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Sapporo Premium Beer - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Ratings: 1174
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 20.07%

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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 MarkoNm


2.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pours a lager-like clear and golden color with about two fingers of medium head that quickly settles down.
There is a faint grainy and malty aroma which is basically all about the smell.
The taste is light and slightly watery, sweet and grainy, finishing with a bit of bittery feel.
Not bad, not good. Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 14:30:47 | More by MarkoNm
Photo of FLima


2.5/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yellow color with a thin head with low retention.
Predominant aroma of papaya and rice.
Flavor of pale malt and rice adjunct, a hint of lemon sourness and cooked vegetables. Dry aftertaste.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Refreshing adjunct lager with lower than average off-flavors. Pretty sessionable as expected, but I wouldn't miss it.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 16:42:29 | More by FLima
Photo of boilermakerbrew


3.46/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours clear and yellow in color with an average sized, white, frothy head. Retention on the head is pretty good, but lacing is ok at best. Crystal clear in the body.

S- Very weak and light in smell, the prominent scent here is light grains. There is a definite trace of rice in there, but it is difficult to describe.

T- Light and grainy again for the taste. Rice is evident in a grainy flavor that is much lighter than wheat and more crisp than barley. There is a slight malt sweetness underneath the light grainy flavors, although it is faint. Crisp at the end with no real lingering flavors.

M- Very smooth and light across the tongue. Incredibly slick and smooth feeling for such a light beer, giving the beer an especially thick feeling without much of a filling sensation.

Overall, this is basically your average lager, but smoother and thicker feeling. Definitely a good option for when you're feeling like a lighter lager, but something that is just a little bit different.

Serving type: can

02-28-2014 00:58:02 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of BeerWithMike


3.5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled last night on 2/22/14, though I think I had this before in the past a couple of times at a Japanese restaurant. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pisner flute ball.

Pours a lighter golden color with a thin white head that doesn't last a long time. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped. LOTS of bubbles streaming up form the bottom and sides of the glass all the way to the end. The aroma just of some sweet malt/grains but that is about it. The taste is about the same with a hint of rice sweetness. No bitter aftertaste at all though. Would be great when eating sushi or another dish with the rice taste from the beer. Overall, it was just average.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 15:43:16 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of Moonsorrow

United Kingdom (England)

3.56/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a perfect golden colour and quickly loses head.

Extremely refreshing, sweet and crisp lager. Very enjoyable. Advised to try it with Japanese cuisine - particularly with light meals such as sushi and starters such as gyoza and tempura. Although generally quite expensive in English supermarkets and Japanese restaurants.

Serving type: can

02-20-2014 19:42:23 | More by Moonsorrow
Photo of Hergestridge


3.36/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

So.. Sapporo is perfect for Sushi.. With the rice, fish, Wasabi and Soy .. Perfect.. I've had American Beer with Sushi, Kirin, Saki. Something about Sapporo is perfect for good Sushi, good pickled ginger and wasabi. It just fits... and you have to admit that the cans are friggin' cool as can be for a beer.. Aluminum screw top American Beer... pfffttt.. Only multi hexagonal aluminum beer cans will do!!!
Sapporo makes sushi, rice, and chopsticks better.. Let go.. it's good!!!
~Carry on Citizens!!!~

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 02:43:04 | More by Hergestridge
Photo of CrazyDavros


1.94/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours crystal clear gold with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows vegetable notes, cardboard and sweet light malt.
Sweet flavours too with more vegetable notes. A hint of bready malt. Pretty much no bitterness to counter the sweetness.
Needs more carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 10:19:37 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled July 25th 2013.

A: Pours a clear light amber gold with a dense white head. Average visible carbonation. Some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Mild aroma, bit of sweet malt but not much too complex. Must be the rice giving it the sweetness. Touch of booze. Isn't offensive but not really enticing.

T: As with the aroma this is a mild beer. Slight malting and a good deal of sweetness. Well balanced with a touch of hops on the backend. Aftertaste lingers with a bit of toastiness or cracker flavor.

M: Medium body with slightly low carbonation. A bit sticky on the finish. Easy drinking.

Overall an easy drinking lager that has a redeeming sweet quality. Would pick this up at a Japanese restaurant with a meal.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 22:55:25 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of Captain_Komamura


3.04/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - a nice hay colored beer, with a light head.

Smell - you can definitely smell the malts in this beer.

Taste - mostly malts, with some rice flavor.

Mouthfeel - a good-bodied beer.

Overall - This a good everyday beer, I prefer it over most AAL.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 03:58:33 | More by Captain_Komamura
Photo of ThomasMetal75


2.75/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3

A- Looked like an American lager. Golden yellow appearance. Foamy head that dies quickly. Nothing new for a lager appearance.

S- Sweet, buttery, with a cooked vegetable scent. That buttery smell is very weird.

T- Has that high gravity buttery sweetness to it. Tastes like a malt liquor. Not very malty. Has little hop presence, if none at all. Quite grainy. But it's that buttery sweetness that is off-putting to this beer.

M- Light, crisp, and refreshing. Watery. But overall this is super easy on the mouth.

*Overall, no. I don't really wish to drink this again. There is a high gravity buttery sweetness and that cooked veggie scent that makes this extremely off-putting. I'll stick to Miller or Coors, or even throwback Shlitz if I want an average type lager.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2013 20:26:49 | More by ThomasMetal75
Photo of Matthew_Taylor


2.5/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I find myself drinking alot of Japanese beer due to my love of sushi and other Asian cuisines. Unfortunately, Sapporo suffers the same fault of all widely distributed Japanese beers - it just isn't very good.

Pours in a straw yellow color, and depending on the pour, the stark white head can overtake a glass. It's heavily carbonated and leaves a sting on your tongue. The nose smells of the rice malts tinged with sweetness.

The taste is where this beer comes out short, with a malty flavor that sours between sips. You have to hope that restaurants will begin to carry the better Japanese brews (Hitachino, Suntory), or else delicious sushi will have to be paired with less than delicious beer.

Serving type: can

09-03-2013 01:11:22 | More by Matthew_Taylor
Photo of bobby_durrett


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

A - Big head initially, shrunk down to small very white head. Left white stuff on sides of glass. Lots of small bubbles on glass. Clear light color looked nice.

S - Nice smell pouring from bottle, but not much smell in glass.

T - Pretty much just tasted bitter. Couldn't really detect much else except the taste of the bubbles. Maybe this one is highly carbonated?

M - Bubbles on tongue. Seemed light in general. More water like than thick.

O - I think it is better than cheap lagers but maybe not as good as some of the better ones. Essentially was bitter and bubbly but not watered down like cheaper beers.

p.s. I'm new to reviewing but I'm learning.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 23:02:33 | More by bobby_durrett
Photo of Olek4374

Alberta (Canada)

2.91/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I should note that this is the Canadian version of Sapporo, which is contract brewed by Sleeman in Ontario. Not sure if this will affect the taste, but it is worth informing any Canadian BAs that Sapporo is actually nothing more than another domestic lager. (Edit: Since returning from Las Vegas, I discovered that the Sapporo sold there is also brewed in Ontario).

The beer pours "urine" yellow with a really thick and porous head that stands about two fingers high. The smell isn't really appealing - it's very ricey and sour, but that seems fair considering the vast quantities of rice that most big asian lagers contain, despite this one not technically being "Asian".

The taste is really refreshing without the strong, sour taste that many other Asian lagers have (tiger) and the overwhelming rice taste (Tsingtao) - it's just refreshing and easy to drink. That said, it is devoid of any real flavour, but at least it's not too offensive, so I give it a score slightly above average.

The feel is smooth with moderate carbonation on the tongue, but no harsh feeling going down, so it's a very, very easy beer to drink. Overall, it's one of the better Asian-style macros I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 02:00:33 | More by Olek4374
Photo of JoeAmerican77


1.7/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Poured from the can gotten at a local convenience store in Okinawa Japan...

A - Piss yellow like a Coors Light, the furious pour unleashes a three fingered white head

S - A tad skunky, mild corn drinking games smell to it

T - Small weed-like bitterness up front, same skunk as the nose, white rice and corn

M - Light bodied, watery, decent carbonation

Overall this tastes just like a BMC but Japanese, it met my expectation, and now i'm going to finish it before it warms up and becomes a sink pour. Would not recommend.

Serving type: can

07-22-2013 09:45:26 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of Libationguy


3.01/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 03:35:27 | More by Libationguy
Photo of bbluemzbeer


2.94/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I bought a single can. I drank in a ice cold mug.

Appearance: Looks like a lager good head on it.

Smell: It had a sweet smell to it.

Taste : It tastes some rice and light bit bitterness at the end. It had a good body too it.

Mouthfeel:L It is medium and higher carbonation.

This beer is a aillte above a pretty good lager. The price is high for what you get. I will stick to Budweiser and pabst blue ribbon because those have a cheaper price tag.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 20:25:59 | More by bbluemzbeer
Photo of smt1


2.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 650ml can to tulip glass after having some tapas.

A: gold, head that mostly but not completely disappears after a minute or two

S: pleasant corn smell, but not much depth to the aroma

T: similar to smell

M: goes down easy

O: Would not go out of my way of my way to drink again, but this seems like a decent everyday beer.

Serving type: can

07-10-2013 07:16:55 | More by smt1
Photo of doktorhops


2.28/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Having discovered the awesomeness that is Edamame at a Gyoza bar in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, it was only a matter of time before I bought some at a Asian market and enjoyed some Japanese beer and Edamame. First Japanese beer in my sights is the world famous Sapporo Premium, which uh-oh is "Brewed and bottled in Australia under licence..." *groan* "by Coopers Australia", well lets hope the Coopers family bring some of their merit brewing decent Aussie beers to this "brewed and bottled under licence" stupidity.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Pokal.

A: Clear straw yellow body with a cappuccino white half centimetre head.

S: Grains upfront; sake rice, light malt and barley. This is followed by cut grass hops and vegetable matter. Not overly pleasing aromas in this combination.

T: The taste is even worse - if this was a wheat-grass flavoured soda, then fine I can see the point, but this is beer, and an average one at best. Everything that is considered good and holy in a beer is circumspect in this brew; hops, malt and yeast all take a back seat and are so unnoticeable that it's amazing if anyone thinks they're drinking a beer whilst having this.

M: Light bodied, almost flat carbonation, at least it's not over-the-top carbonation as most Lagers are.

D: And here's the rub: why bother drinking this? At a work function perhaps, and the only other beers are VB or Tooheys New... one thing is certain - this beer tastes nothing like any of the decent Japanese rice beers I've tried before, and outside the other "brewed and bottled under licence" beers it likely won't. Lesson is: Drink micro, taste global.

Food match: Not fit for potato chips.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 10:28:28 | More by doktorhops
Photo of NuclearSoAndSo


3.24/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a beer mug.

Appearance: Pours a pale golden color with a one finger white head.

Smell: Smells light and grainy.

Taste: Tastes light and a little malty with that grainy corn taste. It tastes like an average beer, but definitely a bit better. There's just a little more depth to it.

Mouthfeel: The body was very light and pretty carbonated. Very easy to drink.

Overall: A pretty average beer. I'd buy it again, but maybe just because I'm a Japanophile. I wouldn't buy it often, but not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 12:39:48 | More by NuclearSoAndSo
Photo of TheMarkE


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

Appearance: Pale yellow, with a decent head and good lacing.

Smell: Pale grain.

Taste: Pale grains.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a creamy texture.

The Verdict: Bland but drinkable. There's nothing exciting at all about this rice beer imported from Japan, but that's not to say it's bad. It's just a bit flavorless, which is still preferable from the skuny cheap macrobrews like Keystone or Coors.

Serving type: can

06-20-2013 21:45:26 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of bmwats


2.93/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.

A: Pale yellow. Lots of rising effervescence which continues throughout experience. Pours a 1 and a half finger, foamy, white head. Settles fairly slowly but not completely. Significant beer ring lacing.

S: Yeast and wheat. Overall, pungent.

T: White bread. A little pungent. Nothing else really.

M: Light body. Crisp. Refreshing quality. No really aftertaste or distinction from start to finish.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is ok. Lots of carbonation, nice head, and pretty solid lacing. Nose is a little pungent combination of yeast and wheat. Flavor of white bread.... just kind of there. Nothing distinct about the flavor or feel. Overall, this is an ok quaff.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 00:17:07 | More by bmwats
Photo of kristenspaintings


3.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This Japanese brewer makes a pretty decent beer. Though I don't know exactly what a rice lager is supposed to taste like, I have to say Sapporo is a pretty drinkable beer and I'd order it in a Japanese restaurant if I wasn't in the mood for tea.

I think the hop taste is a litter more than I prefer, but it's otherwise clean and refreshing with a lot of carbonation.

I won't go out of my way for this beer but it's not a poor choice either in my opinion.

Serving type: can

05-05-2013 23:15:48 | More by kristenspaintings
Photo of Bear1964


3.13/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 22 oz can into a pint glass, nice golden pour with a 1 1/2 finger white head. The smell is as you would expect with this style, crisp and clean with a little malt coming out. Taste is again crisp and clean and would really go with sushi, miso soup, pho or any Asian food fair....because you need to be able to taste the food. This beer is doing what it's supposed to do, I like it for a Japanese Lager.

Serving type: can

03-10-2013 20:47:24 | More by Bear1964
Photo of pcguitarwzrd


2.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very clear, pale gold, highly carbonated, fizzy white head.

S: not much of an aroma, a little pale malt and maybe a hint of rice.

T: Very mild, unassuming, pale malt and rice but none of the cloying corn-syrup character that American adjuncts tend to have. This is not a bold flavor but rather a subtle one. Highly refreshing though and perfect with a meal.

M: Very light and carbonated, with a super-dry finish.

O: Ok people, lets not hate on premium on principle. It can be done wrong, but it can also be done right just like everything else, and personally I think this is one of the better ones.

Serving type: can

02-10-2013 19:31:08 | More by pcguitarwzrd
Photo of Lantern

1.46/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Had this at a local Japanese restaurant. Poured from a can.

A- Looked and poured like it's cousin, the American Adjunct. No surprise here. Yellowy/strawish/pale in color with a decent foamy head and a bit of lacing that dried quickly.

S- Not a lot going on here. What little aroma is there smells only of rice/corn.

T- Dull corn/rice again, with a hint of that urine taste that I love to hate. Tastes pretty foul.

M- Thin, moderately carbonated. Goes down easy assuming you can stand the taste.

O- I got what I expected from this beer. I'd never had it, but I could have told you pretty much what it was gonna be like beforehand. Boring, what little taste is there is foul, etc, etc... One of the reasons people think beer is nasty. Didn't even finish the can.

Serving type: can

01-29-2013 14:32:04 | More by Lantern
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