Sapporo Reserve | Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Sapporo ReserveSapporo Reserve
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
Japan
sapporobeer.jp

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
368
Reviews:
181
Avg:
3.27
pDev:
16.21%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
40
For Trade:
0
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Photo of ferz
4.14/5  rDev +26.6%
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 cuvtcuv
3.46/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fthegiants
2.14/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ovaltine
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 datpingao
3.39/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AmitC
3.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 IckyT2012
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bongobeer
3.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerAndFilm
2.44/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of DavidST
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Squire123
3.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RickyBfromCT
2.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of KLogan1989
2.82/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of jaydoc
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Sapporo Reserve from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
3.27 out of 5 based on 368 ratings.
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