Sapporo Reserve | Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Sapporo ReserveSapporo Reserve

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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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Reviews by botham:
Photo of botham
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

can poured into a pilsener glass. pours a straw color with four fingers of tight white head. looks like a great pale lager in the glass. wonderful rocky lacings as well.

aroma is lightly sweet, with a light pale malt note and some lager yeast in the background. basically a macro lager without the floral note.

taste is more of the same with a light character and notes of pale malts and distant bready yeast. simplistic on the palate with a lightly sweet profile and a bit of residual pale malt after the fact.

mouthfeel is light bodied and mildly crisp. finishes semi-dry with a bit of residual malt.

drinkability is good. for a pale lager, this is fresh enough, but leaves a bit to be desired. the profile is a bit bland, but ends up pleasant on the palate. this could easily get stale, which the can obviously protects, but the lager yeast character sustains the pale malts and lightly sweet profile. cheers!

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Photo of RoyalT
2.79/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This one poured a bright and clear orangish-yellow in color with a big, lasting head.

Smell – This is straight grain with a hint of table sugar.

Taste – The grain is a little bit easier on the tongue than it is on the olfactory bulb, but the sweetish sugar is nasty.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied with a disappointing carbonation level.

Sinkability – I enjoyed their Japanese Rice Lager that they do, but this was just all wrong.

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Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Todd
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Beautiful, tall, sculptured 22oz silver can, going gold towards the bottom. You really feel like you have something bold in your hand.

Appearance: Brilliant, bright, rich gold. Pours a big foamy and thick white head that relaxes into a whisp lace.

Smell: A rather clean nose with faint aromas of grain, metallic and floral.

Taste: Medium-bodied, rich, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Nice initial lemony hop snap that wakens the palate. A crisp light malty sweet profile follows with grain, dextrin and metallic flavours. Delicate underlining hop tea-like flavours stretch from the beginning to end. There's a thin fruitiness to the brew as well (melon-like). Finishes only slighty dry with a metallic aftertaste.

Notes: This is Sapporo's special beer, a Malt Liquor, brewed twice as long as the other variations of Sapporo. I like this brew. A great complement to sushi, and an excellent alternative to many of the American styles of the same.

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Photo of sponberg
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright yellow-gold with a sweet, bready aroma out of a can built to last. This isn't one of your aluminum-foil Silver Bullet cans, but a proper corrugated container that, if you had a dozen of 'em and were in a pinch, could be used 3 at a corner to hold up a table.

Starts out with a grainy sweetness, which yields rapidly to a firm bitterness. Some apple or pear like flavors over the malt graininess (it doesn't mention rice being used, but I did get a brief "Bud-adjunct" sensation on my tongue), a faint steely spiciness which could either be hops or the can, and then it pretty much all disappears in the finish. Slight prickliness to the mouthfeel. The overall taste is somewhat disjointed - I agree that it tastes like an underlagered lager. However, it complimented the salt-grilled mackerel and miso soup very nicely. It does have a purpose.

Helluva can, too. A few of these and some hose clamps and you'll never have to visit Midas for a tailpipe.

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Photo of grynder33
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color,small quick disappearing head, very light slightly fruity aroma. Slight sweet sour malt tastewith a little bit of a carmel aftertaste. Didn't seem that complex, no real bitter aftertaste. I would definitely prefer this to an American malt liquor.

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Photo of generallee
3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a tall 22oz can into a mug. The can offers a very brief description but no freshness date or abv.

Appearance: The pour produces a tall white head over a deep golden body with excellent clarity. The head slowly fades and just keeps a small cap tight foam till the last sip. It also makes some cool lace pattern on the glass.

Smell: It has a raw grain with a straw and light floral like hop bouquet. Overall it's light, simple and very clean.

Taste: The flavor profile has the same clean grain and straw/floral hop mix with a dry biscuity finish. Its light to body is refreshing and well carbonated.

Notes: It's a good clean lager and an uplifting palate cleanser opposite my pineapple fried rice.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce can.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grain, oranges, lemons and some metal. The majority of the aroma is taken up by the grain, but the citrus hides in the back and occasionally makes an appearance. The flavor is a mix of grassy hops, bready malt and grain. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nothing exciting about the beer, but it is not bad.

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Photo of Vandelay1863
2.9/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of jiffymon
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Mantooth
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of tyleeis
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of HoppySeb
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed pale yellow colored body with a bright white thicket of head dwindles slowly even chunky specks of lacing. Aroma has nice cereal notes, pale malts all grain served from a 22 ounce can. This thing is bad ass and sturdy much like the Sapporo Premium can but this one has all malt beer written on it. Nice full on malt profile light biscuit/hints of cracker with herbal grassy finishing hops much better than the average Japanese lager. Carbonation is sturdy body is light but not thin, I'm liking this stuff. Overall drinkability is solid a beer that would go well with a specialty sushi roll or by itself. Affordable on 3 bucks a can, definitely worth it for a 22 ounce portion.

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Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of WCBCFrank
3.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

When you walk into a sushi restaurant at a minimum, they usually have two beers - Sapporo and Asahi. Ask for Sapporo Reserve, as compared to Sapporo Premium, why?
Sapporo Reserve is straw yellow with a nice foamy white head and good lacing. The style is the typical European Pale Lager (think Kroenberg 1664, Carlsberg, Stella, Heineken, Peroni, etc...). However, the fact that Reserve is made with malted barley comes across with every sip. Sapporo Premium has some the similar qualities, but the corn or rice additives just bring the overall taste down a notch. Nice lightly sweet pale malts and some cereal, bready finish. A good quenching pale dry lager.

Thinking of it like this, while in Vegas I asked one of the waitresses by the pool what beers they had. They fired the usually array of lagers - Bud, Bud Light, Miller Lite, Heineken, Sapporo Reserve, and Corona. Being a beer nerd, there was only one choice....

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Photo of JIMTRK16
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an imperial pint strange)

A- Pours a warm orange hue with a clear body and a strong carbonation. A medium size head that is pretty creamy.

S-Fairly clean aroma with a faint sweet light malt. No hops in the nose at all.

T- Nice mellow hop bitterness that flows into a sweet honey taste with just a hint of malt at the end. Crisp finish but the hops linger a bit with a hint of alcohol.

M- light mouthfeel but not really fizzy and no astringent taste either.

D- No major flaws with this beer its just not very exciting. The light hops and light malt are well balanced and compliment each other. It would be nice to drink with a meal that is very light, like sushi or tempura. However any dish that has any spice will overpower this beer in one bite.

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Photo of robthepenguin
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of SetarconeX
3.31/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big fan of the normal Sapporo, but I saw a bottle of this, with the label "All malt beer" on the neck. I'm up for extra malty.

It's a couple shades darker then the normal Sapporo, which puts it darker than many of your usual lagers. Always a good thing in my book. Not much on the nose aside from a little sweetness. Maybe a hop or two wouldn't have been so bad.

The taste is likewise a tad sweet, and the malt's there, but it's quickly bowled over by a hefty metallic aftertaste that's not altogether pleasent. Even so, this beer's quite a bit more tasty than the overall blandness of the normal Sapporo. I'll declare this my current favorite Japanese beer.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium yellow with a decent 1 finger head that disappears all too quickly and doesn't leave lace behind for very long.
Aroma is sweet malt, a little bread, and tiny hops...much like MGD to me.
Taste is similar to MGD as well...sweet malt with a slight biscuit and just the hint of lemon and hops.
Finishes dry but with a slightly metalic aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is full as a Macro could be.

Possibly the best in the Macro world...definately the best of the Sapporos I've had.
Again, to me, this is very similar in taste and aromas to Miller Genuine Draft which is one of the best of the Americans I've had.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, I'm back. After a promising 'yoga in the park' detour on Waikiki Beach with my soon-to-be missus, which turned out to be pleasant, and stretchy, enough, save the fact that the instructor turned out to be Japanese, and spoke that language almost exclusively for the whole session, given the multitude of Japanese students...anyhoo, suffice to say, I have a very strong hankering for a Japanese beer. Ya know, any one of those crazily available a moment's step in any direction in this part of the world.

This 650ml can pours a crystal clear, pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of foamy and puffy bone-white head, which leaves a sparsely-strewn web of lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of crisp and crackery white grain, and a metallic acerbic herbal edge, one that is hard to attribute to actual hops. The taste is fairly malty - bready and crackery, with only the slightest of skanky, almost diacetyl-like off-flavour, with some respectably understated grassy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is a bit frizzy, but generally amenable, the body a decent medium weight, and a bit too tacky to proclaim outright smooth, but it works well enough. It finishes sweet, but not overly so, the graininess holding tight to that all-malt claim, and the hops hangin' tough on the down-low.

Not a shabby Euro pale lager, it could use a bit more hops, but the malt claim is justified, and I had no problem putting back the can after the outright warmth of this day. Sassy contoured can too - jeez, can environment have that much affect on a guy's beer senses? Apparently so.

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Photo of javlin624
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.52/5  rDev +9%
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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