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Style:
American Lager
Ranked #526
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
67
Ranked #47,471
Avg:
2.88 | pDev: 20.14%
Reviews:
694
Ratings:
2,316
From:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
 
Japan
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  32
Gots
  590
SCORE
67
Poor
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Notes: No adjunct. All barley lager.
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Photo of Wolvmar
3.68/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

20-something oz can at Benihana. Poured into a pint glass.

Pour: Golden yellow, two finger head that leaves a thin ring.

Nose: bready malt, maybe slight orange peel

Taste: similar to nose with ever so slight bitter hops. Surprisingly well balanced and delicious.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, fuller feeling, pillowy, much better than I expected.

Overall: really enjoyed this. Surprised ratings are so low. Maybe it was the food and company but I would definitely buy and try it again.

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Photo of IronLover
2.81/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Sunny yellow in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a short, soapy, bright white foam with very low retention. Aromas of stale bread and cereal. Medium light bodied with medium high carbonation. Green apple flavors with hints of light cereal. Medium light, acidic bitterness followed by green apple and light maltiness at the finish. Generally lacks character on all fronts: aroma, feel and flavor. Would probably pair well with spicy foods that cripple your taste buds. Or just drink cold water. Fewer calories.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.95/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(650 ml can, M0618H - brewed in Vietnam?! ... purchased cold; poured into a 28 oz mug)

L: crystal-clear, gold liquid; fantastic rocky foam stand, spongy build; thick ring of crusty lace at the top of the glass; maintains thin, messy cap

S: crackery, subtly honey-kissed pale malt aromas, flowery spice accenting... first thing that comes to mind is Corona... fair potency; a mellow toasted grain note dominates

T: toasty note carries over upon first sip, but the dominant flavor is a lightly-doughy malt making up the bulk of the foundation; subtle peppery-spicy bitterness in the aftertaste; lingering almost animal-cracker cereal note; moderately dry... minimal yeasty-estery 'off-flavor' coloring

F: plush softness, smooth flow; delicate (spicy? carbonic?) warmth... fluffy-foamy touch up top, bottom half ghostly

O: I have had this a couple times, most recently last autumn at a Japanese restaurant on draft (or was that a variation of the canned expression?); enjoyed it then... not a bad drop at all; solid simple malty base, smooth silky body... stalwart, sedate, satisfying - worth buying again (1411)

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Photo of Armotekma
2.35/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Canadian import. The taste is on the thinner side and slightly watery, a bit astringent with notes metal or minerals, practically tasting the same as Bud.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.16/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is far from the worst beer I’ve had. Look is clear golden, minimal white head. The nose is full sour grain, a touch of spicy hop. Flavor is honey sweet malt, with mild dry finish. Pairs with Japanese well, which is where I’m having it. Not one to buy for itself.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bought 6-pack cans $7..99 Don Quijote
Made in America - will update if I get a made in Japan version
Smell of light malts
Clear light golden color
Light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Sweet light malt flavors, taste of corn, very light bitterness finish
Overall not bad for a cheap beer. Good for hot days when you plan on having a lot more than one.

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Photo of FredFrogley
4.6/5  rDev +59.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not surprising trhat its not so highly rated here as it doesn't have the chemical content so popular with American and some European beer drinkers. This is a great natural tasting lager that's worthy of the great Bavarian lagers. Its a German style lager not an American Pilsener style lager as someone has stated *(Difficult to think of more of a contradiction than American Pilsener). The first brewmaster at Sapporo was German trained.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
2.9/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pilsner glass, poured from one of those very cool Japanese auto-pour machines.

That machine really can pour the perfect beer, perhaps the robots will take over, and if they do it will begin in Japan. Creamy white head with some real retention impresses atop a shade darker than normal yellow beer.

Dried grain, exceptionally clean, slight sulfur.

Grain husk, again slightly sulfurous, a dash of clean hop leaf, and a mineral finish.

The body is creamy for a light colored lager and the carbonation is unusually low, however there is a harmony.

I’m coming to understand the Japanese lager style, and while it isn’t my first, second, or third choice, it is more refined than I thought.

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Photo of Rays1074
3.68/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

If you are one of the many hipster snobs out there, you will hate this beer. If you are a normal guy, who can enjoy different styles of beer, and understand they should not ALL be the same slammed up, in your face hop fest, you will probably enjoy this beer. Yes, it is true, it is reminiscent of the oh so evil Bud/Bud Lite. It looks, smells and tastes ALMOST like a typical American pilsner. However, this particular beer has a bit of skunk to it, that I happen to enjoy. It is odd, it seems to be hit or miss. When I get it out of the large 22oz cans, it is more noticeable. Sometimes when I get the regular glass bottle sixer, that characteristic is sometimes completely missing. It laces decently well, a head of about a finger and a half, lasting for approximately 2-3 minutes. Carbonated just right. Perfect for a hot day, or out at the ballpark, or if you dont feel like another IPA.

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Photo of Dannyt21
5/5  rDev +73.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers! Has a good unique taste. Not too high in alcohol so you can guzzle it. Would love to try the actual Japanese beer since the only one we get in the US is made in Canada. I’ve been told it’s even better.

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Photo of scurfie
3.3/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had this with food, the beer came in the bottle, and I have to say I was surprised how good it was. I think it's a solid pilsner type of lager and I will drink it again.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.82/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very clear golden color with nice lazy carbonation bubbles. One and a half fingers of foamy white head. Good lacing on my pilsner glass.

Has an almost Euro lager or pilsner style smell. A bit sweet and a bit grassy. Just a bit of that skunk thing.

Taste is very clean water with some sweet malts. Just a shade of skunk on the taste, very faint at that.

Mouth feel is very light and finishes crisply.

I am really surprised by this beer. I was a bit nervous to try it but am damn happy I did now! This beer has not got a lot of complex flavor. What it has is a basic simplicity that is very refreshing. Even the big 22 oz. can looks awesome. My only dissapointment is on me. I would love to try this paired with some high quality Asian food! I really believe this is a great beer for pairing with food. It just really screams to me to pair it with food. Otherwise the beer is just that. A very nice clean easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Bshaw22
2.16/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I have to say, this beer is pretty bad. Drinkable, but not good. Tastes like a bad adjunct lager... Didn't look into it, but I'm guessing it's made w/ rice. If you've ever had Budweiser or bud light...here you go...

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Photo of Mrbob558
3.83/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A smooth tasting easy to drink lager. Its not very strong and is a bit on the watery side. However I enjoyed it with my terayaki sesame chicken . I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to drink it again- the small Japaneses restaurant we were at only had Sapparo Premium and Stella Artois- but it certainly wasnt bad.

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Photo of Buckeye55
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had this a couple times at and old neighbors pool parties. Somehow he always had a shit ton of this beer on hand, said a distributor buddy of his hooked him up. An ok, slightly below average beer, with the rating possibly inflated due to the fact that I've probably drank 10 cases of this stuff and never paid a penny.

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Photo of akme223
3.28/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a pint glass and enjoyed with nigiri sushi.

Pours a very clear straw color. Any head from the pour disappears quick. Patchy bits of lacing.

Apart from a typical watery smell there arefaint hints of grass or hay. Not much smell to be had in all honesty.

The taste is very clean. Watery but it definitely stands out above the rest of the style. I don’t get that overly sweet taste compared to your typical Bud/Coors macro lager.

Feel is crisp and refreshing. Super light and easy drinking beer.

Overall it’s not a bad beer. The problem is for the price you pay at least in my area there’s really no reason to pick this. On the flip side if your going to go absolutely ham, you wouldn’t pick this when you can get a 12 pack of macro trash for the same rate as a 6 pack of this.

All said, it’s an okay beer with your sushi/hibachi but apart from that it’s just not competitive at the price point for me.

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Photo of Cholla
5/5  rDev +73.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very smooth and easy drinking beer. Easy on the pallet and very enjoyable. Would definitely get this one again. Just a beer that isn’t overpowering on any one aspect. Cheers.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.29/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's a simplified, bare bones lager that goes well with sushi. Corn-sweet malt is present where it's supposed to be and it's light and properly carbonated for a beer. Enough hops in it to keep it from being nothing but sweet malt. Crisp finish. And perfectly enjoyable in the right situation.

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Photo of C-Stockwell
2.58/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

L: very small head, light yellow color
S: faint, but inoffensive
T: no faults but rather watery flavor
F: good carbonation

I'd say the beer is tolerable. I ordered this at a Korean/Japanese restaurant and I think that's the most appropriate time for this beer. If not, it's an average lager that can be substituted with better or less expensive options.

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Photo of elnachooo
2.23/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Cerveza con una cabeza blanca que desaparece a unos pocos segundos. En su aroma destaca el lúpulo y el caramelo. Ya en boca es afrutada, y se percibe la malta y el caramelo.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.92/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml US produced beer.

March 2017 batch, best before December 2018.

Clear golden, builds a big small bubbles head.

Really good and pretty strong floral hoppy aroma is perceived after opening the can. Tastes of light grains and soft herbal/floral hops. Mouthfeel is light without being watery.

Overall a really nice surprise.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

22oz can poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass. No discernible date but F1418H and 1815FL stamped on bottom of can.

Appearance - Pours creamy large white head with great retention, patchy lacing and medium-low stick. Clear pale gold body with good carbonation. 4.5

Smell - Wet hay, faint musky corn, but nothing offputting. 4.5

Taste - Metallic sharpness and bitterness. Spicy grass. Mostly flavorless. 1.5

Mouthfeel - Thin, watery, almost spicy, and unpleasant astringency that has no balancing factors. 1.5

Overall - I've had this beer a couple times before from different places over the years and I guess it's just as bad as I remembered it. The label calls itself a 'masterpeice of the brewer's art' but it's one of the worst examples of one of the worst styles of beer. 1.5

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Photo of RaulMondesi
2.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Let’s be real: this beer ain’t large and in charge like Sadaharu Oh hitting bombs in the Tokyo Dome, nor is it as sleek as Yasujjro Ozu shooting a scene. Now, it isn’t the best macro lager, it may not be crisp and clean like Yuumi Kato walking down the catwalk, but at least it’s not offputting. Taste is aite, feel is aite, and what I have learned from many years of experience, sometimes it’s ok to be ‘just aite.’

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Photo of PMakowski
3.72/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 Oz Can poured into glass
Look - mostly clear, golden appearance. Lots of carbonation, medium foam head and lots of glass lacing
Smell - The aroma isn't much different than any average beer like a corona...grains and slight paleness
Taste - Got a nice bite to it but not a huge flavor profile. Semi-sweet. It's unique in some aspects. Medium-high carbonation. Very drinkable and on the light side. Quite crisp and refreshing although on the dry side.

Overall, it's too expensive for its overall flavor but its a great beer to eat food with. It's similar to average American beers but certainly a few notes of mineral qualities that make it different and better. I will buy again probably. Grade is a B+

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Photo of Ironhand24680
3.25/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

MADE IN VAN COUVER.
GOOD, CANADIAN BREW...
DRINK IT EXTRA
COLD!

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