Coedo Beniaka - Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)
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3.98/5 rDev +18.8%
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.
03-01-2012 14:02:52 | More by shigg85
3.83/5 rDev +14.3%
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!
07-22-2010 04:52:16 | More by flagmantho
3.78/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
03-19-2012 15:06:58 | More by dbrauneis
3.73/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
05-07-2010 17:46:20 | More by Westsidebuddha
3.68/5 rDev +9.9%
Happoshu - A brew I've never tried. So I wrote you a Haiku, it goes:
Happoshu good brew
sparkling spirits lead me
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.
02-20-2013 12:54:40 | More by doktorhops
3.65/5 rDev +9%
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
04-29-2011 13:52:56 | More by eric5bellies
3.56/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
08-13-2013 13:45:14 | More by dar482
3.5/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
01-30-2011 02:11:50 | More by July2Nov
3.5/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
04-28-2012 02:23:15 | More by drabmuh
3.48/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
08-11-2011 02:24:46 | More by DaveHS
Coedo Beniaka from Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)
78 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.