Brewed by Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Kawagoe-shi, Saitama Prefecture, Japan


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Fermented for an extended period, this premium lager features an aromatic sweetness in its amber tones. With the combination of high quality malts, roasted sweet potatoes and beer craftmanship, this beer is unique to the Bushu area, featuring Kawagoe’s famous produce, Kintoki sweet potatoes. Take the time to full enjoy its flavors and the slightly elevated alcohol content. Called "Beniaka" Meaning Crimson Red, in honor of the colors of the sweet potatoes which helped produce it. Ingredients: Malt, Hops, Barley and Sweet Potato

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radagast83 (5703) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Shared from 330ml bottle. Poured a red, ruby-amber color with a clear, wispy white head. This one was light malts, some sweet toast notes, caramel. Okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9359) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 3, 2013
330mL thanks to MrChopin’s sister! Pours a clear red, weaker tan foam to bubbles. Nose is fresh orange, cherry juice box, some fumey dark rum. Taste is clean, light orange and lemon tea, mild grenadine. Palate is clean, refreshing. Simple and enjoyable, though no hop presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Aroma- malt beverage, roasty sweet potato, potato skin, Appearance- beautiful clear crimson red. Taste- Big malty, sweet, roasty sweet potato, Palate- slight bitter, slick. Overall- I think this beer is getting a bum rap. But then again I see there are not to many fans of sweet potato, pumpkin and yam beers. I am not really into lagers but when I saw this had sweet potato I grabbed it. Kind of like an imperial malty Sam Adams with sweet potato.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrChopin (3726) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2013
hazy amber, thin wispy, large white bubbles. Nose is light caramel and toast. Flavor is heavy caramel, faint plastic, through oily finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
argo0 (12124) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle, thanks mrchopin. Crystal clear amber body atop minimal off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, light orange. Taste is sweet, caramel, some syrup. Light-medium body, light stickiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davros (2323) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (15915) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Bottle. Beautiful ruby amber color. Aroma of subtle cinnamon toast. Taste is sweet fruitcake and brown bread.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Huhzubendah (3002) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
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. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-27-2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Sweet caramel on the nose with caramelized figs and pitted fruits. Pours very dark red with an off white head. Caramel with figs and dates upfront with slight hints of a toasted malts. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (5534) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2012
12 ounce bottle from Hayduke. We had this together via facebook chat. This one went pretty quickly. The beer was clear and deep red brown. A smallish off white head. This beer was rich in malt with light spices and the sweet potatoes. It resembled an Oktoberfest and a pumpkin ale. The spices were light but flavors were not far off. Not a bad beer at all from Japan.

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