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Coedo Beniaka - Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery) visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Happoshu |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Sweet Potato Amber.

Because of the use of sweet potato as a secondary ingredient, Japanese laws classify Coedo Beniaka as a Happoshu (malt beverage).

(Beer added by: Westsidebuddha on 05-07-2010)
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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours from a 333ml bottle a clear amber under a thin (1/4") off-white head which fades slowly to the rim and leaves some splotchy lace.

N: Definite sweet potatoe, grainy/malty, ABV noted, slight caramel sweetness.

T: Bready malts, sweet potatoes, yeasty, overripe plum/raisins and slightly grassy/herbal.

M: Semi-moderate body and light carbonation. Finishes with a bit of boozy, malty, and vegetal.

O: A mildly sweet, boozy, and interesting style. First for me.

wethorseblanket, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of fipoceilz7
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

There is initially a sweet and tart fragrance with herbal hops, caramel, and an earthy undertone; there's some almond and cocoa after a couple minutes. The light khaki head is short-lived; the body is reddish-brown with orange highlights (resembles Lipton tea). It's quite flavorful but peculiar—it has the spicy, fruity taste of a lager, but the sweet potato, which is subtle but detectable, contributes its characteristic starchy sweetness and lingers noticeably in the finish. Its body is medium-light; the carbonation is fairly low but lends considerable crispness; the 7% ABV is very well masked.

Flavorful with a visually appealing hue, this is a rather welcome variation on an otherwise unremarkable style. The flavors and aromas are only a step up from par, but it's far from bad. And as an ingredient in the popular variety of sake, shochu, the sweet potato contributes an interesting Japanese twist.

fipoceilz7, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of muchloveforhops3
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

muchloveforhops3, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of Satishgupta
5/5  rDev +47.1%

Satishgupta, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of silverking
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

silverking, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of gfg0020
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%

gfg0020, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +17.6%

spycow, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of brywhite
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

brywhite, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of Jaysicles
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Jaysicles, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of dcmchew
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%

Dark ruby pour (like cherry juice), extremely small white head quick to a bit of lace.
Smell of sweet boozy raisin, plum jam, faint toffee, faint cherry, earthy red sweet potatoes, definitely there, tho a bit hard to get.
Mostly sweet, a bit sour, with cherry and plum jam, not too sticky tho, crisp with some nice citrus and even some faint berries. Caramel and a kinda veggie malty sweetness, definitely from the sweet potato. Some licorice, faint nuttiness. Finishes herbal, low hop bitterness, lingering sweetness.
Low bodied, medium carbonation, has a nice "light" characteristic in contrast with the warm alcohol. Aftertaste full of fruity sweetness, never syrupy.
Did not expect this, for my first Happoshu (first sweet potato beer too). Expected some kind of bland earthy/veggie beer with weird maltiness, got a really nice tasty ale instead. Nice.

dcmchew, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of heygeebee
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

First of style, but man this is a sweet sweet beer, with no after palate business to offset the sweetness. Spotty lace and deep red body, but just smells and tastes of brown sugar and molasses really. Maybe like an american brown ale with extra sugar?
Having said all that it is unique, with malt overload and sweet hit, I haven't had anything like it before.

heygeebee, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Troublebar
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Troublebar, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Monochrome
4.25/5  rDev +25%

Monochrome, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of dandelin
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

dandelin, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a sort of medium-dark brown with a hint of violet in the body and some ruby in the very thinnest edges. The head is off-white, pretty small but fairly firm at the layer that stands up for the duration. Lacing consists almost exclusively of light spotting, but some little legs go out here and there.
There's some caramel in the nose, seemingly from the malts and a little sweetness. The potato itself is evident. There is an unfortunate, though not heavy, vegetal note.
The flavor pulls together nicely; malts form a good backbone with some caramel sweetness, the sweet potato makes a good showing, and there even seems to be a bit of alcoholic sweetness as well. I'm not sure what the yeast content is, but it seems to be contributing a different sort of earthiness and light sweetness of its own. It's pretty bready in the malts, too.
The body is lighter than some might expect, though it reaches a firm medium. It's a bit too carbonated, but it holds the malts well. It's lightly crisp and decently smooth, keeping up almost entirely to the end.
Maybe there are better Happoshu beers out there, but from how little seems to be out there, probably not. Then again, I've never been to Japan.

Brenden, Jul 23, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

ygtbsm94, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3/5  rDev -11.8%

kuishinbo_tantei, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of mrcraft
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

mrcraft, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
Photo of ant1
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

ant1, May 03, 2014
Photo of Mississippi
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Mississippi, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

smakawhat, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of ironchefkook
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

ironchefkook, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of kjpage1
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

kjpage1, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of JellyJacket
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

JellyJacket, Dec 11, 2013
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Coedo Beniaka from Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)
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