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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mile (3320) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 14, 2011
Bottle. Amber, small to average and fully diminishing light brown head. Moderate, malty sweetish aroma, some roasted malt and vegetables. Body is medium, malty sweetish flavor, some roasted malt and caramel, faint spiciness and vegetables. Finish is average, malty and lightly caramel sweetish, some roasted malt and spiciness. Sweetish and lightly spiced ale - nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle from sushi taro in dc. Pours amber with a touch of head. Nose is sweet with a bit of a sweet potatoe vibe. Taste is quite sweet and clearly heavily sweet potato, nice overall with a little too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
resce (2) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 14, 2010 does not count
333ml bottle. Also available on tap at the Kawagoe visitor’s center and omiyage shop. Kawagoe, where Coedo is based, is famous for it’s sweet potatoes and for this reason they included it in this lager. The beer goes well when you are sampling all of the sweet potato-flavored goods in the town, but on its own it just has an odd taste. Not a lot of hops. This beer is somewhat bready and malty.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Tim Webb (258) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2010
I guess the issue is what sweet potato is supposed to do to the taste of a beer, with a hefty side order of why would you want to. For me the answers are ’nothing pleasant’ and ’no idea’ but this could be intolerance on my part. A gooey, sweet, rather plain and underpowered ruddy-brown beer in search of a point.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (33872) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2010
11.25 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and deep amber golden with a small tan head. Aroma is mild vegetable yeasty and roasted malty. Sweet, beadish, roasted and vague metallic malt flavoured. Dry malty and slight dry finish. Lasting breadish to metallic impression.

   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 (5595) - 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 (6019) - 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 (14114) - 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)

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