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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 | 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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Reviews:
88
Ratings:
181
Avg:
3.28
pDev:
18.9%
 
 
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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 181
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 WillCarrera
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark yellow / golden color with a bubbly white head that dissipates quickly.

S- Lots of semi-sweet rice grain smell, mild hops and fruitiness.

T- Light grains, semi-sweet malt, some grassy hops in the background. A bit above average for an Asian lager.

M- Light bodied but not watery, well carbonated, crisp feel.

O- A nice, drinkable brew, goes well with sushi, definitely on par with the big name Japanese beers.

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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 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 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 broken22
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing washes down sushi like a good old Japanese Rice Lager.

Pouring this beer out it springs to life. A decent head forms and dies away fairly fast. The color of the beer is a very light yellow. The smell of the beer is that mix of malt and rice with a slight bitterness to it. These beers usually taste like they smell and this one is no different. The flavor is light with a mix of malt and rice with a slight bitterness to it. The carbonation is medium to heavy and the beer continues to release co2 like champagne. The overall body is very light and the mouth feel is the same.

Overall this beer is satisfying. It pairs perfectly with foods that have very subtle flavors.

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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 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 BerkeleyBeerMan
3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: light yellow golden color with no head. Medium-carbonation.

Smell: Grainy sweet rice smell. Slight citric fruitiness. It smells very fresh. Mild hoppiness. I smell hints of grass.

Taste: very mild carbonated sweet and malty. A little bit more kick from the hops than the usual Japanese rice lager. Very smooth and refreshing. Pale characters. Good balance. Light grape taste. Finishes well but slightly pale.

Mouthfeel: Light but well balances. Perfect for washing down a meal. Compliments Sushi very well and is especially good pair with pickled dishes.

Drinkability: very good with food. Slightly sweet. Very satisfying. One is enough.

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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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Photo of kflorence
2.95/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a clay glass, so I could only see the color on the pour. Overall it was very light, like many other Japanese lagers. A good amount of head adorned the top of the brew, but they were simply carbonation bubbles and quickly dissipated into nothing.

S: Definitely lots of rice and grains on a sweet malt backbone. Some grass. Maybe a hint of hops.

T: Much like the smell, this is just another typical Japanese lager, though it's definitive characteristic is definitely the rice. It's almost like a blend of very mild sake and a lager beer.

M: Light in body, thin and carbonated on the tongue. Reminiscent of many other lagers. A bit on the watery side, but still a little substance.

D: Drinkable and refreshing, but overpriced in the states and not as good as some of its competitors. It was a fine companion to sushi and soup, but failed to live up to my expectations.

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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 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 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 jrrs
3.27/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

reminds me a bit of asahi, but asahi sometimes is a bit funky, whereas this has a nice simple style/character to the finish.

purchased at Berkeley Bowl (West) in berkeley, ca.

am strongly wishing i did have some sashimi to eat this with right now. a slightly sweet/slightly creamy fish would be a perfect match.

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Photo of HeabyMetawHunta
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A - light gold / almost on the total yellow side - white head which quickly disappears with no lace

S- Very little of anything coming through - couldn't pick up much of anything beside that malt -

T- Crisp - once again not much coming through, not explosion of flavor besides very little malt, dry finish ; very easy to enjoy with sushi - doesn't stand out but enjoyable

m- light and thin- carbonated- tasted very good in between bites (i had lobster and enjoyed them together very much)

D- overall, a good beer with food- wouldn't drink it on its own, but i will be drinking this next time i head to the same sushi bar

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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 Florida9
3.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden yellow in color. Pours with an extra fizzy, big bubbled head that fizzes itself out of existence, leaving not even the slightest bit of surface coating. Visible carbonation.

S: Corn. Grain. Rice. with a little bit of grassy hops.

T: Mildly sweet toasty grains. Delicate and simplistic. Finishes with a very light hop bitterness.

M: Lighter bodied with heavier carbonation.

D: A slightly better version of the standard Japanese beer, but at $6 for a 500ml bottle, the price isn't justified. However, it pairs well with Japanese food and managed to cut the saltiness of my miso ramen soup. Personally, not my favorite style (basically just an adjunct lager), but this beer is what it is supposed to be.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Hmmm... methinks that some of the reviews might just be people venting about their dislike for the style. I for one am not a fan of Japanese rice lagers, but what can you do? I have to be fair and appreciate them or their style, right? And I have to have SOMETHING to wash down the sushi when a restaurant fails to have a good nigori sake on their menu.

Let's get to the nitty gritty>

Appearance>yellow, huge bubbles, no head, clear very lively. Pretty average for it's style though usually there is a bit more head and lacing.

Smell>great. rice, grain,.. no metallic aroma.. extra bonus

Taste> super grainy, like a bowl of cereal or hippie bread. not complex. Crisp refreshing. Perfect for it's style

Mouf- a little too carbonated.

Drinkability> I guess.

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Koshihikari Echigo Beer from Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub
76 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.
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