/ Doug's Beer Republic /
Review: Hitachino Weizen
Posted: 14 March 2015
Self described as a German style wheat beer with banana, clove, and vanilla like flavors, the
Weizen beer was fruity and refreshing and a good first beer to try in the Hitachino range.
Avg price/liter: USD 17.85
ABV %: 5.5
Type: German Wheat
Hitachino, a Japanese brewer,
has been brewing its Nest beers -- the ones with the owl
icon on the labels -- since 1996 in Ibaraki prefecture less
than two hours outside Tokyo. Hitachino claims they
bring their sake brewing know how to the world of craft
Currently, Hitachino sits
pretty in the Japanese craft brewing scene. The
brewery has a certain level of notoriety in its native
Japan, maybe because it was one of the first craft brewers
on the scene with non-industrial product. You might
call Hitachino the equivalent of American's Samuel Adams or
Sierra Nevada, but with a much smaller reach.
Hitachino is also one of few breweries in Japan to
consistently export its product.
Self described as a German
style wheat beer with banana, clove, and vanilla like flavors, the
beer was fruity and refreshing and a good first beer to try
in the Hitachino range, better, in fact, than many a wheat
beer I've had made by the supposed masters, the Germans.
Two kinds of hops and two
kinds of malts put a smile on your face. About the
only thing to sour the mood is the relatively high price