Sapporo Reserve | Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Sapporo ReserveSapporo Reserve

Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2001

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Photo of jzlyo
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is relatively strong malts and fruit in the background. The flavor is malts, a hint of caramel, fruit and a mix of clean and mild/medium sweetness in the finish.

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Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It says it's "reserve," which I thought usually meant "fancy," but it cost the exact same as the regular stuff. Such are the mysteries of beer.

Pours way, way darker than regular Sapporo: a deep, clear gold with a wonderfully large head.

Smells crisp but, again, much more complex and interesting that their regular offering. Fruity malt with some light herbal nodes. Very little hop presence, but the grain bill is interesting enough to carry the beer by itself.

Tastes like a good, low-hopped German pils, only with a sweeter and more floral grainbill than what you get from European brewers. The beer is somewhat intricate, with enough flavor and complication to keep beer nerds interested while still be straightfoward and drinkable enough to appeal to your everyday drinkers. It's not world class, but it's definitely well-brewed.

If this were sold under another brand name, I believe its scores would be higher. As is, however, the Sapporo moniker means this beer can be bought at a reasonable price, and that's a fine thing .

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1-30-17 - Bottle poured into a glass at SugarFish in Los Angeles. Everything tastes awesome here. Service is impeccable. This one was certainly complemented by all of this. I'll get it again one day.

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Photo of Spikester
3.77/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice clear gold with two finger of white five minute head. Good rings of lace.
Smell is malts.
Taste is rich malt with a bit of grassy hop in the end.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Finish is semi dry with a touch of hop bitterness.
Overall a decent beer for the style.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
2.52/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

This is a simple beer w/ a bit more taste than your average domestic beer. Goes down very easily, but is bland and seems like a you're just buying a more expensive Budweiser or Miller. Not a big fan, not even a party beer (just get bud light).

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.67/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

yuck. so these guys made an all malt beer and called in reserve? thats a low standard isnt it? its weird its less good, or rather more bad than the others they do that i have had, it just doesnt come together, totally weird and a bit gross in flavor, what went wrong here? it looks alright, yellow and clear, and little more depth than the original, but pretty similar, with a quarter inch of white bubbles on it. smells a little metallic, but not way off, a bit sweet too, i dont really smell a lot of difference here, maybe a bit more lager yeast. the flavor is disjointed, like a blend of some kind that didnt take. still tastes adjunct based to me, i dont know why, but it does, and for some reason, although this is supposed to be "better" in some way i think, i dont think i like it half as much as the original, which has a lot more redeemable characteristics than this. prime carbonation though, which is great, and perhaps the drinker of medium to low quality lagers will take well to this one. for me its a gimmick and i didnt like it at all. did anyone prefer this to the original?

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Photo of anon
3.22/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Billowing foam dissipating to a small head and no lacing. Crystal clear golden-ish yellow-ish colour. Near the colour displayed on the tall can itself.

Crisp hoppy-maltiness on the nose. Bright hop notes on the tongue with some grassy-sassiness along with light bready notes and some citrus zing. Grainy and corny.

Nothing too special but better than original Sapporo. I'd have this one again on a given day.

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Photo of ordybill
4.1/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ML can into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The beer has a nice malt and grass smell. The beer is a fairly dark golden color with a small white head. Nice mild malt and grass flavor with a semi-dry finish.

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Photo of JLaw55
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was just plain bland. I suppose this would be reminiscent to a macro style beer, but from Japan. There was not much flavor and what could be tasted was not particularly enjoyable. It tasted stale and off in a cheap way. A bit musty and left an uncomfortable sticky feeling in my mouth.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Sampled this evening on 9/22/14. Comes in a 650ml (22 ounce) can, and this is a heavy-duty can that you can't crush either! Picked this up last weekend at Whole Foods for $2.29. From the Sapporo Brewing Company in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a weissber vase glass.

Pours a golden-yellow in color with a thin white head that settles down mostly along the sides. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped. Lots going on with the aroma as there is grass, yeast, honey, herbal and some honey. Pretty much the taste follows the nose with some malts and hops in the mix as well. A slight bitter finish is noted but doesn't linger. Medium-bodied and higher carbonation as there is a lot of streaming bubbles rising from the bottom and sides of the glass. Overall, it wasn't bad.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, K3012G bottle code. Pours fairly crystal clear bright gold color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hop, and light yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Flavors are very clean as well with no overly estery yeast notes. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and clean mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale lager style. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

9/6....tallboy can into a glass. The "reserve" is far superior to the standard pils. Light colored, white foam. Nice pils-y taste. But more body than the adjunct version.

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a thin head that recedes quickly. Lots of streaming carbonation and bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. Color is a deep golden. Mild lacing.
Aroma: rich aroma of toasted malt, a bit of grassiness and some hop spice. Very pleasant aroma. Mouthfeel: slightly heavier than most lagers, has a fullness in the mouth feel, almost some wine like characteristics. Finish is dry.
Flavor: nice combination that mirrors the aroma. Toasted white bread, some grassy flavors, and some mild lingering hop bitterness.

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Photo of pkalix
2.6/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

poured into my Blue Moon pilsner glass and immediately got 9 inches of head. I mean foam. waited. then poured some more. I can smell corn. frothy head. not special in any regard. why do I do this to myself? I have a cellar full of really good stuff and yet I buy this turd, and others.... it said "all malt" so I was intrigued.... it 'piqued' my curiosity... wish it were only 12 oz instead of this.... holy crap this can is 22oz!!!
first drink is bland, bitter, sweet, corn-y. immediately tells my brain to order pizza. now I know why- bland bread carbs to wipe out nasty taste... but hey! everyone gave them a 75 in the ratings! that's better than the other swill I have left. I ought to just switch over to whiskey now while i'm still in a good mood...

wait! "brewed and canned in Ontario Canada...." WTF??? darned Canadians.,....

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Not quite crystal clear golden color. Fizzy white head the calms to a film, no lacing.

Aroma: Sweet rice, grains up front. Smelled metallic at first but much better after the beer settled for a few minutes.

Taste: Starts out a bit metallic, sour, and rough. As the beer warms, it seems to mellow out into cardboard, papery grains, and just a little bit of a metallic finish.

Mouthfeel: Almost creamy, but has too much bite on the finish.

Overall: A bit rough around the edges, the flavor seemed to change from the first sip to the last. Didn't really care for the inconsistency.

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Photo of JDababneh
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Overall, this is a good tasting beer; nice malt flavors with some hop notes. The color is somewhat between a yellow and orange color, very appealing color for a beer.

The biggest issue, in my opinion, is that it is very flat tasting. There was no head after pouring this beer and I see no signs of carbonation within the glass. This leaves something desired on the palate when drinking.

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Photo of PaulyB83
2.96/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Sight orange yellow, more yellow, with a high white head

S- Slight corn sweetness and white bread with faint noble hops

T- similar to nose with the corn sweetness similar to many green bottle european lagers but weaker with less skunk

M- medium thin mouthfeel, easy drinking

O- Not good not bad, and does remind me of a junior version of say Grolsch.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with a definite malt and hop presence but it's pretty bland and gets much less drinkable as it warms up in my opinion.

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Photo of metter98
3.29/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of apples and bready malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except the flavors are slightly stronger and also have some hints of grainy malts and grassy hops. A slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, rather smooth and somewhat clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and seems a little bland but doesn’t have any offensive aromas or flavors.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.56/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 650mL can into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium gold hue with a haze-free body and a ton of effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy white foam with moderately good retention. This is a good-looking example of the style.

Smell: the aroma is of light, sweet malt. There's not a lot of character here, but also not any major flaws. Pretty decent!

Taste: lightly sweet malt flavor which is exceptionally clean. None of that artificial plastic-like flavor you get in a lot of macros. Hops are almost nonexistent, but there is a tiny hint of bitterness which indicates their presence. Inoffensive and drinkable.

Mouthfeel: light body with a moderate effervescence. It neither develops a big creaminess nor provides a prickly, refreshing fizziness. Not terrible, but not interesting.

Overall: I like this beer. For a macro lager, it is surprisingly clean and tasty, as well as eminently drinkable.

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Photo of Newkie
3.87/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice clear slightly darker than average lager color, with a bright white head that stays for a bit. Little bit of lacing. Smell is sweet grain but its a bit deeper than expected. Slightly floral earthy hops balance out the nose. Taste is very balanced and impressive. Clean, sweet grain dominates the palate and finishes dry with a slight earthy hop bitterness. Carbonation and mouthfeel are appropriate and enjoyable. Good stuff for the style and I'd have one whenever an easy-drinker is needed. Especially against regular Sapporo and other rice lagers.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Top Hops a few weeks back on the day I bought the Wesvleteren 12. I never had this before and it was always on my list of beers to try out. This turned out to be surprisingly decent and a much better example of the style than the other versions I've had in the past out of green bottles. While it has a bit of the sour grass feeling in the back, the main flavors and mouthfeel held up well and this was relatively easy to enjoy and drink.

The pour to this was what I expected - clear, golden, and with a nice head. There was some lacing to be seen but not a lot of aroma to be detected here. Nice bright mouthfeel with lots of lemon, grass, and grain to be found here, with just a touch of honey underneath it all. The sourness kicked in just a bit in the back but the malty flavors reminded me that this was indeed liquid bread. There never felt skunked or gave me impression that too much grain was here and the hops didn't overpower either, even though they were present throughout my session.

Session beers don't get much better than this when it comes to Lagers and unlike Pabst, this didn't have any potato chip-like starch in the mouthfeel. While this didn't blow me away, I'd have another of these over mass-market examples of this style and would love to try it with some Japanese fare. The world needs more beers like this that are light in hue but filling enough in taste and body, as a reminder that not all Lagers need to feel smelly and watered-down.

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Photo of Drew966
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sapporo Reserve pours an orange color with an off white head from a gold and silver twenty two ounce can. The aroma is mild, spicy hops dominate. The flavor is quite nice, spicy hops well balanced with malt. This is a very light bodied beer, but is leagues better than most macro lagers. Easy to drink and tasty.

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Photo of Theheroguy
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Very pale with a light white head.

The smell is one of grain and alcohol slightly undesirable.

Its a very crisp and clean tasting lager, doesn't get in the way of anything. It pairs well with food.

As with many lagers don't let this beer warm up because its goes downhill quickly at higher temperatures.

I'm giving this beer average marks because I don't think its intended to be a something that you just kick back with and down a few. It is similar to standard macro lagers but with the offensive elements noticeably missing. I'd drink this over most macros any day but it would never be my first choice.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy and golden with a white, 2 finger head. Retention is average, leaving behind little in the way of lace.

Smell - Notes of sweet, grainy malt hits the nose first, with light, fruity esters sitting behind; maybe apricot or peach?

Taste - Follows the nose. Malts are sweet with a bit of grain character, hints of honey and some fruity esters (apple or stonefruit). Subtle grassy hoppiness. Finish is crisp and with some lingering fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied, with lively carbonation. Crisp and finishes a touch on the dry side.

Overall - Solid lager from Sapporo. A bit sweeter and more complex than their Original Draft offering; the difference in quality ingredients is obvious.

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