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

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Brewed by:
Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub
Japan
echigo-beer.jp

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

BEER STATS
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#45,044
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
207
pDev:
18.15%
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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.62/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look : One finger white head, yellow body.

Smell : See below.

Taste : Grains, mild noble hops, and some kind of nondescript richness, is that the rice? Tastes extremely similar to Bitburger (that's a good thing).

Feel : Light-medium body, medium carbonation. Balanced upfront with a dry finish.

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Photo of Tone
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear straw color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of slight wheat, slight rice, slight citrus hops, and pale malt. Fits the style of a Japanese Rice Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is an elevated dryness. Tastes of slight wheat, slight rice, slight citrus hops, hint of corn, and pale malt. Overall, decent appearance and feel, but weak aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
2.31/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of beertunes
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11.8oz can poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a clean, clear bright yellow color with just a thin cap of white head that almost instantly dissipated, and left no lacing.

The aroma had some light grain scent, and a bit of a yeasty tang. Same on the tongue, grain and yeast, with maybe a slight bit of floral hops. The body was light and crisp, with a semi-sweet finish. Drinkability was fine, for what the beer is.

Overall, a solid enough "Industrial Lager". Worth grabbing if you want a different lawnmower beer, or, like me, going for the style tick.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not being a rice eater (except with some Indian dishes that are too soupy for bread), I don't think about the quality of rice and rarely can taste the difference. But when rice is used as the base for beer, suddenly the taste of rice become important to me. And Koshihikari claims to use the best rice. And miracle of miracles... I can taste the difference in rice !

Bought at a high-end Japanese supermarket in Honolulu (which has a different importer than its 4 for the continent), my bottle of Koshihikari has a much prettier label than the can shown. (Mine probably is a late 19th century painting of peasants harvesting rice and more delicate characters than those emblazoned on the can.) Yet despite the packaging, I find its Looks are no big deal. The same goes for how it Smells, I get sweet malt but not lots. Tastes are better, richer than I expected; so I conclude it can only be from better rice... otherwise this would taste like an American adjunct. Right ? And unlike the Big Boys, Koshihikari ends with a nice after-taste and doesn't hide its brewing with too many bubbles.

If you are venturesome about rice done well, try this Echigo.

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jonmbell
4.93/5  rDev +46.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Wontonst
2.69/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of andrewh995
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear straw with a quickly dissipating white head. Smells of malts and grains. Tastes of malt and non-bitter light earthy hops. Light bodied with high carbonation. Overall this is a good and refreshing light lager.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a very light, clear golden color. The head is white, frothy, 1 finger. There's lots of carbonation bubbles rising in the glass.
The nose is lighter smelling, but there's a malty aroma to it, that's pleasing.
The taste comes off as sweet. it reminds me of a hefe, in a way.
The body isn't watery, it has a nice body to it.
Overall, delicious. Glad I got it.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a half liter bottle into a tall, footed glass.
A: Clear, effervescent gold with a finger of tight head.
S: Funky wheat.
T/M: Crisp apples and pungent yeast. Clean. Appealing; one of the better rice lagers.
O: Enjoyable and mild.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle at a Japaneses steak house.

Pale yellow, dry with little depth but the best rice beer I have tasted. So eating to style this beer gets an excellent rating.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sheppard
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours pale, white head. Very little aroma if any. It tastes like Budweiser. Not offensive, but certainly far from full flavored. There's a touch of rice, light bitterness, and that faint AAL flavor. It's light, light, light. This is not a beer that I'd seek out.

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Photo of Marius
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at Pre-Borefts Ratebeer Tasting 2016. Pale yellow pour with a thin white head. Notes of cooked rie, pale malts, grains, light pilsner hops.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mississippi
3.04/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 350 ml can in Osaka.
High clarity in the light amber body. Topped by a decent head.
Flavorful for style and with a distinctive aroma.
Mouthfeel: Light body but not watery. Good carbonation.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.72/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From Wasabi. In Bavaria glass. Watching Los Soprano 2x06-07. Very drinkable, with some sweetness. Better than typical industrial lagers and, of course, other japanese beers but nothing memorable either

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Photo of Marvicsin
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EMH73
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had this a couple of times and it is now my go to beer with sushi at Japanese restaurants. It has more flavor than the typical Japanese lager. That being said as this is the only rice beer I have ever tried I am comparing it to Japanese lagers. It pours a clear straw color with a thick, white head that leaves nice lacing. Smells of rice and malts. Tsate follows the smell with a nice hop balance. Smooth and crisp, well carbonated.

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Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 207 ratings