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Hite - Hite Brewery Company LTD

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215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 2.48
pDev: 25.81%
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2002)
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Photo of TheSarge


2.48/5  rDev 0%

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.


06-15-2006 11:11:53 | More by TheSarge
Photo of stoutman


3.85/5  rDev +55.2%

Downed 2 quick ones in Nagoya while waiting for the train. This stuf is NOT BAD. Somewhat watery with lots of head when poured. Clear color with a little lace. Some hops detected and better than any domestic lite beers. I cracked up when I read the can... "Brewed with water found under the ground" .. Doesn't have a whole lotta flavor but there is something about a cold beer on a hot day after eating wasabe coated sushi.

11-27-2005 03:10:15 | More by stoutman
Photo of Zorro


2.45/5  rDev -1.2%

Executive summary of this beer is that it is a Light Beer in all respects.

Huge brown bottle from the Beverage Warehouse in Culver City California.

Pours a fizzy yellow beer with a decent white head looks like American Macro brew. Very high carbonation level.

Smell is grass and grains with a little bit of a sweet scent. Scents of cooked vegetables, and a fainter perfume scent carried by the alcohol.

Taste is very light. Faint sweetness and stingy carbonation level. Low hop bitterness but it is more than it needs for the sweetness level. Carbonation level gives this a bit of a metallic flavor for an instant. Tastes like a Budweiser light with a little more hops.

Mouthfeel is on the light side.

This isn't a craft beer but I can't say that it is offensive either. This your basic light lawnmower beer with a bit more carbonation and a bit of extra hops. Not a first choice but I could drink this when hot and thirsty if I had too.

11-08-2005 02:27:36 | More by Zorro
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

1.53/5  rDev -38.3%

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.

09-16-2005 16:00:45 | More by daliandragon
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

1.65/5  rDev -33.5%

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.

08-30-2005 14:58:15 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

2.55/5  rDev +2.8%

Bought in a 330ml brown bottle

Drank from the bottle, this pale lager is koreas biggest beer, and as with most nations, its a macro lager

Smells much like any other other macro pale lager, simple, malty and quite carbonated

Taste is dry and suprisingly refreshing, goes down quite well

Nothing to write home about, this korean brew doesnt bring much to the already crowded dull tasting macro pale lager market

03-25-2004 19:04:11 | More by cypressbob
Photo of RoyalT


1.08/5  rDev -56.5%

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.”

02-22-2004 03:05:21 | More by RoyalT
Photo of Gusler


2/5  rDev -19.4%

The beer dispenses from the bottle light gold color with the head bright white and modest in size, texture is frothy, the lace a thin velum like sheet to conceal the glass. Nose is malt sweet, crisp and clean; start is sweet, thinly malted, top cadaverous in feel. Finish is mild in its acidity, the hops present but quite subdued in their spiciness, dry aftertaste, a typical thin waisted lager that has little merit in my humble opinion.

01-23-2004 23:00:56 | More by Gusler
Photo of Boilermaker88


2.63/5  rDev +6%

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.

11-20-2003 16:16:50 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of mwrseeley

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev +12.1%

Appearance: Pale gold. This lager had a promising start but unfortunately, it couldn't retain its tightly formed head. The lace made a vain effort to survive but to no avail.

Smell: Faint. Burnt rice or corn, perhaps?

Taste: Lightly hopped and slightly burnt sweetness. Aftertaste has a hint of bitterness. Just a bit too watery for me. But really not too shabby for a generic beer that was designed to be consumed with spicy food.

Mouthfeel: Faint silkiness. It feels fine in the mouth. Not heavily carbonated.

Drinkability: Well, this isn't really up for negotiation. In Korea, Hite and O.B. (Cass) rule the scene and, as it is considered rude not to drink when everyone else is doing so, you really don't have much choice in the matter. I guess, if you really wanted to, you could impress your Korean friends and order soju instead.

If you enjoy American macrobrewed beers you won't find too many faults with Korea's best selling lager. Goes down nicely with red pepper paste (with a drop of sesame oil) and dried cuttlefish and anchovies.

11-10-2003 03:36:05 | More by mwrseeley
Photo of Mustard

District of Columbia

1.53/5  rDev -38.3%

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".

09-06-2003 08:04:56 | More by Mustard
Photo of Dogbrick


2.48/5  rDev 0%

I was actually a little surprised by this one. Surprised it was not vile. Pours a clear gold color with a thin white head. No real lacing to speak of and the head was short-lived. The aroma is lightly sweet which was another surprise. Light-bodied with a barely average hops flavor. The finish is a little sweet and a little fruity. This isn't a beer I would seek out again but I would drink it in Korea over a Bud.

08-12-2003 14:14:44 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of freed


2.63/5  rDev +6%

very pale golden beer, very clear, with a ghost of a head. The carbonation disappears quickly. The smell is subdued, almost nonexistent. The taste sweet, slight, and somewhat non-descript. There's some malt, and its a crisp drink, but not memorable.

07-01-2003 20:25:16 | More by freed
Photo of inebrius


3.4/5  rDev +37.1%

It is what it is; a palate cleanser between bites of Kimchi. A rice lightened lager intended for people who like easy-going beers, Hite's only stand-out quality is an above average bitter hop profile. Inoffensive, but there are way better Korean beers to be had. Aren't there?

11-12-2002 06:56:10 | More by inebrius
Photo of mickeymac


3.23/5  rDev +30.2%

If you can get past a bottle that looks a bit like Diet Sprite, this beer's not too bad. I've tried this at Koreatown (L.A.) sushi bars and have found it to be better than all the Japanese beers. It's not quite as grainy tasting as the Japanese beers and is more drinkable.

06-02-2002 22:02:11 | More by mickeymac
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