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Sapporo Draft Beer - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Sapporo Draft BeerSapporo Draft Beer

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115 Reviews

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Reviews: 115
Hads: 224
Avg: 2.88
pDev: 29.86%
Wants: 3
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: canadianbarman on 03-24-2001

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Photo of Munich1bier
3.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a bit better than the Asahi, a bit softer on the taste buds, a bit more enjoyable going down. But it still is not a drink to savor, to hold in your mouth and get the full flavor before letting it slide down. Went better with the tapas we ordered and I sipped it through the first part of the meal. This beer complimented the food better and I guess was more to my western taste. Still a bit thin for me.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
3/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearance: Clear golden with a long-lasting white head that left plenty of lacing.

Smell: Very little.

Taste: Malty up front and a little sweet, followed by moderate dry bitterness. Aftertaste is gone within seconds.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and medium thickness.

Overall: I am generally not a fan of lagers, but this one is my favorite so far (primarily because I can actually taste it). It has more malt flavor, bitterness, and body than something like Stella or Bud Light. It's still too bland for me to drink on its own, but goes well with sushi. The right tool for the right job!

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Photo of JonesyMSU
3.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I drank this beer before and during dinner at a sushi restaurant. It was a nice compliment to sushi. I tried this beer out of a 22oz can. It's pour resulted in a low, short-lived head and had low carbonation overall. The aroma was light, crisp, and slightly skunky. It consisted of a light, clean, and crisp taste, but was distinctly light and clean - better than an average American pale lager. I enjoyed the difference in the quality of this beer in comparison to other pale lagers. Despite my enjoyment, it wasn't anything extraordinary. It was a nice, new experience, but an average beer, nonetheless.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.15/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Japan's Budweiser? Pours a light gold color with a slight fizzy head. Smell is of a slightly sweet, carbonated starchiness -- mostly what you would expect from a basic lager. Obviously pairs well with a nice japanese bento box. Very easy to drink thanks to the right amount of carbonation and an overall freshness. Finishes dry. Solid beer.

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Photo of JayB123
4.52/5  rDev +56.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I used to have an old alcoholic roomate who loved this stuff. He had me try it once, and by god, it was fantastic. It could have been the atmosphere, since we took our girlfriends out to a sushi bar, and the beer looked and tasted so great, it could have been a culmination of the whole pleasantness of the entire situation. Great beer tho regaurdless, after trying it several more times in several different types. Never thought Japan would make a great beer, especially one made from rice.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.96/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber colour with a two-finger sized, bubbly white head that is reduced to a thick, bubbly lacing after about a minute or so.

A semi-sweet aroma that has a lot of corn & rice upfront for the adjuncts and is followed by some malts and hops but these are subdued.

The grain from the smell is nowhere near as strong in the taste & the rice isn't that apparent either. There is a nice grassy hop flavour & some mild malts, as well some light citrus.

Light in body & very smooth to drink, this one has high carbonation but doesn't seem too gassy. There is a nice, crisp & dry finish to it & it is rather refreshing.

A pretty solid performance here from what is essentially a mass-market pale lager. Better than I thought it would be.

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Photo of BeerSingh
2.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.05/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.88/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is ubiquitous at Japanese sushi bars, because it is a good complement to the food, especialy Sushi or Tempura.

It's perfect for cleansing the palate. ( I know, thats what the ginger root is for!)

At least, it actualy is imported from Japan; unlike Kirin.

It's straw yellow, not bitter, light head that fades quickly. Decent

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Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a pale yellow/straw color with a short lived white head.

S: Fairly minimal aroma here. Mild straw and malt/grain to it with a little bit of sweetness to it. Definitely a rice character to it, which is probably part of the reason it is so light.

T: Light hop bitterness is surprisingly noticeable. Mild straw flavors as well as some hints of sweet malt and grain. The rice presence is noticeable here as well.

M: Light in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Not an amazing beer, but it's easy to drink, especially with a typical Japanese meals.

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Photo of david18
2.9/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is ubiquitous at sushi restaurants and has a certain refreshing appeal but I'm not really sure it stands our from among the many adjunct lagers we see here in the United States.

The look is very light and fizzy. Not much aroma to speak of. Overall, an ok tasting beer, which can be refreshing but not a real standout in my mind.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

350ml can poured into a pils glass by freshness date.

Pale golden color with thick white foamy head with average retention, it leaves small lacing after dissipation but appears more after sip, plenty of active carbonation running upwards.

Likely clean of grain, subdued malt and subtle hop.

The taste kick off by grain and follow with mild bitterness from hop. Finish is bready.

The body is medium, crisp and pricky mouthfeel, dry finish.

There is good thirst quenching quality here, very refreshing, high drinkable and good to have more than one in row.

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Photo of Wegomlegging
3.14/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
2.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grassy honey nose, some spice notes. Yellow gold,quickly dissipating medium head. Slight biscuity sweetness, good bitterness. Very fizzy, light to slight medium body, pretty crisp finish. This is a fairly basic, but solid easy drinking beer. Maybe it is all those sushi nights and sake-bombs that make me think so fondly of this beer, but it just seems to have an extra quality over many other similar such Pale Lagers.

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Photo of soju6
3.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at a Sushi Bar in Tachikawa, Japan.

A: Served a light yellow color with a nice head that fades to nominal lacing.

S: Not much here. Has a light grain aroma with a hint of citrus.

T: Has a clean taste with a nice touch of bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Light body, crisp but smooth feel.

D: Good drinker, only if it is served fresh on-tap. Seems to go best with Japanese food. Will do in a pinch by itself.

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Photo of charlzm
2.83/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Consumed December 25th, 2010.

Beer is a clear, very light golden hue. A fine skin of white foam crowns this unremarkable looking lager.

The aroma is a mildly sweet, husky grain affair.

The flavor is so clean, it's almost nonexistent. There's a faint sweet grain note followed by a slight bitterness.

Totally unremarkable mouthfeel, meaning it was missing the dry finish I was expecting from the style.

Easy enough to drink since it tastes like beer water. Have to give a point or two in that there are no off flavors (which would be glaringly noticeable in a brew this light on the taste buds).

Not something I will have again, most likely.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
2.18/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Date: 30 December 2010
Glass: 12fl oz pint glass
Type: 22fl oz can

Poured lightly for a 1-finger head, reduces to thin bubbly head, runny and blotchy, color is faded straw gold. Aroma of college and skunk. Taste is same. Smoother drinkability than other low class beers.

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Photo of mikeg67
2/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle in Japanese restaurant. Pours a pale straw with a quickly fading white head. Aroma is of grass, some hops and sweet malt. Flavor is light hops with some biscuit malt. Finish is not existent. Body is watery. At least it was not disgusting

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Photo of ronniebruner
2.35/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In my opinion, this is one of he most overrated beers in the world. It has such a strong bitter taste and tastes so dry! It is very watered down, has a poor color, way too much carbonation,and leaves a horrible aftertaste. This beer is the Jap equivalent of Budweiser.

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Photo of snogglethorpe
3.95/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a little unsure as to exactly what beer to review, as there seem to be a zillion similarly-named entries under "Sapporo", but what I _want_ to review is the basic fresh on-tap Sapporo you can get at countless restaurants in Japan.

I've had the canned version in the U.S., and other reviews basically capture that, but it's _very_ different than what I'm talking about:

The fresh stuff is simply good beer -- creamy, but thirst-quenching, with a fairly assertive and refreshing bitterness and good depth of flavor (not watery or weak). Most of all, it tastes fresh, fresh, fresh!

Fresh and on-tap Sapporo is downright delicious, far better than most of the other big Japanese macros, and a very worthy beer in its own right.

[Bottled or in cans, meh, not so good. But BA doesn't seem to make that distinction very well.]

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Photo of Beerbenben
3.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden color but looks watery; head disappears immediately; big bubbles.

S - Smells a little bit like vinegar...

T - Not too strong nor too weak; remembers me of the taste of sake.

M - Light bodied; medium carbonation.

D - Extremely drinkable, but not worth drinking if something else available.

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Photo of jporf911
3.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard glass; no freshness date provided.

Appearance- 3.5 out of 5. Sapporo pours a bright color of pale golden straw with a similarly bright white head that is surprisingly creamy for a beer this light. It leaves a fair bit of lacing as carbonation rockets through the glass.

Smell- 3 out of 5. Rice and corn adjuncts dominate the nose along with some other grainy hints. At first whiff, this smells for all the world like a typical American mass-produced pilsner, yet subsequent sniffs bring sweet malt and slightly citrusy hops to the surface.

Taste- 3 out of 5. At first, this beer is fairly tasteless aside from being reminiscent of rice with a metallic twang, almost like licking a metal spoon after serving rice with it. There is less corn than American macrobrews of a similar style, but the overall effect is the same; however, once the beer has been breathing in the glass for a few minutes and has been allowed to warm a little, more flavors develop-- not complex flavors by any means, but they're still a little different than the standard rice/corn combination. Citrus hops struggle to bring a bitter sensation to the back of the tongue, but they ultimately fail and are washed away by the bubbling carbonation.

Mouthfeel- 3 out of 5. Overall, this beer is light and dry. The carbonation adds an amusing bit of tingle to the feeling, but it goes down easily.

Drinkability- 4 out of 5. As with most beers on the light end of the spectrum, Sapporo's drinkability is its highlight. It is a bit more balanced and more drinkable than things like Miller High Life or Pabst Blue Ribbon, but it is also a little more expensive considering the fact that it has been imported. If you're an rabid anime fan or Japanophile, this is an ideal beer to prove how obsessed you are; othewise, I suggest opting for a domestic equivalent. On the other hand, taking its Japanese origins into account, Sapporo is light and subtle enough to compliment fairly delicate foods like sushi without overpowering the flavors as stronger, more blatantly-flavored beers might.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.54/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of bala747
2.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While this beer is not a great beer the marks I give it don't do it full justice as Sapporo, or Asahi or Kirin are the kind of beers I drink after a couple of heavy duty Trappist or German beers, just to cleanse the palate and to bring the evening to a close. This pub I frequent knows me well enough to know that the moment I ask for one of the Japanese beers it is going to be the last for the evening.

A: Pale yellow and extremely bubbly with big bubbles. Head fizzles out to about half a centimetre but retains it for a surprisingly long duration.

S: Rice, maize and other adjuncts with some hint of metallic smells. Nothing else virtually.

T: Again, heavy on the adjunct flavours and maybe a hint of grass, mildly bitter aftertaste

M: Very crisp mouthfeel with lots of bubbles. Surprisingly pleasant and light bodied

D: This is one good thing about Japanese beers, they are extremely drinkable. The light body and lack of heavy flavours or even hoppiness makes it perfect to round off an even of drinking fine beers, or on a hot day.

Overall, a decent beer but pretty indistinguishable from any other Japanese beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.01/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Sapporo Draft Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
69 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.