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

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 18.81%
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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Ratings: 169 | Reviews: 88
Reviews by broken22:
Photo of broken22
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing washes down sushi like a good old Japanese Rice Lager.

Pouring this beer out it springs to life. A decent head forms and dies away fairly fast. The color of the beer is a very light yellow. The smell of the beer is that mix of malt and rice with a slight bitterness to it. These beers usually taste like they smell and this one is no different. The flavor is light with a mix of malt and rice with a slight bitterness to it. The carbonation is medium to heavy and the beer continues to release co2 like champagne. The overall body is very light and the mouth feel is the same.

Overall this beer is satisfying. It pairs perfectly with foods that have very subtle flavors.

More User Reviews:
Photo of KrissyKat6
4.11/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Yum. Really light and a bit sweet.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of Auraan
4.24/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

Photo of CoalPorter
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a short pint glass at my favorite sushi place.

A - Fizzy white head dissipates fast, color is deep golden yellow

S - typical notes of light malt

T - Refreshing and clean, but dominated by the rice character

M - very fizzy and light

O - a better sushi-lager than I've had in a while

Photo of biboergosum
3/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing per the standards of the style:

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass (should have used my generic pilsner glass). Attractive label, which unfortunately belies the drab beverage within.

Liquid pours a perfectly clear golden yellow with a fast fading quite fizzy off-white head.

Aroma is typical adjunct sourness with low malt and hops.

Tastes of sweet grain with a slightly bitter dry finish; crisp, fairly refreshing.

Fairly high carbonation, light bodied though not quite watery.

Best used as a palate cleanser between sushi courses.

Not really worth the price increase over Sapporo, Kirin, Asahi, Orion, etc.

Photo of hreb
2.57/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Half liter bottle. Beer pours extremely pale straw/yellow with a medium white head and big bubbles. Almost no aroma, but sweet -- reminds me of apple juice that way.

Very little flavor, too. A little bit of dryness, and a more than a hint of corn syrup sweetness. I guess it's inoffensive, and pretty drinkable, but not good.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Koshihikari Echigo pours a crystal clear golden body beneath a short head of bright white that fades readily to a standard collar. Beyond the initial short wall of lace that's formed as the head dies down, there are only minor splashes and tiny dots left behind.

The nose is remarkably clean, and it displays only a touch of delicately sweetish malt.

In the mouth it's medium-light bodied and gently crisp with a very fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation.

The flavor displays an interesting fruity note that's reminiscent of grape and apple; and what malt is there is mainly sweetish, and not grain-like. It's candyish in a way. Across the middle some herbal, and perhaps floral, hops are merely hinted at. It's backed by some bitter dryness that leaves behind an almost cedar-like quality in the finish. Hmm, and even floral. Odd. I wonder if that's a combination of hops and alcohol, or even some phenols from fermentation.

Overall, it's interesting, but not particularly exciting or even very drinkable. There's not a lot of flavor going on overall, and yet it kind of sticks in the mouth with fruit and sugar.

Photo of WestValleyIPA
2.65/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Zatec fluted glass. Had no idea what I was getting into, as it's kinda hard to tell from the bottle. Though maybe I'd get lucky and stumble across a Hitachino competitor or what-not. Then I poured it. Didn't even give it a whiff yet, and as I was putting the glass down got a nose-full of adjunct sweet herbal nastiness. Fizzy yellow beer (for wussies). Got about a finger of very quickly dying white tacky head. Smells sweet, grassy, ricey, and like you'd expect from Japanese beer. Taste is overbearingly sweet. Giving me a headache. Overcarbonated on the mouth. Hard to drink. Hope I can finish the pint. Not good. Maybe if I had some spicy food to go with it.

Photo of Richardbeerlover
2.79/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 500 ml. bottle. Sampled on April 23, 2011. The pour is a golden-yellow tone with a lot of carbonation building up to a two inch fizzy white head that diminishes in short order. There are malts in the aroma along with rice and cane sugar. The medium mouthfeel has a slick, creamy texture to it. Lots of sugar and malts in the taste as well with a slight hop bite at the end. It reminds me of a sweeter Becks.

Photo of emerge077
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle purchased at Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, Ca. in January 2007; it's been sitting at the back of my fridge since then (It's October now- Oops!).

Pours a bright, clean, clear yellow with a decent carbonation, which allows a thin cover to last quite a long time. Aroma of light biscuity malt- no real hop presence.

Flavor takes the malts along, but adds in a real hop presence. Not an American hop bomb presence, it's quite subtle, but most certainly there. Overall, a nicely balanced, clean refreshing lager.

Mouth and drinkability- very crisp, clean, and like the appearance- clear. Easily drinkable, and would obviously go well with sushi or tempura.

Photo of theopholis
2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Note: I don't know crap about Japanese rice beer.

Appearance- Pale straw color. Abosultely crystal clear!!!! Head pretty white with little staying power and no lace.

Aroma- Smells much like a Continental pilsner, with hints of rice, fresh corn and just a tad of wet-cardboard. As unapetising as that sounds, it actually smells pretty drinkable.

Taste: Very interesting. Again, it tastes mostly like a German or Czech Pilsner, but with a twist. There's something going on with the aftertaste. That wet carboard thing. Again, it seems to work. Not objectionalble at all.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Good carboantion level.

Drinkability- Very easy going. Good as a dinner brew or as a working out in the yeard brew. The finish does get worse as it warms and flattens.

Photo of smakawhat
3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of dpool
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light staw color very light head.

S: Reminds me of the smell of sake with a touch of hops

T: Refreshingly light, and dry hint of rice and maybe a little lemon

M: Very light, little carbonation, but overal pleasant

D: Nice beer to drink with sushi and I can see myself drinking it again.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

Photo of metter98
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of Gusler
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer evacuates the 500ml brown bottle a clear gold, the head average in size and bright white in color, the texture creamy, as it dematerializes, and the lace forms a thin veil upon the glass. Nose is somewhat sweet, crisp and clean; start has a decent malt presence, sweet with a modicum of bitterness, light to moderate in feel. Finish has a stern acidity, hops light but pleasing and the lingering aftertaste is desert bone dry, I must say on average I like Japanese Rice lagers much more than American macros.

Photo of ShrLSU
1.88/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Bright golden yellow color with fizzy white head that settled into a light halo around the rim.

S: Really no scent that I can pick up.

T & M: very crisp taste. Well carbonated. It's a typical lager, pretty much a japanese Heineken.

D: There really is no reason to drink this unless you're japanese.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of atigerlife
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lcear golden color with lots of active, small, bubbles seen rising. Slightly chunky one finger white head that dissipated rather quickly. Spotty lacing.

Aroma is grainy, adjuncts.

Taste is crisp. Clean. Adjuncts. Some malts and light hops come through. Definitely on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is cleansing and slightly dry.

Overall, quite drinkable. Good session beer or drink with light food. One of the better beers of the style.

Photo of jrrs
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

reminds me a bit of asahi, but asahi sometimes is a bit funky, whereas this has a nice simple style/character to the finish.

purchased at Berkeley Bowl (West) in berkeley, ca.

am strongly wishing i did have some sashimi to eat this with right now. a slightly sweet/slightly creamy fish would be a perfect match.

Photo of jneiswender
4.75/5  rDev +41.8%
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

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Koshihikari Echigo Beer from Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub
77 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.