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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
Japan
sapporobeer.jp

Style: American 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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#43,895
Reviews:
669
Ratings:
2,235
pDev:
19.86%
 
 
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Photo of BerryKumquat
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Ironhand24680
3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
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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Photo of Ponody13
2.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear straw yellow with a thin white head that recedes rapidly leaving no lacing. Aroma is cereal grain and ever so faint light spicy hop. Flavor follows the nose, a touch sweet. Feel is light, crisp and well carbonated. Over all not a bad "light" beer.

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Photo of Aptosblue
3.29/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Considering where this beer is usually sold (inside Japanese restaurants) I think its profile is very suitable for its use.

Typically you will eat a bit of rice with this beer so its great that its light and easy to drink.

It's worth getting for the occasion and pairs very nicely with food from its origin country.

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Photo of Mclusal
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Ninjabuttocks
2.02/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Photo of Jeeburt
2.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mehak
2.42/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden look. Smells a little hoppy. Crisp taste, slight sweet flavor with some wheat. Very light body and heavily carbonated. Overall the experience was about comparable to an American lager, minus the overwhelming hops.

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Photo of GIftofgod4u1
3.01/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NoahS
3.09/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bluespiderweb
3.28/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lighter real lager, great when cold-nice mouthfeel, enough of a bitter taste to know you are still drinking real beer, and a good bite from the hops, even at this reduced level. It certainly has the welcome noble hop character of a EU lager, but not prominent as in a stronger lager. It could benefit from more malt character, but then it wouldn't be a lighter beer, that goes with more food, and isn't as center stage as some others. Nice job, Sapporo! Thanks to my friend Regina for passing one on to me, again! It may be in my future, when I don't want heaveir stuff!

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Photo of LucMcD17
2.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Eychung
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Miyu
3.51/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PolishHurricane
3.73/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I usually drink a lot of high-end beers, and I think this beer is way under-rated. Purchased glass bottled/Wisconsin version. I consider this a light lager at 140 calories (12oz) compared to 175 for a Sam Adams lager.

Look: Not going to win any awards and cloudy, it's not bad though for what it is.
Smell: Grains, a bit acidic, kind of like the smell of a sharp cheese. Has a bit of funk to it, it's a plus in my opinion.
Taste: Barley, slightly sweet, a bit sharp, very light on the hops. Towards the end of the bottle you can get a little difference in taste. It does have a very slight metallic/sour aftertaste, very minor, but generally just as pleasant as most lager aftertastes. Make sure you buy it in a glass bottle, and don't buy the canned stuff that's been sitting on a shelf for 2 years or I'm sure it'll taste more metallic.
Feel: Medium carbonation, fairly thin mouth feel. I typically drink unfiltered Bavarians and I still don't find this watery. For a light lager, this is as thick as it needs to be.

For a premium light, and reasonably priced, lager, I'm giving this a 4.25 overall. This beer goes great with a lot of food, pairs well with Sushi (acidic) and spicy foods (refreshingly neutral). Most people give it a bad rap because they called it "Premium", but I really think it blows a lot of crappy American lagers out of the water.

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Photo of jhart96
3.69/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SeBreeze9000
4.91/5  rDev +71.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's a light beer.

This is a Japanese light beer.
Did I mention that this was light? Not sure why this beer is receiving so much hate. It's literally one of the best in my honest opinion, love the way this taste ice cold. Super smooth one of the few beers where I can sip it with food or right after food. Never had in a can so I can't really speak on that experience but from the bottle straight poured into a glass.

Simply superb.

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Photo of jkblr
2.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz undated bottle brewed in LaCrosse, WI poured into a tall pilsner glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on label. The beer pours bright light straw yellow with nearly white head. The aroma is faint with a hint of yeast and and some skunk. The taste is corny and a little grainy with an unpleasant metallic and vegetable finish. Mouthfeel is thin bodied, highly carbonated, sharp and high in oily/buttery finish. Overall, poor. This is billed as all malt, but it is either really old or needed to lager for a while longer. I know the cans are dated and I might try on but never another bottle.

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Photo of rmarquardt17
3.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Elysha
1.84/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Cheap imitation German beer.
Tastes like cooked rice-water from the can.
On tap it certainly is more refreshing but still has an overwhelmingly watery taste conflicting with it's roots.
Most certainly doesn't feel 'full' in any respect of the word.

Buy it for cheap drinking parties, bring but don't drink.

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Photo of Bsimpson91
4.76/5  rDev +65.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I love the bottle design. Very classy presentation. The beer reminds me of a German pilsner with out the hop intensity. The overall flavor is very light with some malt character that dissipates rapidly after your sip. There is some sweetness but it doesn't overpower the beer. The feel on the pallet is nice and viscous but not heavy. This beer goes down ultra smooth. I cant speak of the color or presentation in glassware because I love it straight from the bottle. I would rather have this beer over warsteiner. I wish ther was slightly more malt flavor but this is a great beer and it would definitely go with any meal.

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Photo of chiefz1
1.92/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of rooster1970
2.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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