Black Beer Stout | Hite Brewery Company LTD

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hite Brewery Company LTD
Korea (South)
hite.com

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by froghop on 03-15-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
51
Reviews:
23
Avg:
2.77
pDev:
19.49%
 
 
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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, char, and some slight metallic aromas. Taste is much the same with a somewhat thin flavor. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer but fairly drinkable for what it is.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

was stoked to try a korean stout, but this was disappointing. medium brown in color this looks a lot more like a brown ale than a stout, and its small tan head dies fast. smell and taste are the same, watery chocolate malt and a generic ale yeast with a metallic finish and moderate bitterness. long and dry as it swallows, and just way too light in body to fit the stout style in any way. a passable dark ale, but an utter failure as a stout. none of the three hite beers i had were awful, but none of them were stand out either. preferable to other asian imports, but thats about it.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.37/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of woodychandler
3.43/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle bites the dust in today's attempt to eradicate single-O Porters, Stouts & Old Ales from the insidious Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. This one came to me courtesy of my local, in-person trader, tone77. Many thanks!

From the bottle: "Since 1933"; "From German Dark Roasted Malt".

Grrr. A twisted-up, twist-off cap! I really dislike those things as it deprives me of even the satisfaction of a Pop! I hate bottles & this would be one of the few saving graces to one. You had better believe that I upended the bottle & spanked it like the guy in the recent commercial with his lunch! I got two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, light-tan head for my efforts. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with NE-quality clarity & garnet highlights. Nose was roasty & smoky, but with a caramel-like sweetness. I would have to agree that, despite its labeling, it is not a Stout. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, nothing of note, but at least it was not watery. The taste had a slight sourness to accompany the caramel & smoky flavors noted on the nose. It just seemed to be all over the map with no clear-cut destination. Finish was semi-dry, but I was having a tough time nailing down its style - Lager or Ale; Schwartzbier or Stout? This was an oddball that I will leave in my rearview mirror.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.27/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing nearly black in the glass with a one finger tan head with decent retention and lacing. Faint aroma of toasted malt, coffee; with a slight sourness. Flavor is better than the aroma, but very attenuated. Faint dark toasted malt, hints of coffee and chocolate. Finishes very light with memories of dark malt. Light bodied, but decent carbonation. An odd little beer, for a brief moment after tasting, all the right elements of an English stout are present, although subdued, but flavor fades away to a very light finish. This tastes like a high production English stout that has been slightly watered down. It has potential if the pleasant flavors present would be more intense and with a bit more body. I suspect this would still be a locally welcome beer compared to many of the very light Asian beers. Worth a try and drinkable, but most other stouts would be a better choice. I would rate this higher compared strictly to other beers from this continent, but it is labelled as a stout and has to stand up in that company.

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Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, dark breads. Taste is malts, grains, some bread, a hint of sweetness. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is easy drinking and a decent beer.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.34/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a thin head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted malt, simple and one-sided but not bad.
The taste is roasted malt with some lemon bitterness to round it out.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It drinks more like a dark lager than a stout. Not bad.

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Photo of JohnBender
2.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of patre_tim
3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark wood stain brown with slight ruby tinge, semi transparent, half a finger of tan beige head, lots of carbonation when held to bright light.

S: Coffee, floral, soda pop, reminds me of Blue Diamond’s Stout. Smells like a pop not a beer. A sort of rancid smoker’s breath mixed in. Animal offal.

T: Surpasses the smell. Its more like a dark toasted malt, some burnt toast, then the floral, smokers breath and pop like qualities come through but not as strong as on the nose.

M: Medium somewhat bready somewhat syrupy body, medium fine carbonation.

O: A bummer, but slightly better than a lot of Asian beers. The only reason to take it would be if you are in Asia and have few choices. Generally weak, but some nice stout qualities still there.

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Photo of avisong
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of msubulldog25
2.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cool find at the West Linn Market of Choice ~ never know what one will find there. A 330ml/11.13 oz. brown bottle with a twist-off cap, a rather elegant and simple label (tan and copper text on matte black, with a V-shaped winged emblem) and a laser-printed date: 09302011. Poured to a pint glass after a few minutes out of the fridge.

Neck label:
"DEEP & RICH
Premium Beer
Stout offers a rich black flavor [huh?)
topped with sweet, smooth & creamy head."

A: Clear cocoa brown, a far cry from 'black'; dark amber if anything. Plenty of carbonation, rising in rapid streams. Topped at first with a 2-finger plus dollop of heady fluff, the color of singed marshmallow and quite airy; it fizzles away within a couple minutes, leaving a thin percolating film. Just a patch or two of lace, small foamy bumps really... not unattractive, just unlike the 'English Stout' standard.

S: No much here, really; it takes several big whiffs and a lengthy warming period for much aroma to awaken. Mild malt, a sweeter cereal that retains a bit of it's 'wort' beginnings. Toasty with a trace of spice. A few dry, brassy/mineral moments. Meh.

T: Lots of caramel maltiness, and a semi-sweet roastedness - a little nutty with hints at cocoa powder. Some chalky/mineral character as it settles. Rather than English Stout, this more closely resembles a toned-down Schwarzbier in taste profile - quite likable when forgetting about style norms. If this is 'rich black flavor', I'm not entirely opposed.

M: Wow, REALLY carbonated... a standard soda has nothing on the first few sips. As I become accustomed to the fizz, the underlying thinness shows, and a creaminess does develop; however, not much substance to the overall feel. A scarce malt gumminess as a lip-sticking leave-behind, with a fading dry roast.

O: Nowhere near my ideal stout, but not without its charm. Strange thinness, both in appearance and feel, can't outweigh a fairly tasty and drinkable enough beer that is ok alone and probably pairs pretty well with a number of Korean dishes. Not gonna run out and buy more, but for under $2, the bottle wasn't a disappointment.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a Nonic pint.

Look : Chestnut colored body, 70% opaque, 2 finger cream colored head. It looks more like a brown ale at this point, but the head does leave some respectable lace when it recedes to a thin cap.

Smell : Dirty, like the streets of Korea. Lots of dry barley, with burns of alcohol, and faint molasses. Ultimately it smells like a dark, grainy lager with a touch of molasses.

Taste : Dry, charred barley, a hint of smoked corn, ending with a tight snap of licorice and a large presence of dry rubbing alcohol.

Feel : Thin, thin, thin. Moderately carbonated, ends snappy. The combination of feel and taste makes this essentially a Schwarzbier.

Overall : Did these guys think they were brewing a stout and instead concoct a Schwarzbier recipe? On the bottle it says "from German Dark Roasted Malt". Perhaps they got the two styles mixed up? As a Schwarzbier/Black Lager this beer isn't bad at all...but when you're expecting a stout....major fail.

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Photo of safaricook
2.7/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Rollzroyce21
2.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Beejay
2.94/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown with a tan head.

Smells very lager like, and fairly light.

Tastes a bit thin with loss of caramel and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin, carbonation is moderate.

Overall, a fairly bland brew. Tastes like it was made quickly and in a big batch.

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Photo of duff247
2.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of speedvagen
2/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of NightINgale
2.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of froghop
2.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

out of all the local macro-brews in korea this was probalby one of the best ones that i have had, but that is not saying much.

pours a dark brown with a small off white head that dissaptes rapidly, some lacing.

smell is faint, malt, some caramel, and a touch of cocoa.

taste is watery, malt, some cocoa, and slightly bitter.

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Photo of kushlash23
3.75/5  rDev +35.4%

Photo of VashonGuy
3.23/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer is an interesting test of how we BAs rate beers. Are we judges at a competition, grading beers in terms of their adherence to a specified style? If so, this beer grades poorly, because despite the name on the bottle, it really does not seem to be a stout. (In fact, one Korean website calls it a dark lager, which makes more sense to me.)

But if you didn't have a preconception about the style of a beer, and just judged it on its own terms, well, I think this beer is a bit better than the scores it's getting here. If you're looking for a darkish lager, this is a reasonably well done tasty beer. No, it doesn't have the creamy mouthfeel, or the intensity of a good stout. But it's a pleasant beer, and better than some other dark lagers out there. Appearance is attractive, the aroma is fine, and the taste is pretty good. I enjoyed it, and I'd have another (although I wouldn't go out of my way to find it).

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Photo of mwar
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

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