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Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
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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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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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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

500 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased for about $2.60 CDN from the beer store.

Appearance - clear pale golden color. A finger and a bit of a head that retains its body somewhat well. Some lacing and plenty of bubbles.

Smell - lightly floral, a faint graininess permeates. General lager like smell throughout.

Taste - light hop bite followed by some bland graininess. Not a lot else going on.

Mouthfeel - clean and crisp, moderate carbonation, and moderately dry finish.

Overall - decent rice lager that is quaffable, but not terribly exciting. Wouldn't pass one up for free though.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Not great but not awful either. The beer reminded me of a better tasting Budweiser, but definitely not a flavor I typically seek out when drinking beer. However, if you are drinking very flavorful Asian food, and don't want a flavorful beer to compete, this beer would work well.

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Photo of hophugger
3/5  rDev +4.2%

A decent rice beer, I guess as far as rice beers go. Color was yellow with an average head, which did not stay around long. Ok malt flavor and do I get a hint of hops?. Carbonation was good and finish was crisp and clean. An ok beer that I would definitely need to have very cold. One of the better rice beers I have tasted

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

Poured from 500 ML bottle into a pilsner glass.
Aroma- Almost non-existent. Not appealing
Appearance- Looks like a traditional Japanese made AAL. OK, looking straw color
Taste- The taste is better than the aroma and appearance dictates but it isn't all that great. Not my favorite mass-produced Japanese beer.
Palate- A light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a slight bitter finish.
Overall- I rate this less than average and if you are looking for a good mass produced Japanese beer I would suggest Orion from Okinawa.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
2.95/5  rDev +2.4%

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that quickly fades down to some messy lacing

S: A bit of cereal maltiness and some grains, along with a light lemon note

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some lightly sweet cereal maltiness and has a bit of a lemony twang in the finish. Very simple

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A fairly simple and easy drinking beer. Nothing offensive about it. Good for what it is, but it's certainly not at the top of my list in comparison to other styles

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Photo of keitho
2.93/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Poured from 355 ml bottle brewed by Coopers Brewery Australia under supervision of Sapporo. No best before date. Pours straw yellow with small quickly dissipating head. Moderate carbonation, no lacing left on the glass.

Smell- Some sweetness like honey on the nose but can't smell much else.

Taste- Sweetness up front with a little bitterness arriving quickly from the hops, dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel, not to thin.

Overall- Would be refreshing on a hot summers day or would pair well with a hot curry but an unspectacular lager.

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Photo of BeerLovinWoman87
1.25/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

I bought this ber as part of a make your own six pack. Total drain pour. No flavor what so ever. I've only said this about one other beer, but the only word I can use to describe it is YUCK!!! I will never make the mistake of putting this in my mouth again!

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Photo of JoLight
3.7/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden/pale straw colored, with a stark-white, soapy head that dissipates into a small ring of foam almost as quickly as does a head on a soda.

Aroma: Grassy, "cheap" hops, and little bit of musty graininess from the malt-rice blend.

Taste: A front of sweetness that lasts through the whole beer, but dies out from the middle into the end. Very slightly toasted maltiness. There's a flintiness that serves as an underlying character all the way through. During the middle and end, there's that "cheap", grassy hoppiness.

Body: The very light side of medium.

Finish: Dry, crisp, refreshing.

Overall, this is a great all-purpose lager.

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Photo of CasanovaCummins
2.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This looks and smells what you typically think of when someone says beer. A bit malty and sweet, not very hoppy. Slightly metallic if out of the can. A little on the thin side with plenty of foamy head. The color a tan gold yellow. It smells like beer, tastes like beer, but is nothing grandiose or even very individualistic.

But where this beer differs from most is that is was seemingly designed to offset the saltiness of fish and Asian food in general. I see no point in not pairing this with food. This isn't a beer that sits on its own merits, but is a nice refreshing addition to a meal. And cold works best.

I can't think of a reason to drink this for its own merits, but I can't denigrate it when it is had with some nice sashimi or any earthy soyu-sauced dish.

So taken for what it is and what it does with an Asian plate of food, this is one of the better Japanese large brews out there.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.25/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around $3.00 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Ok. Nothing special but better than Bud

S- See above

T- See above

M- See above

O- See above

Food Pairing

Sorry but this rice beer is a touch above a Bud so... pair with anything you want that you would have a Bud with.


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Photo of MMaxim11
2.73/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sapporo is a mildly sweet beer with a slight malt flavor, and no hops detected. The beer is easy to drink and goes down somewhat smooth. This beer would be enjoyable except for one key point. The major flaw of this beer is a nasty metallic aftertaste it leaves in your mouth after you swallow. It seemed to get worse and stronger the more you drink. I did get this beer from a can, but that aftertaste alone makes me leery of ever trying this again.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

Look: The body is a semi-clear golden color with slowly riding bubbles. The head is foamy and white, and recedes to an even film with minimal webbed lacing.

Aroma: Clean and grainy, sweet rice adjuncts.

Taste: A bit metallic to start, then a body of rice adjuncts, malts, and a slightly sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry, clean.

Overall: A bit too metallic and sour, not as sweet as the Japanese version, this can was brewed in Canada.

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Photo of HazelEyedHippie
3.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I personally like this beer. It's got a good, clean taste. There's just enough flavor to make it yummy, but it's not too rich or bitter. I find it to be great as a refreshing beer, and I totally get why they drink it with Japanese food. It's not too overpowering.

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Photo of CM_Awesome
1.29/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Rice lager? More like piss lager. I was excited and expecting a lot more out of this beer and it let down. If I had to compare it to anything it would be an adjunct lager. In fact. this tasted eerily similar to Bud Light. Won't be trying this one again.

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Photo of scratch69
2.93/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I poured a can into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear yellow color with a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of runny lacing.

Smell- Grain aroma and nothing else.

Taste- Sweet grain flavor. Tastes like a standard adjunct lager.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and a tad watery. Average amount of carbonation.

Overall- I don't know why I bought this, I saw it on the shelf and thought "what the hell". I've never tried it before and now I know why. It's not terrible it just tastes like every other macro-brew out there.

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Photo of Brenden
2.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's just enough of a fluffy white head on top of this pale golden brew, and for just long enough, to give an appearance I'd call quite a bit better than average. It's better than I'd expect, basically, and a mixture of patching and reasonably heavy spotting follows.
The nose is soft, gently grainy and a little sweet. That's really about it, along with a pale, kind of starchy sort of smell, for lack of a real descriptor. It's below average in that it's much too weak.
The flavor brings out most of the same things with a very light, almost "green" sort of peppery note and a bit of very gentle floral bitterness. Malts start with sweetness again, and it's a touch grainy, but not bad for the style. I could do worse, and it does go well with a mixed plate of sushi.
It's kind of fluffy and almost gets smooth, but it's not nearly clean enough. There's a graininess that interferes. Crispness is strong all the way, though.

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Photo of Foyle
3.15/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: pours a small 3/4" head that recedes at a moderate rate. Faint lacing. Clear golden color with moderate carbonation.
Aroma: smell of lightly toasted malt, I don’t really detect any hop aroma
Mouthfeel: very dry and crisp, somewhat watery with fairly significant carbonation.
Flavor: sweet malts, nothing challenging, maybe a hint of hops (slightly ’musky flavor)
Overall: Very easy drinking, crisp, refreshing.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.12/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Code of K3013G 1342FL on the bottom of the can.

It pours a straw gold with a head of foam that fills half of my glass. That's a heck of a lot of foam but there's not much sticky lacing.

It smells grainy and earthy; not a big sweet presence nor a hoppy one.

The taste is grainy and does bring a lot of sweet and earthy notes. I'm not digging the sweet at all, the grain I can deal with. The finish is slightly bitter but also not in a good way.

Thin bodied, thank goodness, and gets watery in the finish.

This is not close to being an enjoyable beer.

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