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Sapporo Reserve - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Sapporo ReserveSapporo Reserve

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305 Ratings

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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 170
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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Photo of filabrazilia
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with a nice white head that leaves small traces of lace on the glass. There are bubbles a plenty in this attractive looking brew.

There is a pronounced grainy and malt aroma in this beer. There is actually more aroma here than I anticipated--pretty darn fragrant for the style.

The taste is also a bit surprising--lightly malty with a hint of bitterness in the finish. I actually think this is a llight lager that has some character. I don't know if I detect the flavor of rice or not--there is definitely a unique component to this beer as well.

This is a pretty thin beer, but that is to be expected. However, the carbonation is a little too strong for my liking. While it doesn't totally detract from the drinking experience, it does take away a bit from it.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It was much better than I expected. I will order this the next time I have sushi.

filabrazilia, Jan 08, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/07/04- Purchased at Trader Joes in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 22 oz silver can poured into a large 24 oz beer mug. No freshness date on the can that I can find.

Appearance- Just rated the standard Sapporo and this one is about the same in all catagories. Huge foamy head, golden colored and nil lace.

Smell- A bit more smell from this one. Maybe a little more hoppy. Maybe some citrus?

Taste- Not as good as the premium IMO, but I guess it is a different type of beer. More malt taste in here and more hop flavor. Not as clean tasting to me. But still a good thirst quencher.

Mouthfeel- Ultra carbonated, but still goes down relatively easy.

Drinkability- Not bad. I have no idea why I am having these on a below 50 degree day, but, it's still pretty damn quenching.

GClarkage, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of Rio
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellowish gold, hazy color, with a massive, creamy looking head that has some pretty good retention, even once it turns to a lace. Faint grain smells, and some more prevalent floral smells.

A nice floral hop taste at the beginning, followed by a light malt flavor and some citrus taste, though there is a disappointing metallic taste at the end. Smooth and creamy to the mouth.

A pretty good beer. I love the can here, too. Unfortunately, that metallic taste brings my opinion of it down a bit, but it's not bad.

Rio, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of mschofield
2.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a yellowed gold, topped with a three finger off-white puffy head.
Lemon zest aroma, biscuit and grain.
Grain, light caramel, lightly earthy, lemon zest and oranges, entirely lacking in bitterness.
Light to medium bodied, boring and not very drinkable.

mschofield, Oct 01, 2004
Photo of texashammer
2.6/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orangey yellow. Very little head. Really weird smell, very difficult to identify. Some pumpkin, some bread, some apricot perhaps. Strange. I'm deciding on pumpkin for the smell. Smooth mouthfeel, very inoffensive, no bite like lagers often give. Metallic taste if anything. Very little flavor. I am struggling to find a taste and can't find one. Very boring and inoffensive. Finish is slightly more "there", kind of skunky.

texashammer, Sep 23, 2004
Photo of baiser
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The can looks like the original draft can, but the bottom of the can has a yellow, fire like pattern. Looks damn cool.

Poured a clear, pale yellow colour, with a fizzy head, that disappeared quite quickly. Left no lacing.

Very clean nose. Slightly grainy, metallic.

A very crisp and clean taste. Good amount of mid sip bitterness. After taste is try. Good amount of hops. Very refreshing. Grainy, a little metallic. Slight fruity sweetness.

Better than average lager. Definitely better than their original draft beer.

baiser, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.53/5  rDev +9%
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.

Gagnonsux, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of surfmeister
2.3/5  rDev -29%
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

surfmeister, Jul 15, 2004
Photo of smcolw
3.25/5  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.

smcolw, Jun 25, 2004
Photo of yeagerbm
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

yeagerbm, May 29, 2004
Photo of EagleTalon
3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

EagleTalon, May 25, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Zorro, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of jackndan
3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

jackndan, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Gusler, Nov 16, 2003
Photo of Quaffer
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Quaffer, Oct 20, 2003
Photo of grynder33
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

grynder33, Oct 15, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.25/5  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.

beerguy101, Sep 21, 2003
Photo of Beastdog75
2.03/5  rDev -37.3%
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.

Beastdog75, Aug 23, 2003
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

BeerResearcher, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of clvand0
2.17/5  rDev -33%
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.

clvand0, Aug 15, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Reidrover, Jun 28, 2003
Photo of GreenCard
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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)

GreenCard, May 07, 2003
Photo of sponberg
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

sponberg, Apr 25, 2003
Photo of TXHops
2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

TXHops, Mar 27, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +8%
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.

Pegasus, Nov 14, 2002
Sapporo Reserve from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
75 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.