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Sapporo Reserve - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Sapporo ReserveSapporo Reserve

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BA SCORE
76
okay

173 Reviews
THE BROS
83
good

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Reviews: 173
Hads: 338
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 12
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Japan

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2001

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Reviews: 173 | Hads: 338
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with a definite malt and hop presence but it's pretty bland and gets much less drinkable as it warms up in my opinion. (583 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.29/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of apples and bready malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except the flavors are slightly stronger and also have some hints of grainy malts and grassy hops. A slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, rather smooth and somewhat clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and seems a little bland but doesn’t have any offensive aromas or flavors. (735 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 650mL can into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium gold hue with a haze-free body and a ton of effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy white foam with moderately good retention. This is a good-looking example of the style.

Smell: the aroma is of light, sweet malt. There's not a lot of character here, but also not any major flaws. Pretty decent!

Taste: lightly sweet malt flavor which is exceptionally clean. None of that artificial plastic-like flavor you get in a lot of macros. Hops are almost nonexistent, but there is a tiny hint of bitterness which indicates their presence. Inoffensive and drinkable.

Mouthfeel: light body with a moderate effervescence. It neither develops a big creaminess nor provides a prickly, refreshing fizziness. Not terrible, but not interesting.

Overall: I like this beer. For a macro lager, it is surprisingly clean and tasty, as well as eminently drinkable. (912 characters)

Photo of Newkie
3.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice clear slightly darker than average lager color, with a bright white head that stays for a bit. Little bit of lacing. Smell is sweet grain but its a bit deeper than expected. Slightly floral earthy hops balance out the nose. Taste is very balanced and impressive. Clean, sweet grain dominates the palate and finishes dry with a slight earthy hop bitterness. Carbonation and mouthfeel are appropriate and enjoyable. Good stuff for the style and I'd have one whenever an easy-drinker is needed. Especially against regular Sapporo and other rice lagers. (556 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Top Hops a few weeks back on the day I bought the Wesvleteren 12. I never had this before and it was always on my list of beers to try out. This turned out to be surprisingly decent and a much better example of the style than the other versions I've had in the past out of green bottles. While it has a bit of the sour grass feeling in the back, the main flavors and mouthfeel held up well and this was relatively easy to enjoy and drink.

The pour to this was what I expected - clear, golden, and with a nice head. There was some lacing to be seen but not a lot of aroma to be detected here. Nice bright mouthfeel with lots of lemon, grass, and grain to be found here, with just a touch of honey underneath it all. The sourness kicked in just a bit in the back but the malty flavors reminded me that this was indeed liquid bread. There never felt skunked or gave me impression that too much grain was here and the hops didn't overpower either, even though they were present throughout my session.

Session beers don't get much better than this when it comes to Lagers and unlike Pabst, this didn't have any potato chip-like starch in the mouthfeel. While this didn't blow me away, I'd have another of these over mass-market examples of this style and would love to try it with some Japanese fare. The world needs more beers like this that are light in hue but filling enough in taste and body, as a reminder that not all Lagers need to feel smelly and watered-down. (1,485 characters)

Photo of Drew966
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sapporo Reserve pours an orange color with an off white head from a gold and silver twenty two ounce can. The aroma is mild, spicy hops dominate. The flavor is quite nice, spicy hops well balanced with malt. This is a very light bodied beer, but is leagues better than most macro lagers. Easy to drink and tasty. (312 characters)

Photo of Theheroguy
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Very pale with a light white head.

The smell is one of grain and alcohol slightly undesirable.

Its a very crisp and clean tasting lager, doesn't get in the way of anything. It pairs well with food.

As with many lagers don't let this beer warm up because its goes downhill quickly at higher temperatures.

I'm giving this beer average marks because I don't think its intended to be a something that you just kick back with and down a few. It is similar to standard macro lagers but with the offensive elements noticeably missing. I'd drink this over most macros any day but it would never be my first choice. (610 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy and golden with a white, 2 finger head. Retention is average, leaving behind little in the way of lace.

Smell - Notes of sweet, grainy malt hits the nose first, with light, fruity esters sitting behind; maybe apricot or peach?

Taste - Follows the nose. Malts are sweet with a bit of grain character, hints of honey and some fruity esters (apple or stonefruit). Subtle grassy hoppiness. Finish is crisp and with some lingering fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied, with lively carbonation. Crisp and finishes a touch on the dry side.

Overall - Solid lager from Sapporo. A bit sweeter and more complex than their Original Draft offering; the difference in quality ingredients is obvious. (736 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$3.33 for the 22oz can...the bottom of the can is very mirror like.;^) Contract brewed in Guelph Ontario Canada.

A light golden pour with a 1 finger head of foam and does well with the lacing.

The smell isn't very different from the typical of the style; grainy, metallic, malty/sugary sweetness.

The taste isn't typical. I get a pretty heft blast of hop bitterness but it's soon followed by grainy notes, a bit of a vegetal flavour, mild sweetness, and finishes on the hoppy side. An unusual experience with every sip. The vegetal I get I could do without but the rest is pretty pleasing.

Usual medium light body with a not to zesty level of carbonation, this is quite drinkable. I like. (692 characters)

Photo of ithacabaron
2.58/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A very handsome bottle. Pours a somewhat clouded canary yellow with a golden center. Bubbles wave their way up to a thin but well-shaped head. Lacing barely climbs the glass. If this was a Belgian Strong Pale, this would get very strong marks. For a Euro Pale Lager, not so much.

Smell brings with it a strong wave of yeast, with notes of nougat, mustard seed, and jicama. Very unusual. Again, intriguing, but way off for the style.

Taste is quite sweet, with more yeast, some Lyle's syrup, and a whiff of celery seed. A pinprick of bitterness appears at the swallow, just enough to keep this from being cloying. There are, at least somewhere, some hops in here. Still, it's a flavor profile that manages to be simultaneously boring and annoying.

Mouthfeel seems remarkably thick; the carbonation just can't keep up. Not impressive.

Overall, this is pretty much a failure all around. It lacks direction and purpose, it's not good alone, and I have to imagine it would be a disaster with almost any kind of food. I would not purchase this again. (1,048 characters)

Photo of B33R501
3.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

great beer enjoyed 4th of july after breakfast and before the pool. beautiful can that i could see being enjoyed by the pool or bbq.

pours very pretty gold, big fluffy white head, my convenience store coffee cup really retains the head well. nice aroma bready malts, taste follows, big smooth all malt brew. nicely balanced, slightly bitter hoppy bite. finishes crisp, clean and very refreshing.

this is the beer i reach for when i want a regular beer. perfect size, $3 for 22 oz, and doesnt overwhelm the senses. just a great regular beer. first class. (556 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color with a moderate head and no real lacing.

S: Clean aroma of malt, fresh grain and just a bit of sweetness.

T: Taste of malt and fresh grain with a mild sweetness. There is a very subtle bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Light body, very crisp and smooth. Decent balance and a very clean feel.

Nice beer that goes down very easy. Fairly bland but was still enjoyable. Compliments Japanese cuisine very well. Quite good for the style. (464 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, I'm back. After a promising yoga in the park detour on Waikiki Beach with my soon-to-be missus, which turned out to be pleasant, and stretchy, enough, save the fact that the instructor turned out to be Japanese, and spoke that language almost exclusively for the whole session, given the multitude of Japanese students...anyhoo, suffice to say, I have a very strong hankering for a Japanese beer, any one of those crazily available a moment's step in any direction in this part of the world. 650ml can.

This beer pours a crystal clear, golden straw colour, with three fingers of foamy, puffy, bone-white head, which leaves a sparsely-strewn web of lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of crisp crackery white grain, and a metallic acerbic herbal edge, one that is hard to attribute to actual hops. The taste is fairly malty - bready and crackery, with only the slightest of skanky, almost diacetyl-like off-flavour, with some respectably understated grassy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is a bit frizzy, but generally amenable, the body a decent medium weight, a bit too tacky to proclaim outright smooth, but it works well enough. It finishes sweet, but not overly so, the graininess holding tight that all-malt claim, and the hops hangin' tough on the down-low.

Not a shabby Euro pale lager, could use a bit more hops, but the malt claim is justified, and I had no problem putting back the can after the warmth of this day. Sassy contoured can too - jeez, can environment have that much affect on a guy's beer senses? Apparently so. (1,559 characters)

Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.01/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What is the funniest pat about this beer? It's Japanese, but it is brewed and canned in Guelph Ontario Canada.

It pours a wonderful gold color that is clean and clear, and it feels light and clean in the mouth like a lot of beers by macro breweries. And it smells like a good beer, not like one that reminds you of beer vomit.

Flavor is the most important, though, and it is par. It is clean, brewed with ingredients that were chosen to cater to the financial market. It tastes like a widely marketable beeer, nothng bad at all. However it falls short for those of us who ant more out of a beer.

It's not bad, it's like a typical party where you know what is going to happen, and at the end of the night you are happy, but there were no surprises that left you ecstatic. Overall it is a 3.5. (794 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sapporo Reserve has a thick, soapy, slightly off-white head, and a clear, yellow-golden appearance, with lots of streaming bubbles and pretty thick lacing. The aroma is standard lager- barley and water. Taste is sweet, bread, lightly-roasted barley, and a bit of hops for rounding purposes. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Sapporo Reserve finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, mild, and easy drinking. This is a lager the way it’s supposed to be, and it’s delicious.

RJT (475 characters)

Photo of Ruger
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy gold color with a very thick white head with good retention, light lacing.

S - Bread and malt can't really get any hops in the smell.

T - Wow, this is really clean tasting citrus, bread, and malt slight hop finish really crisp by far one of the best Euro Pale Lagers I've had.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation. (337 characters)

Photo of bpw28
2.55/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Light Gold (about a 5 SRM), Bleach white soda bubble head that died fast, spotty lacing, tons of carb.

Smell: It smells like a multi-grain macro (says all malt though), herby floral, light malt undertones.

Taste: Light malt, light herby. Watery body, maybe a very small bite of hop, maybe.

Overall: Eh. This is a small step above bud. I was really hoping for a nice big step from a name like this with it's pushing of its euro hop and all malt bill, but it's fallen short. (487 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Malty golden lager. Great carbonation, a lovely head on this stuff. Of all the many variations on the usual light lagers, this is one of my favorites. Fairly rich with malt flavors, even a touch of toast. Slight sourish taste is the worst feature. Hops are not much, but contribute to a pleasant beery bitterish flavor.

Absolutely nothing special, but a well-made lager. Seems like more mouthfeel than most. And the gold and silver can always makes me feel like I've drinking something rare and expensive. (507 characters)

Photo of McStagger
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: generous pour into pokal lead to a finger (hey, it's a pokal) of medium retention slight off white head. Beer is hazier than other Japanese brews I have had.

S: slight malt grain. Soapish phenols (mild), grain husk, grass. Mild citrus notes in hops.

T: Malt, grain, citrus, much more floral. Less straight up dry than most Japanese beers.

M: Good, medium to full body that is stellar. Close to the epitome of the style.

O: this is great. By far the best Japanese beer I've ever had. (493 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a major surprise! Perhaps they call it Reserve because they usualy keep it for themselves!

This is a pale yellow brew with decent head, clean crisp taste no aftertaste lingering to spoil your sashimi! This is the best from Japan I've tried so far! (257 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.68/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Surly shaker pint glass.

The sixth entry in SwillFest 2011. It pours a clear pale yellow straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises rice, wheat, and soap. And that's it. The taste has nothing constructive to add to this discussion, unless you consider a few bits of minerals constructive (which, clearly, I don't). The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation, a watery feel, and a kinda crisp, dry finish. Overall, a light, airy beer that doesn't seem to have much else to offer but its lightness. (542 characters)

Photo of Vdubb86
2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a tulip glass

Thanks kyle for making me drink this...not really

This beer pours a pale golden color. The smell is puffed rice almost exclusively. The flavor is upsettingly rice filled. It's sticky sweet rice. Overall I really really don't find this to be preferential. Unadviseable if you truly like beer. (317 characters)

Photo of Stunner97
3.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- very nice sharp appearance, golden yellow with high carbonation and beautiful thick bellowing head

Smell- corn grain and malt,

Taste- a nice sweet malty flavor dominates up front, there is nice hop dryness on the finish that keeps things nicely in check, a very tastey crisp lager that is on the maltier side for the style

Mouthfeel- nice crisp, heavier then most of the style

Drinkability/overall- I have to say overall this beer was better then what I expect having never really tried it before, its a solid lager with nice balance that would go very well with many foods and still have enough flavor to be decent on its own, (644 characters)

Photo of WootThruDTurkey
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this can at a St Louis store next to some other interesting imports. It was not bad. Smell was just ok, taste was malty but has a watery taste in their somewhere exposing it's cheapness. Overall I liked it for a good cheap drink with friends but its nothing special. The price was the point and this beer is right with other adjunct beers. (345 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a Single 650mL can of this at Woodman's in Janesville, WI in early 2011.

Pours a very clear and pale yellow color. Barley malt is very evident in it's scent hinting that this might have a cheap beer taste. The taste is mild and rather malty. Rather simple and nothing all that special considering it's from Japan. Something new to try from a different country, but considering it's taste...you could go with Pabst Blue Ribbon and not be missing much. (461 characters)

Sapporo Reserve from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
76 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.