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Sapporo Premium Beer - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Ratings: 1,596
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: 20%
Wants: 13
Gots: 141 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: IronDjinn on 05-28-2003)
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Photo of Dougal
5/5  rDev +75.4%
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.

Dougal, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of superflush
5/5  rDev +75.4%

superflush, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Cinthia
5/5  rDev +75.4%

Cinthia, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of okdsgr
5/5  rDev +75.4%

okdsgr, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of TimRasmussen
5/5  rDev +75.4%

TimRasmussen, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of cdrogers
4.88/5  rDev +71.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down this is one of the best beers I have ever had. It hasn't received the best rating, but for for someone that is just getting into the beer tasting I found it very enjoyable. It was not overpowering or lacking in flavor, the head poured very thick at first, but no more than two fingers. I only gave it a 4.5 in smell because it could have used a little more aroma. Yet another I could add to my arsenal of regular beers.

cdrogers, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of redwax
4.84/5  rDev +69.8%

redwax, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of Maxb611
4.8/5  rDev +68.4%

Maxb611, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of kdawg105
4.78/5  rDev +67.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love it! Really good beer. The appearance is golden with a lace that sticks to the glass. The smell is light but nice with a smell of grain and a light hint of hops. The taste is great with noticable hop taste. The mouth feel is smooth and helps it finish to a nice clean crisp refreshing beer!!

kdawg105, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of U8maxflo
4.75/5  rDev +66.7%

U8maxflo, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of squezey
4.5/5  rDev +57.9%

squezey, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of RKKP2232
4.5/5  rDev +57.9%

RKKP2232, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of JeffSuttonTX
4.5/5  rDev +57.9%

JeffSuttonTX, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of 8BaconBits
4.5/5  rDev +57.9%

Great refreshing taste. Could sip on this all day.

The can itself is amusingly strong.

8BaconBits, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of bleedsblu
4.5/5  rDev +57.9%

bleedsblu, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of putnam
4.38/5  rDev +53.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just compared this with the almost identically packaged "Original Draft Beer" imported from Japan. There IS a difference, and it does not favor this, the Canadian version.

That said, most reviewers are WAY too harsh on this beer. Do you think bread judges downgrade all white breads? Of course not. They disparage only the factory-made, mushy types of white bread like Wonder brand. Baguettes, made from white flour, represent the height of the craft. This brand of beer, my friends, is the sine qua non of super light, super dry lager beer. Now for the Canadian version:

Not as winey, tart or fruity as the "Original Draft Beer." On the nose it is reminiscent of cracked, sun-baked grains. The head is admirably persistent and doughy. On the palate: whistle-clean with simple, butterscotch sugars and a dense, dry flank of seasoned hops. Good clean fun.

putnam, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of StoutandBitter
4.33/5  rDev +51.9%
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.

StoutandBitter, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of TheStashRide
4.25/5  rDev +49.1%

TheStashRide, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Forgottensaints
4.25/5  rDev +49.1%

Good sushi...pint of Sapporo...enough said...

Forgottensaints, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of mwar
4.25/5  rDev +49.1%

mwar, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of SargeC
4.2/5  rDev +47.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear gold brew with a decent white head.

Smell: Very clean aroma.

Taste: Smooth, clean character with just a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Great body for such a clean brew.

Drinkability: Very drinkable beer. One of my favorites from Japan.

SargeC, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of jsh420
4.13/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours brilliant bright golden yellow with a 2 finger head that fades fast and leaves no lacing

smells of sweet malts(rice?) and earthy hops

taste is bitter grassy hops and lemon citrus with the sweet grains toward the finish - reminds me somewhat of a german pils

mouthfeel is light crisp refreshing

drinkability is very good as of now - cheap beers give me a headaches so only time will tell here and will update if needed

i dont know why this beer gets a C rating because in a blind taste test with some pils i think this beer would stand stong

jsh420, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw color, with a small head & so-so lacing, but a nice stream of fine bubbles. Nose has plenty of floral hop aroma, with a touch of sweet malt. On first taste, there's a small amount of malt up front, followed by a moderate-high amount of bitterness. Pleasant noble-hop flavor. Very clean & dry finish. Body is crisp and light.

This really could pass for a very nice German pils. It's far better than the Sapporo Reserve. I don't understand how other reviewers missed the flavor characteristics here.

allengarvin, Feb 09, 2005
Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imported from Canada, brewed in Guelph. 22oz can.
Crystal clear, deep yellow in colour. Fine white bubbles formed a thin coat on top of the beer and left a bit of clingy lace at the top of the glass. Moderate head retention. Mild aroma, crackery grain, a bit of marshmallow, light floral and fruit character, very clean. Low bitterness, mild grain and light fruity flavours, finished very dry with a hint of spicy hops. Light bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp and clean. Very easy drinking without any off flavours. Quite refreshing. A solid example of the style.

DrJay, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of baos
4.1/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz into glass.

A: Good. great lacing and head retention. Golden on color with good clarity.

S: Bit o' hop and malt with fresh grains to boot.

T: Bit o' hops and malts again. Nice for this style. Crisp and refreshing. Sapporo is Yumming soon!

M: Pretty good for this type of beer.

D: Went perfect with my meal. I've quaffed these before and they are very very drinkable. Its flavor says please drink more of me over and over again after first sip. "Please drink more! Please drink more!" the Sapporo cries. I say, "Otay."

baos, Jan 13, 2008
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Sapporo Premium Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
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