Sapporo Reserve
Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Style:
European Pale Lager
Ranked #47
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
74
Ranked #46,767
Avg:
3.25 | pDev: 16%
Reviews:
191
Ratings:
390
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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.57/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(22 oz can, D1119H 1813FL; purchased cold... poured into an imperial-size pub pint)

L: crystal-clear, light-amber liquid, with a little dusty sediment giving a very faint haze?; loose, shiny, semi-compact, off-white spongy foam; not a quick collapse

S: bready pale malt, hint of apple ester; subtle vinyl pool-float note; fair-moderate overall intensity

T: mellow herbal-floral bitterness up front, with a slight peppery bite in the finish, carried by a soft carbonic acidity; dry pale malt base with a subtle touch of caramel in the aftertaste... second sip reveals a moderate mineral tap water-y flavor across the top of the palate; below, a hint of toasty, bread-crusty edge to the grain... balanced blend of everything continues on, while a soft spicy alcohol builds in the fore of the palate

F: silky core roundness in its body up front, dry, thin edge; lightly cauterized snap to its finish/aftertaste... mellow burn lingers about halfway through which, combined with an developing cut dryness, makes for a dynamic sip

O: got that Euro pale maltiness, but also shows similarities to 5-6% American malt liquor; a more rich alternative to their flagship lager... neither polished nor distinctive, but draws enjoyable characteristics from both aforementioned styles... nice to have it on my radar (1573)

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Photo of puboflyons
3.41/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 650 ml. can that is stamped L1218H-1205FL on the bottom. Sampled on June 1, 2019.

I have to give it a good grade for the way it pours. It is pure golden with a lacing-leaving, creamy white head and consistently streaming upward mobile silky bubbles.

The aroma brings out a white bread dough, barley grain feel with a wisp of floral hops on the outside.

Medium mouthfeel.

Sweet and bready tasting beer but something a little hay-like or buttery interferes with the experience. A slight floral bite at the end.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz steel can poured into Duvel tulip. Grabbed it from the asian market for $2.89 USD. No discernible date anywhere. Some cryptic characters printed on bottom.

Appearance - Tight offwhite head with a glossy sheen. Large and great retention, lacing and stick. Hazy medium gold body with good carbonation. 4.5

Smell - Dry grain and cardboard up front but a lot of rounded malt in the body with a bit of a roasted character. Slightly noticeable alcohol and some honey underneath. 4.5

Taste - Metallic. Corn. Cardboard. Not pleasant to say the least. 2

Mouthfeel - Metallic astringency throughout. Particularly sharp up front. Generally feels medium bodied but for some reason almost feels thin and watery at some points. 2

Overall - It has a lot of promise until you take your first sip. Sometimes I wonder if these cans are leeching into the beer, or if it's actually supposed to taste like this. Because it always does and it's never good. 2

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a single 22oz can Don Quijote $1.88
Brewed in Vietnam. Will update if I get a Japan brewed one
Smell of malts
Clear golden color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Malt flavors, tinge of bitterness finish
Overall it does seem true to the style.

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Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle apparently brewed in Canada.

Pours clear amber: darker than normal for style; decent but short-lived white head.

Aroma: grassy but a bit brighter than usual for style.

Flavor: reminiscent of a [low-hopped] German pilsner, but both sweeter and more floral. Less dank and grassy than usual for style.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a euro pale I guess. Decent mix of that euro hop and malt base on the nose. Well there isn't much to the flavor, I get some hops that add a dash of bite and then some malt at the end but hey, that's what these euro pales are supposed to taste like. I'd say no off flavors which is good in a macro. The "all malt" means no cabbage or vegetal flavors which always makes these better than our stateside macro crap. The feel is light and crisp with zippy carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of Tshane
2.39/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Looks beautiful. So what!

Too bitter for me, without enough fullness of flavor and sweetness to balance it--contrary to the marketing claims.
An acceptable lawnmower beer but I'm sure Sapporo was aiming higher.

Added a cheap oatmeal cream ale to improve it.

Not worth further review.

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Photo of TBDave
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A nice, easy to drink lager. One of the better beers in this price range. $2.99 for a 22oz tallboy. Definitely above average. I'd pick this over most mainstream American beers.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

--amber pour, malt is prominent in aroma and flavor. This is a malty lager, but lacks the crispness and dry finish of the regular version that I much prefer ( on some occasions).

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Photo of ferz
4.14/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like regular Sapporo but the Reserve is really great. It's light, crisp and refreshing. I like everything about this beer. I can drink a lot of this. There's nothing odd or offensive to me, it just hits the spot.

This beer is classified as "Euro Pale Lager", so I am guessing it's in similar category as Heineken, Stella, and all other mainstream European big name lagers. But I think Reserve is in it's own league. It's just much more balanced and pleasant to drink, I'd take it over any of those any day. If it was as easy to find as regular Sapporo, I'd make it my go to beer along with some other favorites of mine (like Konig Pilsner, Bitburger, Urquell).

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Photo of jzlyo
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +27.7%
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 -4.6%
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 +16%
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 -22.5%
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 -17.8%
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 it 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 -0.9%
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 +26.2%
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 VABA
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a clear golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose witha malt flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A decent beer

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Photo of JLaw55
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%
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 +15.4%

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 +13.2%
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%

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 +23.1%
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%
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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Sapporo Reserve from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 390 ratings