/ Doug's Beer Republic /
Review: Hitachino Lager
Posted: 13 August 2015
Hitachino tries to go hoppy with their lager. The hops
balance doesn't work with Hitachino's basic pilsner type of
brew. Apparently, Hitachino brews other lagers
in limited editions. Those other lagers, if you
can get your hands on them, are undoubtedly a better
investment than this one.
Avg price/liter: USD 17.85
ABV %: 5.5
Hitachino Nest beers, made by
Kiuchi Brewery in Japan, are, overall, the best Japanese
craft brews yet sampled on the Beer Republic. Kiuchi
started out by brewing sake, which it seems isn't all that
different from brewing beer. When Japanese brewing
laws governing microbrewing changed in 1996, Kiuchi didn't
waste time adding beers to their product lines.
Many of Hitachino's brews
have been given a due sampling here. The Hitachino
Lager wasn't one of them, as it wasn't in stock when I last
made a Hitachino shipment. For an upcoming party, as I
was selected a few tried and true Hitachino favorites, I
noticed their lager was now available and picked up a few
bottles. My wife prefers lagers above all other types.
But not Hitachino's Lager,
I'm afraid. Hitachino tries to go hoppy with their
lager, not unlike Brewdog with their
This Is Lager.
It's an admirable stab at trying to make unique a beer style
the whole world has already done to death, but it fails.
The hops balance doesn't work with Hitachino's basic pilsner
type of brew.
Apparently, Hitachino brews
other lagers in limited editions. I came across online
their Tokyo Station 100 Year Lager. In 2009, they
teamed up with Brooklyn Brewery to brew Brooklyn Lager under
license. Those other lagers, if you can get your hands
on them, are undoubtedly a better investment than this one.