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: 180 | Ratings: 363
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sapporo Reserve has a thick, soapy, slightly off-white head, and a clear, yellow-golden appearance, with lots of streaming bubbles and pretty thick lacing. The aroma is standard lager- barley and water. Taste is sweet, bread, lightly-roasted barley, and a bit of hops for rounding purposes. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Sapporo Reserve finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, mild, and easy drinking. This is a lager the way it’s supposed to be, and it’s delicious.


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Photo of mrcarterxxl
4.23/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sapporo Reserve

P/A= pours a cloudy gold color with a massive 3 finger white head

S= smells of malt,honey,hops.

T= tastes like a cross of a lager,pilsner,and a american ale.
malty in taste and good hops on the back.

MF=full mouth feel with very fine bubbles that are hard to notice

great beer to have at a bar-b-q, this would go great with a stake and grilled/smoked meats. i will buy this one again.


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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 Jdiddy
4.11/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Beautiful golden color. This goes very well with spicy food. It does have a bit of the can taste in it, but oddly enough, it compliments it. Very refreshing. The best of the Sapporo beers.

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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 DrJay
4.1/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz can. Imported from Guelph, Canada.
Crystal clear, gold colour with a thin layer of fine white bubbles. Lacing was sticky and spotty, decent head retention. Soft malt aroma, a bit of hop spice, delicate fruity esters. Low bitterness, nice malty backbone, with lingering hops (floral and spicy). Medium bodied, off dry, moderate and slightly crisp carbonation. This is pretty solid and quite drinkable. I'm actually impressed with the recent Sapporo beers that I've had. Maybe I'm getting them fresher now - I guess Guelph isn't too far away.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.05/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

650mL can bought after a BevMo tasting a few weeks back
A- Pours a clear golden straw hue with small white head that is mostly diminishing, very little in terms of lacing
S- Fairly clean and simple nose of non-descript grain malts and a touch of hop sweetness
T- Refreshing and clean taste dominate by very slightly sweetened malts, some floral and herbal tones in the background as well as earthy flavors, finish is dry and quickly dissipates
M- Light-bodied, watery texture, adequate carbonation
D- If I could give this beer extra credit, it would be for drinkability, this is clean and refreshing with a nice full, simple malt flavor, I would place this at the top of my session beer list and think this is a great choice for a summer beach beer (especially in the can), I will definitely pick this up again when I want a night of quantity without skimping too much on quality (PS- Drink Responsibly!)

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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 goochpunch
3.98/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden straw color with a steady head and blotchy lacing. Smells clean, crackery, and a touch of cooked vegetable. A good bit of spicy hop is there too. Has good flavors of pale malt and honey. There's a touch of apple fruitiness. Finishes rather dry and biter with a spicy hop flavor (saaz?). Mouthfeel is a little fulsome and has delicate carbonation. Impressive.

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Photo of B33R501
3.93/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

great beer enjoyed 4th of july after breakfast and before the pool. beautiful can that i could see being enjoyed by the pool or bbq.

pours very pretty gold, big fluffy white head, my convenience store coffee cup really retains the head well. nice aroma bready malts, taste follows, big smooth all malt brew. nicely balanced, slightly bitter hoppy bite. finishes crisp, clean and very refreshing.

this is the beer i reach for when i want a regular beer. perfect size, $3 for 22 oz, and doesnt overwhelm the senses. just a great regular beer. first class.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sapporo Reserve pours a deep gold body beneath a full head of creamy bright white froth that holds well and leaves some nice lace behind. The aroma is exceptionally fresh and clean with welcome waft of hops that expresses flowers and trees after the rain. The body is medium, and it's delicately crisp across the palate with a fine, median carbonation. The flavor delivers a clean, softly grainy maltiness and some spicy, herbal, and floral hops that linger into the dry finish. It's much more interesting and flavorful than the standard Sapporo, and well worth the increased cost.

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Photo of generallee
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
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 Ruger
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy gold color with a very thick white head with good retention, light lacing.

S - Bread and malt can't really get any hops in the smell.

T - Wow, this is really clean tasting citrus, bread, and malt slight hop finish really crisp by far one of the best Euro Pale Lagers I've had.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

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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 BryanCarey
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sapporo Reserve is a nicely carbonated beer that starts off on a positive note with its solid head of foam that holds its own. This beer is a little bit fruity, a little bit malty, and a little bit metallic in aroma, and has a nice, golden color.

Sapporo Reserve is an all- malt brew and its taste is clean and pure. The taste of toasted barley malt is the flavor that greets the palate from the beginning and continues through the finish. Along with the barley, there are some other grains, a touch of fruit, and a slight metallic presence that is then broken up with a small amount of hop spice in the finish.

Sapporo Reserve is a Euro- lager style brew that is medium in body and offers a better taste than the more popular Sapporo Premium Beer. One of the key reasons I like Sapporo Reserve better is because it's an all- malt brew that is free from rice or adjuncts. Some like the snappy bite from the rice, but I will choose an all- malt brew over a rice- enhanced brew almost every time.

This beer offers a noticeable improvement compared to Sapporo Premium Beer. Its all- malt goodness and no- frills approach make it a good beer for everyday consumption.

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Photo of putnam
3.84/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange/gold color. Aromas of sweet, sprouting grain. A little nuttiness from a bitter hop infusion appears on the outside. Big, creamy and very dry with driving, fine bubbles. Alcohol sweetness is at the center of a complex of toasted nut, dried apple and dried apricot flavors. This beer seems to be a little top heavy, big, broad alcohol-driven size and weight without much flavor detail to complement it. Extremely drinkable though for such a heady brew.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.82/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color, ever so slightly hazy. There's a thin white head that never quite goes away.

Smells pretty good. More complex than the typical Sapporo or any of the Japanese rice lagers for that matter. This one has nice maltiness and a bit of hops in the aroma.

The taste is clean, malts again with hops that aren't too bitter. If you were to compare this to the Sapporo rice lager, you would say this one is a little less dry with a bit more body. No rice tastes though.

Mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation and a smooth finish, which seems to fits lagers well in general, so nothing to complain about.

I like this one better than most Japanese lagers. It compliments Japanese cuisine pretty well.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.82/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this beautiful looking can in SLC about a month ago, and chose it simply because my stash of good beers is running low. Pours a clear light "apple juice" color with a thin white head that settles fairly quickly. Low carbonation. Smell is a sweet aroma that reminds me of apples. I was pleasently surprised. Tastes equally malty sweet, along with a slight apple like flavor as well. Hmm... Mouthfeel is very nice, not much aftertaste to get in the way, finishes clean.

Drinkability is really where this beer shines. I was expecting something more akin to the adjunct laden "normal" Sapporo, that i had to choke down simply to cleanse my mouth of an unintentionally large portion of wasabi, but no... This surprisingly sweet & smooth brew could easily become my "go to" beer when i'm in the mood for something cool and refreshing without alot of pretentions and such. Well done.

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Photo of lpayette
3.81/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a brilliantly clear golden yellow with a decent white fluffy head that reduces to a thin cover.

The smell is very clean with some suggestions of dried grass and a very faint metalllic character. Some subtle hops in there too. Nothing bold about this.

Taste and Mouthfeel- Very clean and crisp as expected. Faint lemon and from some mild hops. Faintly grassy as well. Mouthfeel is pretty refreshing, ending just a little on the dry side. Only a little.

Drinkability- A very very drinkable beer that isn't a bad choice on a really hot day like today. No, it's not the most flavorful beer, but for the style I'd choose this over most others.

It definitely deserves a little more respect than some of the reviews I see posted here.

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Photo of rednrag
3.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Japanese have a way of taking another country's product, dissecting it, and usually improving on it.
Now this is all open for debate, but Sapporo has taken Lowenbrau, likely, and if not made it better, at least copycatted it to a reasonable perfection.
Well done, land of the rising sun.

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Photo of SargeC
3.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep gold color with a sticky, white head.

Smell: Pasty malt, good hop aroma.

Taste: Good clean malt flavor. The hops add good life and spice to the brew.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. A light, yet solid brew.

Drinkablity: I liked the all-malt character of this brew. One of the best Japanese brews I have had.

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Photo of eschbach
3.78/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz can. The can is really cool looking. It looks really futuristic. And it feels really heavy duty. I can crush this can in my hand. It's like a beer can from the future almost.

Look. This is a damn good looking lager. It;s a dark golden color with a rich frothy head.

Smell: It smells like bitterness and malt. It has a strong smell.

Taste: This is a good tasting beer. It has a lot of flavor! It's nice and malty but there is also a strong hops flavor as well. It leaves a bitter aftertaste in the mouth.

Drink: It goes down very smoothly. It has a very dry feel.

Notes: I'm very impressed with this beer. It has good flavors and is very smooth.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.77/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a permanent white head and a bit of lace. Golden color. Aroma is of sweet grainy malt with balance of noble hops. Flavor suggests traditional pilsner brewing with malty sweetness and balancing hop bitterness. Finishes pleasantly grainy and bittersweet. No parching dryness. A respectable brew.

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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 beerluvr
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a fluffy white head over brilliant gold/straw colored liquid. Nose is grassy and sweet smelling, quite effervescent too. Taste is sweet and slightly bready, with adequate bitterness showing up late in the swallow. Finishes malty with hoppy dryness taking things to the end. Well made.

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