Coedo Beniaka - Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)
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1.6/5 rDev -52.2%
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.
07-02-2010 14:37:55 | More by railcaider
1.93/5 rDev -42.4%
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.
12-15-2012 16:04:06 | More by Thorpe429
2/5 rDev -40.3%
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.
03-26-2011 00:25:32 | More by Knapp85
District of Columbia
2.93/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
05-27-2012 01:57:17 | More by Huhzubendah
3.1/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
03-10-2012 07:50:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.23/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
05-07-2012 21:05:03 | More by ehammond1
3.28/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
01-15-2013 10:18:54 | More by CrazyDavros
3.3/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
04-23-2011 00:02:21 | More by atigerlife
3.35/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-19-2012 02:07:18 | More by metter98
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
District of Columbia
3.4/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
05-10-2012 01:33:57 | More by yourefragile
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
3.43/5 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%
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
Coedo Beniaka from Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)
78 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.