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Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
American Lager
Ranked #309
Ranked #30,529
2.9 | pDev: 20.34%
Jul 07, 2022
May 28, 2003
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Notes: No adjunct. All barley lager.
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Ratings by Darkbeerlover0:
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Rated by Darkbeerlover0

2.7/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Mar 16, 2022
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Rated: 3.78 by nickb2000

Jul 07, 2022
Rated: 1.67 by selekt0r

Jul 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Yaroslav from New York

4.1/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Sapporo is my favorite macro beer. I am feeling defensive about it given the many sub par ratings on this forum. There are many bad lagers from Asian brewers (Kirin should be illegal!) but this is not one of them. There is a crispness and purity that others claim but fail to deliver. I like it from the bullet proof can rather than bottles. I've never gotten a stale, past due can. If you've ever encountered a long, hot day in Tokyo or anywhere else with an ice cold Sapporo as an end of the day reward, You'll find it checks all the boxes that make it a quality brew and ultra enjoyable. A great session brew. A true test of its quality is that it doesn't lose much as it warms whereas other big brews become undrinkable if not imbibed ice cold. Poor rating? Not even close. Don't trust the consensus here. It is a solid "good" overall and better than that for its style.
Jul 03, 2022
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Reviewed by kjmonaghan87

2.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Metallic after taste. Reminds me of an American Lager like Yueling. I would not describe it as "perfectly balanced".

Rating: ✓

Meh ✓
Alright, OK
Jun 19, 2022
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Reviewed by ANIMOUL from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 19.2 oz can; no birth date. Poured light yellow with tiny carbonation and effervescent bubbles. Tastes of stale hops and malt but surprisingly freshing. Of all the adjunct lagers, this is one of the better ones.
Jun 13, 2022
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Rated by KingJay25

1/5  rDev -65.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Does Japan even drink? Based on this beer, clearly not. It's like a busch but unamerican and therefore awful.
Jun 12, 2022
Rated: 3.34 by TP2MSU from Michigan

May 22, 2022
Rated: 2.75 by cold_beer

May 07, 2022
Rated: 2.9 by Fedorable

May 03, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by etan420

May 01, 2022
Rated: 3.17 by miwestcoaster from Michigan

Apr 17, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Poured from a 600mL bottle into my weizen glass, brewed in La Crosse Wisconsin.

On the pour I get a 1 finger head that I thought would be bigger so I was a bit gentle to fit it all in, but lively carbonation and some lacing. After a while the dead fades and all hope of lacing is lost. Color is just like any other mass produced lager, light golden, and crystal clear.

Aroma is quite malty with crackers and light bread at the forefront. Slight skunking is noticeable, but not overpowering. Definitely a lot of lager character here. Behind the skunk actual hop aroma is noticable.

Taste follows the nose but loses the skunkiness, and trades it out with a decent amount of bitterness for the style, and a load of malty sweetness, emphasis on the sweetness. The sweetness and some hop flavor seems to linger on the palate.

Feel is quite crushable and smooth, with some crispness, but it's not the most refreshing lager out there. More of a meal pair than a work beer for sure.

Overall another "import" pale lager with only a few characteristics that make it stand out and none that really makes it a Japanese beer other than the name. It's okay, now that I've had it I'll try something else next time. Better than the Coors Banquet I had the other night.
Apr 10, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by Beecham from California

Apr 10, 2022
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

3.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Clear gold, white head, poor retention, no lace
Slightly sweet malt, a touch of floral hops
Tastes like it smells, maybe a hint of blackcurrant
Light bodied and effervescent
good for what it is
Apr 02, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by kleinahoe from California

Mar 26, 2022
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Rated by Irish_Lush

3.04/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Perfectly average lager. Indistinct in many ways. it's light, a little bitter, but smooth.
Mar 24, 2022
Rated: 3.85 by Nobilite

Mar 21, 2022
Rated: 2.7 by TheMatts

Mar 19, 2022
Rated: 3 by evostudios12 from Florida

Mar 13, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

2.41/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
This one pours a clear and very light yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like essentially nothing. Like, zero aroma.

This is also tastes like basically nothing. There's some corn or rice like graininess, a touch of sweetness, and maybe some damp grassiness. It's not great.

This is very light bodied, crisp, but not cleanly brewed or very drinkable overall.

I guess this kind of goes well with sushi, but that's not really all that true.
Mar 08, 2022
Rated: 3.71 by JFlowers

Mar 06, 2022
Rated: 2.77 by mattjp03 from Alabama

Feb 25, 2022
Rated: 3.14 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 13, 2022
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Reviewed by cardfan212 from Minnesota

4.34/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Drank from a 12 ounce glass bottle. Scores are based on the style.

Look - A very simple, elegant, even stately label. Really hammers home the idea of "premium beer." The color choice is impeccable and beautiful. The bottle isn't any kind of special shape or anything, but the simple raised accent of "Sapporo" and the star logo really bring everything together. Top notch packaging.

Smell - A fairly dirty sweetness, noticeable shades of bread. Only a slight air of skunk, but it could just be a decent slug of good earthiness - hard to tell right now.

Taste - Take the overall pleasant but slightly shady nature of the nose, then double the best aspects and remove any doubts you had before. This beer is surprisingly flavorful, quite refreshing, and a real joy to drink. Nearly perfectly balanced flavor, a tap dance on the tongue. Nothing remarkable or groundbreaking or fantastical, but what you get is a delicious and more-than-competent lager.

Feel - Oh boy, that mouthfeel. Perfect level of carbonation, a silky smooth consistency, soothing with every sip.

Overall - This is a real winner among plain old American lagers. I can't think of anything else that approaches this quality, I'd happily make this a regular in my fridge rotation.
Feb 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Guppy314 from District of Columbia

2.49/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
From a bottle, pours as a clear yellow with a thin white head that rapidly dissipated. Subtle aroma of perhaps a neutral grain (like rice). Flavors are faint of rice, malt, and hops. But these are bearly strong enough to compete with random flavors of yeast and bread, and corn. It's best recommendation is that it's not offensive.
Feb 08, 2022
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Reviewed by BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

3.4/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Look: Pours a transparent, perfectly clear yellow with a nice white finger one inch head of foam. Lots of carbonation visible through the glass.

Aroma: Pleasant notes of toasted corn and rice - almost like rice krispies. Some notes of dried hay.

Taste: Surprisingly dry but initially sweet. Mostly tastes of sweet barley and toasted white bread. Some notes of red apple. Has a slight floral nip on the end. This is pretty basic but it's not bad.

Feel: Bubbly. Dry upfront. Sugary sensation imparted to the tongue after the initial dry/floral sensations subside.

Overall: I actually really happen to enjoy Sapporo from time to time. It's nothing special - it's not going to leave you speechless or anything - but I find it to be more palatable than beers like budweiser, corona or heineken because of how dry it is.
Jan 27, 2022
Rated: 2.62 by arini10 from Oregon

Jan 23, 2022
Rated: 2.9 by WlSH_YOU_WERE_BEER from Georgia

Jan 22, 2022
Rated: 2.69 by Hazey92 from New York

Jan 12, 2022
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Reviewed by lagrluvr

2.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Asian Budweiser, made in VietNam, with a can more unique than its contents. Got one with my sushi lunch for a nostalgic chugger. Very typical light adjunct lager color, small head fizzed out immediately, leaving a generic light rice adjunct lager taste, and fairly watery flat feel. Not awful, but really just a shame / sham to drink this with such a good meal, but it actually fit the bill, since i just wanted an easy light chugger. That's what it is, nothing more.
Jan 05, 2022
Rated: 3.55 by chrishiker1409 from New York

Dec 25, 2021
Rated: 2.7 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Dec 25, 2021
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Reviewed by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

3.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
12oz bottle.

Pours clear yellow with a moderate head of white with average retention and lacing. Buttered corn flakes in the nose. Light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. Faint malt with a hint of honey and toasted biscuits on the palate. Finishes completely forgettable.
Dec 17, 2021
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