Makgeolli #01 – Boolgoksan Deodeok

KOREAN NAME: 불곡산 더덕 막걸리 

REVIEW: Deodeok (더덕), or codonopsis as it’s known in English, is a plant native to South Korea and occasionally used in cooking. It’s hard to describe the flavor because I haven’t tried it separate from the makgeolli but I suppose it could be compared to ginseng. Regardless, it’s a strong vegetable flavor which is very off-putting, in my opinion. Add to this a very artificial saccharine flavor and Boolgoksan is almost unpalatable. I wouldn’t get it again.

Carbonation: None.

Body: Watery.

Smell: Earthy, leafy, sweet.

SCORE: 2/7

BREWERY: Yangjootakyak Brewery (양주탁약주제조)


ORIGIN: Gyeonggi-do, Yangju (경기도, 양주시)

PURCHASED: Seoul, Gwangjin-gu (서울, 광진구)

AVAILABILITY: I found this bottle in one of the corner stores in my neighborhood as well as at one or two makgeolli houses around Seoul. Otherwise, it could be a bit difficult to track down (if you really wanted to do that) but it’s possible.


INGREDIENTS: wheat (99%), codonopsis (1%), synthetic sweetener (.01%)

VOLUME: 1200 ml


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