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Brewed by Echigo Beer Company
Style: Specialty Grain
Nishikanbara-gun, Niigata-ken, Japan
Serve in Shaker, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
(Translated from the Japanese on the can) Weíve used the delicious water and Koshihikari rice that Niigataís nature has provided and made this in a German-style decoction mash. This is a dry beer with a crisp palate and finish.


mattkatz's rating

2.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mattkatz (13) - California, USA - OCT 20, 2012
17oz bottle pour, small beer glass. Pale yellow color, with little head, but lots of carbonation. Dry, crisp lager, paired great with sushi, and sriracha spice. No lingering bitterness like other Japanese premium beers.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
islay (2155) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2016
11.8 oz. can, consumed on 6-26-16. Clear, bright, dark yellow with the slightest green tint. Highly effervescent; many bubbles on side of glass. Large amount of off-white head. Some lacing. Looks pretty cool. Refreshing aroma features scent of sticky rice. Dusty, almost musty smell. Sweet, pleasant, floral, mineral flavor. Light lemon, but not in the form of tartness; more like lemon-flavored sparkling water. Sweeter and maltier than is typical for the style, but not in a cloying way. Light to medium body. Smooth and frothy in the palate. Well above average for a pale lager (even if not classified as such on this site). Nonetheless, too simple to be outstanding.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jabah (378) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2016
Cool label, and itís from Japan and all, but pretty much just an average lager. Seems better than Kirin and Sapporo, but doesnít stand out in any way. Smooth and refreshing feel, as this is a lighter beer with hardly any malt. Sampled this by the pool on a hot summer day, or would be an ok pairing with Sushi...but thatís about it for me.
Earlier Rating: 6/24/2016 Total Score: 2.5
Cool label, and itís from Japan and all, but pretty much just an average lager. Seems better than Kirin and Sapporo, but doesnít stand out in any way. Smooth and refreshing feel, as this is a lighter beer with hardly any malt. Sampled this by the pool on a hot summer day, or would be an ok pairing with Sushi...but thatís about it for me.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
melush (2740) - SPAIN - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle 33cl / Botella 33cl. @ Aeon Mall Nagoya Dome Mae, Nagoya, Japon. A: Hazy golden / Dorado turbio. T/S: Cereal, slightly sweet / Cereal, ligeramente dulce.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1761) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - APR 5, 2016
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

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JPDIPSO (5569) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Dark straw color with a moderate sized white head. Hints f grains and a decent noble hop aroma. Light caramel and flan flavors. Mild light fruit noted late. Quite easy to drink.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ffbot (339) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 23, 2016
Enjoyed from the can. This smelt of corn, rice, grains and sweet earth. Taste follows, fresh cooked rice, cold creamed corn, basic earthy grainy taste. Very refreshing and lasting palate of sweetness

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Ernest (7283) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is medium yellow. Aroma is moderately malty (horse feed, cereal, wort, grain, husks). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter, husky/raw. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Icky raw aroma thatís exactly like bad non-alcoholic beer, raw barley and wort. An offensive drain pour.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
rosenbergh (10188) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 20, 2015
350 ml can. (Marukai Market Place) Honolulu, HI.
Clear golden color with a small white head. Dry papery, corny and ricey aroma. The flavor is dry corny malt, rice and paper. Some mild sweetness lurking there in the back. The aroma and flavor ainít that strong. Stop wasting the best quality Koshihikari rice for this.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopwine (669) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2015
grainy, cardboard/paper, mild herbaceous/grass pokes through every once in a while. pretty boring and not worth the premium over any generic lager

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
willisread (2269) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 31, 2015
Can from Foodshow in Tokyu. Drank straight from the can. Aromas of sweet rice and light peach. Taste is similar. Fairly sweet, but still drinkable. Iím really not a fan of Koshihikari beers...why do I keep rating them? Because it was in a can I guess...sigh.


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