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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.

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Reviews: 635 | Ratings: 2,110
Photo of SeanBond
3.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look, this isn't a GOOD beer, per se; my basic metric is whether you'll still want to drink a beer when it's not ice cold, and this doesn't pass. But for those specific times when you just want something to drink with a meal, or pound down on a summer day, this is great. Refreshing, clean, and tasty when cold, it's a great beer for $3. I've heard it referred to as "the best bad beer" and I think that's pretty accurate.

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Photo of Catracho5
2.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a pale, golden yellow/orange color with a white head that fizzled into nothing in a few seconds, some carbonation streaming off the bottom, looks really thin, like watered down apple juice, no lacing, no head, clear.

A: Musty, hay, grass like aromas, hint of malt sweetness, no alcohol on the nose, pretty straightforward, not much going on here.

T: Honey like sweetness, hay, grass, malty sweetness coming through, mild amount of bitterness, has a very unpleasant aftertaste, it's like plastic, very strange.

M: Light, thin, lacks carbonation, semi-dry finish.

O: Not very good at all, strange plastic/Scotch tape aftertaste that lingers, not sure if this is normal as I have never tried this before. There are plenty of beers I would prefer over this.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear yellow color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is decent. Lacing is good. Typical lager, rice aroma. Balanced but nothing very appealing. Malty rice taste. Very little in the way of hops. Nothing special. Easy drinking and would prefer to a adjuvant lager any day. Light bodied with high carbonation.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
2.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

22 ounce can poured into a nonic pint glass.

Pours golden with good clarity and bursting carbonation. Frothy, foamy, bright white head forms and shows excellent retention and develops good lace. 5

Very minerally aroma, sweet bread notes, faded grassy hops. 3

Similar to the nose in the bread notes, mineral quality, and somewhat musty, grassy hops, but there is a faint flavor that reminds me of either vodka or sake or both. It's a familiar taste that is grainy and I have to assume is the rice addition. This flavor lingers on the finish and recalls many a bad night drinking way too much shitty liquor that ended up on an alley floor amidst other items consumed in the hours previous. 2.75

Starts off clean enough, full-mouthed and well-carbonated in way that satisfies, but it's that finish, again, which just recalls something boozier, grainier, and akin to a deathly hangover that keeps one moving from the bed to the couch because the headache makes resting the head on the pillow painful. 2.75

Let's be honest, this beer is to sushi what Corona is to enchilada, you pair them unquestioningly and have done so forever.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.53/5  rDev +22.1%
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 BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.79/5  rDev +31.1%
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 nasty15108
2.31/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz can.
Poured a pale/straw yellow. Not much head or lacing.
Slightly grassy smell. Slight malt taste. Nothing great or full of flavor, but not offending either. Basic beer choice for Japanese/Chinese food.

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Photo of AdmiralBaltimore_29
3.87/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sapporo is probably the best beer when it comes to having a plate of sushi... fried rice... or any sort of Teppanese product. It has a nice smooth crisp flavor and not only that... It makes a great beer for being a digestif. I like this beer but I feel that Sapporo can do better.

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Photo of constantine_272
2.64/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Looked alright, a surprisingly fluffy white head and a pleasant golden color with decent carbonation. Smells of dried oat and graphite mineral, most likely from the carb. Taste was a little bit of a let down considering I used to drink this more often in another uneducated life. The taste started off with a nice light roasted wheat toast flavor but quickly transitioned to cloyingly sweet with candy sugar, honey and a little bit of rice. This beer needed more bittering to balance the sweetness. The sweetness covered up most everything else for me. Texture was good but the sweetness left a mouth coating feel. Not exciting to me. If you're at a Japanese restaurant and you must have a import rice lager, I remember liking asahi better.

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Photo of chin_K
3.98/5  rDev +37.7%
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 Dave_Treat
2.69/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

First beer in a couple weeks after camping. At this point, anything would taste good, so tasting probably high for me. Had from a 500ml can. Pours very light, lots of carbonation. Hops in both smell and taste, but not much. Very weak/watery. Much like a big box brewery in the us.

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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 leantom
3.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cant really complain about this adjunct lager. Here goes:

A: Pours a fluffy, white head that leaves good lacing. Beer is also sufficiently carbonated. The color is a somewhat darker-than-usual yellow, but the beer is still perfectly clear.

S: Actually not bad. Mild, grassy Pilsner hops on a muted grainy backbone. Grains consist of some barley and a lot of rice. Alright.

T: Lots of Pilsner hops give way to grainy flavors. Grains are mostly rice, but the barley is still there. Very cereally.

F: Only drawback. A little too watery, and the carbonation is lacking compare to AAL's.

O: Solid beer. Would have again. Good job suffusing the rice with sufficient barley.

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Photo of Matthew-A-D-Brine
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm no beer taster or pro at this but being a Canadian that drinks mostly Canadian beer, Sapporo beer is actually pretty good.

I had my doubts like any new beer I try but its something I wouldn't mind more of if it wasn't expensive compared to what I normally drink.

Very good crisp flavourful taste, a bit hoppy and malty but nothing the average beer drinker shouldn't be able to down a couple of with any problem.

10/10 Would drink again

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden with a small, white head. Mild malt aroma. Mildly sweet malt flavour with corn, slightly bitter finish. Light body with a watery texture and soft carbonation.

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Photo of Dikfour
3.46/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pale Yellow. Inch and a half of white fluffy head dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Not a lot here, but still pleasant. Light grains and sweet rice.

Taste:Fairly bright malts, though I was expecting it to be a little brighter. Barely pings any bitterness. The rice flavor is nice and balancing. Fairly refreshing.

Feel: Nothing to chew on here. Carbonation plays on the tongue for a while. Almost a little creamy.

Overall: This makes me think, "What if Budweiser was somewhat good." Its pretty alright for a Macro.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.09/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml can, brewed in ontario, into nonic pint. "D2915" on the bottom of the can. gonna guess that that means it was packaged on april 29, 2015. consumed on june 12, 2015

a: transparent pale yellow with just over a finger of white head that disappeared while i was typing this portion of the review

s: a weak aroma consisting of sweet grainy rice, skunky notes, and mild grassy hops

t: follows the nose. not a lot happening in the front, but mid-palate is where the sweet rice emerges. mildly bitter finish

m: light-bodied, a bit watery, with medium-plus carbonation

o: tastes like rice, which i'm a sucker for. not much else going on though. enjoyable

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Photo of ScaryEd
1.82/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Had this at a local Chinese restaurant (for some reason). I figured, why the hell not?

I found the rice to be very prevalent in the can that was poured for me. It was so grainy and almost...salty, that I barely muscled it down.

I'm glad I finally got to try it, but I will not be trying it again.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A light feeling beer, weak smelling and moderately carbonated. Light taste of rice with its lager taste and feel, with a moderate hoppy aftertaste like that of an ale. Easy to drink. Being my first Japanese style beer I wasn't disappointed.

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Photo of pat61
3.27/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours brilliant straw producing a 1” rapidly disappearing white foam cap.
S: The nose is neither particularly big nor interesting, primarily composed of light grains, rise and a suspicion of hops.
T: Light grains on the palate – rice and light malts – with a light hop bitter accent on the finish. No perceptible hop flavor. A drying finish with above average rice flavor. Clean and crisp, with no apple, vegetal or sulfur flavors.
F: Light, with high levels of carbonation.
O: This is a light beer more noted for the flavors that it doesn’t have than for the ones it does.

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Photo of Greywulfken
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Rice water. There's nothing to it - I think I tasted the tin from the can. A little faint grain, and a whiff of malt... Basically inoffensive, but nothing I'd return to again.

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Photo of drtth
3.24/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours out into Duvel glass a clear bright golden-straw yellow color with a 1/2" white head that soon recedes to ring around the glass and a thin layer of foam that becomes an irregular island on the surface. There is a lot of fine carbonation rising to the surface and sipping leaves behind small patches of foam which mostly slide back down into the liquid. Because of the nucleation point in the glass there's a visible small stream for carbonation heading to the surface and feeding that irregular thin island of foam.

The aroma is light with only a subtle hop character showing along with some faint honey-like sweetness. The light hop character seems both a bit floral and grassy and is both gentle and well integrated with the malt and rice.

The flavors mostly follow the nose in that there's some sweetness along with some light floral and grassy notes. What bitterness there is comes in late in the game and mostly just sits quietly on the back of the tongue.

The mouth feel is on the light side and there is some light crispness from the gentle carbonation. The finish is long and dry and ends on a slight bitter dry note that invites another sip.

While this is not going to be a beer of choice for me at home it is definitely drinkable and something one could easily have more than one of in an evening. It is smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. I'd also guess that those folks who thrive on strong flavors would not care for this beer but I'm finding it reasonably pleasant, but not challenging. That said I'll probably not buy more unless in a situation where it is basically the only choice as I prefer a bit richer flavor in my beers. However, at a Japanese restaurant I'd be quite happy to have it as it should pair quite well with the traditional cuisine.

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Photo of Bunman3
2.87/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Precisely what I expected for the price and the style. You could drink worse beer. This pairs nicely with Asian food. I won't go hunting for it, but would order it in a restaurant.

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Photo of 57md
2.87/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a pale straw color. Smells like a pils. Sweetness dominates the flavor profile but it is not a corny sweetness like an AAL. The finish is slightly dry.

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Photo of TopherBreski
2.06/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.25

I've seen this advertised as beer and malt liquor. I looked at the $3.49 price and figured it must be good and although it's a golden yellow color and smells great, there is no taste. It's water.

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Sapporo Premium Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
2.89 out of 5 based on 2,110 ratings.
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