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Style:
Lager - American
Ranked #498
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
67
Ranked #50,725
Avg:
2.89 | pDev: 20.07%
Reviews:
740
Ratings:
2,431
From:
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Japan
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  34
Gots
  613
SCORE
67
Poor
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Notes: No adjunct. All barley lager.
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Myka from Texas

3.46/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Let us keep it simple. I bought a case of 12 oz cans from Costco and have to say it is one of my favorite “cheap” beers. Rich golden in color, decent head and more flavor than one would expect from a beer I paid about 75 cents a can for.
Stouts, triples and quads are my favorite beers but they are for occasions. You can do a lot worse than Sapporo for similar money.

Aug 06, 2021
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

3.62/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

The bigger bottles served at the restaurant taste better than the 12 ounce bottles bought at the store. This bottle says product of Canada. Typical in color and aroma, the magnum (16 ounce?) tastes smoother and sweeter. Fantastic with sushi. nigiri and sashimi. The home version is bitter and drier. Has an adjunct grain taste. Could be a lot a reasons for the difference, source, age and condition, as in kept refrigerated or sat at room temperature in a warehouse. Not an expert. But I keep studying.

Jul 27, 2021
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours golden yellow with a small white head. Smells of sweet cereal grain. Tastes of cereal grain, pretty plain. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, an average beer.

Jul 16, 2021
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Killgora

3.3/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Its alright. A bit harsh and bitter, but not gross. In terms of Japanese, or other Asian beers it's one of the weaker ones I've tried. A fairly clear beer with no thrills. I'd give it a try.

Jun 21, 2021
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TheOccasionalBeer from Wisconsin

3.34/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pouring a light honey color, the transparent liquid generates a very ephemeral, short, off-white head. The scent is of slightly sweet though hard to detect, and the initial taste is almost like a cider with a bit of bitterness at the end. The astringency of the carbonation takes a bit of this away and leaves a slight tingling on lips and tongue. This would go well with something starchy, like the pasta I'm having or sushi. Overall, though, if I want a real cider, that would win every time.

May 16, 2021
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

3.73/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this is a classic, fruity and sweet tasting lager that has a grassy tinge and aroma, with a crisp grainy mouthfeel. it has a crisp bubbly gold body with a champagne head that has no retention and leaves no lacing behind as it dissipates completely after a few moments. it's a little chewy and prickly and crisp with a general sweetness that carries on through the entirety of the sip.

May 03, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

2.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle, as "Sapporo Premium Lager", brewed "under license in the EU". Ingredients are water, malts, hops and hop extract - no maize (corn) or rice here. Different recipe? Bought in Norway at Ultra. ABV here is 4.7%, to comply with our 4.75% upper limit for beers sold in grocery stores. Pale golden colour, large head. Flowery sweet aroma, not unpleasant. Flavour is surprisingly clean tasting, no sign of adjuncts and off-flavours, tolerable hops. Well, it’s a light bodied pale lager - I don’t expect miracles, but it sure was a lot better than I feared.

Apr 28, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

2.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Light, pale yellow appearance with a fast fading white head. Muted, grassy aroma. The initially sweet malt taste turned a little drier and slightly more bitter as it finished, but the hops were still very understated. Inoffensive, light bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel.

Apr 27, 2021
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md3kcn from Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Purchased as a single can from a local Japanese market for $3.99. Poured into a pils glass.

L - Bright straw with a two-finger frothy eggshell head.
S - Biscuit, various grains, toasted rice. Slightly grassy.
T - Taste follows nose 100%. Slight metallic taste, but it's probably from the can.
F - Light carbonation, light, and crisp. Very refreshing.
O - This pairs wonderfully with the ramen I made, and that's about it. Nothing impressive about this beer, other than the unique can. I would imagine this beer isn't as good on its own, though - pair it with Japanese food for full effect.

Apr 24, 2021
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BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

2.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Sapporo is crystal clear and pale, even paler than ripe hay. Thin streams of carbonation support a fluffy, bone white head with fairly decent retention.
Sapporo in its own way, smells like a lager should, at least at first. Malt gives us the expected aroma of fresh baked biscuits and lightly toasted grain. Adjuncts are there, smelling more of rice than corn to my amateur senses. The finish is crisp and dry, also presenting the leafy, slightly floral scent of hops.
Taking my first sip, Sapporo is very light bodied and has an up front dryness to it. Malt flavors come through more in the form of lightly toasted grain, not so much biscuits or fresh baked bread. Dryness carries through the center, highlighting what tastes like rice adjuncts. The finish is smooth, rounded, with just a hint of floral hops before that flavors fade into nothing.
It's dry and crisp, has some refreshing qualities on the way down. The problem is the flavors just don't quite come together for me. There are those hints of adjunct for example. And the beer seems a little dryer than it should be, overall. The flavors are just that tiny bit out of balance. Otherwise, maybe a 6 out of 10 for Sapporo.

Apr 05, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

2.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Ohhhh, Sapporo. A beer that's usually viewed as either a novelty, or something simple to enjoy at a hibachi or sushi restaurant. I tend to fall in between the 2 opinions, as I've had quite a few drunken nights tossing these back without putting much thought into it. For what BA is calling an American lager, it's pretty good, though I question whether or not this is and adjunct lager. Oh well, let's sit down and properly review this

Pours a clear straw old with a finger of white head that quickly fades to a thin cap and leaves decent lacing

The nose is, well, mostly just grain, but there's some depth to it. I'm picking up on aromas of lemon zest, raw grain, doughy malt, corn, and light grassy hops. It's really not awful for what it is

Sadly, the taste doesn't even come close to the slight depth the aroma has, leading to a beer that's easy drinking, but sacrifices flavor. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting grassy hops and tangy lemon. The swallow brings notes of cereal grain, corn, and crackery malt

I think the drinkability is the main appeal of this one, and with all due respect, the drinkability isn't that incredible outside of the context of Japanese cuisine or already being drunk. Medium light body pairs with mild carbonation, resulting in a watery beer, the only appeal being that it goes down easy. Finishes between dry and sticky with no aftertaste

It was certainly interesting to actually sit down and review this beer to break it down. Despite my rather low rating, I won't stop drinking this in the usual situations. An interesting case in the beer world

Mar 22, 2021
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.06/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Sapporo is considered a american lager with roots in Japan, that is now brewed and bottled in Canada. In fact the bottle states "Product of Canada" alongside the label making this a product of North America. Like many things in life, I believe I was once told this beer includes rice is really an adjunct lager which juxatoposes this websites all barely claim but no ingredient list exists minus a small excerpt from a national wine and beer seller who shared information on the subject of 'rice' beers when I looked up this beer.

As for the beer at hand, a rich dark hued highly carbonated appearance alongside a small semi-transparent quickly dissipating head gives way to a very attractive clear beer. A very malty scent radiates from the pint glass, as the beer proofs the scent is a bit sweeter than expected with a ting of spicy hop notes in the rears on the nose.

At first sip you can tell the drinkability is high on this one. A sweetness unlike anything I can relate to that is very clean, supports the malt character very well and nearly reminds me of a vienna style lager with its slight caramel like flavor. The sweetness (again, I know bare with me) reminds me of something I've had in beers with sorghum. Nothing on the bottle suggests gluten free, so am unsure if the rice is giving me this sweet flavor? But if this website is to be believed there is no rice... so I am unsure what or where this balance of flavors comes from outside of vienna malts and hops. The finish is mildly dry, full bodied, and fully sessionable. A considerable ibu to this which I believe puts this into the mid 20s.

All things considered this is an above average beer, and not really an 'american' lager, but a general lager in its own right. When you look at this original beers history you can see it states

Mar 15, 2021
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Scotchboy from Idaho

2.55/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap in Meridian ID.

A: Clear, fairly solid gold, with a light and fluffy white head.

S: Yeasty lager notes, mildly bready and sweet, faint skunk.

T: More of the same, grainy pale malt, moderate sweetness, notes of bread, mild yeasty fruitiness, some grassy hops. Again, present skunk character that isn’t distracting.

MF: Crisp, starts out clean but blends into that skunky lager character.

O: Not my favorite lager profile by a long shot. Still drinkable when it’s cold, and better than most AAL.

Feb 20, 2021
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pmfox155 from Montana

3.61/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The appeal of a 22-ounce beer can is a great thing. The beer itself is easy to drink lager beer that goes well with fish and other lighter proteins. Overall it is a very clean lager that is smooth and can be found pretty much everywhere.

Feb 16, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

1.8/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

L: Pours straw yellow, with little to no head, lots of bubbles on the side of the glass like a seltzer.
S: Corn, alfalfa, nothing really stands out though.
T: Very basic light-lager beer flavor, nothing really stands out here either.
F: Light-bodied, thin, crisp, crushable.
O: Nothing exceptional here, best thing about it is you can session these brews.

Feb 13, 2021
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

2.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Sapporo Brewing 'Sapporo Premium Beer' @ 5.0% , served from a 500 ml can
A-pour is light gold from the can to a clear gold in the glass with a medium white head leaving a fine spotty lace along the pint
S-blah
T-clean lager
MF-mild carbonation , medium body
Ov-one & done
prost LampertLand

Jan 02, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A sturdy steel colored 22 oz. can of it fills a clear glass liter mug nicely, with the help of a soft white head. This beer has a stronger and more appetizing aroma that most mass produced American lagers. This is probably due to the sole use of barley as the grain. This lager is quite ordinary in its color, a translucent light amber. The enduring head and subsequent glass lacing are better than most. The taste is more toward the dry side than its mainstream brethren. A clean and refreshing finish with a nod from some hops. A nice brew, but not good enough to convert an ale fanatic.

Dec 30, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

2.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Supper crispy lager with a great sweat backbone. Extremely deleteable beer that can be put away with little effort. It’s certainly not complex, but if you are looking for a lager to slug or just want a change from your regular macro piss water brew, this is something you should pick up at the packie. Great for consuming during NHL 12 tournaments. Cheers, Japan!

Dec 27, 2020
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from one of those hefty cans into the test glass, Enjoyed with sushi. This batch was brewed in Vietnam.
A - Light straw color, active carboantion feeds a continuous cap. The lacing is amazing.
S - Not much in the aromatics, some light grain, a bit of biscuit, slight hint of herbal hops
T - Some white toast, sweet adjunct, very neutral.
M - Light in body, crisp, best very cold, with a rise in temerature the adjuncts take over and the palate moves toward a sweetness that I dont care for
O - A fine offering, that has its space in the beer world

Oct 13, 2020
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vi11am from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Light golden color, clean fresh green wheat smell, light cold clean light hints of hops, carbonated to start. I love this beer, but truly needs to be enjoyed with Japanese food.

Oct 05, 2020
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randalo from Idaho

4.03/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a totally drinkable can of... and I mean "Who doesn't appreciate a real TIN can of beer! Just holding the can in my hand and feeling the heft and fierceness, not to mention the volume I am reminded of earlier (bygone days) cans of beer which I always will remember as so much better (what ever they were!) I mean ...Back in the day, when I was actually impressed when the logger setting on the stool next to me would crunch the can down into a pancake.
After finishing the can I actually found myself holding the can in my hands thinking about crushing it ...and no, nobody would be impressed and I would undoubtedly be sorry for days as I recovered.
Bottom line ...I enjoyed the moment, and I thought it was plainly and simply a good old can of beer! Nothing fancy, but nothing wrong with it either. Honestly all I really ask from a can of beer is that it makes me happy ...and I was delighted! I'm sure that the can it came in lended (lent) a great deal to my satisfaction, and no doubt I will repeat this experience again before the summer is out! Bravo Sapporo!

Aug 25, 2020
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richardmanger from England

4.45/5  rDev +54%
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.

Aug 13, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

1.62/5  rDev -43.9%
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 +21.5%
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 (AB)

3.5/5  rDev +21.1%
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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