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Coedo Beniaka | Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,479
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
128
pDev:
14.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of railcaider
1.68/5  rDev -51%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

True to its name, this beer has a nice burgundy color that's complemented by an off-white head. The head itself was pretty small and soon dissolved, leaving only a small ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The bouquet is mostly sweet strawberry and raspberry smells with a little vanilla, and is dominated by a strong vegetal odor not usually present in beer.

According to the label, the main ingredient is Japanese sweet potato. In Japan, sweet potatoes are also used to make a clear liquor called shochu, so there is some precedent for using them to make alcohol. They have a heavy vegetal flavor and a very mild sweetness, which is a strange combination of tastes for a beer. When I first took a sip, I was surprised by how the balance of the taste is the opposite of the smell. The main taste is vegetal, and only the aftertaste had any real bitterness. There is some fruity sweetness, but it's quite muted, like dark chocolate. The viscous mouthfeel goes well with the sweet notes, but the heavy alcohol content and strange vegetal taste overpower the mild flavor profile.

This lack of balance really hurts the drinkability. Normally I don't like to waste beer, but in this case I was actually tempted to just pour it down the drain and be done with it. Coedo produces some very good beers, which makes this one all the more disappointing.

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.98/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle thanks to drabmuh. Served in a taster glass. Pours an orange-copper color with a tiny head of bubbles that falls quickly. The nose has some sweet potato and a touch of caramel. Flavor starts off with caramel, sweet potato, and bread, but then is taken over by a strange off dryness. Very odd. Body is light and off kilter. Not a big fan.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of Knapp85
2/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was hoping this beer would be much more interesting but it really wasn't anything to brag about. It had a reddish color which was nice but no head which always bums me out. The brew had a sweet aroma to it. Not much in there that made it super appealing on any level. This had a strong abv but that's about all I could really say about it.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.26/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought this off a whim while perusing Bottlecraft. Had Coedo's collab with Ballast Point a while back and thought it was tasty, so I figured this would be worth a try. Nope!

A: Pours a dark reddish copper color with a one finger sand colored head. Pretty dark, but definitely looks worth trying.

S: Uh oh. Kind of weird here. First of all, they nailed the sweet potato. This smells like if you took a raw sweet potato, scratched the first layer off with your fingernail and took a big whiff. A little bit of that baked sweet potato caramel and brown sugar note as well. Weird but still doesn't seem off.

T: And now we're off. We're way the hell off. This lager body with a base that tastes like MGD. Then a crapload of candied sweet potato sweetness. This is almost at Wild Blue level hangover-in-a-glass sweet. Ok, not quite that bad. But I will be damn impressed if you can finish a whole bottle of this. A experiment, but the results are pretty regrettable. Avoid, my friends.

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Photo of wayfarers
2.29/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A deep, reddish amber lager with sweet potato at its focus. This is the first time I've poured a beer down the drain after expecting something excellent. I've had great Japanese beer, and this is not one of them.

I am about to make a statement that may sound rude or ignorant, but I promise I am not being bigoted when I say this: this beer reeks of soy sauce. In a very bad way. It smells terrible. It makes me sick thinking about the smell. I couldn't take it, and that's coming from someone who uses soy sauce/tamari a lot with food.

The taste wasn't something to write home about either. It looked great in a glass, though!

I don't think sweet potato lagers are for me.

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Photo of VonZipper
2.31/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of nmann08
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of cryptichead
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of heygeebee
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

First of style, but man this is a sweet sweet beer, with no after palate business to offset the sweetness. Spotty lace and deep red body, but just smells and tastes of brown sugar and molasses really. Maybe like an american brown ale with extra sugar?
Having said all that it is unique, with malt overload and sweet hit, I haven't had anything like it before.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.77/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From Hiper Oriente. Playing Extreme Forklifting 2. In Teku glass. Flat. Didnt find much potato flavors nor sweetness, just light amberish caramel notes and a lagerish feel. Boring and a bit industrialish

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Photo of Modernrickk
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of CTJman
2.92/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Huhzubendah
2.92/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shared by drabmuh, the Jedi ticker. Thanks Matt!

The beer is amber colored with no head or lacing. The aroma is sweet, offering brown bread, biscuits, caramel, grain. Smells like a sweet adjunct lager. Malt, sweet potato and sweet breads. Virtually no carbonation leads to a light, watery feel on the palate. Overall, this was fun to try but not something I would have again.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JRod1969
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of BrickOneal
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Avatar113
3.02/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The elusive happoshu tick is finally here!

Pours a clear dark copper color with a fizzy 1/2 inch tan head that quickly fades to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly slide into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain, caramel, and some slight sweet potato and vegetal aromas. Taste is very sweet and is of grain, caramel, and burnt sweet potato/vegetal flavors. There is a weird herbal/medicinal bitterness that lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with only a very slight crispness. Overall, this is a very interesting beer. It tastes better than it smells but the aftertaste has a very odd burnt vegetable flavor that is kind of gross.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Format: a dark brown, stumpy little 333mL bottle with a funky label.

Appearance: quite dark brown with ruby when raised to the light. Not much in the way of a head - just a thin ring.

Aroma: wow, there's something very different in there, very vegetal. Ah okay. Just read the label, and yes it is a definite sweet potato vegetal with a touch of malt.

Taste: very interesting, and very unusual. Definitely dominated by the sweet potato - I can't help but think that the flavour doesn't really suit being utilised for a beer.

Aftertaste: lingers for a time, becoming a bit bitter on the finish. Still interesting, but I'm not sure.

Mouth feel: light to moderate in feel with a moderate carbonation. Certainly carries the flavour reasonably well.

Overall: an interesting but overall awkward beer. I'm not entirely sure the flavour is something that feels right being added to a beer. The biggest issue is the price however, at AU$8.50 per 333mL bottle. Not worth that - nowhere near it.

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Photo of Ristaccia
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | 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 cyrushire
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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Coedo Beniaka from Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 128 ratings
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