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Hite - Hite Brewery Company LTD

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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 2.47
pDev: 25.91%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2002

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Ratings: 247 | Reviews: 131
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.53/5  rDev +2.4%
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
2.25/5  rDev -8.9%
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
1.8/5  rDev -27.1%
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
3.23/5  rDev +30.8%
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
3.6/5  rDev +45.7%
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
2.75/5  rDev +11.3%
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
2.69/5  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

Photo of cvstrickland
2.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle (with a temperature-sensitive label to let you know when the beer is cold enough to drink), poured into a weizen glass yields a golden straw-colored body with a little trickle of active carbonation topped with two fingers of white foam that reduces quickly shrivels into a fuzzy sheet, leaving minimal lacing.

Smells lightly grainy with a hint of malt.

Tastes sweet with a very faint hint of malt. Faint hops, with an aftertaste of cooked rice.

Thin-bodied and refreshing with macro-style carbonation.

Photo of dill
2.4/5  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.

Photo of watchnerd
2.78/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.51/5  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.

Photo of Bookseeb
2.85/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of kimcgolf
2.72/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of kenito799
3.27/5  rDev +32.4%
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 hunteraw
2.45/5  rDev -0.8%
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?

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.2/5  rDev +29.6%
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 Padron4KM
1.38/5  rDev -44.1%
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 BeerZack
2.46/5  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.

Photo of guitarmage
2.59/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of auxiliary
2.17/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of DogFood11
2.06/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Photo of bushwhacker
1.4/5  rDev -43.3%
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.

Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Photo of Frozensoul327
2.1/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of HardTarget
2.85/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Hite from Hite Brewery Company LTD
60 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.