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Sapporo Premium Beer - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Ratings: 1,450
Reviews: 552
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 19.72%
Wants: 9
Gots: 89 | 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 jarmby1711


2.98/5  rDev +4.9%

The bottle I had was brewed in Canada (which I discovered post purchase)
This is a particularly ordinary beer.
Pretty plain and very ho hum
It does pour with a sudsy uninviting head.
It cannot be recommended , however if nothing else is available then its drinkable

09-06-2009 22:20:49 | More by jarmby1711
Photo of WakeandBake


2.65/5  rDev -6.7%

A pale yellow pour with almost no head at all , very little carbonation . Aroma of euro hops and adjuncts , corn or rice, slight grain note . Flavor is lightly hoppy with very little else , malt is nonexistant , watery mouthfeel , thin body . Crisp and refreshing, sessionable ( i guess) . Nothing special at all.

08-28-2009 01:51:45 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of Slatetank


3.88/5  rDev +36.6%

Note: I am reviewing more for style adherance than anything
I had this can at Wild Tuna in York PA served chilled, poured into a pint.

A - Similar to white grape juice-pale golden w/ 2.5 fingers of whipped cream head w/ an average sized bead and limited lacing which is common for lagers

S - Mild sweet nose, light adjunct(rice) note w/ subtle hop scent which smells herbal tinged. The mild pils malt is noticeable in the aroma

M - A crisp medium bodied/carbonation w/ mild malt in the feel. The lemony tinge accents the clean finish w/ mild spice

T - A crisp slightly lemony taste, w/ grainy light honey tinge, subtle cereal flavor like puffed rice and mild vegetal taste as it warms. The floral hop notes and mild fruity tinged yeast accent the subtle sweet malt flavor- this would be a great complement to sushi or sashimi

D - Depending on the day this could be one of the most drinkable beers to me. I have a soft spot in my heart for this as it was one of my early faves, but it is still highly drinkable and fits the style IMO.

08-25-2009 14:18:09 | More by Slatetank
Photo of tdawgydog

New York

2.85/5  rDev +0.4%

Recently visited my favorite Chinese restaurant and they did not have Kirin Ichiban on tap so I had this as a substitute. It had been quite a few years since I have had Saporro. I probably would have chosen a Tsing Tao over this if I had remembered what it was like.

A - Very clear, was served to me in a frosted pilsner glass which probably didn't help the situation any.
S - Not much here, there is a strong scent of wheat.
T - Drinkable, but I wouldn't choose it again given a selection of other Asian beers.
D - Very little body to the beer. The comparison by other reviewers to the AB of Japan is pretty accurate.
M - A little gassy but nothing overpowering.

The can makes for more of a conversation than the actual beer. If your eating Sushi and looking to stay "local" with your choice of beer I could understand drinking this. Beyond that I wouldn't seek this stuff out.

08-23-2009 22:38:46 | More by tdawgydog
Photo of Trigcove


3.1/5  rDev +9.2%

22oz can, poured clear golden with a somewhat sticky head that vanished fairly quickly and left only traces of lacing.

The armoa is sweet malt and bready, with just a hint of citrus.

The taste is mostly sweet malt with a hit of bitter hop finish at the back of the throat. At first, the bitterness was almost metallic, but as I worked my way through the 22oz can, it became more hoppy. It tastes like a slightly sweeter version of Heineken.

The mouthfeel is about standard for a Euro style lager. Fairly well carbonated, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability is good, because it has a lower ABV and a crisp character. It could make a good session beer, if you like your beer on the sweet malt side.

07-26-2009 03:50:54 | More by Trigcove
Photo of h00dak


2.68/5  rDev -5.6%

Upon popping the cap on this brew, I raised the bottle to my nose and was met with a vaguely malty but mostly skunky aroma. A brew that smells this way did not promise very much taste-wise.

I took a good swig and immediately my tongue tensed as it detected a coppery, rusty flavor. Extremely light feeling on the tongue, watery, but with a fair amount of carbonation.

Honestly, I expected something so much more exciting from a beer that is brewed since 1876 on the other side of the world. I'm sure the land of the rising sun has much better to offer than this below average brew. If you are looking for a unique Asian flavor, look elsewhere.

07-18-2009 04:30:13 | More by h00dak
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev +9.2%

A: Bright yellow, puff of head that goes away quickly, no lacing

S: Light, crisp, hint of lemon

T: Light with thin grainy taste

M: Crisp and light with some swigs, metallic and bitter with others... inconsistant

D: Average, comparable to american light beers at best

07-16-2009 20:57:43 | More by rfgetz
Photo of hockeyhead


3.65/5  rDev +28.5%

poured from 22 oz can nice
A: pour tall golden color with a small bubbled head and and little carbination
S: not much smell little trace amounts of malt not real hops come through either
T: with a nice bit of barley malt up front then finishes nice and really dry finish
M: very thin and water but not bad i love the taste
D: if these didn't cost so much i would buy them all the time

07-16-2009 06:26:57 | More by hockeyhead
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

2.78/5  rDev -2.1%

The beer poured a light clear yellow with a small head that didn't last long and some visible carbonation. The smell was sweet malt with just a touch of hops. Whatever hops were in the smell didn't seem to translate well into the taste, and it was basically all sweet malt that lingered a bit. Mouthfeel was a bit watery but with some good carbonation to keep it crisp and it is a pretty drinkable beer. Nothing outstanding, but you could get a worse beer to go with your sushi.

07-11-2009 00:41:40 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of josiahschlender


2.68/5  rDev -5.6%

I've always wondered about the Japanese beers, so I finally snagged one of those cool looking 22oz cans to try it out.

Appearance-wise, the can is just sweet. The beer itself pours a very clear light golden color with a brief white cap leaving no lacing. Pleasing little bubbles rise constantly in my pint glass.

Aroma is the best part of this beer, in my opinion. (besides the can, of course) I was surprised to note some definite noble hops, along with vague lagery malts. Nothing very intense... it smells better than the average macro lager, but not on par with a good craft lager or import pils.

Flavor has a bit less going for it, but still manages to eke out a bit better score than I would give most macro lagers. The grassy noble hops are still present, just a little bit of bitterness with light malts in the middle.

Feel is alright, it's pretty carbonated, and when drank cold finishes quick and crisp.

My two biggest factors in drinkability (and buying this beer again) are how the beer pairs with food and bang for the buck. This beer went great with the Asian food I ate, but at the same time, just about any run-of-the-mill lager would have done almost as well. I think I paid $3.50, which I think is a standard price for the beer... what a ripoff! I'd much rather get a 12-pack of my local Full Sail Session for $9. Try this if you're curious, but I just can't give it a good recommendation because of the price.

07-03-2009 15:55:20 | More by josiahschlender
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -3.9%

You have to give it to Sapporo - they have some classy packaging.

The appearance is good enough (I actually find that rice lagers tend to look quite appetising), and its shiny gold body, and foamy white head score good marks, and bonus point for the rings of lace. From here on in, we're all generic, and you may as well be drinking budweiser. No scrub that, this isn't as bad as that rice lager, and at least it has a redeeming crispness to its finish. Aroma and taste is all pale malts and metallic hops, which abruptly disappear moments after sipping. The body is lagerish - light and perhaps overcarbonated, but really we're par for the course. Drinkability is okay. Heck, at the wedding we attended I drank way more of this than i thought possible. Still its no match for a good shochu, sake, or most other beers for that matter.

07-03-2009 15:42:55 | More by bobsy
Photo of Seru1


4/5  rDev +40.8%

Poured in a Pilsner Glass

Appearance- Brilliant Gold with a thin white head that sparkles with champagne like bubles in a cascade.

Smell- Notes of Citrus and Rice, what one would expect.

Taste- The rice makes the clean citrusy flavor pop on your tongue. It may not be terribly complex but it is clean, crisp and very refreshing like a fine albarino. The hops make a nice appearance in the aftertaste, but not enough to be to bitter.

Mouthfeel- The carbonation makes it bubble like champagne in your mouth. Pervasive and fully coating your mouth.

Drinkability- A spectacular beer for spicy food, and a no brainer pairing for asian flavors. I could down a six pack easily.

I don't know why people feel the need to hate on a perfectly tasty and drinkable beer. Just because it's easy going doesn't make it bad. If your looking for a good beer to take away the heat from a spicy dish. Or just something new, Try Sapporo.

07-01-2009 21:03:09 | More by Seru1
Photo of NODAK


2.6/5  rDev -8.5%

Aroma is a bit hard to pin down. Rice or corn?? I know it's a rice lager, so that is probably it.

The first thing I notice is that the carbonation in this beer is pretty low. Not sure if that's common in this beer of if it is just this bottle.

Body is of moderate sweet grain, somewhat reminicent of American macro lagers, honestly. Finish is of slight grain and a little bit of bitterness that appears on the side of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is extremely thin; watery. Aftertaste is almost nothing, only a little malt remains.

Overall, it's fine for drinkability because there isn't much to it, but it's just pretty boring. The taste profile is pretty barren and I"m not impressed.

06-24-2009 01:57:21 | More by NODAK
Photo of Arbitrator


1.95/5  rDev -31.3%

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Poured a clear, pale gold color with moderate head and almost no retention or lacing.

S: A light citrus and wheat nose, but you really have to search for it.

T: Exactly like the nose: a light citrus and wheat flavor, but only if you're really paying attention. At best it's beer-flavored water.

M: Very thin and watery. Moderate carbonation that didn't do anything one way or another.

D: I'd never pay for this. It was a good BBQ beer to wash down what I was eating, but I'm never going to seek it out on my own.

06-23-2009 03:33:13 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of PEBKAC

New York

3.05/5  rDev +7.4%

Bottle from some sushi joint a couple blocks walk from the Museum of Natural History. First beer was a dollar. The Yankees were loosing bad on the tube. I had an awesome spiderweb roll. A decent night all around.

Served into a thin frosted mug. Poured out a yellow, mellow gold, with a big column of seltzer-ish head.

Smell is virtually non existent, except for a little notion of wheat.

The condensation off the glass obviously watered it down somewhat. Dusty & husky, subtle sweetness, very light with some old/damp hop residuals & faint lemon rind. A touch of ugly Euro malt is the only thing offensive I can find. Carbonation is pretty strong, & the alcohol barely registers.

Easy & washed down the food just fine. Not as good as Baltika Light as far as my go to for cleanliness/being refreshing goes though.

06-16-2009 01:11:41 | More by PEBKAC
Photo of pokesbeerdude


3/5  rDev +5.6%

Picked up a single of this to give it a try, State Liquor Store, around $1.

A: Pale, fizzy yellow with about half an inch or so of stark white head that is receding to absolutely nothing. A few bubbles floating around in it, no lacing to speak of. Looks like a standard adjunct lager.

S: Rice, skunky hops, slightly sulfuric as well. Quite mineral like in aroma as well.

T: Very sweet, doesn't really taste like much, just sort of a rice-blandness. Really a dull beer. Slight hint of bitterness in the end, but that's about where it ends, somewhat spicy. Its okay, but definitely not interesting.

M: A little thicker than an average lager, lightly carbonated, and really really dry.

D: Easy drinker, simply because it doesn't taste like anything, a little too much on the sweet side for me to really enjoy. I don't think I'll be getting this again.

06-14-2009 22:09:25 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of teejay76


2.28/5  rDev -19.7%

Appearance - Pale yellow pour with decent head. Not impressed nor did it make me want to drink it.

Smell - Wow. It came off as a citrusy blend of soy sauce and Spam.

Taste - Weak on every aspect. Very light-bodied, highly watery, and no distinct aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Wasn't over-carbonated and smooth (probably due to it being watered down).

Drinkability - Never again...

06-14-2009 02:52:12 | More by teejay76
Photo of tone77


2.85/5  rDev +0.4%

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a golden color with a small head. Slight grainy aroma. Not much flavor in this beer. Taste is weak and finishes very dry. A fairly drinkable beer. O.k. in a pinch but overall this is a very mediocore beer.

06-09-2009 22:46:48 | More by tone77
Photo of jsh420


4.13/5  rDev +45.4%

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

06-08-2009 02:00:23 | More by jsh420
Photo of nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +12.7%

650mL can with no freshness date poured into pint glass.

Pours a clear, pale yellow with plenty of carbonation visible. Head is small and white, and doesn't retain well.

Muted grain aroma. Not much there.

Pale, thin malts up front, with some bitter, tea-like hops on the finish. Clean, crisp and dry, with a light body. Carbonation is light.

It's decently refreshing, fairly bland but there's more there than a standard North American adjunct lager. Nice weighty can.

05-31-2009 14:37:25 | More by nighthawk
Photo of MadTown1000


3.53/5  rDev +24.3%

I always thought Sapporo was the most distinctive of the big Japanese 3 - I'm not sure if it has more rice in it, but it tastes that way. At any rate, poured from the signature Giant Silver Can™, it's a light straw with a giant foam head that starts to fade fast but then sticks around for a few minutes, leaving a lot on the sides. Not much smell to speak of. Somewhat distinctive taste as I mentioned earlier, although it's clearly a light colored lager - no new ground broken. It goes down very smooth, and has a bit of an aftertaste that sticks around for a while. Could very very dangerous in those big cans that seems to appear so quickly at Karaoke bars... but I digress. Sapporo's been in my lager rotation for a while, and is probably going to stay there.

05-20-2009 00:41:38 | More by MadTown1000
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 grayburn

South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev +6.7%

Well, had this beer to try with sushi, trying to keep it real with a bad beer selection...
The appearance is the best part about this beer without a doubt. Crystal clear golden yellow with a two finger head that goes away pretty quickly and doesn't stick to much.

The smell is very clean, some straw, maybe a little grain. The taste is the same, then some sweet cereal flavor comes through. A little bland.

The mouthfeel is crisp and dry, high carbonation.

I could drink a few of these, but I don't think I would.

05-19-2009 17:53:43 | More by grayburn
Photo of TheQuietMan22


3.2/5  rDev +12.7%

Appearance: Poured a straw yellow with a slightly deeper tint to it. A finger and a half white head developed and dissipated quickly, leaving an edge of foam and spotted lacing.

Smell: A dry malt aroma dominates, and is much more robust than your average macro lager. Rice is also present. Needless to say, it's an inviting beer scent.

Taste: Malty like the smell, and has a good bite to it. It's a cross between bitter and sour, and has a dry finish. The rice from the smell is also faintly recognizable.

Drinkability: I'm impressed. This is a great, smooth drinking lager.

05-17-2009 06:37:34 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of Jayli


3.13/5  rDev +10.2%

This beer pours a clear straw yellow color. Thin white lace for a head, merely a coating on top of the beer, no lacing to speak of. Nose is of grains, and some grassiness. It's really a pretty neutral nose. The beer is clean tasting. There is that jumps out or dominates. Some sweet grainy flavors, grass and rice. Minimal hop presence on the finish. Highly carbonated, very light bodied. It's very drinkable, but there are betters out there.

05-11-2009 20:19:05 | More by Jayli
Sapporo Premium Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
67 out of 100 based on 1,450 ratings.