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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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338 Ratings

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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 22.11%
Wants: 7
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd. visit their website

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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Photo of Dithyramb


2.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Served in an ice cold oil can at Kawasaki in Fells Point. It was Cinco De Mayo-05/05/05- so why not get me some sushi?

Clear, piss yellow color. Even with the hard pour, a weak bodied white head quickly disipated. No retention and no lacing.

Aroma of malts and sulphuric funk.
Malt, grass, rice, with little bitterness. Lucky to have some interesting rolls and a hefty amount of wasabi, otherwise, the taste buds might fall asleep.
Crisp and clean drinking and finish. The carbonation was slightly spry.
Though not as nasty as some of the beer from Asia, this one is not a favorite. It also isn't useful by itself. It is, however, okay for washing down sushi and for the coolness of the oilcan.

Serving type: can

05-06-2005 18:28:01 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of beersarang


3.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid, easily my favorite easy to get Japanese beer.

Pours a pale straw color with a white slightly creamy and foamy head that actually retains! Head holds itself up for a while which gives this beer a boost in appearance.

Smells like rice and a touch of grains here and there.

Tastes a lot like other Japanese beers, but cleaner and drier. Upfront rice and grains with a crisp bitterness. Finishes very smooth, making this one of the best.

Smooth, moderately carbonated, and light bodied. Easy to drink and great with Grilled dishes and raw fish.

Serving type: can

04-19-2005 22:59:25 | More by beersarang
Photo of BuckSpin


2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I tried this with some sushimi (hey, when in Rome...). This beer is nothing above a typical American macro offering. Pale yellow in color, it did have a odd hard to describe nose. Taste was ...well..if you remember your 1st "beer" way back when, that is what a good version of that beer must have been like. I am sure there are worse, but there is nothing really of note to say, other than it did lighten up and go well with the sushimi.

If you do go out for Japanese, you might as well go the whole 9 yards. But I wouldn't try this stand alone again.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2005 03:29:06 | More by BuckSpin
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow color with a decend foamy white head. Smells clean with some grains, faint malts and hops. Light carbonated body. No soda like mouthfeel like most American mainstrem lagers. Taste crisp with some hop bitterness, light malts, and cooked grains. Not bad! Not bad at all. Goes great with any Asian cuisine! A higher quality than American premium lagers.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2005 06:31:59 | More by Luigi
Photo of TastyTaste


2.1/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz. can that can presumably be called a metal bomber. Clear light gold color, lots of visible carbonation. Small white bubbly head. Just a layer on top of the beer. Smell is metallic and slightly malty. Taste is thin and grainy, no hops anywhere, with a metallic funk that makes this rather unenjoyable. Just an average, at best, lager. Get it above BMC, but I tend to stay away from Japanese beer brewed in Guelph, Ontario...

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2005 16:46:54 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of connecticutpoet


2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was a clear yellow beer with a head under one finger that dissipated very quickly... reminded me of soda. No lacing.

Aroma was of medium bodied malts, definite rice graininess, some aromatic hops.

Taste was crisp and slightly fruity, with a light overlay of bittering hops. Not too strong. But better than many American macros.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin. Drinkability was average... nothing stood out, really.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2005 05:21:43 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of aquaderek


3.28/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden color, with a small head that dissipates quickly. On the nose, I get some maltiness. The taste is thrist quenching, with malty characteristics. The mouthfeel is bubbly effervescent. This would be a good beer to pair with a spicy dish, that is probably why it is notorious for the sushi beer. To quench the wasbi flame.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2004 08:54:30 | More by aquaderek
Photo of GClarkage


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.

Serving type: can

12-07-2004 21:36:57 | More by GClarkage
Photo of mschofield


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

Pours a crystal clear, well carbonated light to medium gold, topped with a four finger stark white puffy head, leaves rings of lacing. The can design is very pour, it almost has to be dumped in the glass.
Grain and grass aroma, very light.
Grainy taste, light bread note, rice.
Light bodied, pretty generic middle of the road lager.

Serving type: can

10-01-2004 18:46:04 | More by mschofield
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2004 02:50:22 | More by mynie
Photo of bignick


2.13/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I did not like this one. It has more flavor than the big American macros, but the flavor is a bit of a putrid flavor. It is not overly bitter, for I cannot detect any real hops. I struggle to pinpoint the taste. It basically tastes like spoiled corn I would say. Overall, it does not go down very well. It is no better than Bud or Coors or MGD.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2004 04:04:02 | More by bignick
Photo of thinkbreakfast

New York

1.93/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

There is a strong possibility that there was something wrong with the can of sapporo that I bought.

The appearance and smell were standard for the style. Nothing to comment on here. The real action came from the taste. The only way I can describe it is that it tasted like an asprin tablet dissolved in seltzer water. Very artificial tasting bitterness; definately not from hops.

Like I said, I can only hope that I got a bad can. If I can bring myself to buy another and it tastes better, I will update this review.

Serving type: can

06-29-2004 21:15:22 | More by thinkbreakfast
Photo of WesWes

New York

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.

Serving type: can

01-21-2004 04:18:37 | More by WesWes
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.95/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favourite asian beers. Though at this time, I'm consuming it from a can, I have poured it before and it is a golden, straw colour. It has a very light weight smell to it and lightweight taste, as well. A tiny bit of biscuit (I think, personally) an a light carbonation which accounts for its drinkability. This stuff is almost thirst quenching. I can chug this stuff with no problem. If you're wanting a deep, flavourful beer you can drink and pick apart, get something from Bavaria. If you want a cold beer you guzzle, but don't want some mainstream foolishness like Bud or Coors, grab a Sapporo.

Serving type: can

12-10-2003 04:00:33 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


1.95/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

22 oz. artsy can. Um, so this is “dry?” Really? There's a nice smell when you first flip the can tab, but it doesn't carry over into the taste. Less malt taste to come through, which makes me think of adjuncts. Sure enough, the taste is gone as soon as I swallow. I suppose it would go good with food, but so would an instant iced tea. “Draft” should imply that it’s filtered instead of pasteurized, but I get none of that here. Just barley water.

Serving type: can

12-08-2003 14:35:46 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of Boilermaker88


1.7/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Picked this one up at a local Asian food market. Also available in nearly every grocery store. Presented in a can that looks positively nuke-proof. The beer itself has a straw yellow color and a foamy, bubbly white head that quickly recedes to a thin cap. The aroma was of grainy pale malt and a bit on the sour side, sort of like old wet straw. The taste said, “I’ve been cooped up in this can for a while.” Flavors of adjuncts – corn, mainly – and somewhat grainy maltiness up front before those flavors are pushed aside in favor of a bitter metallic taste that lingered well into the finish (and beyond). The feel was light, thin and fizzy.
God, I hate cans. Of course, I don’t think this brew would have been that much better from a bottle or an draft. Overall, another sub-par Japanese beer.

Serving type: can

11-16-2003 18:04:20 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

1.8/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Although it has been said many times, I'll say it again: the Sapporo can rocks. A piece of modern art that gives the beer a formidable aura. What's inside the can is another story.

Sapporo Draft pours a yellow straw color with a decent foamy white head that lasts for around 30 seconds. The smell is pretty clean, perhaps a little more adjuncty/husky than the bottled Premium beer. The mouthfeel is thin and very fizzy. The taste of the can is quite evident in the flavor. Bitter metal taste, some grainy adjunct taste. Moderate hop bitterness. Aftertaste tastes like the can. A drying effect lasts for a little bit in the back of the mouth. Sapporo finishes off with a little alcoholic warmth.

I found this difficult to drink. Liquid metal has never been one of my favorite beverages. What little flavor is present in this beer just isn't very good.

Serving type: can

08-23-2003 02:48:03 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of SetarconeX


2.05/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance is a bit cloudier than many beers. Head vanishes without a trace in almost no time at all. Smell is faint. Tastes like it smells. Not really bad in any way, but it's a bit bland. More than drinkable, but not really impressive in any way. Not really worth the inflated pricetag that seems to come with it.

Serving type: can

08-04-2003 05:09:04 | More by SetarconeX
Photo of tar


3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a thick, frothy white head (the tall silver 22 oz. can the beer came in was much more impressive in appearance with its narrower base and textured sides). Both the aroma and taste are very mild, a hint of freshly cut grass and perhaps a hint of hops. Fairly smooth, with a light to medium body. A fairly drinkable beer. While I didn't dislike this beer and would drink it again (if someone handed me one), it is not something I would seek out.

Serving type: can

06-25-2003 12:50:06 | More by tar
Photo of Amdahl


2.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a pale yellow, with very foamy white head that reduces quickly. A few carbonation bubbles can be seen floating to the top after being poured. The head reduces to a very thin film. Lace is very nice near the top of the glass. Grains are the dominate aroma. The taste is quite bland and finishes weak. This is a light bodied beer and at the price that I payed for it, I will not be drinking it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2003 19:33:41 | More by Amdahl
Photo of TheDM


2.23/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This brew poured from a can yeilded a small white head offine to medium sized bubbles with little lacing.
It had a transparent light yellow orange body and a typical american beer like aroma with a mild malt and a
mild hoppy smell. Carbonation continuously rose from the bottom of the glass. It had a fizzy taste of hops
and went down firly smoothly, but I could feel the gas building in my stomach after only a few sips. It was
very much like a typical big american brewery beer like bud or miller. Well, I guess we taught the Japs
everything we know!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2003 18:13:34 | More by TheDM
Photo of Reidrover


1.23/5  rDev -58.2%
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!

Serving type: can

03-16-2003 00:13:14 | More by Reidrover
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!
and what else?

Serving type: can

02-23-2003 17:27:21 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is a good brew here. It's like a regular American beer, but it tastes way better. It's rich in malt and hops, plus it even has a nice little head to it. Ofcourse it doesn't last long, but it's still there. It's a pale yellow color. It's got a dry finish, but it's not that dry. The can is friggin awesome though! Looks like a space age torpedo from the 50's.

Serving type: can

01-27-2003 19:17:46 | More by JISurfer
Photo of Naerhu


2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ingredients: malts, hops, rice, corn, starch.
5% Alcohol.

In Japan this is called Sapporo Black Label, I do not know why it is referred to as original draft beer on this site, unless that is the English name for this.

This is an exceedingly average beer, but life is too short for average. It has no aroma to speak of, a head that disappeared so fast, I was not sure if it was ever there. It had the sharp initial karakuchi impact and corn-flavors on the palate. Corn flavor also detected by my Japanese wife who was blind tasting the beer with me. No lasting flavor. Nothing wrong with this beer, but nothing right about it either, except that such a sharp impact, which is extremely important and universal in Japanese beers. Such an impact is extremely refreshing.

Made: Late November 2002
Consumed 23 December 2002
Expiration date: July 2003

Serving type: can

12-23-2002 08:25:22 | More by Naerhu
Sapporo Original Draft Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
69 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.