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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124
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47
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
14.5%
 
 
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Ratings: 124 |  Reviews: 47
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5/5  rDev +47.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of Monochrome
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of soulgrowl
4.23/5  rDev +25.1%
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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4.2/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.06/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a dark brown but when held to the light it has a reddish Amber to it, it has a small tan head that disapates quickly. Aroma caramel, sweet, potatoes. Taste caramel, toffee, sweet, earthy. Not to bad.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.04/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into 350ml beer glass. Bit of a head. No lacing.

Quite a nice nose on this - little bit of coffee I think and some brown sugar. A little bit of fruit coming through with the malts.

Palate is nice also - malty with some coffee and caramel. Nice.

Mouth is a little thin and fizzy.

Overall I really enjoyed this. I think I had a bit of a taste for red ales as I'd just drunk Brew Dog's 5am red ale when I drank this. I scored that one highly and this stood up pretty well.

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of dcotom
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kavinci
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TGS
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shigg85
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle of this from the Maruhiro department store in Saitama, Japan. Poured into a Suntory Premium Malts modest tulip glass. Creates a wonderful yellow custard hued head and releases a noticeable fragrant aroma of hops and sugar. This beer is partially made from sweet potato, so that sugary flavor definitely comes out (in a pleasant way) that almost seems chocolatey. With a relatively strong ABV and a sweet aftertaste, this is a great after-dinner brew. On the same note, I wouldn't probably have this with a meal, but definitely went well with the strawberries I was eating at the same time. This is my favorite of the Coedo brewery, and I would recommend it as a regular beer if you can find it.

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Photo of heymikew
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CJNAPS
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwswigs
3.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaltofOH
3.82/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, no visible date. DFH tulip.

A: pours a hazy dark Amber to light brown, with 1 finger off-white head that quickly recedes to a thick ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass. Only a little visible carbonation. Really interesting bottle.

S: sweet potato! Candied yams with caramelized brown sugar. This is such a Thanksgiving dessert beer. Really a bold sweet potato nose; mouthwatering.

T: drier than the nose would suggest, but still a sweet, malty, bready arrival. Mid palate is dark, toasted rye bread crust with hints of that sweet potato taste. As it transitions to the ending and finish you get a burst of earthy and sweet tubers right before a slightly astringent bittering. Earthy and slightly sweet taste lingers.

M: lighter end of mid bodied with low carbonation. A little slick initially, but turns clean and somewhat astringent on the finish. Definitely a lager. Without a doubt the cleanest and most drinkable pumpkin or yam beer I have ever had.

O: this satisfies the happoshu category, though it is no happoshu. What it is is a thoroughly enjoyable yam beer. If it weren't $6.39 a bottle, I'd make it a regular Thanksgivin tradition. As it is, it was an interesting beer and I would recommend it highly.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

There is initially a sweet and tart fragrance with herbal hops, caramel, and an earthy undertone; there's some almond and cocoa after a couple minutes. The light khaki head is short-lived; the body is reddish-brown with orange highlights (resembles Lipton tea). It's quite flavorful but peculiar—it has the spicy, fruity taste of a lager, but the sweet potato, which is subtle but detectable, contributes its characteristic starchy sweetness and lingers noticeably in the finish. Its body is medium-light; the carbonation is fairly low but lends considerable crispness; the 7% ABV is very well masked.

Flavorful with a visually appealing hue, this is a rather welcome variation on an otherwise unremarkable style. The flavors and aromas are only a step up from par, but it's far from bad. And as an ingredient in the popular variety of sake, shochu, the sweet potato contributes an interesting Japanese twist.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 333mL bottle into a pint glass. This is my first happoshu!

Appearance: clear body with an interesting deep amber hue. Head is a thin finger of rapidly-dissipating ivory foam.

Smell: sweet aroma with a light, fruity character. I get some pears and a hint of cherry, but it really is evocative of the main ingredient: sweet potatoes. It's nice, but a bit one-dimensional.

Taste: sweet, caramelly and, again, lightly fruity, though there's less sweet potato character than in the aroma. This is somewhat reminiscent of a dubbel or Belgian dark ale, but a bit lighter in flavor. The alcohol is not notable detectable. I'm actually quite enjoying this brew.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a low level of carbonation. Enough to get the job done, especially with its silky texture, but overall pretty mundane.

Drinkability: I'm surprised by this unique and tasty brew. It's only 25% malt, according to the Coedo website, but it manages to have a lot of character despite this. Good stuff!

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Photo of dcmchew
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%

Dark ruby pour (like cherry juice), extremely small white head quick to a bit of lace.
Smell of sweet boozy raisin, plum jam, faint toffee, faint cherry, earthy red sweet potatoes, definitely there, tho a bit hard to get.
Mostly sweet, a bit sour, with cherry and plum jam, not too sticky tho, crisp with some nice citrus and even some faint berries. Caramel and a kinda veggie malty sweetness, definitely from the sweet potato. Some licorice, faint nuttiness. Finishes herbal, low hop bitterness, lingering sweetness.
Low bodied, medium carbonation, has a nice "light" characteristic in contrast with the warm alcohol. Aftertaste full of fruity sweetness, never syrupy.
Did not expect this, for my first Happoshu (first sweet potato beer too). Expected some kind of bland earthy/veggie beer with weird maltiness, got a really nice tasty ale instead. Nice.

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Photo of AxlSkull
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ant1
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Samurai Mama in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer poured with no head and there was no lacing observed.

S: Definite sweetness in the aroma but a more pleasant smell from the sweet potato than what I find in a corn/grain/rice adjunct malts. Pleasant and inviting but not overly strong.

T: Very sweet, almost to the sweetness levels I associate with a quad. The sweet potato flavor comes through along with some more traditional malts.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Smooth.

O: A very elusive style that I am psyched I found and tried, the use of non-corn/grain/rice as the adjunct malts definitely makes it a unique experience. I very much enjoyed the beer and felt it easy to drink, one you could have many of in a session. Matches well with sushi. Some definite complexity to the aroma and flavor. I would get this one again.

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Coedo Beniaka from Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)
3.38 out of 5 based on 124 ratings.
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