Hitachino Nest beers
On my recent trip to NYC I noticed that this beer seemed to be everywhere from French Bistros, to Japanese restauarants even at Per Se. I had the White Ale and was not impressed. It was alright but nothing special. I would still like to try their other beers but this one wasnt for me. I guess I probably only like European or Euro style Wheats.
Don't get me wrong this was not macro swill but I think it might be a bit overrated.
Personally, I really like all of their beers with the exception of the sweet lacto stout. I agree with Josh's assesment, not a hefe, so if that's what you were looking for I can see the disappointment. You might want to try a few more of their brews before writing them off altogether.
They do make a weizen, which scored fairly well over at beeradvocate: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/...
I, too, think the Hitachino Nest White Ale is a very good Wit, and I agree with your assesment relative to Hoegaarden and White Rascal. My absolute favorite Wit has been the Great Lakes Holy Moses. Don't know whether you have access to that beer but it is definitely worth seeking out.
Hitachino's White Ale is not a Bavarian-style hefeweizen, but a Belgian witbier. If your preference is for hefeweizen, then witbier might not be for you. I love witbier, it's one of my favorite styles, and I think the Hitachino is an exemplary version.
I would love to be able to get it at a Japanese place out here.
I like all their beers, pretty much. When it comes to commercially available witbier, the list is pretty short. There's Wittekerk, Hoegaarden, White Rascal, and then some micros like Great White and Wahoo Wheat from Ballast Point. I'd rank Hitachino up there with Hoegaarden and White Rascal, no question.