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Sapporo Draft Beer - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Sapporo Draft BeerSapporo Draft Beer

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BA SCORE
66
poor

217 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 21.68%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd. visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: canadianbarman on 03-24-2001)
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Reviews by swid:
Photo of swid
2.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

There's nothing that says "Japan" more than trying a beer that comes in a 135mL(!) can. Thanks go to a friend of ldemaris, who delivered a 6-pack of these miniscule cans direct from the Land of the Rising Sun.

Sapporo Draft Beer pours a straw yellow color into my sampling glass. Atop the clear liquid sits a 3/4", pure white head that dissipates into a soapy ring. Moderate carbonation, little lacing. The smell is dominated by the rice adjuncts; there's a mild amount of grassy malt aroma, with just the barest hint of herbal hops.

The taste is just what the smell promises: moderate rice flavor, some malty sweetness, and a hint of bitterness, with no real overpowering flavor at all. The mouthfeel is very thin and moderately dry; finishes crisp, dry, and with a slightly metallic mix of bland sweetness and bitterness.

As Japanese beers go, it's one of the better ones I've tried; however, it's only marginally more enjoyable than a standard macro-lager.

swid, Feb 28, 2006
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.

RoyalT, Feb 28, 2004
Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +39.9%

beerhunter13, Jan 15, 2012
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.

Todd, Mar 24, 2001
Photo of Beerswag
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Beerswag, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Cavanaghty
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Cavanaghty, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev +4.9%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.56/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.33/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 17, 2003
Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +39.9%

valkyre65, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of rastaman
1.27/5  rDev -55.6%
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.

rastaman, May 14, 2002
Photo of acurtis
2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

acurtis, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of dohastmich
2.4/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

dohastmich, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of alesaram
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%

alesaram, Oct 16, 2012
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.

soper2000, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of Griffith
3/5  rDev +4.9%

Griffith, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of Wegomlegging
3.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Wegomlegging, Feb 18, 2011
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!!!

Reverand, Feb 20, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
2.88/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jul 31, 2002
Photo of SpeedwayJim
1.98/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

SpeedwayJim, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of Damian74Shensky
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Damian74Shensky, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Razr86
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Razr86, Sep 11, 2012
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.

DESTRO, Apr 21, 2004
Photo of bditty187
2.6/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

bditty187, Oct 26, 2002
Photo of EBeckett3
3/5  rDev +4.9%

EBeckett3, Aug 10, 2013
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Sapporo Draft Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
66 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.