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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: 625 | Ratings: 2,074
Photo of beeroclock
2.83/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance was pale yellow with a nice head. Lots of bubbles.
Smelled kind of plain, not much there.
Tasted hoppy but well balanced.
Mouthfeel is quite thin.
Drinkability is average. Not great and nothing compared to any of the crafts out there, but still a decent choice when out to a sushi joint if Asahi is not available.

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Photo of Damian
3.03/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle at Shabu-Zen, Boston, MA

Poured a clear, pale, straw yellow with a two-finger, fizzy, white head.

Smell was fairly mild and a touch skunky. Faint hops were noticeable along with a touch of cereal grain and other adjunct malts. As the beer warmed, the skunkiness subsided and the hops became more floral and pronounced.

The taste was watery up front and somewhat grainy and bitter mid-palate. The clean and crisp finish was quite hoppy and bitter. Unquestionably this was the most impressive aspect of the beer.

Mouthfeel was light and very grainy. The beer turned to a tingly fizz once it hit my tongue.

Overall, I was impressed with this beer. It had much more flavor than I anticipated and it's light body and moderate hop profile make it a perfect beer to pair with spicy Asian cuisine.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.28/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pale yellow with no head and lots of visible carbonation. There was no realy discernable smell, and really no taste to it. It was this or a bud light at dinner, and it probably would have been a draw. Its drinkable, ice cold in a frosted mug, but by the time it warmed up I had wished I ordered tea.

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Photo of guinnessfan
3.08/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. can given to me by my bro-in-law.

A: Pale yellow/straw color with generous 3 finger head, which quickly disappears, high carbonation and good lacing.

S: Not much, slight hops maybe. Weak.

T: Similar to smell, not bad, better than most macros. Can't really tell about the rice, not sweet like I expected.

M: Thin carbonated, with a dry finish.

D: Not bad, very drinkable. Easy to pound, easier to drink than BMC.

Cool can, non-aluminum, okay beer, but too expensive for what it is.

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Photo of JOaikido
2.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed by Sleeman for Canada. 650 ml sculpted can.

A- Very clear, limpid pale yellow. Little effervescence. Head nice as it poors but settles down quickly to a few big bubbles and then dissappears altogether.

S- Faint standard beer. Some herbal and floral notes just barely present. Uninspriring.

T- Watery up front. Faint bitter aftertaste which is grassy and floral. This becomes more noticeable with time. Very mild flavour. The most you can say is that there are no off flavours. However there is not much flavour overall. Bland.

MF- Watery. Low carbonation. Highly thirst quenching.

D- Goes down like water. Water is cheaper though. But then this will give you an alcohol buzz. Macro lager all the way.

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Photo of brdc
2.26/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It pours a very light yellow beer, transparent, with a very thin white head that disappears very fast leaving little to no lacing.
Smells like alcohol, has a very light body and it would be highly drinkable if it was not so bland. Taste is just not there, little alcohol, minimal hops, no malt whatsoever.
Not worth your time.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.62/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Of the Japanese brands available in this area, Sapporo is easily the most drinkable. The color is clear yellow, with a nice foamy head that disappears quickly and completely. Smell is clean, with little in the nose. Mouthful is thin, but likely a bit better than many other "imported" macros. Taste is surprisingly pleasant and relatively flavorful. Not much malt, but a nice fruity hops flavor that, along with the smoothness provided by the rice adjunct, presents a very drinkable and enjoyable beer. Yoku dekimashita.

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Photo of RedChrome
2.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light golden colored crystal clear beer. Frothy white half inch head shrunk rapidly. Slightly less then average amount of carbonation seen rising slowly. Minimal spots of lace.

A fairly weak smelling beer. The light odor of grain is only slightly noticable in the nose. Nothing in this aroma reminds me of anything other then lightly scented water.

The taste has a nice flat flavor. Light grains flavor could be rice, but possibly another grain, it is to hard to tell over the watery taste. Another example of a weak macro.

Average thickness and carbonation help spread a tingling along with a minor amount of flavor.

Just another average macro in the style. Would help wash down a plate of lo mein perfectly. It is only an average alternative if you are eating at an asian restaurant.

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Photo of Cresant
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this undated 20.3 oz. brown bottle into a pilsner glass. The bottle was embossed with the Sapporo logo and founding date, 1876. The beer was a clear pale yellow with a bubbly white head and some clingy lace.

Smell was of pleasant floral hops.

Taste was lemony. Faint husk. Refreshing and crisp. There was a mild sweetness from the malts/rice.

Mouthfeel was thin and somewhat watery. Mildly zesty yet smooth in the finish.

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Photo of granger10
3.73/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium pale straw color with a nice creamy head atop. Smells weak but with a touch of rice husks. Taste is better than smell. More body than most other Asian beers I've tried. Still is rice dominate but has a nicer sweetness with no off flavors like many beers in its categories. A touch fruity with good carbonation in the middle. Finish is super dry. Just nothing. Quenches my thirst for sure.

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Photo of theopholis
2.85/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

About what you would expect from a Japanese mass-market beer. A light, American style Pilsner that obviously uses rice as an adjunct. It's an easy drinking beer that's good on a hot day. IT does have a bit of a bite towards the back of the tounge that makes it a little more interesting than your standard fare.

Pour: Decent head that doesn't last very long. Slightly darker than straw.

Nose: Standard lager smell. Slighthint of maltiness. Very little hoppiness.

Taste: Again....nothing to write home about. Nice balance between maltiness and hops. To ricey, but that could just be me. Fairly acidic.

Overall, drink it while you're mowing your lawn or putting on a new roof.

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Photo of Rudgers73
2.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a glass 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pale straw yellow. No head. Decent carbonation.

S- Definitely a rice beer. A lot like american macro lagers. Thin.

T- Thin, watery. Not so great. Slight hoppy taste.

M- Slightly dry and fizzy.

D- eh. This doesn't impress me.

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Photo of yelterdow
2.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served right out of the fridge into a pilsener glass. Code underneath reads E0906FL.

Appearance- Pours a medium straw gold supporting a light, fluffy 2" head. Dozens of effervescent streams launch from the bottom, creating a very active appearance. Thin, but decent lacing all down the inside of my glass. On a rougher pour, the head displays a subtle cragginess.

Smell- Dry, musty cardboard and old hops... not very pleasant. The aroma is, in a nutshell, stale.

Taste- Damn... after drinking really good beer for a while now, it's hard to look back... even for just reviewing! The taste is largely bland adjuncts (rice) and the dry, hop bitterness in the finish. I wouldn't turn this down with sushi, that's for sure... it would let the raw fish express their individual nuances without any interference from the beer. Otherwise, this is worthless IMO.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Ahhh, yes, thankfully the mouthfeel here is excellent... alive and elegant, with nice prickliness. No doubt this has its place with Japanese food... it's easy drinking and its lack of character is actually a positive spin, you could argue. Save this one for your next trip to the sushi bar.

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Photo of malcontent
2.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sapporo pours a transparent pale straw color with about one finger of head that holds form nicely.

Saaz hops are seemingly detectable in the nose with a somewhat unpleasant metallic scent that lingers.

Hmm, not really doing it for me. The malt content is really unbalanced and the bitterness is rather annoying. The carbonation is really what gets me as it is far too fizzy for its own good. This screams "food beer." After pairing with a three-course sushi meal, the flavors are neutralized somewhat although there is a grainy aftertaste that persists. Not one of my favorites.

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Photo of SudNut
2.42/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours yellow with a funky foamy head that quickly dissipates. Nose is somewhat fruity with a hint of malt. Taste is crisp and clean a bit of malt with very little hops. Goes well with Japanese steak. Mouth feel was light with lots of carbonation. Overall an average beer that goes well with oriental food.

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Photo of ZAP
3.38/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly above average....yellow color...light fruity nose...fresh aroma...

Taste is sweet for the style..medium bodied...pretty smooth...slightly dry finish...nothing remarkable about this but decent enough...seems like a thirst quencher type of beer..

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.2/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at a businessman's special day baseball game.
Typical pale yellow with half finger head of a macro lager.
Also very typical macro aromas but no hint of either rice or corn. Rather nice.
Taste was very refreshing....light malt with just a faint hop bite at the end but again no adjuncts noticable. I did, however, notice a hint of salt in the taste of this beer. Strange.
Aftertaste was clean and refreshing.

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Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
3.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: great creamy head with urine colored body.

Smell: Faint graininess and the smell of autumn air a bit. Seriously.

Taste: There's nothing interesting here. It's just plain Pale lager with a grainy taste. It doesn't have a bad aftertaste though.

Mouthfeel: It's smooth and leaves sort of a film on your tongue.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. I'm sure it'd go great with Japanese or "American" food.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow brew with an almost greenish-grey hue. Soapy dishwater head only lasts a minute before subsiding to a collar of white suds. There is a decent amount of lace, and the bottle is really cool. But this is still a relatively unattractive beer.

The nose is full of rice and a general fruity flavor that's hard to place. Slightly floral and sweet like a flower garden.

Tastes unique, that's for sure. Doesn't really taste...good per say, but it's different. That counts for something. Tastes like rice paper with a strange spicyness in the background. The finish is very and peppery.

This beer is weak and not very complex, but what flavor it does offer is very bizzare and foreign to my taste buds. That's not a bad thing, but it's just weird tasting.

This one is highly carbonated and very thin, but the bottle says "crisp, clear, refreshing" and that it is! I gave it a pretty high mouthfeel score due to the very unique, highly carbonated, and super dry feel. I kinda like it in this aspect!

This is slaking my summer thirst quite well, and it's altogether not a bad beer, but it's just different. Like other reviewers, I have a strong feeling that this would pair extremely well with the delicate flavors of sashimi.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.27/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was a light amber with a pretty standard smell for a lager; small traces of rice. It left a small amount of lacing on the glass. The taste was slightly dry with a fair amount of carbonation. Mouthfeel was OK, as was the drinkability. This beer is pretty standard. Goes well with spicy asian food, but would also be totally fine with american fare as well.

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Photo of cbros
2.36/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- when I poured this it looked like your average lager. there was a light tinge to its color making you think that it could pass for a light beer.

S- as I smelled it I could definately smell the rice in it, but what do you expect from a rice lager?

T- I liked the dry taste of this beer, especially paired with the sushi that I was having that night. The combination of dry beer and salty food I felt played well. I felt that they went hand in hand and complimented each other well. I really don't know how well this would stand with other types of food but I figure as long as the food being served is of a salty or even heavy persuasion then I feel it would hold its own.

M- as I let the beer sit in my mouth I really could not get a sense of what this beer was. It really had no mouthfeel, it just sat there.

D- I am big into pairing beer with food and even though I would not drink this on any given nite I certainly will order it again when having sushi/asian food.

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Photo of BeerSox
1.6/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours dark yellow, similar to the star that's on the car or bottle. White head, no retention, no lacing. There was barely any cap left after pouring the beer.

Musty fungus like aroma.

Super adjunct flavor, barely any malt or hop flavors. Almost nothing but sour beer.

Watery, light carbonation.

Not recommended. This review seems slim, but there is nothing more to add about this beer. I would rather consume a BMC.

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Photo of LifeIsGood
2.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a nice clear golden yellow, with a nice white head that lasted for several minutes. The smell is hoppy and though the taste at first seems to be light, the mouthfeel is full and hoppy. Though I prefer a more malty beer, this is not too hoppy for me to consider it a drinkable beer.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
2.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear golden/straw type color with a thick persistent head. The smell is hoppy and very reminiscent of what I think of as bar beer. The taste is mellow and flavorful. It is not as hoppy as I would have expected. The mouthfeel is on the thin side but not quite watery. Overall this is a drinkable beer and could be considered refreshing.

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Photo of eballard
2.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a dark golden color with an airy head that sticks around as you drink it. It has a filtered hoppy smell that doesn’t over power. The flavor is faint and crisp. The hops are balanced well. The beer has a smooth start and finishes slightly heavy. This beer is drinkable and would be a fine accompaniment to a stake or other red meat.

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Sapporo Premium Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
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