Sapporo Draft Beer - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Sapporo Draft BeerSapporo Draft Beer

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BA SCORE
68
poor

223 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 21.33%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Japan

Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: canadianbarman on 03-24-2001

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Ratings: 223 | Reviews: 116
Reviews by metallistout:
Photo of metallistout
3.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I rated this one in the mindset of thinking that Budweiser and Michelob are made of rice. Shouldn't they be considered Rice Lagers? I would have to say that if I measure this beer up to Budweiser there is no contest. Sapporo brings home the trophy. At least I understand why they use rice. Does japan have any other grains. All in all it's not a bad lager. Even matching it up against Heineken I would say Sapporo wins.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This was light orangish-yellow with a nice head that actually left some pitting pools of foam and laced the glass.

Smell – This did not carry the horrible stench that many other Pale Lagers seem to have. I can pick up some nice ricey-type of grain and a sweetness that’s not totally disgusting.

Taste – Not bad for a Japanese Pale Lager. The sweetness comes on bigger at the taste, which normally grosses me out, but here it’s softened up a bit.

Mouthfeel – A bit dry and somewhat refreshing. This is actually a bit bigger than light-bodied and has a little carbonation to keep things interesting.

Drinkability – I’m not dumping this in the sink as I do with many examples of this sadly worn-out style.

Photo of Todd
3.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz custom Sapporo brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Bright, clear, pale golden. Carbonation is extremely active and keeps a pure white, semi-sticky, creamy foam head.

Smell: Delicately floral nose with soft grain aroams.

Taste: Smooth taste, light malty body with grain notes in the back. Carbonation pricks the tongue, and hop flavours creep up and lightly sting the palate with floral lemon/lime-like quality. The beer goes dry after with a faint bready flavour. Finishes with a light floral aftertaste.

Notes: Japan's #1 imported beer and a very refreshing lager. Equal to, if not better than, many US equivalents.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.54/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fizzy yellow beer. Aroma was light and missing.

Taste, not much. You could workout and drink this stuff. Carbonated. Good with good food, because it won't interfere with just about any flavor profile. Very polite and non offensive beer here. Just missing the camera. Prolly good with spicy stuff or when you just feel like a water but it isn't available. This used to be cheaper, price has crept up lately.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.28/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Golden in color with the matching white foam that I will call a head. Definitely fizzy white. It is a basic macro, although I find that this beer does pair well with the japanese food. When poured you can almost smell the corn and rice, mostly rice come at you. All rice minimal malt, almost unnoticable hop aroma. A simple, very low in flavor carbonated beverage, but it is refreshing just nothing here to say it's a good beer. Light bodied, meant for the masses of the population in mass quantity. It was so run of the mill. I should have done a sake bomb with it.

Photo of rastaman
1.28/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I guess i wasn't really expecting much with this one,no real taste to speak of, quite watery, sure was a nice can though.

Photo of dohastmich
2.45/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Like others have said, this is your typical Macro American lager, except its from Japan and at least comes in a neat 22oz can .

Can't say much about it but it would be good to have on a hot day. Its light in colour and taste. Reminded me of miller lite. Probably would not have it again.

Photo of soper2000
2.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this at the local Japanese restaraunt. Poured a golden straw color with a white head. Aroma is very clean. Can't really pick out much grain or much of anything for that matter. Taste is what the smell alluded to. Very crisp, faint notes of hops are present but that's about it. This fits in well with the BMC crowd. Nothing special overall but I was glad to try something new and my first asian beer as well.

Photo of Wegomlegging
3.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cool tall silver can poured this beer-san into my glass, with not much to offer to the eyes save for a different color than the glass. Smelled like most mass-produced lagers, not surprising since the rice thing is a similarity. Flavor was decent, but nothing different from the decent mega-schlubs of yore. Might be a bit more carbonation here than what I'm used to getting in an Bud, but that's about it. What I did like about this is that it's very drinkable, and would go well with that wasabi you had with your sea urchin...now I know it's making everyone hungry.

Photo of Reverand
2.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not a big fan a beer in a can and I can see why with Sapporo. The beer poured well and had a nice head,but the taste was average and really no aroma. Budweiser in fancier can!!!

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium gold in color with thin white head that dissipates rapidly. Has a light "beer" aroma of a not really discernable malt & hop combination. Moderate carbonation level coupled with a light body gives a zesty mouthfeel. Some hop bitterness in the flavor backed by a mellow malt character. Brief, dry, slightly hop-tinged finish. Clean and interestingly dry, but rather standard.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.05/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to capra12 for this one. Imported (from Hong Kong) version. 4oz. can poured into a Heady Topper pint.

Extended pour yields a massive, 4 finger foamy white head that collapses quickly. Beer is a clear pale yellow. Lacing is spotty with no stick. Average for the style.

Nose is thankfully very muted. Like dirty sweetened water with some lemon juice squeezed into it. Not terrible... but very strange.

Taste like dirty water with a hop bitterness mixed in. Some sweetness comes from the rice adjuncts used. A weird lemon rind bitterness is also present. Finishes grainy and bitter with a sickening sweet aftertaste. Not good.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Watery and grainy in the mouth and abrasive going down. Messy finish is a terrible, lingering aftertaste. Pretty par for the style. deducted points for the aftertaste.

The best part about this beer was that it came in a 4oz can size. I wouldn't wish this one on any other BA. FOr the love of God, pass on this.

Photo of DESTRO
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

comes in a bad ass can. pours out a pale golden, clear with a big white head, somewhat rocky and it eventually dies down to a foamy white ring. light lacing. the nose smells of sweet grainy malt, very clean. the flavor is in the same arena, light sweetness comming from the malt with a small hop bitterness evening things out. clean and simple, crisp in the mouth and refreshing. a nice palate cleanser (spicy food, pizza, thai food etc.) or a good ice cold quencher. i expected less, not bad at all.

Photo of bditty187
2.61/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Umm… what’s going on with this beer? The nose is like wet socks, wet grains, and then nice floral. Then the flavors on the palate start off creamy (in a bad way) then after a few more sips it blends into a crispy hops floral thing. Ends up okay. But overall this yellow bodied, white-headed beer is rather plain. It is a thirst quencher, that’s it. I doubt if I bother with this one again.

The “Original Draft Beer” that Sapporo makes is much better; try that one instead.

Photo of hdofu
2.71/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much one can say about this beer except its malty sweet and goes down easy with sushi. Has a nice good white head a gold color, has a relatively boring taste which makes a good palliate cleaner for sushi. Has a grass smell with lite floral taste. Not bad beer by any stretch and easily drinkable

Photo of hotstuff
2.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a very quick dissolving head and there was no lacing whatsoever.It had a moderate bitter taste.The body had a lot of carbonation and the hue was gold.A very prolonging aftertaste was observed with this beer.This beer reminded me of Budweiser.Yuck.

Photo of EagleTalon
2.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An average "cheap euro-lager" tasting beer. Nice if it is all you can get--usually at Asian/Japanese resaurants. It will get the job done if the alternative is Budweiser. Just order a glass of water to go with it. Smells like cheap grain and slightly skunked noble hops. Pours to a frothy, sudsy head that dissapears rapidly. Has a flavor that's grainy-adjuncty with a sharp hoppiness and puckering dryness. Mouthfeel is unimpressive and thin. Very easy to drink, however it has a disturbingly ultra-dry finish: a chalky, dusty feeling was left in my throat after I finished it. When they said this beer is dry they were not messing around. Not a good sign when a beer leaves you parched and wanting a glass of water.

Photo of tone77
3.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 2 liter can! Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, slight grains. Taste is crisp, not very flavorful, mild notes of grains. Feels light in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a mediocre beer.

Photo of Franchise
3.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light gold, bright and inviting leaving a thin white lace. The aroma is sweet, fresh, hard to breakdown sort of plain some yeasty essence throughout. The taste starts crisp, dry, and actually nice. It has a small hop bitterness upfront, followed by a malty sweetness that dominates the finish with a lemon tart bite. Overall this is a pretty decent brew which I accompanied with some sushi the perfect pair.

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Can: Poured a clear golden colored beer with a pretty decent head with standard retention. Aroma is very weak, almost watery I should say. Taste is also quite watery and boring. I guess it would go well with the kind of spicy food where you loose all your taste buds. Taste is even worse when I notice that this is brewed by Sleeman at their Guelph facility.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.57/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As Japanese beers go, this one deserves, if not a significantly better review, at least a more favorable one. Compared with the readily available varieties of Japanese rice lager here in the US, this one stands out as having at least some quality in taste and body. Golden, slightly grayish color in the glass, with a nice head of foam that fell quickly. A bit watery (as expected) and bubbly, it was nonetheless refreshing and drinkable. The taste was malty, with a rice smoothness and a hint of hops that adds a very subtle spicy edge to the aftertaste.

Photo of BeerSingh
2.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was surprisingly available at a high end oriental grill in New Delhi - expensive but I had to try it with the food. Poured from a can into a pilsener glass. Fell a light bronze colour with plenty of effervescence and life. The head was gone before I could blink. Smell was all grain, a little pils malt and a faint herbaceous. The sip was stingy on the tongue - that was the near metallic carbonation at work. Tasted of wet grain, a faint shadow of malt sweetness and a near leafy bitterness. Very shortlived on the palate - frankly I would prefer Asahi Super Dry any day. The only noticeable aspect is the carbonation and the fact that it washes down the oriental spices rather well. Dont expect anything more from this one.

Photo of Kulrak
3.54/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light straw color with chunky white head that sticks around for a while, but eventually fades away to form a thin chunky layer that laces the glass. Really doesn't have any smell to it at all. The flavor was slightly tinny from the can, even though I poured it into a pilsner glass to review it. Other than that, it's very clean and creamy, no real aftertaste. It's a very nice lawnmower beer, and possibly very good with sushi (I'll have to try that soon). An all-around very drinkable beer.

Photo of Gusler
2.26/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It has been a long time since I sampled, still the same, drinkable, but not something that appeals to me.

The beer pours the prototypical lager golden yellow color with a modest bright white head that is semi-creamy in texture and the leftover lace a thin but concealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is all malt, crisp and clean, start is malt with the top skeletal and the finish pertinently acidic, hops adequate, and the aftertaste dry and long lasting. O.K. when you’re into something light, but not anything to write home about.

Photo of atigerlife
3.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 633ml bottle. I've had this on a number of occasions, but finally getting around to reviewing.

Poured a light gold color with a medium white head which lasted a little while. Decent lacing. Good amount of carbonation can be seen rising.

The aroma is light with some hops, light fruitiness and a sweet backbone running through.

Taste is very "clean". Mainly some light sweetness and some light hops.

The mouthfeel is very crisp and light. Quite cleansing. Quite pleasant. Overall, though not a style I enjoy [though seem to have frequently enough], this beer is what it is supposed to be. Quite drinkable in the right environment [e.g. Japanese restaurant].

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Sapporo Draft Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
68 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.