Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)

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Lager - India Pale Lager (IPL)
Ranked #74
Ranked #43,271
3.57 | pDev: 10.36%
Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)
Notes: Kyara is the Japanese word for a deep golden brown color tinged with red, and gives its name to this beer of the same hue. Aromatic hops carry notes of white grapes and spicy citrus, while a fresh, clean bitterness unfolds on the palate. Six different malts are combined with a slightly higher than average alcohol content, bringing a more expansive flavor to this well-rounded, medium-bodied brew. Low-temperature lager yeasts make this a stand-up beer with a pleasant, crisp finish.
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biiru_ojisan from Japan

3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chill-hazed darkish gold with a rocky white head.

Aroma is oranges, guava, graham cracker, hints of caramel, and cotton candy.

Flavor is subtle orange flesh, guava, pine, and light caramel. Quite nice. Easy drinking with a sweet start that gets cleaned up with a piney, old-school bitter note. Some slight almost chocolaty note every once in awhile.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mid-high carbonation. Alcohol warmth is all but unnoticeable.

Overall, this is quite nice. It would be fairly easy to mistake this IPL as an IPA, which is fine by me. Worth picking up if you're in Japan.

Aug 08, 2020
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

350 ml can of Coedo Kyara IPL on a Shinkansen to Nagoya, Japan.

Aroma: Very fruity and lightly spicy with faint caramel malts.
Flavor: soft ripe fruits with negligible citrus and subtle spicy hops. Distinct and appealing. Bitterness is about average for style.
Medium body with exceptional smoothness and near medium carbonation.
Overall: a flavorful, well balanced and harmonious lager. Readily recommended.

May 30, 2018
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ChrisCova619 from California

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours good and light with a copper hue. Looks very pleasing. Smells a bit nutty and malty. Tastes of aromatic hops, spicy citrus and grape. Feels very smooth and light. Easy drink. Hops used: Nelson sauvin, Motueka, Galaxy.

May 22, 2018
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flyinhawaiian from Hawaii

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smoky IPA with a clean finish. Small head at pour, but keeps carbonation throughout. Best buy date extended out around 4+ years, so difficult to tell if bottle aging may change the character.

Apr 01, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From Hiper Oriente. In Teku glass. Playing Space Pilgrim Episode 4. Plenty of sweet caramel notes, light tropical notes and adequate bitterness level. Low carbonated feel, smooth but not watery. Very drinkable

Oct 20, 2017
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The_Beergery from Singapore

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

In summary, a hopped up lager. Poured from its 333 ml stubby bottle, the appearance of this brew is a clear golden-orange, topped with a good head of white froth. Aromas are a mix between an IPA and a lager - hoppy floral and fruity notes, with a distinct lager like bready malt aroma. Taste is similar, opening with the citrus fruit notes, followed by some malty sweetness, and then ending with a lager crispness with some light bitterness. Mouthfeel is light, but with carbonation bite, clean and crisp. Interesting hybrid of styles!

Jun 22, 2017
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pattysykes from Australia

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can, it has a transparent honey colour, fizzy with a white head.

Fresh hoppy/citrus aroma.

Taste is clean and citrusy with a bit of dry bitterness from the hops. Nice caramel/honey sweetness.

Medium body, lightly carbonated. Crisp aftertaste.

Pleasant overall, easy to drink.

Dec 16, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber color, white head. Aroma is quite hoppy with some vegetal notes. Taste follows, slightly fruity and hoppy, clean, light bitterness on the finish. Light body, crisp carbonation. Quite nice.

Nov 17, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Packaged on: 4/10/15.

Pours a clear golden-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, candied citrus zest, floral, and spicy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, tea, grape juice, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of different hop qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Jan 08, 2016
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Gavage from Nevada

3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark golden yellow color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a spotty surface covering.

Smell: light sweetness rises from the glass.

Taste: caramel, orange, lemon zest, and some fruit sweetness is nicely balanced with a moderate earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout.

Overall: an easy to drink beer that has a decent flavor profile.

Oct 08, 2015
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy with no carbonation and a creamy head of 2 fingers.

Pine, pineapple, grapefruit, peaches, garlic.

Fruit-loops, grapefruit, solid bitterness, hint of sweetness.

Light, almost over carbonated feel, with a sticky finish.

It is quite enjoyable. The name India Pale Lager is intriguing, leading one to believe it may that style of beer, which perhaps is what it really is? Found and drank in Chiang Mai, July 8th, 2015.

Jul 08, 2015
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Andrewharemza from Australia

3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, Pours a slightly more golden colour than lager. Orange citrus aromas. Caramel and malty in flavour. Very different must try for yourself.

Jul 04, 2015
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50wolves from Australia

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - first beer that I have had that had sediment, this was slightly off putting, pours Amber golden, with very small head, some lacing. Aroma - smells very fresh, earth has some nose of honey. Taste - tastes almost like a whiskey, I feel that the taste is more alcoholly than the 5.5% abv demands. Feel - astringent, neither warm or cool aftertaste. Overall - appearance is slightly off putting, not sure if this is due to me not understanding sediment / appreciating it, also beer is 2 days prior it's expiration date, so not sure if this has impacted on taste / aroma qualities. Reminds me of a whiskey, not bad would be keen to explore ire of what the brewer has to offer.

Jun 10, 2015
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thierrynantes from France

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Une Bonne Bouteille, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : bronze color with white foamy head.
Smell : honey, citrus and white grape aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malty and caramel flavors, with a light bitter finish.
Overall : an average beer in the style Vienna Lager.

Jun 07, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow-orange in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly dissipated, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of malts in the nose.
T: The taste is malty but not too strong due to the light-bodied nature of this beer. There are also some notes of honey and hints of herbal hops.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but isn't that flavorful and could use some more carbonation.

Oct 10, 2012
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden orange in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy off-white head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate amounts of malts and some very light notes of grassy hops. Additionally, there are some light notes of honey sweetness.

T: Starts with some moderate flavors of malts including some honey like sweetness. There is a light amount of earthy bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Clean.

O: Not as good as the other offerings from this brewery but still a very drinkable beer - could be sessionable. Seems like it has deviated a bit from the style and not a great example.

Oct 07, 2012
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eric5bellies from Australia

3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a pale copper colour with a one fingered White head that dies quick

S - Plenty of yeast , malts and bisuit.

T - Nice grainy malts up front with the hint of a little citrus, Thie finish is a little bitter and sweet.

M - Medium body and low carbonation

O - I liked the Marzen feel of this beer, but nothing spectacular.

Mar 03, 2012
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xuehua from Bouvet Island

2.06/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Saw a bottles of this beer along with it's darker cousin at my local beer shop, decided to see what Japanese craft beer was like.

I have to wonder whether I received a bad bottle.

There was no head whatsoever after carefully pouring it into my glass. The colour was a clear rich amber, not bad, but it seemed as if there was little carbonation. I'm not a huge fan of highly carbonated beers however this beer seemed to have less than average for a craft beer.

The taste was extremely malty. So much so, that I couldn't finish it. Just too much malt for my liking. It tastes EXACTLY like a Tsingtao Dark.

If there was nothing wrong with my bottle, and they're all like this, I would recommend going for Tsingtao Dark because it tastes exactly the same at about 1/5 the price.

Oct 29, 2011
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DaveHS from California

3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Very light amber with a thin ring of fat white soapy bubbles.

S-Nondescript malty sweetness. Not much to say about it.

T/M-It's okay. Vienna lagers aren't the most distinctive style, so it's kind of hard to say much about this one. Pale malt sweetness, light, spritzy carbonation. An easy sipper without many distinguishing characteristics. I couldn't pick it out of a line-up.

O-Fine for the style, which admittedly is not one of my favorites.

Aug 11, 2011
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atigerlife from Hawaii

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with a small white head that dissipates rather quickly. Minimal carbonation rising.

Aroma is quite light. Some malt and hops.

Taste has some honey, malt, hops. Rather floral with some tangerine and peach.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied and lightly cleansing. Somewhat lifeless.

Overall, an easy drinking beer. Sessionable.

Apr 23, 2011
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap into a tumbler pint at Azuki, a sushi joint in San Diego. They were advertising this on the menu as being new to the establishment, so I figured I'd give it a try. The beer pours a hazy, bright yellow coloring with no head. Lots of bubbling throughout the beer. Very light toasty smells, which are expected for the style. Mid-tongue sour flavors are slight with the maltiness, and the beer is a bit sharp due to the lightness and the increased carbonation. Musty sour aftertaste with a slight linger on the finish. Does not impart itself over any of the food flavorings, so I will venture to guess it would pair well with just about anything. I had a couple of fairly spicy handrolls, and it went great with all my food.

Apr 11, 2011
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Ghenna from California

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the Nijiya in SF.

Pours copper with minimal white head. Smells of caramel and malts. Tastes like watered down liquid malt extract- that is to say a bit sweet, though not badly balanced with hops. Flavor doesn't linger, which makes it easy drinking.

Unfortunately, given the price, it definitely is not a session beer- I'll choose Echigo stout as my goto japanese malty beer.

Nov 13, 2010
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flagmantho from Washington

3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 333mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium gold hue with some haze and a lot of super tiny floaties. Head was nearly nonexistent upon pouring. Color is quite good, but really? No head at all? I just can't abide that.

Smell: rich, somewhat sweet, genuine malt aroma. There is a slight touch of noble/earthy hop aroma, but it is almost an afterthought compared to the malt. It's actually quite good.

Taste: hops are more prominent and nicely complex here. The overall balance with the very basic-but-good malt flavors is quite pleasing. Good stuff!

Mouthfeel: medium body; denser than most lagers. Carbonation, however, is extremely low; this beer feels almost flat. Not my favorite by a long shot, although the good body mitigates this somewhat.

Drinkability: Coedo Kyara is all over the map for me. Aroma and flavor are truly quite good, but the lack of carbonation greatly detriments the look and feel of this beer, which should be a nicely carbonated style. Still, the flavor is good enough that I won't hit it too hard because of the carb factor.

Jul 31, 2010
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railcaider from Japan

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

True to its (somewhat pretentious and archaic) name, this beer is a pleasing translucent golden color. The head is white and consists of many small, delicate bubbles. It dissipates rather quickly but does leave some nice lacing.

Sweet floral aromas are present, as well as some cream and fruit notes. There's a bit of a piercing resin smell initially but it quickly fades. I was also able to detect a muted raspberry aroma. Apple, peach, and honey flavors come together to make a really smooth taste reminiscent of cider. For a lager with only average alcohol content, this beer is surprisingly full-bodied. The rich, creamy mouthfeel complements the sweet taste well, and every sip has a nice warming effect.

This is a solid offering from Coedo that's easy to drink, but the taste is a bit too simple to really get fired up about. Dry lagers are quite the rage in Japan so it's nice to have a sweet one like this for a change. While I wouldn't mind having it again, I don't think I'd go out of my way to find it.

Jun 23, 2010
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GRG1313 from California

3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, bright Orange with a nice white head;

Nose of stone fruit and malt with light nose of creamed sweet coffee;

Mouthfeel is medium with a very goo balance of malt and hops. Candi sugar/sweet coffee stone fruit flavors with some nice bitter coffee/espresso characters toward the back palate and a nice coffee/espresso finish.

This is a very fresh, quality and all around appealable drink.

Oct 31, 2009
Kyara from Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 80 ratings