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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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2.25/5  rDev -9.3%

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2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

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5/5  rDev +101.6%

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2/5  rDev -19.4%

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

KyleBatten, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of chinchill
2.55/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

chinchill, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +61.3%

soonerlight, Jan 08, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
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2/5  rDev -19.4%

Swiatek6, Dec 14, 2011
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 WoodBrew
3.25/5  rDev +31%
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.

WoodBrew, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.55/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 06, 2011
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 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 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 DoubleJ
2.75/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

DoubleJ, Dec 03, 2008
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2.9/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 20, 2008
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 Onslow
2.58/5  rDev +4%
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...

Onslow, Mar 19, 2008
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 Drew966
2.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Drew966, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
2.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

NeroFiddled, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
2.7/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Hibernator, Jan 20, 2006
Sapporo Light Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.