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

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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (1935) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhoppy (1285) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9128) - 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.

3.6
   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.

3.6
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (11976) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Bottle. Beautiful ruby amber color. Aroma of subtle cinnamon toast. Taste is sweet fruitcake and brown bread.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (5454) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2013
Bottle (33 cl), courtesy of Ingo. Clear mahogny, medium off-white head. Caramelly, nutty malt aroma, some herbal hops. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Dry with medium bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6504) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken (2062) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 13, 2012
Tap at Ibrew Ginza. Rich red/dark amber colour. Small golden head. Aroma sweet and bit spicy. Taste is sweet and fruity. Dark fruit, plums? Sugary and a touch vinous. Bit of cinnamon and some vegetable, the sweet potatoes, I guess. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (4965) - 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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