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Coedo Shiro 
Posted: 5 June 2015  Beer Republic 2.0 
Coedo Shiro from Japan Though Coedo says that "yeasts selected specifically for their ability to bring out sweet aromas from wheat are complemented by fruity notes," I didn't smell any sweet aromas or taste any fruity notes. In Germany, no brewery would ever "forget" to note one of its creations was a hefeweizen. Here, the hefeweizen aspect seems like marketing afterthought.        
Avg price/liter: USD 14.97   ABV %: 5.5  Type: German Wheat   
       


Some breweries you want to like.  You like their mission, you like their design.  Coedo, named for a play on the words of Little Edo as pronounced in Japanese, is one of those breweries.  Coedo manufactures a range of craft beers named after different hues.  That's pretty original in the beer world.           

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to fall in love with Coedo's beer.  The Beniaka, the crimson red brew made from the local Kintoki sweet potato, wasn't an outright loser, but would I ever seek it out in a pub?  Only if Budweiser or Coors were the only other options.       

Coedo's Shiro fares worse. This is supposed to be a Japanese take on the German Hefeweizen, a southern German wheat beer.  The Japanese are famous for borrowing and then adapting.  I might have thought that with craft brew so new in Japan that the beer styles wouldn't have been altered so much from their roots.  A German wheat beer, even if made in Japan, would be clearly identifiable as a German wheat beer.  There, I'd be wrong.         

Only three days earlier, I'd had the "honor" of sampling another Japanese wheat beer, Ginga Kogen's Hefeweizen, and I thought it was terrible.  If only I had tried Coedo's Shiro first, I might have thought the Ginga Kogen Hefeweizen acceptable!      

The alcohol content of Shiro -- Japanese for white -- is in the correct range.  The color isn't white at all, but the typical beige tinge you'd want to see in a German wheat.  And though Coedo says that "yeasts selected specifically for their ability to bring out sweet aromas from wheat are complemented by fruity notes," I didn't smell any sweet aromas or taste any fruity notes. 

Previously, Coedo marketed this as a premium all malt beer, but after 2014, they redesigned the bottle and mentioned it was a hefeweizen on the label. In Germany, no brewery would ever "forget" to note one of its creations was a hefeweizen. Here, the hefeweizen aspect seems like marketing afterthought.       

Shiro is, apparently, unfiltered, and as a result, stores in Japan are hesitant to sell it. With its non-wheaty and non-fruity taste, I can assure you I am hesitant to drink it.              

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