Makgeolli #34 – Jeonju Ssal Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 전주 쌀 막걸리

REVIEW: Jeonju Ssal Makgeolli is as ubiquitous in Jeonju as Seoul Jangsoo is in Seoul. And it is just as awful. Wait, that’s unfair to Jangsoo—at least their brew is unpasteurized. Jeonju Ssal, on the other hand, is flat, sugar water with an incredibly cloying aftertaste. Steer clear.

If you do want to try something from Jeonju Brewery, I’d recommend Jeonju Moju. It won’t get you drunk but it is much more pleasant.

Carbonation: None.

Body: Watery. Almost gray-brown in color.

Smell: Jeonju Ssal reminds me of hot sake—very sweet and sour—but in an unpleasant way.

SCORE: 1/7

BREWERY: Jeonju Brewery (전주주조)


ORIGIN: Jeollabuk-do, Jeonju (전라북도, 전주시)

PURCHASED: Jeollabuk-do, Jeonju (전라북도, 전주시)

AVAILABILITY: This bottle is incredibly easy to find in Jeonju, especially in Hanok Village (한옥 마울).


INGREDIENTS: Korean rice (100%), extracted enzymes, aspartame

VOLUME: 500 ml (also comes in a 1000 ml bottle)

PASTEURIZED: Yes (shelf-life of 8 months)

Jeonju Ssal Makgeolli

Jeonju Ssal Makgeolli


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