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Hite - Hite Brewery Company LTD

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BA SCORE
60
poor

214 Ratings
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 2.49
pDev: 25.3%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | 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.

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dill

California

2.42/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 17:15:35 | More by dill
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watchnerd

California

2.78/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a 22 oz big bottle at a local Korean BBQ place.

Basically a highly watered-down Korean version of a Japanese macro-lager like Sapporo or Asahi. Hite shouldn't be impacted by the hops shortage, as from the taste, they're barely using any. It is easy to drink and refreshing but, unlike that other beer that touts its waters (Coors), it's not particularly crisp.

Good as a thirst-quencher with spicy Korean food as you can drink it like water and the alcohol is so low (is it really 4.5%?) you won't even notice.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 16:27:37 | More by watchnerd
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

2.45/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Any beer that costs you $1.50 or less in a store in the NYC area is one to beware of.

Pours a clear straw gold. White head. Blah blah blah. They all pour like this. And the head never stays. Very minor citrus tone it seems on the nose. Flavor is, well, bad. Really. Isn't skunked, but it tastes way dirty. Definitely not cleanly filtered. Feel has a good level of carbonation, and the liquid is a pretty good feel too. But overall this is one mediocre at best lager. Bad. Bad, bad, bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 01:35:17 | More by RblWthACoz
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Bookseeb

Washington

2.88/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a light golden in color with a big crisp head that dissapates quickly. Smell of very light adjuncts. Taste is light from malt to hops with a bit of sweetness and good carbonation. Mouthfeel is of course light that has refreshing aspects that could be enjoyed in warmer weather.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 02:18:56 | More by Bookseeb
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kimcgolf

Georgia

2.73/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It’s hard to rate this beer. Pours to a very light color, with thin white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. Unlike most low-grade American and Asian-import Lagers, this does not have the skunky, grainy aroma or taste. So I rated it a little higher than those. But there is such little nose, mouthfeel, flavor or finish, that it’s difficult to rate as a true beer.

It makes a good lightly colored water, just not worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 19:33:04 | More by kimcgolf
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kenito799

New York

3.3/5  rDev +32.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 01:52:15 | More by kenito799
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hunteraw

China

2.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at Taste in Kowloon Tong. A good thirst quencher.

Appearance: Very pale straw in color, decent sized head but little retention and no lacing.

Smell: smells like water, with the faintest hints of sweet malt.

Taste: The brand plays up being made from "fresh water" on the label, and to be honest one could be forgiven for mistaking this beverage for mineral water of some kind. Try it and struggle to find the malt and hops that it supposedly contains...

Mouthfeel: Light, fizzy - but not so fizzy that it doesn't go down easy.

Drinkability: Perhaps the highlight of this beer - you can drink a lot of it, and very quickly if you needed to. That said, why bother?

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 09:34:08 | More by hunteraw
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Weizenmensch

Japan

3.2/5  rDev +28.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 13:03:52 | More by Weizenmensch
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Padron4KM

Arizona

1.4/5  rDev -43.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 06:52:55 | More by Padron4KM
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BeerZack

North Carolina

2.48/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 04:47:07 | More by BeerZack
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guitarmage

Oregon

2.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Beer pours a semi pale yet vibrant yellow, a soda like white head dissipates rapidly and leaves absolutely no lacing. The beer is very bubbly.

Smell: Light mustiness, a little skunky, haystack, grassy aromas.

Taste: A steely graininess, some very faint hops try to cut through but nearly flavorless. Suggestions of a white grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel: I don't know what has happened here, as the beer sits, the carbonation has left, the flavors and aroma seem to have left as well. At this point, thin bodied, light carbonation, and a watered down feel.

Drinkability: Well, this is not a very tasty brew, but nothing disgusting. Light flavors, watered down and a pretty bad mouthfeel overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 23:35:32 | More by guitarmage
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

2.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

appearance - Light golden color with small head.

smell - some sweetness to it

taste - Very light, light malt, very little bitterness. Reminded me a skunked beer.

mouthfeel - Crisp refreshing and clean lgiht feel to it.

drinkability - This is a American Macro Lager? Like Coors, Bush, and Rolling Rock?
This was a trade I did with someone, not impressed with it. I gave it a 1 because I split this with someone and I didn't finish it.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 17:09:26 | More by auxiliary
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DogFood11

California

2.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hard to beat the price @ $5 bucks a six pack I figured I'd give this a fair shake. Poured into a stemmed pils glass it forms a good sized frothy white head. Body is a very light shade of yellow with tons of racing carbonation.

In line with most beers I've found in this style it has a grainy sweet malt bill and some corn husk can be found as it warms up a bit. Towards the end there is a touch of hop balancing going on. The thing I didn't like about this was that it didn't clean up all that well. Definitely crisp but not as clean as I would like. Easily consumed.

Notes: I would put this in the below average category within the style. Easy to drink as I watch some College Basketball. Nothing to think about here.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 19:22:55 | More by DogFood11
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bushwhacker

Alabama

1.35/5  rDev -45.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2007 02:12:31 | More by bushwhacker
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Pegasus

Texas

3/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale golden in color, with a faint dusting of white foam, with an abundance of fine-beaded lacing.

Aroma: Pale malt, with a slight herbal hop presence.

Taste: Slightly tart pale malt, with a moderate herbal hop presence, and a clean, dry finish.

Mouth feel: Somewhat thin, with zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Drinkable, rather nondescript, inoffensive, but lacking character.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 15:33:54 | More by Pegasus
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

2.1/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Light yellow apperance with a white head of foam that was not unlike the 7-Up I poured at lunch. Medium low carbonation.

S: Fresh aroma of grass and adjuncts. General aroma that one would expect from a macro lager, nothing more, nothing less.

T: I think the most appropriate description would be light. Light malt, light grass, light adjuncts. Not a whole lot going on.

M: Crisp and sharp. Refreshing on the palate. Probably the best qualities of this brew are found in this arena.

D: Naw, i'm gonna pass next time. Nothing special here. Couldn've been an American Macro made in Milwaukee, and I wouldn't have known the difference.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 04:14:57 | More by Frozensoul327
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HardTarget

Texas

2.88/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.3 oz. bottle, 4.5% abv.

Aroma: Light green apple (acetaldehyde) and not much else.

Appearance: Crystal clear pale yellow, little to no head.

Flavor: Light ( LIGHT ) malt, thin to no hops.

Mouthfeel: Light body

Overall Impression: Light. A macro lager, nothing awful, nothing special. It’s beer.

Thanks to Pegasus for sharing.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2006 05:32:23 | More by HardTarget
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MTNboy

Germany

3.58/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The better of the Major Korean Beers. Not as easy to find as OB but more consistant. It is not a batch by batch beer.
Apearance- Is that of like an average American lite beer.

Smell- Is Average

Taste- Is not bad. Kind of sweet and not to bad of an aftertaste either.

Mouthfeel- A little better than average.

Drinkability- Goes down smooth

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 06:32:34 | More by MTNboy
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leechungsr

California

2.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had with Korean BBQ; was recommended by our waitress as being the "better korean beer." Can't say this beer made me proud to be Korean.
a: poured with nice ~1inch head. Light golden color.
s: very subtle malty sweets.
t: you won't find much flavor here. Malty with smidge of flat hops. Though, taste is non-obtrusive and actually went well with the BBQ.
m: very clean and refreshing. Highly carbonated. I think its mouthfeel really saved this beer from being horrible.
d: Isn't much of a beer (btw; the menu in the restaurant lists Soju in Korean with English translation "hard liquor")...but it's definitely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 11:23:43 | More by leechungsr
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atigerlife

Hawaii

2.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I wasn't expecting much from this beer. But, the first sip wasn't that bad, but then...

Poured a big, two-finger white fluffy head that was slightly clumpy. A clear yellow-golden color with lots of carbonation seen rising. Light lacing. Not bad for the style.

The aroma was light hops, sweet and grainy. Not much else.

The taste was very light with sweetness dominating some light hops. Not much else going on.

Mouthfeel was very light body and no cleansing. Surprisingly lifeless.

Overall, not one I will have again. You need to drink this very cold and very fast. As I mentioned, the first sip wasn't bad. But I let it sit in my glass too long and it just got worse and worse. I didn't even finish the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 17:12:26 | More by atigerlife
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jwc215

Wisconsin

2.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours very light straw yellow with a thin, lasting white head that left some lacing. The color was weak, but nice head for the style.

The smell was very thin. Some bittersweet malt/hop something going on, but too thin to tell and a slight adjuct-like aroma was mixed in.

The taste was thin as well. There was a hint of a malt sweetness, but it was flushed out by the "naturally fresh water" that the label announces so proudly. The usual macro suspect - cookie veggie also played a small part. Some hops were there, but were weak and seemingly overprocessed, as they were limp, leaving a flat, watery feeling.

Some body was hinted at, but fell apart rather quickly and left a rather flat feeling in the mouth.

Its relative inoffensiveness was due to thin weakness more than anything else. Any time anything seemed to surface, it was quickly washed away. I had one cold and warm. It was a bit better ice cold - kept some adjuncts in line.

Bottom line - We have enough swill, why import more...and, it's not even decent for the style on top of that.

However, I did see a great poster that advertises this beer. (It was not displayed, but I was fortunate enough to see it.) The great bodies of naked women with body paint on them. If you can, grab the poster, leave the beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2006 02:10:21 | More by jwc215
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stephendr

California

1.7/5  rDev -31.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 04:32:47 | More by stephendr
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sloejams

California

2.95/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 19:39:03 | More by sloejams
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 17:09:48 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheSarge

Virginia

2.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer really isn't too bad, because it only costs about 2 bucks for a six pack here in Korea. It is a refreshing brew to have for a Bar B Que or on a hot day relaxing outside. It's ultra clear with much carbonation. The head doesn't retain too long after being poured. The body of this brew is golden, somewhat comprable to Miller Lite. It does have a mild hop aroma, and you can taste the slight bitterness from the hops, but it's nothing to bring home to your momma. If you like ricey beer like Bud or Miller, you'll probably like this.

TheSarge

Serving type: can

06-15-2006 11:11:53 | More by TheSarge
Hite from Hite Brewery Company LTD
60 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.