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Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
Japan | website

Style: Japanese Rice Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by IronDjinn on 05-28-2003

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Reviews: 614 | Ratings: 2,008
Photo of Greywulfken
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Rice water. There's nothing to it - I think I tasted the tin from the can. A little faint grain, and a whiff of malt... Basically inoffensive, but nothing I'd return to again.

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Photo of drtth
3.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours out into Duvel glass a clear bright golden-straw yellow color with a 1/2" white head that soon recedes to ring around the glass and a thin layer of foam that becomes an irregular island on the surface. There is a lot of fine carbonation rising to the surface and sipping leaves behind small patches of foam which mostly slide back down into the liquid. Because of the nucleation point in the glass there's a visible small stream for carbonation heading to the surface and feeding that irregular thin island of foam.

The aroma is light with only a subtle hop character showing along with some faint honey-like sweetness. The light hop character seems both a bit floral and grassy and is both gentle and well integrated with the malt and rice.

The flavors mostly follow the nose in that there's some sweetness along with some light floral and grassy notes. What bitterness there is comes in late in the game and mostly just sits quietly on the back of the tongue.

The mouth feel is on the light side and there is some light crispness from the gentle carbonation. The finish is long and dry and ends on a slight bitter dry note that invites another sip.

While this is not going to be a beer of choice for me at home it is definitely drinkable and something one could easily have more than one of in an evening. It is smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. I'd also guess that those folks who thrive on strong flavors would not care for this beer but I'm finding it reasonably pleasant, but not challenging. That said I'll probably not buy more unless in a situation where it is basically the only choice as I prefer a bit richer flavor in my beers. However, at a Japanese restaurant I'd be quite happy to have it as it should pair quite well with the traditional cuisine.

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Photo of Bunman3
2.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Precisely what I expected for the price and the style. You could drink worse beer. This pairs nicely with Asian food. I won't go hunting for it, but would order it in a restaurant.

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Photo of 57md
2.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a pale straw color. Smells like a pils. Sweetness dominates the flavor profile but it is not a corny sweetness like an AAL. The finish is slightly dry.

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Photo of TopherBreski
2.06/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.25

I've seen this advertised as beer and malt liquor. I looked at the $3.49 price and figured it must be good and although it's a golden yellow color and smells great, there is no taste. It's water.

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

Can
so with this really impressive container was expecting great things
it looks okay golden bodied but the white head just doesn't stick
there is a slight clove flavour some malt also in aroma but a huge amount of meh

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Photo of Roguer
2.78/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Poor head size, composition, and retention with this crystal clear brew. Not an inviting appearance.

One could easily mistake this beer for a standard AAL on the nose. On the palate, little is different: it isn't really offensive, but it's overly sweet and syrupy.

Mouthfeel is by far the redeeming quality: it's lively, active, light, and drinkable.

Still, I cannot in good conscience recommend this beer. Water is a better alternative.

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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

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

smell:
peppery. grainey rice. no malt and no hops.

taste:
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

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

overall:
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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