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Sapporo Premium Beer - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Reviews: 610
Hads: 1,965
Avg: 2.88
pDev: 34.72%
Wants: 26
Gots: 363 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
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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 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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Photo of MarkoNm
2.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pours a lager-like clear and golden color with about two fingers of medium head that quickly settles down.
There is a faint grainy and malty aroma which is basically all about the smell.
The taste is light and slightly watery, sweet and grainy, finishing with a bit of bittery feel.
Not bad, not good. Drinkable.

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Photo of FLima
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yellow color with a thin head with low retention.
Predominant aroma of papaya and rice.
Flavor of pale malt and rice adjunct, a hint of lemon sourness and cooked vegetables. Dry aftertaste.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Refreshing adjunct lager with lower than average off-flavors. Pretty sessionable as expected, but I wouldn't miss it.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.46/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours clear and yellow in color with an average sized, white, frothy head. Retention on the head is pretty good, but lacing is ok at best. Crystal clear in the body.

S- Very weak and light in smell, the prominent scent here is light grains. There is a definite trace of rice in there, but it is difficult to describe.

T- Light and grainy again for the taste. Rice is evident in a grainy flavor that is much lighter than wheat and more crisp than barley. There is a slight malt sweetness underneath the light grainy flavors, although it is faint. Crisp at the end with no real lingering flavors.

M- Very smooth and light across the tongue. Incredibly slick and smooth feeling for such a light beer, giving the beer an especially thick feeling without much of a filling sensation.

Overall, this is basically your average lager, but smoother and thicker feeling. Definitely a good option for when you're feeling like a lighter lager, but something that is just a little bit different.

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

Sampled last night on 2/22/14, though I think I had this before in the past a couple of times at a Japanese restaurant. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pisner flute ball.

Pours a lighter golden color with a thin white head that doesn't last a long time. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped. LOTS of bubbles streaming up form the bottom and sides of the glass all the way to the end. The aroma just of some sweet malt/grains but that is about it. The taste is about the same with a hint of rice sweetness. No bitter aftertaste at all though. Would be great when eating sushi or another dish with the rice taste from the beer. Overall, it was just average.

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Sapporo Premium Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
67 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.