Coedo Ruri Review

I was shopping in on of the Japanese supermarket in San Mateo and spotted a brand I had never seen before, Coedo. Though a little pricey, I picked a few bottles of this brew which had a special label on it claiming to have won many awards. Coedo is a small brewery in Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan and produces mostly lager style beer but does have one wheat beer style.

Ruri is a pilsener style beer and the brewery describes Ruri as follows:

With the stark contrast of its clear golden hues and fluffy pure white head, this premium pilsener boasts a crisp refreshing taste. The name “Ruri” is Japanese for the gemstone Lapis, representing the pure clarity this beer abounds in.

Where I Found It. Suruki Grocery in San Mateo, CA.

Date Reviewed. September 21, 2009.

Serving Type. Bottle to glass.

Appearance. The color of Ruri is yellow straw with a hint of gold amber and a crystal clear opacity. You can clearly see all of the tiny bubbles floating to the top. The head is white  and foamy with loose bubbles that leave a thin film on the glass. It must be nicely carbonated because the head stays as a thin layer on top.

Smell. The bouquet of this beer is slightly coppery, a little spicy, a little earthy but also green and a little floral. It is not citrusy. The aroma sweet malty, a little bisquity, and has grain attributes as well.

Taste. Ruri is malty sweet balanced by a touch of smooth hop bitterness to help balance the flavor. For some reason, however, it doesn’t seem quite bitter enough. It seems to be missing a bit of the crisp bite that I was expected from the smell. The sweetness, however, adds a nice complexity to the beer that give it a very mild fruity flavor while still maintaining a flavor of fresh grains..

Mouthfeel. This beer is medium to light bodied with a normal to lighter-than-average level of carbonation.

Drinkability. This beer is smooth and easy to drink but does not lack flavor. After a couple of these you would not be bored of it.

Rating.

  • Appearance (20%): 3.5
  • Smell (20%): 4.0
  • Taste (40%): 3.0
  • Mouthfeel (10%): 3.5
  • Drinkability (10%): 4.0
  • Overall: 3.45

Information

  • Style: pilsener
  • Brewery: Coedo Brewery
  • Alcohol by volume: 5.0%
  • Beer Advocate rating: 3.43 (as of May 2, 2010)

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