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Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
Japan
sapporobeer.jp

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
625
Ratings:
2,074
Avg:
2.89
pDev:
35.64%
 
 
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Reviews: 625 | Ratings: 2,074
Photo of BBM
2.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours your slightly-to-standard pale straw color with a white sudsy head on top. Aroma is straight out of the BMC playbook, unfortunately. Nothing egregious, but nothing special either.

Taste isn't anything to write home about either. I was trying to distinguish if there was any kind of noticeable rice "twist" on this one, but came out with nothing other than the ordinary, slightly sour, very cereal-adjunct low bitterness taste you've come to expect from light lagers. Overall it's not terrible, since it goes down somewhat smoothly and doesn't have a bad aftertaste. But if you're expecting something different, you're in for disappointment.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.48/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pretty much your basic worldwide macro lager. pale yellow with a fizzy head. not much bouqet, some faint noble hops, very faint, along with a slight metallic aroma. no malts noticed either in the nose or taste. very dry with a crisp finish. lots of forced carbonation. clean but uninteresting flavors. no reason to drink much of this other than to cleanse your palate or to get drunk.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.42/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The sculpted silver can is a beautiful marketing tool for Sapporo. It looks great, it's reminiscent of a keg, looks modern (actually, iit's quite like a lot of Japanese architecture), and fits nicely in your hand. Beyond that, the beer is pretty average. The sample I had was brewed in Guelph, Ontario Canada (I'll assume under contract through Sleeman). It was clean in the nose and mouth, and offered a delicate combination of softly grainy malt and diffused floral and spicy hops. All the way through it was smooth and round and very well-balanced... just lacking in any character that would make it stand out from the pack. In fact, if there's any negative to this beer it's that the crystal-clear straw-gold body lacked anything more than a short-lived creamy head of bright white. Overall, no flaws but no sparkling moments either.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.08/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is apparently Japan’s answer to America’s BMC macros. Pours to a clear golden yellow, with little head or lacing, an almost skunky, grainy aroma and a flavor of wet grainy cardboard. Palate was stale and dry. Nothing special about this beer at all.

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Photo of shadow1961
2.74/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sapporo pours out a fluffy head over a clear light
yellow brew. Nose is light malt. The flavor is slightly
sweet malt up front, with a bit of hop and grain in the
finish. There's a fair amount of carbonation, mouthfeel
is light and crisp, and there's a tiny hop aftertaste.
Pretty basic macro-style lager. Overpriced for what you
get, but it does come in a pretty can. This brew may be
different from the real thing made in Japan, since this
was brewed by their recently aquired subsidiary, Sleeman,
in Guelph, Ontario. I doubt it is, though, Sleeman is a
capable brewer, even if this Sapporo is pretty average.

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Photo of gmfessen
2.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear, very light golden color with a bubbly, white head. Smell is sweet with malt and adjuncts. Taste is also sweet, with a tiny bit of bittering hops. Not much going on at all. The mouthfeel is light with lots of bubbly carbonation. This beer is drinkable like water, mostly because it has very little character and is very light in body. As always though, just because you can do something doesn't necessarily mean you should.

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Photo of bort11
2.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this at the local Japanese steakhouse Wasahi that is just down the block from where I live. Great sushi, probably the best in KC.
21 oz bottle poured into the 8 or 10 oz mini pils glass that was provided. I'm not sure the reasoning behind such a small glass, but oh well. Head starts off as a fizzy and fluffy cap but doesn't have any retention or lacing. Color is a darker straw yellow than most American lagers.
Smell is very ricey. Tastes is also very ricey, but very crisp and clean. Very clean mouthfeel and goes down very smooth.
This is better than most American lagers, but I don't think I would drink this under any other circumstances.

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Photo of kelticblood
2.3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Horrible appearance.No sign of any head or carbonation. Scattered bubbles rising from the bottom. The color is a clear straw yellow. Aroma has a slight skunk cheap malt liqiour smell. Typical lager taste that has a crispness and a slight hop bite on the finish.This seems like headache beer to me. The mouthfeel isn't that bad and deserves a 3 for just average. Has a better taste than Bud, but other than that it's bad. I think Japan should stick to making cars and not beer.

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Photo of Shadman
2.01/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Read a very funny travel book about hitchhiking across Japan and there was a mention of how highy in regard the Japanese hold their beer.Frist ting I notice is that Sleeman's brews this stuff...hmmm

Deeper yellow in color when compared to most macro's with a thinnish white head that receeds into a white ring around the glass.

Smell is grainy malt and not much more.

Taste is grainy with some dry biscuit aftertaste. Felt almost flat and listless in my mouth. Certainly wouldn't be flying to Japan just to sample beer if this is the best they can do.

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

This is a good beer to compliment an Asian meal, but there is nothing spectacular about it. Average lager appearance of a light gold, smelling of light grains, and a taste that isn't repulsive but isn't interesting either. Feels dry and light-bodied on the mouth and drinkable, especially with some spicy dishes.

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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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