Echigo Beer Koshihikari Rice Lager

Total Score: 6.65/10 GreenApple1 Barley1 CutGrass1 Stein1

*RICE LAGER FACE-OFF!!!* A Japanese classic (Echigo Beer Koshihikari Rice Lager) versus the young Aussie upstart (2 Brothers Kung Foo Rice Lager), who will win my beer drinking affections? Echigo is the benchmark and a brew I’ve had before at one of those trendy new dumpling places in Fortitude Valley (Brisbane). I recall being impressed with how interesting this brew was and I wish I had reviewed it at the time, but all’s well because I managed to pick up a bottle at Plonk.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Stein.

A: Presents a clear pale gold body with a 1cm white head. A little lighter toned than most Lagers but otherwise spot on. 8/10.

S: The aroma has typical Euro Pale Lager hints of cut grass and green apple, along with a prominent Sake note as well. Touches of malt grain in the background. A straightforward but well-crafted Lager fragrance then. 7/10.

T: All of the above: Cut grass, green apple, Sake and malt grain is presented in the flavour profile with a crisp dry finish. There is a bit of honey sweetness to it as well which is levelled out in the long dry finish. Aftertaste is apple and rice. Again we have a well-crafted Lager with little to detract from it. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a light/dense carbonation… in fact a bit more carbonation would be right on for the style, it is lacking in this respect. 5/10.

D: And now the downside: Echigo Koshihikari is far too expensive (at $8/500ml) for what you get – there are plenty of other Lagers out there with similar qualities but cheaper (like Brok, Mythos or Stella Artois). Other than that I did enjoy drinking this, and I think it would suit a nice sushi platter. As it warmed up the fruitiness of this Lager really became more prominent and interesting, good to note for future reference fellow beerethren. 6/10.

Food match: Sashimi set and match.

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