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Sapporo Original Draft Beer - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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BA SCORE
69
poor

420 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 21.43%
Wants: 15
Gots: 89 | 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: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2001

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Ratings: 420 | Reviews: 108
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Photo of Brenden
3.01/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This beer is a pale gold that has some brightness, and it has absolute clarity in its body. It grows more of a film than a head but a thick one, and that recedes to a wisp and some edging that does manage light spotting.
It's somewhat vegetal but not sloppily so with grains that, while prominent, don't domineer or go that oddly astringent direction that some beers can take. There's a bit of bright, fairly sweet citrus and a kiss of something floral. All in all, for a style that certainly seems like a weaker one, this holds down as average.
The body is light and goes semi-dry only toward the finish. It's quite crisp all the way, and more than moderately clean. It's got a bit of smoothness to it as well. Alcohol surprises with some unexpected heat partway through.

Photo of BeerDreadz
2.78/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I buy this beer today,does not have any date on the bottle and other thing that i found interesting is that the bottle says "japan's oldest brand" but the one that i have was brew in Canada.. I put the beer on a mug. It have a gold color with a white head that leaves inmediatlyThe smell is nothing to be impress about.Good taste ,i taste like honey just i little bit but is there. This beer would be good will fish. I would drink this beer again.

Photo of Todd
3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Big old 22oz silver sculpted can -- I love these things. Batch number, no freshess date.

Appearance: Pale yellow liquid with a very lively carbonation level. This forms a thin white lace that remains consistent for most of the brew.

Smell: Rather clean in its aroma with faint grain and floral hops.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing. Body is light, mouthfeel is a bit creamy due to the carbonation. Immediately there's a wonderful lemon/lime hop bitterness and mild sharpness that flushes and wakes the palate, its flavour lingers for a bit, then contributes a small dose of dryness on the palate. Malt flavours are very light with a balancing sweetness that is spot on for this type of brew. As the beer warms, malt flavours become more pronounced but I recommend drinking this beer cold. Finishes with faint residuals of both hop and malt characters.

Notes: This is the same beer that is sold in 12 and 16oz sizes, however we have to give the can it's due respect. Hands down, this brew is at the top of the list for some of the better mainstream lagers imported into the US. Goes extremely well with Asian dishes, working as an ideal palate cleanser.

Photo of sammy44
3.05/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this at a Thai place that was out of Tsingtao. Not a bad beer. I think I preferred this greatly over Asahi.

Pours a hugely carbonated pale yellow that is transparent. Nothing really exciting about it. Not a lot of nose, a little citrus but mostly a clean aroma (probably because of the rice).

Tasted good and clean, a little sweet and a little citrus. Very refreshing, especially when drank with a sticky hot Thai dish (I had this with my shrimp coconut soup and red curried duck).

Lots of fizz in the mouth from the extreme carbonation. I kind of liked it.

Very drinkable, I could have had several but since we were just out for dinner I had to settle for two.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.7/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a mystery! But finally I got the urge to get this at my job, and take it home. Awesome beer! Nice gold color, sweet malt, foamy white head, decent lacing, floral or buttery taste that lingers, kind of waxy after taste, and very drinkable. This beer is one of the few that I have encountered better out of a can!

Photo of SetarconeX
2.05/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance is a bit cloudier than many beers. Head vanishes without a trace in almost no time at all. Smell is faint. Tastes like it smells. Not really bad in any way, but it's a bit bland. More than drinkable, but not really impressive in any way. Not really worth the inflated pricetag that seems to come with it.

Photo of dacrza1
2.61/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

DATE TASTED: December 1, 2013... GLASSWARE: standard pilsner...OCCASION: Christmas tree-trimming and decorating... APPEARANCE: clear as crystal golden body; thin, filmy, off-white head; steady effervescence; thick, screening lacing is surprisingly attractive... AROMA: malty base; some bubblegum and dough--not really articulated... PALATE: a bit creamy; crisp and clear--surprisingly smooth...TASTE: woody aftertaste follows a swift, slightly metallically hopped profile; as macro lagers go, inoffensive...OVERALL: a good compliment for the pita chips I'm eating now--palate-cleansing and soft...

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

To the best of my ability, I've only ever been able to find the "Original" draft beer in a 22 oz. can. I've often wondered if it's the same beer that comes in the sharp looking embossed bottle with the shiny black & two-color gold label. The can advertises ceramic filtration, but the bottles only say "cold filtered"... all beer is filtered cold! So I did a side by side tasting. The color and head retention appear to be the same, although the beer from the can is slightly hazy (and may have to do with the age of the sample). The light "beer" aroma appears to be the same with the exception that there may be a little skunkiness in the bottled sample. The flavor also appears to be the same, although the mouthfeel of the canned beer is a little smoother. So, in conclusion, it's my belief that if there is any difference between the two beers it's simply in filtration and packaging. A decent beer, but nothing special.

Photo of Rootdog316
2.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured light golden yellow in colour, weak white head, not much to the aroma and it didn't excite the palate. It wasn't bad however. Cold it is quite satisfying. It comes in a neat looking silver can shaped somewhat like an hour glass. My first adventure with Japanese beer. Not great but in a pinch if I was thirsty I could drink one of these. Colder the better for this brew."

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
1.96/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

22 oz. artsy can. Um, so this is “dry?” Really? There's a nice smell when you first flip the can tab, but it doesn't carry over into the taste. Less malt taste to come through, which makes me think of adjuncts. Sure enough, the taste is gone as soon as I swallow. I suppose it would go good with food, but so would an instant iced tea. “Draft” should imply that it’s filtered instead of pasteurized, but I get none of that here. Just barley water.

Photo of jackndan
2.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sapporo: In the well-known silver bomber can. What can one say; it is a fairly undistinguished beer, imported from Japan. Easy to drink, sure, tasty, not really. It had a slightly, and not at all unpleasantly, euro-lager taste, but it still had the euro-lager taste, with what I thought was more than its own fair share of adjuncts. On the other hand, it was crisp, light, and helped wash down the day old turkey. As good a lager as you’ll see outside of Germany, and better than their macro-imports, Czech, and most of Eastern Europe. (in other words, it eats henie/becks/budmillercoors for lunch).

Photo of bditty187
3.3/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very pale golden, it is see-through. The head is white and animated with bubbles but it almost disappears as you pour it. The aroma is very clean with a very faint flowery-hops.

The taste is mild, simple with little hops/citrus then a note of sweetness... It is kind of like an American macro but way better.

You can't taste the can at all!! There is a God...

This is an easy drinking beer. It tastes like beer but it is light. I'd drink one of these again.

Also the can rocks!

Photo of thagr81us
2.58/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this one while enjoying some Thai food. Good thing the food was good... Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a golden yellow with a minimal white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, grain, and subtle fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, grain, subtle banana, and very subtle fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew was not really anything to get excited about. This is basically the BMC of Japan I'm guessing and it lets you know this with similar flavors. However, the fruit hints I got were a nice touch, but did not do anything well enough for the beer to save it. Will not be having again.

Photo of AaronRed
2.76/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crisp and refreshing. Made to eat with spicey beef. Not much to it and that's a good thing. You don't want this beer to dominate, just to fulfill your thirst and allow you to drink and eat more.

Photo of Murph
2.16/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a nice golden straw color with a creamy white head that slowly sank. The smell was mostly skunk with some mild sweetness. The skunkyness wasn't too bad in the flavor but the only other flavor I got was adjunct sweetness. The mouthfeel was somewhat crisp and refreshing although I didn't find the beer to be very drinkable. I really didn't like this beer but after reading the other reveiws I think that maybe it was a bad can of it. The flavor was not very good and it certainly wasn't dry. I couldn't even bring myself to finish the can. I have to say that I was drinking this while eating chinese food that was not good and it may have effected my opinion of the beer as well as it kind of made the whole ordeal unappetizing (sp?). I will give it another try next time I get Japanese.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.73/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz can poured into a pilsner glass.
82511G on the bottom, no info.

A - The sexy-looking can releases pale straw yellow beer with moderate carbonation and brilliant clarity. The white head fades quickly with but a few fingers of lace creeping up the glass.

S - Just the simple crispness of the aroma is inviting. Not off-putting in the least but certainly open and airy, dry dusty straw, pale malt, and, of course, rice completes the aroma.

T - Sweetness stems from pale and pils malt in the taste that's accented by straw and rice. Much less dusty than the nose foreshadowed.

M - Crisp, clean, and most importantly, refreshing, Sapporo is light-bodied and biting with carbonation but smooth regardless.

O - Predominant rice additions don't hinder this defect-free beer for me. For the style, it's delicious and damn if it isn't refreshing after a long day at work. Thank you sir, may I have another?

Photo of Boilermaker88
1.73/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Picked this one up at a local Asian food market. Also available in nearly every grocery store. Presented in a can that looks positively nuke-proof. The beer itself has a straw yellow color and a foamy, bubbly white head that quickly recedes to a thin cap. The aroma was of grainy pale malt and a bit on the sour side, sort of like old wet straw. The taste said, “I’ve been cooped up in this can for a while.” Flavors of adjuncts – corn, mainly – and somewhat grainy maltiness up front before those flavors are pushed aside in favor of a bitter metallic taste that lingered well into the finish (and beyond). The feel was light, thin and fizzy.
God, I hate cans. Of course, I don’t think this brew would have been that much better from a bottle or an draft. Overall, another sub-par Japanese beer.

Photo of cpn920
2.64/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The can that it comes in is it's best attribute IMO, really cool looking can. The color was pale as expected. I didn't note a real distinct flavor that would make it enjoyable to me. Mouth feel was pleasant and finished dry. For it's style it certainly is right on and in the right circumstance, such as a sushi restraunt it has it's place. Just not a favorite style for me.

Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Worth ordering at a sushi bar just for the cool can. Reasonably crisp and clean and a good choice with a meal, but not enough character to merit having a couple without food.

Photo of bignick
2.15/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I did not like this one. It has more flavor than the big American macros, but the flavor is a bit of a putrid flavor. It is not overly bitter, for I cannot detect any real hops. I struggle to pinpoint the taste. It basically tastes like spoiled corn I would say. Overall, it does not go down very well. It is no better than Bud or Coors or MGD.

Photo of StevieW
3.88/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. bottle. Clear fizzy golden yellow color. Large, explosive fizzy head. Served in a tall pilsener glass at PF Changs restaurant. Sour, and grainy smells, but somewhat pleasant and appealing. Carbonation was a bit highly charged but did not overwhelm the very adequate sweet malty taste. Super clean and crisp taste paired great with spicy Chinese Food. Decent shot of bitterness in mid taste, then a sweet balanced finish. Nothing lingers, very refreshing and a great choice with Japanese or spicy Chines food. Easy going, well balanced, and compliments food nicely.

Photo of Gusler
2.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold color, modest white head and fair lace that dissipates quickly. malt nose, thin middle, finish is crisp and potently acidic, adequate for those times your into something light. Been a long time since I sampled, still the same, drinkable, but not something that appeals to me.

Photo of BuckSpin
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I tried this with some sushimi (hey, when in Rome...). This beer is nothing above a typical American macro offering. Pale yellow in color, it did have a odd hard to describe nose. Taste was ...well..if you remember your 1st "beer" way back when, that is what a good version of that beer must have been like. I am sure there are worse, but there is nothing really of note to say, other than it did lighten up and go well with the sushimi.

If you do go out for Japanese, you might as well go the whole 9 yards. But I wouldn't try this stand alone again.

Photo of Adam_Wood
2/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Average beer, better than american domestic drafts but only drink when it is the only option

Photo of devinoconnor
3.64/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice light lager color.

Smell is typical of what you would expect to find with a German pilsner, although this one is obviously coming from Japan.

Rather crisp taste and refreshing finish. Very surprising.

Easy drinking beer makes this good for summer. Of course it's a staple at many sushi restaurants as well.

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Sapporo Original Draft Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
69 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.