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

430 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 21.43%
Wants: 15
Gots: 102 | 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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a pretty good beer considering the style, ingredients, and origins. It's tough to get this one right. Its light and refreshing. Pours a thin straw color with descent carbonation that fades quickly. A little lacing, but nothing to get excited about. Faint aromas of light vegetables, grain, sweetness, and hops. Flavors are lightly citrusy, grainy, and sweet. Body is fair for style. Light by BA standards, but medium for a lager in firmness, texture, and creamyness. Finishes very crisp, yet not overly dry. Mildly alcoholic and hop flavored. It's not that this is a great beer, but there are no obvious flaws.

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 feloniousmonk
1.18/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I could blame the can, or maybe this sample was less than fresh, but here goes, my experience with Sapporo-in-a-can...
Clear, pale golden color, large fluffy white head. Aroma actually reeks of adjuncts, definitely smells of corniness. Dry, mineraly, notes of straw and grain, and slight sweet undertones. Mouthfeel is rough and unpleasant. Each sip draws my face into a wince, and that's definitely not a good sign. Very hollow, with a finish I can only describe as obnoxious. At the end, an unexpected and bizarre blast of heat comes through, adding to what amounts to an extraordinarily unpleasant beer drinking experience.
22oz. can, which I had to dump not halfway through. I didn't have this much trial when I'd consumed the bottled version!
Blech!
Blech!
and what else?
Bleeech!!!!

Photo of drabmuh
3.28/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of WesWes
2.92/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a spotty white lace head. The aroma is sweet almost like a weak hefe. I guess it's from the yeast because it looks like nothing but pale malts. The taste is not that good. It is extremely watery with little malt flavor. It has a refreshing finish, but it lacks any real character. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with low carbonation. It drinks not too well. It is a lousy lager.

Photo of GClarkage
3.97/5  rDev +35%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
2.82/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber-sized can, says made in Canada,

A: Pours a pale yellow, with a soapy white head, spotty lacing.

S: Nice grassy noble hop aroma with hints of husky grain.

T: Malt and rice, very light flavor. Budweiser-esque with a little more hop character.

M: Light, fizzy, thin finish.

D: A fair lighter lager, lighter than regular Sapporo or Reserve, basically Budweiser with a Japanese label.

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.38/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank straight from can.
Smell of old malt, citrus and grain. The can shape didn't help much on the chug-a-lug factor
A rice beer, eh? Yep, that's the central taste. Light, acidic, some citrus or...lychees?
Hops are not found, body is light and is drinkable.

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 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 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 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 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 sweemzander
2.34/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Photo of laituegonflable
2.15/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Huge carbonation - looks so much like a soft drink it isn't funny. Hopefully it don't taste like it looks. Reminds me of that godawful Monteith's Summer Ale. Beer colour. No head.

Smells very lagery. Standard bitter nose.

Man, it tastes so lagery. Standard and bitter. Chilled and drinkable. Boring and beering. Cheese and whiskers.

Unimpressed.

Photo of mynie
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Plain, straw-colored adjunct lager that comes in cool stubby little bottles or badass cans.

Smells crisp, slightly fruity. Very crisp, light taste with hints of grain and fruit, kind of a creamy aftertaste. Not all that much in the way of taste, though. High carbonation makes for a nice mouthfeel and it goes down smooth.

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 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 Reidrover
1.26/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Bought in the 22 oz strange shaped silver can.."Brewed and canned by Sapporo breweries Tokyo,Japan"
Pours a nice yellow, very crystal clear, small head which miraculously lingers long.Nice carbonation strings.
mmm very macro aroma, load of cheap malts and other rather sickly sweet smells, not good at all.
Tastes very thin and watery , this taste is very very subdued.There is a bitterness but not what I would consider a good hop bitterness, hasa slight "chemical" solvent taste yuk
Very average macro feel in the mouth, this could be Budweiser..thin and over carbonated.
Its drinkable, i suppose,. if you are dieing of thirst..I wasn't!

I was not impressed with this beer one bit. It's overpriced but I can see this would be popular with the Bud drinking masses.
I could not even finish the can , I poured a full half of this beer down the sink..forgive me Beer Gods!

Photo of notchucknorris
3.26/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of jzeilinger
2.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a straw yellow color with mild carbonation and minimal head.

S - Light malt grain and extremely light hop aroma. The overall smell is very, very mild.

T - Light sweet malt, mild traces of fruit, and lots of graininess.

M - Grainy, moderate carbonation on the tongue, very crisp, and very dry. Hop bitterness lingers for a minute or so after the fact.

D - Marginal.

I would call this a very good candidate for the beer geek's lawn mower beer. Deserves to be quaffed at a very cold temperature. By itself, I would not enjoy this beer, however, I had it with a big plate of sushi and it was a perfect match.

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 Floydster
2.58/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Tall can from my friend's fridge

Pretty dark brown when poured into mug with a thick head that resembbled a mixture of soap and water

Smell was decent and rice took over the senses in taste as well

Taste does not last long because it is a pretty dry beer

Could drink more than one of these if desired

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

Drank it at my favorite sushi restaurant. Asian beer with asian food is a must. Poured from the large bottle a pale straw color. Lots of bubbles and a very quick fading head. No lacing at all.

Not much of an aroma. Light malts if anything.

Again, maybe lightly malty but overall not much taste.

Very light and crisp with a macro lager blandness and highly carbonated.

This is maybe one step above the American macros which isn't saying much. If it wasn't for the sushi I probably wouldn't drink it.

Photo of BeerLover99
2.35/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - straw yellow, little carbonation, head disappears rather quickly, and almost no lacing.

S - very mild smell, slight rice and grain.

T - light, sweet, grain

M - very dry little hop, less than med feel.

D - I tried it and now know I don't like it.

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Sapporo Original Draft Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
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