Coedo Beniaka - Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)
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3.43/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
08-04-2014 02:07:45 | More by wethorseblanket
3.44/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
07-23-2014 15:52:37 | More by Brenden
3.38/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
03-19-2014 20:52:18 | More by smakawhat
3.43/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
01-08-2014 00:30:42 | More by kjpage1
3.44/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
12-05-2013 07:14:05 | More by nychrislin
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
3.68/5 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
Coedo Beniaka from Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)
78 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.