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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 by doktorhops:
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2.73/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Last stop on the Japanese macro Lager train is: Sapporo Premium Beer, which I’ve already reviewed in the bottle - I’ll save you the time: It was shit, this time I’m reviewing an actual imported 650ml can - which, not being brewed in Australia (by Coopers mind you, who know their stuff), should hopefully be a truer representation of a Japanese macro Lager. If that’s a sentence with a lot of commas for you, I agree - there are too many provisos in this review, however I have a feeling this almost-giant (you need to see a Danish beer called “Faxe” if you want to see a giant) can will win me over with its canny, un-skunked goodness, KAMPAI! [which must always be yelled out at the top of your lungs]

Poured from a 650ml can into a Sapporo stein [some brand bias there].

A: Largely the same as Kirin: Clear golden body with a white head that sits pretty firm at around 1 centimetre. I’ll tell you what - I don’t think blind taste testing is required in Japan, least not with macro Lagers, though I could level that same accusation at Aussie macro brewers too. 7/10.

S: The aroma of the imported can version has a general overriding floral/honey fragrance… particularly light and not easy to place, but it is certainly pleasant, and after the skunk-bomb that was Kirin it is most welcome… though muted. 6/10.

T: Starts off dry, throws in grain and floral notes, mirin (sweet rice wine condiment) gives it sweetness mid-palate, then it finishes with dry crackers and a very unfortunate metallic note that is rather off-setting. Much like Asahi it carries the dry and crisp ethos throughout to give you that overall sense of palate-cleansing with a delicate touch. That metallic note however simply reminded me of how many dental fillings I have, and that I am overdue for a check-up, thanks a lot metallic note! 5/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a fairly active carbonation - it’s a good balance here, not too fizzy, not too flat. 8/10.

D: Hmmm, made in Vietnam, so this isn’t even a real Japanese Lager - unless you count Saigon as a suburb of Tokyo. Seriously what do I have to do to get a real Japanese macro Lager? Fly to Japan? In all fairness this would have been a cracking… well not good, but OK Lager to go with some sushi, however that metallic note really holds it back - I mean I get enough metal in sushi from the mercury found in fish - I don’t need it in my beer as well. Mark of shame to the maker of these draconian non-plastic-lined cans. 4/10.

Food match: Edomae chirashizushi.

BOTTLE REVIEW: Having discovered the awesomeness that is Edamame at a Gyoza bar in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, it was only a matter of time before I bought some at a Asian market and enjoyed some Japanese beer and Edamame. First Japanese beer in my sights is the world famous Sapporo Premium, which uh-oh is "Brewed and bottled in Australia under licence..." *groan* "by Coopers Australia", well lets hope the Coopers family bring some of their merit brewing decent Aussie beers to this "brewed and bottled under licence" stupidity.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Pokal.

A: Clear straw yellow body with a cappuccino white half centimetre head.

S: Grains upfront; sake rice, light malt and barley. This is followed by cut grass hops and vegetable matter. Not overly pleasing aromas in this combination.

T: The taste is even worse - if this was a wheat-grass flavoured soda, then fine I can see the point, but this is beer, and an average one at best. Everything that is considered good and holy in a beer is circumspect in this brew; hops, malt and yeast all take a back seat and are so unnoticeable that it's amazing if anyone thinks they're drinking a beer whilst having this.

M: Light bodied, almost flat carbonation, at least it's not over-the-top carbonation as most Lagers are.

D: And here's the rub: why bother drinking this? At a work function perhaps, and the only other beers are VB or Tooheys New... one thing is certain - this beer tastes nothing like any of the decent Japanese rice beers I've tried before, and outside the other "brewed and bottled under licence" beers it likely won't. Lesson is: Drink micro, taste global.

Food match: Not fit for potato chips.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of StoutandBitter
4.3/5  rDev +50.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big fan of oriental beers, and this is one of my favourites.

An nice, light colour, but little head and little lacing. Nice, light yeasty smell.

One of the best tasting lagers, Crisp and refreshing, packed with flavour, but dissapates quickly with almost no after taste.

This is a good hot day beer, perfect for those BBQ's and backyard pool parties. A great everyday beer.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sapporo Premium Beer brewed by Sapporo Breweries Ltd., with an ABV of 5.0% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a nice white head. This brew has the look of american style brew, not saying that is a bad thing. The smell of this brew is strong with grains, you also pick up malts and some hops. I have something silmiler to this in the past. I can put my finger on it right now. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors, you pick up the grins in this brew. You also pick up malts and hops in the taste of this brew. This brew puts in the mind set of a cross between a american brew and malt liquor. Something with a lot of rice. I guess what I have been calling some brews corn brew when in fact it is rice brew. I really do enjoy the taste of Sapporo Premium Beer. Sapporo Premium Beer, has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. There are a lot of grains in this brew, but this is a rice brew. Overall I'm giving Sapporo Premium Beer a 3.5 out of 5. I would buy this brew again.
Sapporo Breweries Ltd. did a nice job with this brew. Note this is one of my first brews from Japan.

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Photo of al_al1357
3.69/5  rDev +29%
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 metter98
2.91/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a bit of lacing and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are faint aromas of grain and adjuncts in the nose.
T: The taste has moderate flavors of grains and rice; a slight amount of bitterness is present in the aftertaste.
M: It feels light-bodied, clean and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation; the finish is rather dry. The malts help prevent the light body from feeling watery.
D: The beer is very drinkable, although there's nothing interesting about the taste that would make me want to try another.

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Photo of Dougal
5/5  rDev +74.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Sapporo is brewed in Toronto, CANADA and it is one of the best beers I have every tasted. Often I enjoy a light beer which is a no no to some beer lovers but I think that is ridiculous.

This beer is the most refreshing of beers. Everything a light beer should be but isn't.

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Photo of thommo_nk
2.68/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml can, meaning the beer has a slight metallic taste, otherwise not bad, fairly generic lager if you ask me. As far as jap beer goes, better to stick with Kirin Ichiban if you ask me.

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Photo of chin_K
3.98/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I was pleasantly surprised by this adjunct.

It poured smoothly, and the head was soft. It didn't have a predominantly strong smell, maybe ever so slightly hoppy but to claim it is hoppy would be stretching it. The taste, however, really was captivating. It wasn't bitter, but it wasn't sweet either. There was an excellent balance of malts and rice, and the carbonation really fills your nasal cavity with the flavor as well (which I think makes up for the mild smell before drinking it).
I have tasted Kirin Ichiban and Asahi Super Dry, and I have to say that Sapporo is the best Japanese beer I have tasted. (Granted I haven't had too many).

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.79/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very mild beer. Mass-produced low-flavor beers like this tend to over-do it on the carbonation which can lead to a harshness, but this one finds a good level. The strongest characteristic is a bit of a sweetness that compliments the malt. Unassuming, but plenty drinkable.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.76/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: 3 finger head. Clear straw colored

S: bread and some light malt.

T: bready and grainy. Subtle spicey finish. Goes well with soy sauce, obviously.

M: light body and high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: Its a typical macro-brew flavored beer. Not terrible and its cripsness makes it easy to consume.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.26/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale straw color. Foamy head that dies fast.

Overwhelming metallic smell with citrus.

Soft unique sweet taste that I enjoy. Fresh and crisp.

A Sake kind of bitter finish. Well balanced but dry.

Overall a very accessible beer with a bad the can bottle doing this?

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Photo of shu_420
3.13/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zakk
2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of FLASH
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of brownbeer
2.18/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brewed in Canada, awesome.

Poured from the heavy duty can; pale golden with a head that doesn't last.

Aroma and taste are pretty typical for this style; Malty and macro tasting, lacking crispness, with a slight fruity potting soil nose. Eh, not worth it, might as well have a Bud.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sapporo Breweries Ltd. Rice lager 5% alcohol.
Poured into a pilsner glass.

A- Pours a light crisp golden fluid with nice fluffy white head that falls to decent patchy lacing.

S- Smell is a musty rice and hop concoction that lingers on the nose.

T-M- Taste is good with hints of rice cake, sharp bitter hop bite, and light malty backbone.
Mouthfeel is smooth with an excellent dry quality that rolls over the tongue with ease.

Overall this is a good drinking beer I will re-invite again.

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Photo of tbryan5
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of SkiBum22
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MikeC144
3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of tjumfrid
2/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My least favorite of the Japanese domestics. It gets a lower review than Asahi Super Dry and Kirin Lager due to the even milder taste.

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Photo of Golfontap
3.6/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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1.5/5  rDev -47.6%

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3/5  rDev +4.9%

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