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Hitachino Weizen 
Posted: 14 March 2015  Beer Republic 8.5 
Hitachino Weizen from Japan 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 beers.         

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 Weizen (wheat) 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 tag.      

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