Sapporo Draft Beer | Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Sapporo Draft BeerSapporo Draft Beer

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 231
Photo of JayB123
4.52/5  rDev +57.5%
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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Photo of BeefyMee
3.98/5  rDev +38.7%
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 +37.6%
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 CaptJackHarkness
3.88/5  rDev +35.2%
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 +34.1%
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 +32.4%
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 ernie
3.7/5  rDev +28.9%
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 +25.4%
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 tugdriver7
3.57/5  rDev +24.4%
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 +24.4%
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 +23.3%
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 +23%
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 +22.6%
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 +22.6%
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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Photo of bark
3.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle is labelled “Sapporo Premium Lager”, but all evidence indicates that it is the same beer as the "Draft Beer". Brewed under license in the EU, most probably in Great Britain.

The colour is pale gold; the fizzing head is white, compact and two fingers high.

The smell is fresh and pleasant with a dry fruity flavour and some bitter notes.

The taste is dry with flowery citric notes, some malt and mild aroma hops. There is some diacetyl and a lime-like bitterness. The aftertaste is gentle with some creamy notes.

The carbonation is very fresh with small bubbles.

A rather well made Japanese rice lager.

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Photo of jeshii
3.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

So, I stopped of at this crazy old diner in Ginza and got me a Sapporo Draft on-tap with my lunch. Came in a big mug.

Appearance: Golden with a fluffy, thick head. Unfortunately, the head wasn't very tenacious.

Smell: Very nice hoppy smell.

Taste: Flavor is very smooth. Slight, yet good, bitterness, which lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a little strong, which is too bad. If it were a little softer, the nice bitter flavor would probably come out better.

Drinkability: Very smooth and easy to drink. The slight aftertaste leaves you wanting to take another sip.

Overall a delicious, drinkable beer. Very good compliment to a koroke teishoku lunch.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.48/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow color with a one and a half finger head to it. The smell is of a rice grain backbone, however, there is a little sweet smell as well. The taste is of rice grain and a slight sweet malt as well as a slight citrus hop. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. Overall it is a drinkable beer, it is slightly more flavorful and complex than the regular version, but still not enough to make you crave it.

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Photo of soju6
3.43/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at a Sushi Bar in Tachikawa, Japan.

A: Served a light yellow color with a nice head that fades to nominal lacing.

S: Not much here. Has a light grain aroma with a hint of citrus.

T: Has a clean taste with a nice touch of bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Light body, crisp but smooth feel.

D: Good drinker, only if it is served fresh on-tap. Seems to go best with Japanese food. Will do in a pinch by itself.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.43/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally time to review this beer that I've had with sushi many times.

Poured from the can into a pilsner glass. A fluffy egg white 3 finger head formed that had some decent retention. Admittedly, I haven't thought about this beer much in the past. There was quite a bit of decent ringed lacing here. Beer was a dull straw color with some visible carbonation.

Mostly grain aromas without much sweetness.

Mostly grain flavors. While I can't say, "I taste rice" you can tell the difference here vs. a beer with more corn. More of a dry finish and flavor.

Light and bright mouth feel, again somewhat dry.

Drinkable just not complex. Fine with sushi as it doesn't get in the way of the delicate flavors. But obviously, not one to grab when you are on the mood for a bold craft beer.

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Photo of Franchise
3.4/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light gold, bright and inviting leaving a thin white lace. The aroma is sweet, fresh, hard to breakdown sort of plain some yeasty essence throughout. The taste starts crisp, dry, and actually nice. It has a small hop bitterness upfront, followed by a malty sweetness that dominates the finish with a lemon tart bite. Overall this is a pretty decent brew which I accompanied with some sushi the perfect pair.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a pale yellow/straw color with a short lived white head.

S: Fairly minimal aroma here. Mild straw and malt/grain to it with a little bit of sweetness to it. Definitely a rice character to it, which is probably part of the reason it is so light.

T: Light hop bitterness is surprisingly noticeable. Mild straw flavors as well as some hints of sweet malt and grain. The rice presence is noticeable here as well.

M: Light in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Not an amazing beer, but it's easy to drink, especially with a typical Japanese meals.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.38/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this Japanese offering. Here is a brew that is appealing to the eye as well as the taste buds. A light golden honey colour with a 2 finger head when first poured, that disapates to a gentle lace and ring. A slight hoppy taste is evident but pleasing.

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Photo of rhythmguitartz88
3.35/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

the appearance was a bit above average in my book. It poured lightly with a bright white head. The beer itself was a golden yellow.

the smell was sweet with a hint of malt...maybe a hint of cherry main taste was a rice-esque aroma

the taste was not bad. rice-esque taste with some malt...nothing too special.

the mouth feel was better than expected. It went down very smoothly.

The drinkability would be good if you were hot after a long summer day...seeing as i had it in the dead cold of winter...not so much

worth a shot

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Photo of Munich1bier
3.35/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a bit better than the Asahi, a bit softer on the taste buds, a bit more enjoyable going down. But it still is not a drink to savor, to hold in your mouth and get the full flavor before letting it slide down. Went better with the tapas we ordered and I sipped it through the first part of the meal. This beer complimented the food better and I guess was more to my western taste. Still a bit thin for me.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.35/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a very crisp beer that works wonders in the summer. nice and refreshing and pleasantly bitter. the little nips are ok, but they are a little bit thin and lacking in flavor. besides, they are 4 oz, a mere swallow. the 22 oz silver bullet cans as we call them are quite good to throw down on occasion at the job. not something i would get all the time, but it finds its way in my hand from time to time.

ps do not get the bottle.

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