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Sapporo Premium Beer - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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607 Reviews
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Reviews: 607
Hads: 1,922
Avg: 2.88
pDev: 34.38%
Wants: 24
Gots: 349 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 JamesBondGA
2.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

used to drink the hell out of this back in the day in college. First time I've had this in 20+ years. It's decent now, sweeter than I remember...but I'm used to porters and stouts.

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Photo of gshak
3.04/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From a chilled can into my Bitburger Pilsner/lager glass.
A - clear yellow with a finger of head that dissipated into a thin ring quickly.
S - freshly toasted bread, sweet grains, faint lemon and hay.
T - sweeter than I expected. Grainy taste, with a hiss of lemony and grassy hops towards the end. I quite enjoyed this one. If only they could dial down the sweetness, I might fancy drinking this one regular basis.
M - tending towards light-medium, and the active carbonation makes it smoother than the norm.
O -a decent alternative to the regular AALs at a very affordable price of $6/6pk at TJs.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From a can

A clear gold with a dense, white head that falls off to a ring slowly, this looks great! The nose is rather inoffensive. A mildly sweet, faintly hoppy, lemony character is present with some polished rice. Clean. The palate opens crisp if a bit watery, spritzy, a little lemony, a little earthy. No off-flavors. A little watery on the finish, but still quenching. Among the better pale lagers out there.Solid.

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Photo of YumaLaowai
3.28/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Its good. Has a sweetish smell with a slight hint of sweetness but it goes down smooth with a hint of a nice kick. Problem is I don't feel like I'm drinking a beer from Japan.
Second review...
Second time was way better

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
1.94/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

L: Bright golden filtered beer.
S: Smells sweet, with notes of unprocessed sugar.
T: Taste is very sweet, lot´s of unfermented sugars make it unpleasant for me.
F: Low body low carbonation.
O: A light and sweet beer, with almost no malt taste or hop character.

The Sapporo we get in Mexico is made in Ontario, Canada. And it´s not a Rice Lager, but an American Adjunct Lager.

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Photo of edkorganisation
1.65/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

if I get it right, it's not japanese-brewed one, but CA or US, and surpisingly(!) bad enough that I even didn't manage to drink that stuff to the end. this is a one per very few cases i didn't drink it to the end. i just don't get it. i don't even know where do you get that, I travelled through half a country and never saw this one on sale hre in Japan... something's really off here. anyway even if it's japanese one, it's highly unrecommended buy..

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Photo of kissmybunniebutt
3.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's a beer beer. It tastes like beer and nothing more. No dynamic notes for aroma, taste, or feel, but I would not count this as a hated beer for me. If I'm eating hibachi, this still gets the job done.

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Photo of 31Sam13
3.5/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

O.K...It's bad. However, I do believe that there are much more highly rated beers that are less refreshing and taste worst...It cleanses my palate while eating and ensure I buy a more quality brew on the ride home from our favorite Japanese place...which is great...

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Photo of teromous
1.9/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The can says this beer is imported, but it also says it was brewed and canned in Ontario, Canada. So it was technically imported but not from Japan.

Appearance: Perfectly transparent gold body with a thin fluffy white head. Not the greatest head retention or lacing.

Aroma: There is not much aroma here. I get that "lager aroma" when I open the can but nothing discernible in the glass. I won't rate it a 1 because it doesn't smell bad...it just doesn't smell like anything.

Taste: Not much flavor here...a bit of a woody flavor as odd as that sounds.

Mouthfeel: There is an odd astringency in this beer, but it is very dry.

Overall: It wasn't an enjoyable beer to drink. The can was really cool looking though...

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Photo of Das_Reh
2.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's no need to knock a macro or adjunct lager if it does it's job. This beer was thirst quenching and tasty and went well with my yellowtail and scallion rolls. Not something to pick apart and scrutinize, just gulp it down and enjoy with your Japanese food!

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Photo of thommo_nk
2.68/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.26/5  rDev +13.2%
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 smell...is the can bottle doing this?

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Photo of ghisty
3.18/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

gold . nice lace. very clear. decent carb. thin. slight foamy lace, no head.

peppery. grainey rice. no malt and no hops.

thin favoured, and kind of slick, not overall to bad tasting, just basic.
a slight bitterness that leaves your mouth dry and it just doesnt last very long

just a slightly sharp. normal beer kinda basicness. nothing special.

this beer doesnt get high reviews, but when you think about it's peers,
asian beers that get exported to canada? .. like.. tiger.. and maybe a few others, the other options are not great either, I'd say sapporo is top of the range for asian beer. but maybe i have no idea. anyways. its pretty decent, i like it for eating with. goes great with guess what... asian food. haha.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.81/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of NickTinyRace
1.59/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

My first rice lager and I was not a fan. Its water with a faint hint of beer. If you are a light lager person or someone trying to expand there palate then I say go for it but for those who are looking for a full body tasting beer than I would tell you to pass on this beer.

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Photo of Saisons-of-the-Abyss
3.32/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A decent beer for the style, and better than some other macro rice lagers. Nothing special, but definitely refreshing in and inoffensive to enjoy with food. My first choice at hibachi and sushi joints.

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Photo of rpbisaillon
1.84/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Too much sweetness from the rice, otherwise tastes like a macro adjunct. Somewhat fond of this beer as it was always the beer half of the quintessential college "sake bomb" combination.

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Photo of kevofficiel
2.98/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sapporo from Japan :

The look of it is really light with golden color with a light carbonation.

The smell of it: Not much is coming on my nose. Get really give something out of it .

The taste of it some grains and some hops maybe but very light. feels like a 4% ABV. I will say even the Coors Light have more taste.

So overall would I recommend it ? If you find it on special like I find it, yeah its different but not exceptional, if its not on special, get something else.

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Photo of SmashPants
2.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Format: a standard 355mL brown bottle with an average macro label.

Appearance: pours a clear light yellow with chunky carbonation. A thin white head drops away pretty quickly. Looks like a pretty standard macro lager.

Aroma: not very much on the nose at all - just a slightest touch of grain and adjuncts.

Taste: pretty much the same - not very much there at all. Some light grains and adjuncts again, hardly any hops either.

Aftertaste: just about nothing on the finish. Drops away quickly - designed as a throw-down no doubt.

Mouth feel: pretty decent for the style - light in body without being watery, with an okay carbonation.

Overall: an average and overall unimpressive macro lager that is assumedly designed to have low taste for throwing back, but there are still better macro lagers for the AU$45 a case bracket.

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Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, E2313G bottle code. Pours slightly hazy pale straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, cracker, light bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Okay aromas with good balance of pale malt, rice, earthy hops, and light yeast notes; with poor strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, light bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, light bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and solid robustness of pale malt, rice, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly dry mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a very solid rice lager style. All around good balance and solid robustness of pale malt, rice, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of infinitebruner
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

November 21, 2014

Poured from a can into a restaurant water glass

A – Dark straw to light golden, some sudsy bubbles, effervescent, bright white head with moderately low retention.

S – Sweet malt, rice or other adjunct aroma. Very light breadiness. Maybe some light herbal hops, but the sweetness is very prominent.

T – Again, very sweet, the rice providing a lot of resiny sugariness. There is some slight bitterness in an attempt to provide some balance, along with the slightest herbal hop flavor. But the sweetness is overwhelming, and becomes cloying as the beer warms.

M – Very sweet and smooth, but very slick from the adjuncts. Bitterness is minimal, goes down easy with some sugary aftertaste.

O – I do like Sapporo better than the larger American lagers, partly because I think the rice provides a nicer flavor and smoothness than corn. However, this is not very good beer. For what it is, it is alright though.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3/5  rDev +4.2%

Had with sushi. Pours a light yellow with a lot of fizz although it leaves quickly and cleanly. The smell is of rice and a little bit of metal. The taste was heavy with fermented rice but gave the fish time to shine. As far as pairing with food I thought this beer did it's job well but on it's own it's nothing special.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.76/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

22 ounce can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with a half inch white head that stuck around a little while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. Not much to the aroma, the brew smells like sweet malt and some light breadiness. I think the taste is pretty much like the aroma, it's sweet and bready, but also has a bit of bitterness in the finish. Also has a flavor that reminds me of Budweiser. Not sure if it's from the rice, but there's just something similar about it to me. Mouthfeel/body is light, it has a good amount of carbonation and it's easy enough to drink. For what it is, it's not a bad brew at all. I'd just have to be in a certain mood to drink this again, it's certainly not an every day beer for me. It's worth a try if you've never had it before.

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Photo of KYGunner
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

The nose is a crackery Pilsner malt with a little Euro skunkiness.The flavor follows suit with a lower quality Pilsner style but a move away from the rice centric typical in Japanese beers. The flavor is malty and crackery, despite being a rice beer. Overall it's kind of weak in flavor but it's very easy to drink and delivers beyond most adjunct or rice beers.

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Photo of Metalbrew
3.25/5  rDev +12.8%

As far as light beers are concerned, Sapporo is one of the better ones that I've had. The beer pours a light yellow with a thick head. The taste is pleasant and refreshing. If you're to try a light beer, I recommend this beer over Coors Light any day.

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Sapporo Premium Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
67 out of 100 based on 607 ratings.