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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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403 Ratings

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Ratings: 403
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 21.84%
Wants: 11
Gots: 69 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2001

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Photo of TippySelenoid
3.03/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

It's golden in color with a foamy white head. Very caronated.

It's a bit hoppy. The aroma isn't very strong.

It's a bit straw like. The beer has a pleasant bitterness.

It's fizzy and thin.

Overall, this beers ok. Not too memorable, but good enough.

Photo of fuzzcherry
2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

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2/5  rDev -31.7%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of tbeq00
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +36.5%

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.91/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Brown120
3/5  rDev +2.4%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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2/5  rDev -31.7%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of xuptygm
1.53/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Blue Sushi in Omaha had these on special for $1 so I figured I couldn't go wrong. I guess you get what you pay for though. I have never really looked into Japanese beer before so I was excited to give this one a try. Turns out it is pretty much the Japanese equivalent to an American Macro Brew. This beer had no smell to it whatsoever and tasted pretty much the same. I can't complain to much for a buck, but I won't ever be drinking this one again.

Photo of thagr81us
2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
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 BeerFMAndy
3.73/5  rDev +27.3%
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 ckollias
2.88/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Clear golden ale with a thick, white, frothy, two-finger head that quickly dissipates in to a thin lace leaving a nice trail all the way down the glass.

S: Clean aroma with good grain and flora hop background.

T: Sweet lager throughout with hints of rice and a dry finish. You can taste some hops and a little malt. Very crisp and refreshing.

M: Thin body and medium carbonation

O: Interesting Japanese Rice Lager – one of the few that I’ve had. It was a nice beer on a hot summer day, but nothing I would grab again.

Photo of drabmuh
3.28/5  rDev +11.9%
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 dcook11
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a fizzy yellow hue. Typical adjunct lager look. Mild carbonation and a one finger head. Smeels of corn syrup and rice. Taste is similir, cornsryup with just a touch of rice at the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied. Overall a decent beer for a party.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.26/5  rDev +11.3%
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 MaltsOfGlory
2.85/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice one finger head, it's really frothy and it looks like it's giving me good lacing. It's diminished substantially since I poured it, but it's still leaving a good layer on the top of the body. The body is piss yellow and completely see through, it looks like a standard macro lager, accept for the decent lacing. Overall not a very good look, but the lacing is nice. There is some crisp hop on the nose, along with a sweet and sour malty smell. Smells like a lager, but one tiny step above the rest because I can get some hops on the nose. Overall the smell is very faint, but it smells decent when I can smell it. Yeah, there is for sure a nice hop character in this beer, when you compare it to a budwieser or some macro beer like that. It's a pretty small hop flavor, but that's really ok, because it's a lager. Overall the flavor is pretty simple, there is for sure a malt flavor, and on some sips you pick up significant alcohol, considering it's only 5%. You can tell the beer is made with rice, but really it doesn't bother me because it's not like they are trying to cut cost, that's just the style, where as when it's used in an american macro, they are trying to cut cost, and it doesn't work with the beer. Mouthfeel is decent, pretty thin and a little watery, but the carbonation is just perfect. The drinkability is pretty damn nice too, there really isn't anything wrong with this beer, so it's not hard to drink, and it's pretty light. Overall, I good lager, and since it's mass produced, a very good macro lager. Not an amazing beer, but one I wouldn't mind having, especially over a normal macro lager.

Photo of sweemzander
2.34/5  rDev -20.1%
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 Sachsenfreude
3.59/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; crystal clear light yellow. Pale white head with good retention and chunky lacing.

smell; rather ordinary. Mild cereal grains and flower pollen hops. A little sweetness, mirin comes to mind but that just might be me associating this beer with rice.

taste; slightest bit of sweet rice upfront but finishes with a strong grainy malt flavor. The hops are quite pleasant, reminding me of Trix™ cereal, as it blends fruits(mostly citrus) nicely with the malts. The slightest bit of alcohol blends with rice flavors, as one taste past the initial grain flavors.

mouthfeel/drinkability; a bit more substance than one would expect for such a light colored beer. Almost creamy but some fizzy qualities thin it out a bit. Quite crisp and refreshing. Really not that good in my opinion but not bad either. I would definitely buy again if I was having some sushi, would make a nice pairing.

Sapporo Original Draft Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
69 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.