Makgeolli #38 – Horangi Saeng Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 호랑이 생막걸리

REVIEW: If you’ve read my reviews of Bae Hyejeong Doga Saeng or Bae Hyejeong Doga Ssal, you know I’ve been pretty critical of BHD. However, BHD’s Horangi Saeng Makgeolli is a different story altogether.

Horangi (Korean for “tiger”) Makgeolli’s mouthfeel is particularly interesting: it manages to be creamy and thick tasting while the carbonation makes it feel very light. In terms of taste, it falls firmly on the sweet side. Odd considering the scent seemed pungently sour to me. Additionally, you can taste a slight undercurrent of the same kinds of complex, mustardy notes that are in ihwaju. I suspect that if you want your Horangi on the drier side, try to get a bottle near the end of its 60-day shelf life (or store it until then).

One last thing of note is that Horangi’s sugary quality comes from erythritol, a sweetener I haven’t encountered in makgeolli before. One of the negative side effects of erythritol is that it can cause upset stomachs or bloating. This was definitely the case for me when I first tried Horangi. But, the second time I tried it, I didn’t feel any discomfort. Did I eat something bad the first go around or did the erythritol get to me? It’s hard to say, but you should familiarize yourself with erythritol’s side effects (start with these articles here and here) and come to your own conclusion.

Despite these concerns, Horangi is a very tasty makgeolli and worth trying.

Carbonation: High.

Body: Medium.

Smell: Sour and sulfuric.

SCORE: 6/7

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


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

PURCHASED: Seoul, Gangdong-gu, Cheonho Station, Hyundai Department Store (서울, 강동구, 천호역, 현대백화점)

AVAILABILITY: Before coming across this in Hyundai Department Store, I’d only seen it at Shinsegae Department Store and a few joomaks, like Majoong. There’s not much info on BHD’s website regarding this bottle’s introduction so it’s possible Horangi is relatively new.


INGREDIENTS: Korean rice (15.23%), purified water, yeast (곡), leavened yeast, lactate, erythritol (7.7%)

VOLUME: 750 ml

PASTEURIZED: No (60-day shelf life)

Horangi Makgeolli

Horangi Makgeolli


9 thoughts on “Makgeolli #38 – Horangi Saeng Makgeolli

  1. Horangi is actually brewed by the sister of Baesangmyeon’s (Neurin Maeul) CEO (her name is Bae Haecheong….hence the Bae family 😉 ) Horangi has been around for a few years but has seen a resurgence recently in bar scene. It’s becoming much more widely distributed than before and is the only one I have seen using Erythritol so far^^

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Pingback: House #06 – Cafe Mare & Makgeolli 31 | takjoo journals

  3. Pingback: Makgeolli #47 – Ugok-ju | takjoo journals

  4. Pingback: 13th Annual Daehanmingook Makgeolli Festival Review | takjoo journals

  5. Pingback: House #03 – DooDoo (UPDATE) | takjoo journals

  6. Pingback: MAKGEOLLI #57 – Buja 16 | takjoo journals

  7. Pingback: Sool #68 – Dameun Makgeolli | takjoo journals

  8. Pingback: 3rd Jarasum Makgeolli Festival 2017: Review | takjoo journals

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s