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Ratings: 1,833
Reviews: 641
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 19.72%
Wants: 18
Gots: 281 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: IronDjinn on 05-28-2003

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Photo of StoutandBitter
4.3/5  rDev +51.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big fan of oriental beers, and this is one of my favourites.

An nice, light colour, but little head and little lacing. Nice, light yeasty smell.

One of the best tasting lagers, Crisp and refreshing, packed with flavour, but dissapates quickly with almost no after taste.

This is a good hot day beer, perfect for those BBQ's and backyard pool parties. A great everyday beer.

Photo of Dougal
5/5  rDev +76.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Sapporo is brewed in Toronto, CANADA and it is one of the best beers I have every tasted. Often I enjoy a light beer which is a no no to some beer lovers but I think that is ridiculous.

This beer is the most refreshing of beers. Everything a light beer should be but isn't.

Photo of thommo_nk
2.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml can, meaning the beer has a slight metallic taste, otherwise not bad, fairly generic lager if you ask me. As far as jap beer goes, better to stick with Kirin Ichiban if you ask me.

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale straw color. Foamy head that dies fast.

Overwhelming metallic smell with citrus.

Soft unique sweet taste that I enjoy. Fresh and crisp.

A Sake kind of bitter finish. Well balanced but dry.

Overall a very accessible beer with a bad the can bottle doing this?

Photo of brownbeer
2.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brewed in Canada, awesome.

Poured from the heavy duty can; pale golden with a head that doesn't last.

Aroma and taste are pretty typical for this style; Malty and macro tasting, lacking crispness, with a slight fruity potting soil nose. Eh, not worth it, might as well have a Bud.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sapporo Breweries Ltd. Rice lager 5% alcohol.
Poured into a pilsner glass.

A- Pours a light crisp golden fluid with nice fluffy white head that falls to decent patchy lacing.

S- Smell is a musty rice and hop concoction that lingers on the nose.

T-M- Taste is good with hints of rice cake, sharp bitter hop bite, and light malty backbone.
Mouthfeel is smooth with an excellent dry quality that rolls over the tongue with ease.

Overall this is a good drinking beer I will re-invite again.

Photo of tjumfrid
2/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My least favorite of the Japanese domestics. It gets a lower review than Asahi Super Dry and Kirin Lager due to the even milder taste.

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.97/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer in a Tampa restaurant called Ciccio's. I'd go back to the restaurant anytime. Not sure about having this beer again. Not that it was bad, it just reminded me too much of a macro lager. The beer was a pale yellow color with a thin white head. A little malt in the aroma, and a little malt in the taste, also a bit of hops (a very little bit). It drank easily, and went well with my noodle bowl.

Photo of BlitzShadow
2.06/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

In my father-in-law's fridge for the holiday... so why not?

Appearance: Pours light yellow - very pale and clear.

Smell: Grainy. The scent could probably pass for an American Macro Lager. Nothing impressive at all (but nothing offensive either.)

Taste: There's not much to the taste. I could tell right away that rice is the primary adjunct here. The flavor is grainy with a very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, but quite fizzy.

Drinkability: I'm left unsatisfied with a dry mouthfeel. If anything, it makes me crave a good winter holiday brew.

Overall: Maybe this could be a beer for your guests who swear by the beers that they see on commercials during football games - perhaps served with Japanese cuisine. Actually, just save some money and buy an American Macro Lager. Or better still, offer something with flavor and let's your friends bring the 30-packs if they'd like :-D

Photo of generallee
2.77/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It pours a very clean light yellow color. The carbonation level was very low and it didn't make much of a head. Its aroma and flavor were subdued with hints of light malts and rice. There was only a slight dry bitterness on the tongue. The body was thin with a mild carbonation and a crisp clean finish. Over all a very simple ok beer.

Photo of niangelo
3.01/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a beer glass. Pours a light straw/gold. Not much on the nose, some malt and... beer? Lively carbonation, light, fluffy head which quickly turns sparse. Lacing on the glass is wispy.

Tastes very crisp, a bit of sweetish malt and some hop finish. Incredibly light, clean taste. Very refreshing. Not much aftertaste or punch. No adjuncts detectable, a totally straightforward example of this style. The mouthfeel is thin.

This beer is actually surprisingly drinkable and an OK example for the style - very crisp, good served cold and paired with snack food.

Photo of Billolick
2.13/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought in a time pinch at a take out sushi place. Will try to do better next time. No nose, highly carbonated, skunky, minimal flavor, watery, corn? rice?. Brewed in Canada according to the can. OK for a very hot day, when you can find nothing else in the fridge. No reason to consume more of this one.

Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, low carbonation, bright yellow in color, clear

Smell: toasted malt and grain..very clean smelling.

Taste: toasted malt and grain--slight hop presence at the end.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, very light--borderline watery body, slightly sweet with a bitter/bland aftertaste.

Drinkability: I rated this to style. If I was not, take off .5 on each level at least. That said, this is a step up from most American adjunct lagers. A bit sweeter, very clean, and surprisingly decent. Not the first thing I would reach for, but certainly sessionable on a hot day.

Photo of 1Adam12
3.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this tonight at dinner because it was the best they had. Light color, not much head. Expected more carbonation than there was. Tasted a little bit of wheat. The best part was the finish and the surprising taste of honey at the end. I enjoyed this part. This would be better IMO if it had more carbonation. Pretty average beer but the honey flavor was something i enjoyed. I would drink this again if the timing was right.

Photo of bsp77
2.91/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from draft into tall Sapporo glass.

Appearance: Light pale yellow with stark white head.

Smell: Very mild, with grainy malts and very light spicy hops.

Taste: Semi-sweet grainy malts, slight adjunct taste, just barely perceptible spicy hops.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light body, only a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Nice easy drinking lager, but nothing special.

Photo of NilocRellim
2.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the bottle.

Clear, pale-yellow in colour. Slight bitter and l to it, but not much else. Clean, mellow grain/yeast taste, with a clean finish. Not much to this beer, but not in a bad way. It's very drinkable, especially with sushi.

Would I buy it again? Probably... despite there being not much to this beer, it is light and refreshing, but not always with it for the price.

Photo of Franziskaner
2.81/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Brilliant golden color with great clarity. A trace of off white covers half of the top. Aroma is rice and a somewhat skunk note that seems to dissipate somewhat gradually. The taste is white rice. The mouth is crisp and yet a bit thin.

Photo of pat61
3.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours brilliant straw producing a 1” rapidly disappearing white foam cap.
S: The nose is neither particularly big nor interesting, primarily composed of light grains, rise and a suspicion of hops.
T: Light grains on the palate – rice and light malts – with a light hop bitter accent on the finish. No perceptible hop flavor. A drying finish with above average rice flavor. Clean and crisp, with no apple, vegetal or sulfur flavors.
F: Light, with high levels of carbonation.
O: This is a light beer more noted for the flavors that it doesn’t have than for the ones it does.

Photo of ehammond1
2.43/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2


Ahi Sushi
San Marcos, CA

A clear, golden highly-carbonated beer with a quickly forming but a quickly disappearing white head. Little to no lacing down the glass.

A slight sweet aroma with some corn and grain elements. At least nothing smells off or foul here.

A clean and crisp flavor with a touch of sweetness and some grainy corn (and rice, I suppose) flavor throughout.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

It is what it is, and it isn't much.

Photo of Libationguy
2.97/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Medium straw color with gold and yellow hues. Bright white half finger head with no retention.

Very light dishwater malt and rice notes. Almost no aroma.

Picks up on the palate. Malt flavor becomes more apparent. Light roasted quality. Some light hop bitterness but beer finishes fairly neutral in its balance.

Medium bodied and soft. Slight wateriness on the finish.

Actually works fairly well for the category. Very easy drinking and sessionable.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.84/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is what it looks like, some lame yellow rice lager. Smells like hints of beer. Like if you shot water from a high pressure hose into some beer, the smell that would be coming up from it after it settled.

Taste, jeez, even for such a light profile of nothing in terms of malt/hops, it somehow manages to leave a bad aftertaste.

No mouthfeel, drinkable yeah, so long as you aren't opposed to 'no taste'.

Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle brewed in Canada and served in pint glass.

Striking crystal clear yellow-gold liquid with ample fine carbonation bubbling yet virtually no head.

Unusual aroma: sweet, floral and delicate but reminiscent of sake? (I later find that this is a "rice lager"). Not to be mistaken for an AB brew that uses rice for economical reasons, this Japanese lager is a more refined and distinct, if delicately-flavored brew. Some bitterness in finish. Probably best as an accompaniment to mildly flavored foods.

Photo of WCBCFrank
3.28/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sapporo Premium pours pale, pale yellow (thanks to the rice) in a pilsner glass. Very semi-dry and light, easy to drink with pretty much anything from chips, to sushi, to cheese burgers. The usual default beer at most Japanese restuarants. No harm, no foul with this beer. For all palates....

Photo of frankiepop
2.17/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bought this import at one of those corporate restaurants, this one being Huhot. Its not much different than an average American corporate style lager. It may remind of the usual Bud wesier. smell is a little better than a Bud or Miller, but the difference stops there. Same old average boring thin hoppy dry and a bit bitter taste.

I recommend that you listen to this beer some FM3, which is a Chinese electric duo. the good sound will up the weak flavors. Aso.

Photo of Brenden
2.97/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's just enough of a fluffy white head on top of this pale golden brew, and for just long enough, to give an appearance I'd call quite a bit better than average. It's better than I'd expect, basically, and a mixture of patching and reasonably heavy spotting follows.
The nose is soft, gently grainy and a little sweet. That's really about it, along with a pale, kind of starchy sort of smell, for lack of a real descriptor. It's below average in that it's much too weak.
The flavor brings out most of the same things with a very light, almost "green" sort of peppery note and a bit of very gentle floral bitterness. Malts start with sweetness again, and it's a touch grainy, but not bad for the style. I could do worse, and it does go well with a mixed plate of sushi.
It's kind of fluffy and almost gets smooth, but it's not nearly clean enough. There's a graininess that interferes. Crispness is strong all the way, though.

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