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Sapporo Reserve - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Sapporo ReserveSapporo Reserve

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311 Ratings

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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.98%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd. visit their website

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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3/5  rDev -7.4%

zbooks, Mar 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

stpaulsipper07, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Doppelbockulus
2.98/5  rDev -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.

Doppelbockulus, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.38/5  rDev +35.2%
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.


RonaldTheriot, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Ruger
3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Ruger, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Amp
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Amp, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +23.5%

valkyre65, Dec 11, 2011
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

ROGUE16, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -7.4%

rab53, Dec 05, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +8%

deapokid, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of bpw28
2.53/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

bpw28, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +23.5%

Puterguru, Nov 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

codynevels, Nov 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

Lawnboy33, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Exiled
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Exiled, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

mactrail, Oct 11, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

McStagger, Oct 05, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

CaptJackHarkness, Aug 25, 2011
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2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

TMoney2591, Jul 03, 2011
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2.8/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Vdubb86, Jul 03, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
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,

Stunner97, Jun 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

WootThruDTurkey, May 29, 2011
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3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Lemke10, May 20, 2011
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3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours dark honey golden in color with half an inch of pure white foamy head that leaves light to medium lacing down the glass. The aroma is clean, grain, a bit of straw, some zesty hoppiness and a slight metallic tone. The taste is a wave of grainy malt followed by a bitter hoppiness. The mouthfeel is smooth, but finishes well-carbonated to the point of stinging the tongue. This beer is a simple, basic, lager that would best be had with some salty, tart or spicy food.

cpolking, May 14, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a tall 22oz can into a mug. The can offers a very brief description but no freshness date or abv.

Appearance: The pour produces a tall white head over a deep golden body with excellent clarity. The head slowly fades and just keeps a small cap tight foam till the last sip. It also makes some cool lace pattern on the glass.

Smell: It has a raw grain with a straw and light floral like hop bouquet. Overall it's light, simple and very clean.

Taste: The flavor profile has the same clean grain and straw/floral hop mix with a dry biscuity finish. Its light to body is refreshing and well carbonated.

Notes: It's a good clean lager and an uplifting palate cleanser opposite my pineapple fried rice.

generallee, Mar 04, 2011
Sapporo Reserve from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
75 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.