Hite - Hite Brewery Company LTD

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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 2.46
pDev: 26.02%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Korea (South)

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2002

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Reviews by Yimosan:
Photo of Yimosan
1.93/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this beer at Sa Ri One (Korean Rest.) in Tampa and if it wasn't because my mouth was ON FIRE from the squid stir fry and the kimchee, I don't think I would've drank the whole bottle.

A: Pale straw with a bright white ephemeral head.
S: Smelled like sweet corn.
T: Very lite and a bit sweet, similar to an American Macro lager.
M: Watery, kinda' like Bud Light.

I don't think I'll be ordering it next time.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
1.09/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance – This was light orange in color with an up-and-down head and a bit of effervescence.

Smell – Oh, this is nasty. The rotten grain and cheap sugars are just horrible.

Taste – This is Pale Lager at its worst. The cheap Gummi-Bear sweetness is retched, and the nasty grain notes almost made me vomit.

Mouthfeel – I couldn’t hold this in between my cheeks long enough to gauge the mouthfeel, but it’s thin I’m sure.

Sinkability – I wouldn’t drink this again if someone paid me to. The s-hite refrence was already used, so I’ll just assume that the word “hite” is Korean for, “nasty-ass crap in a bottle.”

Photo of dill
2.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

poured from a large bottle into an 8 ounce glass.

A - pale yellow in color, the head quickly dissipates leaving no lacing.

S - a bit of a grainy rice smell.

T - has a clean flavor with a touch of bitterness.

M - crisp with a tight carbonation.

D - it's refreshing with some korean food which is the only way that i've ever had it. it does its job, but it's not a beer to seek out for enjoyment on its own.

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.2/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This definitely exceeds my expectations, and is exactly what I wanted - a refreshing, cold beer in an overheated room in winter!

A: Pale yellow, lots of carbonation, low head retention, completely clear - looks a bit like a clear cider.

S: Faint smell of apples, absence of skunkiness or grotty Asian lager stink.

T: For the style, this is quite acceptable. Refreshing, hardly any hoppiness, designed to quench the thirst and go down easily. It's fairly insipid, but that's right for the style.

M: Well, not much to it apart from the carbonation. But that also suits the style.

D: Very easy to drink. Perfect for a hot day or humid night.

Overall: Not a whole lot to dwell on here, but this is better than almost any other Asian beer I've had. A strange colour (very yellow and radioactive-looking) but it's refreshing and just what I was after.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.03/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012. Picked up a while back from the Chi Yip asian supermarket in York. Cool & Fresh! The rear label mentions the use of Yakima hops.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear pale-gold colour with decent carbonation. Forms a large head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of light malt with a faint hint of grain and a whiff of stewed leaves/veg.

Tastes of light malt with a crisp, dry finish. Hints of stewed hops and subtle grain. A very mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light, dry and tingly, with an insubstantial body. Aftertaste of faint stewed leaves and veg.

Another bog-standard macro lager. It's relatively clean tasting and refreshing, but bland and dull. Wish they didn't mention Yakima hops on the label, it gets your hopes up that there might be some hoppy aroma. Couldn't really recommend unless there was nothing else available.

Photo of gregb13
2.85/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I spent about 14 months in Korea and drank a river of Hite. It is an unremarkable macro lager, and can vary from somewhat pleasant to nauseatingly bad depending on the setting.

Hite is best enjoyed ice cold from a bottle, and preferably as an accompaniment to Korean bbq (spicy cuisine also works).

Avoid the huge plastic "pitchers" of Hite if you see them. It doesn't taste nearly as good from the plastic, and can be absolutely gross if you encounter a particularly bad jug.

I probably should have given Hite lower marks, as it really is not a good beer, but I associate many fond memories with this brew so that is undoubtedly influencing my opinion.

Photo of sloejams
2.94/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer works very well when eating Korean bbq. The watery light lager cuts the spicy gochujang that I lather all over the meat (galbi / bulgogi). My Korean girlfriend has shown me the ins and outs of proper Ktown bbqing and it has made me very happy.

Initially, I thought "Wow, Hite is great!" It's not. It's one of those time and places beers that holds up quite poorly outside of it. One day when I loaded up on Hite at a local Ktown market - I learned the hard way.

First off, it's one of the lighest color beers I've ever seen. If you soaked a few grains of straw in glass of tonic water for an hour, the color would be unmistakeably Hite-ish. The smells would probably be similar too. The taste isn't terrible - it's watery, there's lil character but it is refreshing. At a Korean bbq you'll probably drink like 4 before you realize that it's not very good. But for those 4, at that bbq joint - Hite does the trick.

Photo of biboergosum
2.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

640ml, weird mirror-world shaped bottle, with an aquamarine and orange colour scheme. Different is good?

This beer pours a clear, pale golden straw colour, with two flabby fingers of weakly foamy, and mostly thin, soapy dirty white head, which leaves some awkward splattered soap scum lace around the glass as it quickly melts away.

It smells of musty, semi-sweet rice patties - all up in Uncle Ben's grill, a bit of grainy pale malt, sudsy detergent, and the hard water to go with it. The taste is mildly skunky stewed rice, a hint of veritable barley malt, a little bit of metallic stoniness, and rather ethereal herbaceous, weedy hops.

The carbonation is thankfully low-key and restrained, the body medium-light in weight, thin, and fairly clammy, cloying, and a bit oily in its prescribed smoothness. It finishes mostly dry, with some burgeoning cooked veggies boding ill for us all, and me in particular.

While I surely don't know everything about the whole "Clean, Crisp and Fresh!" claims on the label, I can proffer my opinion of this average Asian macro lager - it is certainly none of the above, but hardly off-putting by the same measure. Watery, generally inoffensive to your average bear, and good enough, I suppose, for a tick from a nation so preoccupied with that Soju shit.

Photo of Retroman40
2.94/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle out of the refrigerator poured into a pint glass.

A - Pale golden color with a fleeting white head that retreats to ok lacing throughout.

S - Very neutral - almost nothing (bad or good)

T - Definite hint of adjuncts along with some grains and light hop flavor.

M - Very clean throughout.

O - I've been wanting to try this for a long time since I am a fan of the LPGA and see several golfers with Hite logos on their equipment and clothing. If I was at a golf tournament in South Korea I could see putting a few of these away. Until then, I've had it and don't see the need to pay a premium for it in the states.

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.97/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hite pours a crystal clear straw-gold body beneath a short head of bright-white foam. The head falls shortly to nothing, and there's no lace left behind.

The nose is clean and fresh, but doesn't offer anything more than a generic beer aroma.

The flavor, not unlike the aroma, is clean but basic. It's nicely balanced though, backed by a firm bitterness; and there are some dull herbal hops in there as well.

The carbonation gently bristles the tongue, and it has a medium-light body. Surprisingly, the carbonation does nothing to help with the poor head-retention.

Overall, it's a pretty decent, refreshing golden lager.

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have drank this beer a numerous occasions in the Republic of Korea (South) and select occasions in the United States. Being stationed in South Korea my first two years in the United States Army, I was able to experience this beer every weekend! Pours golden yellow clear, light soapy head, some lacing, and overbearing carbonation. It taste of rice and malt, along with a real fizzy taste, and not filling. It has no edge, malty after taste, and no real aroma.

Camp Casey, Republic of Korea 1998-2000

Photo of dannydetox
2.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

hite beer - works well with the garlicky, spicy cuisine of its country of origin, but less satisfying on its own. pale golden color with a foamy, soapy head that diminishes within a minute. hints of dishsoap along with cooked cereal grains on the nose. mildly bitter in the way foreign lagers tend to be, but not in a big hoppy sense. i taste sweetness for a second up front, followed by a bit of sourness as the beer slides back. perhaps more texture than your big three domestics, and more than i would have guessed for a 4.5% brew. when the bottles are super-chilled and the weather is scorching, i find hite a refreshing beer (kind of like high life in that regard). as the beer rises in temperature it loses that appeal.

Photo of kenito799
3.27/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a glass at Woo Chon restaurant, NYC.

Pale golden color with white foam that fades to nothing, no lace.

Aroma is fresh, clean, faint citrus.

This beer is all about crisp refreshingness...dry, a bit tangy, nice bitterness, like one of those Japanese rice beers. Very good for thirst quenching with Korean food, nothing offensive to get in the way. Better than many of these macrolagers.

Photo of russpowell
2.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this with my sushi at lunch today, a blast from the past! I considered this one of the better beers I drank over in Korea, but this also motivated me to homebrew more, enough said:

675 ml bottle pours an effervescent gold with a 1/2" of pearl white head. Minimal head retention 7 zero lacing

S: Sweet malt, some metallic & citric hops

T: Much sweetness up front, a bit of lemon & metallic hops also. Cloying sweetness really grabs ya as this warms. Finishes semi-soapy, cloying & a bit of metallic hops

MF: Medium bodied, medium carbonation & some softness

This drinks slow mostly due to the extreme sweetness, but work well with spicy sushi, i prefer this to BMC

Photo of BeerZack
2.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

Palest of straw in color; no foam, only a lonely little ring clinging to the edge of the glass.

Smells like beer from a can, "light" beer from a can...

Slightly skunky Lite beer taste.

Very watery mouthfeel.

Packaging looks like bottled water, tastes like beer-flavored sparkling water.

Photo of puboflyons
3.17/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at a Korean restaurant in Aurora, Colorado on September 6, 2012.

The pour is the typical adjunct straw yellow with a quick burst of fizzy white head and busy carbonation.

The aroma actually was of pale barley malts and the slightest hint of bread and grass. The adjuncts simple do not present themselves as other reviews seemed to imply.

The body was light and creamy.

The taste seemed to bring out a slightly more grainy character but I was not put off by it in anyway. I thought it went very well with the barbecue beef I ate.

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.26/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours pale gold with a large but rapidly fading head.
Aroma is lacking: some grainy malt and possibly grassy hops? A hint of white wine.
Quite sweet upon tasting and amazingly light on. Sweet bready malt is the only discernible flavour. Practically no bitterness whatsoever. Become cloying after a few sips.
Carbonation is too high. Massively high. Very watery too. Considering the lack in flavour, this is not what you want.
Possibly the most flavourless beer I've had. Even beats Kilkenny in that way. However, no flavour is better than bad flavour!

Photo of emerge077
2.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tall 22 oz. bottle served at Chizakaya (RIP) with a highball glass alongside.
Review from written notes. Blue bottle opener activated, it's cold!

Pale transparent gold, rising trails of carb visible. Thin layer of white foam, fairly compact with tight bubbles.

Grainy pils malt aroma and taste, a little bit papery in the aftertaste. Feel is dry and crisp though also a bit bland. Flavor is rather subtle and it's well carbed. Fairly clean and utilitarian.

Overall an average industrial lager with few flaws, but not much defining character either. It was pretty drinkable as I was thirsty, and it paired well with some izakaya-style snack foods like salty pigs ear pork rinds, beef tongue skewers, and hamachi kama.

I've seen this beer in an odd larger format 1.6L plastic bottle also, called the "pitcher" size. The empty bottle may or may not have been thrown at a Wyomingan.

Photo of bluejacket74
2.52/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330 ml bottle, with 11112010 printed on the label. Not sure if that's the bottled or best by date. Also, the "open mark" on the label turns blue at it's optimal tasting temperature. The open mark is still blue, so it must be a good time to drink this! Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear pale gold color with about an inch white head that went away quickly. Pretty much no lacing. Aroma is sweet and bready malt. Taste is sweet malt and corn. It doesn't taste or smell bad, but it's not appealing either. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's a bit slick and is well carbonated. For the style it's not a bad overall brew. It's worth trying if you can find a single bottle of it somewhere.

Photo of Padron4KM
1.38/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

640 ml brown bottle. 20070312 date code on label.

Clear pale yellow, any lighter and it would be the color of water.

Aroma is not good. Faint smell of latex gloves.

Flavor is very bland, some hints of lemon and honey but that is barely there.

Overly carbonated like bud light and that’s the only thing that let me know I was drinking beer.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.13/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a pure white foamy head with light retention and not much lacing. Aroma of light adjunct notes with some cereal notes also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by light cereal notes with some adjunct and light sweet finish. Finish is actually crisper and cleaner then I had expected. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. This is actually better than I was expecting but still not great though.

Photo of Beejay
3.14/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A pale yellow straw in color. Brilliantly crystal clear, with a nice sized fluffy white head on top, which quickly starts to recede.

S: Some light malt aroma, and perhaps a touch of skunk. Slightly sweet, no hop aromas, and perhaps a touch of butter.

T: Light, crisp and slightly sweet. There is almost a light biscuit flavor in the finish, with a touch of honey wheat flavor. All and all, really not a bad beer. Perhaps a little vegetable flavor in this...

M: Very light in body, and high in carbonation. The carbonation seems actually a touch too high for the style. The finish is fairly clean.

D: Decent, but forgettable. Nice and clean, with lightly sweet malt flavors, but overall something I probably wouldn't buy it again. Still better than a lot of the other brews available in this style.

Photo of bushwhacker
1.4/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

According to the bottle, a Korean brew that I drank from the bottle (sorry, no visual descriptives as a prelude) but since there were other reviews on this, just had to put my 2 cents in. A strange empty tasting brew (?malts?) with no flavor. But there must be something in it, because it leaves an awful aftertaste.

Photo of Boilermaker88
2.61/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of the things about living east of L.A. near the Walnut/Diamond Bar area is the prolific numbers of Asian markets, grocers, and restaurants. Mainly Chinese, there are still a large number of Japanese and Korean stores and eateries where otherwise obscure beer may be found. Such is the case with Hite.
This brew pours like a classic American macro lager - clear pale golden hue with a foamy, quick-to-die white head and some sticky lace. The smell is also macro-esque: grainy malt and weak hops tinged with a light veggie aroma. Taste was - you guessed it - pretty much like a macro. Hite had a slightly sweet malt flavor and some barely-there hoppiness to go along with that lurking veggie taste. The feel was the best aspect to this beer: light, crisp and refreshing.
Okay, so Hite isn't the greatest brew on the planet (or even in Asia) but there are worse. Nonetheless, I'd advise against wearing out a pair of shoes trying to find it.

Photo of matjack85
2.52/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I found this Korean beer at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL.
Large 640ml brown bottle with an open mark on the front label that turns blue when the beer reaches its optimal drinking temperature. I wonder who came up with this marketing gimmick first, Hite or Coors. The only information about the beer is the slogan on the front label that says - "cool and refreshing". We shall see.

The beer pours a crystal clear pale yellow color and makes an impressive 3 finger fizzy white head. Unfortunately, the head subsides to nothing within 30 seconds and leaves no lacing whatsoever.

Sweet grainy aroma - that's about it.

Ho hum - pretty bland stuff. Nothing complex here. Mildly sweet grainy malt flavor and little else. No hop bitterness, but I do pick up a slight metallic/mineral taste even though this beer comes in a glass bottle (maybe it's the Korean water???)

Light body with moderate carbonation. It wasn't as fizzy in taste as the pour might lead you to believe.

Drinkable, but nothing I'd seek out. The best part about this beer is its value - just $1.99 for a nearly wine sized bottle.

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Hite from Hite Brewery Company LTD
60 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.