Koshihikari Echigo Beer - Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 171
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.1%
Wants: 10
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: donnebaby on 04-09-2004

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Reviews: 83 | Hads: 171
Photo of Andrewharemza
2.49/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden color with a white head that quickly diminishes. Aroma has grassy notes, light malts and hay. Light maltiness with a light sweetness. Watery on palate. (158 characters)

Photo of Moose90
2.91/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

A — Pours a lightly pale yellow color, some funky colored head forms but doesn't leave behind any lacing.

S — Smells of bitter grains and malt, super malty, maybe a little past its prime.

T — Tastes of unfresh, skunked, bitter malts, no hop presence, lots of adjuncts.

M — Light and crisp, weird finish.

O — Meh, not very good. (345 characters)

Photo of kisthekids
5/5  rDev +53.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from can into pint glass. Tasted Back to back with Bottle Logic Hanamachi for comparison.

A - Clear, transparent, golden yellow. Head never disappears…. Even to the last drop. Amazing.

S – Smell is of standard grain and malt for a lager, but with a little extra depth…

T - A more traditional, simple taste than Bottle Logic Hanamachi… just a little grainy mild bitterness. Definitely cleanses the palette while going well with anything you’re eating. Taste is very simple while at the same time having an unmistakable depth (for lack of a better word) that other standard rice lagers (Sapporo, Aasahi, Kirin, Orion) lack. It’s just wonderful. I could drink this with every meal, every day.
M – Super light, Super dry. Super easy to drink. Carbonation never stops bubbling and is light on the tounge.

O – I consider this beer to be the standard by which all other Japanese Rice Lagers should be judged. It is exemplary. Perfect. Exactly what to reach for whilst enjoying yakitori, yakiniku, oknomoyaki… and really any other food for that matter. On the other hand, Bottle Logic Hanamachi has a couple unique flavors added that kind of put it outside the mold of a standard rice lager… the kind of fruity apple and sake flavor definitely make it different/unique. But which one would I like better? I can’t decide. They are both top notch, just a little different. This may be my favourite beer, and I think is far underrated because so many people think beer isn't good if it isn't exploding with flavors. For a beer to go this well with this many foods, whilst having such depth of flavor is simply....Outstanding. (1,666 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.24/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a semi-clear rich golden body with one finger of bubbly white head that quickly receded. A very nice looking lager, with a richer color than most examples of the style. Very nice. Scents of softly sweet malt, grainy malt, a light hint of rice and light levels of earthy, dank herbal hops. Overall impression of aroma is of a classic Japanese Rice Lager, very true to form and quite appealing in its delicate, light aroma. Flavor begins lightly sweet, with soft, sweet malt notes and light hints of honey, and a touch of an earthy quality. Middle opens up with more pronounced flavors of honey and a light green tea with honey flavor, alongside softly sweet and bready malt and an undercurrent of earthy hops in the background. Finish is lightly dry with notes of honey, grainy malt and medium-light level of dank, earthy herbal and floral hop character. Aftertaste is medium-dry with notes of earthy and floral hops, lightly sweet honey and a medium-light bitterness. Overall impression of flavor is of a fantastic Japanese Rice Lager that is rich and flavorful, with a nice balance of sweetness and dryness, ending crisp. Simply fantastic and other examples of the style do not compare. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium-high prickly carbonation and a smooth, crisp feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very nice Japanese Rice Lager. Refreshing and crisp, light and balanced. Overall this is the finest example of the style I have sampled. It has a delicate and balanced aroma and flavor, aided by the crisp mouthfeel. Yet it is not weak in aroma and flavor, being both aromatic and flavorful, but in subtle, subdued and balanced ways. A true example of a truly Japanese style of beer. (1,713 characters)

Photo of Svingjo
3.34/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a slightly golden straw colour with a minimal white head that quickly fades away leaving small islands of head. The nose is very subtle with a hint of grass/straw, green apple and a mild hoppiness. The flavour is crisp. There is a mild graininess and citrus that flavour wise leans to the lemon/lime family but the tartness that is more apple. A pretty standard lager feel and taste. (399 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear gold with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, sugar, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet grain and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is easy to drink, but there is nothing very memorable about this one to me.

Serving type: bottle. (560 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

*RICE LAGER FACE-OFF!!!* A Japanese classic (Echigo Beer Koshihikari Rice Lager) versus the young Aussie upstart (2 Brothers Kung Foo Rice Lager), who will win my beer drinking affections? Echigo is the benchmark and a brew I’ve had before at one of those trendy new dumpling places in Fortitude Valley (Brisbane). I recall being impressed with how interesting this brew was and I wish I had reviewed it at the time, but all's well because I managed to pick up a bottle at Plonk.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Stein.

A: Presents a clear pale gold body with a 1cm white head. A little lighter toned than most Lagers but otherwise spot on. 8/10.

S: The aroma has typical Euro Pale Lager hints of cut grass and green apple, along with a prominent Sake note as well. Touches of malt grain in the background. A straightforward but well-crafted Lager fragrance then. 7/10.

T: All of the above: Cut grass, green apple, Sake and malt grain is presented in the flavour profile with a crisp dry finish. There is a bit of honey sweetness to it as well which is levelled out in the long dry finish. Aftertaste is apple and rice. Again we have a well-crafted Lager with little to detract from it. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a light/dense carbonation... in fact a bit more carbonation would be right on for the style, it is lacking in this respect. 5/10.

D: And now the downside: Echigo Koshihikari is far too expensive (at $8/500ml) for what you get - there are plenty of other Lagers out there with similar qualities but cheaper (like Brok, Mythos or Stella Artois). Other than that I did enjoy drinking this, and I think it would suit a nice sushi platter. As it warmed up the fruitiness of this Lager really became more prominent and interesting, good to note for future reference fellow beerethren. 6/10.

Food match: Sashimi set and match. (1,850 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Out of a bottle at Oshima in Orange, CA (as the main man Mack's down sushi).

Beautiful label that has Raul intrigued like his prom date - but when the dress comes off, will Raul be letdown again?

Not an all out banger, but like Shakira, these hips don't lie. Just clean and a bit crisp - no adjunct skunk.

Good while macking down some cherry salmon, but not much else. (372 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.75/5  rDev +15%

Poured from a can. White, quickly diminishing 1" head. Very clear, light amber body. Aroma includes light apple, pear, bread dough. Flavor is light and dry, faintly tart, grainy, and sweet; subtle lime-like hop bitterness and flavor. Body is light and spritzy with high carbonation.

Tastes like a solid adjunct lager, and is actually quite pleasing compared to the usual Japanese macrobrews, particularly in its lack of a skunky quality. (440 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.41/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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A: clear, light, apple-flesh gold... throws up a quiet, somewhat compact, cottony foam that actually takes a couple minutes to slowly recede - ends up leaving just a weak collar on the perimeter... any lace immediately dissolves back into the liquid

S: bit of a granola and dried apple aroma... not vibrantly fruity, or vibrant in the least

T: mild maltiness similar to a dry Helles (but more like an adjunct lager)... bit of a old powdery bubblegum and a hint of clove in the aftertaste... fairly clean, crisp malt flavors... hop flavor and bitterness quite minimal

M: soft, smooth, and round... rather light-bodied with a finish that just drops off quickly yet delicately... anemic carbonation - not flat, but lacking pep

O: bottle likely had 6+ months age on it, at least... still, it was pleasant and drinkable enough for what it is - great brewing and packaging practices, no doubt (901 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.57/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a stemmed wine glass.

Crystal clear brass lemon yellow, not too bright. Thick fluffy white head three fingers tall off the pour and some scattered shampoo like lacing.

Aroma is clean, kind of a nice mellow grainy sweetness. Thin honey sensing, but also a bit balanced between dry and sweet. Riced aroma as expected but smells quite decent.

Palate is mild crisp with a bit of corny sweet like finish. Mellow clean finish with a simple light honey sweetness. Simple airy and light. Not overly fussel or flawed either but not much more to say.

Overall it is what a rice forward made beer is, go eat this with some shrimp crackers and it's probably the best pairing. But it doesnt get more exciting than that. (737 characters)

Photo of Richardbeerlover
2.79/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought this in Los Angeles. Pours a medium yellow with a nice white head. A fair amount of carbonation yet when I drink it there is not much carbonation at all. Almost flat. This is your typical malt beer that is clean. Not much body and nothing that stands out. (262 characters)

Photo of Pahn
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear gold-tinted yellow. Fizzy white head dissipates immediately. No lacing.

Smell: Soft cologne-y hop aroma is the dominant aroma. No skunk (thank you for using brown bottles). Some light breadiness underneath. Very faint lagery tang. Pleasant aroma.

Taste: Unexpectedly sweet up front. Decent burst of malt flavor leading to what-might-be-rice and moderate dryness. Pretty clean flavors, and refreshing despite the body and not-really-bone-dryness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, almost creamy. Pretty dry, but not as dry as a pale lager like this ought to be. Sufficient carbonation. Seems weird in a way but it works.

Overall: It's no premium German lager, but there's good flavor here, and nothing off. Simple, but flavorful enough. Could easily drink a lot of this, especially on a hot day. Not half bad. Much better than Sapporo and the like. (895 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.42/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle -from La Tienda de la Cerveza (Madrid)- Lager glass. Golden color, crystal clear appearance. Brief crown, white in color. Lager yeast, cereal, slight sweet aromas, herbal notes & minty hues to the nose. Malty, dried & voluptuous upfront. Light to medium body. Moderate to high carbonation. Sweet maltiness & rice touched by slight spicy flavors then clean & bitter flavor arises & lingers into a long bitter/sweet finish. Bitter aftertaste. Much better than regular Japanese Lagers. (495 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Sushi Roko, Santa Monica, CA

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of adjunct malts are present in the nose—rice and corn seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and has bits of malty sweetness and bitterness. It becomes a little sweeter as Tge beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer pairs well with Japenese cuisine. It is easy to drink and the adjunct malts aren't too strong. (665 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
2.55/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

17 oz bottle. Pours pale straw with white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of sweet malt and a hint of noble hops. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of herbal, leafy hops and sweet malt. Finish is long and dry. There is some taste in this brew. (250 characters)

Photo of jneiswender
4.75/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The poured this beer out of a 12 ounce bottle into large tasting glass served cool

The beer appears very light straw in color with a nice foamy white head

The smell of the beer is flowery sugary with the light grain scent

The beer has a nice floral white sugar flavor with a very slight medicinal finish

Well carbonated and very light pillow like mouth feel on the palate

I find this beer to be a very nice drinking beer. It's flavors are clean and very late and represent the style very well (499 characters)

Photo of shleepy
3.56/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle (purchased at K&L in Redwood City) into Cantillon glass.

A: Clear, light golden. Small head that quickly dissipated.

S: A bit of honey in the smell, but certainly not too aromatic. And there are actually some more interesting notes in there that are too subtle to pick out. Surprisingly decent.

T: Clean, clean, clean. It doesn't taste like much, but it's just impeccably balanced. Unlike crappier lagers, it doesn't have an unpleasantly malty finish or anything off-putting. A touch of corny and/or ricey malt notes, some balancing hoppiness, and just an overall bright freshness.

M: Fairly lively but the carbonation wen out quickly, giving way to a creamier texture.

O: Lagers may not be my favorite beers, but this is one solid example of the style. (777 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 mL bottle, $9.99 at Mitsuwa Marketplace.

Pours a pale clear gold, rising trails of carbonation visible, huge head of sticky foam with a creamy surface texture. Long lasting head retention and excellent staying power. Drippy lace all around the glass forming irregular patterns.

Slightly floral aroma, honeyish malt sweetness, and what i'd assume to be malted rice.

Taste is no revelation, basic pilsener malts and puffed rice, drying in the finish. Carbonation is somewhat mellow, lending to the drinkability somewhat. Bright and somewhat crisp, it's a utilitarian summer refresher.

Overall not worth the high pricetag for premium ingredients, fancy label, or importation costs. Guessing all of the above are contributing factors to a $10 rice lager. (762 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
3.94/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pilsener glass

Pours a brilliant translucent light gold capped by a two finger billowing white head. Herbal notes, fresh grass, light floral accents and subtle hints of pear. Opens with fresh herbal notes and green, light honey notes, apple skin, transitioning to apple flesh. Finishes with delicate floral notes and continued light fruit notes. Light body that feigns heavier at times, abundant carbonation. Slick and smooth with every so light touches of syrup on the edges. I really enjoyed this brew which is fantastic example of the style. (579 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a flute)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear bright yellow with a strong carbonation of big bubbles and a pale white head that boils away.

S- The clean soft aroma has a green sulfur hint and a flinty wet rice note to the finish.

T- The dry field corn finish is all I get from the first few sips. Some slight sweetness comes through as it opens and a carbonic acid and green sulfur note grow in the finish. There is a slight pungent note that lingers in the dry finish.

M- The light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The nice clean light beer has some interesting but soft flavors, and the touch of sweetness really helps. I’m not sure it was worth the $7.99 price for 500 ml but it was nice to try. (744 characters)

Photo of shivtim
2.12/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another bottle picked up at the Buford Highway Farmer's Market.

Poured into a pint.

Clear gold, foamy bright white head. Still. Macro-ey.

Nose is strong rice, sweet and sticky. Some ethanol.

Taste is standard rice lager. Rice, metallic, some stale hops on the end. Some generic sugary sweetness.

I'll avoid this one! (321 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
1.42/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pale golden colour, clear and still. Head was white and existed at one stage, now it's disappeared. Looks rubbish, frankly.

Smells sweet and adjuncty. Yum. Lots of corn and honey and rice, with some blandness and shitness thrown in. Not much to enjoy, not even much to look for. Pretty poor.

Taste is also pretty poor. Bland on the front but also sickly sweet with lots of honey and white sugar/sucrose added. Corn, grain, pearl barley - yeah I guess it tastes rather like livestock feed. Very little to appreciate here, in fact very little not to make me go on a murderous rampage through a crowded shopping mall. Take note, breweries: brew better beer. It could save lives.

Decently full body, bit of carbonation at the end. It's what I'd expect stylistically, therefore it's alright.

Bland, overly sweet. Bad beer. Bad, bad beer. Naughty. (854 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle, not so surprisingly available at many places throughout Hawaii, given the preponderance of Japanese tourists here. The Kanji characters on the label are quite different from the can pictured on this entry.

This beer pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow colour, with one skinny finger of thin foamy bone-white head, which leaves very little discernible lace around the glass as it logically bleeds away in barely more than an instance.

It smells of rice grain adjuncts, a bit warm, with mild grassy hop undertones. The taste is a little more generically grainy, but with a still healthy (?) rice husk character, a slight warming, and very subtle grassy hops.

The bubbles are pretty average, i.e. not noticeably different from its very numerous peers, the body a medium-light weight, its only claim coming from a somewhat tacky, pithy character, one which does no favours to the unfairly burdened smoothness. It finishes rather blandly, a combination of semi-sweet rice pudding, and subtle earthy, weedy hops.

Not really all that bad; however, this offers nothing beyond the underwhelming norm - soul-sucking, quasi-sickly grain, crispness an ironically foreign concept, and overall just another lost chance at cross-culture beer knowledge enhancement. (1,272 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: very pale yellow hue with a clear body and nice effervescence. Head is a very thin layer of bubbly white foam. Not super impressive.

Smell: lightly plastic-smelling malt aroma; pretty light, but there's enough aroma in there to be not-great overall.

Taste: very light, dry flavor. Not exactly malty; just sort of plain and flavorless. It's not especially flawed, though, and "flavorless" is pretty much the goal of a rice lager.

Mouthfeel: light body with a big dose of carbonation. Not creamy, but definitely sparkling ... it's at least interesting.

Overall: despite this beer's flaws and relative lack of flavor, it is stylistically accurate and pretty easily drinkable. (733 characters)

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Koshihikari Echigo Beer from Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub
76 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.