"Coedo Brewery's Beniaka Sweet Potato Beer" Japan Favorite Tip by Ewingjr98
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Favorite thing: Coedo Brewery makes just one happoshu, a type of low-malt beer that is typically cheap, watery, and dreadfully headache causing. Coedo's Beniaka is a happoshu by law, but it is a very unique happoshu that wasn't brewed to be cheap. In fact, Beniaka is Coedo's most expensive beer, costing 1.5 to 2 times as much as their other beers. What makes this Coedo beer special is that it's made from Kawagoe's local sweet potatoes, the same potatoes that are used in Old Edo's famous candy industry.
Beniaka pours a beautiful deep red-brown color, with a very thin, brown head. The smell is sweet, perhaps a bit too sweet. The taste is also sweet, but the sweetness doesn't linger. Unfortunately, the beer is lacking in carbonation, and it tastes a bit flat.
This is certainly the world's finest happoshu, but it's flatness, and overly sweet taste keep it a notch or two below Japan's finest beers.
I give Coedo Beniaka 4 out of 5 stars.
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