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Sapporo Premium BeerSapporo Premium Beer

Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No adjunct. All barley lager.

Added by IronDjinn on 05-28-2003

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Reviews: 635 | Ratings: 2,110
Photo of andrewh995
2.71/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Darkish yellow with a small white head. Smells of malt. Also tastes of malt with a dry finish. Pretty carbonated with a medium-light mouthfeel. Nothing special, but still refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of Squire123
3.43/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light gold color with white cap and lacing.

Mild aroma of sweet malt and spicy hops.

Taste is straight forward malt with floral, spicy hops very much in the European tradition. Malt on entry with hops making a later appearance with a slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Light medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Overall it's a pleasing lager with malt presence and enough hop influence to be refreshing.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From a bottle via a friend from work---Thanks Kevin!
This classic pours a pale amber tinged yellow with a modest
head of white dissipating foam that settles to a thick ring,
thin pool, and features subtle light lacing. Nose of light sweet
malts, lager yeast, and pronounced grain notes. Flavors follow
with subtle sweet honey and herbal notes of subtle hops mingling
with moderately strong grain notes. Decent mouth feel---smooth and
refreshing, lightly crisp, medium carbonation, and a clean finish.

Overall, nothing to hate, but nothing mind blowing.


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Photo of puboflyons
3.08/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 650 ml. can marked HO516G-0933FL, whatever this all means. Sampled on March 11, 2017.

The pour is your standard looking light amber yellow with a tremendous and lasting white foamy head. Slow moving carbonation bubbles up the glass.

The aroma is not very exciting. I get some corn, some grass, and this vague cantaloupe or melon character. So I'll give it a slightly higher notch for the aroma.

The body is smooth and about medium.

The taste has a decent enough pale malt sweetness, bread character, melon thing, and a quick grassy and dry hop finish. A beer for the barbecue.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
3.15/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer had a goldish yellow color, and it had a somewhat spicy smell with some sweetness. There was a good taste with this beer and it had a nice taste of hops and cereal grains. The finish wasn't too great because the carbonation was a little high as well as a slight malty grain aftertaste.

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Photo of Warrec
3.75/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There is definitely better out there, but this is also worth a taste.

A lighter somewhat cereal grained flavor. Low ABV making it nice for a dinner beer. Smell doesn't reflect the flavor a whole lot with this beer.

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Photo of al_al1357
3.69/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Standard-looking lager beer with more head than most average macro-brews. On the nose there are subtle notes of barley, wheat and hops. Taste reflects the smell of the beer. Overall a light, light-bodied and refreshing beer if drank cold.

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Photo of sokol_1993
2.87/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had that strange sweetness to it. The sweetness you get from chewing rice for a long time.
However, bland, nothing really special about it. Better than your usual BMC.

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Photo of illpass78
3.79/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear yellow with a big frothy white head.

Aroma: Clean, vaguely sweet. Some cereal grains.

Taste: Good old cold, clean lager. Inoffensive. Refreshing. Somewhat grassy and cereal grainy. Decent malt presence for style.

Mouthfeel: Easy, light lager. Quaffable.

Overall: What Kingfisher is to curry and Dos Equis is to burritos, this beer is to sushi. Stop fussing and party down with some inari and a Sapporo.

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Photo of agreenman19
3.42/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L - boring but slightly frothy head.

S - weakest aspect of this beer. Slight rice grain.

T - surprisingly creamy on draft. Hint of banana in addition to the rice and other bullshit.

F - pillowy and fluffy. Draft is best.

O - way better on draft than out of the can.

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Photo of jasadewi
2.79/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pale golden-straw color, with soapy white head.
S: Ricey maltiness.
T: It tasted of ricey maltiness, very sweet, normal American-style lager flavor.
M: Slicker than American adjuncts. But, sufficiently similar.
O: Overall, while this is not a good or original beer by any means. I enjoy the slickness and the more appropriate ricey malt flavor over competitors like Miller and Bud.

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Photo of matcris
3.99/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For the style....Light golden, lots of bubbles rising up the glass, crystal clear with a finger of white foamy head. Slight lacing left down the glass. The aroma is of very mild grass/husk and malt. Flavor is richer than the aroma. A nice little spicy note hits up front, combined with the malt and a very mild grassy hop note. The beer is dry with very good, full carbonation level. Medium light in body and really drinkable. That bit of spicyness makes it worth a try compared to the average BMC, pick up a single.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

If you knew something was lightened up malt wise, then you'll have expectations of a lighter appearance, and this straw yellow dilution fits the bill. Head forms and dies immediately. Aroma smells beer-ish in a faint way. Grain. Something industrial, metallic, sulphur like, its very light, but its there.

Taste is just beer flavored water. I mean there are glimpes of things like barley and hops, but they are mere windows into the soul. There are no off flavors, but any flavors are in the realm of playing hide and seek, you really have to search your cicerone homie palate. Feels like a lot of carbonation

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.82/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Sapporo pours a straw color with a fizzy head. Weak pale aroma, with hints of corn and grain. Taste is like pale lagers, a strange sweet flavors, with a dry grain. Body is a little flat. Overall, it is not the worst.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Surprised myself that I hadn't rated anything from this brewery.
If one has this beer with Asian food (as I just did), then the ratings' average is a bit tough.
This looks like a fine lager. It doesn't offer anything distinctive for malt aroma or even taste, but it was fine to share at a noodle shop for lunch. If there is an adjunct such as rice (as the ratings seem to allege), it shows mostly in the mouth thin-ness... but if you are eating spicy food, then there is little point in being too picky about the liquid.
I consider this beer situationally good: when only three beers are offered and not much is required to quench the fires of spicy food.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.06/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Tavernakaya in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a shaker pint glass.

Light straw yellow body, clear, half finger white head, bubbly, good retention, bits of lacing. Smells of bread, a bit of minerality, that typical lager yeast reminiscent of just about all the other AAL's. Pretty average lager, not bad, but it doesn't deviate from that particular character of the style very much. Flavour is similarly bland with a bready sweetness, slight perfuminess from the yeast. Fairly bland. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, good carbonation, nothing particularly interesting but it is drinkable especially with a meal. It's been a while since I've had this, and I see no real reason to go out of my way to get more unless the setting is right- e.g. business trip to Japan or eating at a Japanese-style restaurant such as this. And even then, the likes of Hitachino Nest label beers are usually available.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can added 1609FL? b1916G

A: pours a surprisingly dark gold with three fingers rocky, persistent head. A few streams of large bubbles flow up. Lacing was okay.

A: quite sulfury; but a mild nose; not really strong on hops or malt.

T: more hop bite than I expected; this beer has some character! Quite a surprise. Some mild Pilsner malt on the middle, but light overall. Very good noble hop bittering on the end, but not much hop character lingers.

M: heavier than expected; heavier side of light. Quite crisp and clean, but not as refreshing as say, Coors light. I just ran 6 miles, so any beer will seem heavy right now.

O: a more characterful alternative to an AAL. Would pair great with food. Perfect for summer. The can is a bonus; it won't skunk on you.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
1.36/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Has a decent looking gold color that resembles a lot American adjunct lagers. The carbonation is nice but the body is thin. Feels almost sticky. Does not smell like beer to me. More like alcoholic rice pudding. Taste resembles anhauser beers, with a subtle sweetness that really doesn't taste sweet at all.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
2.08/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Coming in a very distinctive shiny silver can, it certainly stands out in the off licence.

Appearance: The appearance was of a lovely clean looking golden yellow colour, with a pretty good white frothy head on pour
Head does die a little, no real lacing
Nice carbonation, bubbling along throughout.
Is definitely a nice looking beer, even if the head is non existent.

Aroma: Not trying to be funny but thought it smelt of shite, ha ha, now I know that’s obviously the sweet rice mixed around with the hops, grains and sweet malts. but Jesus I didn’t like the smell one bit at all, very stinky smell, bit of a generic beer smell too, Japanese style, but not very appealing.

Faint initial taste of the malts , not much to saviour, but very clean and smooth, very easy to drink

Taste only really kicks in at the back end, with the rice and the grassy hops kicking in

Has a slight kick to it alright, can definitely feel the alcohol, sweet and bitter, but not overbearing.

Ok beer, not a bad beer, nothing offensive, not much taste, but very smooth and easy to drink, but it would be nice to actually taste some real flavours.......something......anything at all....come on! And not just a bland generic taste of nothingness

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Photo of topofthehops
3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Classic 22-oz can poured into classic restaurant tall pilsner glass.

Am drinking my first Sapporo in at least 2-3 years. Yes, I'm at a sushi place. Just didn't feel like sake. Given my affinity for massively hopped, massive-ABV brews, I wondered how this would taste after all this time. Not bad. Not bad at all. Certainly not a "poor" pour in any sense. It is what it is, and it's going down easy, especially at $5.25. Glad I ordered it.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.23/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From an undated 600ml bottle. Pours a transparent golden color with a thin lacing of bubbles. Smells of lager yeast and sweet corn. Light mouthfeel without much carbonation. Tastes of rice but not much else. Very clean, crisp, and drinkable. Good for what it's trying to be, just not terribly complex.

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Photo of bwood06
2.69/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Moderate pour produces a head that is 1 finger in height and is white in color. The head is a light to moderately creamy foam and dissipates rather slowly to a thin lacing. The beer itself is clear and straw colored with a moderate carbonation visible based on small bubbles rising moderately quickly towards the surface. 3.5/5

S - Very subdued aroma. Rice, corn, and a light malty graininess provide the majority of the aroma, and these don't even provide much. Hops comes across as a clean and slightly spicy note on the back end. 2.5/5

T - The flavor is a bit more pronounced than the aroma but it is not all that flavorful. Rice, corn, and light malt provide a slight sweetness to the beer that is pleasant but also a bit underwhelming. A bit of light black pepper comes out in the middle leading into grassy hops that only provide a slight bit of flavor. Very little bitterness and none lingering. As the beer warms a bit of tart green apple and a metallic note come out, especially on the back end of the flavor. 2.5/5

M - Light bodied beer with a light carbonation tickle up front but which dissipates to a crispness thereafter. No drying at all and no lingering mouthfeel after swallowing. 3.25/5

O - Underwhelming in terms of aroma and flavor but the appearance and mouthfeel are appealing. The aromas and flavors are there, they just don't come out and grab you at any point in time. Balanced in the fact that neither the malt nor the hops provide much flavor and therefore don't have much of anything to work against. 2.75/5

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Photo of josanguapo
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Carrefour San Juan. In Ikea's pint glass. 66 cl can. 4.55€. Watching Sons of Anarcharchy 7x01-02. Smooth, watery, not bad tasting but tiresome. Its overpriced around 400%. Average score 2.36

02-09-2016: Bottle from Wasabi. In Teku glass. At dinner, with spanish omelete. Ive enjoyed this one much more than the canned version from Carrefour. This feels more balanced and pleasant to the mouth

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.31/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - First of all I have to say I love this "indestructable" Can!. This beer pours a clear golden straw yellow with 2 fingers of white fluffy head, which fades to a very slim film.

Aroma - I get nice bready barley and rice notes followed by a light fruit sweetness.

Taste - Again you get a breadyness from the malt and some rice followed by what I can best describe as green apple peel and a moderate bitterness.

Feel - Light, watery, clean. crisp. refreshing,

Overall - This beer definitely has more flavor than most beers in the macro lager styles. The slight apple flavor really is noticeable and the bitterness balances the malts. Give me this with a nice summer bbq and ill be more than content.

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Photo of taters21
4.37/5  rDev +51.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a highly carbonated straw yellow color with a finger head of bright white foam that recedes slowly, beautiful.
Smells of bready malt, budweiser like due to the rice, some apple.
Taste is phenomenally well balanced for the price and simplicity, sweet malt, followed by biscuits and bread, then rice with a dry noticeable hop finish!
Mouthfeel, light,crisp and refreshing.
Overalo, fantastic beer for the style.

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