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Sapporo Premium BeerSapporo Premium Beer

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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: 635 | Ratings: 2,110
Photo of kylehay2004
2.76/5  rDev -4.5%
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 UCLABrewN84
3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a super clear light yellow with a 1 inch white head that fades to a thin film. Random thin broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of rice, some light fruit notes, and a bit of skunk. Taste is rice/grain and some light fruity flavors. There is an almost citrusy aftertaste after each sip. This beer has a decent level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is a staple at all the sushi places I frequent. Pretty good at washing my sushi down.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

i try to like this at sushi places, but this one doesnt do it for me ever. last night i had a bomber with some nice sushi down the street at john hollys. pours clear watery looking straw yellow color with a small white head. smells like grains that do actually aromatically compliment the sushi, but certainly would not be appealing in any other context. flavor is adjunct lagery, not bad and rotten metallic taste, but just sort of irrelevant really. feel is fine, bubbly and light, drinkable if you are half dead. forget this one

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Photo of metter98
2.91/5  rDev +0.7%
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 oriolesfan4
3.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first Japanese beer and a very good one at that. Pours a light golden and filled with ascending bubbles. Smell is of rice (but in a good way), not like the adjuncts used in BMC. I thought this was a crisp, refreshing beer that went down easy. Sure it doesn't have the most flavor but it was nice to have after a long hard day of work.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.85/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

20oz pint, on-tap at a student-frequented English pub on Whyte Ave, an odd addition to their British-style standards.

This beer appears a clear medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy bone-white head, which leaves some streaky cloud pattern lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy rice, a sour, light breadiness, and very understated floral hops. The taste is more sweet, grainy rice/corn husk 'malt', some sour, off-seeming musty fruit, a certain dry dustiness, and rather innocuous earthy, floral hops.

The carbonation is moderately peppy, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, and tacitly smooth, as a bit of skunky hops drop in uninvited. It finishes off-dry, a bit clammy, and clean like that pot you cooked the rice in.

A fairly refreshing, quotidian lager, if you turn your attention to the burgeoning spring sunshine on this fine people-watching patio, and not to the cracks in the foundation of this offering. Not overly flavorful, but I can see how it will get the local crowds, all fired up on pint specials and other Canadian macro swill.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.13/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into glass at Benihana's. Reviewed from notes.

A: Clear pale yellow. Three finger, thin head.

Sm: Clean barley. That's it. I'm so amazed I can hardly breathe.

T: Clean barley with a crisp and clean finish. Not good. Quite elementary.

Mf: Too smooth, too wet.

Dr: It's affordable. That's about as much good as I can say about it.

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Photo of emerge077
2.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big ol' 22 oz. can, bottom is marked E0511G.

Poured into a tulip glass, it exhibits plenty of lacing as the fluffy head of white foam settles. Surface has a sticky texture to it, possibly a rice-derived characteristic. High clarity pale straw gold, rapid rising carbonation.

Smell is clean, bland and inoffensive. Grain husks, cracker sweetness, slightly swilly but not bad.

Flavor has an insipid blandness of wet paper and grain husks, but there's a moderate hint of hop bitterness there too that lingers into the dry aftertaste. Crackery pilsner malts, clean and simple. A bit gaseous and thin feeling, slightly coarse astringency, it has a crisp bite. Overall nothing special, something to pair with Japanese or pan-asian cusine. On it's own it's a bit lacking in substance.

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Photo of zeff80
2.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a pale yellow with a small, white head. Highly carbonated.

S - It smelled of corn. There was a slight hint of skunk.

T - Taste was very grassy. It wasn't hoppy or spicy. It didn't really have much to it.

M - It was crisp and light-bodied.

D - It is an okay lager. Not something that I would grab often, though.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Getting my Japanese Rice Lager tick back. Can purchased in Indiana over Christmas. Served in a pint glass.

Fresh from the start, this is actually a pretty impressive-looking beer. Yeah, it is yellow and fizzy. Completely transparent. I expect that from this style. What I didn't experience was the several-finger head that never seemed to fade and left oodles of lacing on my glass. From there, pretty much downhill. The nose. Well, that's about all I can say. This beer smells like nothing. I can't give this more than a 2.0, as not smelling like anything is not a way to impress a beer drinker who wants to smell something. It wasn't awful, but it is pretty bad for a beer to actually smell like nothing.

From there, the flavor is pretty bland. Some grainy malt and a touch of sweetness. That's it. The feel is light and crisp. For what it is, not too bad at all. Drinks well enough, though I wouldn't want to drink very much of this and won't be going back to it.

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Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, E2313G bottle code. Pours slightly hazy pale straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, cracker, light bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Okay aromas with good balance of pale malt, rice, earthy hops, and light yeast notes; with poor strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, light bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, light bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and solid robustness of pale malt, rice, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly dry mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a very solid rice lager style. All around good balance and solid robustness of pale malt, rice, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
3.56/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of loose, white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The foam settles slowly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Sweet, grainy malt with a hint of honey. Some mild, herbal hops and a bit of sulphur.

T - Sweet, grainy malt up front with some honey and biscuit notes. Finishes with light bitterness, a hint of green apple and some herbal hops.

M - Medium-light body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not a bad adjunct lager. There is a fairly strong malt profile and it even has some malt richness and herbal hops that are reminiscent of a real pilsner. The finish is not as smooth as it could be, but I let this warm up a bit, and if it were consumed at the near freezing temperatures the brewers intended it would probably seem pretty clean. Pretty good for what it is, and much more enjoyable that most industrial light lagers.

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Photo of jlindros
2.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Apparently my review was lost or never uploaded. Here it is.

Crystal clear light almost watery color, no head.

Nose mild grainy notes, watery, mild macro lager almost skunk but not quite, a touch of grassy hop even.

Taste similar, touches of grainy malts, pilsner, minerality like lagering that is macro flavor, a little watery rice notes, touch of grassy hop bitterness.

Mouth is light, decent carb.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.42/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The sculpted silver can is a beautiful marketing tool for Sapporo. It looks great, it's reminiscent of a keg, looks modern (actually, iit's quite like a lot of Japanese architecture), and fits nicely in your hand. Beyond that, the beer is pretty average. The sample I had was brewed in Guelph, Ontario Canada (I'll assume under contract through Sleeman). It was clean in the nose and mouth, and offered a delicate combination of softly grainy malt and diffused floral and spicy hops. All the way through it was smooth and round and very well-balanced... just lacking in any character that would make it stand out from the pack. In fact, if there's any negative to this beer it's that the crystal-clear straw-gold body lacked anything more than a short-lived creamy head of bright white. Overall, no flaws but no sparkling moments either.

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Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle brewed in Canada and served in pint glass.

Striking crystal clear yellow-gold liquid with ample fine carbonation bubbling yet virtually no head.

Unusual aroma: sweet, floral and delicate but reminiscent of sake? (I later find that this is a "rice lager"). Not to be mistaken for an AB brew that uses rice for economical reasons, this Japanese lager is a more refined and distinct, if delicately-flavored brew. Some bitterness in finish. Probably best as an accompaniment to mildly flavored foods.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.03/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured from a 22oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very pungent with the smell of rice and light malts, along with a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is grainy with flavors of rice, a light malt sweetness and a little bit of hops bitterness. The flavors don’t seem to blend very well. The after-taste is bitter but it’s not a pleasant hops bitterness.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, very dry finish.

D: Not very tasty, doesn’t go down very easily, slightly filling, I found it quite difficult to get through the can that I had (luckily it was just one) and would definitely not drink this beer again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall fluffy white head that reduces to about 25% of the original size but remains throughout the beer. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of rice malts, adjunct malts (grain + corn), some slight hints of yeast, and just a touch of citrus/lemon. There is also a subtle grassy hops in the background.

T: The flavor follows the smell for this beer... lots of rice malts, adjunct malts (mostly grain with just a hint of corn), and very light hints of citrus. Also, there is a bitter aftertaste (but not like the bitterness that I normally associate with hops).

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. The beer is slightly thin/watery with a dry finish.

O: Very easy to drink and actually pretty refreshing - pairs really well with the delicate flavors of sushi (this is my normal sushi restaurant beer).

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Photo of Rifugium
1.33/5  rDev -54%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

First had: ?

Ever notice that beers labeled as "premium" are almost always the exact opposite? Sapporo "Premium" pours from the can a golden-straw-yellow color, clear, with a fizzy white head. Aroma of grains, corn, skunk...pretty much adjunct lager. Taste is the same, grains, corn, malty sweetness, and vague yeastiness. Light body, thin, unnecessary, undrinkable. Yet strangely still better than Bud or Old E.

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Photo of mactrail
3.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sharp and mellow light beer.

Foamy in the glass, but lacing lasts nicely. Very light and virtually no mouthfeel except for the carbonation. I guess it's supposed to have throat-feel as you toss it down. Seems to have an acidic character with a smooth graininess. Coarse carbonation accentuates the tartness. Aroma is a little off-putting, a musty hint. I suspect that slightly bitter metallic hint is the hops.

I have liked other Japanese beers as an occasional quaff, but this one seems lacking. No malt flavor to speak of. Brewed in Guelph, Ontario.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.14/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear, light-medium straw yellow. The head is on the large side, is a shade darker than pure white and is finely pitting. Firmer than most, the cap of foam is significantly rocky as it falls and leaves small chunks of lace on the glass. Below average pale lager nose consisting of noble hops and grain. Uninspiring.

The flavor is also unimpressive. Unfresh grain coupled with piquant hops. Sapporo Premium is more bitter and more nasty tasting than the vast majority of pale lagers and treads dangerously close to 'macro lager land'. It will likely be next to undrinkable if I allow it to get anywhere near room temperature. The flavor doesn't linger, but it does leave unpleasant memories behind.

Japanese beer brewed in Canada and imported to unsuspecting Americans. I'm all for free trade, but do you think that if no one drinks this stuff, they'll still ship it across the border?

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Photo of russpowell
3.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured golden with a bubbly 1.5" white head that held up okay. not much lacing

Smell: Fruitiness add slight hop scent

Taste: Sweetness and crispness up front. Slight dryness and some grassy taste in the finish

MF: Slightly overgassed but good slickness/maltiness to it

Goes down okay. Went good with my sushi. This performed above my expectations. Refereshing if nothing else

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.08/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very light straw yellow color. Large foamy white head on top that reduces to nice sized layer on top rather quickly. Remaining foams hands around, pretty thick lacing actually.

S: Very light, a little bit of rice and a slight sweetness. A touch of lemon/grass as well.

T: Not a ton going on, some bready malt, a little bit of citrus, but very very faint.

M: Very light bodied with lively carbonation. Pretty crisp.

O: Easy drinking, but nothing really to it. Not awful, nothing off-putting, but nothing making me want to get it again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.28/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pale yellow with no head and lots of visible carbonation. There was no realy discernable smell, and really no taste to it. It was this or a bud light at dinner, and it probably would have been a draw. Its drinkable, ice cold in a frosted mug, but by the time it warmed up I had wished I ordered tea.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: I am reviewing more for style adherance than anything
I had this can at Wild Tuna in York PA served chilled, poured into a pint.

A - Similar to white grape juice-pale golden w/ 2.5 fingers of whipped cream head w/ an average sized bead and limited lacing which is common for lagers

S - Mild sweet nose, light adjunct(rice) note w/ subtle hop scent which smells herbal tinged. The mild pils malt is noticeable in the aroma

M - A crisp medium bodied/carbonation w/ mild malt in the feel. The lemony tinge accents the clean finish w/ mild spice

T - A crisp slightly lemony taste, w/ grainy light honey tinge, subtle cereal flavor like puffed rice and mild vegetal taste as it warms. The floral hop notes and mild fruity tinged yeast accent the subtle sweet malt flavor- this would be a great complement to sushi or sashimi

D - Depending on the day this could be one of the most drinkable beers to me. I have a soft spot in my heart for this as it was one of my early faves, but it is still highly drinkable and fits the style IMO.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Sapporo pours a light golden color with small bubbles and a fluffy white head.

S: A sweet malt scent which I generally don't expect from this style. An overall light aroma is indicative of the rice that is used. The lager yeast make themselves known as well.

T: Better than the nose, but that's really saying too much. There is a substantial (for the style) malt flavor. A crispness is contributed by the adjuncts, but they help out the beer. Again, the lager yeast are present.

M: Very, very light in body and fairly bubbly.

D: This is, of course, a very drinkable beer. That is what it is designed to be. I'm not really a fan of the style nor a huge fan of the beer in particular, but it's okay to drink one or two with a Japanese meal.

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