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.

john_henry's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
john_henry (124) - - JUL 13, 2013
Sweet potato beer, hence the name. Coedo states this is an aged lager, but it drinks more like an American ale. Little carbonation or aroma. Not an unpleasant taste, similar to the only other sweet potato beer I’ve had, but nothing I can get excited about here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
joe19612 (2594) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2016
Bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a very thin beige head, aroma is light with some malt, the taste is medium bitterness with a dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
graham_murphy (610) - - JUL 30, 2016
Great amber - a faint hint of sweet potato in there that works very well with the sweet taste of caramel from the malt and spicy notes from the hops. Quite light and watery - worked very well chilled and accompanying Japanese food. Great find.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Brandman (2835) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2016
HHOK 19. Mahogany body, khaki head. Aroma has sweet malt, cookie dough, alcohol, dark fruits and fig. Flavour is quite flat and floury. Watery and poor when warms.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thellgren (810) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 13, 2016
0.33 l bottle from Tokyu Food Garden, Tokyo. Dark amber - brown. Sweet taste from the sweet potatoes. Not too sweet, though. Sweet as Belgian ales. Not a bad idea at all, but not for hoppy heads.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
rosenbergh (10360) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 11, 2016
330 ml bottle. From Estonia. HHOK19. Courtesy of Brandman.
Dark mahogany color with a small light tan head. Dark fruits, vomit, fermented rowan and sickly sweetness in the aroma. Dark fruits, raisins, sweetness and malt in the flavor. Watery. Hides the 7% very well though. But unfortunately quite bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Block (2207) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 4, 2016
A nice amber pour. Flavor is robust, sweet, malty. A little bit of yeast. Wet finish, a little alcohol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawanna (3072) - Freising, GERMANY - MAY 12, 2016
0,33 l bottle caramel, bread, cereal, red, hazy, minimal head, tan foam, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, oily feel, creamy, soft carbonation,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyobon (1295) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2016
(Bottle) Pours clear mahogany brown with no head. Pleasant aroma - candy / caramel with hints of bread, raisins. Medium body with reasonable carbonation. Taste is sweet but not unbalanced; there’s some tart notes in the foretaste and a hint of bitterness in the finish. The sweetness is caramel toffee. There’s some interesting peppery spicy boozy otes in the mid palate. Pleasant and unusual, wouldn’t know it was sweet potato.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
belgis (443) - - MAR 9, 2016
I like the idea. Bit boozy and bity taste a bit sweet but not sure if it is from sweet potato. Overall not that exciting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kaser (5640) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2016
Can't tell what color. 12o bottle pour somewhere weird in Chicago. White head. Rotten and sour aroma and taste. Gross mostly.

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