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: 178 | Ratings: 361
Photo of eschbach
3.78/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz can. The can is really cool looking. It looks really futuristic. And it feels really heavy duty. I can crush this can in my hand. It's like a beer can from the future almost.

Look. This is a damn good looking lager. It;s a dark golden color with a rich frothy head.

Smell: It smells like bitterness and malt. It has a strong smell.

Taste: This is a good tasting beer. It has a lot of flavor! It's nice and malty but there is also a strong hops flavor as well. It leaves a bitter aftertaste in the mouth.

Drink: It goes down very smoothly. It has a very dry feel.

Notes: I'm very impressed with this beer. It has good flavors and is very smooth.

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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 VWBuggirl
3.19/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very light straw color with a thin foamy head that quickly disappeared.

The smell...well there wasn't much to smell, there was a hint of malts and sweetness.

The taste is fairly crisp and the malt is very present. It is fairly sweet with a hint of hoppiness.

This was ok. Not bad, but I won't pick it again.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got shoo'd out of a local pub one night at closing, still drinking my beer which was in a Sapporo pint. Naturally, I complied, leaving with the glass. I've had it for some time, and have yet to ever have a Sapporo beer. I figured it was about that time...

Pours a cloudy golden color... slightly in the vein of a wheat beer. Looked nice. For a lager, it was pleasant to behold.

Not a whole lot on the nose. Some grains mainly; nothing particular.

Was pleasantly flavorful. Had a rich grainy taste of malts with a slight bit of hop background...very slight, but did well to enough to balance things out. Not bat at all for a lager.

It had a fuller mouthfeel than most lagers, which was a pleasant surprise. It had some dept...not fantastic, but for the style, it had some good body.

This is good for the style, and a completely capable brew. I wouldn't mind being confined to this for a night....could be heaps worse.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pint glass a fairly clear, slightly pale yellow. Thick fizzy white head shrinks to a couple millimeters within the first thirty seconds of pour. Lots of visible carbonation.

Faint spicy hop scents, clean malts, and a slight steamed vegetable like aroma make up the majority of the nose. A hint of an alcohol smell upon closer inspection.

Again, very little hop flavour here, but it IS there. Slightly spicy and reminiscent of Noble variety hops. A real grainy texture with clean malts, the beer is just a little sweet but mostly very crisp and very dry. It's a lot better than I thought it would be judging by scent alone. Prickly carbonation is a little rough, but overall a decently drinkable beer.

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Photo of rednrag
3.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Japanese have a way of taking another country's product, dissecting it, and usually improving on it.
Now this is all open for debate, but Sapporo has taken Lowenbrau, likely, and if not made it better, at least copycatted it to a reasonable perfection.
Well done, land of the rising sun.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber can,

A: Pours a deep golden colour, with a light white head, leaving some spots of lace.

S: Bready lager malt, very German smelling, no real hop character.

T: Cracked wheat bread, quite grainy and husky initially. Then the beer gets sweet for a little while mid-palate, while finishing with a rather strong earthy bite of noble hops. Well balanced. A lot more in the German pils range than a Euro lager.

M: Crisp, with some nice biting carbonation. Light/medium bodied.

D: This is very solid stuff from Sapporo. One of the best beers to be had in the Euro lager category.

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Photo of sbe1
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty and well done malt liquor.

Appearance: a very clear brassy gold color with a foamy, think, creamy, beautiful white head that settles down to foamy lace on the glass.

Smell: Very clean, light malt scent and a hint of alcohol and metal.

Taste: Crisp dry citrus-y hops with a sweetish malt middle and a clean dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, refreshing, mild but complimentary carbonation approaching medium body.

Drinkability: excellent, a decent session beer for a malt liquor.

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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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Sapporo Reserve from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
3.27 out of 5 based on 361 ratings.
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