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Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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

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Ratings: 2,268 |  Reviews: 680
Reviews by rudzud:
Photo of rudzud
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally got around to reviewing one of these. Used to be a staple in Amherst whenever Daisuke pitched. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with a one finger head thanks to a hard pour that faded to leave a thin white halo and a nice cloud.

S - Smell is average, lots of sweet malts and grain. None of the corn that comes with American adjunct lagers thanks to the rice. A nice rice aroma too but its fleeting.

T - Tastes of more of the sweet malts with an almost german spice/pilsner quality to it. There is a slight earthyness with some faint rice and a nice dry finish.

M - Mouthfeel is slightly thin, which I suppose it to be expected. Dry finish, very easy to drink.

O - Overall this is pretty good, definately what I go to when I want a Japanese beer thats inexpensive. An easy way to spend $9.99/6 pack.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of StoutandBitter
4.3/5  rDev +49.8%
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 OKbrew89
3.29/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's a simplified, bare bones lager that goes well with sushi. Corn-sweet malt is present where it's supposed to be and it's light and properly carbonated for a beer. Enough hops in it to keep it from being nothing but sweet malt. Crisp finish. And perfectly enjoyable in the right situation.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.53/5  rDev +23%
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 +28.6%
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 +1.4%
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 +74.2%
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 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 thommo_nk
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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 jamesroses
3.92/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml US produced beer.

March 2017 batch, best before December 2018.

Clear golden, builds a big small bubbles head.

Really good and pretty strong floral hoppy aroma is perceived after opening the can. Tastes of light grains and soft herbal/floral hops. Mouthfeel is light without being watery.

Overall a really nice surprise.

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Photo of chin_K
3.98/5  rDev +38.7%
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 mlatvakokko
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75


I do not like lagers. This one is an exception. It is OK, more than OK. Like all lagers it is clear and smells mildly of hop barley mix. The malt is moderate it is not hoppy, but it refreshing and it has survived shipping that most ales will never do. In a can this is 1000 times better than bud light and a 100 times better than Heineken. All in all a beer worth drinking, and actually a decent compliment to e.g. sushi.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.79/5  rDev +32.1%
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 -3.8%
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 +13.6%
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 +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of JonnoWillsteed
2.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.18/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zakk
2.25/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of FLASH
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of brownbeer
2.18/5  rDev -24%
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 +4.5%
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 -12.9%

Photo of SkiBum22
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

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