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Sapporo Premium Beer - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Ratings: 1,329
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 19.72%
Wants: 7
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: IronDjinn on 05-28-2003)
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Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with a 1/4" of head with decent retention. Smells musty, grainy, and has a moderate hop bitterness. The rice adds an obvious difference in flavor; adds a fuller malt character. There's some mild hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp, light, and refreshing.

Not a bad beer, but nothing special.

Serving type: can

08-13-2011 00:12:03 | More by tdm168
Photo of dcall384


3.75/5  rDev +32%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a pilsner glass. Poured a light golden yellow with about two fingers of head.

S- The smell was pretty good for a lager. Had a mild sweetness and some floral hints.

T- This beer tasted like a typical lager with a little more sweetness to it. I could taste the hops more in this beer than any other lager I have tried recently.

M- This beer was very light and smooth with a mild carbonation.

O- This was a very light refreshing beer. Would be great on a hot day. I would recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys a good lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 12:47:15 | More by dcall384
Photo of VelvetExtract


2.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours transparent straw yellow with hints of gold. A very small head is presented to me and sits for quite a bit.

S-Nearly no aroma coming from this beer. Lightly sweet and grainy, but it does not exhibit the more unattractive macro scents that are commonly found. THANK GOD FOR RICE LAGER.

T-Mellow. Simple. Doesn't leave too much of a poor flavor on the palate. Overall, quite mellow and inoffensive.

M-Light. Bright carbonation. Not much feeling left on the tongue after the sip.

O/D-All I will say is that it did not suck as bad I was expecting.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2011 02:41:55 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of TheBrewo


3.13/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We are presented with a goldenrod colored beer that produces a two finger head on a rough pour. Mild lacing from the stark white head is noted, and average carbonation is apparent. No sediment is noted and translucency is high. The nose sings with brightly metallic and adjuncty malts. There is a fine honey sweetness riding high on this, hiding what little hop character may be present. The yeast is also there, adding further bitterness. A hollow booze also permeates the nostrils. As we sip, the mouth meets with an echoing hop flavoring that is grassy and a bit floral. All traces of this wash away with adjuncty grain that comes in to dominate the scene, bringing us to the middle. Here there is a sugary sweetness to pull us through to the finish. The end is clean, with paler malts, sweetness, and a solid booze flavoring. The aftertaste breathes with peppery alcohol, bitter yeast, and clean grain. The body is light to medium and the carbonation is light. There is a drying bite to the mouth, but not overly so. The mouth is ultimately left cooled and wet, with slight hints at astringency. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the surprising hop flavoring right off the bat. This was totally unexpected considering the bitterness of the nose, and actually helped to set things up nicely. The grains were not of the most robust quality, so this lost the beer points, but in the end this was rather refreshing for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 20:44:04 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of rsdaugherty


2.83/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz can into pint glass
A – 3 finger frothy white head on a straw colored clear brew actually left scattered small lacing as it receded fast 3.5
S – Grain and florals scents are there but not sure what they are adding, very blah… 2
T – Grain & rice notes (if you are familiar with rice beers) with a floral bitterness, an extra bit of hoppy/bitterness 3
M – A crisp beer with near citrus mouth feel notes, light body and moderate to high carbonation, nicely refreshing to me on this very hot day with good drinkability 3
O – A lager with more bitterness than I expected it's refreshing but I still have no reason to seek it out, enjoyed the crisp/dryness after coming in from yard work on a very hot Denver day 3

Serving type: can

08-06-2011 20:13:20 | More by rsdaugherty
Photo of barrenbane


3.2/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: nothing special, although it has slightly more haze than a Budweiser -- I was expecting this.

Smell: smells like a typical lager, although it was devoid of corn notes, as it's brewed with rice. I prefer this over the corny odor of American adjunct lagers.

Taste: for the style, it's decent. Quite smooth but has a nice graininess -- tastes less bitter than other Japanese rice lagers.

Mouthfeel: heavily carbonated like other Japanese lagers. Definitely thicker than BMC brews.

Overall: pretty tasty, although it's more expensive than mass-produced American beers, since it's imported from Japan. I will probably order a pint of this with sushi or pick up a six-pack before going to a house party.

Serving type: can

08-04-2011 23:01:11 | More by barrenbane
Photo of Nascartailgatefa

New York

3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the International Great Beer Expo, Rock Hill, NY.

Pours a clear light yellow with a small white head that fades with little retention.Aroma of light fruit.

Taste is rice/grain and but nothing special. There is a minor aftertaste. Unremarkable mouthfeel. Average beer that is ok for a Japanese restaurant but not much else.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 21:31:32 | More by Nascartailgatefa
Photo of cbutova


3.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as a part of my discount mix a six.

A- Pours ultra clear with a light golden hue, carbonation bubbles can be seen floating to the top. A fizzy white head forms to about a finger and size and dies down immediately. All foam dies out and it looks like wine or juice, no lace at all.

S- Not much going on, weak overall strength. Some floral notes, lager yeast and bread.

T- Easy going like many light lagers, but not unpleasant. A mild sweetness joins flavors of rice, floral hops and bread. Finishes a bit hoppier (herbal, grassy).

MF- Creamy light body with moderate carbonation that eases up on the palate (I am used to light lagers that burn like soda). Slightly bitter finish.

Really not bad compared to the light lagers of today. Maybe it was nice and fresh (more hops than I imagined) and I got lucky with it, not a bad beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 01:11:50 | More by cbutova
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

2.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On a whim that big silver can beckoned.
Pours a pale straw yellow with a big fluffy head that falls quickly, but sticks a fair amount of sticky lace on the sides. Smells lightly of grainy malts, maybe some earthy floral hops. Uninspiring nose puts it mildly. Taste is grainy and slightly sweet, hints of tartness in there somehow with an astringent finish. Crisp carbonation, thin body and a watery mouthfeel. Well that's not all that tasty. Its a thin bodied macro lager with almost no redeeming qualities, one and done for this one.

Serving type: can

07-09-2011 04:28:05 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


2.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can poured into a pilsner

A: The first thing you notice about this beer is the can. Yes, it’s a giant can, but it’s also a really strong can. If you try and crush it with one hand like a typical soda can, you’ll end up looking like a pansy. I don’t know exactly what it’s made out of , but it has to be some variation of hardened steel and plutonium. Try and challenge your layman Miller Lite drinking buddy to crushing it on his forehead and revel in the ensuing escapades. This can could double as a bludgeon. The beer pours a straw yellow color with a notably fizzy but ample white head. Very typical.

S: Smells bitter and slightly floral with a cracker like breadiness. Nothing too extravagant.

T/M: A medium to high amount of carbonation, some bitter maltiness and ricey adjunct qualitites. Some of that malt lingers in the aftertaste. It’s very typical of an American style lager with some added rice qualities reminiscent of traditional adjuncts.

Beyond the beer can that doubles as a car axle, there’s nothing “premium” here.

Serving type: can

07-02-2011 14:54:41 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of JJBlanche


2.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I get this from time to time. It's marginally better than BMC, and has a cool can. That's about it.

A: As average as it gets. Golden yellow...a bit more depth here than BMC, but not much. Head recedes to a film, but surprisingly you get some lacing.

S: Eh. Nothing to write home about. A little hops, some of that Heineken skunkiness, and some grain. I'm not getting the overt smell of corn as in some American brews, so that's good. I suspected a lot of rice...which I suppose is confirmed by the style heading here.

T: Pretty bland, with a kind of vinous tartness on the far back end, perhaps a result of the rice. More bitterness than you'd see in BMC, but not much more.

M: Carbonation dominates. Watery. Some detectible bitterness.

O: I typically get Sapporo when I want a beer but don't want to spend for a 22 of something decent. It's not terrible by any means. I'd drink it over any BMC any day, and probably before a lot of other brews too. That said, any store carrying Sapporo will most likely have something better (or much better) in stock, for only a few dollars more. Get it if you want a lightish beer without complexity, or if you're throwing a party and you want something cool to serve, but something that won't offend partygoer's taste buds.

Serving type: can

06-23-2011 02:14:14 | More by JJBlanche
Photo of BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Super light, crystal clear pale gold body.

S - Sweet honey nose with a touch of light grains.

T - Light, watery and slightly sweet. Light grains and a hint of malt. Faint bitterness.

M - Very wet and light. Light carbonation.

O - I suppose this style of beer inst up my alley. It seems factually its lacking, whereas most good beer should have some body and/or flavor. Reminiscent of a Kolsch.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 01:21:04 | More by BeerForMuscle
Photo of Bockrules

New Mexico

2.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured from a nice, heavy 22oz can into a pilner glass

A - The large can made it difficult to obtain the proper pour.
Pours a light straw with perfect clarity. Large amount of bubbles rush to the foamy, white head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass and leaves behind several nice splotches of lacing.

S - Sweet, malty rice nose with a hint of noble hops. Kinda like a standard Euro Lager

T - Sweet rice upfront. A little bit of alcohol in the malt-driven body with just a hint of hops. Sweet flavors as the beer passes over the back of the tongue give way to a dry finish.

M - On the heavy side of light with moderate carbonation.

Really just a much more refined Busch. Not a horrible beer, but it just doesn't do anything for me. Why pay the premium price tag for an average brew. Although the can is arguably the best part...

Serving type: can

06-21-2011 06:54:55 | More by Bockrules
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a super clear light yellow with a 1 inch white head that fades to a thin film. Random thin broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of rice, some light fruit notes, and a bit of skunk. Taste is rice/grain and some light fruity flavors. There is an almost citrusy aftertaste after each sip. This beer has a decent level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is a staple at all the sushi places I frequent. Pretty good at washing my sushi down.

Serving type: can

06-19-2011 06:03:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

2.85/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a cheater pint

A: straw yellow, 1/2" head with good retention, reduces to a cap

S: light nose, slightly flowery

T: well balanced, slight sweetness, flowery hop. Served as a good palate cleaner when paired with sushi.

M: sharp crisp mouth, light bodied

O: decent beer, better beer than many import and domestic adjuncts.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 23:51:56 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of aasher


3.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This style is yet another on my quest to review every style. This beer pours a bright and very clear gold in color with a two finger poofy white head. It looks refreshing. It smells of pale, bready malts with the lighest bitterness. There isn't much. The flavor consists of sweet pale malts, light bread, and a lemongrass aspect that I kind of like. It finishes with a light sweetness. It's hitting the spot after a long day like today. It's light in body and very crisp and drinkable. It's pretty refreshing. I would never want to drink this out of a bottle but out of a can, it's not bad.

Serving type: can

05-24-2011 02:25:47 | More by aasher
Photo of angelogarcia3

New York

2.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A nice light beer that went very well with spicy tuna & eel sushi I had at Miyake Resturant in Ithaca, NY. The very light yellow color and large head tells you the amount of carbonation to anticipate when drinking this beer. The light beer aroma matches the light taste, and the effervescence cleans the pallette for what you're eating.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 22:08:20 | More by angelogarcia3
Photo of Intrinsic


2.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, Sapporo Premium definitely looks good - very refreshing. It has a nice head sitting atop a sparkling golden beer. With a little bit of lacing and not-too-bad retention, it pulls off a 3.5.

The smell isn't too bad either. Again, very refreshing, with hints of lemon and grass (maybe its lemongrass). Mine is just slightly skunky, which I find a little surprising. But not so much that its bad.

The taste? Meh. Slightly bitter, lemon flavour with not much else. Its boring, but its not horrible.

Not special about the mouthfell - its quite dry, very carbonated, and goes down pretty easy. Overall, I'm only drinking this again if someone offers it to me.

Serving type: can

05-19-2011 23:24:32 | More by Intrinsic
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL single can picked up with a bunch of other randoms. Been meaning to try this one ever since they took over Sleeman - is this really an import if it's brewed in your home town?

I screwed up while pouring this and wound up with a puffy, two inch white head that almost spilled out of the glass. Retention is good; it takes a few minutes to thin down to a manageable level and even afterward there is a patchy cap left on top. Colour is a pale straw with lots of bubbles percolating to the surface. Smell is muted and not very interesting; some grass but mostly just adjunct, presumably rice. A little worrisome.

The taste is a pleasant surprise, though; light honey sweetness followed by a balanced finish and some bitterness. Taste doesn't really linger on the tongue for long, this beer is a short burst of balanced flavours. Nothing complex, and there is some adjunct rice and/or corniness, but it's unnoticeable until the beer starts to warm. Light-bodied and watery in the mouth with high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing, I kind of wish I had bought more than one.

I'll admit I'm not well-experienced with rice lagers but this was a pretty good beer, and certainly a step above your average macro. As a relatively light, clean-tasting lager with very little adjunct nastiness, Sapporo Premium fits the bill. I could see myself getting this again, but it would never be a staple.

Serving type: can

05-19-2011 08:44:28 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of depechemode1983


3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light straw color. Head is white and disappears in a couple minutes leaving no lacing. Carbonation is evident. Large amount of corn in the nose with some rice undertones. This one is a bit skunky as well. Very grainy though. Sweet corn taste with a metallic twang. Not too good, but not terrible. Light bodied and medium carbonation make for a neutral mouth feel. A forgettable beer. I will not be having this beer again anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 23:33:52 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of paxkey

Ontario (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Brewed in Guelph, Ontario.
gotta love the gimmicky can.

pours light and bubly with a one finger head. remarkably clear.

it may be a rice lager but it smells like corn adjunct.

nice mouthfeel. drinks clean and refreshing with no remarkable flavor either way.

drinking with some vietnamese pho.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 23:42:07 | More by paxkey
Photo of 1Adam12


3.1/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this tonight at dinner because it was the best they had. Light color, not much head. Expected more carbonation than there was. Tasted a little bit of wheat. The best part was the finish and the surprising taste of honey at the end. I enjoyed this part. This would be better IMO if it had more carbonation. Pretty average beer but the honey flavor was something i enjoyed. I would drink this again if the timing was right.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 01:51:55 | More by 1Adam12
Photo of mactrail


3.03/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sharp and mellow light beer.

Foamy in the glass, but lacing lasts nicely. Very light and virtually no mouthfeel except for the carbonation. I guess it's supposed to have throat-feel as you toss it down. Seems to have an acidic character with a smooth graininess. Coarse carbonation accentuates the tartness. Aroma is a little off-putting, a musty hint. I suspect that slightly bitter metallic hint is the hops.

I have liked other Japanese beers as an occasional quaff, but this one seems lacking. No malt flavor to speak of. Brewed in Guelph, Ontario.

Serving type: can

05-11-2011 05:26:51 | More by mactrail
Photo of chicagoabbot


2.45/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

For some reason this beer is showing up alongside 'big slams' in Chicago grocery stores (I not aware of any Chicago groceries that sell 40ozs, so if you need a big cheap cold beer, it's 22-24ozs).

Big pale simple lager in the appearance. Same in the smell. Pretty bland, adjunct style pale. Taste is not complex, neither hoppy nor malty. Nothing too bad in the mouthfeel. Goes down easy. Not really a good value, just an upsold adjunct in the US now.

Serving type: can

05-02-2011 14:20:55 | More by chicagoabbot
Photo of nach0king


2.42/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Used to love this when I was younger. Expensive, yes, but it had an awesome, space-age (or maybe steel drum) looking can, and a tasty lager. Revisiting it, though, it wasn't as good.

(Poured 80% of it into a pint glass. Drank the rest from the can at the end in the hope I'd avoid the smell.)

Appearance: Looks... like a pale lager. Head puffs up nicely to start with, but five minutes later it's as if it was never there. Great carbonation level, though - looks refreshing.

Smell: A little bit of prawn cracker and sugar. Oof. Not doing that again.

Taste: Actually pretty decent, all things considered, if a little on the sweet side. Obviously heavy on rice but there's a little lemony tang in it as well, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: What mouthfeel? The bubbles that look so good in the glass just don't transmit to the palate at all. Other than that, vaguely syrupy and off-putting.

If it was bought for me I'd drink it, but nevermore will I seek out that great-looking can... Another memory of my teenage years, gone!

Serving type: can

05-01-2011 00:59:37 | More by nach0king
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