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Sapporo Original Draft Beer - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Sapporo Original Draft BeerSapporo Original Draft Beer

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BA SCORE
69
poor

325 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 21.84%
Wants: 6
Gots: 23 | 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: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2001)
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rybak138dw

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +70.6%

04-15-2014 22:34:50 | More by rybak138dw
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KK5150


5/5  rDev +70.6%

07-01-2012 22:35:26 | More by KK5150
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putnam

Michigan

5/5  rDev +70.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brilliant orangish yellow color with a bone-white head that resolves quickly while it takes on an appearance of stiff egg whites. Triumphant orange. Victory orange. I put it to my nose.

"At last," I think to myself, "A quality beer that I prefer cold!" My pipes feel even hotter in anticipation. The first sips are full of wonder. I absorb the brisk, culinary form before me. A translucent patch of fine bubbles forms a perfect equilateral triangle on the surface. Aromas are sweet like honey. Pure, bright Alpine flowers
and their nectar,
and the milk of the cows that graze on them,
and the sweet Emmenthaler made from it.
Fluffy, white, unsweetened meringue. Cereal-box marshmallows. That's the appeal. Now, on to the structure:
A. Stalky, celery bitterness.
B. Driving Champagne-like fizz.
C. Grain tannins.
No char, no caramel, no coffee, no fudge, no vanilla, no cocoa, no burnt sugar.
Just stemminess and threads of fizz, snug on the tongue. The flavors of this beer perfectly occupy the space laid out for them by the alcohol. They fit like fingers in a glove. Supple when cold, like frozen, whole cream....
Rich. Golden. Sunlight. Truth.
Behold.

Serving type: can

10-10-2002 17:16:22 | More by putnam
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sartak


5/5  rDev +70.6%

10-28-2012 20:42:04 | More by sartak
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Abross


4.75/5  rDev +62.1%

11-05-2012 04:54:53 | More by Abross
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Dalia

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +53.6%

12-03-2012 19:53:51 | More by Dalia
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Beerman1977

Austria

4.5/5  rDev +53.6%

12-30-2012 18:33:43 | More by Beerman1977
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Rennpferd

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a golden straw color with a nice three finger head. Minimal activity could be seen, but the head left some great lacing behind as it retreated.

It had that alcohol/rice smell that I typically attribute to a rice brewed product. There was a nice sweet undetone.

Very neutral, no real taste at first. It then gave way to a light pseudo malt flavor, I was not expecting that out of a rice beer.

There was a little bit of a metallic aftertaste that I find typical when drinking beer stored in a can. (It's not the brewers fault that the distributor only provides a beer in one type of container. I will not take this into account when I score the beer.)

It had a great mouthfeel. Crisp, cool, refreshing. Wet and light with a nice back of the palate dry finish.

A little different. But I could drink a couple of these in a sitting.

Serving type: can

09-04-2008 05:30:29 | More by Rennpferd
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splunge

Kansas

4.2/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have saved my first review for this, and I have held back for good reason.
I have held out on reviewing all the other beers I have endured, which is to say that all of the macro beers on the north american continent that I can think of ( canadian, american and mexican). I think this should become the watermark for american (mainly U.S.) macro. Especially since if you have enough to afford them, you can afford this. There isnt nearly as much corn and rice flavor as in the macros, you can let this warm up and sit for a while and its still is palletable, as opposed to the U.S. macros that become undrinkable. Actually there are some that cant be drank unless they are ICE cold. Definantly worth being stocked.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 03:58:54 | More by splunge
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GClarkage

California

4.05/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Presentation- 22 oz can with no freshness date. Poured into a large 24 oz beer mug.

Appearance- Pours a light yellow with a large white bubbly head that soon disappears and next to no lacing.

Smell- Very clean. Not much scent. Rice and maybe a bit of malt and hops.

Taste- I have always thought of Sapporo as one my favorite thirst quenchers during the summer months. Yet, by many it gets a bad rap. Definite rice taste, and kind of sweet and dry at the same time. You can taste some hops and a little malt. Very crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel- Very high level of carbonation, but when drank cold, I don't give a crap. It's serves it's purpose. Quenching my thirst.

Drinkability- I could drink these things all day while working in the yard, etc...It's a beer you have to drink cold though. I don't know what it would taste like warmed up and I don't want to find out.

Serving type: can

12-07-2004 21:36:57 | More by GClarkage
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DannyBaldoni

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +36.5%

11-08-2013 22:44:01 | More by DannyBaldoni
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valkyre65

Texas

4/5  rDev +36.5%

12-11-2011 12:01:52 | More by valkyre65
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GenericWarrior

Texas

4/5  rDev +36.5%

02-27-2014 13:21:05 | More by GenericWarrior
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KDE

Texas

4/5  rDev +36.5%

07-29-2013 15:36:39 | More by KDE
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bunbury

Panama

4/5  rDev +36.5%

11-20-2013 20:05:26 | More by bunbury
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EUFTG

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +36.5%

02-26-2013 01:53:51 | More by EUFTG
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hoppyboy69

Arizona

4/5  rDev +36.5%

11-28-2013 21:03:41 | More by hoppyboy69
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adamjthompson00

Indiana

4/5  rDev +36.5%

04-02-2012 23:42:19 | More by adamjthompson00
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.95/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favourite asian beers. Though at this time, I'm consuming it from a can, I have poured it before and it is a golden, straw colour. It has a very light weight smell to it and lightweight taste, as well. A tiny bit of biscuit (I think, personally) an a light carbonation which accounts for its drinkability. This stuff is almost thirst quenching. I can chug this stuff with no problem. If you're wanting a deep, flavourful beer you can drink and pick apart, get something from Bavaria. If you want a cold beer you guzzle, but don't want some mainstream foolishness like Bud or Coors, grab a Sapporo.

Serving type: can

12-10-2003 04:00:33 | More by SilentSabre
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RollingRocker

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color and has a slight cider smell to it. Tastes grainy with some hops a light apple juice like finish. A nice feel across the palate crisp and refreshing just the right amount of carbonation a very drinkable beer. Overall i could drink more of this beer but could be expensive since i can only find the 22's.

-RR

Serving type: can

03-30-2009 23:54:23 | More by RollingRocker
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StevieW

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +33.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2002 14:51:17 | More by StevieW
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ernie

Russian Federation

3.88/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Posh alu 22 oz can with a gold star on it. Pale yellow color, high level of carbonation, head spectacular but short-living.

Smell malty with a little hint of hops, herbs and lime.

Fizzy itchy start, then the malts step in and a bit later you begin to feel the citric accent. Body firm, very dry, complex with a strong herbal element towards finish. Finish dry, with a delightful fruit accent.

Best Japanese beer I ever had.

Serving type: can

06-26-2006 17:28:16 | More by ernie
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Beerislife652854

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had one 22-ounce can with lunch today at Bentara Malaysian Restaurant in the Ninth Square.

Pours a clear yellowish off-gold color into a standard pint glass. Nice thick head that lasts a while and laces the glass nicely. I found the taste surprisingly sweet and mellow. The aroma is floral and somewhat malty.

This was the first time I've tried Japanese rice lager beer, but after trying this style, I'm looking forward to trying different brands to compare them.

Cheers!

Serving type: can

04-05-2008 21:01:32 | More by Beerislife652854
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SargeC

Japan

3.83/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold with a foamy white head.

Smell: Malt, floral hops and butter.

Taste: Sweet malt with a touch of hops. Slightly sour finish. Dry and clean

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Slightly waxy finish.

Drinkablity: Tasty Sapporo brew. Slightly crisper than standard Sapporo. Very easy drinking.

Serving type: can

12-20-2009 05:21:47 | More by SargeC
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev +29%
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?

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 11:57:52 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Sapporo Original Draft Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
69 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.