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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2001

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Reviews: 177 | Ratings: 360
Photo of JamisonM
1.8/5  rDev -45%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: light gold color

S: an off grain smell WTF!!

T: bitter grain it sucks not refreshing horrible

M: light M med cabronation

D: crappy taste hard to drink

overall this beer is shit dont buy it!!! the beer is telling you its all barley malt and clearly its not all barley its adjunct crap!

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Photo of jimbotrost
1.87/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed 03/31/04 and taken from notes. Color is straw but pours with a haze. Head is full bright white and carries a nice lace. Nose shows hints of grass and slight malt. Flavor is chemical like, something definately wrong with this sample. Body is very dry and reminds one of medicine. Finish in omne word is nasty, not good.

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Photo of JDV
1.91/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

What can I say, I was curious to try it b/c of the can... Light golden clear pour with a decent head. Smell was surprisingly skunky, lager malt/yeast smell, and watery with a good amount of metal aroma and flavor. Just watery, boring, and not particularly good at all overall. Kind of a watery golden/blonde ale flavor about it...

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.03/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sapporo Reserve is either the premium lager in Sapporo's line, or simply just a malt liquor. For me, it seems like a little bit of both. This beer is a bit better than the Sapporo Draft in a can, but it has a few slight resemblances to the malt liquors that can be seen in the big 40s. Clocking in at only 5.2% abv, this isn't a powerhouse, but it probably wasn't meant to be anyway.

Sapporo Reserve pours a yellow straw color with a decent foamy white head that lasts for around 30 seconds. It smells like a malt liquor, only a little less obnoxious. If you've had a malt liquor before, you know what I mean. For those who haven't had the pleasure, it smells like a cheap adjuncty husky/musty smell with a hint of "stank" to it (call it jet fuel or whatever). Whatever it is, it's here albeit only in a low quantity. Thin, very fizzy mouthfeel. The taste of the can is evident, but not as foul as the Draft. Light grainy flavors, some light fruity sweetness. Slightly harsh, but once again not as harsh as the draft. Moderate hop bitterness. Aftertaste has some dryness and some metallic bitterness. This all finishes out with some alcoholic warmth.

Just a little bit more drinkable than the Sapporo Original Draft. The can for this one is even a little bit cooler. Once again, what little flavor is here just isn't that great.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.13/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy golden color. Looked better in the can, which is quite an attractive aluminum can, so I poured it back into the can (after you read the rest of the review you'll see why).

Smell is very grain-alcohol-y, chemical, and fairly tame. Very similar to most domestic macros.

Taste is very light in all aspects, again with a macro character on the whole, and that annoying chemical taste. What is that taste? I can't find the right word.

Finish is short and dry.

The nice thing about this beer is the fancy can. Unlike regular Sapporo this can has nice barley designs on both sides of the can. very attractive. This beer is far more enjoyable straight from the can - if you must drink one at all.

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Photo of clvand0
2.18/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a plain yellow color with a small white head that quickly disappears and no lacing on the glass. The aroma is a little malty, a little wheaty, but very plain in actuality. The flavor is very plain and uninteresting. Obviously a mass-produced beer, but for some reason, the Reserve is not as tasty as the regular Sapporo. Who knows.

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Photo of TLove
2.33/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

It had a lot of sweet grain and the maltiness was a bit bready for a light beer, but neverthess, not a fantastic showing from an already relatively poor brewery devoid of much taste.

The smell and appearance were about average, being similar to the regular Sapporo. The taste was slightly below average, with a noticeable imbalance in its blend of maltiness and crisp lightness. The same imbalance led to its distinct mouthfeel, for lack of a better word. The drinkability, however, was atrocious. I had to give it to my roommate to finish, as I could literally not finish more than a quarter of the hardcore can.

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Photo of surfmeister
2.36/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beauty is only skin deep.
Appearance: beautiful thick rich frothy head atop a crystal clear golden brew
Smell: faint, but with pleasant, sweet, malty nose
Taste: medicinal bitterness assaults your tongue immediately, no real hop flavors, no significant malt backbone, just a brutal, unwelcome, ibuprofen bitterness
Mouthfeel: thin, average, but with it's taste, I couldn't give it a "3"
Drinkability: will not purchase again...ever

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Photo of woodychandler
2.38/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My canned beer kick continues unabated, despite Jacey's many attempts to get me to be quiet.

It poured with two fingers of rocky, bone-white head that slowly fell away into a light foamy coating on top of the beer. The color was a spectacular golden yellow with NE-plus quality clarity. I could almost read things on the other side of the room! The nose was both sweetish and metallic at the same time. Mouthfeel was on the thin side with a mild sweetness on the tongue. The finish was really metallic, however, and lingered well after the swallow. Oof. It came in a big 22-ounce can, so the price was not something to quibble about, but there are much better (and equally inexpensive) examples of the style available. Give one a try, but for me, it was a once-and-done experience.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.44/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Poured a golden-yellow amber with a slight pinkish tint. Thick, white frothy head that left some lacing, and a thin persistent cap.
S-Metallic with light malt, slightly grassy hops with some sourness, light yeast.
T-Up front and in your face metallic attack with sharp and crisp wave of grassy and sour hops, faint lemon, and light malt. This burst of clashing, unbalanced flavors suddenly departs in the midpalate, and actually goes down very smoothly. The metallic flavor reemerges in the aftertaste, ruining what was almost a recovery.
M-Ho hum. The body is about what you'd want for this type of beer, actually a tad heavier than what I expected. The carbonation is just a bit much, but it's good.
D-Can't get over the metal-mouth sensation. It takes me back to my junior-high years in braces, and I don't miss those days. I'm glad I don't drop $5 for these when I eat out Asian food.

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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 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 bpw28
2.55/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Light Gold (about a 5 SRM), Bleach white soda bubble head that died fast, spotty lacing, tons of carb.

Smell: It smells like a multi-grain macro (says all malt though), herby floral, light malt undertones.

Taste: Light malt, light herby. Watery body, maybe a very small bite of hop, maybe.

Overall: Eh. This is a small step above bud. I was really hoping for a nice big step from a name like this with it's pushing of its euro hop and all malt bill, but it's fallen short.

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Photo of ithacabaron
2.58/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A very handsome bottle. Pours a somewhat clouded canary yellow with a golden center. Bubbles wave their way up to a thin but well-shaped head. Lacing barely climbs the glass. If this was a Belgian Strong Pale, this would get very strong marks. For a Euro Pale Lager, not so much.

Smell brings with it a strong wave of yeast, with notes of nougat, mustard seed, and jicama. Very unusual. Again, intriguing, but way off for the style.

Taste is quite sweet, with more yeast, some Lyle's syrup, and a whiff of celery seed. A pinprick of bitterness appears at the swallow, just enough to keep this from being cloying. There are, at least somewhere, some hops in here. Still, it's a flavor profile that manages to be simultaneously boring and annoying.

Mouthfeel seems remarkably thick; the carbonation just can't keep up. Not impressive.

Overall, this is pretty much a failure all around. It lacks direction and purpose, it's not good alone, and I have to imagine it would be a disaster with almost any kind of food. I would not purchase this again.

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Photo of mithrascruor
2.6/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz. can poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark straw color with a thick, airy, foamy white head.

Smell: Has a clean malty aroma, slight sweet.

Taste: Has a malt liquor taste -- not too strong, but not appealing.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, smooth. Very light carbonation.

Drinkability: Very unappealing taste after a while.

Cool can, but the beer I can't recommend. Generic malty alcohol flavor just doesn't appeal to me (but granted, this is better than some).

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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 texashammer
2.64/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orangey yellow. Very little head. Really weird smell, very difficult to identify. Some pumpkin, some bread, some apricot perhaps. Strange. I'm deciding on pumpkin for the smell. Smooth mouthfeel, very inoffensive, no bite like lagers often give. Metallic taste if anything. Very little flavor. I am struggling to find a taste and can't find one. Very boring and inoffensive. Finish is slightly more "there", kind of skunky.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.66/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Fairly pricy in the "World Beers" section at Home Plus in Incheon today, but something about it sold me..6500 won, ouch. At least I'm getting 650ml in an attractive silver/gold can for my money. Strangely, the beer says "Product of Canada" plainly on the side. My atlas says Sapporo is in northern Japan.
Nice hearty golden color with disappointing head. Understated smell, some malts and sugars.
A little thin and not hoppy enough for me but there is something there..decent flavor. This is reasonably satisfying but doesn't quite go the distance.
This doesn't quite do it for me but isn't horrible, just boring.

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Photo of bmwats
2.66/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 22oz can into a pilsner.

A: Golden color. Medium heavy carbonation pours into a 1 and a half finger, bubbly, white head. Quickly settles leaving a little. Substantial carbonation continues to rise. Head eventually disintegrates completely. No lacing to speak of.

S: Wheat, malt, and hay.

T: Light malt, and kind of a barley or hay taste (at least what you would think it might taste like based on the smell). Pretty much tastes like it smells.

M: Light body. Has a "musty" aftertaste that offends the nose just a bit, as well.

D: Decent. Flavor and body are fine, but the aftertaste is a little off.

Atmosphere is ok. Appearance is decent, but nose (although outstanding) is a little unusual. Flavor is alot like the nose. Not bad, but takes a little getting used to. Feel is serviceable, but you have to get past the aftertaste. Some may enjoy the distinctiveness, but not my favorite style. However, when it's all said and done, it's a serviceable quaff.

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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 TMoney2591
2.68/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Surly shaker pint glass.

The sixth entry in SwillFest 2011. It pours a clear pale yellow straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises rice, wheat, and soap. And that's it. The taste has nothing constructive to add to this discussion, unless you consider a few bits of minerals constructive (which, clearly, I don't). The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation, a watery feel, and a kinda crisp, dry finish. Overall, a light, airy beer that doesn't seem to have much else to offer but its lightness.

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Photo of CHickman
2.76/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sapporo Reserve is a maltier version of Sapporo; nice and light and crisp, but the extra malts add flavor. Nice head from the pour, but not much smell at all. Medium carbonation and average color. Overall this just an average beer, but it tastes better than a regular Sapporo. It was the best option at a sushi place and I would drink it again.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.77/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can served at Genji’s in Midland, MI. Pours golden amber with a medium creamy off-white head with pretty good lacing. Aroma of corn and malt. Body is typical for a "premium" lager, not too light but not rich either. Unassertive malt and hops flavors don’t really register, but at the same time it is flavorful enough to not be bland. The finish is mildly hoppy. Drinkable, especially with spicy Japanese food but I wouldn’t bother with this otherwise.

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Photo of Vdubb86
2.78/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a tulip glass

Thanks kyle for making me drink this...not really

This beer pours a pale golden color. The smell is puffed rice almost exclusively. The flavor is upsettingly rice filled. It's sticky sweet rice. Overall I really really don't find this to be preferential. Unadviseable if you truly like beer.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.79/5  rDev -14.7%
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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