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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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Ratings: 2,189 |  Reviews: 651
Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.71/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One of my two sushi beers. I really surprised I like this beer, it doesn’t fall into my normal range. I most often have this beer in the 22-oz size at my favorite sushi place. It pours a crystal clear yellow with moderate carbonation and decent lacing. The head is very thin and doesn’t last long. The mouthfeel is light and biting. The taste smooth and grain flavored, it’s really too light if not drunk with food. It has a bit of a bite at the finish.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This brew pours a clear, pale, golden-straw color. The head is one-finger in height, creamy and white, but recedes very quickly. The aroma is very faint and of pale malt. It is very simple, but inoffensive. The taste...well, there really isnt' one. There is a slight (and by slight I mean barely detectable) bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this beer isn't quite awful, but if you want something with taste it isn't for you. I am not an expert on Japanese rice lagers, but I couldn't see why a brewery wouldn't be able to make one with a little more flavor than this brew and still be within stylistic guide lines.

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

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. Brewed and bottle in Ontario. Cryptic freshness code.

Appearance: Pale yellow color with a decent bright white head. Most of the head fades, but it leaves a nice layer on top.

Smell: Aroma is slightly metallic, and cooked vegetables. Adjuncts definitely dominate this one.

Taste: Taste is definitely light - a slight cooked corn/rice flavor, and a hint of hops at the end.

Overall impression: Not much going on here - I've enjoyed it in the past with sushi, but it definitely doesn't hold up on its own.

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Photo of ski271
2.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear medium-pale gold with a small, white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film. God lacing. The smell is of mild grainy malt with just a touch of grassy hops. The taste very mild. Weak malts and rice with some very light citrus on the crisp finish. It has a thin body, dry texture and lively carbonation. Nothing special, but nothing terrible. Just bland and a bit below average. Not worth it.

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

Presentation: 1 pt 6 oz can pouted into a cone shaped pilsner glass.

Appearance: Poured a pale straw color with a thick head that faded quickly.

Aroma: weak hoppy aroma, comparable to a macro that lessens as the head weakens.

Taste: Watery up front grainy hops on the finish. Mouthfeel was watery with a little too much carbonation.

Overall: I'd take this over a macro, but not much else. I like the can though.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Overall, I don't mind this beer.

It has a refreshing taste and easy to go down and pleasent aftertaste. Possible one of my favorite Asian beers. In some cases, though, it seems kind of light. I would give it a higher score if it had bigger zing to it but it's good in it's own way.

Although probably not the greatest beer around, I would recommend giving it a try. I don't mind drinking a few cans of this an odd night.

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

Pours a medium yellow with a light head that dissipates very quickly. Smells bitter and hoppy, but not exceptionally strongly. Tastes slightly bitter and dry, a little too harsh for my liking. Feels rather thin, not particularly inspiring. Reasonably drinkable, but not very good at all.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured crystal clear pale straw with a white and low head which lasted to lap at the glass.

The aroma was crisp with a light saazlike hop aroma. As the head fell the aroma lessened to end with almost no aroma.

The flavor was crisp with a light sweetness on the palate at first which quickly dried with a slightly grassy bittering component. The flavor contained a certain dryness (rice?) that caused the bittering in such a light flavored beer to become almost harsh in nature. The flavor also contained a light fruitiness.

The finish was dry with a lasting hop flavor that came off as a bit harsh into the aftertaste. The body was medium light. The bittering was surprizingly harsh. The flavor and aromas were light, but this beer was not that refreshing. I can see it pared with sushi so it would not overpower the flavors of the dish.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of nota
2.4/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Apperance: Light Yellow, white head that did not last long.

Smell: Light hop.

Taste: Grass & corn. Just not much there. Did not like aftertaste it left.

Mouthfeel: Watery

Maybe I'll give this another try from bottle on a hot summer day. I just did not enjoy this beer at this time.

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Photo of Vancer
2.33/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Ah So, this no go. Bad. Pour was a clear bright yellow – but very little head, no laces. Just a touch of the Euro skunk I the aroma. And then the quaff, wow, truck loads of corn & rice in this one. Finished with a biting edge. Had good carbonation – whoopee.

Brought 2 bottles for proper tasting, wish I only had to endure 1 of this junk.

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Photo of jmc44
2.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Nothing special about this one.

Pours a straw color; decent white head that quickly dissipates. Beer is, and remains, fairly highly carbonated.

Smells like an American Macro, though not as strong.

Clean; subtle flavors will allow full taste of food. Not at all overpowering. Light mouthfeel, almost like water.

All told, simply an average beer. Not something I would bother buying again.

Nice thing is that the can is strong/thick enough to stay cold for some time, since if fills the pint glass more than once.

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Photo of becktone
2.1/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours to be a yellow color, it reminds me of the color of yellow jello. There is no head at all. The beer doesn't look lively at all even though the carbonation is evident once it hits your lips.

This beer smells like any macro you've ever had, still I'd prefer this to the standard American macro.

Nothing special about the taste, I can kind of detect a rice like after taste in the beer just on the back of the tounge, but maybe its just my imagination. I really don't see why anyone would buy this there's nothing that makes this beer all that great, why would someone pay more for this beer; just because this is an import? Really if you never have this beer and you won't be missing much.

The mouthfeel of this beer isn't all that different from water. I think that this beer is over carbonated. You know how sometimes when you drink a soda you get that burning(for lack of a better word) sensation in you nose because you haven't had something that carbonated in a long time; thats what happens when I drink this beer. I will definitly not be buying this beer ever again. Because this beer has so much in common with tonic water it is easy to drink, but really I think I would rather have plain water over this stuff.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.13/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sapporo Premium Beer
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 16 oz pilsner glass

Pours a golden yellow color. Massive amount of carbonation bubbles are racing to the top of the glass. Thin white lace for a head.

Very clean and neutral nose. Smells like grains and fresh cut grass.

Clean tasting beer, nothing really takes over your palate. Sweet grainy flavors, grass and rice. Minimal hop presence on the finish.

I like to order this beer when I'm at a Japanese restaurant enjoying sushi. It's the type of beer that compliments sushi nicely. Sapporo is not a beer I would go out of my way to buy when there are so many better options out there.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bought a big 650ml can today at my local megamart. I wasn't so sure what to expect but generally Asian beer disappoints and this was the case here, unfortunately.
Sapporo Premium pours a light gold color with a ton of bubbles supporting a medium head and the following smell features a creamy malt nose with obvious rice leanings.
Many beers of this style taste watery and this one fits the bill while also adding an overkill of metallic flavor. As per the bubbles, this brew has too much carbonation to give great mouthfeel.
Not a truly terrible beer but certainly nothing here to justify the exorbitant price (6500 won).

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

First Japanese beer I ever had. Well, not exactly since it's canned in Canada!

Reading the style description I have to admit that it isn't a bad beer. Not exactly my taste, though.

Pours straw yellow, with a nice white fluffy and short lived head; almost no lacing.

Smell is mild, malty and with a hint of hops.

Taste is of malts with some fizziness due to the carbonation.

Mouthfeel is crisp and has a dry finish. Refreshing.

Drinkability is average, since I'l have another in some circumstances: Hot, humid weather. although I have better choices.


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Photo of brewQ
2.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nothing flawed here- just nothing noteworthy, either.

Basic color, lack of an aroma and the fact the Bottled beer is actually Imported from Guelph, Ontario made for a less than compelling offering.

Lots of CO2 pump up the white head.

This stuff is clean enough and would match up well with domestic mainstream brews.

Wouldn't go out of my way for more.

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Photo of thechaacster
3.68/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale straw yellow, with a respectable white head that leaves good lacing. The smell was just weird. The taste was thankfully funk-free though: light rice-malty sweet, a touch of hop bitterness, and little to no aftertaste. Fizzy soda-like mouthfeel, and extremely drinkable. Pretty good for what it is, and a damn sight better than its main Japanese competitors. Better from the bottle than from the can.

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Photo of beersarang
2.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a typical straw with a white head that fades quickly.

Smells grassy, in an unpleasant and faint way.

Thin malt, not even any sweet grain, minimal hop bitterness and a slight metallic unpleasant flavor lingers.

Light to watery bodied.

Very typical Euro pale, this is not a Japanese Rice lager even though Sapporo makes it, rice would have improved this beer.

Just another bleh beer, but most Euro pales are.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.03/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Almost pilsner like in experience which is great by me. For those that enjoy lighter bodied, bubbly, crisp beers this is a great choice. Not challenging or a hop monster (though this is on the hoppy side). This is pretty one dimensional... and this is a good one dimensional beer.
Fresh, clean, light and simple. Nothing wrong with that in my book.

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Photo of BeerNutta
2.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ever wondered what Bud would taste like if it was brewed by a bunch of Japanese guys? Wonder no more.

A = Golden in appearance with a nice white foam head.

S = Nothing really. Can't smell much.

T = Watery with a slight hop kick finish.

M = Moderately Carbonated. Spring water like.

D = A bit pricey. Much better beers availiable for the amount you must pay for this.

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Photo of allergictomacros
1.98/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

650 ml can

Appearance: Pale, clear, strawcolored. Continuous bubbling carbonation does nothing to help the non-existent head. Looks like a glass of apple juice. (I like the uniquely shaped can though)

Smell: Nothing much to speak of, but not offensive. Hops are barely there.

Taste: Mild hop bitterness. Nothing else. No fruit, not malt. I taste nothing but a bit of hop.

Mouthfeel: Ouch! Hard carbonation burns my tongue!

Drinkability: At 650 ml a pop, I don't need more than one to quench my thirst, and I certainly wouldn't bother drinking it for flavour. Nothing offensive though - maybe I would drink it at a sushi bar... for atmosphere.

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Photo of jettjon
2.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served cold from a 12 oz. bottle, pours golden clear with no precipitating carbonation. Small whitish head which fades quickly leaving minimal lacing. Lemony, hopsy nose, which sad to say is reminiscent of a Corona. Wheaty, flat flavor, more dry than sweet. Watery mouthfeel. No real aftertaste. Decent drinkability. Overall, bland and disappointing. I had expected much more from this beer, especially for the price. I’ll have to try the can to see if there is any discernable difference.

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Photo of whynot44
2.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very clear gold color with a good sized fizzy white head, which dissipates fairly quickly to just a skin and soe traces of lace.
Carbonation is fairly high and noticeable.

The aroma is mild malt, just a bit of grassy herbal hops.

The taste is also mild and light, very similar to most American mass market beers except that it is a bit on the dry, rather than sweet, side. The finish is slightly sour and the aftertaste is metallic - not it's best feature. Brewed in Canada!

Very sexy can, for what that's worth.

Light bodied, actually a bit watery. This would work very well with most asian cuisine, and not too bad with barbecue. Crisp, refreshing, but better with food - and ice cold - than by itself.

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

Presentation: Served in an ice cold oil can at Kawasaki in Fells Point. It was Cinco De Mayo-05/05/05- so why not get me some sushi?

Clear, piss yellow color. Even with the hard pour, a weak bodied white head quickly disipated. No retention and no lacing.

Aroma of malts and funk.
Malt, grass, rice, with little bitterness. Lucky to have some interesting rolls and a hefty amount of wasabi, otherwise, the taste buds might fall asleep.

Crisp and clean drinking and finish. The carbonation was slightly spry. Chalky malts stay in the back of your throat, not in a good way.
Though not as nasty as some of the beer from Asia, this one is not a favorite. It also isn't useful by itself. It is, however, okay for washing down sushi and for the coolness of the oilcan. Perhaps I'm just not a fan of the "style."

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Photo of RedLion
3.3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

More drinkable than your average macro, and still preferable over Bud or Miller products. Very pleasant yellow lager color, soft head, and leaves nice lacing in the glass. I can't really detect any odor worth noting. This beer has a very clean taste that doesn't interfere with your meal. I'd never drink this without food, just because this isn't the kind of beer you'd want to enjoy by itself. It can't stand on it's own in that respect. It's great with sushi or pad thai.

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