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…

Pocheon Ssal Makgeolli

Makgeolli #39 – Pocheon Ssal Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 포천 쌀 막걸리 REVIEW: Whenever I wander into a random, family-owned corner store in an unfamiliar neighborhood, I’m pleasantly not-so surprised to see one of the bottles from Pochun Maggeolli (sic). I don’t know how (or why) they do it, but one of their bottles—could be deodeok makgeolli, or wheat makgeolli (밀),  or even something…

Yetnal Makgeolli

Makgeolli #33 – Yetnal Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 옛날 막걸리 REVIEW: To be completely honest, I didn’t like Yetnal the first time I had it a couple years ago. At that point my exposure to makgeolli was the “house” makgeolli (whatever that was) that I was drinking at my local joomak, or whatever was on hand at the corner store. In other words,…

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…

Seonho Saeng Makgeolli

Makgeolli #24 – Seonho Saeng Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 선호 생막걸리 REVIEW: If you’re passing through the makgeolli aisle of E-Mart, you may notice a bright, blue bottle sticking out from all the competitors. This would be Seonho Saeng Makgeolli and the color of the bottle is not its only noteworthy attribute. The front of the label proudly features the words “아스파탐 무첨가”, or…

Gyeongju Beobju Makgeolli

Makgeolli #23 – Gyeongju Beobju Ssal Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 경주법주 쌀 막걸리 REVIEW: Despite this makgeolli’s prevalence, I think I’ve long had it on the backburner because, frankly, it’s a pretty ugly bottle. With the lame milky-looking rings trailing from the white center image and the overload of hand-scrawled script, it just seems like Gyeongju Beobju (GB) is trying too hard. But a makgeolli is much…

Sinseon Woorissal Makgeolli

Makgeolli #20 – Woorissal Sinseon Makgeolli

KOREAN NAME: 우리쌀 신선 막걸리 REVIEW: Baesangmyun Brewery made a big splash in the makgeolli world when they released Neurin Maul (my review here), a makgeolli that is uncompromising in terms of using natural ingredients in order to make a quality product. With Neurin Maul clearly being their ace, I poured my first cup of Sinseon with…