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Sapporo Premium Beer - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Reviews: 600
Hads: 1,868
rAvg: 2.9
pDev: 18.28%
Wants: 20
Gots: 314 | FT: 0
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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 JoLight
3.7/5  rDev +27.6%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of CasanovaCummins
2.88/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (902 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Enjoy (328 characters)

Photo of MMaxim11
2.73/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.97/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of HazelEyedHippie
3.43/5  rDev +18.3%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of CM_Awesome
1.29/5  rDev -55.5%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of scratch69
2.93/5  rDev +1%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of Brenden
2.97/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (929 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
2.12/5  rDev -26.9%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of MarkoNm
2.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of FLima
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.46/5  rDev +19.3%
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. (988 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.5/5  rDev +20.7%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of Moonsorrow
3.54/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a perfect golden colour and quickly loses head.

Extremely refreshing, sweet and crisp lager. Very enjoyable. Advised to try it with Japanese cuisine - particularly with light meals such as sushi and starters such as gyoza and tempura. Although generally quite expensive in English supermarkets and Japanese restaurants. (326 characters)

Photo of Hergestridge
3.35/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

So.. Sapporo is perfect for Sushi.. With the rice, fish, Wasabi and Soy .. Perfect.. I've had American Beer with Sushi, Kirin, Saki. Something about Sapporo is perfect for good Sushi, good pickled ginger and wasabi. It just fits... and you have to admit that the cans are friggin' cool as can be for a beer.. Aluminum screw top American Beer... pfffttt.. Only multi hexagonal aluminum beer cans will do!!!
Sapporo makes sushi, rice, and chopsticks better.. Let go.. it's good!!!
~Carry on Citizens!!!~
sMc (506 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
1.95/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours crystal clear gold with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows vegetable notes, cardboard and sweet light malt.
Sweet flavours too with more vegetable notes. A hint of bready malt. Pretty much no bitterness to counter the sweetness.
Needs more carbonation. (257 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.07/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled July 25th 2013.

A: Pours a clear light amber gold with a dense white head. Average visible carbonation. Some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Mild aroma, bit of sweet malt but not much too complex. Must be the rice giving it the sweetness. Touch of booze. Isn't offensive but not really enticing.

T: As with the aroma this is a mild beer. Slight malting and a good deal of sweetness. Well balanced with a touch of hops on the backend. Aftertaste lingers with a bit of toastiness or cracker flavor.

M: Medium body with slightly low carbonation. A bit sticky on the finish. Easy drinking.

Overall an easy drinking lager that has a redeeming sweet quality. Would pick this up at a Japanese restaurant with a meal. (770 characters)

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.01/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - a nice hay colored beer, with a light head.

Smell - you can definitely smell the malts in this beer.

Taste - mostly malts, with some rice flavor.

Mouthfeel - a good-bodied beer.

Overall - This a good everyday beer, I prefer it over most AAL. (258 characters)

Photo of ThomasMetal75
2.74/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3

A- Looked like an American lager. Golden yellow appearance. Foamy head that dies quickly. Nothing new for a lager appearance.

S- Sweet, buttery, with a cooked vegetable scent. That buttery smell is very weird.

T- Has that high gravity buttery sweetness to it. Tastes like a malt liquor. Not very malty. Has little hop presence, if none at all. Quite grainy. But it's that buttery sweetness that is off-putting to this beer.

M- Light, crisp, and refreshing. Watery. But overall this is super easy on the mouth.

*Overall, no. I don't really wish to drink this again. There is a high gravity buttery sweetness and that cooked veggie scent that makes this extremely off-putting. I'll stick to Miller or Coors, or even throwback Shlitz if I want an average type lager. (768 characters)

Photo of Matthew_Taylor
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I find myself drinking alot of Japanese beer due to my love of sushi and other Asian cuisines. Unfortunately, Sapporo suffers the same fault of all widely distributed Japanese beers - it just isn't very good.

Pours in a straw yellow color, and depending on the pour, the stark white head can overtake a glass. It's heavily carbonated and leaves a sting on your tongue. The nose smells of the rice malts tinged with sweetness.

The taste is where this beer comes out short, with a malty flavor that sours between sips. You have to hope that restaurants will begin to carry the better Japanese brews (Hitachino, Suntory), or else delicious sushi will have to be paired with less than delicious beer. (699 characters)

Photo of bobby_durrett
3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Big head initially, shrunk down to small very white head. Left white stuff on sides of glass. Lots of small bubbles on glass. Clear light color looked nice.

S - Nice smell pouring from bottle, but not much smell in glass.

T - Pretty much just tasted bitter. Couldn't really detect much else except the taste of the bubbles. Maybe this one is highly carbonated?

M - Bubbles on tongue. Seemed light in general. More water like than thick.

O - I think it is better than cheap lagers but maybe not as good as some of the better ones. Essentially was bitter and bubbly but not watered down like cheaper beers.

p.s. I'm new to reviewing but I'm learning. (657 characters)

Photo of Olek4374
2.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I should note that this is the Canadian version of Sapporo, which is contract brewed by Sleeman in Ontario. Not sure if this will affect the taste, but it is worth informing any Canadian BAs that Sapporo is actually nothing more than another domestic lager. (Edit: Since returning from Las Vegas, I discovered that the Sapporo sold there is also brewed in Ontario).

The beer pours "urine" yellow with a really thick and porous head that stands about two fingers high. The smell isn't really appealing - it's very ricey and sour, but that seems fair considering the vast quantities of rice that most big asian lagers contain, despite this one not technically being "Asian".

The taste is really refreshing without the strong, sour taste that many other Asian lagers have (tiger) and the overwhelming rice taste (Tsingtao) - it's just refreshing and easy to drink. That said, it is devoid of any real flavour, but at least it's not too offensive, so I give it a score slightly above average.

The feel is smooth with moderate carbonation on the tongue, but no harsh feeling going down, so it's a very, very easy beer to drink. Overall, it's one of the better Asian-style macros I've had. (1,187 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
1.72/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Poured from the can gotten at a local convenience store in Okinawa Japan...

A - Piss yellow like a Coors Light, the furious pour unleashes a three fingered white head

S - A tad skunky, mild corn drinking games smell to it

T - Small weed-like bitterness up front, same skunk as the nose, white rice and corn

M - Light bodied, watery, decent carbonation

Overall this tastes just like a BMC but Japanese, it met my expectation, and now i'm going to finish it before it warms up and becomes a sink pour. Would not recommend. (525 characters)

Sapporo Premium Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
68 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.