#56. Baekryun Corn DongDongJu (백련장수 옥수수 동동주)

The Baekryun Brewery has won several awards for their makgeolli and their Corn DongDongju is another good addition to their ever-growing menu. It has almost zero carbonation and is a little bit heavier than the Baedoga version I reviewed here. It is a little bit sweeter than I was expecting but nothing too strong that would stop you wanting to drink the rest of the bottle. It has an fantastically bright yellow colour which really does make you feel as if you are drinking something more like a corn milkshake, thankfully no such thing exists…..although I’m sure Korea has thought about it. Continue reading #56. Baekryun Corn DongDongJu (백련장수 옥수수 동동주)

#55. Yangpyeong Makgeolli (양평 막걸리)

Often advertised on menus as ‘Jipyeong Makgeolli’, Yangpyeong Makgeolli seems to be regarded as the poor cousin to Jipyeong (see review here) despite being, in my opinion, every bit an equal if not better. The confusion seems to stem from Yangpyeong originally being sold under the name WonJipyeong Makgeolli (원지평 막걸리) which did in fact result in a trademark dispute and led to the renaming to Yangpyeong. It has a similar taste to Jipyeong although lacks that almost cinnamon aftertaste that makes Jipyeong so distinctive. It is also only 5% strength as opposed to the 6% of most other standard rice wines on the market. Continue reading #55. Yangpyeong Makgeolli (양평 막걸리)

#54 Chungju Bam Makgeolli (충주밤막걸리)

I must confess to being a fan of “flavoured makgeolli” with corn and chestnut, in my opinion, worthy additions to any makgeolli fridge but despite having drunk my fair share of chestnut ricewines down the years I was taken aback by this one. It tastes almost exactly like drinking a Snickers bar, to the point that I’m sure a Snickers McFlurry would want to taste this good! Of course by good I mean sickly sweet and there is little to no chance that I would sit down and put away 2 or 3 bottles in one sitting, but for a one-off bottle on a hot summer’s day it 100% hit the spot. Continue reading #54 Chungju Bam Makgeolli (충주밤막걸리)

#53 337 Baekgok Makgeolli (337 백곡생막걸리)

Made in Chungbok, 337 Baekgok Makgeolli, which gets it’s name from 3 meaning good luck and 7 meaning lucky and therefore making 337 the luckiest makgeolli around.  It is a very typical Chungbok rice wine, that’s not a negative by any means as the region is famous for producing some of, if not the, best makgeollis on the market and 337 is a decent enough effort. It is quite thin and has a little bitterness but nothing that pulls your jaws in a Gaedo (review here). It has a distinctive label with the red numbers set against the black meaning that it does almost jump out the fridge into your hand, obviously that’s how I explained it to the overly suspicious ajosshi that thought I was stealing it. Continue reading #53 337 Baekgok Makgeolli (337 백곡생막걸리)

#52 Oeam Makgeolli (외암 생막걸리)

Made by the Songak brewery in Asan City just South of Seoul, Oeam is a fragrant and tangy makgeolli which is slightly thicker than your average bottle. It is a little bitter and sour but not as overpowering as some of the other 충청남도 rice wines out there. It has very little carbonation so make sure to give it a good shake between pours as it does tend to separate pretty quickly and one of the plus points is that thickness. It is a good drink to have while watching a game of football or after a hike as it is refreshing without making you gulp it down like a cheap lager. Continue reading #52 Oeam Makgeolli (외암 생막걸리)

#50 Seogawon Chakhan Makgeolli (서가원 착한 막걸리)

Made by the Seogawon Brewery, Chakhan, which means “kind” in Korean, is quite sour and bitter but yet there is still a slightly sweet aftertaste which was a bit of a surprise. It has quite a light and thin body which when coupled with that sweet and sour taste makes it really easy to gulp down and perfect for a warm day down the park watching sports. There is a slightly yellowish tinge to the drink which just like the sweet aftertaste I was not expecting. Continue reading #50 Seogawon Chakhan Makgeolli (서가원 착한 막걸리)

#46 Chilgok Sindong Makgeolli ( 칠곡신동 막걸리)

Made by the Chil-gok brewery in North Gyeongsang, Sin Dong makgeolli is a slightly thicker than normal rice wine which makes it feel a little bit chalky although this is far from a criticism. The company boasts 140 years of tradition on their label and it definitely smells like a proper traditional rice wine unlike some of the recent ‘craft’ ricewines that are beginning to flood the market these days. It has a little bit of a sour aftertaste which for anyone who knows me will know that gets an extra ‘happy face’ every time. Despite the sour taste there is a little bit of banana  in each sip which I was pleasantly surprised with as there is no such forewarning on the label. If you close your eyes it almost tastes like the really popular brand of banana milk (바나나맛 우유), almost! Continue reading #46 Chilgok Sindong Makgeolli ( 칠곡신동 막걸리)

#41 Pocheon Myeongga Makgeolli (포천명가 생막걸리)

Pocheon Myeongga “Famous” Makgeolli has recently been making is presence felt more and more among the Jipyeong (review here) and Jangsoo bottles in most makgeolli bar refrigerators. It is a light and refreshing rice wine without being particularly unique. It would definitely be a good drink for a balmy Korean summer night due to it’s lack of fizz and smooth body however. It does have a slight aftertaste but it is far from overpowering and, to be honest, could be doing with being a little bit stronger for those of us who enjoy having our jaws pulled in a little. Continue reading #41 Pocheon Myeongga Makgeolli (포천명가 생막걸리)

#39 Jeonju Saeng Makgeolli (전주 생 막걸리)

Jeonju Saeng Makgeolli has an almost nutty aroma to it and has a slight, but definitely not overpowering, sweetish taste. Made by the Jeonju Casting brewery it does only have an strength of 5.5% which is a little lower than your normal makgeolli and is quite surprising given the relatively strong taste. It needs a good sake before drinking in order to make sure that it is properly mixed. Continue reading #39 Jeonju Saeng Makgeolli (전주 생 막걸리)

#38 Geumjeongsan Seong Makgeolli (금정산성 막걸리)

Geumjeongsan Seong, or Geumjeong Mountain Fortress Makgeolli is widely regarded as one of Korea’s finest rice wines and to be honest it’s difficult to argue with that accolade. It’s a little thicker than a lot of other makgeolli out there and that becomes even more apparent when you’ve had a couple of bottles of something else before it. It has a distinctive taste, which lingers long after you’ve finished your cup and has an aroma that would make one of those pretentious wine drinkers sniff over and over. It is a little bitter but then again I am beginning to think most of the best ones are. Continue reading #38 Geumjeongsan Seong Makgeolli (금정산성 막걸리)