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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
63
poor

52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 2.48
pDev: 28.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd. visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  3.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jdhilt on 07-28-2005)
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Photo of Amalak
1.27/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I had a bottle of this just for the sake of rating a new beer. I wish I never did. While Sapporo is a decent enough beer, the Light version has gone horribly wrong. It's just terrible, barely drinkable.

Very, very light beer with no taste other than skunk.

Amalak, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
1.3/5  rDev -47.6%
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.

jdhilt, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of tbryan5
1.5/5  rDev -39.5%

tbryan5, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of khargro2
1.5/5  rDev -39.5%

khargro2, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of ThomasAWilson2
1.5/5  rDev -39.5%

ThomasAWilson2, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of rvcram9219
1.5/5  rDev -39.5%

rvcram9219, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
1.6/5  rDev -35.5%
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

homebrew311, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of ATLbeerDog
1.63/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

ATLbeerDog, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of cmgage
1.75/5  rDev -29.4%

cmgage, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of aval89
1.98/5  rDev -20.2%
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!

aval89, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of HoppySeb
2/5  rDev -19.4%

HoppySeb, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of TheMrFarnham
2/5  rDev -19.4%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of NJBeer265
2/5  rDev -19.4%

NJBeer265, Jun 02, 2014
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2/5  rDev -19.4%

rah1734bones, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of KyleBatten
2/5  rDev -19.4%

KyleBatten, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Swiatek6
2/5  rDev -19.4%

Swiatek6, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
2.03/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Fatehunter, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.05/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of Ozzylizard
2.06/5  rDev -16.9%

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

Ozzylizard, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of JerseyPaul
2.25/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

JerseyPaul, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of GFD400
2.25/5  rDev -9.3%

GFD400, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of metter98
2.35/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

metter98, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of freditoj
2.4/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

freditoj, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of brianplatt
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

brianplatt, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
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Sapporo Light Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.