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Sapporo Reserve - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Sapporo ReserveSapporo Reserve

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174 Reviews

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Reviews: 174
Hads: 343
Avg: 3.27
pDev: 22.63%
Wants: 11
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
Japan | website

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: 174 | Hads: 343
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this out of a huge, sturdy 22 Oz. can. Appearance is a medium golden with an above average head. Aroma is mildly sweet, but on the weaker side of beer smells. Reserve's aroma and appearance left me expecting a much more mundane beer than this turned out to be. Taste is pleasently sweet, malts instantly remind me of some malty sweet German brews. Caramel is dominant flavor here. The overall taste is well-rounded and off-taste free. Drinkability is very good; if this is malt liquor, like the can says it is, then it has to be the best malt liquor I've ever sampled.

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Photo of surfmeister
2.36/5  rDev -27.8%
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

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Photo of smcolw
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color, slightly cloudy, nice head with teflon lace (won't stick to the glass).

Although not noted anywhere on the glass, there are strong wheat notes in the aroma. Very crisp with slight orange and other citrus smells. A touch of sourness.

The taste is hopless. Malts and wheat-like flavors start the tasting, the citrus finishes. Highly carbonated; very dry; the aftertaste fizzles quickly.

An above average "lawn mower" beer.

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Photo of yeagerbm
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is surprisingly a decent beer. A medium bodied pale lager with bright yellow color and medium white head. It has a rich, malty taste with no obvious adjuncty off flavors. Smooth mouthfeel with tight carbonation. Easy to drink and would go well with food. Also has comes in a very nice looking can that I might keep for decoration. Not an outstanding beer but very respectable for the style.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.77/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a permanent white head and a bit of lace. Golden color. Aroma is of sweet grainy malt with balance of noble hops. Flavor suggests traditional pilsner brewing with malty sweetness and balancing hop bitterness. Finishes pleasantly grainy and bittersweet. No parching dryness. A respectable brew.

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Photo of Zorro
3.29/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice gold color.

Smells mildly perfume and grainy.

Has a large solid grain flavor, mildly sweet. Mild malt and hops. Very tasty brew. This presents grain in its best property.

Good Mouthfeel.

Very drinkable. Very Japanese, take simple ingredients and make something more from them.

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Photo of jackndan
3.46/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sapporo Reserve: from the typical (kinda) cool pilsner style 22 oz can. The can has three stalks of barley on it. Pours significantly colored golden yellow. Explosive head, even when lightly poured, although it dissipates quickly, and leaves very light Belgian lacing on the side of the mug. A blast of skunked hops and adjuncts assaults the nose when first poured, but it settles down considerably when it’s resting in the glass. Initial tastes were not pleasant, but as it warms up, and settles, very sweet malts start assert themselves. A mild adjunct flavor also seems to dissipate as well, and the flavor literally warms up, leaving some biscuit flavors, and a hint of jam. What hops it has are employed to clean up the aftertaste, leaving a clean, mild malt taste. Cripes, I want to not like this beer, but it is surprising flavorful, light bodied and easy to drink. Worth a try.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Quintessential lager gold color on the pour, planetary sized head, could be because I dropped the can twice, head is bright white, frothy in texture with the lace a thin white curtain to seal off the glass. Archetypal lager clean and crisp malt laden nose, sweet malt start, top is light in feel. Finish is crisply acidic and the hops apropos to the style, an average beer at best.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.39/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz., thick-walled, big-ass can that would eat my can crusher for lunch. It classifies the beer as a "Malt Liquor."

Appearance: This beer poured with a slightly hazey, golden hue. A big, coarse head rose up and dissipated very quickly. It took not time at all until there was just a smattering of bubbles left drifting along the surface. These, too, were gone before the glass was half empty (or half full, depending on how you look at it).

Smell: The smell was heavier than anticipated and malty sweet, with a good dose of citrus (possibly lemon) backing it up. There were also hints of bitter hops and vanilla, but these aromas were definitely overpowered by the aforementioned smells.

Mouthfeel: Overall, this brew was thin-bodied, but somewhat fuller than I was expecting from the style. It had a very fuzzy, velvety feel to it as it passed over the tongue and along the checks.

Taste: This beer immediately started out dry, but then a hops bitterness and a sulpher-like quality developed quickly. These two flavors continued on into the aftertaste, where they were joined by a nice malty sweetness that balanced out the flavor as it gained strength. In the end, the flavor turned out to floral. Lavender and lilac come to mind.

Not a bad beer, but defintely nothing special either. Given the choice of this or an American macro lager, I would jump all over this.

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Photo of grynder33
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color,small quick disappearing head, very light slightly fruity aroma. Slight sweet sour malt tastewith a little bit of a carmel aftertaste. Didn't seem that complex, no real bitter aftertaste. I would definitely prefer this to an American malt liquor.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.26/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light gold color, large head. Aroma is grainy and sweet. A lighter bodied lager style beer. Nice mild hops. Milder malts with some sweetness. Good balance. Nice full flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Smooth taste. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.03/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.21/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BA might add 'Indestructible Can' to serving type. Pours a very clear and shiny gold. A foamy head of varying bubble sizes is fairly sturdy and traces of patchy lace remain throughout. The aroma is of grainy malt and mild metallic hops. There's more body than one typically associates with Japanese macro beer (it's a good thing). Fairly sweet and edged with some metallic and mildly spicy bitterness. Certainly not a great beer, but definitely not a bad beer.

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Photo of clvand0
2.18/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

OK saw this can beside the horrid Sapporo Draft ( terrible IMO)..and was feeling like a review and this was one of the very few beers in the store I ahd not "done"..so here goes
Surprisingly it poured a quite attractive beer in the glass..nice semi dark golden colour with a nice creamy white head..no artificial looking carbonation strings like in the Draft.
Smell is also quite attractive fresh and malty..with very very faint floral hops.
Taste is sort of toasted malts..and creaminess..some tiny spiciness..actually not at all bad.
Average on the palate.
Actually quite a drinkable beer..not bad at all..500% better than the Draft..but not worth the premium price.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled the 22 oz. "heavy" can...

Appearance: tons of bubbles rising and coating the glass, loose but thick head forms on hard pour, head depletes quickly, bright golden color, brilliant clarity, slight "film" on the surface (strange)

Aroma: sweet, grainy, some alcohol, noble hop character, pretty subtle

Flavor: fresh wort taste, full flavored malty Japanese lager, balanced, smooth, mellow bittterness in the dry finish, fresh grain aftertaste

Mouthfeel: highly carbonated, light body, crisp, some warming

Drinkability: superior to standard Sapporo to be sure; I always choose this at a Japanese restaurant if it's on the menu (not always easy to find)

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Photo of sponberg
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright yellow-gold with a sweet, bready aroma out of a can built to last. This isn't one of your aluminum-foil Silver Bullet cans, but a proper corrugated container that, if you had a dozen of 'em and were in a pinch, could be used 3 at a corner to hold up a table.

Starts out with a grainy sweetness, which yields rapidly to a firm bitterness. Some apple or pear like flavors over the malt graininess (it doesn't mention rice being used, but I did get a brief "Bud-adjunct" sensation on my tongue), a faint steely spiciness which could either be hops or the can, and then it pretty much all disappears in the finish. Slight prickliness to the mouthfeel. The overall taste is somewhat disjointed - I agree that it tastes like an underlagered lager. However, it complimented the salt-grilled mackerel and miso soup very nicely. It does have a purpose.

Helluva can, too. A few of these and some hose clamps and you'll never have to visit Midas for a tailpipe.

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Photo of TXHops
2.84/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I’ve looked at Sapporo Reserve in the store for years. That tall, beveled can never really seemed to call to me (canned Japanese macro beer?) but several BA’s recommend this one as a better alternative to mainstream Asahi or Sapporo Draft, etc…

The beer is Michelob yellow in the glass, but with a nice finger of somewhat large-bubbled head. A faint grainy flavor with maybe just a touch of noble hops is just evident on the nose—nothing powerful on the olfactory front. The body is fairly light—a bit fluffy perhaps, which was sort of surprising. The flavor is grainy and a bit metallic. There’s a touch of appley fruitiness before the bitterness of the hops takes over, riding out the finish. After the grain and the fruitiness have subsided and the bitterness has the stage, several other flavors emerge as well. First the metallic flavor (which tastes a bit like having a bloody nose) leads slowly and subtly into a flavor somewhat like charcoal. I remember that flavor from Corona and Old English malt liquor. It tastes like college. Following the charcoal, the apple flavor and the metal converge with the bitterness to leave a lingering twang that’s not entirely unpleasant, but isn’t great either. To me, this beer tastes like something between a cheap German bier (Beck’s or St. Pauli Girl) and a “Premium” American macro (Michelob or the old Miller Reserve). It has a touch of malt character and a touch of hoppiness, but it tastes like it was lagered WAY too briefly, resulting in some harshness and some subtle off flavors.

Not bad, but not good either.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal clear pale golden color with a thick and persistent snow-white head, lots of carbonation and adundant broken lace.

Aroma: Intensely sweet grassy aroma with hints of apple peel.

Taste: Opens with a touch of tangy hop bitterness, and a slight sting of carbonation, followed by mild malt sweetness, finishes dry with a stark metallic bitterness that lingers.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant mouthfeel.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant and well crafted beer, perhaps a bit understated. Pairs very well with spicy cuisine.

Presenration: Packaged in a custom tall brown glass sixteen ounce bottle with a pop-off crown. Served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a fluffy white head over brilliant gold/straw colored liquid. Nose is grassy and sweet smelling, quite effervescent too. Taste is sweet and slightly bready, with adequate bitterness showing up late in the swallow. Finishes malty with hoppy dryness taking things to the end. Well made.

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Photo of putnam
3.84/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange/gold color. Aromas of sweet, sprouting grain. A little nuttiness from a bitter hop infusion appears on the outside. Big, creamy and very dry with driving, fine bubbles. Alcohol sweetness is at the center of a complex of toasted nut, dried apple and dried apricot flavors. This beer seems to be a little top heavy, big, broad alcohol-driven size and weight without much flavor detail to complement it. Extremely drinkable though for such a heady brew.

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Photo of yen157
3.62/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden beer, white head. Smells quite floral and citrusy. Impressively smooth brew, tastes very fruit, like melon or pineapple candy, but not too sweet. Bitter finish and a little bit of a grain aftertaste. I was pleasantly surprised when I tried this one.

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Photo of Jdiddy
4.11/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Beautiful golden color. This goes very well with spicy food. It does have a bit of the can taste in it, but oddly enough, it compliments it. Very refreshing. The best of the Sapporo beers.

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Photo of Todd
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Beautiful, tall, sculptured 22oz silver can, going gold towards the bottom. You really feel like you have something bold in your hand.

Appearance: Brilliant, bright, rich gold. Pours a big foamy and thick white head that relaxes into a whisp lace.

Smell: A rather clean nose with faint aromas of grain, metallic and floral.

Taste: Medium-bodied, rich, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Nice initial lemony hop snap that wakens the palate. A crisp light malty sweet profile follows with grain, dextrin and metallic flavours. Delicate underlining hop tea-like flavours stretch from the beginning to end. There's a thin fruitiness to the brew as well (melon-like). Finishes only slighty dry with a metallic aftertaste.

Notes: This is Sapporo's special beer, a Malt Liquor, brewed twice as long as the other variations of Sapporo. I like this brew. A great complement to sushi, and an excellent alternative to many of the American styles of the same.

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Sapporo Reserve from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
75 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.