Sapporo Draft Beer | Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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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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Photo of JayB123
4.52/5  rDev +59.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I used to have an old alcoholic roomate who loved this stuff. He had me try it once, and by god, it was fantastic. It could have been the atmosphere, since we took our girlfriends out to a sushi bar, and the beer looked and tasted so great, it could have been a culmination of the whole pleasantness of the entire situation. Great beer tho regaurdless, after trying it several more times in several different types. Never thought Japan would make a great beer, especially one made from rice.

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4.5/5  rDev +58.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +58.5%

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4/5  rDev +40.8%

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4/5  rDev +40.8%

4/5  rDev +40.8%

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4/5  rDev +40.8%

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.98/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle of this at my local Japanese place on New Year's Eve accompanied by a California roll and a chicken and lobster hibachi dinner. I didn't know what to expect, and it turned out to be a great lager.

Clear as day with a yellow tint. It almost looks like champagne. The taste is extremely crisp and dry. It complemented the meal very well. I could have gone for another one of these when I was done, and I'll certainly take it over Bud any day.

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Photo of snogglethorpe
3.95/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a little unsure as to exactly what beer to review, as there seem to be a zillion similarly-named entries under "Sapporo", but what I _want_ to review is the basic fresh on-tap Sapporo you can get at countless restaurants in Japan.

I've had the canned version in the U.S., and other reviews basically capture that, but it's _very_ different than what I'm talking about:

The fresh stuff is simply good beer -- creamy, but thirst-quenching, with a fairly assertive and refreshing bitterness and good depth of flavor (not watery or weak). Most of all, it tastes fresh, fresh, fresh!

Fresh and on-tap Sapporo is downright delicious, far better than most of the other big Japanese macros, and a very worthy beer in its own right.

[Bottled or in cans, meh, not so good. But BA doesn't seem to make that distinction very well.]

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Photo of tanzorbarbarian
3.95/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.88/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is ubiquitous at Japanese sushi bars, because it is a good complement to the food, especialy Sushi or Tempura.

It's perfect for cleansing the palate. ( I know, thats what the ginger root is for!)

At least, it actualy is imported from Japan; unlike Kirin.

It's straw yellow, not bitter, light head that fades quickly. Decent

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.85/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color - the nose is mostly bitter hops. The head rises and falls quickly. The taste is sweet malt and bitters hops slightly out of balance. Pretty decent and drinkable. I don't usually just drink this beer by itself like tonight. I find it is my best friend at the Sushi bar though. Good friends, Sapporo, Sushi, sashimi and hand rolls with a lot of Wasabi are the perfect combination. Very drinkable - even by itself. Good clean finish.

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Photo of palliko
3.8/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have many nostalgic memories associated with this beer. It evokes many trips to the Oregon coast near Tillamook where my wife and I would stop at the ‘Blue Heron’ and pick up some cheese, crackers, fruit and Sapporo Draft – and then go sit by the ocean for a picnic. The appearance is translucent, pale and golden. Foam and lacing are excellent. Aroma is a grassy/floral hop nose with some grain. Nicely carbonated initial taste contains a medium body filled with lovely malt flavor offset by citrus. Aftertaste is nicely dry with a hint of fresh baked bread and flowers.

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Photo of no8
3.75/5  rDev +32%

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3.75/5  rDev +32%

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3.75/5  rDev +32%

Photo of ernie
3.7/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shining silvery can shaped like a sports trophy. Color bright yellow, carbonation level higher than average, snow-white head quickly dissipates, lace just alright.

Smell malty with a distant echo of dry herbs.

Start malty too, a bit fizzy, firm dry body, evidence of rice & corn added to barley in a proportion that doesn't affect your palate, a bit sticky finish and long aftertaste reminiscent of slightly sweetened white bread.

Enjoyed this beer. Recommended!

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.6/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fairly sexy, ghost-white head with a somewhat soapy texture and decent retention. Body is a nondescript, clear school bus golden yellow.

Smell: Very distinct light, floral-grassy hops and glue stick-like starchy malts.

Taste: Corny and bready, maybe even cornbready. Pretty average and light, but balanced and not bad. Hops are weirdly gastric at times. Overall, taut, clean, and lip-smackingly dry.

Mouthfeel: A bit too airy, and maybe even a bit too dry. Even for the style, this lacks body and character.

Drinkability: Not a great brew by any means, but easy to drink in a mindless, refreshing way. Near the top of my list among the mass-produced Japanese non-premium lagers.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorg
3.57/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As Japanese beers go, this one deserves, if not a significantly better review, at least a more favorable one. Compared with the readily available varieties of Japanese rice lager here in the US, this one stands out as having at least some quality in taste and body. Golden, slightly grayish color in the glass, with a nice head of foam that fell quickly. A bit watery (as expected) and bubbly, it was nonetheless refreshing and drinkable. The taste was malty, with a rice smoothness and a hint of hops that adds a very subtle spicy edge to the aftertaste.

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Photo of putnam
3.57/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 4 oz. can.
Decent, dark gold and urgent, white head.
Aromas are of high quality rice, like the kind they serve at the Vietnamese restaurant in Dearborn. Creamy, starchy...Subtle lemon-herb notes appear as well...some stalkiness.
On the palate it's straightforward, offering crisp, clear, wheaty rice flavors. Just as it comes into subtle, pretty focus, it disappears, leaving a watery, loose impression.
Not bad. Serve cold.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.54/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light straw color with chunky white head that sticks around for a while, but eventually fades away to form a thin chunky layer that laces the glass. Really doesn't have any smell to it at all. The flavor was slightly tinny from the can, even though I poured it into a pilsner glass to review it. Other than that, it's very clean and creamy, no real aftertaste. It's a very nice lawnmower beer, and possibly very good with sushi (I'll have to try that soon). An all-around very drinkable beer.

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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 daliandragon
3.52/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah, a one litre silver can of Japanese beer..7800 won is indeed pricy but I'll drink it after the gym to relieve the guilt..
Pours a full gold color with a quickly vanishing head. Smells fresh with a citrus addition..not too shabby.
Taste is crisp and flavorful with an even balance of malt and hops so you can decently taste both. Smooth without much rice flavor, unlike most Japanese beers I've had.
Overall, this is my new favorite drinking beer for Japan, although I usually only see it in cans, not bars.

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Photo of dwarbi
3.52/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice head, but it is gone very fast. Looks a pale golden yellow. Smells pretty wheaty, surprisingly. Tastes a little wheaty, too. Crisp and clean, a good light beer. Smooth, but spicy enough to keep it interesting and make it drinkable. Better than most beers "in its class".

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