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

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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
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
189
Avg:
3.28
pDev:
26.83%
 
 
Wants:
12
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23
For Trade:
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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 189
Photo of laituegonflable
1.42/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pale golden colour, clear and still. Head was white and existed at one stage, now it's disappeared. Looks rubbish, frankly.

Smells sweet and adjuncty. Yum. Lots of corn and honey and rice, with some blandness and shitness thrown in. Not much to enjoy, not even much to look for. Pretty poor.

Taste is also pretty poor. Bland on the front but also sickly sweet with lots of honey and white sugar/sucrose added. Corn, grain, pearl barley - yeah I guess it tastes rather like livestock feed. Very little to appreciate here, in fact very little not to make me go on a murderous rampage through a crowded shopping mall. Take note, breweries: brew better beer. It could save lives.

Decently full body, bit of carbonation at the end. It's what I'd expect stylistically, therefore it's alright.

Bland, overly sweet. Bad beer. Bad, bad beer. Naughty.

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Photo of ShrLSU
1.88/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Bright golden yellow color with fizzy white head that settled into a light halo around the rim.

S: Really no scent that I can pick up.

T & M: very crisp taste. Well carbonated. It's a typical lager, pretty much a japanese Heineken.

D: There really is no reason to drink this unless you're japanese.

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Photo of shivtim
2.12/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another bottle picked up at the Buford Highway Farmer's Market.

Poured into a pint.

Clear gold, foamy bright white head. Still. Macro-ey.

Nose is strong rice, sweet and sticky. Some ethanol.

Taste is standard rice lager. Rice, metallic, some stale hops on the end. Some generic sugary sweetness.

I'll avoid this one!

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Photo of philbertk
2.33/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Thin fizzy no lace head. Clear thin watery yellow color.Mild hop front.Thin mild rice malt crisp CO2 tangy hint soft caramel light sweet body.Light tangy refreshing clean minimal hop end. Japanese--Weak but balanced and fresh. Nice artwork on bottle.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.34/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served to me blind by @LaitueGonflable, who purchased it recently in Hong Kong.

Pours a very clear and really disappointingly light-bodied yellow colour, with only a touch of white foam around the edges of the glass. No lace, not body, and a pitiful single stream of carbonation from one nucleation point in the glass. Looks like macro shite.

Nose is pounded with ricey adjuncts, leaving wet grain nothingness. To be fair, there's a touch of greenness to the brew, giving a lift above the abysmal, perhaps a touch of hops that really wants to break through. But really, this is a beer of nothingness—it smells like a mildly more potent Asahi or something. Rice, way too much rice.

Taste is clean and clear, but that's about as good as it gets. Again, there's husky rice characters giving a mild sweetness and a very blatant emptiness, and just the touch of hops to bring it into the realms of "is-it-ok-I-don't-know!", but it's really weak and disappointing, really. It's light and drinkable enough, but really, it's not very good at all.

Really? What is this? My only opinion is that it's a very generic pale brew brewed to be quaffable and devoid of flavour by someone who knew what they were doing. It's not unpleasant, it's not offensive, it's not undrinkable: it's just goddamn boring as shit.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.35/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

05/04/08- Purchased at Ranch Market in Foster City, CA.

Presentation- 500ml bottle poured into my Radeberger 1/2 liter glass. No freshness info on the bottle.

Appearance- Clear as day piss golden yellow. Bubbly and semi-creamy head which quickly evaporates so thereafter. Leaves no lace at all.

Smell- Skunk, skunk and more skunk. Not as bad as a few I have smelled, but this wasn't very nice. Some hops, bread and rice beneath it.

Taste- Mild skunk is in the flavor as well. Rice is the main suspect with some heavy bready noes and some sharp tasteless hops. Not very flavorful.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation, macro like aftertaste.

Drinkability- Was hoping for something like a Sapporo. Have seen this beer at Ledger's and Ranch Market for the past couple years, but have been too cheap to drop the almost $4 on a beer hat I know would be no better than Sapporo. I was right and now I can afford one less gallon of gas. Damn you Japanesse rice lager beer!!

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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 TheLongBeachBum
2.45/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Half Liter bottle, though this 500ml bottle has a rather unique profile I find with its curved shoulder and neck. Sealed with a black crown cap which had a gold design and text on it. Main label has a water color scene of Paddy Fields and lots of Japanese text all over it. Thankfully the back label has some English text and describes this as from “Echigo Beer Company” and lists it as “Koshihikari Echigo Beer”. No strength or freshness though.


Appearance: Pale straw body exhibits serious well-water clarity. Head is bone white and whilst it rises with a puffy start it soon settles down to a thinner covering, but it never breaks.

Nose: Tends to come off as a rice-laden light lager, which I guess it is in a way. Occasionally I detected some acidic lemon bitterness but it was very feint, too feint to register as a permanent contribution.

Taste: Grain and some musty hops, thin body reveals a tendency to be acidic at times. Finish is reasonably clean, but the centre is uneventful. Hard to add much more about this brew except for the fact that it tends to a very neutral brew, it doesn’t add a lot to experience but never takes anything away from it.

Mouthfeel: Middling feel, light texture with an airy carbonation lends a very lagery feel to this offering. Sadly it gets thinner as you work your way through this brew.

Drinkability: Easy going, it has nothing to prevent you enjoying say two bottles of this, but neither does it have anything that warrants picking up a case of them.

Overall: Nothing outstanding or vaguely interesting and it suffers from some of the worst aspects of the American Macro lager. A reasonably clean drinking brew that doesn’t take much effort, which is suited to a warm sunny September afternoon in Long Beach.

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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 flagmantho
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: very pale yellow hue with a clear body and nice effervescence. Head is a very thin layer of bubbly white foam. Not super impressive.

Smell: lightly plastic-smelling malt aroma; pretty light, but there's enough aroma in there to be not-great overall.

Taste: very light, dry flavor. Not exactly malty; just sort of plain and flavorless. It's not especially flawed, though, and "flavorless" is pretty much the goal of a rice lager.

Mouthfeel: light body with a big dose of carbonation. Not creamy, but definitely sparkling ... it's at least interesting.

Overall: despite this beer's flaws and relative lack of flavor, it is stylistically accurate and pretty easily drinkable.

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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 hreb
2.57/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Half liter bottle. Beer pours extremely pale straw/yellow with a medium white head and big bubbles. Almost no aroma, but sweet -- reminds me of apple juice that way.

Very little flavor, too. A little bit of dryness, and a more than a hint of corn syrup sweetness. I guess it's inoffensive, and pretty drinkable, but not good.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
2.65/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Zatec fluted glass. Had no idea what I was getting into, as it's kinda hard to tell from the bottle. Though maybe I'd get lucky and stumble across a Hitachino competitor or what-not. Then I poured it. Didn't even give it a whiff yet, and as I was putting the glass down got a nose-full of adjunct sweet herbal nastiness. Fizzy yellow beer (for wussies). Got about a finger of very quickly dying white tacky head. Smells sweet, grassy, ricey, and like you'd expect from Japanese beer. Taste is overbearingly sweet. Giving me a headache. Overcarbonated on the mouth. Hard to drink. Hope I can finish the pint. Not good. Maybe if I had some spicy food to go with it.

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Photo of clickpush
2.65/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: .5L bottle to pint glass. Bottle has really cool label of laborers in a rice field, no English at all but for the import label on the back. The beer pours a clear bright yellow liquid with a loud white head that maxes out at about a centimeter. The head fizzes away very quickly and leaves ne'er a trace behind.

Nose: Associate this smell with lighter beers, almost macro lager-ish. Aromas of pear, mint, marijuana rise slightly above the smell of rice, but even with strong agitation there's not a whole lot of olfactory stimulators jumping out of this glass.

Mouth: Rice. Not in a sake way, but like rice on your plate. Has a strong bubbly mouthfeel. Malts up front and along sides of mouth, almost to the extent of a malt liquor. Has just an inkling of a bitter finish with some warmth and a chewy hop sensation, tingly with chili peppers and a grape skin sweet/bitter character. It's an excellent beer for a hot day in the sun, as long as it's served cold.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
2.66/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: froths up with very white head that fades to near nothingness on top of a pale straw body.

s: i am really not getting anything here; a teeny bit of grain

t: nice raw grains, malts; some banana flavors; teeny hint of hops

m: very light but pretty refreshing; medium carbo

d: i feel that there are other mainstream japanese beers that are much more enjoyable than this one.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.69/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly and leaving traces of lace. Clear pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Sweet grassy nose. Flavor is sweet, light, good lawn mower beer. Clean finish. Pricey at $6.95 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.72/5  rDev -17.1%
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 Kakaraht
2.73/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours pale with a nice head that has little retention and no lacing.

S: Nothing, maybe a faint malt.

T: Typical of its style, it has a graininess to it with faint hop character.

M: Light body, good carbonation and a little dry.

D: It is a pretty average beer. I won't be getting it again.

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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 Absumaster
2.89/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A yellow golden color with a settling head.

Smell has a little sulfur and cooked vegetable inside. Not the best of smells, but after some sips the beer grows on you. The initial smell blends together in the beer.

Taste is bland. There is the vegetable taste and a light grainy taste. Further than that, nothing really sticks out. A very low bitterness and a total absence of a yeast profile. No off-flavors, but capitol bland. Mouthfeel is thin. Great for binging, I guess.

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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 theopholis
2.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Note: I don't know crap about Japanese rice beer.

Appearance- Pale straw color. Abosultely crystal clear!!!! Head pretty white with little staying power and no lace.

Aroma- Smells much like a Continental pilsner, with hints of rice, fresh corn and just a tad of wet-cardboard. As unapetising as that sounds, it actually smells pretty drinkable.

Taste: Very interesting. Again, it tastes mostly like a German or Czech Pilsner, but with a twist. There's something going on with the aftertaste. That wet carboard thing. Again, it seems to work. Not objectionalble at all.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Good carboantion level.

Drinkability- Very easy going. Good as a dinner brew or as a working out in the yeard brew. The finish does get worse as it warms and flattens.

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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 CoalPorter
2.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a short pint glass at my favorite sushi place.

A - Fizzy white head dissipates fast, color is deep golden yellow

S - typical notes of light malt

T - Refreshing and clean, but dominated by the rice character

M - very fizzy and light

O - a better sushi-lager than I've had in a while

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Photo of illidurit
2.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle. Straw color with a white fizzy head. Lots of bubble columns but no retention or lacing.

Aroma is mostly adjuncts with a touch of hops and a touch of fruitiness.

Taste is pilsener-esque with a noticeable riciness. Adjunct sweetish malt with a little herbal hoppiness but not much.

Mouthfeel is delicate if not thin. Highly effervescent. Really clean on the palate but that's just a result of the lack of flavor. Drinkable but not that enjoyable.

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