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

Koshihikari Echigo BeerKoshihikari Echigo Beer
BA SCORE
25.3%
Liked This Beer
3.35 w/ 198 ratings
Koshihikari Echigo BeerKoshihikari Echigo Beer
BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#41,703
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
198
Liked:
50
Avg:
3.35/5
pDev:
17.91%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
25
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 98
Photo of SergeRon
5/5  rDev +49.3%

Photo of kisthekids
5/5  rDev +49.3%
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 PCowen
5/5  rDev +49.3%

Photo of jneiswender
4.75/5  rDev +41.8%
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 barbellsNbeers
4.75/5  rDev +41.8%

Photo of JMiculka
4.53/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very smooth and drinkable beer with a slight taste of hops. I have taste tested with friends and they found it to be very good. While somewhat light in body it had a very smooth mouth feel. It would be a beer that I would use to celebrate special occasions. Wish it were more widely available. Great with sashimi or sushi.

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Photo of ploughman
4.38/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Spectacularly smooth rice ale, with no hint of bitterness.

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Photo of epim00
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of Auraan
4.24/5  rDev +26.6%
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 Teafirst
4.18/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crisp clean straightforward. Delicious. Super drinkable and balanced.

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Photo of KrissyKat6
4.11/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Yum. Really light and a bit sweet.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
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 DogFood11
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pils glass it formed a solid white head. Ring lacing was sparce but evident. Yellow bodied brew with massive amounts of racing carbonation. So much carbonation that this has to be up there with the most visible bubbling I've seen in a brew.

Like most beers in this style there are faint hints of grain but overall its fairly clean. The malt bill is sturdy but lacking much flavor. Hops crispen it up lightly towards the end. This is quite the dry finishing brew and is completely void of anything offensive or that would detract from this being a nearly perfect example of the style. Very well done.

Wow!! this baby is sooo clean and crisp and refreshing that I'd love to see this enter the country in a case of cans. The oversized bottle will work for now.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
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 Myomi
4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smooth to sip, will go quickly on a hot day.

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Photo of SkotOgden
4.04/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of richie
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of M477
4/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of MrTopher
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Marvicsin
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
4/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

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Beer rating: 25.3% out of 100 with 198 ratings
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