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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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Coedo Beniaka from Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)
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