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Sapporo Classic - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Sapporo ClassicSapporo Classic

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10 Reviews
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Reviews: 10
Hads: 68
Avg: 3.21
pDev: 20.87%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-03-2004

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Reviews: 10 | Hads: 68
Photo of Knapp85
2/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I honestly didn't think this would be classified as a German Pilsner on here. I found this to be more a Adjunct Lager. Either way this wasn't overly impressive. There are far better beers from Japan out there. The beer is a little on the watery side, it's pale yellow in color and hasn't got much else in it to brag about.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pale gold color with small carbonation, copious lacing and white head. Very light raw malt aroma.
Nice long bitterness, with a rather gooey sappy, though light hoppyness. Very firm maltness, not sweetness, except for sweet flavors that play well with the bitter finish.
Carbonation done very well.
I would not out of my way to find this again, but this is a slight head about most Japanese lagers, in that its a well defined beer.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.05/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the main offering by Sapporo that is only for Hokkaido (i.e. local) distribution. It features a pretty bland can, notwithstanding the nice shout-outs to Hokkaido all over it. The mandatory English inscription is:

"Brewed with carefully selected ingredients, Sapporo Classic is an eminently drinkable flavor extravagance."

It has a bold gold color, and a malty, sweet smell. It is much heavier and richer than Sapporo's Black Label. It's a little raw, with rough hops and a little alcoholly. It's nice--but one is usually enough for me. That said, it's really not that exciting. Check out the Sapporo Reijou for a more exciting taste.

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Photo of SargeC
3.85/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear golden brew with good carbonation. Foamy white head.

Smell: Solid malt with a clean malt presence.

Taste: Rich malt with good hop flavor. Very crisp and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Creamy smoothness.

Drinkablity: Only in Hokkaido, the tastiest basic Sapporo brew. Good hop presence for a Japanese brew.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass (green bottle at Thai Gardens, Freeport, they don't have pilseners there):

A: really clear gold, small white head disappeared within seconds

S: some light malts to it, slightly metallic, subdued hops

T: clean and malty, hops only come in once it warms

M: light, sessionable, light sweet aftertaste, bland finish

O: nothing special, deccent with the Asian fare

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was one of my souvenirs from my wife and daughter's recent trip to Japan. They thought this would be a good one to bring back for me to try with its limited distribution.

Poured this beer into my original Hoffbrau glass and admired the deep golden color and white creamy head, which was turned to a lace around the glass in not too long.

A balance of hops and malt in the aroma (I am not sure I am familiar enough with rice to pick that up in the aroma?) ...some harshness in the taste, but generally a decent albeit nondescript beer. I would have no trouble with a couple of pints of this.

It certainly went well with the tacos that I had...so a Japanese beer in a German glass with Mexican food. My international night.

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Photo of VietPong
3.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, good. Had this while saki bombing, and for the situation it is a great beer. Something to have some fun with. Not bitter as i remember, and not really a beer to sip on. More of a beer for downing to get woosted. I was also a little surprised, i had lower expectations from a Japanese import.

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Photo of yaegerje
3.39/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Really clear gold, no head when the beer was set in front of me.

S - Mostly just a little malt nose, metallic.

T - It came across alot cleaner than the smell indicated, pretty malty.

M - Smooth, well carbonated, good session beer.

D - Pretty drinkable, there's nothing really outstanding it, but nothing that's gonna keep you away from it either.

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Photo of Rsobotka
4.25/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Despite what evryone hold against the Japanese for making beers. This one has the ticket.
A: like any lager beer...golden amber with little carbonation
S: like a heineken, with a skunky aroma
T: Robust and skunky...awesome...love it rich skunk taste...better than a Heiny..uless its wearing a Kimono
M: smooth and silky
D: an easy 12er with 6 bottles of warm sake to wash down some great Kotobuki sushi
I love it and look forward to it on every Sushi Occasion

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Photo of D-Rock
3.96/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sapporo Classic, from the can, poured into a short glass. This was sent to me by a friend living in Hokkaido.

Look: Pouring the beer into the glass showed an extremely clear golden-copper color with a pure white head composed of medium/small bubbles about an inch thick. The head quickly dissipates to a weak sub-monolayer floating about the edge of the glass. Medium carbonation causes a steady slow stream of bubbles towards the surface. Looks very appetizing.

Smell: A faint bitter hop scent with obvious skunkiness. Really burying your nose in the glass reveals some sweeter floral aromas and a bit of alcohol presence.

Taste: Weak hop bitterness leads here followed by a generic maltiness. I expected some off skunky flavors given the aroma, but detected none on the taste. A corn flakes/cereal grain taste predominates with a coppery undertone. Alcohol is present but not obvious, a "classic" Japanese beer taste that really makes me crave some fried or salty food to offset the pale malt/hop character of the beer. Very drinkable.

Feel: An extremely crisp beer. The beer feels silky on the mouth with weak carbonation offering refreshment. Extremely palatable and refreshing. The clean taste invites another sip which I am inclined to accommodate.

Overall: Japanese beers do have a reputation for being dull and tasteless, but this brew represents a quality entry in its style. Clean flavor, extremely crisp feel , very pleasing golden color and refreshing nature make this beer extremely enjoyable.

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Sapporo Classic from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.