Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)

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Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #494
Ranked #42,566
3.58 | pDev: 10.89%
Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)
Notes: Wheat beer is instantly recognizable by its bright hue, tinged with a soft, milky white glow. Yeasts selected specifically for their ability to bring out sweet aromas from the wheat are complemented by fruity notes for a rich yet refreshing brew that is smooth on the tongue and goes down with a flourish. We chose the Japanese word for white for our Hefeweizen as a way to capture not only its bright color, but also its distinctively gentle character that is at once comforting and unique.
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flagmantho from Washington

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip. Bottled on 9/11/17.

Appearance: light golden hue with a relatively light haze for the style. Head is a finger of frothy white foam with moderate retention. Not too bad.

Smell: sweetish malt with a little bit of wheat character but not much of the banana/clove aroma that really charactertizes the style.

Taste: malty, again, with some wheat character but not really anything of the yeasty banana and clove flavor that makes the style so appealing. For a "pale wheat ale", it's pretty good, but for a "German hefeweizen", it's lacking a bit.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this is not a bad beer by any means. But it lacks some of what makes a good German hefeweizen. I am still enjoying drinking this.

Sep 10, 2019
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jdurey from Korea (South)

3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a small hefe glass. Head was thin and dissipated quickly. Slightly cloudy. Smells like a weak version of your classic Hefeweizen. Taste is unfortunately pretty weak too, with some notes of cloves and bananas. Feel is where this beer fails. Flat and thin on the front end. What happened to the carbonation? No aftertaste to speak of. Watery yet dry. I thought I’d give this a try because hey, it’s a Japanese take on a German classic. Nice try, Japan, but better stick to lagers.

Jul 02, 2019
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neenerzig from Ohio

3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Never heard of this beer or brewery before. Having it on-tap with lunch with my dad at Crossroads Cafe in 29 Palms, CA on our vacation. Served in a standard pint glass, this beer is a mostly cloudy/hazy, light golden color with a white head that's about an inch thick when first served to me. Head a fairly thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with some decent lacing. Some bready malts, wheat and certainly hints of banana and clove are present. A very similar flavor profile, with some bready malts, wheat and certainly hints of banana and clove and a trace of floral hops. Not at all a bad flavor profile, but the clove and banana were not pronounced enough for this style of beer. Has a crisp, yet smooth and slightly frothy, medium to full bodied mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish and a nice, slightly bready and wheaty aftertaste.


Jun 21, 2019
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hopalongcassidy2 from Massachusetts

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

My local package stores has 5 or 6 imported German Hefeweizens. I've tried them all, I would say this Japanese product is as good as any of them, and better than some.

May 19, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From Hiper Oriente. In Bavaria hefe glass. Playing Space Pilgrim Episode 4. Typical hefe very well executed in all aspects, just less foamy than usual but feels good. A pity its price (2.85€) and short size (33cl)

Oct 23, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Got at Woodman's in Kenosha on a beer run to Wisconsin to find brewers with the good sense not to do business with the Illinois ABC. The haul always includes New Glarus and, this time, Coedo. My first from them.

Being brewers of rice and not malt, the longevity issue for Coedo is how well can they copy the German styles and stay stable enough to get from Japan to the Great Lakes. This hefe is more than OK and given its travel to the Midwest, probably above the average American crafters rendition.

I must say its Looks are not promising, quickly goes flat and never really gets cloudy. But Smells make up for it; Coedo seems to know how to get those smells out of the yeast... not easy to copy banana and clove together. Taste come in good but not well; here too, it is a good copy. Feel falls a bit flat, thin and not lasting.

I will continue this analysis with the other two German styles I purchased.

8/8/20 Edited the above review. Three years later, I buy another copy.. also almost a year old. Still an enjoyable hefe-, but probably not one worth having a third time. But just in case, I will keep count over at UnTappd.

Aug 21, 2017
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The_Beergery from Singapore

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 333 ml bottle, it appears a hazy unfiltered golden colour with plenty of white froth. The aromas detected are typical for a wheat ale, earthy and yeasty, bread and dough. Flavours are again typical of a hefeweizen, sweet malts with subtle hints of spices and fruits in the mix. golden, Light, refreshing brew for the weather!

Jun 20, 2017
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kitschiguy from Hong Kong

3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a 350ml beer glass.

Poured a dark, cloudy yellow. Not much of a head or lacing.

Nose - nIce aromas and failry typical of the style. Yeasty with bubble gum, cloves a hint of banana.

Palate - again, fairly typical. Quite complex but not too cloying or sticky with a hint of bitterness in the finish.

Fairly good mouth. Quite full and well rounded.

I've been finding a lot of heffes a bit bland and/or cloying and sticky lately. I thought maybe I was just going off the style but this is very nice.

Overall, a very refreshing and sessionable heffe. Good exanple.


Mar 17, 2016
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breadwinner from California

4.39/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gotta swim against the tide a bit here, as this thing absolutely sang for me. Maybe it was having it fresh on draught. Maybe it was the killer seafood alongside, courtesy of Bear Flag Fish Co. Whatever the case, this was a delight to look at in the glass, a rim of white foam atop a glowing deep gold nectary body, rich with haze and irresistible effervescence. Nose is oodles of banana, with a touch of spice, almost ginger-like (but maybe my mind is making connections with the Japanese brewer there), light wheat twang that grows in stature as the glass wears on. Flavor is rich banana again, sweet, inviting, delicious. It maybe gets a touch too sweet as it goes, but this is a minor qualm. Body felt a-ok to me, appropriately bubbly, definitely wet rather than dry, but I thought that worked to its benefit, accentuating the decadence of the brew. Overall, this was a home run, and I'd love an encore to see if it holds up.

Sep 10, 2015
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soulgrowl from England

3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty unacceptable head action for a hefeweizen; it hardly even appears. The body is an evenly, lightly hazed gold.

Smells very true to style, with a massive banana aroma (and some pineapple) with a bit of clove as well, although that comes through more in the flavor than the smell. What else to say? It's textbook. Fairly light, dry, low hop aroma and bitterness, and overall quite pleasant. But definitely not better than the German originals.

Sep 05, 2015
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thick golden cloud with a storm of yeast brewing within. Two fingers of melting whipped cream floats on top and disappears as on a hot day. Too dense to notice any carbonation.

Bananas, caramel and cloves are hinted with creme brûlée.

Bananas, fresh apple cider and a hint of caramel make me go "Wha what!!" in contrast to first appearances.

Light watery body, moderate fine bubbled carbonation.

Proud to see this brewed in Asia. Just not an overwhelming representation of the style as done in Germany. Bought in Chiang Mai, drank July 12th, 2015.

Jul 12, 2015
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nelsonsaigon from Viet Nam

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Experienced in : Singapore
Appealing to me : inviting, good taste
Less appealing to me : beer bottle look

I like this beer and will look forward to my next drink.

Nov 26, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Packaged on: 6/27/14.

Pours a murky light whitish-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is subdued with some wheat, banana, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, caramel, banana, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with decent aromas, but the taste is slightly better in terms of traditional hefeweizen qualities.

Serving type: bottle.

Nov 24, 2014
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Brew_42 from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Super cloudy straw color with a half inch white head

Smells of banana and clove. Not as strong as most hefes I have had

Taste- I think I got a bad bottle. The aroma is there in the taste a bit but there is an over riding sour taste.

Mouthfeell- Medium body not a lot of carbonation

Overall- Not that great but I will try it again in case I got a bad bottle

Aug 29, 2014
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nychrislin from California

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours some dramatic bubbling effect at first, but ends in a 1/2 inch of bubbles that quickly dissipates to zero. The carbonation is very light, but very active. The golden yellow appearance has a beautiful slightly darker orange cloudy center in my glass.

S: I taste a strong wheat beer, with banana, and clove.

T: A great hefeweizen - strong flavors of banana, and clove, and wheat, i almost get a hint of a grapefruit at the end.

M: Very thin and watery, but a refreshing and active amount of gentle carbonation.

O: The taste of this beer is awesome, it's very enjoyable to taste, but the mouthfeel is way too watery. Aftertaste is a bit bitter, the other components aren't sweet enough to balance it out.

Dec 04, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear dark yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a ¼-finger high head that quickly dissipated, leaving only a thing collar around the edge of the glass and some wispy lacing on the surface.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of bananas in the nose along with notes of bubble gum.
T: The taste is almost identical to the smell and has lots of flavors of bananas and bubble gum.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a great smell and taste but is lacking in carbonation, particularly in the appearance.

Oct 10, 2012
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with some orange highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall bubbly white head that quickly reduces to a couple of small patches of large bubbles and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat, banana, clove, and lemon citrus. Lighter hints of bubblegum.

T: A really good tasting hefeweizen - moderately strong flavors of banana, clove, and wheat with a slightly ligher presence of lemon citrus.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of gentle carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: The smell and the taste of this beer are spot on for the style but the appearance and mouthfeel are not quite spot on... Very enjoyable and easy to drink, easily sessionable.

Oct 07, 2012
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Hoppsbabo from England

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second ever Japanese crafted beer. (Sapporo, Kirin and Asahi do not count!)

A: Nice cloudy straw colour. After two or three minutes the head vanishes.

S: Rubbery at first, but actually turns out to be very nice. Banana and spice.

T: Not half bad. Sweet, lots of banana but just on the right side of palatable/sickly. A bit more effervescence would take it a lot further, but the flavour is spot on. Not much bubblegum.

M: Body strength spot on but it's the flattest hefewiezen I've ever had, as in it's almost entirely flat, and I can't work out if I like that or not. Maybe not.

O: Very underrated, but again, I really feel it would benefit from some more effervescence. All in all good job, Coedo, but stop copying Chimay's label design!!!

Aug 27, 2012
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy straw with a small, quickly fading head.
Nose shows banana in large quantities along with doughy wheat and bubblegum. Impressive!
Flavours are not as mind-blowing, mainly just doughy wheat with a faint metallic finish.
Body seems watery.
Disappointing after that great aroma.

Mar 14, 2012
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eric5bellies from Australia

2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours the classic Heffe,cloudy hay like colour. Small White head that disappears quickly.

S - Small amounts of yeast and sticky bread

T - Up front some nice malty flavours but fades badly after that.

M - Medium body, sticky mouthfeel and a little watery. The carbonation is low.

O - Not the best Hefe and there are much better examples

Mar 02, 2012
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DaveHS from California

3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours hazy light amber with a ring of eggshell white bubbles.

S-Cloves, white pepper, banana peels. Bubble gum sweetness.

T/M-Light/medium bodied with light, unobtrusive carbonation and a lingering bubblegum sweetness in the finish. A by the book hefeweizen. Could use some more aggressive prickly carbonation to bring out the pepper/clove flavors and cut the sweetness.

O-An average interpretation of the style.

Aug 11, 2011
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a collins glass. Served a little colder than expected at the sushi joint I was at.

A cloudy off yellow/orange body. Head does not stay at all but is off white colored. It manages to maintain a collar throughout drinking but there is no head action on this beer whatsoever.

Bouquet is wheat and simple yeast, with chewy spice profile. Faint hint of ginger, but it seems like a wet beer is coming, not very dynamic. No sense of clove or banana.

Taste is a wet bodied and watery lemon, muted wheat and airy spritzy feeling. It certainly tastes like a Heffeweizen, but it's quite watery in mouthfeel.

Still overall this is pretty easy drinking, and depending on the price I could drink this compared to some other mass produced beers. There is certainly better for this style out there but I could have this again no problem.

Mar 31, 2011
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jeranbrews from Oklahoma

3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from a Japanese supermarket in a unique bottle with creative letters raised on glass of the neck.

A - An average hay color. Some reasonable head, close to 1 finger. And even some continued carbonation. A slightly cloudy haze to the beer.

S - Also average for a Hefeweizen. Some sweet sour citrus yeast smells mixed with a splash of wheatyness.

T - Initial sour twang that you expect some faint fruity estery tones and a standard hop. A Hoegaarden clone.

M - A bit too loose, as is common in Japanese micro brews. Maybe a result of sugars or rice in the process.

D - This is a fine off the shelf Hefeweizen and pretty good for a larger Japanese micro brew. This is an attempt to compete with the recent popularity of Hoegaarden.

Jan 16, 2010
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nickd717 from California

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle from a random Japanese market.

Pours a hazy golden-straw color with a one-finger off-white head and some sediment at the bottom.

Aroma is fairly typical for the style: wheat, yeast, banana, and citrus.

Flavor is wheaty and yeasty with banana, clove, and lemon. Something is a little weird on the finish - maybe this beer is less than fresh.

Fairly light body with a mild astringency on the palate.

Drinkability is above average. Overall this is a pretty average hefeweizen.

Jan 02, 2010
Shiro from Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 66 ratings