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Hite - Hite Brewery Company LTD

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BA SCORE
60
poor

229 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 2.47
pDev: 25.51%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hite Brewery Company LTD visit their website
Korea (South)

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2002)
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Photo of sjrodriguez
1/5  rDev -59.5%

sjrodriguez, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
1.08/5  rDev -56.3%
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.”

RoyalT, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of astrickland
1.25/5  rDev -49.4%

astrickland, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of terence
1.25/5  rDev -49.4%

terence, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of dandelin
1.25/5  rDev -49.4%

dandelin, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of cornchz
1.25/5  rDev -49.4%

cornchz, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of bushwhacker
1.35/5  rDev -45.3%
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.

bushwhacker, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of Padron4KM
1.4/5  rDev -43.3%
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.

Padron4KM, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of RyanGoodman
1.41/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Hite? A Korean beer that was purchased in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Huh, go figure.

Well, in an endeavor to be a goo beer advocate and try everything new I can find, I was in a Korean food store in the dead center of South America and encountered Hite.

It's notable the that "cold meter" on the bottle label has apparently reached Korea, and my bottle indicated that it was the appropriate time to drink. Unfortunately there were no cups available to see the beer to evaluate it properly. But it was obviously the golden/pale lager color. Smell was dull at best, and taste followed suit. Hite gives you the effervescent sensation as any other mass produced lager. Would I drink it again? Not a chance. The only uniqueness to this beer is that it's the only Korean beer I've ever had.

RyanGoodman, May 22, 2013
Photo of champ103
1.43/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I worked in South Korea for a few weeks. I had to try at least one Korean beer, and because of my ticking nature I had to take some notes :)

A: Pours a dull, but translucent light yellow color. A tiny white film forms, but fades with no lace what so ever.
S: Overcooked vegetables, adjunct like rice, sulfur, and metal. Pretty offensive to the senses.
T: It does nor get much better. That same overcooked vegetables, sulfur and metal flavor that is in the nose. Sour with some light pale malts. This is bad.
M/D: Thin, watery, week. I could barley finish the bottle. Really bad on this front.

I had to try some just because I was there. Really bad though. I was not expecting much, but US macros are much better than this no matter what kind of beers you like. All I can say is that this was another tick.

champ103, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of froghop
1.48/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

not good.

pours a pale yellow with a small white head that quickly goes away, not much lacing.

smell is a typical lager smell, somewhat sour.

taste is watery, grain, sourish malt, touch of corn, ends with a strange aftertaste that is somewhat nutty.

froghop, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of Elut
1.48/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Alright, it's my first beer review, and fairly reviewing a beer of this low quality is quite a challenge, but I've tried to be as fair as I could.

Appearance - The carbonation is very high, very champagne like. The head retention is very poor, which makes me think of cola soda foam. The color is very light in the yellow-ish tones, almost transparent. The beer is crystal clear.

Smell - The smell is difficult to describe. It smells very alcoholic, and it smells like aluminium. This couldn't come from where it was conditioned, since I poured it from a glass bottle. There is a smell very far away and discrete which reminds me of a very faint earthy hop. But this is very far away.

Taste - The taste is as the smell. Very aluminum-ish, the hops are non-existent, and it's very alcoholic considering the alcohol percentage. The beer is absolutely unbalanced. The alcohol is too much overpowering.

Mouthfeel - The beer is very much over carbonated, yet watery. It's a very thing mouthfeel, yet aggressive.

Drinkability - It's definitely not appealing and I wouldn't drink another one. Definitely not.

Elut, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of drslap
1.5/5  rDev -39.3%

drslap, May 08, 2012
Photo of biggred1
1.5/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Clear, pale yellow with a skim of white foam that instantly shrinks to nothing. Green apple skin, corn and cereal grains with some dusky, herbal hop notes in the aroma. Light and grainy with a distinct cheap, adjunct beer quality. Sweet and corny with a touch of washed out hop bittering. Light and highly carbonated. Why is this beer exported..it really isn't worthy, I've had American malt liquors that blow this crap import away. No thanks.

biggred1, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of starlight37
1.5/5  rDev -39.3%

starlight37, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
1.5/5  rDev -39.3%

Georgiabeer, May 12, 2014
Photo of 2neardead
1.5/5  rDev -39.3%

2neardead, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Nate
1.5/5  rDev -39.3%

Nate, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of daliandragon
1.53/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Hite is the biggest, most popular, and in my opinion ubiquitous of any domestic beer in Korea. Unfortunately this is not a good thing. I'm really only writing this for posterity.
Pours an uninspiring but not putrid yellow with an uneven head. I smell only corn and rice, and not real good examples either.
The taste is similarly noxious, with no individual characteristics or positives to speak of. Simply a highly marketed, mass produced beera generica..
Mouthfeel is grainy and carbonated, and deterorates quickly if held for longer than an instant.
This beer is quite literally everywhere in my residence in Incheon and I utterly detest it. Many places it's the only beer on tap and sometimes the only beer at all making soju your only other option..ouch.

daliandragon, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of Mustard
1.53/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 12oz. can; no "canned on" or "best before" warning.

Appearance: Pours a pale, straw-colored gold; fine, two-fingered head; not much in the way of head retention or lacing.

Aroma: Largely or cooked corn and grain; slight vegetal hints.

Taste: Lightly sweet upfront with a faint bitterness in the finish; predominant flavor characteristic is of grain; light bodied; crisp mouthfeel.

Notes: One word, "s-hite".

Mustard, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of IronDjinn
1.65/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Came in a brown 640 ml bottle, HITE is embossed around the shoulder. The label claims that this is made "from naturally fresh water", whew, that's a relief.

It has a decent head on it from the pour, a finger and a half of white foam that retains longer than most N. American macros. The body however is a pale, pale clear straw-like hue, very washed out and watered down looking. The aroma is also quite bland, a quick intake of cidery corn sweetness, an underlying sourness, and that's all you get. The flavour gets worse the more I drink it, a grainy cidery flavour with a bit of an adjunct burn on the finish in lieu of where the hops should be. The mouthfeel is actually pretty average for what it should be for this style except that the sandpaper rip of the overcarbonation over the palate and tongue spoils the party. Not a very pleasant or user-friendly beer for the most part, I'm only halfway through the bottle and I can't shake this nasty cidery aftertaste, while my tongue gets sandblasted from every sip. At least there's some comfort knowing that the macros from other countries overseas are just as bad, if not worse, than our own.

IronDjinn, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of stephendr
1.7/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

640 ml bottle - dull gold hue – no head – nose of sweet corn , bread , and sweet rice - bitter, malt, skunk, cat urine and slight hopps taste - light semi dry body- cat pee , bitter skunk aftertaste do not have have anything else to say about this beer

stephendr, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of bearbreak
1.75/5  rDev -29.1%

bearbreak, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of VeganUndead
1.75/5  rDev -29.1%

VeganUndead, Wednesday at 04:15 AM
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Hite from Hite Brewery Company LTD
60 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.