Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #656
Ranked #46,651
3.4 | pDev: 16.47%
Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)
Notes: In Japanese, Ruri is the color of clear blue skies, and crystal clarity is what this incredibly pure premium pilsner is all about. Its flawless golden color contrasts beautifully with a soft, white head for an easy drinking brew that pairs well with almost any dish. Its delicate balance of rich flavors and hoppy bitterness is light on the palate and persistently enjoyable, providing a deliciously satisfying quaff for discriminating beer drinkers with sophisticated tastes.
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DanfromVan from Canada (BC)

3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Checked out a new liquor store In Richmond BC that features limited Asian specialties. Saw this and grabbed a couple of bottles.
Looks great, smell was far from a Pilsner, as I know it, but might have been a shaky shipment. Exp Mar 21 so still good to go by the label.
Looks nice, has quick head, departs fast, no legs to speak of. Drinking was just a little malty/yeasty/ but no distinct Pilsner flavour. I'll try it again in the new year as it was a little odd, not bad, but deserves a second opinion.

Dec 07, 2020
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biiru_ojisan from Japan

4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear gold with a slightly off white head, which is creamy, and dissipates fairly quick.

Some nice crackery and white bread malt aromas. Lightly herbal and just a touch spicy.

Nice light cracker flavor backed up by a solid spicy and flowery noble hop profile. Very pleasant orange peel note as well. A little bit sweet on the start, and finishes very dry. Just bitter enough to give the beer an excellent balance. Super easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is just south of medium bodied and carbonation is moderate-high. Alcohol warmth all but unnoticable.

Overall, this is a very nice and easy-drinking Pils with a lot of flavor. Compared to the prices of other craft beers in Japan, this is pretty affordable ($5-$10 is normal for craft here, this goes for between $2-$3, depending on the store). This beer has no "wow" factor, but it is solid, reliable, and affordable.

Aug 06, 2020
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hk117 from Hong Kong

3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle: Decent, above average pilsner with a nice bitter finish. Good but nothing special. Not really a good value considering its craft beer price tag

Jul 27, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L- Mid-amber, clear, pours with 3mm white head.
S- Toasty malts and grain.
T- Pretty mild, lagerish, finishing with some fleeting richness and a hoppy flourish.
F- 5% and it feels around there. It has decent carbonation so overall has a bit more oomph than you might imagine from an everyday 5% lager.
O- ... though for a beer imported all the way from Japan, as it's lable states: 'Pils, Super-premium Japanese craft beer' it does not seem to me that it has much premium identity that I can pin down. Interesting to try, from a usually more interesting brewery, but not one I'd buy again.
Bought from Amathus, Wardour Street, London. £2.95/333ml bottle. BB: 11/09/2020
Note: Amathus^ are listed on the original lable (not over-printed) that the beer is imported by them; presumably they are the UK importer for Coedo, as I know they are for some other niche global brands.

Feb 10, 2020
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chinchill from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample from the brewer himself in Kawagoe, Japan.
Clear amber body with high clarity.
Very clean aroma and flavor with moderate-bitterness and strength for the style.

Oct 19, 2019
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flagmantho from Washington

3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a good apparent effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam. I like it, but I expect a lot more clarity from the style.

Smell: lightly malty; relatively clean with a dash of yeasty character. There's not much hop bite in the aroma, but overall it's not too bad for the style.

Taste: a light malt flavor plus just enough hop bite to be interesting. It may not be 100% stylistically accurate, but it is pretty good!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a pretty good carbonation and perfectly decent creaminess.

Overall: this is a highly drinkable beer; perhaps not the cleanest pilsner, but certainly not bad.

Sep 10, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

just my second beer from these guys, i think it is grossly underrated here on BA, a really pretty textbook pils, and while i think i wanted it to be a little more interesting, to showcase its japanese heritage a little better, its hard to be critical of a beer like this so crisp and flavorful for the style. its pretty clear, brassy golden in color and shine, and holds over an inch of white head in the frosted pint glass its served to me in. smells like a classic european pils, with the malt doing the majority of the flavoring, more bitterness than expressiveness from the hops, and just a little bit of flavor from the lager yeast. i get some neat earthy minerals that balance a light honey sweet note from the grain, and a zippy fast finish that seems almost impossibly crisp for how much body this has, well above what is customary in the style i think, but it doesnt slow it down at all. this was infinitely refreshing at its coldest, but warmed up really favorably too, the high quality of the brew evident throughout. this checks all the boxes for the style, even if it isnt quite unique as i hoped it would be, cant complain about a lager this good. perfect with oily wood fired pizza! the poor ratings here make no sense at all to me...

Dec 30, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Excellent, clear, golden body; thick, sticky white head. Toasty, sweet aroma. The flavor is finely balanced between light cereal grains with a crisp hop bitterness; biscuit. Medium bodied; warm and crisp.

I don't understand the low ratings for this pilsner. It actually delivers a nice balance of flavor and complexity. It's quite delicious.

Mar 06, 2018
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The_Beergery from Singapore

3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 333 ml bottle. Appearance is a clear pale golden brew, topped with a generous dollop of white froth, which does not retain well. Aromas start off with floral hops, which dissipates quickly, followed by malt and yeast aromas - bread, dough and biscuits. Taste is lightly sweetish, mainly from the malt backbone, again biscuits, bread and dough. Overall mouthfeel, while light is very crisp and refreshing. A nice pilsner!

Jun 19, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden color with almost no head. Aroma has some bright grassy notes and clean malt. Taste has some green walnut and other nuts and green vegetables. Medium body, quite smooth feel. Overall it's a nice surprise.

Nov 17, 2016
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

333ml bottle from a Rimping supermarket in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Nicely hopped, with a rounded floral and grassy hop character. Pilsner malts.

Crisp and clean. Light-bodied. Smooth, wet, approachable.

Drinkable, absolutely. It's a lovely pilsner considering its country of origin, but it can't hold a candle to the best German and Czech expressions of the style.


Jun 08, 2016
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought from Don Quiote $4.59 12 oz. Light golden color, light hop smell, light mouth feel, typical pilsner taste. Nothing really special about it. Taste like a macro brew at a micro brew taste. If it was priced at Heineken price I would drink more of it, but not at its current price.

Oct 09, 2015
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden filtered with slow rising little bubbles, topped with a 2 finger,foamy yellowish head.

Skunk and its not a clear or green bottle, malts, aspirin, glue.

Hay, dried grass, malts, aspirin, light bitterness.

Light body, thick foamy carbonation.

Sure, I like to try overpriced takes on common styles, especially if they are from 'exotic' countries. I'm not a dupe, or a beer snob, well not too much of beer snob. But hey, I am buying an 'idea' which is the same as everyone whether they know it or not. Got in Chiang Mai, drank June 28th, 2015.

Jun 28, 2015
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AgentMunky from New York

3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Coedo Ruri poured from a 33cL can into a glass in Hiroda.
Hazy yellow. Effervescent with two fingers of head.
Smells zesty, wheaty, and yeasty.
It tastes fine. Light and vaguely bitter (or metallic?) with citrus-yeasty notes. A touch spicy. Surprisingly watery (refreshing?). A summery sort of beer advised to drink from the glass.
Glad I tried it. Don't know if I'd have another.

Jun 20, 2015
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hopnerd from Australia

2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle served in a tall pilsner glass. Poured cloudy with very little head. Flavour was not as clean or crisp as would be expected with a pilsner, substantial unexpected aftertaste. Possible contamination in this bottle - unusual as othe Coedo beers have been great examples.

Apr 12, 2015
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clean and clear - 1" head doesn't last long but leaves some nice lace.
Grassy, herbal nose...biscuit/cracker. Grainy malt but overall clean. Nice dry mouthfeel - good shot of bitterness toward the finish, better than expected. A little pricey @ $4.50 per bottle.

Jan 11, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Packaged on: 6/25/14.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is subdued with malt, grain, floral, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, floral, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but the aromas in this one seem to get worse the longer the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle.

Nov 24, 2014
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CrazyDavros from Australia

2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Pours straw with a small fading head.
Noes shows straw, light malt, sweet corn and cooked vegetables.
Some vegetables notes as flavours too followed by a little sweet light malt and spicy hops.

Oct 12, 2014
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nychrislin from California

3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is light yellow, and has very slight carbonation, poured with about a half of an inch in carbonation, the bubbles are on the small side.
S: I can smell grassy hops and grainy malts.
T: The taste has grainy malts, and grassy hops with a slight metallic bitterness. The metallic bitterness lingers well after finishing the beer. I also had a very slight sweet honey flavor after the bitterness, I'd like a little more sweetness to balance it.
M: It feels light-bodied to me and very clean on the palate with a light amount of carbonation, it is very dry, and is very light.
O: I think this beer is uniquely light, I don't necessarily like the lingering metallic aftertaste for food pairing, but I enjoyed this beer without any food.

Dec 04, 2013
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matjack85 from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I saw this on the menu at Chef Amaury's 33 West in Aurora, Illinois and ordered it on the advice of the waiter. 11.2oz bottle served in a pilsener glass.

The beer poured a slightly cloudy pale gold color with just a ½-finger of bubbly white head, but to my surprise, the head never faded and left some good lacing.

Pleasant fruity smell with a touch of floral hops underneath.

It's got a touch of grainy malt to it, but it's mainly bitter, hoppy, and slightly tart.

Smooth and medium bodied with medium carbonation.

I never heard of this brewery or this beer before, so I'm glad I found it here as I always like trying new beers. With the addition of that tart fruit, it was an interesting pilsener. I liked it.

Oct 19, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with an eighth of a finger high white head that died down, leaving some bits of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are aromas of grassy hops and grainy malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of grainy malts along with hints of grassy hops and a light to moderate amount of bitterness, the latter of which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: This isn't a bad pilsener from a Japanese brewery and is very easy to drink. It has a nice amount of bitterness and really opens up your palate before a meal.

Oct 10, 2012
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall bright white head that reduces to a couple of small patches of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy malts and grassy hops.

T: The flavor starts out with moderate amounts of grainy malts followed by lighter amounts of grassy hops - light to moderate amounts of bitterness which quickly fade.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable - enjoyable German Pilsener with the appropriate amount fo crispness and refreshing due to just the right amount of hops.

Oct 07, 2012
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eric5bellies from Australia

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a hazy pale Golden Yellow colour with a one fingered head that dies quickly.

S - Grains and graasy malt.

T - Up front not much at all followed by some nice grainy flavours. The finish is slightly bitter and crisp.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

O - Has plenty on offer and recommended.

Mar 02, 2012
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DaveHS from California

2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Corn yellow with no head. Off white bubbles around the rim.

S-Sharp, unrefined grainy aromas, syrupy sweetness.

T/M-Dry and blunt, with moderate carbonation. Weird musty off flavors muddled with sweetness that reminds me of Eastern European export lagers.

O-Hard to finish.

Aug 11, 2011
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jeranbrews from Oklahoma

3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - white low head. Mild carbonation somewhat viscous looking like new motor oil

S - yeasty lactic smells. Parmesean cheese and caramel malts

T - yeasty but some fresh vegetable spices. This is too malty and not hoppy enough to be like most chezch pilsners

M - smooth filling not bad

D - unusual for a pilsner. Hard to say if it's an improvement but it is different

Oct 02, 2010
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