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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

372 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 21.77%
Wants: 7
Gots: 47 | 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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Ratings: 372 | Reviews: 99 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev +2%

spycow, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of acurtis
2/5  rDev -32%

acurtis, Jan 19, 2012
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.

BEERchitect, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of kjkinsey
2.5/5  rDev -15%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

jaydoc, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.43/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

NeroFiddled, Nov 05, 2002
Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev +19%

Slatetank, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
1.15/5  rDev -60.9%
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!!!!

feloniousmonk, Feb 23, 2003
Photo of drabmuh
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

drabmuh, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of WesWes
2.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

WesWes, Jan 21, 2004
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2/5  rDev -32%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
2.78/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Halcyondays, Apr 11, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +37.8%
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.

GClarkage, Dec 07, 2004
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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

oriolesfan4, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
2.4/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Mebuzzard, Feb 01, 2006
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2.5/5  rDev -15%

billab914, Jan 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev +2%

harpus, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
2.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

GarthDanielson, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Gusler
2.7/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Gusler, Oct 31, 2002
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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

TheSevenDuffs, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.78/5  rDev +28.6%
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?

BeerFMAndy, Aug 15, 2011
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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.

thagr81us, Aug 26, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

WOLFGANG, Jul 21, 2013
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.

laituegonflable, Feb 18, 2006
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.

Brenden, Apr 03, 2014
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Sapporo Original Draft Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
69 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.