Buan Champpong Makgeolli

Makgeolli #50 – Buan Champpong Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 부안 참뽕 막걸리 REVIEW: Dong Jin Brewery’s Buan Champpong is much like its counterpart Carbonated Rice Makgeolli: it doesn’t use aspartame (which I’m grateful for) but it has been over-loaded with stevia and sucralose. Buan Champpong is also flavored with Korean mulberry, or odi (오디). But my guess is this adds more to the sugar-content than…

Kooksoondang Ssal Makgeolli Canned

Makgeolli #46 – Kooksoondang Ssal Makgeolli (Canned)

KOREAN NAME: 국순당 쌀 막걸리 REVIEW: Your average canned makgeollis typically have two things in common: carbonation and cloying sweetness. Kooksoondang Ssal Makgeolli is an outlier, then, or at least further from the center. For starters, the carbonation is quite light; I usually prefer a brew with more, but in Kooksoondang Ssal’s case it seemed to fit the…

Walmae Makgeolli (Canned)

Makgeolli #40 – Walmae Makgeolli (Canned)

KOREAN NAME: 월매 막걸리  REVIEW: To review the canned version of Walmae Makgeolli, I thought I ought to have a side-by-side comparison with the bottled version. The first thing I noticed was the difference in ingredients. Besides the usual suspects, bottled Walmae (BW) includes things like multi-oligosaccharide, wheat, pine needle extract, aspartame, citric acid, yeast, lactobacillus wheat, and dextrin; canned…

Ee:FF Makgeolli

Makgeolli #30 – Ee:FF

KOREAN NAME: 이프 REVIEW: If I were to grade Seoul Jangsoo’s peculiarly named Ee:FF on a curve, especially when compared to Seoul Jangsoo Saeng Makgeolli, then it is not terrible. The aspartame seems to have been reined in and the taste, while sweet, is not saccharine. I’d even go so far as to say that the inherent metallic flavor…

Carbonated Rice Makgeolli

Makgeolli #22 – Carbonated Rice Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 쌀 막걸리 REVIEW: In a time when the majority of mass-produced makgeollis sweeten their brews with aspartame, it is totally refreshing – even surprising – to see a producer buck the trend and look for other options. Dong Jin Brewery is doing just that, however, and with a canned makgeolli to boot!

Tangy Canned Makgeolli

Makgeolli #16 – Tangy Canned Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 톡쏘는 쌀 막걸리 REVIEW: 토쏘는 쌀 막걸리 literally means Carbonated Rice Makgeolli but for some reason Woorisool translates the name as Tangy Canned Makgeolli. Despite this lack of inspiration (or accuracy), my first sip gave me high hopes for this canned makgeolli. The carbonation has a very pleasant mouth feel and it seemed like the sweetness…

iCing Grapefruit Makgeolli

Makgeolli #04 – iCing Grapefruit

KOREAN NAME: 아이싱 자몽 REVIEW: After my first taste of iCing Grapefruit, I was instantly reminded of chu-hi (or チューハイ), a ubiquitous alcoholic beverage in Japan that is somewhat akin to bottled alcopop drinks like Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Bacardi Breezer, Hooper’s Hooch… you get the idea. Only, I would rate chu-hi much higher and Icing somewhere between the two. I think what both chu-hi and Icing…