small little stubby bottle stood by the register  greeting me as to say,  “I’m here for you after work, come on by and unwind.  You like ginger, plus you love beer.   If not today, you will try me..one day.”  Flash forward a few weeks, I see another bottle of the very same beer somewhere where it just didn’t belong.

I was in line at a vitamin store and I saw this damn beer on the counter.  What? This is getting strange. Then I find out that the customer before me was showing his beer buy to his friend that worked at the store.  Few days pass and my wife tells me she tried a beer I might like when she went out to dinner with a friend.  I asked her if it was a “ginger” beer  by chance  and she said, ” err, yeah, did I tell you already?” Ok, ok.  I will go buy a bottle and try it.  Sorry for the long intro, but this must have a meaning, right?

Now for the Beer Review!

Beer bottle is open, my beer glass is chosen and it is poured.  This little bottle WANTS me, and I submit. Too tired to fight…

Pours cloudy amber with a dirty brown middle.  Light lacing and almost no head on this pour.  Heavy carbonation quickly appears and leaves just as fast.  Bits of “still” sediment hang.

Smell is herbal and little malty. Very candy sweet smell to it.  Light ginger note then follow.  I’m letting this warm up a bit, I love ginger and I want to get more of a strong note.  It does come with a nice little burning of the nostril.  Good intro so far.

The taste goes down with almost no carbonation apparent.  Almost like a flat soda, a creamy flat soda if this makes sense.  The maltiness is there but the herbal/ginger taste grows and overtakes.  Has a nice little sourness to it as well.  The alcohol is well hidden and the taste ends with a sweet syrupy note.

Overall, I like this beer. It would pair extremely well with certain food, from chicken to a nice desert.  As a conclusion to my fable,  I was tempted, almost seduced  by what appeared as a mere coincidence with this little stubby bottle of ginger goodness.  To me, I will hold this beer only for special occasions, where I can enjoy it for what it is.

Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew- Japanese Ale| ABV 7% | $5.45 for 11.2 oz.
Kiuchi Brewery, Japan


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