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Hite Brewery Company LTD
Korea (South)

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2002

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5/5  rDev +99.2%

Photo of grey_guava
4.5/5  rDev +79.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

had a hite over the weekend pretty good! @irnva

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
4.25/5  rDev +69.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnBender
4.2/5  rDev +67.3%
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

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Photo of tzieser
4/5  rDev +59.4%

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4/5  rDev +59.4%

Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +55.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

My first beer of New Beer Sunday (Abeyance Week 1)! I got this CAN through BeerDocT after I reviewed if from a bottle and realized that it was also available in CANs. I then put some feelers out among previous CAN reviewers and Doc and I set up a small trade to keep The CANQuest (TM) humming along. This is how we do ...

From the CAN: "The open mark turns blue at optimal tasting temperature"; "Clean tasting, Refreshing beer"; "preserved by F.T.K. (Fresh Taste Keeping) System".

Ha! As a retired sailor, any time F (foxtrot) is used as an abbreviation, the default position is "F*c*", so I CAN see this as F*c* This KAN! That's just me, though. Hey, when did FTW become "For the Win", vice "F the World", which is what it always used to mean?

Onward! A Crack followed by a no-holds-barred Glug produced a massive two-plus fingers of fizzing, foamy bone-white head with very limited retention. Hey, if I'd have known you were going to leave so quickly, I would not have bothered showering! Ya hear me, ya jagov?!? Bye! On an up note, the color was a deep-golden yellow to make Midas and Croesus proud, coupled with NE-quality clarity enabling me to read the postcard offering me a a complimentary entree for my birthday. I will be headed to PHL tomorrow to the University City Mad Mex to take them up on their offer. Once again, I digress ... Nose had the sweetish smell of pure unadulterated lager, no adjuncts, and my mouth began to water. I swear, there are more CANned AALs than I would have ever imagined. Mouthfeel was a tad thin and it tasted like lager with Noble hops, slightly tangy, mellow in a grassy way. Yum! Finish was semi-dry and definitely refreshing, so kudos for them for truth in advertising. It really is not a bad beer and I would probably fill a cooler with it for a day at the beach. YMMV.

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Photo of stoutman
3.83/5  rDev +52.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Beermazter310
3.75/5  rDev +49.4%

Photo of redfox405
3.75/5  rDev +49.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of harrymel
3.65/5  rDev +45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dilute urinal yellow with under a single finger of loosely packed soapy head. This sticks to the sides as it slides down; restated: the head goes down. Little to no lacing this is not a cabaret show. I can see my fingerprint through this beer. To piss standards, this is excellent, to beer a 4. (4)

S: Initially, when I cracked the bottle and took a whiff - Pepe, but this dies off while sitting. Now that the beer has been given the opportunity to decant a bit, let’s take another swing through the muffler. Light grains and noble hops. The beer has a small mineral quality combined with the markings of a walk through my local English garden- plenty of floral characteristics. Slightest hint of butterscotch. Thinking Belgian blonde. (4)

T: Light and effervescent in the mouth. Lemon hints, grain, the most distanced light hop dance. Some hints of corn as well. No evident corn. The slightest coriander/yeast flavor to me. (3.5)

M: Light with spritely carbonation. Very white wine finish - dry, but not so dry. (3.5)

O: Still thinking Belgian blonde. I wish it were 85F and sunny out rather than the middle of the night. This beer is easy to drink and good bordering on great. Would drink again in a heartbeat. (3.5)

Guess: again, Belgian blonde, Achel....for the win!!
Reveal: Hite cool & Fresh

The reaction: well, I now I don’t want to post this. It’s made in Korea. Has a BA rating of D+ It has an ‘indicator’ for when it’s cold enough...I’m at a loss for words...Fuck it, I’m drinking this with pride. I have two friends that live in Korea to teach English, and I’m cheersing to them. To the crowd, you’re welcome to tell me I’m obviously a noob at tasting.

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Photo of Drew966
3.6/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hite pours a golden yellow color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There isn't much in the way of aroma, no off odors in any case. The mouthfeel is the same as any other lager. The flavor is very mild, there is a bit of hops. This is a very crisp, refreshing lager. It's probably as good as any other macro lager I've tried. Sampled at a Korean restaurant in Orlando, I haven't seen it available anywhere else in central or south Florida.

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.57/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is . . . well, clear. No head, low bubble count. It is what it is.

Smell is relatively quiet. Certainly inoffensive. Not too sweet, no off-flavors, just a ghostly whisper of pale malt.

Taste is a triumph of neutrality; while not underflavored, or watery, this is certainly a study in nuance. That's not to say that things are unpleasant -- there are nice flavors of vanilla and toast, and there's not even a suggestion of fusel alcohol or fermentation off-flavors. Is it "Cool and Fresh!" as the label promises? Not quite, but not a stretch either.

Mouthfeel is quite full; I can't imagine eating anything with this, as it's already so bready and carbonated. If you're looking to pair something with spicy foods, go with Singha -- save this for beach drinking.

Overall, drinks much more like a Cream Ale than a Euro Pale Lager. On that card, it acquits itself nicely. Grab a few bombers and bring them to a card night.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.55/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The better of the Major Korean Beers. Not as easy to find as OB but more consistant. It is not a batch by batch beer.
Apearance- Is that of like an average American lite beer.

Smell- Is Average

Taste- Is not bad. Kind of sweet and not to bad of an aftertaste either.

Mouthfeel- A little better than average.

Drinkability- Goes down smooth

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stange glass. Freshness date is stamped on the label... glad to see an import from Korea doing this.

Pours crystal clear and light, the color of hay. The head amounts to a little over a finger at its best and is fluffy and white, receding quickly but retaining a layer on the surface.

Smells of very pale malts, a touch of sulfur and some noble hops. Smells grassy in its sweetness. There might be some corn in the nose but I can't be sure. Light but in aroma but acceptable.

From the flavor I would guess that there are some adjuncts to the malt, which is present and tastes light, toasty, very pale and good. The hops are not very aromatic but they do provide the bittnerness needed to balance the grains. Overall this still lands on the sweeter side of this style.

Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated, but there is still a bit of body here, probably mostly from carbonation but still there is something. Drinkability is better than average for this style.

Conclusion: I don't know what all the hate is for on this site for this beer, I mean a D+ average? This isn't trying to be an Imperial Pilsner. The label says cool and fresh, which when served chilled this beer is. Some Euro pale lagers are certainly not fresh tasting, but this is closer. I would drink this as an alternative to Heineken any day...

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Photo of M477
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%

Photo of Ktmktm01
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%

Photo of csr19us
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%

Photo of belgianvan
3.48/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerDocT
3.41/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had Korean beer before (O.B.), but had never heard of "Hite." It was cheap, and I thought, "why not." Results follow.

Poured from a can into a glass, and also consumed right from the can.

-Appearance 3.5: Very attractive, deep golden color. Not at all what I was expecting. Big head, about an inch. Head completely dissipated very quickly. Small carbonation bubbles present all over the beer.

-Smell 2.5: Very little bouquet, but still has a pleasant "beer bouquet." I smell lots of grains, but that's it.

-Taste 4.0: Pretty darn good. Nice, deep, lager taste. Nothing like what I expected. I can taste the grains, but not as much of an "adjunct accent" in the taste as I expected. Great balance of sweet and dry. Clean aftertaste with a nice hint of malt. I'm sure this would be a fantastic beer with food.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: Just average. Not bad, not good, the right amount of carbonation for this style of beer. This is a "the brewer needs to get this basic thing right" category and these brewers did get it right.

-Overall 3.5: This would be a fabulous session beer. Tastes great, nothing artificial, no weird aftertaste, just good lager beer. I would recommend this beer with food, with football, whatever. Nice.

I purchased this at Lotte/ Assi Plaza in Atlanta; $4.99 for a six pack. 4.5% ABV.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.39/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of inebrius
3.38/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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?

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3.36/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed several of these on tap, served in a logo stein, in a beer garden in Busan. Pours a golden yellow with a stark white head. Head stands up fairly well.

Aromas of grainy malt, little to no hop aroma.

Flavors of grainy malt, corn, no hop flavor. Finish is short, grainy, with a light carbonic bite.

Mouthfeel is light, not quite fizzy, good level of carbonation. Quenching.

Overall, not a bad beer for what it is. Nothing aggressive or offensive. Decent sessionable beer.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.35/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz can; Dude, it says "naturally fresh water" and "Fresh taste beer" on the can....shit, what did I get myself into?!

Smell: Very clean, light, and crisp; there's not a lot there, but what is is sweet and has a touch of malt

Taste: This is surprising; there's actually a light bit of malt and a decent hop twang; it's not great, but for the style, it's exceptional

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: It is what it is, and what it is, is way above typical for the style

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Photo of rbenitez25
3.29/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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