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Hitachino Lager 
Posted: 13 August 2015  Beer Republic 5.5 
Hitachino Nest Lager from Japan 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  Type: Lager   
       


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.            

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