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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hitachino Nest Weizen Ale

Hitachino Nest Beer Weizen, a 22 oz. offering from Hitachino Nest, poured a pale, cloudy gold into the glass with an airy, off-white head.  The nose was light for the style, but carried through tart apple, spicy coriander, and clove.

Hitachino Nest Beer Weizen was crispy tart as it hit my tongue, and it opened to an unripe banana and key lime sweetness over coriander, pepper and clove.  Although not too carbonated, the Weizen dried exceptionally fast in the middle even as it gets a little grainy as the pale malt and wheat compete.  The fade had a pleasant, almost musky dryness to it and a last shot of lemony tartness comes through.

Hitachino Nest Weizen is an interesting, left field take on the Belgian-style hefeweizen, with nods to pale ale and a tartness that brings to mind sour ales.  

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