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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90
Ratings:
184
Avg:
3.28
pDev:
27.13%
 
 
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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 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 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 biboergosum
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle, not so surprisingly available at many places throughout Hawaii, given the preponderance of Japanese tourists here. The Kanji characters on the label are quite different from the can pictured in this entry.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one skinny finger of thinly foamy bone-white head, which leaves very little discernible lace around the glass as it logically bleeds away in barely more than an instant.

It smells of rice grain adjuncts, a bit warm, with mild grassy hop undertones. The taste is a little more generically grainy, but with a still healthy (?) rice husk character, some slight, and indistinct warming, and very subtle grassy/leafy hops.

The bubbles are pretty average, i.e. not noticeably different from its very numerous peers, the body a medium-light weight, its only claim coming from a somewhat tacky, pithy character, one which does no favours to the unfairly burdened smoothness. It finishes rather blandly, a combination of semi-sweet rice pudding, and subtle earthy, weedy hops.

Not really all that bad; however, this offers nothing beyond the underwhelming norm - soul-sucking, quasi-sickly grain, with crispness an ironically foreign concept, and overall just another lost chance at cross-culture beer knowledge enhancement. Or maybe I just need to track down some sushi.

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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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Photo of mactrail
3.26/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Plain, slightly vegetal lager. Very light bodied. Delicacy is perhaps the best feature. Slight maltiness. Less sweet than some rice lagers. Just a touch of hops and a pleasant bitterish aftertaste. Is it my imagination or does this really taste like rice?

My impression is this is less flavorful than even the big japo-industo brews. Not that it's bad, just would hope for a little more sparkle. Quite drinkable but but not worth the extra price. From a Sunflower Market in Santa Fe.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Koshihikari Echigo pours a crystal clear golden body beneath a short head of bright white that fades readily to a standard collar. Beyond the initial short wall of lace that's formed as the head dies down, there are only minor splashes and tiny dots left behind.

The nose is remarkably clean, and it displays only a touch of delicately sweetish malt.

In the mouth it's medium-light bodied and gently crisp with a very fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation.

The flavor displays an interesting fruity note that's reminiscent of grape and apple; and what malt is there is mainly sweetish, and not grain-like. It's candyish in a way. Across the middle some herbal, and perhaps floral, hops are merely hinted at. It's backed by some bitter dryness that leaves behind an almost cedar-like quality in the finish. Hmm, and even floral. Odd. I wonder if that's a combination of hops and alcohol, or even some phenols from fermentation.

Overall, it's interesting, but not particularly exciting or even very drinkable. There's not a lot of flavor going on overall, and yet it kind of sticks in the mouth with fruit and sugar.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a clear straw color with a finger or so of white head that dissipates somewhat rapidly.

S: You definitely get the rice on the nose and it provides a nice lightness to the beer. Some mild malt aroma and maybe faint notes of floral hops. Certainly some lager yeast to the nose. Overall, it sort of smells like a decent Helles.

T: Sweet grain and bread to begin with. There is quite a bit of rice and perhaps some corn flavor as well. A light fruitiness to the palate and a light floral and grass hop contribution. The lager yeast is again present.

M: The body is light to medium with a high level of carbonation.

D: I thought this was actually pretty good. A really clean and easy to drink lager.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice label. Pours a clear straw with almost no head. Nose is slightly grainy. Flavor is pretty subdued. Overall smooth with a slight grain influence. Feel has a nice bubble on the tongue and a well balanced liquid feel. Very drinkable, but keep the style in mind.

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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 drabmuh
3.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received in the most difficult (Fedex wise) trade ever conducted between womencantsail and I. Beer poured into a stein.

Beer is yellow and clear with a white head that disappears immediately. Carbonation is large bubbles, steady, moderate. Looks OK but headless.

Aroma is sweet and pilsnery with a mild vegetal sense but not off putting.

Beer is sweeter than expected, mildly grainy at the finish, light in body, mildly carbonated on the palate, overall nice in feel and flavor. Not offensive, overall weak in body and flavor, everything tastes muted on this beer. I'll drink the whole 500 ml but nothing too special here. This used to be the #1 Japanese rice lager, which is why I wanted to review it, but it is currently the #2 and I don't think I can recommend it enough to bump it up to #1, looks like I'm off to Canada!

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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 Gobzilla
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden yellow with almost no head and no lacing what so ever.

S: wheat and malt aromas and not much else to speak on.

T: slight skunky wheat with nothing much as to talk about.
Pretty crispy beer though.

M: light body with good carbonation and a crsip finish

D: great session beer but not much else. Have had this beer numerous times and always drink lots of it.

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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 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 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 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 puboflyons
3.52/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 500 ml. bottle. Sampled on April 23, 2011. The pour is a golden-yellow tone with a lot of carbonation building up to a two inch fizzy white head that diminishes in short order. There are malts in the aroma along with rice and cane sugar. The medium mouthfeel has a slick, creamy texture to it. Lots of sugar and malts in the taste as well with a slight hop bite at the end. It reminds me of a sweeter Becks.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a flute)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear bright yellow with a strong carbonation of big bubbles and a pale white head that boils away.

S- The clean soft aroma has a green sulfur hint and a flinty wet rice note to the finish.

T- The dry field corn finish is all I get from the first few sips. Some slight sweetness comes through as it opens and a carbonic acid and green sulfur note grow in the finish. There is a slight pungent note that lingers in the dry finish.

M- The light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The nice clean light beer has some interesting but soft flavors, and the touch of sweetness really helps. I’m not sure it was worth the $7.99 price for 500 ml but it was nice to try.

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Photo of Gusler
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer evacuates the 500ml brown bottle a clear gold, the head average in size and bright white in color, the texture creamy, as it dematerializes, and the lace forms a thin veil upon the glass. Nose is somewhat sweet, crisp and clean; start has a decent malt presence, sweet with a modicum of bitterness, light to moderate in feel. Finish has a stern acidity, hops light but pleasing and the lingering aftertaste is desert bone dry, I must say on average I like Japanese Rice lagers much more than American macros.

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Photo of popery
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely mild beer with a light, sweet profile but little to recommend it. The beer is a clear light yellow with an almost entirely disappearing head. The smell is weak, sweet and slightly malty. Taste is similar with a light citric twist of bitterness if you close your eyes and concentrate. It's mostly just sweet and light. I enjoy it more than your average cheap macro, but there's so little of interest to take note of that it's hard to give the beer a higher score. The flavor of rice is, of course, present, and while it's not my favorite grain flavor, it's so mild that I can't complain really. The feel is fizzy but nice and light, which I appreciate with this style. It's easy to drink, except you might die of boredom from too many, so that's a minus. I definitely prefer it over a lot of American macros, but that's not a high compliment.

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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 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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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 notchucknorris
3.37/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very pale and clear yellow in color. Almost no head.

S: Very light smell of pale malts and some steamed rice.

T: Slightly sweet and malty with a hint of citrus. Pretty average, but I'd rather have this than a Sapporo or Kirin. A good sushi beer.

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