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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2001

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of jaydoc
2.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with a definite malt and hop presence but it's pretty bland and gets much less drinkable as it warms up in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.67/5  rDev -17.3%
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 spycow
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of nmann08
2.95/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of metter98
3.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of apples and bready malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except the flavors are slightly stronger and also have some hints of grainy malts and grassy hops. A slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, rather smooth and somewhat clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and seems a little bland but doesn’t have any offensive aromas or flavors.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
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 NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
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 Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this out of a huge, sturdy 22 Oz. can. Appearance is a medium golden with an above average head. Aroma is mildly sweet, but on the weaker side of beer smells. Reserve's aroma and appearance left me expecting a much more mundane beer than this turned out to be. Taste is pleasently sweet, malts instantly remind me of some malty sweet German brews. Caramel is dominant flavor here. The overall taste is well-rounded and off-taste free. Drinkability is very good; if this is malt liquor, like the can says it is, then it has to be the best malt liquor I've ever sampled.

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Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.36/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Malty golden lager. Great carbonation, a lovely head on this stuff. Of all the many variations on the usual light lagers, this is one of my favorites. Fairly rich with malt flavors, even a touch of toast. Slight sourish taste is the worst feature. Hops are not much, but contribute to a pleasant beery bitterish flavor.

Absolutely nothing special, but a well-made lager. Seems like more mouthfeel than most. And the gold and silver can always makes me feel like I've drinking something rare and expensive.

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

Golden in color, slightly cloudy, nice head with teflon lace (won't stick to the glass).

Although not noted anywhere on the glass, there are strong wheat notes in the aroma. Very crisp with slight orange and other citrus smells. A touch of sourness.

The taste is hopless. Malts and wheat-like flavors start the tasting, the citrus finishes. Highly carbonated; very dry; the aftertaste fizzles quickly.

An above average "lawn mower" beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.38/5  rDev -26.3%
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 russpowell
3.12/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the Tinker AFB Class 6 store:

Pours an effervescent bronze with 3+ fingers of fluffy pearl white head. some lacing & head retention

S: Cereal notes, hints of apricot

T: Cereal notes, a bit of grassyness & some orchard fruit up front. More fruittyness, some leafy hops & grassyness as this warms.

MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation, okay balance

Drinks okay, this would be alright some sashimi, other-wise pass

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Polished orange peel, clear as a bell. An impressive amount of carbonation has resulted in a large crown of dark cream that contains a slight ecruish tint, like a marshmallow held briefly over a fire. There's a pretty impressive lace display as well... gobs of it are all over the upper third of the glass. This is one of the better looking EPLs that I've seen.

The nose is a step down, although it's still what I'd call better than average for the style. It's blonde malty with a touch of floral hops. Nothing to do cartwheels over, but the lack of even a hint of mustiness, staleness or other off-aromas gives it a leg up on its peers.

I'm trying my damndest to review Sapporo Reserve within the context of the style. In that sense, it's definitely better than most of the world's EPLs. I know that 'Euro' pale lagers have nothing to do with geography, but am I the only one who finds it odd to call beer from Japan, Euro <anything>? I guess its better than having style listings for JPLs, CPLs, BPLs, KPLs, ad infinitum. Okay, back to the beer...

The malt backbone is solid, with plenty of grain flavor. Sweet is almost perfectly balanced by bitter. There isn't much else bouncing around in there, just the basics. Again, the absence of any nastiness is one of this beer's prime selling points; and I say that without a trace of irony. I've had waaay too many substandard pale lagers in my life not to recognize a pretty good one.

Thanks to the somewhat generous malt load, the mouthfeel is solidly medium. A firm smoothness and an understated amount of carbonation keep the good impressions rolling along.

I think I've had two other Sapporo offerings prior to this one and I don't remember being too impressed. Maybe it's a case of low expectations being easily exceeded, but that doesn't change the fact that Reserve is good beer. If you're in the market for a JPL (Japanese pale lager), start here.

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Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.68/5  rDev -17%
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 t2grogan
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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