Coedo Beniaka | Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)

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Brewed by:
Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)
Japan
coedobrewery.com

Style: Happoshu

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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).

Added by Westsidebuddha on 05-07-2010

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#43,479
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
134
pDev:
13.99%
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Reviews by solid98:
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3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Starts off with a minimal head presence, deep amber/brown color that is fairly translucent. Appears to be filtered and shows minimal visual carbonation. Quite a toasty nose to it, with caramel and cherries on first taste. Quite a clean mouth feel here, notes of honey emerging over time and I find this quite a tasty beer. Surprisingly, this seems to me quite different than the first time I tried it--lighter, fruitier and generally more exciting. Some alcohol emerges towards the end of the glass, along with a more distinctive sweet potato flavor, but neither of these take the beer out of balance. I certainly enjoyed this more than the last time I had it, and look forward to having it again.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours from a 333ml bottle a clear amber under a thin (1/4") off-white head which fades slowly to the rim and leaves some splotchy lace.

N: Definite sweet potatoe, grainy/malty, ABV noted, slight caramel sweetness.

T: Bready malts, sweet potatoes, yeasty, overripe plum/raisins and slightly grassy/herbal.

M: Semi-moderate body and light carbonation. Finishes with a bit of boozy, malty, and vegetal.

O: A mildly sweet, boozy, and interesting style. First for me.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.23/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While this is technically a happoshu, it really has nothing particular in common with any other happoshu. Happoshu is a tax bracket, not a beer style, and this site should probably reflect that.

It's a stretch to call this beer 'amber,' although I suppose if you've got 'imperial' in front of it then you could get away with it. But really it's brown. Thick, deep, mahogany brown with a camel-colored foam that doesn't really last. Smells delicious, though, with a cavalcade of 'roasty' aromas: sweet potatoes, chestnuts, pumpkin bread, and malted milk, along with some lovely dark fruit notes as well, namely blackcurrants and chocolate-covered cherries.

Tastes less sweet than it smells, although this is still decidedly malty, and actually reminds me of a really good bock. Flavors of chocolate, dried fig, blackcurrants, dark caramel, maple, and a hint of sherry all come tied up in a gorgeously smooth and rich (but not sickly) mouthfeel. Disappointingly, it doesn't have much of a sweet potato flavor – probably the malts are just getting in the way – but that's not such a big deal when the beer is so good anyway. Very tasty stuff. Possible food pairings: baba ganoush, horumon yaki, meatballs, foie gras, Alpine cheese.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jaysicles
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ant1
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of innominat
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of ehammond1
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle

Thanks for the tick/gift, UCLABrewN84!

Dark copper color with very minimal light tan head. There's not a lot of visible carbonation and this leaves the glass nearly clean.

The aroma is a combination of caramel, bread, a bit of spice character, and vegetables (celery and tomato?).

The flavor is malty with some spice character to it, along with moderate bitterness and some celery flavor as well. Drinkable.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. I think the body of this beer brings the rest of it down.

Drinkable, but unexciting. It's nothing I'll revisit.

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Photo of Zonian1
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brenden
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a sort of medium-dark brown with a hint of violet in the body and some ruby in the very thinnest edges. The head is off-white, pretty small but fairly firm at the layer that stands up for the duration. Lacing consists almost exclusively of light spotting, but some little legs go out here and there.
There's some caramel in the nose, seemingly from the malts and a little sweetness. The potato itself is evident. There is an unfortunate, though not heavy, vegetal note.
The flavor pulls together nicely; malts form a good backbone with some caramel sweetness, the sweet potato makes a good showing, and there even seems to be a bit of alcoholic sweetness as well. I'm not sure what the yeast content is, but it seems to be contributing a different sort of earthiness and light sweetness of its own. It's pretty bready in the malts, too.
The body is lighter than some might expect, though it reaches a firm medium. It's a bit too carbonated, but it holds the malts well. It's lightly crisp and decently smooth, keeping up almost entirely to the end.
Maybe there are better Happoshu beers out there, but from how little seems to be out there, probably not. Then again, I've never been to Japan.

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Photo of AxlSkull
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber colored brew with a pale white head, poured into a nonic ten ounce glass. 4.25

Smells quite a bit like sweet potato and it’s not unpleasant. Different. Kind of nice. Also has an odd yeasty presence that reminds me of my heavy-drinking days, is kind of pungent and acrid, and also kind of reminds me of vodka. It’s pretty much the way a lot of beers smelled before I’d tasted a great beer. 3

Sweet potato makes it to my taste buds and again, I’m pleasantly surprised. Also has a quality like sake. There’s got to be rice in here. It’s got the feel and the taste. And it’s kind of caramelly and bread sweet. Some floral notes are there in the mix too. It’s interesting and not bad at all. 3.5

Okay, I do have one beef. This thing feels hot and sake-like. Seriously, there’s a sake quality to this. The mouthfeel is a bit numbing almost. Beyond that it’s sweet, kind of sticky and finishes with a bitter dryness. 3.5

This ain’t bad at all. I’d drink it again.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.25oz bottle, 2 cup Pyrex, 14.12.11 on the back label.

The color is russet, like sweet potatoes and brown sugar mashed. There isn't much head to speak of, just a collection of off-white bubbles that cover half the top.

It's a very sweet aroma and the sweet potatoes come through, smelling like they're mixed with the aforementioned brown sugar. Alcohol is also apparent, though not harsh.

Sweet, sugary, with an earthiness in the back. Finishes musky and bitter from the alcohol.

Velvety, not very carbonated.

This is a hard beer to rate. I don't know the Happoshu style well, but I believe it usually refers to beers cut largely with rice or more benign adjuncts. This is a creative iteration that is much like a Doppelbock in my eyes. Quite tasty and will go anywhere a Doppelbock will!

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Photo of gracient
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Momon
3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grahuba
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ironchefkook
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of cyrushire
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Rickus
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pours coppery brown with a small head.
Sweet potato is quite prominent in the aroma, but also some sweet malt. very interesting.
Lots of sweet potato as a flavour too. A hit of booze ruins things a little though. Again, quite sweet.
Body feels a bit flat, need a lot more carbonation to cut the sweetness.

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Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mrcraft
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Coedo Beniaka from Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 134 ratings