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240 Ratings
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 2.46
pDev: 26.02%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Korea (South)

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2002)
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Photo of pootz
2.85/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from LCBO: Light gold modest white head with fair retention, light lacing of the glass. Aroma is mainstrean commercial euro-lager, light noble hop grassiness, light sulphur must from lager yeast and light grainy tones. Light body, smooth with some real malt and hop ambiance finishes fast clean and sharp. For a light lager this is better than most commercial mega-brewed Canadian lights...at least it's all gristed malt, no malt extracts no corn or rice and has a modicum of flavor. Drinkable but absolutely undistinguished.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.85/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had a few bottles leftover from sake bombs.

Has that Coors Light "turns blue when it's cold" thing but instead of the mighty Rockies a heart shaped bottle opener changes color. That's cool, I guess.

Orange-yellow with a thin insta-vanish head. Pretty typical American adjunct lager appearance...sigh, what have we done?

Smells like ass and Cascades. Tastes like ass and Cascades. And by ass I mean rice adjuncts. Just as bathroom spray doesn't kill ass, it only blends with it, all the orange citrus hops in the world won't cover a bad beer.

Good for sake bombs and not terrible by itself.

Photo of whtguitarguy
3.15/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank this while in Beijing at a Korean restaurant. Pours a pale yellow, with little head retention. There is a bit of barley and malt flavoring that shines through on the beer. It has a slight alcohol taste, not really watery. It was fairly good to drink with the food I was eating.

Photo of Elut
1.48/5  rDev -39.8%
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.

Photo of Rayek
2.55/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a mug.

A: Brilliant straw, with great clarity. A soapy head of huge bubbles comes and goes in a flash. Active carbonation bubbles are the biggest I've seen this side of a bottle of soda. Leaves no lace.

S: Yes. Really not much going on here. There's a mild combo of dry rice and malt, and that's it.

T: It has taste too. It's not offensive as much as weak. Straw like out front, watery in the middle and clean in the finish. There's nothing terrible going on, but nothing all that pleasant either.

M: The super light body feels like soda water.

D: It's light, low ABV and tasteless if cold. Actually, this beer is almost tasteless warm too. Certainly easy drinking, if nothing else. Pretty much a mid-pack adjunct lager.

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Squelch
2.58/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: crystal clear. White head that doesn't last.

Smell: Nothing here. No hops, no malts.

Taste: DMS is prevalent. No noticeable flavors.

Mouthfeel. Light. Fits the style.

Drinkability: Easy drinker. Would not try again unless I'm at a korean restaurant

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 Florida9
3.18/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is what it is. A Korean lager. You can criticize it all day long for not being big, malty, hoppy, balanced, or whatever. But the simple fact is that is never what this beer was intended to be.

Pours from bottle with a huge, foamy, carbonated head that quickly reduces to a surface coating. Color is very light straw and is crystal clear. Aroma is very clean and crisp with a good bit of cereal and some light hops showing through. Taste is of very light malts, cereal, and rice. It is quite smooth and actually a bit creamy over the tongue. Very light in weight, actually lighter than some "light" beers I've had, and with high carbonation. Leaves the mouth feeling clean. Drinkability is about one step up from carbonated water.

This is not a great beer, but it serves its purpose, and I can only imagine the vast majority of the demographic that drinks this beer could give a shit less about BA. This is not something I could ever see drinking on a regular basis, but it actually pairs quite well with Korean dishes that exhibit a lot of umami, like bulgogi, kalbi or dol sot, and helps to cleanse the mouth (much in the way pickled ginger does).

Photo of snpub540
2.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

Pours a pale golden color and is totally transparent. Has a nice 1/4" head that sticks around for awhile. Not overly carbonated.

Smell is sweet like rice. Thats pretty much it.

Taste is clean and crisp.

Easy to drink and goes perfect with korean bbq.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.38/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz can; Dude, it says "naturally fresh water" and "Fresh taste beer" on the can....shit, what did I get myself into?!

Smell: Very clean, light, and crisp; there's not a lot there, but what is is sweet and has a touch of malt

Taste: This is surprising; there's actually a light bit of malt and a decent hop twang; it's not great, but for the style, it's exceptional

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: It is what it is, and what it is, is way above typical for the style

Photo of maskednegator
2.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale, clear, hint of yellow. White head that exhibits almost no retention.
Smell: Hint of malts.
Taste: Totally inoffensive. Corn with a touch of malty sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Thin, light carbonation.
Drinkability: Like drinking water.

Verdict: I would never drink this on its own, but it does an admiral job of cutting through the sweetness and spice of daeji bulgogi, without overwhelming it. At $3/22oz during happy hour at my spot, it's pretty hard to beat.

Photo of froghop
1.48/5  rDev -39.8%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.15/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow color with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly to a decent coating that stays around quite nicely.

Smell is nose wrinkling. Does not smell good at all. Lightly sweet creamed corn nose with something that is most certainly rice.

Taste is thankfully much better than the nose. It is sweet and grainy with a refreshing crispness. There is even a few hints of floral hops in there that along with the fairly high carbonation level leave a dry, clean finish. I dont think I will have much of a problem finishing off my 22oz of this. It would be tasty ice cold on a hot afternoon. I may go so far as to say I might buy this again, and would not be bad with some Korean barbecue.

Photo of Yimosan
1.95/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Photo of Tone
2.48/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale yellow. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of adjunct and a lager (cleanliness). Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of lager cleanliness, adjunct, and some pale malt. Overall, a pretty common adjunct lager.

Photo of Proteus93
1.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: If it weren't for the little hue of yellow, it would be as clear as mineral water. Head seems like it COULD have some retention, forming a good finger and a half... but then BAM... it's gone. Absolutely no lacing, nothing. Just this incredibly pale yellow liquid in the glass.

S: What in blazes??? There's a weird aroma that comes across like juniper berries... as in bad gin. It's very odd. There's a sweet. also somewhat fruity scent as well. Not very good at all

T: Not the worst part of this brew, which is fortunate. Corn, sweet malts, no major "offtastes," which is fortunate, but not really very good, sadly.

M + D: Carbonation is quite mellow, and body is quite thin. This was picked up simply because it was available, and I don't see myself grabbing anymore... no big recommendations here.

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

Poured from a can with a thermometer on the side. I needed this to know when the beer was cold.

Beer pours clear and gold without much head. It is very light.

There is not much in the way of aroma here.

Tastes fine if you are expecting a thin and refreshing lager. Nothing wrong with that. I have seen that other reviewers note a skunkiness, so I would recommend the can since this beer is clean.

Very light bodied, not much to it.

An easy drinking beer, but I would not go out of my way to get any. Just slightly different than other macro lagers.

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.53/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was surprisingly not...awful. It poured a golden color and had decent head. Aroma was faint but hinted at the presence of (dare I say it?)...malt and hops. Mouthfeel was a touch thin. Not too shabby, but I won't be seeking this out, and I recommend you follow that same course.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale yellow body with a shamefully thin, white head.

Smell: Vague light pale malt nose with a cereal sweetness to it.

Taste: Light pale malts with the faintest hint of grain and a single, solitary drop of honey sweetness. No real hop character though beyond an altogether mild bitterness. Finishes crisp and clean (as there wasn't anything really there to begin with).

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Ugh. Hite doesn't exactly represent the height of lager brewing.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
1.78/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From a 12oz can - Pours a clear light pale yellow. Not pretty at all. No carbonation, no lacing . Smells of corn and very light malts. First sip is almost flavorless with just a tad of hops and malts ...almost water like. I cannot imagine consuming this product.

Photo of Vancer
3.28/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours crisply in my Sammy glass, good carbonation tries to keep the smallish white head going.

Whoo! Smell that Euro skunk! But the quaff is light and refreshing - somewhat like a beer club soda, touch of lime bubbles up ½ way though the 22oz bottle. There is not much going on here, but it doesn't present itself as a big hitter, either. It would be a decent summer session brew.

Has a certain sweetness that's not bad on a hot day, either.

Look for the soda style bottle.

Photo of Drew966
3.65/5  rDev +48.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hite pours a golden yellow color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There isn't much in the way of aroma, no off odors in any case. The mouthfeel is the same as any other lager. The flavor is very mild, there is a bit of hops. This is a very crisp, refreshing lager. It's probably as good as any other macro lager I've tried. Sampled at a Korean restaurant in Orlando, I haven't seen it available anywhere else in central or south Florida.

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

Big bottle, decent price, low expectations. Reviewing as a macro lager against macro lagers. Crytal clear amber yellow with a thick, albeit fizzy head that dissapated quickly.

Lite floral sweetness coupled with a touch of graininess. No cabbage or other adjunct smells.

Similar to other asian lagers. Sharpness at the front, no doubt in part to the loads of carbonation. Moves quickly to a grainy sweetness. Ends with a touch of metallic aftertaste and ends up feeling fairly dry if not a little astringent. Still I have had worse tasteing macros than this one.

Light bodied and a little watery. Not surprised given the ABV @ 4.5%

I didn't detect the overwelming sweetness that bedevilled other reviewers. An average to slightly below average lager..nothing more, nothing less.

Photo of russpowell
2.68/5  rDev +8.9%
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

Hite from Hite Brewery Company LTD
60 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.