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Ratings: 1,834
Reviews: 641
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 19.72%
Wants: 18
Gots: 282 | 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 mdm46410
2.42/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker. This beer poured a clear golden color with huge, visible carbonation bubbles dancing throughout the glass. A very thin, fizzy white head quickly disappeared. The aroma was grain and sweet malts. The flavor was mildly sweet with notes of grain and some faint hops at the end. The mouthfeel was light and slightly watery with high carbonation. What else is there to say? Just another average beer.

Photo of BeerZack
3.45/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Japanese Rice Lager, makes this beer sound like something special... tastes like American Macro Light Lager to me.

Golden straw color with a really decent head that fades quick but leaves some lacing.

Grainy "beer" smell, some sweetness and slight hops perceptible.

Sweet light malt, slight skunk and some bitterness to cleanse the palate. There is a lot of carbonation, but its not quite stinging.

Overall, I might consider this a step-up from a basic American Macro, but its definately not far off...

Photo of Pegasus
3.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium golden in color, with a touch of haze. Pours with a massive, sticky white head, which dissipates only slowly, the lacing is thick and broken. Little carbonation was noted.

Aroma: Slightly metallic hop aroma, with notes of rice.

Taste: Opens with a clean malt note, this carries to the middle of the taste, where metallic hop notes assert themselves. Finishes with a lingering metallic hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, fairly full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Not bad in all, would probably pair well with Asian cuisine.

Packaged in a custom twenty-two ounce steel can, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of AlexLMS
1.31/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours with a pale gold color. The head is white and low with a poor retention (a little lacing though). Very clear.
A disagreeable nose with some grassy notes. Uninspiring.
The taste is adjuncty with a citrus presence. The bitterness is kind of harsh. Some malt sweetness.
It is very dry and gassy. The finish is dry and puckery.

The flavors don’t bend well, resulting in an unbalanced beer. I simply didn’t like this one. I did not find a single redemptive characteristic. I will not be visiting this one again.

Photo of FriedGold2010
3.67/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Japan's oldest brand is definitely a good one. A good light, crisp aroma, meets a refreshing light hopless taste that still packs plenty of flavour. The colour is medium-light gold, slightly opaque but not cloudy, and turns whitish against the light. There is very little head at the pour, and next to no lace. The taste is slightly bitter at the back of the mouth. Not my first pick of lagers for flavour, but very refreshing and cooling EI great lawnmower/pizza beer.

How's that for a slice of fried gold?


Photo of ElGordo
3.14/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Japanese beer...from Canada. Oh well.

Poured from the 500ml heavy-duty can into a pint glass. Body is a pale translucent straw color, topped by a minuscule amount of fizzy white head. Aroma of adjunct malt and just a touch of aromatic hops. Palate is light and refreshing, a lightly sweet malt character accented by a muted hop profile. Body is thin, as expected, but not unpleasantly so. A pretty good thirst quencher after mowing the lawn, but I wouldn't want it around for everyday consumption.

Photo of OKCNittany
2.5/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

App: A bit darker than your typical pale golden lager. Thin white head with a little lacing throughout.

Sm: Clean aroma - some maltiness, but not much to it.

T: Good balance of hops/malt, but not much flavor overall. Different though (which is not necessarily good) - must be the rice.

Mouth: Light body. Heavily carbonated. Slightly dry finish.

Dr: Once you get used to the unusual flavor, it goes down pretty easily. But it's somewhat macro-like & thus not my style.

Photo of vanrassel
2.91/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is brewed in Canada by Sleeman, which was recently bought by Sapporo. Is "yawn" the same in English as it is in Japanese?

It poured with a bone white head topping a clear golden body. The head had decent staying power, never entirely shrinking and leaving a thin creamy ring on top. The smell was mainly grainy, with some green apple.

The taste is malty and grainy and slightly sweet — but not to the point of being cloying. There's very little in the way of hop bitterness here, though the crisp, dry finish redeems it a bit. All in all, a little light-bodied for me. As far as Japanese beers go, I prefer Kirin (and even that's a relative statement) and I wouldn't drink this unless outside the context of a Japanese restaurant.

Photo of giblet
2.5/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

not too bad of a beer. pretty light all around. i had this at a Jap Steak House and it went well with the food. (which was darn good)

i personally would not buy much of this. too light for the money for me. certainly worth a try to say you did. granted i do not have a lot of experience with this type of beer so you should read other reviews and then try. or dont.

suckem up and movem out!


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

Pours a typical clear golden-yellow, like most any other lager. Has a nice thick head though. Aroma is strong and fairly malty, about average for this kind of beer. Flavor is crisp but nothing special. Nevertheless, it is refreshing, OK if nothing better is available. Fine for a party or cookout.

Photo of soupyman10
2.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one at a Japanese restaurant on the recommendation of the waitress. Pours a standard macro-lager straw color with a minimal head that disappears too quickly. Nose is nearly non-existent. Taste is just like a Bud; grain and malt, nothing much else. Feel is standard, fairly solid carbonation. Overall, it's pretty much macro-crap, with a Japanese label. Which I guess makes it better. Although not, really.

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

$1.22 / Bottle
Dan's Liquor
Plover, Wisconsin

Appearance - Decent action in the pour. Yellow to light golden color in the body. Only an 1/8 of an inch of head that lasts less than a minute.

Smell - Malty scent but not very distinguishable. The scent is common and nothing more than average.

Taste - It's a malty flavor that I enjoy in this lager as I enjoy in all lagers. It has a sublte hoppy ending I enjoy as well. The flavor is not very complex.

Mouthfeel - The texture is a bit coarse but the dryness makes that a good thing. The feel of the beer is interesting and actually begs another sip.

~ This is a beer that I will not likely purchase again. That is unless I'm in an oriental restaurant and I find it on the menu. However, the label indicates its brewed in Canada. My first Japanese beer, and it was brewed by our neighbor to the north, hmh?

Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.03/5  rDev -63.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured from a 22oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very pungent with the smell of rice and light malts, along with a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is grainy with flavors of rice, a light malt sweetness and a little bit of hops bitterness. The flavors don’t seem to blend very well. The after-taste is bitter but it’s not a pleasant hops bitterness.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, very dry finish.

D: Not very tasty, doesn’t go down very easily, slightly filling, I found it quite difficult to get through the can that I had (luckily it was just one) and would definitely not drink this beer again.

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

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a little 6oz glass. No visible freshness date. The label proudly proclaims it as Japan's oldest brewery and then goes on to state that this beer is brewed in Canada.

Appearance: Pours with 3.8 inch of bright white head. This settles slowly to just a few islands of foam. The beer itself is crystal clear and bright yellow.

Smell: Smells sweet, but not malty. Maybe this is the adjunct smell people talk about, corn, rice?

Taste: Sweet upfront, with a little bitter of taste. Finishes with a lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Exactly what I expected. Refreshing to balance the saltiness of the sushi I was eating, but nothing special.

Photo of ztprez
3.88/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer to have with some take-out sushi. Poured into pilsner glass.

Appearance is of straw/gold. Nice head, but quickly fades. Carbonation is excellent and gives nice champaign appearance in the glass.

The smell is mild, a little sweet.

Taste is great. Nice and crisp, good balance between malt and hop. I always think of a pilsner when I drink this beer, but it never has any hint of "skunkiness," which is what makes this always refressing.

Great carbonation gives an excellent mouthfeel. Perfect paring with the sushi, soy, wasabi combination.

Overall this is a very drinkable beer, imo the best of the macro lagers, and one which I turn to quite often.

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

This beer to me resembles a domestic light beer.Not much carbonation with a watery taste and little to no aftertaste.I would classify this as incredibly average. There is nothing to this beer that would make me go out of my way to get it.Don't get me wrong it's not bad it just falls in with the same taste as many other beers.

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

Pours your slightly-to-standard pale straw color with a white sudsy head on top. Aroma is straight out of the BMC playbook, unfortunately. Nothing egregious, but nothing special either.

Taste isn't anything to write home about either. I was trying to distinguish if there was any kind of noticeable rice "twist" on this one, but came out with nothing other than the ordinary, slightly sour, very cereal-adjunct low bitterness taste you've come to expect from light lagers. Overall it's not terrible, since it goes down somewhat smoothly and doesn't have a bad aftertaste. But if you're expecting something different, you're in for disappointment.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.48/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pretty much your basic worldwide macro lager. pale yellow with a fizzy head. not much bouqet, some faint noble hops, very faint, along with a slight metallic aroma. no malts noticed either in the nose or taste. very dry with a crisp finish. lots of forced carbonation. clean but uninteresting flavors. no reason to drink much of this other than to cleanse your palate or to get drunk.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The sculpted silver can is a beautiful marketing tool for Sapporo. It looks great, it's reminiscent of a keg, looks modern (actually, iit's quite like a lot of Japanese architecture), and fits nicely in your hand. Beyond that, the beer is pretty average. The sample I had was brewed in Guelph, Ontario Canada (I'll assume under contract through Sleeman). It was clean in the nose and mouth, and offered a delicate combination of softly grainy malt and diffused floral and spicy hops. All the way through it was smooth and round and very well-balanced... just lacking in any character that would make it stand out from the pack. In fact, if there's any negative to this beer it's that the crystal-clear straw-gold body lacked anything more than a short-lived creamy head of bright white. Overall, no flaws but no sparkling moments either.

Photo of kimcgolf
2.08/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is apparently Japan’s answer to America’s BMC macros. Pours to a clear golden yellow, with little head or lacing, an almost skunky, grainy aroma and a flavor of wet grainy cardboard. Palate was stale and dry. Nothing special about this beer at all.

Photo of shadow1961
2.74/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sapporo pours out a fluffy head over a clear light
yellow brew. Nose is light malt. The flavor is slightly
sweet malt up front, with a bit of hop and grain in the
finish. There's a fair amount of carbonation, mouthfeel
is light and crisp, and there's a tiny hop aftertaste.
Pretty basic macro-style lager. Overpriced for what you
get, but it does come in a pretty can. This brew may be
different from the real thing made in Japan, since this
was brewed by their recently aquired subsidiary, Sleeman,
in Guelph, Ontario. I doubt it is, though, Sleeman is a
capable brewer, even if this Sapporo is pretty average.

Photo of gmfessen
2.58/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear, very light golden color with a bubbly, white head. Smell is sweet with malt and adjuncts. Taste is also sweet, with a tiny bit of bittering hops. Not much going on at all. The mouthfeel is light with lots of bubbly carbonation. This beer is drinkable like water, mostly because it has very little character and is very light in body. As always though, just because you can do something doesn't necessarily mean you should.

Photo of bort11
2.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this at the local Japanese steakhouse Wasahi that is just down the block from where I live. Great sushi, probably the best in KC.
21 oz bottle poured into the 8 or 10 oz mini pils glass that was provided. I'm not sure the reasoning behind such a small glass, but oh well. Head starts off as a fizzy and fluffy cap but doesn't have any retention or lacing. Color is a darker straw yellow than most American lagers.
Smell is very ricey. Tastes is also very ricey, but very crisp and clean. Very clean mouthfeel and goes down very smooth.
This is better than most American lagers, but I don't think I would drink this under any other circumstances.

Photo of kelticblood
2.3/5  rDev -19%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Horrible appearance.No sign of any head or carbonation. Scattered bubbles rising from the bottom. The color is a clear straw yellow. Aroma has a slight skunk cheap malt liqiour smell. Typical lager taste that has a crispness and a slight hop bite on the finish.This seems like headache beer to me. The mouthfeel isn't that bad and deserves a 3 for just average. Has a better taste than Bud, but other than that it's bad. I think Japan should stick to making cars and not beer.

Photo of Shadman
2.01/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Read a very funny travel book about hitchhiking across Japan and there was a mention of how highy in regard the Japanese hold their beer.Frist ting I notice is that Sleeman's brews this stuff...hmmm

Deeper yellow in color when compared to most macro's with a thinnish white head that receeds into a white ring around the glass.

Smell is grainy malt and not much more.

Taste is grainy with some dry biscuit aftertaste. Felt almost flat and listless in my mouth. Certainly wouldn't be flying to Japan just to sample beer if this is the best they can do.

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