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Sapporo Premium Beer - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Ratings: 1,432
Reviews: 552
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 19.72%
Wants: 9
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
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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 t0rin0


3/5  rDev +5.6%

01-01-2013 04:21:58 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a super clear light yellow with a 1 inch white head that fades to a thin film. Random thin broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of rice, some light fruit notes, and a bit of skunk. Taste is rice/grain and some light fruity flavors. There is an almost citrusy aftertaste after each sip. This beer has a decent level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is a staple at all the sushi places I frequent. Pretty good at washing my sushi down.

06-19-2011 06:03:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of djrn2

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -12%

02-24-2013 12:05:58 | More by djrn2
Photo of Thorpe429


2.83/5  rDev -0.4%

Getting my Japanese Rice Lager tick back. Can purchased in Indiana over Christmas. Served in a pint glass.

Fresh from the start, this is actually a pretty impressive-looking beer. Yeah, it is yellow and fizzy. Completely transparent. I expect that from this style. What I didn't experience was the several-finger head that never seemed to fade and left oodles of lacing on my glass. From there, pretty much downhill. The nose. Well, that's about all I can say. This beer smells like nothing. I can't give this more than a 2.0, as not smelling like anything is not a way to impress a beer drinker who wants to smell something. It wasn't awful, but it is pretty bad for a beer to actually smell like nothing.

From there, the flavor is pretty bland. Some grainy malt and a touch of sweetness. That's it. The feel is light and crisp. For what it is, not too bad at all. Drinks well enough, though I wouldn't want to drink very much of this and won't be going back to it.

01-04-2011 02:41:25 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev +5.6%

12-14-2011 04:30:02 | More by nmann08
Photo of metter98

New York

2.93/5  rDev +3.2%

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a bit of lacing and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are faint aromas of grain and adjuncts in the nose.
T: The taste has moderate flavors of grains and rice; a slight amount of bitterness is present in the aftertaste.
M: It feels light-bodied, clean and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation; the finish is rather dry. The malts help prevent the light body from feeling watery.
D: The beer is very drinkable, although there's nothing interesting about the taste that would make me want to try another.

03-11-2011 00:09:52 | More by metter98
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.13/5  rDev -25%

Clear, light-medium straw yellow. The head is on the large side, is a shade darker than pure white and is finely pitting. Firmer than most, the cap of foam is significantly rocky as it falls and leaves small chunks of lace on the glass. Below average pale lager nose consisting of noble hops and grain. Uninspiring.

The flavor is also unimpressive. Unfresh grain coupled with piquant hops. Sapporo Premium is more bitter and more nasty tasting than the vast majority of pale lagers and treads dangerously close to 'macro lager land'. It will likely be next to undrinkable if I allow it to get anywhere near room temperature. The flavor doesn't linger, but it does leave unpleasant memories behind.

Japanese beer brewed in Canada and imported to unsuspecting Americans. I'm all for free trade, but do you think that if no one drinks this stuff, they'll still ship it across the border?

06-09-2004 20:14:42 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.28/5  rDev -19.7%

Poured a pale yellow with no head and lots of visible carbonation. There was no realy discernable smell, and really no taste to it. It was this or a bud light at dinner, and it probably would have been a draw. Its drinkable, ice cold in a frosted mug, but by the time it warmed up I had wished I ordered tea.

01-14-2007 02:52:42 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -29.6%

02-10-2013 15:31:19 | More by acurtis
Photo of womencantsail


3.03/5  rDev +6.7%

A: Sapporo pours a light golden color with small bubbles and a fluffy white head.

S: A sweet malt scent which I generally don't expect from this style. An overall light aroma is indicative of the rice that is used. The lager yeast make themselves known as well.

T: Better than the nose, but that's really saying too much. There is a substantial (for the style) malt flavor. A crispness is contributed by the adjuncts, but they help out the beer. Again, the lager yeast are present.

M: Very, very light in body and fairly bubbly.

D: This is, of course, a very drinkable beer. That is what it is designed to be. I'm not really a fan of the style nor a huge fan of the beer in particular, but it's okay to drink one or two with a Japanese meal.

10-12-2009 04:55:55 | More by womencantsail
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2.5/5  rDev -12%

12-19-2011 21:15:16 | More by kjkinsey
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3/5  rDev +5.6%

07-15-2013 07:39:41 | More by zestar
Photo of Texasfan549


2.5/5  rDev -12%

01-29-2012 10:41:05 | More by Texasfan549
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2.25/5  rDev -20.8%

03-17-2012 07:22:29 | More by ygtbsm94
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2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

03-08-2013 00:54:30 | More by spycow
Photo of kylehay2004


2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

A: 3 finger head. Clear straw colored

S: bread and some light malt.

T: bready and grainy. Subtle spicey finish. Goes well with soy sauce, obviously.

M: light body and high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: Its a typical macro-brew flavored beer. Not terrible and its cripsness makes it easy to consume.

09-16-2011 01:10:43 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of emerge077


2.98/5  rDev +4.9%

Big ol' 22 oz. can, bottom is marked E0511G.

Poured into a tulip glass, it exhibits plenty of lacing as the fluffy head of white foam settles. Surface has a sticky texture to it, possibly a rice-derived characteristic. High clarity pale straw gold, rapid rising carbonation.

Smell is clean, bland and inoffensive. Grain husks, cracker sweetness, slightly swilly but not bad.

Flavor has an insipid blandness of wet paper and grain husks, but there's a moderate hint of hop bitterness there too that lingers into the dry aftertaste. Crackery pilsner malts, clean and simple. A bit gaseous and thin feeling, slightly coarse astringency, it has a crisp bite. Overall nothing special, something to pair with Japanese or pan-asian cusine. On it's own it's a bit lacking in substance.

11-17-2011 23:52:50 | More by emerge077
Photo of JAHMUR


2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

11-08-2012 01:23:45 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of zeff80


2.68/5  rDev -5.6%

A - Poured out a pale yellow with a small, white head. Highly carbonated.

S - It smelled of corn. There was a slight hint of skunk.

T - Taste was very grassy. It wasn't hoppy or spicy. It didn't really have much to it.

M - It was crisp and light-bodied.

D - It is an okay lager. Not something that I would grab often, though.

08-02-2006 15:38:11 | More by zeff80
Photo of largadeer


3/5  rDev +5.6%

08-19-2013 19:36:11 | More by largadeer
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev +0.4%

20oz pint, on-tap at a student-frequented English pub on Whyte Ave, an odd addition to their British-style standards.

This beer appears a clear medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy bone-white head, which leaves some streaky cloud pattern lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy rice, a sour, light breadiness, and very understated floral hops. The taste is more sweet, grainy rice/corn husk 'malt', some sour, off-seeming musty fruit, a certain dry dustiness, and rather innocuous earthy, floral hops.

The carbonation is moderately peppy, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, and tacitly smooth, as a bit of skunky hops drop in uninvited. It finishes off-dry, a bit clammy, and clean like that pot you cooked the rice in.

A fairly refreshing, quotidian lager, if you turn your attention to the burgeoning spring sunshine on this fine people-watching patio, and not to the cracks in the foundation of this offering. Not overly flavorful, but I can see how it will get the local crowds, all fired up on pint specials and other Canadian macro swill.

05-19-2009 23:03:17 | More by biboergosum
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.43/5  rDev +20.8%

The sculpted silver can is a beautiful marketing tool for Sapporo. It looks great, it's reminiscent of a keg, looks modern (actually, iit's quite like a lot of Japanese architecture), and fits nicely in your hand. Beyond that, the beer is pretty average. The sample I had was brewed in Guelph, Ontario Canada (I'll assume under contract through Sleeman). It was clean in the nose and mouth, and offered a delicate combination of softly grainy malt and diffused floral and spicy hops. All the way through it was smooth and round and very well-balanced... just lacking in any character that would make it stand out from the pack. In fact, if there's any negative to this beer it's that the crystal-clear straw-gold body lacked anything more than a short-lived creamy head of bright white. Overall, no flaws but no sparkling moments either.

04-14-2007 00:17:15 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of SocalKicks


3/5  rDev +5.6%

03-07-2012 04:15:43 | More by SocalKicks
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

1.02/5  rDev -64.1%

Poured from a 22oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very pungent with the smell of rice and light malts, along with a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is grainy with flavors of rice, a light malt sweetness and a little bit of hops bitterness. The flavors don’t seem to blend very well. The after-taste is bitter but it’s not a pleasant hops bitterness.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, very dry finish.

D: Not very tasty, doesn’t go down very easily, slightly filling, I found it quite difficult to get through the can that I had (luckily it was just one) and would definitely not drink this beer again.

06-07-2007 03:09:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of nickfl


3.55/5  rDev +25%

A - One finger of loose, white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The foam settles slowly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Sweet, grainy malt with a hint of honey. Some mild, herbal hops and a bit of sulphur.

T - Sweet, grainy malt up front with some honey and biscuit notes. Finishes with light bitterness, a hint of green apple and some herbal hops.

M - Medium-light body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not a bad adjunct lager. There is a fairly strong malt profile and it even has some malt richness and herbal hops that are reminiscent of a real pilsner. The finish is not as smooth as it could be, but I let this warm up a bit, and if it were consumed at the near freezing temperatures the brewers intended it would probably seem pretty clean. Pretty good for what it is, and much more enjoyable that most industrial light lagers.

10-21-2009 03:13:45 | More by nickfl
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Sapporo Premium Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
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