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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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 JerzDevl2000
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Top Hops a few weeks back on the day I bought the Wesvleteren 12. I never had this before and it was always on my list of beers to try out. This turned out to be surprisingly decent and a much better example of the style than the other versions I've had in the past out of green bottles. While it has a bit of the sour grass feeling in the back, the main flavors and mouthfeel held up well and this was relatively easy to enjoy and drink.

The pour to this was what I expected - clear, golden, and with a nice head. There was some lacing to be seen but not a lot of aroma to be detected here. Nice bright mouthfeel with lots of lemon, grass, and grain to be found here, with just a touch of honey underneath it all. The sourness kicked in just a bit in the back but the malty flavors reminded me that this was indeed liquid bread. There never felt skunked or gave me impression that too much grain was here and the hops didn't overpower either, even though they were present throughout my session.

Session beers don't get much better than this when it comes to Lagers and unlike Pabst, this didn't have any potato chip-like starch in the mouthfeel. While this didn't blow me away, I'd have another of these over mass-market examples of this style and would love to try it with some Japanese fare. The world needs more beers like this that are light in hue but filling enough in taste and body, as a reminder that not all Lagers need to feel smelly and watered-down.

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Photo of Drew966
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sapporo Reserve pours an orange color with an off white head from a gold and silver twenty two ounce can. The aroma is mild, spicy hops dominate. The flavor is quite nice, spicy hops well balanced with malt. This is a very light bodied beer, but is leagues better than most macro lagers. Easy to drink and tasty.

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Photo of Theheroguy
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Very pale with a light white head.

The smell is one of grain and alcohol slightly undesirable.

Its a very crisp and clean tasting lager, doesn't get in the way of anything. It pairs well with food.

As with many lagers don't let this beer warm up because its goes downhill quickly at higher temperatures.

I'm giving this beer average marks because I don't think its intended to be a something that you just kick back with and down a few. It is similar to standard macro lagers but with the offensive elements noticeably missing. I'd drink this over most macros any day but it would never be my first choice.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.52/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Photo of Bitterbill
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$3.33 for the 22oz can...the bottom of the can is very mirror like.;^) Contract brewed in Guelph Ontario Canada.

A light golden pour with a 1 finger head of foam and does well with the lacing.

The smell isn't very different from the typical of the style; grainy, metallic, malty/sugary sweetness.

The taste isn't typical. I get a pretty heft blast of hop bitterness but it's soon followed by grainy notes, a bit of a vegetal flavour, mild sweetness, and finishes on the hoppy side. An unusual experience with every sip. The vegetal I get I could do without but the rest is pretty pleasing.

Usual medium light body with a not to zesty level of carbonation, this is quite drinkable. I like.

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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 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 soju6
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color with a moderate head and no real lacing.

S: Clean aroma of malt, fresh grain and just a bit of sweetness.

T: Taste of malt and fresh grain with a mild sweetness. There is a very subtle bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Light body, very crisp and smooth. Decent balance and a very clean feel.

Nice beer that goes down very easy. Fairly bland but was still enjoyable. Compliments Japanese cuisine very well. Quite good for the style.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Doppelbockulus
3.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What is the funniest pat about this beer? It's Japanese, but it is brewed and canned in Guelph Ontario Canada.

It pours a wonderful gold color that is clean and clear, and it feels light and clean in the mouth like a lot of beers by macro breweries. And it smells like a good beer, not like one that reminds you of beer vomit.

Flavor is the most important, though, and it is par. It is clean, brewed with ingredients that were chosen to cater to the financial market. It tastes like a widely marketable beeer, nothng bad at all. However it falls short for those of us who ant more out of a beer.

It's not bad, it's like a typical party where you know what is going to happen, and at the end of the night you are happy, but there were no surprises that left you ecstatic. Overall it is a 3.5.

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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 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 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 mactrail
3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
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 McStagger
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: generous pour into pokal lead to a finger (hey, it's a pokal) of medium retention slight off white head. Beer is hazier than other Japanese brews I have had.

S: slight malt grain. Soapish phenols (mild), grain husk, grass. Mild citrus notes in hops.

T: Malt, grain, citrus, much more floral. Less straight up dry than most Japanese beers.

M: Good, medium to full body that is stellar. Close to the epitome of the style.

O: this is great. By far the best Japanese beer I've ever had.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a major surprise! Perhaps they call it Reserve because they usualy keep it for themselves!

This is a pale yellow brew with decent head, clean crisp taste no aftertaste lingering to spoil your sashimi! This is the best from Japan I've tried so far!

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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 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 Stunner97
3.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- very nice sharp appearance, golden yellow with high carbonation and beautiful thick bellowing head

Smell- corn grain and malt,

Taste- a nice sweet malty flavor dominates up front, there is nice hop dryness on the finish that keeps things nicely in check, a very tastey crisp lager that is on the maltier side for the style

Mouthfeel- nice crisp, heavier then most of the style

Drinkability/overall- I have to say overall this beer was better then what I expect having never really tried it before, its a solid lager with nice balance that would go very well with many foods and still have enough flavor to be decent on its own,

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

I got this can at a St Louis store next to some other interesting imports. It was not bad. Smell was just ok, taste was malty but has a watery taste in their somewhere exposing it's cheapness. Overall I liked it for a good cheap drink with friends but its nothing special. The price was the point and this beer is right with other adjunct beers.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a Single 650mL can of this at Woodman's in Janesville, WI in early 2011.

Pours a very clear and pale yellow color. Barley malt is very evident in it's scent hinting that this might have a cheap beer taste. The taste is mild and rather malty. Rather simple and nothing all that special considering it's from Japan. Something new to try from a different country, but considering it's could go with Pabst Blue Ribbon and not be missing much.

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Photo of cpolking
3.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours dark honey golden in color with half an inch of pure white foamy head that leaves light to medium lacing down the glass. The aroma is clean, grain, a bit of straw, some zesty hoppiness and a slight metallic tone. The taste is a wave of grainy malt followed by a bitter hoppiness. The mouthfeel is smooth, but finishes well-carbonated to the point of stinging the tongue. This beer is a simple, basic, lager that would best be had with some salty, tart or spicy food.

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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 Beejay
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear and yellos. A nice white fluffy head on top. Looks appropriate for the style.

S: A light malt scent, perhaps a touch of rice as well. Very light, and crisp, no major flaws or off scents. Not a lot of bitterness.

T: Clean malt flavor with a touch of bitterness. Not a lot of hop flavor to go with the bitterness. Light and malty, clean. Very basic, but at least it tastes solidly made.

M: Medium light in body, tons of carbonation. Fairly clean, with just a touch of bitterness lingering.

D: Not my favorite style, but I think this is a good interpretation of it. Clean crisp without a lot of the typical 'bad' flavors associated with the style. It tastes well made, even if it is not my cup of tea.

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Sapporo Reserve from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
3.27 out of 5 based on 363 ratings.
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