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Coedo Beniaka - Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 15
Gots: 4 | 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:
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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Photo of railcaider
1.68/5  rDev -50.6%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
1.98/5  rDev -41.8%
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.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
2/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of Knapp85
2/5  rDev -41.2%
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.

Photo of notchucknorris
2.26/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought this off a whim while perusing Bottlecraft. Had Coedo's collab with Ballast Point a while back and thought it was tasty, so I figured this would be worth a try. Nope!

A: Pours a dark reddish copper color with a one finger sand colored head. Pretty dark, but definitely looks worth trying.

S: Uh oh. Kind of weird here. First of all, they nailed the sweet potato. This smells like if you took a raw sweet potato, scratched the first layer off with your fingernail and took a big whiff. A little bit of that baked sweet potato caramel and brown sugar note as well. Weird but still doesn't seem off.

T: And now we're off. We're way the hell off. This lager body with a base that tastes like MGD. Then a crapload of candied sweet potato sweetness. This is almost at Wild Blue level hangover-in-a-glass sweet. Ok, not quite that bad. But I will be damn impressed if you can finish a whole bottle of this. A experiment, but the results are pretty regrettable. Avoid, my friends.

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of nmann08
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
2.92/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of JRod1969
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Troublebar
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of SmashPants
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Format: a dark brown, stumpy little 333mL bottle with a funky label.

Appearance: quite dark brown with ruby when raised to the light. Not much in the way of a head - just a thin ring.

Aroma: wow, there's something very different in there, very vegetal. Ah okay. Just read the label, and yes it is a definite sweet potato vegetal with a touch of malt.

Taste: very interesting, and very unusual. Definitely dominated by the sweet potato - I can't help but think that the flavour doesn't really suit being utilised for a beer.

Aftertaste: lingers for a time, becoming a bit bitter on the finish. Still interesting, but I'm not sure.

Mouth feel: light to moderate in feel with a moderate carbonation. Certainly carries the flavour reasonably well.

Overall: an interesting but overall awkward beer. I'm not entirely sure the flavour is something that feels right being added to a beer. The biggest issue is the price however, at AU$8.50 per 333mL bottle. Not worth that - nowhere near it.

Photo of ehammond1
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of cyrushire
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Maillard
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of brywhite
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of dandelin
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of atigerlife
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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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Coedo Beniaka from Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)
78 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.