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Hite | Hite Brewery Company LTD

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Brewed by:
Hite Brewery Company LTD
Korea (South)

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 298 |  Reviews: 135
Reviews by laintringulis:
Photo of laintringulis
2.33/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served chilled in a pub glass. The bottle actually has a thermometer on the bottle that turns blue when it is the right temperature.

A: Clear, light straw yellow. Large white head that fades into nothing very quickly. No lacing. Moderate amount of bubbles throughout drinking.

S: Smells like corn and hot dog water. Vague sweet smell.

T: Bland! It has a slight taste of corn and malt, but no real flavor to it. No taste of any hops. Slight light taste of alcohol. No offensive or off tastes. Flavor did not improve as temperature increased.

M: Very light bodied. Pleasant feel on the front, slight dryness on the back taste. A little astringent on the back taste.

O: This might be an OK "lawn mower" beer for some; if you are really thirsty and drink it fast and colder. I am trying very hard to review this keeping the style in mind and thinking of other beers that I have drank in this same category. I have to admit I do like my beers on the more aggressive side.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
1.09/5  rDev -56%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.”

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Photo of bulldogg915
3/5  rDev +21%

Photo of freshflesh
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of dill
2.4/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
3.2/5  rDev +29%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.03/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012. Picked up a while back from the Chi Yip asian supermarket in York. Cool & Fresh! The rear label mentions the use of Yakima hops.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear pale-gold colour with decent carbonation. Forms a large head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of light malt with a faint hint of grain and a whiff of stewed leaves/veg.

Tastes of light malt with a crisp, dry finish. Hints of stewed hops and subtle grain. A very mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light, dry and tingly, with an insubstantial body. Aftertaste of faint stewed leaves and veg.

Another bog-standard macro lager. It's relatively clean tasting and refreshing, but bland and dull. Wish they didn't mention Yakima hops on the label, it gets your hopes up that there might be some hoppy aroma. Couldn't really recommend unless there was nothing else available.

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Photo of Zonian1
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of cmwilliq
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of JIMTRK16
2.25/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of dcbeers
2/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of gregb13
2.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I spent about 14 months in Korea and drank a river of Hite. It is an unremarkable macro lager, and can vary from somewhat pleasant to nauseatingly bad depending on the setting.

Hite is best enjoyed ice cold from a bottle, and preferably as an accompaniment to Korean bbq (spicy cuisine also works).

Avoid the huge plastic "pitchers" of Hite if you see them. It doesn't taste nearly as good from the plastic, and can be absolutely gross if you encounter a particularly bad jug.

I probably should have given Hite lower marks, as it really is not a good beer, but I associate many fond memories with this brew so that is undoubtedly influencing my opinion.

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Photo of sloejams
2.94/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer works very well when eating Korean bbq. The watery light lager cuts the spicy gochujang that I lather all over the meat (galbi / bulgogi). My Korean girlfriend has shown me the ins and outs of proper Ktown bbqing and it has made me very happy.

Initially, I thought "Wow, Hite is great!" It's not. It's one of those time and places beers that holds up quite poorly outside of it. One day when I loaded up on Hite at a local Ktown market - I learned the hard way.

First off, it's one of the lighest color beers I've ever seen. If you soaked a few grains of straw in glass of tonic water for an hour, the color would be unmistakeably Hite-ish. The smells would probably be similar too. The taste isn't terrible - it's watery, there's lil character but it is refreshing. At a Korean bbq you'll probably drink like 4 before you realize that it's not very good. But for those 4, at that bbq joint - Hite does the trick.

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Photo of Reappropriated
2.25/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of biboergosum
2.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

640ml, weird mirror-world shaped bottle, with an aquamarine and orange colour scheme. Different is good?

This beer pours a clear, pale golden straw colour, with two flabby fingers of weakly foamy, and mostly thin, soapy dirty white head, which leaves some awkward splattered soap scum lace around the glass as it quickly melts away.

It smells of musty, semi-sweet rice patties - all up in Uncle Ben's grill, a bit of grainy pale malt, sudsy detergent, and the hard water to go with it. The taste is mildly skunky stewed rice, a hint of veritable barley malt, a little bit of metallic stoniness, and rather ethereal herbaceous, weedy hops.

The carbonation is thankfully low-key and restrained, the body medium-light in weight, thin, and fairly clammy, cloying, and a bit oily in its prescribed smoothness. It finishes mostly dry, with some burgeoning cooked veggies boding ill for us all, and me in particular.

While I surely don't know everything about the whole "Clean, Crisp and Fresh!" claims on the label, I can proffer my opinion of this average Asian macro lager - it is certainly none of the above, but hardly off-putting by the same measure. Watery, generally inoffensive to your average bear, and good enough, I suppose, for a tick from a nation so preoccupied with that Soju shit.

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Photo of bearbreak
1.75/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of Retroman40
2.94/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hite pours a crystal clear straw-gold body beneath a short head of bright-white foam. The head falls shortly to nothing, and there's no lace left behind.

The nose is clean and fresh, but doesn't offer anything more than a generic beer aroma.

The flavor, not unlike the aroma, is clean but basic. It's nicely balanced though, backed by a firm bitterness; and there are some dull herbal hops in there as well.

The carbonation gently bristles the tongue, and it has a medium-light body. Surprisingly, the carbonation does nothing to help with the poor head-retention.

Overall, it's a pretty decent, refreshing golden lager.

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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Photo of mcthfg
2.25/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of WoodBrew
2.88/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of fthegiants
1.73/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of avisong
2/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of cliff1066
2.25/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of dannydetox
2.73/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

hite beer - works well with the garlicky, spicy cuisine of its country of origin, but less satisfying on its own. pale golden color with a foamy, soapy head that diminishes within a minute. hints of dishsoap along with cooked cereal grains on the nose. mildly bitter in the way foreign lagers tend to be, but not in a big hoppy sense. i taste sweetness for a second up front, followed by a bit of sourness as the beer slides back. perhaps more texture than your big three domestics, and more than i would have guessed for a 4.5% brew. when the bottles are super-chilled and the weather is scorching, i find hite a refreshing beer (kind of like high life in that regard). as the beer rises in temperature it loses that appeal.

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Hite from Hite Brewery Company LTD
Beer rating: 2.48 out of 5 with 298 ratings