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Sapporo Premium Beer - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Ratings: 1171
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 20.07%

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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 bmwats


2.93/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.

A: Pale yellow. Lots of rising effervescence which continues throughout experience. Pours a 1 and a half finger, foamy, white head. Settles fairly slowly but not completely. Significant beer ring lacing.

S: Yeast and wheat. Overall, pungent.

T: White bread. A little pungent. Nothing else really.

M: Light body. Crisp. Refreshing quality. No really aftertaste or distinction from start to finish.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is ok. Lots of carbonation, nice head, and pretty solid lacing. Nose is a little pungent combination of yeast and wheat. Flavor of white bread.... just kind of there. Nothing distinct about the flavor or feel. Overall, this is an ok quaff.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 00:17:07 | More by bmwats
Photo of kristenspaintings


3.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This Japanese brewer makes a pretty decent beer. Though I don't know exactly what a rice lager is supposed to taste like, I have to say Sapporo is a pretty drinkable beer and I'd order it in a Japanese restaurant if I wasn't in the mood for tea.

I think the hop taste is a litter more than I prefer, but it's otherwise clean and refreshing with a lot of carbonation.

I won't go out of my way for this beer but it's not a poor choice either in my opinion.

Serving type: can

05-05-2013 23:15:48 | More by kristenspaintings
Photo of Bear1964


3.13/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 22 oz can into a pint glass, nice golden pour with a 1 1/2 finger white head. The smell is as you would expect with this style, crisp and clean with a little malt coming out. Taste is again crisp and clean and would really go with sushi, miso soup, pho or any Asian food fair....because you need to be able to taste the food. This beer is doing what it's supposed to do, I like it for a Japanese Lager.

Serving type: can

03-10-2013 20:47:24 | More by Bear1964
Photo of pcguitarwzrd


2.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very clear, pale gold, highly carbonated, fizzy white head.

S: not much of an aroma, a little pale malt and maybe a hint of rice.

T: Very mild, unassuming, pale malt and rice but none of the cloying corn-syrup character that American adjuncts tend to have. This is not a bold flavor but rather a subtle one. Highly refreshing though and perfect with a meal.

M: Very light and carbonated, with a super-dry finish.

O: Ok people, lets not hate on premium on principle. It can be done wrong, but it can also be done right just like everything else, and personally I think this is one of the better ones.

Serving type: can

02-10-2013 19:31:08 | More by pcguitarwzrd
Photo of Lantern

1.46/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Had this at a local Japanese restaurant. Poured from a can.

A- Looked and poured like it's cousin, the American Adjunct. No surprise here. Yellowy/strawish/pale in color with a decent foamy head and a bit of lacing that dried quickly.

S- Not a lot going on here. What little aroma is there smells only of rice/corn.

T- Dull corn/rice again, with a hint of that urine taste that I love to hate. Tastes pretty foul.

M- Thin, moderately carbonated. Goes down easy assuming you can stand the taste.

O- I got what I expected from this beer. I'd never had it, but I could have told you pretty much what it was gonna be like beforehand. Boring, what little taste is there is foul, etc, etc... One of the reasons people think beer is nasty. Didn't even finish the can.

Serving type: can

01-29-2013 14:32:04 | More by Lantern
Photo of SometimesIfart


2.16/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Drank from the can so I don't know.

S - Lots of rice, some sour sour grain, a bit of corn.

T - Virtually the same as the nose. Lots and lots of rice, A small amount of corn, Slightly sour grain and a somewhat bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, It was virtually the same as it's American counterparts. Wasn't worth the $4 for the aluminum bomber.

Serving type: can

01-19-2013 21:32:25 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of GossageBrewery


1.63/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Poured this Japanese Rice Lager from a can into a pint glass. Poured a light straw color, Produced a thick white head, retention was average and it did leave some lacing on the glass. The aroma is weak, containing some hints of grain and grassy hops. Light in body, a base of grain and some light hops. This is basically a typical macro brewed lager, says its from Japan but it is brewed up north in Canada. Overall, the flavor was typical of a mass produced lager, as the brew warmed it went south quickly. Poor.

Serving type: can

01-15-2013 15:32:17 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of beergoot


3.5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow body with a thick, creamy white head. Bright, light grain aroma. Very light malt flavor with a complementary soft bitterness; some faint alcohol notes (perhaps due to the overall lightness of this beer). Very light body, clean, dry finish.

Seems like a decent enough beer for the style. Delicate in nature but smooth and easy drinking. Not necessarily my personal preference for an everyday beer, but for someone looking for an easy going, non-complex beer, this one would do nicely.

Serving type: can

12-29-2012 23:09:01 | More by beergoot
Photo of Darkmagus82


2.65/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a lighter amber/deep straw color with a two finger pure white head. The head has a decent level of retention, fading to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of rice. Mixed with these are some grainy smells as well as a grassy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with flavors of rice and bready flavors. A light caramel flavor joins the taste up front. Mixed with the caramel is a paper and slightly grassy flavor. Toward the end of the taste, a sweeter flavor of a citrus and more grass flavor come to the tongue. In the end a rather odd papery, grassy, rice/malt flavor are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. While both make it more refreshing, it is nothing really special.

Overall – Ah nothing too hot. I would not frequent this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 02:14:07 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

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

Clear, golden straw in a pilsner glass with a thin white head that quickly dissipates and occasional carbonation. There is a slight lacing.

Clean, fresh-cut wet straw that is unoffending, but lacking much character.

Crisp and clean up front, with a light balanced bitterness and sweetness. The finish is lingering and unwelcome in this otherwise characterless beer.

Light to medium body and highly carbonated with no alcohol. Some light astringency and a watery texture.

This beer is as expected, rather anonymous. It does quench one’s thirst and makes a decent lawnmower beer. There is no compelling reason for me to have another.

Serving type: can

11-25-2012 21:31:21 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of TwelveOunces


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

12 Oz bottle poured into a mug

This beer pours clear deep golden color. The nose is a much more subtle aroma that matches the taste. The beer is similar to an adjunct lager at first. It has a definite sugary quality and a sweet caramel flavor. The beer has a lot of grain flavors that are simple but still taste of a high quality. Mouthfeel is light but its easy to drink and doesnt have any offense off flavors. A great improvement over american adjunct lagers.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 02:09:44 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of Theheroguy


2.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very pale (almost sickly pale) with a very foamy head.

Decent carbonation

Incredibly bland flavor profile.

I found this to be very drinkable and perfectly suited for its niche ( to be paired with japanese food)

This is clean and crisp. Not an amazing craft beer but not an offensive lager either.

Serving type: can

10-30-2012 21:29:11 | More by Theheroguy
Photo of freditoj


2.98/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on a chilled glass from a 12 oz bottle. This is a classic japanese lager, when served it had a thick 1 finger head. It's color was dark yellow maybe even light brown. The smell was ricey and very inviting. Taste wise it was somewhat bitter, definitely could taste the hops and had a very good aftertaste. It's a very smooth drink that goes along well with japanese cuisine, I highly recommend it and if you have the opportunity you should give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 14:33:42 | More by freditoj
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.15/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, golden yellow with a white, 2 finger head. Sub-par retention, and the resulting lace is... well, what lace?

Smell - Typical aroma of the style; grain and a touch of grassy hop.

Taste - Clean and crisp... but not much in the way of flavor. A bit of grain. Slightly sweet. Subtle bitterness near the finish. Not a whole lot to it.

Mouthfeel - Light in body. Crisp. Clean. Decent carbonation. Smooth and drinkable.

Overall - A beer I love to pair up with Philly and Rainbow rolls at the local sushi place, call me bias, this one holds a special place in my heart. Nothing too special, but there's a nostalgic value I hold with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 05:37:17 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of NilocRellim


2.64/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the bottle.

Clear, pale-yellow in colour. Slight bitter and l to it, but not much else. Clean, mellow grain/yeast taste, with a clean finish. Not much to this beer, but not in a bad way. It's very drinkable, especially with sushi.

Would I buy it again? Probably... despite there being not much to this beer, it is light and refreshing, but not always with it for the price.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 20:16:38 | More by NilocRellim
Photo of gabedivision

New York

2.6/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from big boy can to a glass.

Ah,sushi and sapporo match made in heaven. Pours a light straw yellow, crystal clear with a fluffy white soapy head. Smells of cooked grains, boiled soap, hint of lemon. Grainy on the tongue, soapy, hint of lemon, and metallic. Light bodied, stale. Big adjunct taste smell and feel, also a big aluminum taste form the can, very basic standard beer, not my cup o tea.

Serving type: can

08-31-2012 02:25:51 | More by gabedivision
Photo of JamesMN


2.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Interestingly shaped can. Even though it's a Japanese beer it says right on the can "Brewed and Canned in Ontario, Canada." Anyway, on to the review.

Appearance: Translucent straw color. Almost no visible carbonation besides a soapy white head that's slowly fizzling away.

Aroma: I can smell the rice straight off but it's actually not too bad of an aroma. Basically smells like a BudLight minus the skunk.

Taste: Pretty watery upfront and then the palate is overtaken by a metallic taste (maybe from the can?) that sort of de-rails the flavor and leaves you feeling like your sucking on a penny. There is a moment in the middle where you can taste the rice and it's a pleasing flavor. No hops or malt profile in this one. It would be totally refreshing if not for the off taste at the end.

Mouthfeel: Thin but not overly so. High drinkability.

Final Thoughts: As far as macro-lagers and "imported" Adjunct Lagers go, it's not the best and it's not the worst. But I'm not sure that any beer can excel given the limited use of hops and real malts. The odd shaped can is about the only appealing thing about this beer.

Serving type: can

08-22-2012 04:08:24 | More by JamesMN
Photo of Lemke10


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

Pours a clear golden rod color with an off-white bubbly head. Scent is mostly of yeast and malts. Smooth, easy drinking with hints of grassy grains. When trying beers from countries that aren’t known for beer, I’m always skeptical but Sapporo Premium delivered a decent taste. But far as the beer spectrum goes, this is average or just above average. Essentially Japan’s better tasting version of Busch!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 23:46:08 | More by Lemke10
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Completely clear light gold color with a 1/2 inch white fizzy head that actually has decent retention time before resting at a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a solid sheet of surface foam. Lacing is nearly nonexistent.

S- Semi-stale bread with a twinge of alcohol.

T- Super light and extremely neutral. Faint wet cardboard but mostly just a clean, watery taste that goes down as such.

M- Crisp, very thin and a bit dry. Medium carbonation and a light, light body.

O- So it's not that interesting to drink...but it's beer and it doesn't taste bad as far as light lagers go. As far as a cheap, quaffable brew to drink in the heat goes, it's one of the best in my book. Certainly still my favorite Asian beer, and I've tried many.

Serving type: can

08-09-2012 01:04:17 | More by Immortale25
Photo of Happierwithbeer


3.65/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of all I drink plenty of different beers and I am always looking for a new try, but this one had me coming back for more and there is one simple reason why; it's damn good! I love my heavy beers, my medium beers, and my light beers, but the medium to light beers are always easy to drink whether you are having one or several.

Sapporo doesn't surprise you when you poor it into a glass because it looks like most beers and that is pale yellow. The smell is starchy much like rice, but the taste is that of a Premium German Lager. I am a huge fan of St. Pauli Girl and Becks so maybe that's why i love the taste so much, but just so we're certain it has a unique taste compared to those. It's not skunky like German beer, but it has that crisp taste.

Overall, I love this beer. I keep going back for more and will keep going back for more because I thoroughly enjoy it. If you are looking for a premium beer at a good price and want to be able to drink the six pack up without getting sick of it then this is the beer for you! Good job Japan!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 19:04:12 | More by Happierwithbeer
Photo of zeledonia


3.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Having dinner at a teriyaki joint, and this was one of the few beers they had that I haven't tried. Tasted 5 July 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours pale yellow, as expected, and very clear. One finger of white head, decent retention, and tons of lacing (surprising me on that front). Also has lots of streams of bubbles rising up.

Smells of gentle grassy hops, rather faint and bland, but pleasant.

Taste is warmer, fuller, than I anticipated. Rich corn-like flavor, with a nice sweetness. I actually don't taste the rice much at all, though the generic "adjunct" flavor is present. The big surprise is that warmth, that richness, that I tend not to find in many American adjunct lagers (which are more crisp).

Medium-light body, but fairly full in the mouth, which goes along with the taste. Finishes smooth and watery/dry.

Not a bad beer. Heavier on the grains than I would have guessed, with an interesting mouth-filling richness. Tasty, but I'm having a hard time finding a context for it. It's too rich, and not dry or crisp enough, to be really refreshing. Goes with rice, I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 18:03:22 | More by zeledonia
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Has your classic lager look, clear gold light bubbles on the body with a white head maybe 1/4" off the body.

Smell: You smell light hops, not to impressive.

Taste: light hops and bitter but not too much that it will make you drink a little more.

Mouth: Definitely medium heavy, and sharply smooth.

Overall: good beer, but don't expect a lot. It is comparable to other lagers and honesty it's uniqueness is why I praise it. It does hit you quick though an average ABV, this cold right after a meal is greatly appreciated. Salud.

Serving type: can

07-30-2012 21:46:04 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For my first Japanese Rice Lager, I decided to purchase what I could find.

In my pilsener:

A: light clear yellow body that leaves a soft foamy white two finger head appears that lasts for a good minute. Spotty and foamy lacing embraces the sides of the glass. Light carbonation is seen slowly rising.

S: corn/adjuncts up front with some rice as the beer warms.

T: decent mixture between the corn/adjuncts, rice and hops leaving a sort of slight bitterness in the taste.

M: light to medium, pretty watery, nothing harsh on the tongue

O: hmmm..., not sure what to say other than it does remind me a lot like AAL's (not as much flavor and lack of interesting aspects to it). I think before I go any further, I'd like to try some other Jappanese Rice Lagers.

Serving type: can

07-14-2012 13:37:51 | More by BeerKangaroo

4.05/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm drinking this beer as I'm writing this review, and I gotta say, it really pairs nicely with Harvest Cheddar Sun Chips. Deelicous.

A- Snagged this beauty out of ye olde beer fridge because the bottle is purdy. Not sure what the beer actually looks like, its going straight from the bottle to my blood-brain barrier.

S- I wanna say raw asian BBQ? makes me hungery

T- Pretty decent, has a good sort of bitterness to it that really accentuates the Harvest Cheddar Sun Chips.

M- feels like bleh. comparable to cheap domestic beers as for the feel.

Overalls- It doesn't say its a light beer, but it is a light beer. I mean i can see right through it. I'm typing right now looking through this beer and it aint gunna stop me.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 23:21:11 | More by PENISBEER
Photo of shand


2.38/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz can into an imperial pint.

Gotta tick even the awful styles! I've gotta say, the can this beer is packaged in is rather attractive. It's a nice, thick shaped can that just feels substantial. I'm not reviewing the can though. This beer pours out a clear golden color, with large carbonation bubbles apparent. The head is two fingers, and retains fairly nicely. Appearance is a large part of mainstream Japanese beer culture, so I'm not surprised this at least looks good. The aroma is grainy and adjunct laden. Very generic. The taste is very light and clean. There's a tiny bit of hops on the finish that keep it from being a complete waste. The finish is kinda awkward, it's both coating and drying, it makes you want to drink more.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp, but with that strange fullness on the finish I mentioned earlier. The drinkability is solid. Overall, this is really just the Budweiser of Japan. The can is the most outstanding part about this beer. It's not BAD, so I'm not going below a 2. It's just thoroughly below average.

Serving type: can

06-17-2012 05:40:40 | More by shand
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