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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Photo of kflorence
3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a can into a pilsner glass. Color was a copper yellow with a good amount of thick, creamy head. Carbonation looks about right, overall it looked appealing.

S: Not much smell when poured. Very faint malt and some cloying sweetness that grew stronger while it sat in the glass. Not displeasing, but pretty faint.

T: Not bad at all. A bit creamy, definite malt presence, but it's not overwhelming. Overall on the sweet side, not overly so, though.

M: An above average mouthfeel. Very smooth with some body offered. Carbonation is just right and it feels slightly syrupy on the tongue. Creamy and refreshing.

D: I could drink this all night. Very easy to drink, pleasant tasting and not overly carbonated. I think this is my favorite Japanese brew so far (even if it is brewed in Canada -- tricky "import" advertising!)

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Photo of Andreji
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sapporo reserve I tried at a japanese restaurant around union square, as one of their two japanese alternatives on the menu.

While i believe the other option (the asahi) was interesting, sapporo reserve seemed just too middle-of-the-road for my current tastes.

Straw pale pour with a light bright white head, dissipated fairly quick and with almost no lacing. smell is of dry, grainy malts, slightly metallic. not too shabby, not amazing.

Taste is slightly sweet-malted with an equally coppery taste, no big surprises, very mild but well balanced hoppy finish. medium bodied, medium carbonated, medium medium average.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz can poured into a pilsner glass. 2808 on bottom. Date? No visible date or info.

A - A tall pour creates a three-finger, cloud-white head with fantastic retention and thick webbing all over the glass. The color is a hazy pale yellow straw. If the color were more clear this would look perfect.

S - Crisp and dry malt with a light husky nose. A mild scent of rice appears and is followed by a light hop addition. Pretty plain though.

T - Rather smooth and malty with a lingering sweetness. The huskiness is low but the rice flavor is still there. Hops on the finish aid in the rather crispness of it while adding a touch of flavor.

M - Smooth and soft in texture and medium-light in body, it has a crisp finish to it from high carbonation.

D - Not a bad beer. A few small tweaks here and there could be made, but it's fairly well-balanced and pretty drinkable. It wont be poured out, I'll put it that way.

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

Sweet silver and gold can. Pours a clear gold color with a big fluff head, tiny bubbles and good sticky webs of lace. Smells pretty clean, alittle sweet with some grainy aromas. Tastes decently crisp and clean, almost detect hops, slightly sweet and bitter. Id say it feels fairly light and is very drinkable provided it doesnt warm up, definitely better than Sapporo Premium and i wouldnt mind this again. One thing i noticed though is this is brewed in Canada which upsets me alittle, as i thought this was from japan.

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

22 oz. can poured into a Pilsener glass.

A: Poured a clean, clear golden-yellow with 2.5-inch head. Good carbonation.

S: Mild barley malt, some hops. No hints of yeast.

T: Some malts but the hops smell turned out to be stronger than the taste.

M: Pretty clean and crisp.

D: Well, I guess I can say I've finally tried it, but it's nothing to write home to the mainland about...

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

Thanks to Dav05Gua for sharing
Appears bright yellow with a typical white head that falls to a thin layer. Nice lacing.
Smell is not huge...light malty and some citrus
Clean and crisp. Light malt, light hop bitterness in the middle with a dry finish.
Light in body with medium carbonation.
A nice light lager though will likely not pursue this beer.

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Photo of BrandonWardlaw
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz can.

A: Bright, golden, with a ~1 inch head. Some lacing.
S: Nothing remarkable. Somewhat malty.
T: Much better than the normal Sapporo lager. More flavor; notes of barley and malt.
M: Not quite as much carbonation as I was expecting. It probably could use a bit more.
D: Seems like a solid session beer. Not amazing, but definitely a decent beer overall.

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Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smells of malts and grains. Tastes of barley and malts, not overly flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a fairly good beer, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Offa
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is pretty good, more flavourful and characterful than the normal Sapporo lager, but still possessed of a rather thin, one-dimensional character and a bit too bitter for the lack of flavour.

Deep gold, almost pale orange, it has a very big white head. The head steadily, but rather slowly, shrinks to a thin but rocky top with a little foamy lace.

The aroma is a fairly strong, fairly good pale lager aroma, simple but clearly with some decent hop presence. It is malty grain, hint of apple, with faint lemony herb.

The taste is a decent, somewhat full-bodied basic pale lager with light grain character, a little apple, and light vague hops, generally grassy and somewhat spicey with faint hints of lemon. It has light sweetness before a light, spicey, faintly grassy bitterness takes over by the finish and dominates it, with a light lingering aftertaste of spicey, lightly grassy bitterness and faint sweet cracker. The elements don't mesh fairly well and they seem to clash a bit, especially the bitterness, which tends to stand out all by itself when drunk without any food. It's fairly enjoyable and the bitterness and what character it has hold up well with certain foods, but it's really rather bland and thin, with a slightly rough feel. I would have no problem drinking this again, but have no desire to drink it alone or seek it out.

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Photo of WCBCFrank
3.62/5  rDev +10.7%
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 botham
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
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 russpowell
3.12/5  rDev -4.6%
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 twiggamortis420
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. can with some sort of gibberish code on the bottom of E1909G. Pours a very clear dark golden color with an ample white head that displays below average retention and good lacing. It's a pretty decent looking lager.

Malt aroma is pretty light and grainy with a few caramel and toasty notes. Maybe just a hint of sourness. Hops are there, a bit of faint grassiness comes through.

Taste is grainy and biscuity. A touch of hop bitterness on the finish and even some hop flavor give it a nearly pilsner-like feel. It is smooth going down the hatch and feels a bit's pretty easy to drink, really. One of the better Asian lagers I have had, but still pretty run of the mill.

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Photo of ZAP
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Great looking can...22 ouncer with a tapered shape and a gold/silver blend. The beer itself is ligh golden color...nice fluffy white head.

S-Sweeter fragrance for the style....sugary...also some mild herbal notes...

T-Non offensive....pretty balanced....leans just a little to the sweeter sugary side...maybe a little doughy or bready...some ight fruitiness (apples, pears) and a little herbal tea.

M-Not expecting a big bodied beer but this has just a little bit too much of a watery texture...dry finish.

D-An OK drinker....but I like the can better than the beer.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper golden with a small yet respectable head and lace.

This is not a complex beer. Aroma of barley,malts and some hops with a taste that basically follows the nose.

The feel is light body and smooth carbonation.

Notes: I enjoyed this beer and will look upon it for future purchase.

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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 ThaBobfather
3.17/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours the nearly clear yellow color of Miller Light with wide pure white head.
Smell is something like grain and dry cardboard, there is a little twinge of hops there.
Very weird taste, kind of bland with some hops and some grain.
It is crisp but not quite refreshing. Not much of a finish, but it is drinkable.

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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 kbnooshay
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a super clear golden straw color with a surprisingly frothy white head that stuck around for quite awhile. Awesome lacing. There isn't much to the aroma. Clean and malty. Tastes like a euro lager but with some tasty but low key hop flavor. This is one super clean and crisp brew. The malt is fairly sweet. The carbonation is sharp to the tounge. The feel is medium but slightly drying. Very refreshing beer. If the sushi joint has this and the regular sapporo by all means get this. I mean its nothing outta this word but its solid and sushi joints usually have piss like tiger beer or kirin ichiban.

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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 Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can a light golden yellow with a thick foamy white head.

Aroma of malts, some light fruitiness, and grain.

The taste had a fruitiness to it that I didn't expect. It had the malts and the grains of the traditional Sapporo, but definitely had more character.

Light bodied, crisp and clean, and sharply carbonated.

Much preferred over many other Japanese lagers.

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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 BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was definitely the best of a recent tour of Asian beers I took (all without leaving Wisconsin), but that is still not saying all that much. This beer pours a darker color than regular Sapporo, which is something that you might expect from a beer called "reserve." This beer offers some up nice maltiness, which came to me as a baking bread aroma and flavor. More than I expected, but hardly terric.

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Photo of Goliath
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a one inch bright white head. Decent retention and some fine lacing.

The aroma is pretty grainy. Sweet cereal and bread are dominating the nose.

The taste is ok. I get mostly grain from it, with a big cereal note. A very slight bitterness as well. Not terrible, but not exactly my first pick for a drink either.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. It's not an offensive beer, but maybe just not my style really.

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Sapporo Reserve from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
3.27 out of 5 based on 370 ratings.
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