Hite Brewery Company LTD

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Lager - European Pale
Ranked #543
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2.47 | pDev: 25.91%
Hite Brewery Company LTD
Korea (South)
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elNopalero from California

2.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Drink it cold. As cold as you can get this. Pours clear, minimal aroma, bland fizzy flavor, quick finish. This comes in cans, bottles, and even plastic bottles, so that’s something.

Jul 02, 2020
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Thresher from Illinois

2.93/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is not a great beer. Not even really a good one. But I love it. For some reason, I always seem to have a case of it in the house. It's bland and boring, has no real taste to it. But it's another beer that's fantastic on a hot day. If you want hops or anything beyond the malt and rice, this is going to be very disappointing. But taken for what it is, the SK rendition of Budweiser, I kind of dig it.

Jul 07, 2019
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Byoung_Ju_Kim from New York

2.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Drink this a lot back in old days in Korea because I was a college student with tight budget. Typical but blend Pale Lager, and it is easy to drink, gives you refresh feelings... Does not have rich aroma. Lack of body. Even nowadays in Korea, this beer isn't for savoring, but to mix with soju, making higher alcohol content which is called 'Somac' (Soju + Macju(beer)) so Korean people who tend to enjoy binge drinking can get drunk easily. Few weeks ago, I went to local Vietnamese restaurant and they had this beer for their beer menu. It gives me nostalgic feeling but skipped and ordered 'tiger' from Singapore. I would drink Hite beer again, if I only meet my good old friends from high school or college at neighborhood tavern.

May 24, 2019
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dave_ackbar from Hawaii

2.99/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another Asian beer that probably tastes better because of drinking in its home country.

Nothing overly special. Taste is crisp and clean, look is that of a typical lager.

Refreshing and light.

Jun 14, 2018
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +82.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hite (Extra Cold) has a very thick, frothy, mousse-like head, heavy glass lacing, bubbles, and a mostly clear, straw appearance, with lots of fine, powdery sediment, throughout. Aroma is of pungent, yeasty, sweet, white bread, with grass note, and the flavor is similar and balance. Mouthfeel is medium, and Hite finishes mostly dry.


Mar 11, 2018
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DHK from California

3.25/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok this is not a beer that you sip for appreciating the nuances of its bouquet and complex flavors. This is a light, crisp rice lager that's best drunk ice cold in order to wash down a spicy Asian meal or better yet, a grill-at-the-table Korean BBQ. For this purpose, there's none better IMHO. That's why it'll be hard to find a Korean restaurant that does not have this brew on its menu.

Dec 15, 2017
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aleigator from Germany

2.59/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an amber-golden color with a vanishing, medium sized head.

Smells of toffee wrapped straw and a light herbal note on top.

Has a fizzy, superlight mouthfeel, thin and highly carbonated.

Tastes basically as the beer smells, sweet malts among a metallic, bubbly carbonation and an omnipresent watery flavor hole. Develops a surprising dry note during the finish.

Insustrial lager, too light, too thin, too boring.

Jul 07, 2017
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coopdog1000 from Florida

2.99/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought it at a Asian grocery, only beer they had.
Taste just like an American Adjunct Lager. No better - no worse.
Price is about the same too, so that's something.

Sep 17, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

1.37/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Beer flavored water...seriously. no aroma, no taste...Even the color is very light, noticed on pour, it seems more clear than golden...not horrendous, but there isn’t much here to taste or savor either. Another country ticked....

Nov 27, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

2.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a straw color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has slight malt hints
The taste follows the nose with a slight nalt flavor
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A decent beer

Sep 24, 2015
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gopens44 from Virginia

1/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Yes, had this on many a night in Teagu outside the gates of Camp Henry. It's an unfortunate beer. Tastes a little less like perspiration than OB, but still - the taste is still there.

Apr 07, 2015
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

2.44/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Can consumed on Korean Air (Los Angeles to São Paulo). The can itself has a number of marketing words, from "bottom fermentation" to "ice point". It was free, so I can't complain about price. On to the beer:

The beer has a pale yellow color, topped with a soapy white head and solid head retention. I smell rice being fermented, blah. Perhaps to no surprise based off the aroma, the beer tastes like a rice lager. A dash of malt and husk for kicks and giggles, overall the beer has a sweet flavor. Sweet like cream. I won't applaud this effort as a roaring success, however the beer is not offensive. It's light bodied with a coarse feel, paired with spritzy carbonation.

Hite does not excite me. After my can, I switched my alcohol option on the plane to red wine.

Mar 25, 2015
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Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

3.25/5  rDev +31.6%

Review: Bottle of Hite Pale Lager 4.5%ABV

Hite lager is a nice, pleasant tasting beer from South Korea, that’s so good with Korean food.

Pours a golden yellow clear colour with a small light head and some lacing.

A nice sweet aroma of light malt and grains were found making the smell one of the highlights of this Korean brew. On closer inspection the smell is quite unusual, a strong tinge of a shot, possibly the rice.

it is an extremely easy tasting drink: sweet, clear and crisp. Its smoothness making it go down very well. There was a lingering grain sweetness throughout in the beer that stays nice till the end, no bitterness found in this beer. It tasted of a little rice and pale malt, some grains and a light hop flavour. Very refreshing and clean throughout, I enjoyed this beer. This beer is pleasant. and perfect for the light beer drinker. Definitely a top class session beer, perfect for a night out with friends to a restaurant, say perhaps a Korean restaurant! Would work very well with some light food.

Dec 06, 2014
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ChristopherWIU-UTPA from Texas

2.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have drank this beer a numerous occasions in the Republic of Korea (South) and select occasions in the United States. Being stationed in South Korea my first two years in the United States Army, I was able to experience this beer every weekend! Pours golden yellow clear, light soapy head, some lacing, and overbearing carbonation. It taste of rice and malt, along with a real fizzy taste, and not filling. It has no edge, malty after taste, and no real aroma.

Camp Casey, Republic of Korea 1998-2000

Apr 15, 2014
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Retroman40 from Florida

2.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle out of the refrigerator poured into a pint glass.

A - Pale golden color with a fleeting white head that retreats to ok lacing throughout.

S - Very neutral - almost nothing (bad or good)

T - Definite hint of adjuncts along with some grains and light hop flavor.

M - Very clean throughout.

O - I've been wanting to try this for a long time since I am a fan of the LPGA and see several golfers with Hite logos on their equipment and clothing. If I was at a golf tournament in South Korea I could see putting a few of these away. Until then, I've had it and don't see the need to pay a premium for it in the states.

Mar 05, 2014
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MarkoNm from Slovenia

2.05/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

The glass fills with pale gold, clear, content. The head is weak and quickly disappears with only a small lacing left.
The aroma is expected: malt and grains. Although gentle, quite pleasant.
The taste is bittery and light, The finish is neutral without any real bitterness.
Nice for a refreshment, but not much to the taste.

Feb 09, 2014
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.13/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a pure white foamy head with light retention and not much lacing. Aroma of light adjunct notes with some cereal notes also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by light cereal notes with some adjunct and light sweet finish. Finish is actually crisper and cleaner then I had expected. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. This is actually better than I was expecting but still not great though.

Jan 09, 2014
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FLima from Brazil

2.53/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright golden color with a thick head with medium retention.
Light sweet aroma of pale bready malt, vanilla and adjuncts.
Crisp and refreshing taste with hints of floral hops, sweet pale malt, finishing with a mild lemon hint and some low oxidation.
Watery body with good carbonation.
Adjunct lager a bit above average, hops are mild but they can be sensed and adjuncts are on the low side and probably rice rather than corn.

Dec 19, 2013
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beijingbrewer from China

2.28/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Had in Beijing.
355ml can pored into a pint glass.
Born on date: 3/19/13
ABV: 4.5%
Ingredients list water, barley, and hops.

A- Golden-yellow. Moderate carbonation.

S- Faint hint of wet grain. Not much of a nose on this one.

T- A little grain gives way to a metallic aftertaste.

M- Super smooth, good carbonation. Crisp finish.

I was looking forward to this after not seeing any adjuncts listed in the ingredients.I was let down when I experienced just another bland, mass-produced Asian lager. The can states: "Clean & Pure!" as well as "Freezing Point Filtration System." It is surely clean and pure, but they seem to have filtered out the beer flavor.

Jul 29, 2013
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RyanGoodman from Bolivia

1.41/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Hite? A Korean beer that was purchased in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Huh, go figure.

Well, in an endeavor to be a goo beer advocate and try everything new I can find, I was in a Korean food store in the dead center of South America and encountered Hite.

It's notable the that "cold meter" on the bottle label has apparently reached Korea, and my bottle indicated that it was the appropriate time to drink. Unfortunately there were no cups available to see the beer to evaluate it properly. But it was obviously the golden/pale lager color. Smell was dull at best, and taste followed suit. Hite gives you the effervescent sensation as any other mass produced lager. Would I drink it again? Not a chance. The only uniqueness to this beer is that it's the only Korean beer I've ever had.

May 22, 2013
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

2.44/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours all white head at first, angrily sizzling. After a little while the uneven head is almost gone, replaced by pale golden liquid. Only poor lacings.

S: Very light in smell; some detergent-like malts, sweet, together with rice. Only very faint hoppy bitterness.

T: Rather smooth and well balanced in taste. Don't get me wrong, this is a mild macro-beer, but considering that, not too shabby. Malt and some bitter hops together with a little rice, makes this a soft-tasting beer.

M: Short aftertaste, a bit bitter. Body is light and carbontion is strong and aggresive.

O: This is a poor product with a big adjunct-vibe to it. If that's what you're into, this could be gold, otherwise - avoid!

Apr 12, 2013
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Caskaway from Illinois

2.21/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

12oz bottle from a sampler, poured into a pint glass. I mistook this beer for an adjunct, probably should have used a more tapered glass.

Beer pours very thin, head is more reminiscent of 7-up than lager. No lacing, very light in color. Smell is slightly better than expected given its appearance. Something unusual in the smell - akin to bathtub gin. Mash?

Taste is poor, mouthfeel is downright awful. Only redeeming quality is a faint sweetness that helps it avoid a skunky flavor.

Honestly, this was one of the worst beers I've consumed. When I think about my least favorite beers, this ranks better than only Corona and perhaps Bud Select.

Feb 05, 2013
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JohnBender from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +70%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 1

Sometimes I think that asian beer isb underrated and then I'm like hey man fuck that hites ggood beer beer beer I enjoy beer but especially watered down hite gice it a chance yiull love it and if you don't FUCK YOU. Come onnn man oh man they want youb to get pretentious as shit on these reviews butt when it comes down to. It yum is yum- ehhh

Dec 09, 2012
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Douberd from Netherlands

2.89/5  rDev +17%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle of 330 ml, at home. Part of a World of Asian Beers packet. Ingredients are water, barley malt, corn starsh and hops. Poured into a lager glass.
The first thing I notice while I pour it, is its high carbonation, that kills the thin white head straight away. It's a matter of seconds and while I am putting my glass down, the foam has disappeared. After that, no activity in the glass anymore, except for some forgotten bubbles that are finding their way to the surface. I could count them if I was not so lazy. The colour of the bee itself is a golden yellow one.
Light malts on the aroma and stale bread. Nothing insulting, nothing appealing either.
NIce refreshing and typical lager taste. Mostly sweet with a very tiny bitter finish that also doesn't last long. Clear and crisp.
Quite light body and a hell of a carbonation.
I think this would be great with spicy asian food, to rinse your mouth a bit, but it doesn't stand so good alone. Maybe on a hot summer day, but then, with so much carbonation..

Nov 20, 2012
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xxxxxxxxxxxxx from California

4.25/5  rDev +72.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at "Super A Foods" in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles/California/USA.

A: transparent.

S: fine aroma of beer!

T:Very smooth. I like how mellow this beer tastes. Not too much carbonation. Not too flat. Just Right. Not salty. Not Bitter. VERY NICE!

M:Melts into beautiful flavor. No drama with this beer...

O:I like drinking this beer. I was able to get a large bottle for $1.59. I prefer beer that is economical and mellow.

Nov 03, 2012
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