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Sapporo Premium Beer - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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610 Reviews
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Reviews: 610
Hads: 1,962
Avg: 2.88
pDev: 19.44%
Wants: 26
Gots: 362 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
Japan | website

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 ZAP
3.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly above average....yellow color...light fruity nose...fresh aroma...

Taste is sweet for the style..medium bodied...pretty smooth...slightly dry finish...nothing remarkable about this but decent enough...seems like a thirst quencher type of beer..

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at a businessman's special day baseball game.
Typical pale yellow with half finger head of a macro lager.
Also very typical macro aromas but no hint of either rice or corn. Rather nice.
Taste was very refreshing....light malt with just a faint hop bite at the end but again no adjuncts noticable. I did, however, notice a hint of salt in the taste of this beer. Strange.
Aftertaste was clean and refreshing.

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Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
3.21/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: great creamy head with urine colored body.

Smell: Faint graininess and the smell of autumn air a bit. Seriously.

Taste: There's nothing interesting here. It's just plain Pale lager with a grainy taste. It doesn't have a bad aftertaste though.

Mouthfeel: It's smooth and leaves sort of a film on your tongue.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. I'm sure it'd go great with Japanese or "American" food.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.92/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow brew with an almost greenish-grey hue. Soapy dishwater head only lasts a minute before subsiding to a collar of white suds. There is a decent amount of lace, and the bottle is really cool. But this is still a relatively unattractive beer.

The nose is full of rice and a general fruity flavor that's hard to place. Slightly floral and sweet like a flower garden.

Tastes unique, that's for sure. Doesn't really taste...good per say, but it's different. That counts for something. Tastes like rice paper with a strange spicyness in the background. The finish is very and peppery.

This beer is weak and not very complex, but what flavor it does offer is very bizzare and foreign to my taste buds. That's not a bad thing, but it's just weird tasting.

This one is highly carbonated and very thin, but the bottle says "crisp, clear, refreshing" and that it is! I gave it a pretty high mouthfeel score due to the very unique, highly carbonated, and super dry feel. I kinda like it in this aspect!

This is slaking my summer thirst quite well, and it's altogether not a bad beer, but it's just different. Like other reviewers, I have a strong feeling that this would pair extremely well with the delicate flavors of sashimi.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.27/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was a light amber with a pretty standard smell for a lager; small traces of rice. It left a small amount of lacing on the glass. The taste was slightly dry with a fair amount of carbonation. Mouthfeel was OK, as was the drinkability. This beer is pretty standard. Goes well with spicy asian food, but would also be totally fine with american fare as well.

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Photo of cbros
2.36/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- when I poured this it looked like your average lager. there was a light tinge to its color making you think that it could pass for a light beer.

S- as I smelled it I could definately smell the rice in it, but what do you expect from a rice lager?

T- I liked the dry taste of this beer, especially paired with the sushi that I was having that night. The combination of dry beer and salty food I felt played well. I felt that they went hand in hand and complimented each other well. I really don't know how well this would stand with other types of food but I figure as long as the food being served is of a salty or even heavy persuasion then I feel it would hold its own.

M- as I let the beer sit in my mouth I really could not get a sense of what this beer was. It really had no mouthfeel, it just sat there.

D- I am big into pairing beer with food and even though I would not drink this on any given nite I certainly will order it again when having sushi/asian food.

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Photo of BeerSox
1.6/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours dark yellow, similar to the star that's on the car or bottle. White head, no retention, no lacing. There was barely any cap left after pouring the beer.

Musty fungus like aroma.

Super adjunct flavor, barely any malt or hop flavors. Almost nothing but sour beer.

Watery, light carbonation.

Not recommended. This review seems slim, but there is nothing more to add about this beer. I would rather consume a BMC.

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Photo of LifeIsGood
2.68/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a nice clear golden yellow, with a nice white head that lasted for several minutes. The smell is hoppy and though the taste at first seems to be light, the mouthfeel is full and hoppy. Though I prefer a more malty beer, this is not too hoppy for me to consider it a drinkable beer.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
2.81/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear golden/straw type color with a thick persistent head. The smell is hoppy and very reminiscent of what I think of as bar beer. The taste is mellow and flavorful. It is not as hoppy as I would have expected. The mouthfeel is on the thin side but not quite watery. Overall this is a drinkable beer and could be considered refreshing.

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Photo of eballard
2.95/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a dark golden color with an airy head that sticks around as you drink it. It has a filtered hoppy smell that doesn’t over power. The flavor is faint and crisp. The hops are balanced well. The beer has a smooth start and finishes slightly heavy. This beer is drinkable and would be a fine accompaniment to a stake or other red meat.

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Photo of zeff80
2.63/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a pale yellow with a small, white head. Highly carbonated.

S - It smelled of corn. There was a slight hint of skunk.

T - Taste was very grassy. It wasn't hoppy or spicy. It didn't really have much to it.

M - It was crisp and light-bodied.

D - It is an okay lager. Not something that I would grab often, though.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.68/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 oz bottle.

Pours a yellow gold with a nice, dense, snow white head. Head dissiaptes to basically nothing halfway through the beer. Nose is faint, light pale malt, some faint earthy hops.

Lots of carbonation in this one, masks alot of flavor. Lightly grassy malt, definite rice character in there, just enought hop to keep it from being sweet. Very crisp, not as thin as you would expect. A step above basic for a Japanese lager. Considering where it's from and the style, not bad.

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Photo of Romulus141
2.15/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured a bottle into a 12oz pub glass.

Appearance: Medium yellow that pours nearly no head. Any head that is left remains in a small perimeter of bubbles around the edges of the glass. Honestly, the color reminds me of urine, which isn't terribly appetizing.

Smell: Slight, grainy smell that is somewhat stale and sour.

Taste: A little bitter, with some sweet and straw overtones, finishing with a metallic aftertaste. Has slightly more flavor than an American macro, but it's still weak and not terribly pleasant. Not thirst-quenching either.

Mouthfeel: It's thin and watery, but has a strange oily quality to it that caught me off guard. Strange texture.

Drinkability: I'm sure I could drink a bunch of these in succession if it was all that was offered, but I'm not impressed. Bad aftertaste and smell really detract from me wanting to drink more than one of these.

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Photo of jwc215
2.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. silver can - no date - brewed by Sapporo in Ontario, Canada.

Poured straw yellow with a bubbly white head that rapidly fell to a few bubbles.

The smell was thin - a slight floral scent dominated by sulphur.

The taste was mainly water. At a stretch, there was some sulphur and a touch of bitterness, which quickly turned into a lingering sweetness. After awhile, a metallic taste comes through.

It left a dry, metallic feel despite its high water quality.

I can't even see having this with an Asian meal - skip it. If you do venture it, make sure it's cold, otherwise a funky chemical taste sets in.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.26/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent pale golden lager. A tiny little bitter bite, not too much. Nice mouthfeel, Could drink a couple, but would get bored after a while.
Don't buy this unless it's cheap, it's not anything special. Doesn't taste special. It tastes like an american lager. I don't know why some of my friends think this is so awesome. It's pretty decent but not that great.

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Photo of edskirk3
2.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Futuristic-looking 22oz aluminum can (which turns out to be very hard to crush). There's some code stamped on the bottom, but I cannot decode it.

Pours a very clear Budweiser gold, with a fluffy white head. In a big glass mug it actually looks refreshing. I can't say there's any aroma to speak of, as hard as I sniff.

Not much there tastewise either, except for some bitterness at the end. Any pale malts that the brewery uses are not very assertive in the palate. Though, overall, it's fairly dry and crisp.

The can looks pretty cool. The beer is not as impressive.

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Photo of funkengruven
2.39/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured from the can a very standard macro lager-esque yellow but with a nice foamy head that quickly subsided leaving some lacing at the top of the glass.
This stuff smells pretty bad, some cooked cabbage, a slightly metallic odor makes it's way up. Not the nicest. This is reflected in the flavor, the rice is evident in this as an adjunct. This isn't the smoothest beer i've had, but it really isn't that hard to drink, but with all that being said I don't think I'd be rushing out to get this one again.

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Photo of utahbeerdude
2.56/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Visual: Light, clean golden color, slightly creamy head that faded quickly, decent amount of carbonation.
Aroma: Very minimal aroma, slightly metallic (iron?).
Flavor: Not much at beginning and middle – just a bit of malt, then slight bitterness in finish, which is rather persistent in aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Very light on the tongue, dryness in aftertaste
Overall: Another Japanese beer imported from... Canada! Overall, this is pretty much forgettable, but I wouldn't turn one down after cutting the lawn.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle imbibed at the Karaoke Kid here in Madison. When in Tokyo, eh?

Pours a pale straw yellow with a smattering of white foam. Nose is light, but with more character than I would expect from a rice lager, musty with a bit of earthy/peaty sweetness. Taste follows nose, sweet rice with a hearty musk and a hint of hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth yet crisp. Not nearly as crappy as I would have expected. Mixed well with the poorly sung, but heartfelt songs.

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Photo of Freshie
2.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear pale golden colour with soapy lacing to the sides of my pilsner galss.

Smells very bready with some light, sweet malt.

Tastes very crisp as the carbonation is a bit overbearing. There is a sweet malt flavour that ends with a bit of a spicy hop.

This is crisp and clean and sweet for the most part, but lacks the depth in a good lager that I enjoy. My first rice lager though so maybe I am just ignorant to the style? At any rate, I can only see myself partaking in this lager again on a nice hot summer day, possibly at the beach.

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Photo of BigBry
2.95/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

600 ml brown bottle embossed logo on shoulder. Label sports the large gold star and "Premium: banner. A closer look at the fine print and we find that this is brewed under supervision of Sapporo by Sleeman Brewing , Guelph, Canada. Pours a typical pale yellow, very carbonated which gave a nice white head, but shrank away in about one minute. Smell of sweet corn and rice, no discernable hop aromas. Taste wasn't too bad, slight bitterness in the finish. An alright beer, that would go good with sushi to cut the salty soy sauce, but not what I would call a premium.

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Photo of JWFokker
3.76/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz can into a glass stein, it's a rather average looking beer. Lots of head forms but quickly dissipates. Nose is almost undetectable. Taste is pretty solid for macro lager. It's got a sort of sharp flavor, interpreted as 'thin' by some, possibly as a result of the rice and corn used in addition to the barley and hops. Quite well balanced all in all and certainly different than most macro lagers. Mouthfeel is pretty average for this sort of beer. Nothing out of the ordinary there. I find this beer to be very drinkable if you're not a malt or hop fiend. The good balance between malt, hops, rice and even corn is it's best feature. That none of the constituent ingredients overpowers or even really stands out from the rest is desirable in my opinion. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of sevineyes
3.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bottle with a black label featuring a gold star in the center.

A: Had about a finger of dense head. Leaves lacing. Clear and light yellow in color. Head diminishes but still covers the surface.

S: Mealy, dry-oat like smell. Sweet, but not unlike the sour found in some wheat beers.

T: Starts almost salty on the sides of the tongue and moves to a spice, but most of whats there seems to be pushed aside by the carbonation. Ends with a lingering hops aftertaste.

M: Seems very strange in how this hits my mouth. It goes to the sides of the tongue and roof of my mouth and its like it doesn't touch anything else.

Overall: Some elements certainly stick in my mind, mostly how it starts to hit my mouth like rock salt on a pretzel. Certainly drinkable.

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Photo of plaid75
3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light straw color with a one finger foamy head. Decent retention and lacing.

The smell was a but grainy, but possessed a malty sweetness and faint hop aroma. Traces of corn. Unfortunately, a bit metallic.

The taste featured minor malt sweetness and a decent dry hop finish. A faint grainy taste as well.

The mouthfeel was clean. Nice carbonation and a dry finish.

A nice drinkable beer. Good when you are at a Japanese restaurant.

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Photo of palffyfan
2.49/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pale yellow, very carbonated, could not poor correctly because of the odd can, which resulted in a large head that faded in a minute or two. Can was pretty though.

Smell - Smells processed. Hints of sweet and corn.

Taste - Unique taste, slightest hint of bitterness, slightly hoppy taste. Couldn't taste the rice as the previous reviewers had mentioned. Not sure if this beer deserves a premium status though.

Drinkability - Beer would eventually wear on me, however I do not regretting getting one just because of its unique taste. Other beers feature better aroma and are defianetely more drinkable than this beer.

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