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


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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

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   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.

crossovert (13730) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2017
333ml embossed bottle. Pours an amber red. Flavor carries some sweet potato, but has autolyzed yeastiness as you finish.

macca147 (387) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 14, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2017 355ml bottle. Pours a muddish amber with a thin beige head. Aroma: biscuity malt, kumara, earthy notes. Taste: caramel, kumara, mild citrus, mild toffee flavours. Thin body. Moderate sweetness. Mild carbonation. A nice beer. Easy enough to drink, but a bit too thin and weak flavoured for my liking.

NallePalle (684) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2017
Bottle, 33 cl, giappo sushibar, Naples Airport. Overall pleasant, nice appearance; the sweet potato balances well the ABV, does not feel that boozy. Reminds somewhat of an English strong ale.

anstei (2510) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - AUG 7, 2017
Bottle. Pours clear brown. Aroma is sweet potato, toasted malts. Body is heavy and sweet, sugar and sweet potato. Maltose. Good carbonation, clearly an amber too. Quite good.

mcberko (18583) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2017
On tap at CRAFT Sukhumvit, pours a hazy chestnut brown with a medium beige head. Aroma brings out plenty of earthiness from the sweet potatoes, along with soft toffee and bready malt. Flavour is along the same lines, with bready malt, light sweet potatoes, and earth. Novelty beer - it’s not overly pleasant.

the_beergery (108) - - JUN 21, 2017
Surprisingly tasty! Poured from a 333 ml bottle, it appears dark amber-brown with some froth which does not retain well. Aromas are very much like a Belgian ale, malt, molasses, caramel. Taste is rich, sweet and thick, again very much like a Belgian dubbel, with a medium body and rather creamy mouthfeel. While classified as a happoshu (Japanese low malt beer), the sweet potato imparts its smooth, rich character, making this a unique brew.

Rasmus40 (21695) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2017
Bottle from Saveur Biere. Clear amber brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and light spicy. Flavor is quite sweet and light bitter. Sweet finish. 270517

Koelschtrinker (21318) - K?ln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAR 19, 2017
Minimal alkoholisch malziger Antrunk, dabei aber kaum süß. Die Bitterkeit wirkt dumpf und bleibt konstant, monoton, süffig. 10/9/8/9//8

stupre (486) - Nanterre, FRANCE - MAR 12, 2017
Bouteille achetée chez Intercaves. Belle surprise que cette bière à la patate douce. Une belle rondeur agrémentée de notes de vin cuits. On s’oriente vers du vieux vin très liquoreux. A découvrir !

kevinator (2611) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2017
I really liked this despite the average low rating. Hints of sweet potato and herbs with an earthy essence. Nice color and medium weight. Easy to drink.

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