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Coedo Beniaka - Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.72%


Brewed by:
Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery) visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Happoshu |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Westsidebuddha on 05-07-2010)
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

So this is my first Happoshu. Not sure what to expect here, this sweet potato concoction, but here goes. Poured into a nonic pint glass. Heard some horrid things about Happoshu, however this is Codeo and have managed to enjoy at least their Hefeweizen.

Out of the bottle is watery sounding pour, a bit of slap slap as the beverage enters the glass. Deep amber plum like red body, highly murky and cloudy. Barely makes half a finger of tan head, to fall to a filmy puck. Manages to maintain at least a tan collar that is about three millimeters thick and resembling at least a beer.

Sweet malts, kind of maraschino sticky cherry, and alcohol fussel like heat and warmth. Really not much else going on, but definitely sweet and getting into malt liquor like realm.

Surprisingly very light bodied, nearly crisp. Sweetness comes with a minimal subdued mouthfeel, but there's some hint of crackling toast and grains here, maybe even some caramel sweetness. Once again, jarred sugar cherries and plum like fruit, but kind of cheap tasting.

The most interesting thing, is I thought this was going to be an alcohol malt liquor sugar bomb but it's actually well hidden and drinks real easily. Most of the happoshu I've heard about is a canned cheap swill beverage, but this is a little different even if it's not really looking that appealing.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 20:52:18 | More by smakawhat
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kjpage1

Alabama

3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the only Happoshu I've ever had, so I'm not sure of what the ideal characteristics should be.

A-Pours a nice amber, red color with a quickly dissipating head.
S-Not a lot to offer here; mild sweet, fruity aroma.
T-Very different than I expected. Fruity, syrupy, sweet.
M-Watery with little viscosity.
O-I think this "beer" is interesting, but woulnd't seek it out again. It has cellared well for 7 months, fwiw; seems my review matches up well with most of the others here.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 00:30:42 | More by kjpage1
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nychrislin

California

3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

best beer from Coedo I've had. beautiful copper brown appearance, but like most of their beers, a very watery texture, very flat, and zero head. The pour is fairly exciting, but the head is very very temporary. They have copied the Chimay packaging, it seems like. i enjoy the taste and appearance, and the smell and taste of the fruit and caramel is great, but the body is just too thin. Wouldn't recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 07:14:05 | More by nychrislin
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dar482

New York

3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a copper red body, lots of deep red in the light.

The aroma has lots of sweet malt, grain, dark fruity esters.

The flavor follows with cherry, brown sugar sweetness, caramel. Almost reminds me of a dubbel along with a doppelbock at times.

Actually quite decent despite the adjunct aroma and flavors in there.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 13:45:14 | More by dar482
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doktorhops

Australia

3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Happoshu - A brew I've never tried. So I wrote you a Haiku, it goes:

Happoshu good brew
sparkling spirits lead me
clear tasting

Yeah I wont quit my day job. [I'm a Haiku writer by day].

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Deep copper red body, with a light tan lacing on top.

S: Interesting notes of soy sauce send me off kilter in that Japanese out-of-place kinda way, like that cos-play girl dressed in a schoolgirl outfit yet at the same time being of ample bosom and well-rounded ass which sends mixed signals to my brain, this brew adds it's own Japanese oddness to the mix. Sweet potato and malt also adds to the aroma however that soy note is odd, very odd.

T: Highly intriguing... a tad on the sweet side but there are some decent characters; toasted malts, sweet bread, chestnuts and caramel. It's similar to some English Christmas flavoured beers like Theakston Old Peculier and Hook Norton's Twelve Days, but with that classic Japanese oddness sitting quietly in the corner katana on lap, I'm just waiting for it to jump at me and cut off my head in a swift sweep of refined bladed steel.

M: Flat and borderline syrupy.

D: It's got a bit going for it: alcohol content [check], flavour [check], drinkability [check]. The only thing holding it back is that old devil: the price. At $9AUD RRP a bottle it is indeed in the realm of a "special occasion drink" or "something to try once", which I did: try once [check].

Food match: it's a bit of a given - Japanese beer = Japanese food, so I'll refrain from the obvious. What I will say is that I could see this pairing well with a good old fashioned American Thanksgiving dinner replete with turkey, mashed yams, cranberry sauce, corn and the obligatory pumpkin pie slice for dessert.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 12:54:40 | More by doktorhops
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pours coppery brown with a small head.
Sweet potato is quite prominent in the aroma, but also some sweet malt. very interesting.
Lots of sweet potato as a flavour too. A hit of booze ruins things a little though. Again, quite sweet.
Body feels a bit flat, need a lot more carbonation to cut the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 10:18:54 | More by CrazyDavros
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solid98

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Starts off with a minimal head presence, deep amber/brown color that is fairly translucent. Appears to be filtered and shows minimal visual carbonation. Quite a toasty nose to it, with caramel and cherries on first taste. Quite a clean mouth feel here, notes of honey emerging over time and I find this quite a tasty beer. Surprisingly, this seems to me quite different than the first time I tried it--lighter, fruitier and generally more exciting. Some alcohol emerges towards the end of the glass, along with a more distinctive sweet potato flavor, but neither of these take the beer out of balance. I certainly enjoyed this more than the last time I had it, and look forward to having it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 04:17:48 | More by solid98
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Thorpe429

Illinois

1.93/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle thanks to drabmuh. Served in a taster glass. Pours an orange-copper color with a tiny head of bubbles that falls quickly. The nose has some sweet potato and a touch of caramel. Flavor starts off with caramel, sweet potato, and bread, but then is taken over by a strange off dryness. Very odd. Body is light and off kilter. Not a big fan.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 16:04:06 | More by Thorpe429
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shared by drabmuh, the Jedi ticker. Thanks Matt!

The beer is amber colored with no head or lacing. The aroma is sweet, offering brown bread, biscuits, caramel, grain. Smells like a sweet adjunct lager. Malt, sweet potato and sweet breads. Virtually no carbonation leads to a light, watery feel on the palate. Overall, this was fun to try but not something I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 01:57:17 | More by Huhzubendah
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by drtickmuh.

Pours a clear amber red with no head. Very sweet aroma; bready and caramel, light vegetable. Smooth body with low carbonation, medium thick. Interesting flavor, sweet and malty, with a subtle contribution from the sweet potato. Sweet, but drinkable, I'd bizarrely like to have more of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 01:33:57 | More by yourefragile
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ehammond1


3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle

Thanks for the tick/gift, UCLABrewN84!

Dark copper color with very minimal light tan head. There's not a lot of visible carbonation and this leaves the glass nearly clean.

The aroma is a combination of caramel, bread, a bit of spice character, and vegetables (celery and tomato?).

The flavor is malty with some spice character to it, along with moderate bitterness and some celery flavor as well. Drinkable.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. I think the body of this beer brings the rest of it down.

Drinkable, but unexciting. It's nothing I'll revisit.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 21:05:03 | More by ehammond1
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received a bottle in a trade with UCLABrewN84, thanks! At the time of this review, this is #1 on the "Top Beers - Happoshu" list on beeradvocate.com. Another #1 knocked off the list although this is sort of a weird style to bother with. Oh well.

Beer is reddish and clear, no head, low carbonation.

Aroma is caramelly and sweet, interesting.

Beer is medium in body, sweet finish, a little malty, a decent beer, by far the best happoshu I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 02:23:15 | More by drabmuh
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Samurai Mama in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer poured with no head and there was no lacing observed.

S: Definite sweetness in the aroma but a more pleasant smell from the sweet potato than what I find in a corn/grain/rice adjunct malts. Pleasant and inviting but not overly strong.

T: Very sweet, almost to the sweetness levels I associate with a quad. The sweet potato flavor comes through along with some more traditional malts.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Smooth.

O: A very elusive style that I am psyched I found and tried, the use of non-corn/grain/rice as the adjunct malts definitely makes it a unique experience. I very much enjoyed the beer and felt it easy to drink, one you could have many of in a session. Matches well with sushi. Some definite complexity to the aroma and flavor. I would get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 15:06:58 | More by dbrauneis
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metter98

New York

3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Samurai Mama, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear dark reddish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with just a few bubbles on the surface and a very thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of sweet potatoes in the nose; these become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of sweet potatoes and a slight amount of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer style is definitely unique and sweet potato is more interesting as an adjunct malt compared to corn and rice. It definitely tastes a lot more flavorful compared to Japanese rice lagers.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 02:07:18 | More by metter98
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The elusive happoshu tick is finally here!

Pours a clear dark copper color with a fizzy 1/2 inch tan head that quickly fades to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly slide into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain, caramel, and some slight sweet potato and vegetal aromas. Taste is very sweet and is of grain, caramel, and burnt sweet potato/vegetal flavors. There is a weird herbal/medicinal bitterness that lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with only a very slight crispness. Overall, this is a very interesting beer. It tastes better than it smells but the aftertaste has a very odd burnt vegetable flavor that is kind of gross.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 07:50:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
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shigg85

Japan

3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle of this from the Maruhiro department store in Saitama, Japan. Poured into a Suntory Premium Malts modest tulip glass. Creates a wonderful yellow custard hued head and releases a noticeable fragrant aroma of hops and sugar. This beer is partially made from sweet potato, so that sugary flavor definitely comes out (in a pleasant way) that almost seems chocolatey. With a relatively strong ABV and a sweet aftertaste, this is a great after-dinner brew. On the same note, I wouldn't probably have this with a meal, but definitely went well with the strawberries I was eating at the same time. This is my favorite of the Coedo brewery, and I would recommend it as a regular beer if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 14:02:52 | More by shigg85
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Wowcoolman

California

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Categorized as a Happoshu, this style may unfortunately draw negative criticism for its similarity in definition to American Adjunct Lager. The "adjunct" in this case is roasted sweet potato, and its nose and especially the palette carry a yam-like quality.
The color is a beautiful amber and I picked up sweet, sake-like aromas. The alcohol is 7% here. I'd have liked a little more bitterness in the finish, more hops would balance the fruity qualities from the sweet potatoes. Try bringing this unique beer to a Thanksgiving dinner, it should fit right in.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 22:08:43 | More by Wowcoolman
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DaveHS

California

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark ruby color with a thin light tan head.

S-A hint of fruity tartness, like artificial cherry syrup. Nutty, bracingly sweet.

T/M-The addition of sweet potatoes is interesting. It conjures a flavor comparable to maple syrup, and has an earthy character most likely attributable to potato skins. Not bad, but it gets old fast. Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O-The best I've had from Coedo. Wish it had a little more going for it other than the sweet potato.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 02:24:46 | More by DaveHS
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Stella Artois tulip.

A - Pours a very dark amber colour, with a yelloy coloured large bubbled head that disapperas in less than two minutes.

S - A light slightly sweet aroma and maybe some sort of dark fruit.

T - Slightly sweet throughout, with a little caramel and dark fruit, alcohol is so very well hidden.

M - Light to medium body and medium carbonation.

O - Quite an unusual brew, and very enjoyable, I would definitely have another one

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 13:52:56 | More by eric5bellies
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atigerlife

Hawaii

3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tea color with a small off-white head which dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma is somewhat winey...not much else.

Taste is rather sweet with some wood, earth, sweet potato, apple cider. Some other stuff there...but hard to figure.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly cleansing and slightly cloying.

Overall, pretty easy to drink and worth a try. Drinkable, but not your typical beer profile. Good to try as a curiosity.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 00:02:21 | More by atigerlife
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was hoping this beer would be much more interesting but it really wasn't anything to brag about. It had a reddish color which was nice but no head which always bums me out. The brew had a sweet aroma to it. Not much in there that made it super appealing on any level. This had a strong abv but that's about all I could really say about it.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 00:25:32 | More by Knapp85
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July2Nov

Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Darker amber color. Thin lacing around the rim.

Smell: Buttery biscuit scent with what appears to be some sweet apple notes.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Has a sweet cider taste to it, along with some buttery biscuit flavor. Lighter in body upfront, but soes have a bit of zing at the end. Pleasant.

Drinkability: Really a different beer and one you probably have to be in the mood for. Not bad, but not great either. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 02:11:50 | More by July2Nov
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flagmantho

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 333mL bottle into a pint glass. This is my first happoshu!

Appearance: clear body with an interesting deep amber hue. Head is a thin finger of rapidly-dissipating ivory foam.

Smell: sweet aroma with a light, fruity character. I get some pears and a hint of cherry, but it really is evocative of the main ingredient: sweet potatoes. It's nice, but a bit one-dimensional.

Taste: sweet, caramelly and, again, lightly fruity, though there's less sweet potato character than in the aroma. This is somewhat reminiscent of a dubbel or Belgian dark ale, but a bit lighter in flavor. The alcohol is not notable detectable. I'm actually quite enjoying this brew.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a low level of carbonation. Enough to get the job done, especially with its silky texture, but overall pretty mundane.

Drinkability: I'm surprised by this unique and tasty brew. It's only 25% malt, according to the Coedo website, but it manages to have a lot of character despite this. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 04:52:16 | More by flagmantho
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railcaider

Japan

1.6/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

True to its name, this beer has a nice burgundy color that's complemented by an off-white head. The head itself was pretty small and soon dissolved, leaving only a small ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The bouquet is mostly sweet strawberry and raspberry smells with a little vanilla, and is dominated by a strong vegetal odor not usually present in beer.

According to the label, the main ingredient is Japanese sweet potato. In Japan, sweet potatoes are also used to make a clear liquor called shochu, so there is some precedent for using them to make alcohol. They have a heavy vegetal flavor and a very mild sweetness, which is a strange combination of tastes for a beer. When I first took a sip, I was surprised by how the balance of the taste is the opposite of the smell. The main taste is vegetal, and only the aftertaste had any real bitterness. There is some fruity sweetness, but it's quite muted, like dark chocolate. The viscous mouthfeel goes well with the sweet notes, but the heavy alcohol content and strange vegetal taste overpower the mild flavor profile.

This lack of balance really hurts the drinkability. Normally I don't like to waste beer, but in this case I was actually tempted to just pour it down the drain and be done with it. Coedo produces some very good beers, which makes this one all the more disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 14:37:55 | More by railcaider
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Westsidebuddha

California

3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at The Far Bar, Little Tokyo-Los Angeles, Calif.

This is a Japanese Sweet Potato beer. Poured a dark brown into a pint glass. Light smell of sweetness. The taste is sweet with a slight potato flavor. Mouthfeel has a mellow roasty taste. Drinkability is decent,not overwhelming. This is a decent beer with a sweet backend. The sweet potato flavor is not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 17:46:20 | More by Westsidebuddha
Coedo Beniaka from Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)
78 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.