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Sapporo Light Beer - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Sapporo Light BeerSapporo Light Beer

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BA SCORE
65
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27 Reviews
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Reviews: 27
Hads: 63
rAvg: 2.4
pDev: 24.17%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd. visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  3.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jdhilt on 07-28-2005

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.32/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sapporo Light has a thin, white head, a somewhat hazy, bubbly straw appearance, and a bit of spider web lacing left behind. The aroma is quite rich and pungent, with sweet, biscuit malt and grass. The flavor, however, is watered down. One will detect a slight hop bitterness and a touch of grain husk. Mouthfeel is not as light a usual, and one will experience a pleasant body, here. Sapporo Light finishes mostly dry, crisp, and refreshing. Yes, it is a rather dull, light beer, but in the style, it is much better than usual.

RJT (533 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.19/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had the Saporro Light at the J'Town Japanese steakhouse. The beer poured a very clear golden color with good carbonation that forms some head. Both which dissapates during the drink. The smell and taste are grain, barley, and enought balance from teh hps to make this beer drinkable. The mouthfeel is very easy drinking and it is definitely a session beer. Overall it is a typical american adjunct style beer. (409 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.18/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium golden in color with excellent clarity, a large, persistent white head, scattered patchy lace, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Tart grainy malt aroma with slight herbal hops.

Taste: Opens with a slightly tart malt note, which carries late into the taste, where a mild metallic bitterness appears. The finish is clean and dry.

Mouth feel: Soft on the palate, thin, but not excessively so for the style.

Drinkability/notes: Quite competently made, but utterly undistinguished, a thirst-quenching beer, but little more.

Presentation: Packaged in a short brown glass bottle with custom embossing and a pop off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass. (682 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.91/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Light golden body. Fizzy white head with no retention or lacing.

Aroma: Slightly metallic, sour adjuncts.

Taste: Sweetness up front, light and grainy.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and carbonated.

Overall: The taste and mouthfeel make up for the lackluster aroma and look. This is a very clean, refreshing beer. (342 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.88/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with steady streams of bubbles and a thin, white head.

Smell: Faint, light pale malt aroma with a hint of cereal sweetness to it.

Taste: Light pale malts, lightly sweet. A touch of cleansing bitterness. Then gone. And that's all she wrote!

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: There's not much there, obviously, but what is there isn't altogether terrible. I'll go bland and inoffensive over icky and sickening any damn day of the week. (501 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
2.83/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours to a fine white head and minimal lacing. Color is pale gold. Aroma is vegetal DMS, pale malt and a hint of noble hops. Flavor is crisp and light with a nondescript grain flavor and clean finish. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Overall a typical light low-cal lager. (277 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.82/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's a distinct apple-like fruitiness to the flavor of Sapporo Light sold in the US. It's contract brewed in Guelph, Ontario, Canada; probably by Sleeman's, which might explain that.

It pours a crystal-clear straw-gold body beneath an intitally full head of creamy bright-white foam. The head drops almost immediately to a thin collar, however, and it leaves no lace about the glass.

There's a touch of apple in the nose, but mainly it's sweetish adjunct-malt. Some alcohol adds to that but doesn't really stand out.

As might be expected, the body is light; and it's initially crisp in the mouth before it warms.

The flavor offers little more than the basic adjunct-laden malt, yeasty apple-like flavor, and alcohol found in the nose. Apart from that there's a sublime smear of non-descript hops in the background, and a balancing bitterness.

It's basic, to say the least, but at least it's very clean, and unoffensive in anyway. For 96 calories, on the other hand, I think I'd just pass it by - there's not enough flavor there to warrant drinking it. (1,070 characters)

Photo of Drew966
2.82/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sapporo Light Beer pours a light golden yellow color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is almost no aroma, what little aroma is present is not offensive. The flavor is the same as the aroma, but I'm having a hard time describing it. Perhaps it's a bit of malt graininess. Okay for what it is, not a bad choice if you want a light lager. (360 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.8/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Sapporo Premium Light

LOOK: Perfectly clear light yellow. Soapy white fizzy head dies on impact. Active carbonation rises briskly to the top. Looks like a light lager.

SMELL: Cereal grains, very light malts and sweet rice.

TASTE: Creamed corn, malts, sweet rice. Snap of lemony citrus from the hop additions. Bitterness is medium, which is well stated for the style. Mild metallic taste. A primordial soup of cereal grains muddles what could have been a clean finish.

FEEL: Light bodied, well carbonated lager beer. Would be a crisp finish, but leaves a chalky feel that is abnormal for the style.

OVERALL: Average at best. Trying every beer possible has its downfalls. If yours not eating sushi while you're having this beer, you're doing something wrong. (763 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.78/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

My review of Sapporo Light. Written by DoubleJ. On to the beer:

The most impressive part of the appearance was the head on the pour. Big foamy head on top with solid retention. The beer's color was pale yellow. The aroma was light, but still smelled like beer without anything bad. Pale malt was dominant. The taste is fine....for what it is, but then again I was drinking this while eating a chicken rice bowl. Plain would describe the flavor. Slight husk and neutral rice, quite clean. Good crispness in the body. Faint seltezer taste towards the end of the journey.

A decent, light tasting beer to clean up food, but I'll leave it at that. (644 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
2.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sapporo Light Beer
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 16 oz pilsner glass

Pours a light golden yellow color. Mini head at first, but quickly becomes a beer with no top lace or head. Small carbonation bubbles race to the top.

The nose is rather boring. Faint whiffs of honey sweetness and grains.

Watery, bland flavor and taste. Grainy sweetness and fresh Brita water blend together. Lacks any form of complexity, but it's a very drinkable, thirst quenching beverage. (473 characters)

Photo of jeranbrews
2.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A - Clear gasoline yellow. Light finger of head

S - Average for the style. Lightly astringent but much better than adjunct beers.

T - Slightly boring. Flavor is heavily dependent on the malts themselves. Not much hopping or roasting and no esters to speak of

M - The best part of the experience. It is a thick malty beer. They call it light but I'm curious what the calorie level actually it to achieve this mouth feel.

O - This is an ok beer if you're in the mood for something bland and thick. You can pick up a 6pack around these parts for less than $8. I needed some extra bottles for a batch I'm brewing and this was about this same price as buying bottles. (674 characters)

Photo of Onslow
2.57/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had with Saucebox at Tokyo Bowl (alaska,rockN,houston,___) ...Pours a standard yellow with a lower than average head... smell is of faint hops and grain ... taste is surprisingly full for a light, has some grain tastes but nice actually... One of the nicer light beers out there... (281 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.56/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer pours a clear, pale straw color with a finger of white head.

S: Definitely heavy on the rice. Very light nose with a strong adjunct aroma and very little malt to it. Not much hops to it, perhaps a little bit of grass and some light skunk. Almost all rice.

T: Slightly tangy, strangely. Lots of rice, in fact, that's pretty much what it tastes like. A hint of white grape, grass, and a light vegetal character. Not terribly good (shockingly).

M: Very light in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Regular Sapporo is definitely preferable to this. But, it does it's job as a light lager. (608 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle of "Premium Light Beer" (from slightly different front label than that shown on BA).

Pours a light golden color; crystal clear with visible carbonation and a smallish, short-lived white head.

T: Cannot verify this, but tasting left the immediate impression that this beer was made with rice. The flavor, as expected in light and subtle, but overall pleasant. Rather than hops, or perhaps due to the hops, a light skunkiness comes thru in the finish, which is the weak point of this weak beer.

M: light and somewhat watery; good level of carbonation.

O: a subtlety flavored light beer made with rice and/or corn; that being said, not too bad. (662 characters)

Photo of freditoj
2.38/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle served on a chilled glass. The appearance of the beer was just as any other light lager, it had a small half finger head that remained for a while. The aroma was delicate. The taste was very refreshing and went well with the japanese dinner I was having. It left a very nice aftertaste in my mouth after every sip. Overall this is a good take on a Lager by the Japanese, I would recommend it but give the choice I would drink the regular Lager. (457 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and some bits of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are very light aromas of adjunct malts in the nose—rice seems to stand out in particular.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is nearly dominated by light flavors of rice and has a slight amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer is rather bland, and reminds me of eating a bowl of plain white rice. (675 characters)

Photo of JerseyPaul
2.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, watered down, pale yellow; very little carbonation; white head dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing

Smell: Slight sweetness, possible honey; some metallic notes; not much going on here

Taste: Like the aroma, not much going on here; very light sweetness; watered down

Mouthfeel: Light, along the watered down lines; decent carbonation; crisp

Drinkability: Low ABV allows for a lot of these to be drank in one sitting. Me, I'll pass.

Overall, Sapporo Light could be switched with any of the mass produced, light American beers and I wouldn't be able to tell the difference. There's really not much going on here with the smell or the taste. My one word description: bland. (699 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.06/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This review is part of Macro Smackdown XIX. It's hard to say what most BAs think about this particular beer since so few have reviewed it. I liked Labatt Blue slightly better than Sapporo Premium, but I have a feeling that won't mean much when it comes to their light counterparts. There's only one way to find out.

Pale amber with a few streams of bubbles. This beer isn't as yellow as LBL, but I don't really have a preference in terms of the two colors. This cap is (slightly) dingy white and isn't as attractive. Less lace forms as well. A clear win for the Canuckian lager.

Sapporo Light doesn't smell like much of anything at all. Even though it's lower in calories (96 to 103) and carbohydrates (4.5 g to 6.3 g), it shouldn't be this aroma deficient. Since I can't describe what I can't smell, let's move on.

There's a little more flavor with this beer, but that doesn't necessarily make it better flavor. SL is different from the typical North American light lager in that it's more (ale-like?) fruity and less grain-like. It's also dry and semi-crisp with a short finish. Although these two taste radically different, neither one grabs the brass ring of deliciousness or drinkability.

I'm not thrilled with mouthfeel on either beer, but then I rarely am when it comes to light lagers. The slight edge goes to LBL for its superior carbonation.

Sapporo Light ends up the loser of Macro Smackdown XIX because it has a lesser quality head, no nose and a drab mouthfeel. I don't care for the flavor, but then Labatt Blue Light didn't exactly rock the house in that department either. There's really no reason to buy this over any of the more common, less expensive light lagers. Not that there's an acceptable reason to buy those either. (1,766 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
2.06/5  rDev -14.2%

Undated bottle at 35 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of some nasty sulfur compounds (Skunked)
Head small (2 cm), white, fizzy, quickly diminishing to a 1 mm partial layer
Lacing – none
Body light yellow, clear, rising bubbles
Flavor very odd – pretty heavy on dimethylsulfide and sweet, leaving a taste of organic acids behind (think 5 or 6 carbon chains); no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

A very nasty example of a low alcohol beer. The palate and appearance are not too bad but the rest is just unpleasant. I would drain pour the rest of this but I’m too cheap (and apparently a masochist as well).
Aroma 2, Appearance 2.5, Flavor 1, Palate 2.75. Overall 2.06 (729 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
2.02/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thin head on top of a clear, lightest straw colored body. It's almost colorless.
Strong metallic smell with a hint of honey.
Taste is watery, a little metallic, mild bitterness and sweet end. Faint taste overall.
Light body, moderate carbonation.
Nothing special or interesting. Another light lager without flavor. (315 characters)

Photo of aval89
2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very light golden straw color.. With a one finger head..

Smell: a bit skunky at first whiff.. Kind of sweet with a strange spicy/tangy smell.. Honestly a little like urine..

Taste: very very light.. Sweet.. Not much flavor.. Maybe some grain? Cooked veggies? Finishes a bit skunky with a strange aftertaste..

Mf is very light.. Light bodied

Easy to drink but not the best tasting...

Cheers! (404 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
1.65/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

From a 12oz brown bottle - Pours a clear light pale yellow. Not pretty too all. Smells almost odorless. Below average carbonation. First sip is almost flavorless with just a tad of hops and malts ...almost water like. I can not imagine consuming this product. (259 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
1.59/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: hazy pale yellow, color of white head, no retention, some lacing

S: the nose is incredibly muted and faint, some notes of stale grain and corn, that's about it

T: carbonated water with a grainy finish, minimal flavor

Mf: paper thin body, fizzy carbonation

O: nothing exciting, very boring and flavorless (310 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
1.33/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a white, four finger-head that vanishes almost instantly leaving no lace. Clear, golden amber. Very light carbonation and very light bodied. Nose is faintly skunky. Starts skunky, not much taste hops and malts don't seem to be here, watery, boring finish. There are far better lights - SA light is one. $1.19 for a 12oz bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH. (372 characters)

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Sapporo Light Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
65 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.