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Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #500
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
81
Ranked #42,820
Avg:
3.58 | pDev: 10.89%
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
66
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Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)
 
Japan
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  13
SCORE
81
Good
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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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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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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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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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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 ΒΌ-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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nmann08 from Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.2%

Feb 23, 2013
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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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justdaryl from Singapore

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Jun 04, 2012
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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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spycow from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 26, 2015
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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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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
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virinow from New York

4/5  rDev +11.7%

Nov 02, 2013
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brywhite from California

3/5  rDev -16.2%

Sep 30, 2014
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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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Mattias from Sweden

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

Feb 14, 2019
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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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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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intoxabroad from Taiwan

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Oct 08, 2012
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jeschaefer from Texas

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

Mar 19, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle courtesy of Schlimenhaumer.

More of a kristallweizen, but tasty and clove-emphatic.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

Jul 27, 2017
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Oct 07, 2015
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ste5venla from California

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Oct 18, 2014
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

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

Oct 19, 2017
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Texasfan549 from Texas

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apr 12, 2015
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Oakenator from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.7%

Oct 14, 2013
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