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
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#44,897
Reviews:
101
Ratings:
206
pDev:
18.21%
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Ratings: 206 |  Reviews: 101
Photo of Raziel313
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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 StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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 gabrielsyme
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MacMalt
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into cylinder glass. It pours a pale tangerine color with a thin, milk-whit head and lacing. It smells of grass, malt, and something else (perhaps the rice). It's not a very pleasant smell to my nose. The taste is better than the smell: grassy malt, green tea, and a honey sweetness. It's crisp and the flavor is delicate. It's light in body, moderately carbonated, and very drinkable with a low ABV of 5% I have to admit that the smell isn't very appealing but I enjoyed the taste. This beer would be fun to drink with sushi or other Japanese food. I wouldn't hesitate to drink it again.

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Photo of stevoj
2.44/5  rDev -27.2%
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 spoony
2.89/5  rDev -13.7%
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 smithj4
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of caahare
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of geryeb624
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Andrewharemza
2.49/5  rDev -25.7%
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 PawG
2.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Moose90
2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
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 ummswimmin
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kkmiller76
3.31/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of heymikew
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Goes great with sushi. Discovered it at our local Japanese restaurant. Bottles available at Kukje Korean market in Daly City.

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Photo of toronadotornado
3.66/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sushi Izakaya Gaku - Honolulu, HI - bomber poured into a glass

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Photo of Huffs
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kjkinsey
3.34/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 StoutBoi
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 JRod1969
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdTheEdge
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Koshihikari Echigo Beer from Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 206 ratings