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 willjschmidt
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep gold hue with a nice fluffy white head.

S: Grain, a bit of hops.

T: One of the better macro lagers that I've ever had. It's rich and flavorful. A slightly sweet and crisp malty taste with toasted grains to follow. A hop layer is always there.

M: Smooth, rich and a bit creamy.

D: I enjoyed this one quite a bit. A very tasty lager that pairs very well with Sushi. Head and shoulders above Sapporo's rice lagers.

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

Very cool looking can which is probably an enticement in itself. Poors a deep golden color with superb clarity and a rocky head. Malty aroma, subtle. Taste is malty with a slight hoppiness present, a little on the sweeter side which affects the crispness a bit. A little less sweetness would benefit this brew, but it's a decent brew nonetheless. Not something I would drink on a regular basis. I had a Czechvar prior to this beer and I preferred the Czechvar over this one.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a bright, clear orange-gold with a nice, fluffy off white head, 1 finger in height that dissipated rather quickly leaving a broken rim lacing. Visible carbonation was very faint with but 2-3 bubbles a second at best.

S: sweet oranges, lemons and honeyflowers.

T: sweet and citrusy with some honey starts things off. There was a bit of flowery hoppiness found in the middle before proceeding to a finish of dry oranges and a light metallic taste.

M: light-medium, very slick off the tongue with nice traces of dry oranges and flower hops left behind.

D: Average drinkability, one would be plenty at a time.

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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 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 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 drpimento
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer. Nothing more nor less. Did pour with a big foamy frothy head and a bit of lace. Golden amber color. Nose was beery. Oddly mouthfilling but still watery. Hops are there but there's a play between the bitterness and neutral sweetness. Beer burps. Serviceable. Almost a session beer if you don't want anything too bold. Got this one at the big local supermarket.

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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 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 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 armock
3.32/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a straw color with a big white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of grainy malt with some hops coming though

T - Is pretty clean light grainy malt with a touch of hops

M - This is a light bodied beer thats a little watery

D - This is an easy to drink beer mostly because its like drinking water its not a bad beer though its worth a try at least

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Photo of UnionMade
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Heavy duty 22oz can.
Very pale, straw gold, with a dense cloud of white froth sitting atop. Great lacing sticks to the glass everywhere in sheets. Crystal clear, with fine carbonation bubbles rising steadily.
Malty, pilsner aroma. Soapy, floral hops back it up. Clean, with a slight grassy note. Not much else, which is a good thing.
The flavor opens with crackery, bready pilsner malt. Mild and barely toasted. Soft grassy esters, just a little in there, moving fluidly into a balanced hop finish. Soapy and lightly floral, not terribly pungent but it does the job. Carbonation feels a little blunt, not as crisp as it could be. Medium bodied. The flavor sticks with you for a while, which is nice. Minimalist and clean. Great presentation. Far better than the regular Sapporo. Perfect for my spicy salmon roll.

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Photo of flowerysong
3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Background: Japanese lager brewed with malt. Once again, in Canada.

Appearance: Pale amber body, fluffy white head.

Nose: Clean, some mild malt notes and a bit of floral hops.

Taste: The malt seems fuller than the adjunct version>, and the hops come through a bit more clearly. More sweetness on the front, but the same dry finish. Some fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Light body and zippy carbonation. Dry, oily finish.

Overall: Still not something I would drink every day, but a good summer beer and as an accompaniment to sushi it's ace.

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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz can:

Pours bright yellow with a thin white head that has decent retention.

The smell is of sweet grain, slight husk and floral/hoppy notes.

The taste is of sweet malt with some balancing floral bitterness.

This one is pretty well-balanced for the style. Some noble hop presence mixes in with the malt. While a bit thin, it does have enough body to it to not be watery and it's not too fizzy. Not a bad EPL at all (and a much better choice than the standard Sapporo, IMO).

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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 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 cichief
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. can (which is quite impressive in itself) bright white foam that holds well and leaves some nice lace behind.

The aroma is exceptionally fresh and clean with welcome waft of hops of flower and pine.

The flavor delivers a clean, softly grainy maltiness and some spicy, herbal, and floral hops that linger into the dry finish.

The body is medium, and it's delicately crisp across the palate with a fine, median carbonation.

It's much more interesting and flavorful than the standard Sapporo, and well worth the increased cost.

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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 RedChrome
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear bold colored golden body. Inch and a half pure white fluffy head faded over a minute. Lots of minuscule carbonation rising rapidly. Sticky thick web lacing.

Light apple and a deep grain aroma blend nicely up front. Grape fruitiness hangs onto a bitter hops aroma in the back of each nose full. A very nicely balanced scent.

Very earthy and surprisingly bitter taste in the initial sip. A malted sweetness develops as tastes waver. Light plastic aftertaste develops and hangs on strongly.

Thicker feeling on the tongue then appearance would imply. Huge bursts of carbonation leave tingle on the tongue.

Overall a nice beer. A great beer for a plate of steamers. A very decent beer to keep on hand. If you want nice flavor in a light style beer, this is a nice selection.

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Photo of ortsacul
3.39/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In my area (DC, and it's most likely my fault for not searching) I've found only two other types of Sapporo, and when I saw this, the only reason I bought was the the mention of it being an "All Malt Beer".

It looks average but tastes exactly how I wanted it too. If you close your eyes, someone may be able to convince you it's a porter.

Overall all it's good not great and I'd prefer an Elephant if i'm in the mood for a malt explosion.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color (slightly darker than the regular Sap. Premium) that will pour a good head that fades as soon as you start drinking, but leaves some sticking lace.

Grainy malt, slightly roasty with some impression of sulfur.

Cracker-like grain flavor with a sulfury bitterness on the finish. Slightly watery feeling, but almost medium bodied.

Not bad stuff, one of the more drinkable beers in the EPL category.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sapporo Reserve pours a lofty white head over a clear bright yellow brew.
Carbonation is pretty active after the pour, but falls off rapidly. The nose is
light malt and Lager yeast. The flavor is surprisingly rich malt up front with a bit
of an herbal finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with a bit of grain in the
aftertaste. Not a spectacular Lager,but certainly a competent one, and, as promised,
there's no corn or rice in it. You've gotta love that sexy can, though. Brewed in
Canada- no doubt by Sapporo's new aquisition, Sleeman.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quick review.
A hard pour gets a nice 1 1/2 head that quick disapates into light lacing. It is a bright golden color, very crisp looking. Nice, soft aroma of grains. Taste is very crisp. For sure starts with the malt and barley but finishes with a little hop bite. Very drinkable, average lager.

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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 allengarvin
3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 ml can, poured into a half-liter bottle. The small mouth and shape of the top of the can force a somewhat vigorous pour, resulting in a colossal 2 inch head of foam. Good head retention and nice lacing. The beer itself is brilliant gold and crystal clear. Nose is better than I remember it, with (rather light) soft floral hops and a clean graininess. The modest bitterness works well against the slightly sweet grain (it also is quite well attenuated). Hop flavor is only slight but noticibly noble-hops. The finish is clean and dry. Body seems a tad watery.

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Sapporo Reserve from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
3.27 out of 5 based on 366 ratings.
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