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

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Brewed by:
Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub
Japan | website

Style: Japanese Rice Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Koshihikari Echigo Beer is a rice lager beer that uses a super-premium short grain rice called Koshihikari. Produced in the ideal rice growing region of Niigata Prefecture, Koshihikari is known to be the best quality rice in Japan. The flavor of this premium beer can only be made with this rice.

Added by donnebaby on 04-09-2004

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88
Ratings:
181
Avg:
3.28
pDev:
18.9%
 
 
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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Echigo Koshihikari has a thick, slightly off-white head, a hazy, straw-gold appearance, some bubbles, and significant lacing left behind. The aroma is of sharp, sweet boiled rice and pale malts. Taste is of those two elements, with balancing hop bitterness, grass, and unsweetened rice pudding. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Echigo Koshihikari finishes decently crisp and and on the clean side of things.

RJT

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

as japanese rice lagers go, this is about as good as they get, at least in my experience. it might be the most clear beer i have ever seen, bright golden in color, tons of racing carbonation, lasting over an inch of white head, fluffy and enticing. its sexy to look at for sure. the rice is not that evident in the beer to me. i dont find it starchy or earthy or anything, instead it has a consistent sweetness through it that tastes a bit like well refined honey. the lager yeast is pretty flavorful too, and may cover up some of the nuance from this apparently very special type of rice. it just tastes like a well made lager. i wish i got more of the character of the rice out of it, but i like the beer rather well as it is. perhaps a little sweet for a lager, but its awfully well carbonated, much fuller bodied than the industry standard, and smooth and easy to drink. i like the packaging a lot, thats what sold me in the first place. simple beer, but if you are a world lager fan, this is a pretty tasty one. versatile with a lot of different foods as well.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into cylinder glass. It pours a pale tangerine color with a thin, milk-whit head and lacing. It smells of grass, malt, and something else (perhaps the rice). It's not a very pleasant smell to my nose. The taste is better than the smell: grassy malt, green tea, and a honey sweetness. It's crisp and the flavor is delicate. It's light in body, moderately carbonated, and very drinkable with a low ABV of 5% I have to admit that the smell isn't very appealing but I enjoyed the taste. This beer would be fun to drink with sushi or other Japanese food. I wouldn't hesitate to drink it again.

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Photo of stevoj
2.44/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Smells and tastes like an adjunct lager, possible a little light struck funk to go with it. Pale golden with musty grain aroma (rice?). Taste is more grain, export lager quality.

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Photo of spoony
2.89/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From a 500 ml bottle (code stamped on front says "0084") into a nonic glass.

A-The beer is light orange-yellow in color and mostly clear. Just a chill haze hides the few bubbles of carbonation in there. A short white head fades quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass. Ho hum.

S-The aroma is a bit on the skunky side with suggestions of cooked vegetable mush for malts, husk, and toast. Not terribly appealing.

T-The taste is slightly improved from the smell. There is a little grassy bitter flavor from the hops, but it is pretty vague and I'm still getting a lot of mushy, cooked-carrot malts and a bit of skunkiness. I wonder how old this beer is?

M-The body is light to medium in heft with a semi-crisp carbonation. It drinks easily enough but is a touch gritty on the palate.

O-I'm not terribly impressed here. A bit of skunkiness is OK in my rice lagers, but the rest of the beer should be clean and the mushy malts of this bottle were off-putting. I have a feeling this bottle is really old, but there are better Japanese beers out there for when you need something to go with sushi or ramen.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.49/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden color with a white head that quickly diminishes. Aroma has grassy notes, light malts and hay. Light maltiness with a light sweetness. Watery on palate.

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Photo of Moose90
2.91/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

A — Pours a lightly pale yellow color, some funky colored head forms but doesn't leave behind any lacing.

S — Smells of bitter grains and malt, super malty, maybe a little past its prime.

T — Tastes of unfresh, skunked, bitter malts, no hop presence, lots of adjuncts.

M — Light and crisp, weird finish.

O — Meh, not very good.

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Photo of kisthekids
5/5  rDev +52.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from can into pint glass. Tasted Back to back with Bottle Logic Hanamachi for comparison.

A - Clear, transparent, golden yellow. Head never disappears…. Even to the last drop. Amazing.

S – Smell is of standard grain and malt for a lager, but with a little extra depth…

T - A more traditional, simple taste than Bottle Logic Hanamachi… just a little grainy mild bitterness. Definitely cleanses the palette while going well with anything you’re eating. Taste is very simple while at the same time having an unmistakable depth (for lack of a better word) that other standard rice lagers (Sapporo, Aasahi, Kirin, Orion) lack. It’s just wonderful. I could drink this with every meal, every day.
M – Super light, Super dry. Super easy to drink. Carbonation never stops bubbling and is light on the tounge.

O – I consider this beer to be the standard by which all other Japanese Rice Lagers should be judged. It is exemplary. Perfect. Exactly what to reach for whilst enjoying yakitori, yakiniku, oknomoyaki… and really any other food for that matter. On the other hand, Bottle Logic Hanamachi has a couple unique flavors added that kind of put it outside the mold of a standard rice lager… the kind of fruity apple and sake flavor definitely make it different/unique. But which one would I like better? I can’t decide. They are both top notch, just a little different. This may be my favourite beer, and I think is far underrated because so many people think beer isn't good if it isn't exploding with flavors. For a beer to go this well with this many foods, whilst having such depth of flavor is simply....Outstanding.

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Photo of Auraan
4.24/5  rDev +29.3%
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.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.34/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a slightly golden straw colour with a minimal white head that quickly fades away leaving small islands of head. The nose is very subtle with a hint of grass/straw, green apple and a mild hoppiness. The flavour is crisp. There is a mild graininess and citrus that flavour wise leans to the lemon/lime family but the tartness that is more apple. A pretty standard lager feel and taste.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear gold with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, sugar, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet grain and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is easy to drink, but there is nothing very memorable about this one to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

*RICE LAGER FACE-OFF!!!* A Japanese classic (Echigo Beer Koshihikari Rice Lager) versus the young Aussie upstart (2 Brothers Kung Foo Rice Lager), who will win my beer drinking affections? Echigo is the benchmark and a brew I’ve had before at one of those trendy new dumpling places in Fortitude Valley (Brisbane). I recall being impressed with how interesting this brew was and I wish I had reviewed it at the time, but all's well because I managed to pick up a bottle at Plonk.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Stein.

A: Presents a clear pale gold body with a 1cm white head. A little lighter toned than most Lagers but otherwise spot on. 8/10.

S: The aroma has typical Euro Pale Lager hints of cut grass and green apple, along with a prominent Sake note as well. Touches of malt grain in the background. A straightforward but well-crafted Lager fragrance then. 7/10.

T: All of the above: Cut grass, green apple, Sake and malt grain is presented in the flavour profile with a crisp dry finish. There is a bit of honey sweetness to it as well which is levelled out in the long dry finish. Aftertaste is apple and rice. Again we have a well-crafted Lager with little to detract from it. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a light/dense carbonation... in fact a bit more carbonation would be right on for the style, it is lacking in this respect. 5/10.

D: And now the downside: Echigo Koshihikari is far too expensive (at $8/500ml) for what you get - there are plenty of other Lagers out there with similar qualities but cheaper (like Brok, Mythos or Stella Artois). Other than that I did enjoy drinking this, and I think it would suit a nice sushi platter. As it warmed up the fruitiness of this Lager really became more prominent and interesting, good to note for future reference fellow beerethren. 6/10.

Food match: Sashimi set and match.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Poured from a can. White, quickly diminishing 1" head. Very clear, light amber body. Aroma includes light apple, pear, bread dough. Flavor is light and dry, faintly tart, grainy, and sweet; subtle lime-like hop bitterness and flavor. Body is light and spritzy with high carbonation.

Tastes like a solid adjunct lager, and is actually quite pleasing compared to the usual Japanese macrobrews, particularly in its lack of a skunky quality.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(0040026)

A: clear, light, apple-flesh gold... throws up a quiet, somewhat compact, cottony foam that actually takes a couple minutes to slowly recede - ends up leaving just a weak collar on the perimeter... any lace immediately dissolves back into the liquid

S: bit of a granola and dried apple aroma... not vibrantly fruity, or vibrant in the least

T: mild maltiness similar to a dry Helles (but more like an adjunct lager)... bit of a old powdery bubblegum and a hint of clove in the aftertaste... fairly clean, crisp malt flavors... hop flavor and bitterness quite minimal

M: soft, smooth, and round... rather light-bodied with a finish that just drops off quickly yet delicately... anemic carbonation - not flat, but lacking pep

O: bottle likely had 6+ months age on it, at least... still, it was pleasant and drinkable enough for what it is - great brewing and packaging practices, no doubt

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Photo of smakawhat
3.57/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
2.79/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of Pahn
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear gold-tinted yellow. Fizzy white head dissipates immediately. No lacing.

Smell: Soft cologne-y hop aroma is the dominant aroma. No skunk (thank you for using brown bottles). Some light breadiness underneath. Very faint lagery tang. Pleasant aroma.

Taste: Unexpectedly sweet up front. Decent burst of malt flavor leading to what-might-be-rice and moderate dryness. Pretty clean flavors, and refreshing despite the body and not-really-bone-dryness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, almost creamy. Pretty dry, but not as dry as a pale lager like this ought to be. Sufficient carbonation. Seems weird in a way but it works.

Overall: It's no premium German lager, but there's good flavor here, and nothing off. Simple, but flavorful enough. Could easily drink a lot of this, especially on a hot day. Not half bad. Much better than Sapporo and the like.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.55/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

17 oz bottle. Pours pale straw with white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of sweet malt and a hint of noble hops. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of herbal, leafy hops and sweet malt. Finish is long and dry. There is some taste in this brew.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.75/5  rDev +44.8%
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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Photo of shleepy
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle (purchased at K&L in Redwood City) into Cantillon glass.

A: Clear, light golden. Small head that quickly dissipated.

S: A bit of honey in the smell, but certainly not too aromatic. And there are actually some more interesting notes in there that are too subtle to pick out. Surprisingly decent.

T: Clean, clean, clean. It doesn't taste like much, but it's just impeccably balanced. Unlike crappier lagers, it doesn't have an unpleasantly malty finish or anything off-putting. A touch of corny and/or ricey malt notes, some balancing hoppiness, and just an overall bright freshness.

M: Fairly lively but the carbonation wen out quickly, giving way to a creamier texture.

O: Lagers may not be my favorite beers, but this is one solid example of the style.

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Photo of emerge077
3.36/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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3.94/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pilsener glass

Pours a brilliant translucent light gold capped by a two finger billowing white head. Herbal notes, fresh grass, light floral accents and subtle hints of pear. Opens with fresh herbal notes and green, light honey notes, apple skin, transitioning to apple flesh. Finishes with delicate floral notes and continued light fruit notes. Light body that feigns heavier at times, abundant carbonation. Slick and smooth with every so light touches of syrup on the edges. I really enjoyed this brew which is fantastic example of the style.

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