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Style:
American Lager
Ranked #529
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
67
Ranked #47,561
Avg:
2.88 | pDev: 20.14%
Reviews:
700
Ratings:
2,325
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Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
 
Japan
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  32
Gots
  592
SCORE
67
Poor
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Notes: No adjunct. All barley lager.
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Reviews: 700 | Ratings: 2,325
Photo of theozag
2.91/5  rDev +1%
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 +51.4%
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 -25.7%
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 JMH_
3.05/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +1.4%
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 +9.4%
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 +23.3%
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!

-Oelergud

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Photo of DPMomutant
3.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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%
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 +8.3%
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 -13.9%
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 -29.5%
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 -26%
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 -16.3%
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 -21.5%
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 -17.4%
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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Photo of alexgash
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ah, the nectar of the Samurai! Bubbly straw yellow with a poofy white head. Smells of sweet grains, and big rusty hops. Tastes of clean, light rice and barley. Hops start big, but then fade into almost nothing. Finish is slightly bitter. I also detected some weird, almost fruity rubbing alcohol notes (sake? just kidding). Not bad, but I'm still not a huge Asian lager fan.

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Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
3.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden colour topped by a small head that settles down quite easily. Not a bad pilsner bad i found it much more bitter in the taste than other pilsners. Aroma is dominated by malts. Leave the beer for couple of seconds in your mouth before swallowing. You will feel the bitterness of the beer on your taste buds. Goes down quite easily. Not a bad pilsner

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Photo of Stingray5
2.63/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got a 16oz bottle at a Japanese 'hibachi' style restaurant. Went nicely with teryaki steak and shrimp. Alone it didn't really measure up, with slight corn aroma and taste. Fizzy yellow stuff to be sure, but the food softened the blow, the beer quenched the thirst and a good time was had by all.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.95/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ok bought in the 22 oz bomber brewed in Canada..
Nice looking brown bottle classy gold and black label.
Beer is pretty average looking lager beer..golden with a small white head..some nice carbonation.
Smell also is pretty pleasant..not great though..can certainlly smell the hopping
Nice sweet malty taste followed by light hops ok beer.
too carbonated but not horrible on the palate.
A pretty easy drinking lager certainly better than most American and canadian macros but not great.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color, medium head. A light bodied, lager style beer. Light malts, but fairly hoppy. Smooth, clean taste. Full flavored. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Finish is slightly bitter. Nice refreshing draft beer. Fresh tasting despite being canned.

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Photo of elmocoso
2.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big billowy head that collapses onto itself creating a marshmellowy surface to the head. The dwindled but lasted well into the drink.

Beverage below was semi-light gold with decent beading.

A lacking smell. some? malts and other grains. Not much there but ok for a lager I guess.

Both the smell and taste is crisp but vacant. I guess this might be o.k. with sushi or some other food, but i would opt for Saki instead.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One of the main macro brands in Japan (along with Kirin and Asahi). This one was brewed in Guelph, Ont. I don't know the difference between this and the bottled draft (I have a can of the draft which I will review later on), so I can only figure that it is some kind of marketing decision on Sapporo's part. All in all, I would rate this above most American macros, but this is still rather bland and inoffensive.

Sapporo Premium pours a light straw color with a decent foamy head that has decent retention. The smell is clean and crisp, with some light malt and some light fruity aromas. A very light husky/adjunct smell was detectable underneath that. The mouthfeel was thin and crisp. Carbonation was a little heavier than expected, and the beer felt somewhat dry on the palette. The flavor itself was quite clean as well. Light malt and light fruitiness (much like the aroma), and the dryness adds a little bite to it. Slightly bitter in the finish. The aftertaste is quite clean but the dryness does linger for some time afterward. This beer finishes off with some light alcoholic warmth.

Altogether a very clean and crisp beer that is refreshing even though it is somewhat lacking in flavor. I've yet to have sushi, but that is something that I hope to remedy soon, and when I do I'll probably have a Sapporo with it. A decent macro import.

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Photo of Winter
3.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle. Ordered one for dinner at P.F. Chang's to go along with the Mongolian Beef. Pours a clear pale golden color with a foamy white head. Clean nose consists of malt and a touch of hops. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. Flavor consists primarily of sweet malt. Finishes on the dry side with some hop bitterness, giving the beer a little bit of character.

Cleansing if nothing else. Taste is alright and pretty much non-offensive. Still, at $6 a bottle, I felt robbed. Besides, the headache I got later that night (presumably from the beer) didn't help either.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.93/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Came in a brown 600ml bottle. My thoughts are this is just a slightly modified version of Sapporo draft with a shiny gold label. Pours out a pale clear straw and a pretty impressive head. The head manages to stick around more than halfway down the glass to my surprise, and leaves a decent lace. Nose is mild with some sweet malt and only a hint of floral hops. Flavour is dry, vaguely sweet with a mild hoppy finish. Nice full mouthfeel for such a pale lager though. I'd order this one with sushi rather than the draft.

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Sapporo Premium Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
Beer rating: 67 out of 100 with 2325 ratings