Sapporo Light Beer | Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Sapporo Light BeerSapporo Light Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
Japan
sapporobeer.jp

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jdhilt on 07-28-2005

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#44,596
Reviews:
32
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82
pDev:
25.4%
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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.87/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

you know, as much as this shouldnt be the case here, this light i think is better than their reserve all malt brew, which despite being lagered longer, really is a total mess. this is a clean and crisp, if albeit a little adjuncty, its dry as they come, and quite refreshing in the right context. easy drinking yellow beer, lots of bubbles, and basically no aftertaste. the malt is in the front, a touch starchy, is their rice in this? maybe corn, as there is a moment of that flavor up front too, and even a detectable pinch of grassy almost stale tasting hops, but it doesnt have any of the weird lager yeast flavor the reserve has, and with the freakishly low abv, its a real crusher. save more room in the gut for the sushi right? after a recent trip to puerto rico, i feel like my palate for light lagers has evolved a lot, or maybe got back up to speed with what these are supposed to taste like, and as much as i dislike the style, i have to acknowledge when i find a decent one, and this one in many respects is ahead of its peers. take it or leave it.

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Photo of kjkinsey
2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of metter98
2.34/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and some bits of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are very light aromas of adjunct malts in the nose—rice seems to stand out in particular.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is nearly dominated by light flavors of rice and has a slight amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer is rather bland, and reminds me of eating a bowl of plain white rice.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.82/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's a distinct apple-like fruitiness to the flavor of Sapporo Light sold in the US. It's contract brewed in Guelph, Ontario, Canada; probably by Sleeman's, which might explain that.

It pours a crystal-clear straw-gold body beneath an intitally full head of creamy bright-white foam. The head drops almost immediately to a thin collar, however, and it leaves no lace about the glass.

There's a touch of apple in the nose, but mainly it's sweetish adjunct-malt. Some alcohol adds to that but doesn't really stand out.

As might be expected, the body is light; and it's initially crisp in the mouth before it warms.

The flavor offers little more than the basic adjunct-laden malt, yeasty apple-like flavor, and alcohol found in the nose. Apart from that there's a sublime smear of non-descript hops in the background, and a balancing bitterness.

It's basic, to say the least, but at least it's very clean, and unoffensive in anyway. For 96 calories, on the other hand, I think I'd just pass it by - there's not enough flavor there to warrant drinking it.

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Photo of chinchill
2.55/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle of "Premium Light Beer" (from slightly different front label than that shown on BA).

Pours a light golden color; crystal clear with visible carbonation and a smallish, short-lived white head.

T: Cannot verify this, but tasting left the immediate impression that this beer was made with rice. The flavor, as expected in light and subtle, but overall pleasant. Rather than hops, or perhaps due to the hops, a light skunkiness comes thru in the finish, which is the weak point of this weak beer.

M: light and somewhat watery; good level of carbonation.

O: a subtlety flavored light beer made with rice and/or corn; that being said, not too bad.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with steady streams of bubbles and a thin, white head.

Smell: Faint, light pale malt aroma with a hint of cereal sweetness to it.

Taste: Light pale malts, lightly sweet. A touch of cleansing bitterness. Then gone. And that's all she wrote!

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: There's not much there, obviously, but what is there isn't altogether terrible. I'll go bland and inoffensive over icky and sickening any damn day of the week.

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Photo of duceswild
2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.06/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This review is part of Macro Smackdown XIX. It's hard to say what most BAs think about this particular beer since so few have reviewed it. I liked Labatt Blue slightly better than Sapporo Premium, but I have a feeling that won't mean much when it comes to their light counterparts. There's only one way to find out.

Pale amber with a few streams of bubbles. This beer isn't as yellow as LBL, but I don't really have a preference in terms of the two colors. This cap is (slightly) dingy white and isn't as attractive. Less lace forms as well. A clear win for the Canuckian lager.

Sapporo Light doesn't smell like much of anything at all. Even though it's lower in calories (96 to 103) and carbohydrates (4.5 g to 6.3 g), it shouldn't be this aroma deficient. Since I can't describe what I can't smell, let's move on.

There's a little more flavor with this beer, but that doesn't necessarily make it better flavor. SL is different from the typical North American light lager in that it's more (ale-like?) fruity and less grain-like. It's also dry and semi-crisp with a short finish. Although these two taste radically different, neither one grabs the brass ring of deliciousness or drinkability.

I'm not thrilled with mouthfeel on either beer, but then I rarely am when it comes to light lagers. The slight edge goes to LBL for its superior carbonation.

Sapporo Light ends up the loser of Macro Smackdown XIX because it has a lesser quality head, no nose and a drab mouthfeel. I don't care for the flavor, but then Labatt Blue Light didn't exactly rock the house in that department either. There's really no reason to buy this over any of the more common, less expensive light lagers. Not that there's an acceptable reason to buy those either.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.19/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had the Saporro Light at the J'Town Japanese steakhouse. The beer poured a very clear golden color with good carbonation that forms some head. Both which dissapates during the drink. The smell and taste are grain, barley, and enought balance from teh hps to make this beer drinkable. The mouthfeel is very easy drinking and it is definitely a session beer. Overall it is a typical american adjunct style beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer pours a clear, pale straw color with a finger of white head.

S: Definitely heavy on the rice. Very light nose with a strong adjunct aroma and very little malt to it. Not much hops to it, perhaps a little bit of grass and some light skunk. Almost all rice.

T: Slightly tangy, strangely. Lots of rice, in fact, that's pretty much what it tastes like. A hint of white grape, grass, and a light vegetal character. Not terribly good (shockingly).

M: Very light in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Regular Sapporo is definitely preferable to this. But, it does it's job as a light lager.

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Photo of rolltide8425
2.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of DoubleJ
2.78/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

My review of Sapporo Light. Written by DoubleJ. On to the beer:

The most impressive part of the appearance was the head on the pour. Big foamy head on top with solid retention. The beer's color was pale yellow. The aroma was light, but still smelled like beer without anything bad. Pale malt was dominant. The taste is fine....for what it is, but then again I was drinking this while eating a chicken rice bowl. Plain would describe the flavor. Slight husk and neutral rice, quite clean. Good crispness in the body. Faint seltezer taste towards the end of the journey.

A decent, light tasting beer to clean up food, but I'll leave it at that.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

pale golden yellow in color. Clear in appearance. rice, simple malt and wet cardboard. Goes perfectly well spice Thai food. Besides that, it's pretty flavorless. Refreshing.

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Photo of fthegiants
1.73/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of puboflyons
3.38/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no bottling or best by date shown. This one is brewed in the USA. Sampled on August 18, 2017.

The look is pale yellow, great clarity, and a quick lasting burst of fizzy white head then nothing.

For a light adjunct this has some aromatic qualities including corn, rice, sweetness, and grassy hops.

The body is thin and watery however.

The taste also brings out a pleasant enough corn and rice sweetness. Not the syrupy kind. With a clean, crisp, and slightly zingy, grassy finish. I/m not a light beer fan but this one is easy to consume.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Sapporo Premium Light

LOOK: Perfectly clear light yellow. Soapy white fizzy head dies on impact. Active carbonation rises briskly to the top. Looks like a light lager.

SMELL: Cereal grains, very light malts and sweet rice.

TASTE: Creamed corn, malts, sweet rice. Snap of lemony citrus from the hop additions. Bitterness is medium, which is well stated for the style. Mild metallic taste. A primordial soup of cereal grains muddles what could have been a clean finish.

FEEL: Light bodied, well carbonated lager beer. Would be a crisp finish, but leaves a chalky feel that is abnormal for the style.

OVERALL: Average at best. Trying every beer possible has its downfalls. If yours not eating sushi while you're having this beer, you're doing something wrong.

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Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of Raziel313
3.5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of jdhilt
1.33/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a white, four finger-head that vanishes almost instantly leaving no lace. Clear, golden amber. Very light carbonation and very light bodied. Nose is faintly skunky. Starts skunky, not much taste hops and malts don't seem to be here, watery, boring finish. There are far better lights - SA light is one. $1.19 for a 12oz bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH.

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Photo of harpus
2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of rjp217
2.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of khargro2
1.5/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of Lukass
2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of tbryan5
1.5/5  rDev -40.5%

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