Makgeolli #18 – Bae Hyejeong Doga Saeng Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 배혜정 도가 생 막걸리

REVIEW: After a terrible experience with Bae Hyejeong Doga (BHD) Ssal Makgeolli (read my review here), I have been a bit gun-shy about trying other BHD products. But BHD Saeng is a makgeolli you’re likely to come across if you shop at the big “mart” stores, so I got up my courage and bought a bottle.

To be fair, BHD Saeng is an improvement compared to BHD Ssal. It’s not overly sweet for an aspartame makgeolli and it has more of an interesting mouthfeel due to being unpasteurized. However, I still wouldn’t recommend it. While they may have found a way to downplay the sweetness, the aspartame still has that characteristic chemical zing. When you pair this with an off-putting bitterness and an uncanny bubblegum scent, BHD Saeng sort of reminded me of a wad of Bazooka Joe that you’ve been chewing on too long.

Carbonation: Medium.

Body: Medium thick.

Smell: BHD Saeng has a fruity, almost banana or bubblegum, scent.

SCORE: 3/7

BREWERY: Bae Hyejeong Doga, or BHD (배혜정 도가)


On a side note, BHD has one of the nicest and easiest to use English-language sites of any makgeolli producer out there.

ORIGIN: Gyeonggi-do, Hwaseong (경기도, 화성시)

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

AVAILABILITY: This bottle is a usual suspect at the big outlets – i.e., E-Mart, Homeplus, and Lotte Mart – and can sometimes be found elsewhere.


INGREDIENTS: Korean rice, purified water, syrup, aspartame, citric acid, 효모 yeast, extracted enzymes, lactate

VOLUME: 750 ml

PASTEURIZED: No (Shelf-life of 18 days)

BHD Saeng

BHD Saeng

BHD Saeng


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