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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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374 Ratings

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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 21.77%
Wants: 8
Gots: 48 | 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 jzeilinger
2.9/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

jzeilinger, Apr 22, 2010
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
Photo of taigor
3.18/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured transparent golden yellow color with small head that quickly dissipated leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly grains and slight hint of rice scent.

T - Very light hops and grains, mostly very plain and simple.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Not bad, definitely a decent session beer but I would not drink it again.

taigor, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.75/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a mystery! But finally I got the urge to get this at my job, and take it home. Awesome beer! Nice gold color, sweet malt, foamy white head, decent lacing, floral or buttery taste that lingers, kind of waxy after taste, and very drinkable. This beer is one of the few that I have encountered better out of a can!

StevenBilodeau, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of SargeC
3.83/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold with a foamy white head.

Smell: Malt, floral hops and butter.

Taste: Sweet malt with a touch of hops. Slightly sour finish. Dry and clean

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Slightly waxy finish.

Drinkablity: Tasty Sapporo brew. Slightly crisper than standard Sapporo. Very easy drinking.

SargeC, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of sbe1
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 22oz can.

Appearance: Pale yellow with a quick head that leaves some consistent lace on the glass.

Smell: Mostly clean, some grain, faint hops, faint malt.

Taste: Crisp light citrus with a hint of creaminess, a hint of sweetness with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Light bodied and mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty good for quenching the thirst, light and inoffensive tastewise.

sbe1, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of RollingRocker
3.93/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color and has a slight cider smell to it. Tastes grainy with some hops a light apple juice like finish. A nice feel across the palate crisp and refreshing just the right amount of carbonation a very drinkable beer. Overall i could drink more of this beer but could be expensive since i can only find the 22's.


RollingRocker, Mar 31, 2009
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
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