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 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2012
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (1979) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Bottle from King&Godfree. Nice beer, very malty, with a distinctive nose. Aromas of caramel, earth, and alcohol. Taste is sweet, with very light sourness, and average length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Amber, with a disappearing head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10319) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Red pour, off white head. Aroma is a malt bomb. Lots of sweet toffee, caramel, maybe a hint of the sweet potato. Flavor is sweet, thick and incredibly malty. Not half bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Mahogany in color. Tan head, moderate lacing. Big malt aroma and taste all the way. Warm and inviting, bigger body than most lagers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EdKing (2173) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2011
Bottle from Kimuraya in Kagurazaka. Pours clear red with a big yellow/brown/off white head. Nose is metallic, light aromatic citirous bitter and malty. Taste is strong roasted toasty grain malt, then a lager like crisp hop bite. Body is fairly lacking so it’s very light. Crisp, sharp and roasted, but it feels like it’s lacking a bit of balance and too light. Finish is leaving a bit of a tang. Kind of fruity almost drinking shochu spirit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (4885) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
330ml bottle poured amber in color with a small white head which left a thin lacing on the glass. Mild grains and hops in the aroma. Taste is light malty sweetness with a mild hoppy bitterness. Medium body and light carbonation leave an average mouthfeel. This is a very nice premium lager brew with a bit of a different flavor profile to it, probably due to the addition of the sweet potatoes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3498) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 14, 2011
11.25oz bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. The aroma on this is very faint. Lightly sweet with some medicinal undertones. There just isn’t much going on here at all. Transparent ruddy amber body with a smallish, off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Starts sweet and a bit sticky. Perhaps some molasses or brown sugar here. A bit metallic and herbal in the middle. Finishes with a fruity sweetness...maybe some cherries or something along those lines. The medicinal flavors creep through late. I have no clue what this beer is supposed to be. Light carbonation, fairly oily body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12572) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 10, 2011
Bottle from the Folsom BevMo. Pours a clear dark ruddy copper/amber with a very transient beige head. Aroma is bready with a little hint of hop. Med + body. Flavor is slightly sweet, rather bready in a different way, and has some lightly spicy hop. Sort of like an amber ale, which is interesting for a lager. Worth a try. Might go well with food.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gsmitty80 (2028) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Interesting low ratings. While i will not contest that it is not a permium lager in the eyes of an american, this beer does have premium taste. Very thick and rich with a interesting hop profile with something i cant quite put m finger on and reading the description is probably the sweet potato.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (7642) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Bottle. Brown beer with a tan head. Toffee and malt aroma. Caramel and toffee flavor. Medium bodied. Caramel and toffee lingers.

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