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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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Photo of Romulus141
2.15/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured a bottle into a 12oz pub glass.

Appearance: Medium yellow that pours nearly no head. Any head that is left remains in a small perimeter of bubbles around the edges of the glass. Honestly, the color reminds me of urine, which isn't terribly appetizing.

Smell: Slight, grainy smell that is somewhat stale and sour.

Taste: A little bitter, with some sweet and straw overtones, finishing with a metallic aftertaste. Has slightly more flavor than an American macro, but it's still weak and not terribly pleasant. Not thirst-quenching either.

Mouthfeel: It's thin and watery, but has a strange oily quality to it that caught me off guard. Strange texture.

Drinkability: I'm sure I could drink a bunch of these in succession if it was all that was offered, but I'm not impressed. Bad aftertaste and smell really detract from me wanting to drink more than one of these.

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Photo of jwc215
2.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. silver can - no date - brewed by Sapporo in Ontario, Canada.

Poured straw yellow with a bubbly white head that rapidly fell to a few bubbles.

The smell was thin - a slight floral scent dominated by sulphur.

The taste was mainly water. At a stretch, there was some sulphur and a touch of bitterness, which quickly turned into a lingering sweetness. After awhile, a metallic taste comes through.

It left a dry, metallic feel despite its high water quality.

I can't even see having this with an Asian meal - skip it. If you do venture it, make sure it's cold, otherwise a funky chemical taste sets in.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent pale golden lager. A tiny little bitter bite, not too much. Nice mouthfeel, Could drink a couple, but would get bored after a while.
Don't buy this unless it's cheap, it's not anything special. Doesn't taste special. It tastes like an american lager. I don't know why some of my friends think this is so awesome. It's pretty decent but not that great.

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Photo of edskirk3
2.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Futuristic-looking 22oz aluminum can (which turns out to be very hard to crush). There's some code stamped on the bottom, but I cannot decode it.

Pours a very clear Budweiser gold, with a fluffy white head. In a big glass mug it actually looks refreshing. I can't say there's any aroma to speak of, as hard as I sniff.

Not much there tastewise either, except for some bitterness at the end. Any pale malts that the brewery uses are not very assertive in the palate. Though, overall, it's fairly dry and crisp.

The can looks pretty cool. The beer is not as impressive.

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Photo of Mindsquall
2.39/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured from the can a very standard macro lager-esque yellow but with a nice foamy head that quickly subsided leaving some lacing at the top of the glass.
This stuff smells pretty bad, some cooked cabbage, a slightly metallic odor makes it's way up. Not the nicest. This is reflected in the flavor, the rice is evident in this as an adjunct. This isn't the smoothest beer i've had, but it really isn't that hard to drink, but with all that being said I don't think I'd be rushing out to get this one again.

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Photo of utahbeerdude
2.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Visual: Light, clean golden color, slightly creamy head that faded quickly, decent amount of carbonation.
Aroma: Very minimal aroma, slightly metallic (iron?).
Flavor: Not much at beginning and middle – just a bit of malt, then slight bitterness in finish, which is rather persistent in aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Very light on the tongue, dryness in aftertaste
Overall: Another Japanese beer imported from... Canada! Overall, this is pretty much forgettable, but I wouldn't turn one down after cutting the lawn.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle imbibed at the Karaoke Kid here in Madison. When in Tokyo, eh?

Pours a pale straw yellow with a smattering of white foam. Nose is light, but with more character than I would expect from a rice lager, musty with a bit of earthy/peaty sweetness. Taste follows nose, sweet rice with a hearty musk and a hint of hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth yet crisp. Not nearly as crappy as I would have expected. Mixed well with the poorly sung, but heartfelt songs.

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Photo of Freshie
2.72/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear pale golden colour with soapy lacing to the sides of my pilsner galss.

Smells very bready with some light, sweet malt.

Tastes very crisp as the carbonation is a bit overbearing. There is a sweet malt flavour that ends with a bit of a spicy hop.

This is crisp and clean and sweet for the most part, but lacks the depth in a good lager that I enjoy. My first rice lager though so maybe I am just ignorant to the style? At any rate, I can only see myself partaking in this lager again on a nice hot summer day, possibly at the beach.

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Photo of BigBry
2.95/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

600 ml brown bottle embossed logo on shoulder. Label sports the large gold star and "Premium: banner. A closer look at the fine print and we find that this is brewed under supervision of Sapporo by Sleeman Brewing , Guelph, Canada. Pours a typical pale yellow, very carbonated which gave a nice white head, but shrank away in about one minute. Smell of sweet corn and rice, no discernable hop aromas. Taste wasn't too bad, slight bitterness in the finish. An alright beer, that would go good with sushi to cut the salty soy sauce, but not what I would call a premium.

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Photo of JWFokker
3.76/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz can into a glass stein, it's a rather average looking beer. Lots of head forms but quickly dissipates. Nose is almost undetectable. Taste is pretty solid for macro lager. It's got a sort of sharp flavor, interpreted as 'thin' by some, possibly as a result of the rice and corn used in addition to the barley and hops. Quite well balanced all in all and certainly different than most macro lagers. Mouthfeel is pretty average for this sort of beer. Nothing out of the ordinary there. I find this beer to be very drinkable if you're not a malt or hop fiend. The good balance between malt, hops, rice and even corn is it's best feature. That none of the constituent ingredients overpowers or even really stands out from the rest is desirable in my opinion. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of sevineyes
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bottle with a black label featuring a gold star in the center.

A: Had about a finger of dense head. Leaves lacing. Clear and light yellow in color. Head diminishes but still covers the surface.

S: Mealy, dry-oat like smell. Sweet, but not unlike the sour found in some wheat beers.

T: Starts almost salty on the sides of the tongue and moves to a spice, but most of whats there seems to be pushed aside by the carbonation. Ends with a lingering hops aftertaste.

M: Seems very strange in how this hits my mouth. It goes to the sides of the tongue and roof of my mouth and its like it doesn't touch anything else.

Overall: Some elements certainly stick in my mind, mostly how it starts to hit my mouth like rock salt on a pretzel. Certainly drinkable.

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Photo of plaid75
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light straw color with a one finger foamy head. Decent retention and lacing.

The smell was a but grainy, but possessed a malty sweetness and faint hop aroma. Traces of corn. Unfortunately, a bit metallic.

The taste featured minor malt sweetness and a decent dry hop finish. A faint grainy taste as well.

The mouthfeel was clean. Nice carbonation and a dry finish.

A nice drinkable beer. Good when you are at a Japanese restaurant.

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Photo of palffyfan
2.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pale yellow, very carbonated, could not poor correctly because of the odd can, which resulted in a large head that faded in a minute or two. Can was pretty though.

Smell - Smells processed. Hints of sweet and corn.

Taste - Unique taste, slightest hint of bitterness, slightly hoppy taste. Couldn't taste the rice as the previous reviewers had mentioned. Not sure if this beer deserves a premium status though.

Drinkability - Beer would eventually wear on me, however I do not regretting getting one just because of its unique taste. Other beers feature better aroma and are defianetely more drinkable than this beer.

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Photo of scottoale
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from the 600ml. brown bottle, an almost clear (faint light gold) with a snow white, two-finger bubbly head. Nice carbonation streamers surfacing, as the head dies down a healthy bit of lacing left behind.

Smells like an Amercan macro, wheat and malt nose with a load of rice adjunct. Somewhat bitter yet sweet, blunt macro malt smell.

Taste is light and malt-like with rice and a decent hop-to-it, bitter clean rinse of a finish, kinda refreshing. IMO, it tastes very American-macro like that you could drink till the cows come home, if you like this style.

Bland in the flavor dept. and a rather bland mouthfeel, light in body and alcohol as well...quite drinkable and not bad tasting, this one is enough for my liking.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Distinctive sculpted 22 ounce steel can

Pours a crystal clear pale golden color with a foamy white head.

Smell is a fairly mild mix of sweet malty grains and spicy hops.

Taste is unexpectedly hoppy giving it a crisp, clean and somewhat dry finish. Not offensive or challenging in any way.

Light bodied, watery mouthfeel. Like most macros fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of BigRedN
2.8/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From Notes. Part of a "Tour of Japan". I hope this is in the right place. I had a bottle of Sapporo, and I believe it was the premium.

Appearance: Typical macro beer. Poured into a mug. Clear, golden beer with a foamy, white, head (about 1/2 inch). Fell to nothing. Ring around the glass, no lacing.

Smell: Notch below a macro. Slight odor (a little musty and skunky) with adjuncts.

Taste: Touch sweet due to the adjuncts, with just a kiss of bitterness at the finish. Not a lot of taste, but then again I don't think the style does.

Mouthfeel: Light, well carbonated, keeps it from being too watery. Clean finish, no aftertaste.

Drinkability: It's fine and easy enough to drink. However, I probably will not seek this out, but I would not turn down a free one.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.04/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A fair offering, albeit nothing special. Pours out to a light yellow color with a medium high level of carbonation that yeilds a large white foamy head. Some lace. Aromas of light malt, sweet adjuncts, grass. Taste was light on the palate, with notes of rice blandness, mild watered down malt, grain, and some hay. Mouthfeel was like a modern day Eddie Murphy movie; uneventful and boring. Average drinkability. Maybe on a hot summer day... only for the cool lookin' can.

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Photo of JayQue
3.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle in a Japanese restaurant in Pensacola FL. Tasted like a macro lager. Straw yellow color. Small head. Not a lot of aroma. Has a slightly hoppy taste, not as bland as most macro lagers. Mouthfeel is light but not overly watery. Good complement for food and I could drink it as a session beer, but I wouldn't seek it out. Why pay $4.50 a bottle when you could get SA Boston Lager or Yuengling for the same price or cheaper?

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.58/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Clear gold color, not a lot of long-lasting head. A lot of bubbles make their way to the surface.

Smell: About as adjuncty and grainy as you can get, pretty bad.

Taste: Very bland, the rice addition is obvious and annoying. The flavor that is present is pretty bad, grainy and stale tasting. Pass.

Drinkability: Not too good, an unatractive and forgettable beer. Not worth the time, money, or effort.

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Photo of russpowell
3.18/5  rDev +10.8%
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 VoodooBrew
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

More hops and more flavor than your standard American macro, which lends a higher degree of drinkability if you ask me. Crisp and dry on the finish with a touch of bitterness, and a milder (ergo more tolerable) carbonation level than your domestic stuff. Don't be mistaken, though-- this is still a generic light lager brewed for mass markets. Another reviewer wondered if people would still buy it if they knew it's made in Canada. Well I knew that and I still bought it, but then again I was at an Asian restaurant and I was thirsty. It went fairly well with my spicy beef noodle dish. By the way, Guinness Extra Stout is brewed in Canada. How many people know that?

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Photo of mmmbeer
2.36/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. sculpted can, served chilled in a pilsner glass. It pours a very bright gold with a 1 finger white head that doesn't leave much lacing. It smells of adjuncts, some skunk, and maybe some grape/apple notes. The taste is about the same with a hint of hops on top of a light and tingly body. Average at best. Will not be seeking it out again.

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Photo of Noxious26
2.03/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

341ml bottle served in a frosted Sapporo mug at a local Japanese restaurant. Reading the bottle states that it's brewed by Sleeman's in Guelph Ontario.

Straw yellow with a thin white cap for a head. Frosted mug probably hurt the head a little, but I'm not sure there would be much at any rate.

Aroma is fairly standard for a macro lager. Grains and adjuncts. Strangely, I get more of a corn aroma than a rice one though. Undertones of petrol notes.

Lightly sweet but mostly grains and adjuncts. First few sips are actually quite refreshing, but it quickly turns harsh, caustic and unpleasant. Practically no aftertaste.

Thin, watery and fizzy mouthfeel. Harsh caustic aspect is the telltale sign of adjuncts.

While this isn't all that bad, there really isn't anything to bring you back. There are better macros out there to spend your money on.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
2.91/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part I of a 2 part review- this one and Sapporo Reserve, tasted one after the other.

22 oz. can poured into a 1 liter German-style stein. Pours a clear pale yellow with a pretty strong carbonation that feeds an inch high very white head. Actually not an unattractive beer for a pale lager.

Aroma is weedy-grass hoppy and a slight burnt grain. Oily. Man-made chemicals (I know, I know, everything is a chemical, but this isn't a pleasant odor).

Flavor starts malty, grainy, bready (I can't tell rice, so that's fine) t quickly transitions to a very strange hop-related flavor.

Fairly clean and refreshing as a light flavored beer goes- perhaps a decent lawn beer. But there are so many better choices.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.71/5  rDev -5.6%
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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