Coedo Beniaka - Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.29%
Wants: 19
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery) visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Happoshu |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Westsidebuddha on 05-07-2010

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).
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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 36
Photo of shigg85
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | 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.

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of Westsidebuddha
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of doktorhops
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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

Photo of dar482
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of mrjez
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: pours a lovely dark reddish copper, with a quickly dissipating head.
S: some mild scents, a little sweet potato, malt, sweetened caramel, a bit like raisin chocolate.
T: quite boozy but nice, definite caramel, the sweet potato is coming through more, quite earthy. Lower down the taste of brown sugar really takes over.
F: a touch of alcohol burn at the backend, a bit of spritz up front.
O: it's good, the most complex of Coedo's regular line-up. Would have again.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The sweet potatoes are definitely the main feature here. For me, probably a bit too much. Gives a full sweetness with a mildly syrup level of feel. It's an interesting beer that would probably be a good first craft beer for someone. For me it will probably be a bit difficult to finish and the more I sip, the more I yearn for some hops and bitterness.

Photo of July2Nov
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of DaveHS
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Wowcoolman
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of solid98
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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.

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 09.10.14

Look - Pours blood orange red with fluffy white head. Decent distribution, good retention. 3.75 paws.

Smell - Roasted sweet potato greets you with an underlying grassy, steely hop character. Bits of syrup, roasted marshmallow, caramel. 3.5 paws.

Taste - Sweet sweet potato up front, slightly bitter finish. Muted hop character. Nicely balanced, a bit stale though. 3.25 paws.

Feel - Light to medium bodied, low carbonation. 3.5 paws.

Overall - Not my cup of tea, but makes for a refreshing beer with a good amount of flavor. 3.5 paws.

Photo of nychrislin
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of kjpage1
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of yourefragile
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of patre_tim
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with an amber tinge. Cloudy with no visible carbonation, and 2 fingers of orange beige head.


S: Light sweetness, malt, jackfruit, Asian sweet potato, a light caramelized sugar, crème brule.


T: Caramelized sugar, brown sugar, a light raspberry, dark toasted scent like caramelized pumpkin or sweet potato. Almost some barley wine qualities as far as taste.


M: Medium thick, syrupy body, little carbonation like a soda that’s sat out for an evening. Alcohol very well hidden.


O: Impressive idea, love that Japan is getting more creative in craft beer. Got this on Wishbeer, drank in Chiang Mai March 9th, 2015.

Photo of smakawhat
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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