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Sapporo Original Draft Beer - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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367 Ratings

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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 21.77%
Wants: 7
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2001)
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Photo of ruckus232
3.68/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 Ounce Silver can

Appearance: Golden yellow color with decent head and nice lacing.

Smell: Faint smell of grains but not very strong

Taste: Crisp with a good amount of carbonation. There is a good bitterness to it but not overwhelming and the taste remains for a while.

Comment: This beer is refreshing and light with a good mouthfeel and drinkability. A good beer, plus the can is pretty unique.

ruckus232, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of Cylinsier
2.98/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light clear gold with a small head that doesn't retain too well.

The smell is underwhelming. Hints of rice and hops.

The taste is fairly good. Rice again. Not very much hops. The grains come through though. A little more crisp and dry than other Japanese lagers.

Mouthfeel has a light zing from the carbonation. Thin, but not water thin.

A pretty good beer for the style anyway. Easy to throw back a couple with some sushi or tenpura. Not going to blow anyone away though.

Cylinsier, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
2.08/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Very clear light yellow color with a decent white head with ok retention. Some lacing.

S- Smells of rice and a little bit of hops

T- Tastes a mixture of ricey metallic with little complexity. Nothing special.

M- Decent carbonation but not as smooth as I thought it would be.

D- Overall I wasn't impressed. It tasted like a ricey version of the American Macro light beers.

projectflam86, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of cpn920
2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The can that it comes in is it's best attribute IMO, really cool looking can. The color was pale as expected. I didn't note a real distinct flavor that would make it enjoyable to me. Mouth feel was pleasant and finished dry. For it's style it certainly is right on and in the right circumstance, such as a sushi restraunt it has it's place. Just not a favorite style for me.

cpn920, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of EatsTacos
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My girlfriend digs this beer, and I've had it a few times.

The appearance makes me sad. Straw yellow, no head, no lacing

Smell: n/a

Taste: dry

Mouthfeel: not bad, very smooth, thin, light body

Drinkable: very

If there was a score for making the beer bland and taste like nothing: 5/5

EatsTacos, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of Rennpferd
4.33/5  rDev +47.3%
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.

Rennpferd, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of Greggy
3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Nice yellow color with a touch of sediment. Good 1 fingre head that is slow to recede.

S- Floral, nice malty bouquet, lemon, apricot, touch of lime.

T- Very thin to start, but smooth with slight maltiness, and slight lime finish.

M- Pretty watery, but smooth.

D- If paired with food or a hot day, it would be pretty sessionable, but this is must a touch to thin.

Greggy, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of Beerislife652854
3.85/5  rDev +31%
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.


Beerislife652854, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I usually expect easy-to-find import lagers to stink, but this isn't so bad.

Pours an unenthusiastic yellow.

Smell and taste are both grainy the whole way through. Lots of dry rice flavors in there with a solid crispness bringing it all together. There's really no complexities to this beer, and it's kind of nice. It's very humble.

ElGrecoVerde, Feb 29, 2008
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

Floydster, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of BeerDreadz
2.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I buy this beer today,does not have any date on the bottle and other thing that i found interesting is that the bottle says "japan's oldest brand" but the one that i have was brew in Canada.. I put the beer on a mug. It have a gold color with a white head that leaves inmediatlyThe smell is nothing to be impress about.Good taste ,i taste like honey just i little bit but is there. This beer would be good will fish. I would drink this beer again.

BeerDreadz, May 04, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Monkeyknife, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of zuggy9
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my choice whenever I have Japanese food, or even just some sushi. This rice lager pours and light pale yellow with a quick head and plenty of carbonation. It's good with a lot of rice and a clean scent. The taste is clean and a bit sweet, a fantastic compliment to sushi, tempura or teriyaki. Very refreshing and it balance out wasabi perfectly. Quite drinkable and I'll usually put away a couple of these with some good toro, uni and ikura!

zuggy9, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of thefenst
2.9/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw color, with little head. Slightly sweet, reminded me mostly of an American macro lager, except with more carbonation, which created an interesting, crisp mouthfeel. Malts are evident in the smell and taste. Good when very cold. Props to Sapporo on the bullet can, and making a decent rice lager.

thefenst, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of Absumaster
2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A golden, bright beer with a very small head. The beer looks like apple juice.

Smell of grains or adjuncts like corn or rice. Pretty fresh and sort of perfumy smell that I have never smelled before, something like fresh ground coriander.

Taste was grainy like corn or rice. I would call this a green taste, very little bitter and aftertaste is dry. Every sip this beer is starting to bore me more and I can't imagine drinking this all night.

Absumaster, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of teg8612
2.9/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a pale yellow with a small head. Heavily carbonated as the bubbles didn't stop flowing for 15 minutes.

S- Very clean smelling. Husky with RIce smell. Little skunk.

T&M- Sweater and not as dry as Asahi. Very clean, light malt and low bitterness. I don't think it goes as well with food as Asahi does but that's just my opinion since Asahi doesn't mask or accentuate the flavors of foods. Tons of carbonation but light bodied.

D- If I wasn't eating Hibachi, I wouldn't normally drink Japanese Lagers. This is fine for mass consumption but I will stick with domestics for that since these can be spendy. Asahi is better for food IMHO but try both or Kirin to find what you like most.

teg8612, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of sammy44
3.08/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this at a Thai place that was out of Tsingtao. Not a bad beer. I think I preferred this greatly over Asahi.

Pours a hugely carbonated pale yellow that is transparent. Nothing really exciting about it. Not a lot of nose, a little citrus but mostly a clean aroma (probably because of the rice).

Tasted good and clean, a little sweet and a little citrus. Very refreshing, especially when drank with a sticky hot Thai dish (I had this with my shrimp coconut soup and red curried duck).

Lots of fizz in the mouth from the extreme carbonation. I kind of liked it.

Very drinkable, I could have had several but since we were just out for dinner I had to settle for two.

sammy44, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of ernie
3.88/5  rDev +32%
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.

ernie, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of maddamish
2.78/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a bad little beer for being a rice lager. Not much to report however. There was however a hint of sweetness that presented itself after it warmed up a bit. The sort of taste you get when drinking a Miller.

Highlights: It isn't offensive. It is better than most rice lagers. A little sweetness to make it slightly interesting. But not much.

Lowlights: It was yellow, fizzy and devoid of any real smelling or tasting notes.

maddamish, Apr 01, 2006
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.


laituegonflable, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pale straw, with an slightly imperfect clarity. Soapy two and a half-finger head, fades quickly to dismal lacing. Clean nose, some rice adjunct possible. Pale malt taste, with plenty of rice adjunct flavor. Aftertaste is dry, with a husky astringency that has a bite to it; yet not quite harsh. Both tiny flowing and rapid and large chunky bubbles make a high carbonation in a thinnish body. Mouthfeel is somewhere between crisp and rough. Finishes clean with a touch of rice adjunct but fairly drinkable for a rice lager.

PBRstreetgang, Feb 04, 2006
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
Photo of joecast
2.4/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

clear light/pale straw color. think apple juice. firm stable white head. almost no carbonation.

very faint aroma. some slight fruit, im thinking peaches??

rather clean tasting. sort of light vinegary twang (acetic acid?) in the finish. some fruit characteristic again too. not terribly enjoyable.

joecast, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of hero27
1.18/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle.

Pours a clear yellow/gold color..very little head, what is left recedes to a ring and leaves no lacing. Smell is grainy, macro-ish..but worse..a tinge of bad hops perhaps? borderline metallic aroma and taste, and certainly not appealing in any conceivable way. Light, thin mouthfeel..drinkability could be rather good if you'd had the benefit of having your tastebuds removed before drinking this.
I struggled to down the last half of this beer. Is this the worst beer I've ever had? I'm not sure...but it's definitely a top contender.

hero27, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of splunge
4.2/5  rDev +42.9%
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.

splunge, Nov 02, 2005
Sapporo Original Draft Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
69 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.