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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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103 Reviews

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 448
Avg: 2.92
pDev: 45.21%
Wants: 17
Gots: 119 | 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: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2001

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Photo of Bluegrass49
2.83/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Drank this on tap at the local sushi bar, first time trying, probably the last. Very lifeless beer, nothing memorable outside of the fact that is a beer.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
3.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i drink this on tap at my local sushi places as i find super hoppy or heavy craft beers dont mesh well with raw fish
had this on tap last night at hapa sushi in boulder co
on tap pint glass
looks is a pale gold small very white head
smell is yeasty and rice
taste is slight citrus bubbly and light easy to drink with a bit of a bitter aftertaste
excellent palate cleanser for eating raw fish and my go to when dining out for sushi
also low abv means i can down many of these and some sake and still be able to function

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Photo of JohnnyI
3.11/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of ThomasT
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

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.

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Photo of RickFromArizona
3/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.01/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.61/5  rDev -10.6%
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...

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Photo of tkdchampxi
2.9/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Jdbateman83
3.51/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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Photo of chilidog
3.2/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of dar482
3.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of jimmah120
2.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of burnerfinger
2.15/5  rDev -26.4%
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)

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Photo of TippySelenoid
3.03/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.91/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of xuptygm
1.53/5  rDev -47.6%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
2.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.73/5  rDev +27.7%
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?

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Photo of ckollias
2.88/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Clear golden ale with a thick, white, frothy, two-finger head that quickly dissipates in to a thin lace leaving a nice trail all the way down the glass.

S: Clean aroma with good grain and flora hop background.

T: Sweet lager throughout with hints of rice and a dry finish. You can taste some hops and a little malt. Very crisp and refreshing.

M: Thin body and medium carbonation

O: Interesting Japanese Rice Lager – one of the few that I’ve had. It was a nice beer on a hot summer day, but nothing I would grab again.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a shaker pint, beer is yellow clear with a big white head of small and medium bubbles, some lacing, moderate to high carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, nothing else.

Beer is medium to light in body and sweet throughout, The finish is mildly dry and not too bad. All of these Sapporo beers are identical IMO. Just different cans.

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Photo of dcook11
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a fizzy yellow hue. Typical adjunct lager look. Mild carbonation and a one finger head. Smeels of corn syrup and rice. Taste is similir, cornsryup with just a touch of rice at the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied. Overall a decent beer for a party.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.26/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale golden color with a huge and wispy white head that turns pretty cobwebby as it goes down.

S: Light citrus aroma, grain, horse blanket and fritos. Not exactly appetizing.

T: It's actually not that bad. There isn't a lot of flavor here, but it's crisp and clean and doesn't get incredibly undrinkable as it warms. One of the better lagers in mass production. Light citrus and pale malts along with the slightest bit of grassy hops.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
2.85/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice one finger head, it's really frothy and it looks like it's giving me good lacing. It's diminished substantially since I poured it, but it's still leaving a good layer on the top of the body. The body is piss yellow and completely see through, it looks like a standard macro lager, accept for the decent lacing. Overall not a very good look, but the lacing is nice. There is some crisp hop on the nose, along with a sweet and sour malty smell. Smells like a lager, but one tiny step above the rest because I can get some hops on the nose. Overall the smell is very faint, but it smells decent when I can smell it. Yeah, there is for sure a nice hop character in this beer, when you compare it to a budwieser or some macro beer like that. It's a pretty small hop flavor, but that's really ok, because it's a lager. Overall the flavor is pretty simple, there is for sure a malt flavor, and on some sips you pick up significant alcohol, considering it's only 5%. You can tell the beer is made with rice, but really it doesn't bother me because it's not like they are trying to cut cost, that's just the style, where as when it's used in an american macro, they are trying to cut cost, and it doesn't work with the beer. Mouthfeel is decent, pretty thin and a little watery, but the carbonation is just perfect. The drinkability is pretty damn nice too, there really isn't anything wrong with this beer, so it's not hard to drink, and it's pretty light. Overall, I good lager, and since it's mass produced, a very good macro lager. Not an amazing beer, but one I wouldn't mind having, especially over a normal macro lager.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.34/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22oz. can poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a clear yellow color. Produced a nice fluffy white head. Decent retention and lace.

(S)- Very dry. Mild light malt. Can smell the rice from a mile away.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Dry and mild with subtle sweet rice aspects.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. Very thin and mild almost to the point of flavorless. Some bitterness does keep it interesting somewhat.

(D)- It fits its style easy enough, but not much really going on with this at all.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.59/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; crystal clear light yellow. Pale white head with good retention and chunky lacing.

smell; rather ordinary. Mild cereal grains and flower pollen hops. A little sweetness, mirin comes to mind but that just might be me associating this beer with rice.

taste; slightest bit of sweet rice upfront but finishes with a strong grainy malt flavor. The hops are quite pleasant, reminding me of Trix™ cereal, as it blends fruits(mostly citrus) nicely with the malts. The slightest bit of alcohol blends with rice flavors, as one taste past the initial grain flavors.

mouthfeel/drinkability; a bit more substance than one would expect for such a light colored beer. Almost creamy but some fizzy qualities thin it out a bit. Quite crisp and refreshing. Really not that good in my opinion but not bad either. I would definitely buy again if I was having some sushi, would make a nice pairing.

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Sapporo Original Draft Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
69 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.