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Sapporo Premium Beer | Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Sapporo Premium BeerSapporo Premium Beer

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 2,159 |  Reviews: 643
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sapporo Premium comes in a 22 oz. faceted can. This is my first Japanese rice lager, which I guess is their equvilant to an adjunct lager. Appearance is light golden in color with average head. Aroma is very sweet and full. Not a bad smell for a macro style lager. Taste is also sweet, but not cloying. Flavor here is full compared to my expectations. This is pretty drinkable, but I think it might get old after a while.

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Photo of Bierguy5
2.46/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden color. Lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Thick white fluffy head. Good head retention. Very week adjunct aroma. Sweetness that I assume is from rice, very little malt flavor. A little bitterness to end with. Light body, high carbonation. Not much to get excited about here.

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Photo of CVC
2.36/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Came in a 22 oz. silver can; served in a pint glass.

Pours a pale gold color with a soapy, white, two-finger head. Leaves some lace. Not much to smell here--smells like cheap beer. Tastes like typical adjunct stuff. Not much carbonation or aftertaste. It goes down easy though. Thin mouthfeel and pretty drinkable.

I wasn't expecting much by this beer, and I expected right. This beer is nothing special. Japanese swill. Really plain, and not exciting. I guess the only thing decent about it was the head.

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Photo of Rio
3.38/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold color, moderate head with good lace retention, possibly due to the heavy carbonation seen streaming up through the beer. Aroma of malts, nothing spectacular.

Light malts upfront in the taste, though followed by a soft hop bite. Fairly little aftertaste. Smooth and crisp going down.

All in all, far from being on the top of my 'to drink' list, however, a good, smooth, light beer. And the can is pretty damned cool, I think.

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Photo of heidelbeerg
2.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

rather boring pale straw yellow color with a minimal white head which dissipates quickly. smells like cheap beer. taste was rather ordinary but had a crisp hop bitterness that made it tolerable. mouthfeel thin and watery and drinkability average. the best thing about this beer is the cool 22 oz. can.

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Photo of DFN
2.63/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A light beer that pours out like water. It has a thick, almost soapy head that dissipates in about five minutes. Bland taste: easily forgettable, but not offensive. Overall, I'd rank Sapporo Premium somewhere in the lower third of the Great Beer Bell Curve. Not awful, but you can easily do better.

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Photo of steinlifter
2.31/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not a lot to say about this one, appearance was average, smell was rather vague, corn, a bit sweet smelling, you could taste a bit of hops, and a rather dry finish, some grainy sweetness as well, mouthfeel was bubbly , and a little chewy, the drinkability for me is not very high, I just don't care for these kind of beers much anymore, still, I don't think it's that great a beer, regardless, these tasted much better when I was actually in Japan in the 80's, must have been the novelty of "Wow dude! I'm drinkin Japanese beer!" lol

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Photo of Padron4KM
1.47/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

16.6 oz can
pours a clear yellow with a frothy soapy white head. lots of carbonation.
sheets of lace left behind.
Aroma is mostly corn with a little malt and sugar.
taste is bland, sweet (nutty? )
with a marshmallow quality to the mouthfeel.
corn aftertaste

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.16/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had a 22oz'er of this as I was eating some tasty Sushi and a Filet Mignon. This beer pours a brilliantly clear straw color and it topped by a frothy pale white head. When this beer first hits my lips it has a spicy almost gingery hotness to it that quickly leads to a sweet grain character in the middle of this beer. The finish is still sweet with a bit of sharpness from the hops. This was a great palate refresher in between bites of sushi, pickled ginger, and filet. I must say that this beer worked out quite well, and I think that my review of this beer reflects the fact that had I had this beer on its own I would not have enjoyed it nearly as much.

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Photo of theozag
2.91/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This has got to be some sort of foreign beer, but I think my can - which read "Japan's Finest..." - was filled in Canada. Strange and a little wrong? Perhaps, but it hardly detracted from the drinking experience. Sapporo pours yellow and settles amber-golden with a thick white head. Over more than 20 minutes, the head will eventually fade to whiskers of foam on the top of the beer. Sapporo premium smells of sugars, caramel, and licorice. It starts malty smooth with a crisp twinge of bitter hops. It is medium-bodied and sports cream and slightly wheat-like flavors. There is noticable hop bitterness throughout as it settles on the tongue. The finish of this beer is wet, very malty, and leaves you with a smooth, light, and bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of putnam
4.36/5  rDev +52.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just compared this with the almost identically packaged "Original Draft Beer" imported from Japan. There IS a difference, and it does not favor this, the Canadian version.

That said, most reviewers are WAY too harsh on this beer. Do you think bread judges downgrade all white breads? Of course not. They disparage only the factory-made, mushy types of white bread like Wonder brand. Baguettes, made from white flour, represent the height of the craft. This brand of beer, my friends, is the sine qua non of super light, super dry lager beer. Now for the Canadian version:

Not as winey, tart or fruity as the "Original Draft Beer." On the nose it is reminiscent of cracked, sun-baked grains. The head is admirably persistent and doughy. On the palate: whistle-clean with simple, butterscotch sugars and a dense, dry flank of seasoned hops. Good clean fun.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.14/5  rDev -25.2%
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 SixpointJMH
3.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a medium golden colour with a fairly thin, fizzy head that's not around for very long. the smell is primarily sweet with some malt and grain apparent. pretty thin smell overall. nothing dominated and it was watery at times. the taste hear is actually not bad at all. one of the better asian macro type brews in terms of taste. there is a slightly creamy malt taste with some sweetness throughout. nothing bold overall but crisp and refreshing. was a decent pairing with my chinese food. when dining at asian restarants, this one would tend to get the call, as most around here only offer the standard us macros, heineken and lesser quality asian brews such as tsingtao and kirin.

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Photo of aracauna
2.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This pours a very pale gold with a whiffy white head. The aroma is slightly citrusy and I have to admit, it’s pretty appealing. The flavor is very dry and absolutely no aftertaste. You taste it when it’s there, but when you swallow, all flavor is gone. It’s bizarre. It’s got a little bit of hoppiness to it.

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Photo of Ellbert
3.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A clear golden color with a decent loose bubbled white head. This head faded fast and left little lace on the glass. The bubbles coming up out of the brew made it look nice.

The smell was clean. A little malt and hop came through. It smelled refreshing and crisp.

The taste wasn't bad. It had a sweet taste with a slightly bitter kick. Very refreshing and went well with my fried rice.

Overall a decent beer. Not one I would go out and make a point to buy but I would have it if I am at a Japanese restaraunt and they are selling it.

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Photo of oelergud
3.55/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale golden beer, rich carbonation and a white head, decent retention and lace.
Not much fragrance at all but whats there smells like wet cardbord but not in a bad way, yeah I know that doesn't make sense but thats just the way it is.
Decent balance, good hop and malt presence, very crips and fresh. Nice lingering aftertaste. Somewhat acidic, citric, earthy and dry.
Good body, full and almost chewable but doesn't leave a coat in your mouth.
I could more than one of these in one sitting.
I'm pleasantly surprised at this beer, I thought it would be average or below but I think it's pretty decent!


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Photo of DPMomutant
3.06/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finger-thick head reduces quickly to just some on the side that retains pretty well. Body is golden but darker than typical macros.

Faint malt and hop smell, but not much else.

Taste isn't great, but not objectionable either. Like a macro but with some character. A little more bitterness and maybe some honey on the end.

Goes down smooth as a Bud, for lack of better comparison.

While not a great beer, it isn't the worst thing you could have 2-3 of at the Japanese steakhouse, although I prefer the Original Draft (with the cool cans) which is actually brewed in Japan (this is brewed in Canada).

If presented with a choice between this and Kirin however, take this, it at least has a unique taste.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
2.88/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Reminds me of a couple of the Polish lagers. Not much flavor, but crisp and clean. None of the macro-sweetness you find in U.S. macros (and their many imitators). Nice appearance, with a foamy head and lacing that lasts. Not too pale. Worth trying, probably good with spicy food.

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Photo of Zorro
3.12/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold brew.

Smell is cider with grain and malt smells.

Taste is slightly sweet with lots of grain and a slight tart quality. Later on the hops show up with a slightly bitter finish. I highly suspect that this brew is tuned to match with Sushi. The sweet/tart thing matches the vinegared rice of Sushi well.

Mouthfeel is light.

Very drinkable, I suspect that this would have higher scores if consumed with Sushi.

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Photo of arizcards
2.48/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Japenese beer brewed in Guelph, Ontario? This golden lager poured a decent head. The smell is kind of funky, not sure what ingriedients are used, but rice must be one. The taste is about equally as funky, with a very strange taste. Not an overly drinkable beer and not one to seek out.

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Photo of TerryW
2.03/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nothing special. Just another dull macro style brew.

No meaningful scent, no meaningful flavour. Some corn or grain and a whisper of hops, but otherwise very watery and light on the mouth.

About the only good thing about beers like this one is that you don't remember them and you can use those brain cells for something else.

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Photo of Billolick
2.13/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought in a time pinch at a take out sushi place. Will try to do better next time. No nose, highly carbonated, skunky, minimal flavor, watery, corn? rice?. Brewed in Canada according to the can. OK for a very hot day, when you can find nothing else in the fridge. No reason to consume more of this one.

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Photo of CBFanWish
2.41/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Budweiser with a Japanese twist. It poured a clear golden color with little head. The smell was skunky with the faint scent of hops. The taste was watered down, but I did get a grainy hops taste in it. Like I said before, it seemed very watered down. It had little to offer.

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Photo of Jarod
2.26/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No date listed. Nice bottle, etched logo.

This beer poured a pale yellow/light gold color that was crystal clear and well carbonated. The head that was produced was pure white in color, and had the consistency of a fluffy cloud, and seemed to last quite some time until it fell to a ring on the edges. The lace that was created was fairly detailed a good way to the bottom of the glass. The aromas that came from the glass were fairly faint, but I could detect some sweet malt, faint fruit, hops, and a kind of corn grain. The aroma reminded me of Miller products, Light to be exact. The tastes were also kind of “weak”, hops, husks, malt, grains and a hint of pine were all I tasted. As it warmed considerably, I noticed some light fruit come out. The aftertaste was just as faint, some pine or hops were just about it and they did not last long. The body was light. Kind of watery on the tongue and over all, very average at best. The bottle and logo seemed to be the best part of this beer

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Photo of CRJMellor
2.38/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours yellow with minimal headbut very good lace. Lots of carbonation. Very light aroma , minor citric hop notes and faint crystal malt aroma. Taste is virtually non-existent. Starts with faint malt but never goes anywhere. Nothing more than a hint of bitterness, minor spice. Pretty bland. My guess its brewed with a lot of adjuncts.

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