Sapporo Original Draft Beer - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Sapporo Original Draft BeerSapporo Original Draft Beer

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430 Ratings

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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 21.43%
Wants: 15
Gots: 102 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2001

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Ratings: 430 | Reviews: 111
Photo of Sixpoint
3.04/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Original draft beer, but I had it on draft - wondered if this beer was pasteurized? Probably the best of the Japanese lagers, IMHO.

Photo of DucksFan16
2/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Having to justify my rating with a review is highly annoying.

Photo of DannyP35
5/5  rDev +70.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love it Very much a lot

Photo of solomon1122
3.48/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special for this beer but pretty good taste.
somewhat strong grain flavor in this but it is okay.

Photo of theonetrueking
3.56/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A light crisp beer just pears well with sushi.

Photo of Alejandrolikebeers3445
3.6/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Double Dose IPA beers commercial

Photo of elguru
4/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Over the average good taste and feel.

Photo of JohnnyI
3.11/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I intended to review this beer at Tsunami Sushi & Asian Cuisine, but since they gave away my Valentines Day reservation (bastards!) I had to settle for a can from Publix. By the way, bonus points for the insanely sturdy can. If I ever get in to a bar fight, screw the bottles, give me a Sapporo! The beer doesn't have the same constitution as the can though. It's comparable to your average domestic macro lager. Pours with a transparent, fizzy yellow-water appearance with active carbonation and several inches of nice, frothy, snow-white foam. Quality lacing remains as the snow cap cover gradually melts away. The mild, unoffensive aroma whispers of soft grain. Not much going on in the nose. Traces of hops, and perhaps a touch of fruitiness. Super clean. The first sip has me thinking of cork. A husky cork-like flavor and a little woody accent ride over mild malt sweetness. A bit dry, with an interesting complimentary bitterness. Nicely balanced with a clean finish that hints at white rice in the aftertaste. Adequate body and carbonation produce a light but respectable texture. This would have been the perfect palate cleanser to the shrimp tempura that I never got to eat.

Photo of Grogsky
2.19/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It's just a standard lager. Not overly refreshing, not overly tasteful. Wouldn't turn my nose to it, but wouldn't look for it.

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 NHPC
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

lifeless and flat taste. carbonation okay. Color clear. okay for a light beer, but if you getting the steak its not a great pick. get the sushi.

Photo of ThomasT
3.5/5  rDev +19%

Served very cold in a normal glass.
Appearance: Amber colour with small white head and some lacing. Very bubbly.
Smell: Rice, yeast, and a bit of citrus.
Taste: Lots of carbonation. Starts with a yeasty flavour up front, a floral flavour in the middle, and then a sharp bitterness on the finish. No lingering flavour. Kind of similar to Budweiser, but a bit lighter and more interesting.
Body: Light, but not as light as some others.
Overall: A good beer for pairing with a light meal (sushi perhaps) or for a hot summer day.

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

C'mon, people. It's THE sushi joint beer of choice. Kirin Ichiban? Please. That said, I'd never order one of these outside of a sushi restaurant, despite that oh so sexy looking can. You should always drink the same beer as the cuisine you're eating, IMO.

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 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 tkdchampxi
2.9/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BOTTOM LINE: This is a light lager that tastes like most other light lagers. A little aluminum-y tasting. Mostly clean. Good mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

This is a good beer to have with sushi, because it does not have too much flavor to detract from the delicate flavors of the fish. A slight hint of hops, a slight bit of malt, something that reminds me of lemon (that might be the aluminum), and a little bit reminiscent of tea.

This is my go to Sake Bomb beer, for what it's worth.

Photo of Jdbateman83
3.51/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I drink this when we go out to Asian places for dinner. Its OK, I like it, nothing special. Similar to a Coors Lite but with more aluminum in the flavor. Light, very easy to drink, slight hops. Price for what you get is debatable. If you find it at a good price by all means try it, but as an import its going to be more expensive when you can usually find a happy hour Coors Like for more then half the cost of this.

Photo of chilidog
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had a couple of these at a Japanese steak house.
Poured golden with a well carbonated white head. Some sticky lace to be had.
Aroma of sweetness like corn or creamy boiled rice, pleasent not like an old macro brew.

Taste was creamy sweet corn and rice with a hop notice. As the brew settles or warms the malts come forward.

Mouth is smooth yet well cleansed. A hop dryness at the finish.

Over all not a bad brew given the proper setting. Went very well with stir fry veg and sea scallops.

Photo of dar482
3.18/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Comes in a straw yellow color.

The taste is quite refreshing and works great with the umami of Japanese food. The adjunct in here isn't too strong, like some other American adjunct lagers.

There is a good maltiness and lacks hoppiness. However, the drinkability makes it a go to for me as an adjunct lager.

Photo of jimmah120
2.98/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz can with no date into mason jar. cool looking can.

Look is pale yellow-orange with some backwash-looking sediment floating around. I like that it's unfiltered but this is an ugly unfiltered look. Smell is funky grains, corn. Taste is the same husky corn up front, followed by malty grain. Very crisp on the tongue. Finishes with a touch of bitter.

Decent enough japanese brew. Goes good with some stir fry.

Photo of burnerfinger
2.15/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

got a $25 dollar gas card when I won an "employee of the month" type thing, used most of it for gas but bought this can just becuase it was in the gas station shop and I had never reviewed it.
"poured from the 22 oz can into my new belgium goblet"

A big 2 + fingers of bleach white head. settles to a sticky film with negligible lacing
(note - this is in a tin can! takes me back to the 70's - even has a seam)

s: my first thought: MACRO. that all to familiar slightly metallic tinge - but otherwise "crisp and clean" are what I can think of to say that's nice

t: pretty tasteless. mostly just a foamy mouthful, but just a hint of flavor that's hard for me to put a name to not bad but sort of - plasticy?

m ; very foamy in the mouth, also watery in a big way

d: hugely drinkalbe. good candidtate for beer bonging. NOT a quality brew by any measure.
get more - as long as it's free (grins)

Photo of TippySelenoid
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

It's golden in color with a foamy white head. Very caronated.

It's a bit hoppy. The aroma isn't very strong.

It's a bit straw like. The beer has a pleasant bitterness.

It's fizzy and thin.

Overall, this beers ok. Not too memorable, but good enough.

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a pilsner, the beer is an extremely light, pale, clear, yellow coloring with a tall, foamy, light, white head. Roasty and grainy aromas, but light overall. Flavors are light, with a grainy profile, and a slight lemon highlight. The aftertaste is toasty and slightly cereal, with a crisp, clean finish. About what is expected from a rice brew.

Photo of xuptygm
1.53/5  rDev -48%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Blue Sushi in Omaha had these on special for $1 so I figured I couldn't go wrong. I guess you get what you pay for though. I have never really looked into Japanese beer before so I was excited to give this one a try. Turns out it is pretty much the Japanese equivalent to an American Macro Brew. This beer had no smell to it whatsoever and tasted pretty much the same. I can't complain to much for a buck, but I won't ever be drinking this one again.

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.

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Sapporo Original Draft Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
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