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Lager - American
Ranked #488
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2.88 | pDev: 20.14%
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Notes: No adjunct. All barley lager.
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richardmanger from England

4.45/5  rDev +54.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I know it has its detractors, but this is an excellent lager that’s really easy to drink. It’s my weekly treat to myself alongside other lagers and ciders I might buy. Can’t really get it in many pubs, but lockdown has definitely cemented it with me.

Thursday at 07:18 PM
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Steve555 from Wales

1.62/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Hazy artificial looking dark yellow body with head that fizzles out quickly. Smells faintly of bleach or something equally chemical and unpleasant. Taste is even worse, rice dominated and metallic, some sweets malts that can't penetrate the sake taste and heavy metal. Mouthfeel is carbonation and some sweet rice metal tastes. This was a drain pour. A massively offensive beer!

Jul 19, 2020
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elNopalero from California

3.51/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Revisiting this for review.

First impressions: clear and clean pour, nice foam. Light aroma. Touch of grain on the finish. The malt stands out more than I had expected, or remembered, and gives this beer a little more heft when compared to other rice lagers or AALs that might share company with this on a menu or beer list. Nothing stellar or exciting, but not bad for what it is either.

Jul 02, 2020
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IceChuggington from Canada

3.5/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A nice, light neutral beer which leaves little aftertaste. It adds to the aura when having authentic Japanese cuisine. A staple of the Japanese beer market. 7 Smirnoff Ices/10

Jun 19, 2020
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Scoopdogg_ from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Maybe it tastes better from Japan because I know it's brewed in many places outside of Japan. Unfortunately I've never been to Japan but for this beer recipe to be as old as it is, it is still a family favorite when we go out to Asian restaurants. It's also good to drink at home

Jun 16, 2020
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acmurphy696 from Georgia

2.6/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This was a memory lane purpose. I would have this beer along with Grolsch back when I was in school in Athens in the 80s and 90s. It's a solid beer and certainly a step up from American adjunct lagers, which isn't saying much.
Sapporo has a pleasant taste but is light on the mouth feel. It's smells decent, which is not a bad thing.

May 03, 2020
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

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

Its a totally forgettable mass produced multinational fizzy light beer that will go okay with decent sushi -
if and ONLY IF it is ice cold. Better than Bud light any day. Liked it in summer for one big can.

Apr 27, 2020
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shambeano from Australia

2.36/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

355 ml bottle, could not see a date on it. Poured into a tulip.
Look: Pours a very clear gold with about .5 cm of bubbly head that quickly subsides to a ring around the edges of the glass.
Smell: not a lot too it, generically malty/grainy, a little bit of a vinousness that I often get from rice lagers.
Taste: Honey, malt, a little bit of vinous again, maybe a touch of herbal hop towards the end. Pleasant, but not much going on.
Feel: Crisp, clean a little dry towards the end. not a huge length of flavour, but a lingering bitterness.
Overall: I like it. It's the kind of thing I would have with a meal, or if i wanted a few beers but didn't want to think about them

Mar 31, 2020
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4.6/5  rDev +59.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love the light, refreshing taste of Sapporo. I'm not normally a beer fan, but I discovered that I like rice-brewed beers. Out of all the rice beers I've tried, I have found two that I really enjoy. Sapporo is one of those.

Feb 03, 2020
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nitoy08 from New Zealand (Aotearoa)

1.02/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Can imported all the way from "Viet-fuckin'-Nam" (a la Forrest Gump). Dreck (as Mad Magazine would have said [RIP]), swill (as I say), pisch (as the Scottish say). It boggles the mind what kind of infrastructure is involved in shipping this garbage all the way from there to here in the good ole US of A. Jeesh...

Jan 29, 2020
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Maltyhead from Massachusetts

2.26/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank from a 22 ounce can.

Appearance: very, very light honey color, 1/2” head, little lacing.

Aroma: slightly skunked odor which masked all other possible aromas.

Taste: tastes like a typical low hopped, low malted American beer.

Mouth Feel: medium carbonated, thin, smooth, crisp.

A drinkable beer but much too light for my liking. It reminded me of a typical American beer. I would not purchase again but would drink if offered.

Jan 20, 2020
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hophead723 from California

3.27/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I got a nice fresh sixer of this at the best place to buy it, Trader Joe's. They have it there for $6 a six-pack, the best price you can find it at. It is very fresh and poured from an ice-cold can into my favorite glass, a British pub glass by Samuel Smith.

Look: Completely clear pale yellow with tons of carbonation swirling throughout. A white head of froth dissipates quickly to almost nothing but a very thin and spotty veil.

Smell: Light yeasty and malty aroma with a tiny bit of fruitiness as well. Only in a very fresh specimen do you notice the fruity character.

Taste/Feel: Delicate yeasty and biscuity malt character with a clean and dry finish. A tiny bit metallic and slight corn husk flavor on the back end.

Overall: Quite crackery and pleasant with a flavor that reminds me of all the times I've had this on tap with sushi. I quite enjoy it and find myself buying it somewhat regularly. It is refreshing after so many strong IPAs and dark beers, a nice beer to have in between the good stuff.

Jan 12, 2020
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3.8/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am from Canada and have drank this beer off tap, from the 500ml cans, and the big special cans.

There is nothing wrong with this lager whatsoever. It's quite a lot better than say Budweiser, Labatt, Carling, etc. but likely not as good as stuff you can get from a small local brewer. Unfortunately, it is not priced like the big value lagers. It's priced for likely more than you could get a superior local (or euro import) lager.

That said, those big cans are a lot of fun and I buy one now and then to drink straight from it rather than my Sapporo glass or other glasses.

Jan 09, 2020
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3.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle brewed in London.

It pours a clear, bright, golden body with a tiny bit of visible carbonation and small white head.

The aroma has grainy malts and corn.

The taste is light, with pale malts, some hops and mineral notes, with a dry finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied, dry and medium carbonated.

An easy drinking pale lager.

Dec 05, 2019
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tracycramer from Texas

2.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Overly carbonated, thin, lager that could have appeared under any number of other corporate beer brand names, and no one (well, beer elitist no nothings like me who drink Austin, Texas craft beer) would have known the difference. Karl Marx is said to have enjoyed Viennese lager while in London. I think he would have agreed with me when I say, meh!

Dec 01, 2019
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear straw color, lots of bubbles, with a big creamy white head. Great retention.

Smells of green apple skin, honey, crackers, hay, lemon, and grass.

Tastes of mineral water, cracked grains, honey on crackers, green apple skin, lemon zest, grass, clover and hay. Slightly sweet upfront, clean and crisp on the finish.

Very light mouthfeel, watery, a bit of fizz, and very soft.

Overall, a decent light lager. No real complains. Drink it cold and it's quite refreshing.

Oct 25, 2019
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equinoxranch from Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev +63.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sorry filthy bearded hipsters with your myopic fixation for everything wrong which includes that undrinkable nasty bilge IPA you so adore..........., but Sapporo ain't gonna cut it for you.

Great beer, period. Lucky me that I get to drink this when I am in Japan typically for about sixty plus days each year. Fresh outta the factory. I also have a glass at a really nifty Japanese restaurant in NYC who get it direct through the US distributor right off the JAL Cargo jet that landed a day or two before in The Bagel.

Oct 22, 2019
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Abraxos77 from California

2.92/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too light,totally boring,is this Coors? After 4 cans
they get better...the taste is mild,somewhat barley-like,the look is ok,just a typical American Lager meh,feel is frothy at first and then dwindles down into nothing,mebbe ok with sukiyaki.

Oct 17, 2019
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vinicole from England

3.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Clear straw with a quickly dissipating head.
Mild aroma of grain and lager hop.
Low in flavour. Light cereal.
Brightly carbonated. Clean refreshing feel.
OK wit my Japanese meal.

Oct 06, 2019
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MUTINY from Virginia

3.72/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quick review for now.

Pours a nice pale straw with a mighty loose white head - decent lacing and retention. Smells weakly of doughy malt, tastes similar, slightly sweet and well-balanced. Feel is perfect light crisp and over-carbonated - overall it's a bit thin and simple for what I think of as "premium" lager, but the flavor is there.

Sep 27, 2019
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

2.49/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Premium beer, eh? I'll be the judge of that, motherfucker...

Pinky finger of head that vanishes into the ether and leaves behind a pale light golden ale. Nothing to write home about.

Smells weak; slightly sweet with a bit of skunky Heineken bitterness.

Taste follows, with a more pronounced skunkiness. Sweetness hits you on the back end.

Mouth is overly carbonated, almost like soda. Not my cuppa tea.

Meh, it's beer. False advertising with the "premium" branding, though.

Sep 14, 2019
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LocalBeerGuy from Canada

3.3/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

easy drinking beer goes good anything to eat like chips or any meat such as chicken,burger,pizza pour out 2 1/2 of head yellow golden color the brewery owns unibroue and 2 other brewerys. and the beer was made in Canada even know it's kind of beer or type of beer from japan.

Sep 13, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

2.81/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz Bottle at Dough Zone. Can't understand the date code. Reviewing on phone.

Clear, light gold, small head. Medium carbonation. Smell is skunky lager, yeast, lemon.

Taste is watery lager, a little yeast, grainy.

Mouthfeel is medium. Overall, not very impressed. When I've had it on tap in Japan, I've enjoyed it much more. Wonder why. Environment, freshness, packaging, something else?

Sep 13, 2019
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just had to try this. On tap at Kenjis ramen in Vancouver, Washington with Hannah and Jordyn. Excellent food, and just wanted to try Sapporo. Obviously just an average lager.

Sep 04, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.83/5  rDev +33%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a straight, light-golden color with a small white head. SRM of 7.5. (3.75)

Aroma: Light aromas of salted white rice, sugar, sweeter honey corn and biscuit. Pretty simple (3.75)

Flavor: White paper. Rice, white cracker that has a slight sweetness. White tortilla and noodle. A yeast presence cleans off the sweetness and it finishes dry. As it warms, some milk and noodle. (3.75)

Feel: Clean, light. Good carbonation and yeast to clean off the sweetness. Finishes clean. No astringency. Hides the alcohol well. (4.00)

Compared with Singa: More of a dry white bread yeast component. Less bitter, sake.

Compared with Harp lager 3/1/20: Cleaner and less hoppy. More rice. Less grass and rubber. Crisper and cleaner overall.

Compared w/ Sapporo?: Similar color. A strong pale cereal, rice malt. Less grass. Smoother, more pale malts and less hoppy carbonation.

Compared to Cerveza Pacifica 5/15/20: Pours a slightly lighter color. Milder aromas. More white cracker and rice. Less bread and tortilla. Lighter bodied and dryer.

Overall: A lighter-flavored and pale cracker flavored beer. Really light, but there is something subtly tasteful about the simplicity of a white cracker. Like a plain saltine cracker or tortilla chip that is simple and in a way subtly tasteful. Tons of white yeast. Makes you want another one. That's how I would describe the beer. Drinks clean and dry. (Final Rating: 3.83)

Sep 02, 2019
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