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Sapporo Reserve - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Sapporo ReserveSapporo Reserve

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BA SCORE
75
okay

291 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd. visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2001)
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Lare453

Florida

1/5  rDev -69%

10-09-2013 14:09:49 | More by Lare453
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Brew33

Ohio

1.5/5  rDev -53.6%

06-12-2013 18:18:14 | More by Brew33
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JamisonM

Arizona

1.78/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: light gold color

S: an off grain smell WTF!!

T: bitter grain it sucks not refreshing horrible

M: light M med cabronation

D: crappy taste hard to drink

overall this beer is shit dont buy it!!! the beer is telling you its all barley malt and clearly its not all barley its adjunct crap!

Serving type: can

05-29-2010 00:14:38 | More by JamisonM
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jimbotrost

Michigan

1.83/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed 03/31/04 and taken from notes. Color is straw but pours with a haze. Head is full bright white and carries a nice lace. Nose shows hints of grass and slight malt. Flavor is chemical like, something definately wrong with this sample. Body is very dry and reminds one of medicine. Finish in omne word is nasty, not good.

Serving type: can

06-01-2005 13:49:33 | More by jimbotrost
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JDV

Texas

1.88/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

What can I say, I was curious to try it b/c of the can... Light golden clear pour with a decent head. Smell was surprisingly skunky, lager malt/yeast smell, and watery with a good amount of metal aroma and flavor. Just watery, boring, and not particularly good at all overall. Kind of a watery golden/blonde ale flavor about it...

Serving type: can

03-01-2008 21:27:25 | More by JDV
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

2/5  rDev -38.1%

07-15-2013 18:19:05 | More by TheMrFarnham
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Dcbelkot

Washington

2/5  rDev -38.1%

06-24-2014 20:28:33 | More by Dcbelkot
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -38.1%

04-06-2013 21:41:01 | More by bostonryan
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bsopko

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -38.1%

02-16-2013 19:01:04 | More by bsopko
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brpendergast85

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -38.1%

03-25-2014 04:52:43 | More by brpendergast85
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BcOneSeven

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -38.1%

06-16-2014 22:42:28 | More by BcOneSeven
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

2.03/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sapporo Reserve is either the premium lager in Sapporo's line, or simply just a malt liquor. For me, it seems like a little bit of both. This beer is a bit better than the Sapporo Draft in a can, but it has a few slight resemblances to the malt liquors that can be seen in the big 40s. Clocking in at only 5.2% abv, this isn't a powerhouse, but it probably wasn't meant to be anyway.

Sapporo Reserve pours a yellow straw color with a decent foamy white head that lasts for around 30 seconds. It smells like a malt liquor, only a little less obnoxious. If you've had a malt liquor before, you know what I mean. For those who haven't had the pleasure, it smells like a cheap adjuncty husky/musty smell with a hint of "stank" to it (call it jet fuel or whatever). Whatever it is, it's here albeit only in a low quantity. Thin, very fizzy mouthfeel. The taste of the can is evident, but not as foul as the Draft. Light grainy flavors, some light fruity sweetness. Slightly harsh, but once again not as harsh as the draft. Moderate hop bitterness. Aftertaste has some dryness and some metallic bitterness. This all finishes out with some alcoholic warmth.

Just a little bit more drinkable than the Sapporo Original Draft. The can for this one is even a little bit cooler. Once again, what little flavor is here just isn't that great.

Serving type: can

08-23-2003 03:02:13 | More by Beastdog75
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yemenmocha

Arizona

2.1/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy golden color. Looked better in the can, which is quite an attractive aluminum can, so I poured it back into the can (after you read the rest of the review you'll see why).

Smell is very grain-alcohol-y, chemical, and fairly tame. Very similar to most domestic macros.

Taste is very light in all aspects, again with a macro character on the whole, and that annoying chemical taste. What is that taste? I can't find the right word.

Finish is short and dry.

The nice thing about this beer is the fancy can. Unlike regular Sapporo this can has nice barley designs on both sides of the can. very attractive. This beer is far more enjoyable straight from the can - if you must drink one at all.

Serving type: can

06-10-2005 02:49:56 | More by yemenmocha
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clvand0

Kentucky

2.17/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a plain yellow color with a small white head that quickly disappears and no lacing on the glass. The aroma is a little malty, a little wheaty, but very plain in actuality. The flavor is very plain and uninteresting. Obviously a mass-produced beer, but for some reason, the Reserve is not as tasty as the regular Sapporo. Who knows.

Serving type: can

08-15-2003 18:58:12 | More by clvand0
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Noelito76

New York

2.25/5  rDev -30.3%

10-02-2013 09:40:55 | More by Noelito76
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Azpittil57

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -30.3%

10-18-2013 22:22:13 | More by Azpittil57
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Kopfmeister60

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -30.3%

09-21-2012 16:00:21 | More by Kopfmeister60
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Theshooster

Korea (South)

2.25/5  rDev -30.3%

12-10-2012 05:32:44 | More by Theshooster
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FINLANDski_1619

Wyoming

2.25/5  rDev -30.3%

08-21-2013 03:16:43 | More by FINLANDski_1619
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Danno48

West Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -30.3%

04-28-2013 02:34:22 | More by Danno48
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sneezye

Oklahoma

2.25/5  rDev -30.3%

01-06-2014 17:54:15 | More by sneezye
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surfmeister

California

2.3/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beauty is only skin deep.
Appearance: beautiful thick rich frothy head atop a crystal clear golden brew
Smell: faint, but with pleasant, sweet, malty nose
Taste: medicinal bitterness assaults your tongue immediately, no real hop flavors, no significant malt backbone, just a brutal, unwelcome, ibuprofen bitterness
Mouthfeel: thin, average, but with it's taste, I couldn't give it a "3"
Drinkability: will not purchase again...ever

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2004 21:16:57 | More by surfmeister
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TLove

District of Columbia

2.33/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

It had a lot of sweet grain and the maltiness was a bit bready for a light beer, but neverthess, not a fantastic showing from an already relatively poor brewery devoid of much taste.

The smell and appearance were about average, being similar to the regular Sapporo. The taste was slightly below average, with a noticeable imbalance in its blend of maltiness and crisp lightness. The same imbalance led to its distinct mouthfeel, for lack of a better word. The drinkability, however, was atrocious. I had to give it to my roommate to finish, as I could literally not finish more than a quarter of the hardcore can.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-12-2008 03:33:09 | More by TLove
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.38/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My canned beer kick continues unabated, despite Jacey's many attempts to get me to be quiet.

It poured with two fingers of rocky, bone-white head that slowly fell away into a light foamy coating on top of the beer. The color was a spectacular golden yellow with NE-plus quality clarity. I could almost read things on the other side of the room! The nose was both sweetish and metallic at the same time. Mouthfeel was on the thin side with a mild sweetness on the tongue. The finish was really metallic, however, and lingered well after the swallow. Oof. It came in a big 22-ounce can, so the price was not something to quibble about, but there are much better (and equally inexpensive) examples of the style available. Give one a try, but for me, it was a once-and-done experience.

Serving type: can

03-27-2008 00:41:46 | More by woodychandler
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BoitSansSoif

France

2.4/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Poured a golden-yellow amber with a slight pinkish tint. Thick, white frothy head that left some lacing, and a thin persistent cap.
S-Metallic with light malt, slightly grassy hops with some sourness, light yeast.
T-Up front and in your face metallic attack with sharp and crisp wave of grassy and sour hops, faint lemon, and light malt. This burst of clashing, unbalanced flavors suddenly departs in the midpalate, and actually goes down very smoothly. The metallic flavor reemerges in the aftertaste, ruining what was almost a recovery.
M-Ho hum. The body is about what you'd want for this type of beer, actually a tad heavier than what I expected. The carbonation is just a bit much, but it's good.
D-Can't get over the metal-mouth sensation. It takes me back to my junior-high years in braces, and I don't miss those days. I'm glad I don't drop $5 for these when I eat out Asian food.

Serving type: can

04-22-2008 15:46:33 | More by BoitSansSoif
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Sapporo Reserve from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
75 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.