KOREAN NAME: 월매 막걸리
REVIEW: This is a common makgeolli brand that is easy to find in Seoul supermarkets, corner stores, and convenience stores. This is a no-brainer as it is made by Seoul Jangsoo, perhaps the largest makgeolli distributor in the Seoul metropolitan area. (If you follow the link, you are greeted with the unfortunate catchphrase, “The largest production line of Makgeolli, globalization rice wine stools” squatting across their English website. As for Walmae, the official slogan is “Larger Capacity, and more cool clean”.) There is also a canned version of Walmae which might be even more ubiquitous. (I intend to review the can at some point in the future.)
All in all, for being an aspartame makgeolli, I would say it’s one of the better ubiquitous brands. However, this isn’t for any particular noteworthy attribute – it’s simply inoffensive and easy to drink.
Carbonation: Slight. A printed diagram shows you how to properly shake Walmae before opening.
Smell: Subtle. A typical chalky, sour scent is present but very delicate.
BREWERY: Seoul Jangsoo (서울 장수)
ORIGIN: Seoul (서울)
PURCHASED: Seoul, Gwangjin-gu, E-Mart (서울, 광진구)
AVAILABILITY: (See THOUGHTS above.)
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 6%
INGREDIENTS: Purified water, imported rice (90%), extracted enzymes, multi-oligosaccharide (10%), carbonation, wheat, pine needle extract, aspartame, citric acid, yeast, lactobacillus wheat, dextrin
VOLUME: 750 ml