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Sapporo Draft BeerSapporo Draft Beer

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Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

Style: Japanese Rice Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by canadianbarman on 03-24-2001

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Ratings: 238 |  Reviews: 119
Reviews by davidchollar:
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3.2/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(about sapporo draft beer i previously said)
tastes bad ! ewww. like sour old spinach in aluminum foil! nasty.
i dont consider this very drinkable even by japanese beer standards, which are really low.

i am now convinced that i got a bad bottle. it was the first time this beer was so horrible, and it caused me to avoid it for a couple months. until tonight, when i saw it on sale by the can...

looks standard rice lager golden, decent head sticks around for a few minutes, even leaves a little lacing. the smell is what separates this from asahi and kirin, you can actually smell it from a little distance, and it's not bad. typical macro lager scents, malty, but more complex than the others. i swear i detect some toastiness and even a hint of pear! tastes pretty watery and plain up front, but with a pleasant little bitter finish making this quite drinkable. I'll take yebisu over this for a session beer, but this might be better with food.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This was light orangish-yellow with a nice head that actually left some pitting pools of foam and laced the glass.

Smell – This did not carry the horrible stench that many other Pale Lagers seem to have. I can pick up some nice ricey-type of grain and a sweetness that’s not totally disgusting.

Taste – Not bad for a Japanese Pale Lager. The sweetness comes on bigger at the taste, which normally grosses me out, but here it’s softened up a bit.

Mouthfeel – A bit dry and somewhat refreshing. This is actually a bit bigger than light-bodied and has a little carbonation to keep things interesting.

Drinkability – I’m not dumping this in the sink as I do with many examples of this sadly worn-out style.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of Todd
3.18/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz custom Sapporo brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Bright, clear, pale golden. Carbonation is extremely active and keeps a pure white, semi-sticky, creamy foam head.

Smell: Delicately floral nose with soft grain aroams.

Taste: Smooth taste, light malty body with grain notes in the back. Carbonation pricks the tongue, and hop flavours creep up and lightly sting the palate with floral lemon/lime-like quality. The beer goes dry after with a faint bready flavour. Finishes with a light floral aftertaste.

Notes: Japan's #1 imported beer and a very refreshing lager. Equal to, if not better than, many US equivalents.

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Photo of Beerswag
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Cavanaghty
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fizzy yellow beer. Aroma was light and missing.

Taste, not much. You could workout and drink this stuff. Carbonated. Good with good food, because it won't interfere with just about any flavor profile. Very polite and non offensive beer here. Just missing the camera. Prolly good with spicy stuff or when you just feel like a water but it isn't available. This used to be cheaper, price has crept up lately.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.28/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Golden in color with the matching white foam that I will call a head. Definitely fizzy white. It is a basic macro, although I find that this beer does pair well with the japanese food. When poured you can almost smell the corn and rice, mostly rice come at you. All rice minimal malt, almost unnoticable hop aroma. A simple, very low in flavor carbonated beverage, but it is refreshing just nothing here to say it's a good beer. Light bodied, meant for the masses of the population in mass quantity. It was so run of the mill. I should have done a sake bomb with it.

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Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of rastaman
1.28/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I guess i wasn't really expecting much with this one,no real taste to speak of, quite watery, sure was a nice can though.

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Photo of acurtis
2.25/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of dohastmich
2.45/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Like others have said, this is your typical Macro American lager, except its from Japan and at least comes in a neat 22oz can .

Can't say much about it but it would be good to have on a hot day. Its light in colour and taste. Reminded me of miller lite. Probably would not have it again.

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Photo of alesaram
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of soper2000
2.6/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this at the local Japanese restaraunt. Poured a golden straw color with a white head. Aroma is very clean. Can't really pick out much grain or much of anything for that matter. Taste is what the smell alluded to. Very crisp, faint notes of hops are present but that's about it. This fits in well with the BMC crowd. Nothing special overall but I was glad to try something new and my first asian beer as well.

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Photo of Griffith
3/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Wegomlegging
3.14/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cool tall silver can poured this beer-san into my glass, with not much to offer to the eyes save for a different color than the glass. Smelled like most mass-produced lagers, not surprising since the rice thing is a similarity. Flavor was decent, but nothing different from the decent mega-schlubs of yore. Might be a bit more carbonation here than what I'm used to getting in an Bud, but that's about it. What I did like about this is that it's very drinkable, and would go well with that wasabi you had with your sea I know it's making everyone hungry.

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Photo of Reverand
2.6/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not a big fan a beer in a can and I can see why with Sapporo. The beer poured well and had a nice head,but the taste was average and really no aroma. Budweiser in fancier can!!!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.85/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium gold in color with thin white head that dissipates rapidly. Has a light "beer" aroma of a not really discernable malt & hop combination. Moderate carbonation level coupled with a light body gives a zesty mouthfeel. Some hop bitterness in the flavor backed by a mellow malt character. Brief, dry, slightly hop-tinged finish. Clean and interestingly dry, but rather standard.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.05/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to capra12 for this one. Imported (from Hong Kong) version. 4oz. can poured into a Heady Topper pint.

Extended pour yields a massive, 4 finger foamy white head that collapses quickly. Beer is a clear pale yellow. Lacing is spotty with no stick. Average for the style.

Nose is thankfully very muted. Like dirty sweetened water with some lemon juice squeezed into it. Not terrible... but very strange.

Taste like dirty water with a hop bitterness mixed in. Some sweetness comes from the rice adjuncts used. A weird lemon rind bitterness is also present. Finishes grainy and bitter with a sickening sweet aftertaste. Not good.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Watery and grainy in the mouth and abrasive going down. Messy finish is a terrible, lingering aftertaste. Pretty par for the style. deducted points for the aftertaste.

The best part about this beer was that it came in a 4oz can size. I wouldn't wish this one on any other BA. FOr the love of God, pass on this.

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Photo of fthegiants
2/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Damian74
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Razr86
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of DESTRO
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

comes in a bad ass can. pours out a pale golden, clear with a big white head, somewhat rocky and it eventually dies down to a foamy white ring. light lacing. the nose smells of sweet grainy malt, very clean. the flavor is in the same arena, light sweetness comming from the malt with a small hop bitterness evening things out. clean and simple, crisp in the mouth and refreshing. a nice palate cleanser (spicy food, pizza, thai food etc.) or a good ice cold quencher. i expected less, not bad at all.

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Photo of bditty187
2.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Umm… what’s going on with this beer? The nose is like wet socks, wet grains, and then nice floral. Then the flavors on the palate start off creamy (in a bad way) then after a few more sips it blends into a crispy hops floral thing. Ends up okay. But overall this yellow bodied, white-headed beer is rather plain. It is a thirst quencher, that’s it. I doubt if I bother with this one again.

The “Original Draft Beer” that Sapporo makes is much better; try that one instead.

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