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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - FEB 6, 2010
Not sure why this is labeled as a "Premium Lager" on the label; seeing as this is no mere lager...this is a Premium beer however. Dark and malty and rich with a buttery smoothness and a caramel taste. Really bold and refreshing and round. More like an Alt. Highly enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Sampled in a 12oz. A rare dark brew from Japan. A really nice drinking brew with a taste of Sake. Pours dark, a bit of head and pretty smooth drinking.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2009
Bottle thanks to the chaps from vertical drinks. Alround rating: Very sweet, caramel and toffee malts, lacking hop in all aspects though there is a small pepperyness. Not a hottie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonas (5842) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 17, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2012 Bottle. Metallic roast aroma, sweet licorice. Brown, off-white quickly dissapearing foam. Roast and caramel, flavor, light potato, licorice, bitterness in background. Medium to light body, fizzy. molassis retronasal. Liked it better second time around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (13779) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2009
Clear dark brown – white head. Roasted, high berries, dried fruits, ryebread, caramel, sweetness, rubber, nutty, candy, fullbodies. Weird Premium Lager – but an ok beer. (6/3/6/3/14)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
improvjock (325) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Pours a rich brown with tan head that quickly disappears (just like the other Coedo I had...) to nothing. Sweet caramel malts on the nose. The flavor is reeeeeallly sweet, a bit overpowering. Kinda tastes like a cola soda, but with a bit of alcohol. Pretty unique for a "premium lager" though...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (19950) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2009
Bottled at RBJG park session. Hazy nutbrown, small head. Sweet and fruity with a plastic bynote. Medium bodied with syrup and chewy malt as well as plum brandy and sake. Finishes with low bitterness and some lingering alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6704) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 8, 2009
A strong amber lager with sweet potatoes as well as unmalted barley. A rich, rounded, sweet aroma of malt. Roasted amber malt flavor, balanced mostly by the alcohol. Quite sweet, chewy, and interesting. Well balanced, nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 31, 2008
On tap 12.31.08 at the Blue Note in Tokyo. Clear orange amber, white head. Aroma is malty, slightly hoppy. Flavor is extremely sweet, malty and sugary. For me, this is not a drinkable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Capa (2031) - Manama, BAHRAIN - JUN 5, 2008
Deep amber/orange in color with a rocky tan beige head. One of the best looking "premium Lagers" I’ve had, actually. Malty, light earth hops, slightly sweet, and a bit ’o toastedness. Smooth, medium body with nice carbonation. Light toasted malts, caramel, and earth. A rather enjoyable lager; I’m impressed.

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