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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
124
Reviews:
47
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
14.5%
 
 
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23
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Photo of dcotom
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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 HippieDave56
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sweemzander
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wayfarers
2.29/5  rDev -32.2%
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 stompilator
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear Carmel color with a thin white head. A sweet malty smell. A very smooth, lager like taste with a finish with, what I suppose is the sweet potato. Much better than I thought it was going to be.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 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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Photo of tillmac62
3.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown red. Below normal head volume with little retention or lacing.

The nose is rather nice, sweet potato, molasses, light caramel and maybe other vegetables or fruit.

Light body with a texture a bit heavier than water. Below normal carbonation with just a bit of effervescence in the finish.

The flavor is unique, but not bad if you like sweet potatoes. Sweet potato becomes the base with a bit of hop bitterness arriving in the middle. As it progresses, the sweetness takes on a molasses note with a hint of caramel.

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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 DbbC
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
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 drewone
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CTJman
2.92/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MisterKilderkin
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dansushi
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The sweet potatoes are definitely the main feature here. For me, probably a bit too much. Gives a full sweetness with a mildly syrup level of feel. It's an interesting beer that would probably be a good first craft beer for someone. For me it will probably be a bit difficult to finish and the more I sip, the more I yearn for some hops and bitterness.

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Photo of Poupae
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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