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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by canadianbarman on 03-24-2001

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Reviews: 117 | Ratings: 230
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Can: Poured a clear golden colored beer with a pretty decent head with standard retention. Aroma is very weak, almost watery I should say. Taste is also quite watery and boring. I guess it would go well with the kind of spicy food where you loose all your taste buds. Taste is even worse when I notice that this is brewed by Sleeman at their Guelph facility.

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Photo of smcolw
1.53/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Here's another macro-styled light-tasting lager beer that comes closer to tasting unfermented grain water than drinking a beer.

The lack of hop is disappointing but expected. Thin bodied, highly carbonated. Yep, get out the lawn mower, work up a sweat and down this in seconds, then you might find it satisfying.

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Photo of rye726
1.53/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer reminds me of Sapporo Premium. In fact, I can't come up with any discernable differences. It is a pale straw color with a weak beige head. The nose and taste are both ricey and a bit skunky. A light boddy has more than ample carbonation and does not go down well.

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Photo of stevoj
1.85/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Weak and watery, pours a pale golden (like ginger ale) color. No head to speak of. Taste is weak and almost non-existant. Not much to speak of from this offering.

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Photo of mikeg67
2/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle in Japanese restaurant. Pours a pale straw with a quickly fading white head. Aroma is of grass, some hops and sweet malt. Flavor is light hops with some biscuit malt. Finish is not existent. Body is watery. At least it was not disgusting

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Photo of Overlord
2/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No bueno.

Tastes like a macro lager, has a pale yellow appearance and a startling lack of any head, and really has almost no endearing features. A skunky smell is the only aroma.

Even with a sake shot glass dropped into it, just not a fun beer. Avoid.

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Photo of TheDM
2/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This brew poured from a can yielded a small white head of fine to medium sized bubbles with little lacing. It had a transparent light yellow orange body and a typical American beer like aroma with a mild malt and a mild hoppy smell. Carbonation continuously rose from the bottom of the glass. It had a fizzy taste of hops and went down fairly smoothly, but I could feel the gas building in my stomach after only a few sips. It was very much like a typical big American brewery beer like bud or miller. Well, I guess we taught the Japs everything we know!

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.01/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I couldn't pick this out in a blind taste test with Kirin Ichiban. Are there any really good Japanese beers out there? This is like the geenric lagers from every other country. Yellow, fizzy, and weak.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.05/5  rDev -28.8%
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 BeerAngel
2.08/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear straw color with a small head that fades into just a thin layer. The smell is faint but reveals a lemony twang and not much else. Very watery mouthfeel and bland taste. I would say this must be Japan's own Coors Light ;-). It is crisp, but it's nearly like drinking carbonated water with a little alcohol. I can usually pick out flavors, but I'm struggling with this one. There is absolutely nothing there except the mouthfeel and a little carb bite. Sorry, I couldn't do any better with this beer. Definitely non-offensive, but bland as hell! Very poor in my book. Kampai!

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Photo of CBFanWish
2.1/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I am unhappy with this beer. If I had never finished it, I would have returned it.
I would say that it's the Japanese equivilant to Budweiser or coors. It is a pale yell ow colour with no head, smell husky and corny. There was no trace of hops in either the taste or aroma. I was pissed that it was getting skunky in the short time it took me to drink it.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
2.18/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Date: 30 December 2010
Glass: 12fl oz pint glass
Type: 22fl oz can

Poured lightly for a 1-finger head, reduces to thin bubbly head, runny and blotchy, color is faded straw gold. Aroma of college and skunk. Taste is same. Smoother drinkability than other low class beers.

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Photo of Wintermute
2.19/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

650 ml can

Pure white head with bubbles of mixed size. Head started to disappear quite quickly but after a while stabilized to a thin head. Even after 20 minutes there was lots of bubbles still rising to the surface propping up the head. Not bad legs but no lace.
Pale straw coloured liquid, slightly golden. Very clear.
Sweet smelling with obvious DMS. Noticeable typically musty macro-lager hops smell.
Medium body. Very effervescent.
Starts a bit mild but then a goodly amount of DMS and musty hops grabs your tongue and holds on. Some sweetness and slight sourness. There’s enough carbonation that you can almost taste it. That musty bitterness lingers on the tongue long after you’re done. The DMS and mustiness is just too much for me to detect anything else there.

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Photo of Lupe
2.24/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, light-golden color with a nice white head and some lace. Head does not last long and settles into a thin sheet. Skunky aroma with some malt and floral hop. Light body and slightly watery mouthfeel. Very weak and not much taste, some malt is percieved. Finishes with a dryness and some hop bitterness. Another fizzy yellow lager, we have enough of these so there is no need to import more.

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Photo of Gusler
2.26/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It has been a long time since I sampled, still the same, drinkable, but not something that appeals to me.

The beer pours the prototypical lager golden yellow color with a modest bright white head that is semi-creamy in texture and the leftover lace a thin but concealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is all malt, crisp and clean, start is malt with the top skeletal and the finish pertinently acidic, hops adequate, and the aftertaste dry and long lasting. O.K. when you’re into something light, but not anything to write home about.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.28/5  rDev -20.8%
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 IrishRedRock
2.29/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well to start with, the soapy head looked like the foam in the toilet after you finish going. It was the most unappetizing thing I have ever seen. Stinky aroma, with no real flavor to speak of. Kind of tastes like soapy water. I have heard this is better in the can, but I am now reluctant to try that.

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Photo of Myk
2.31/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

typical american style lager, basically, nothing special. golden in color with thin white head that vanished almost immediately. almost unnoticable malt nose and sweet taste. slightly floral bitter hop bite. somewhat dry finish, but it left my palete still salivating because it was so sweet in the finish. light in body. drinkable when you have just gone beer shopping but nothing is cold, and your roomate left on in the fridge.

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Photo of ronniebruner
2.35/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In my opinion, this is one of he most overrated beers in the world. It has such a strong bitter taste and tastes so dry! It is very watered down, has a poor color, way too much carbonation,and leaves a horrible aftertaste. This beer is the Jap equivalent of Budweiser.

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Photo of tesguino
2.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A beer that remember me CRUZ BLANCA, a beer made from rice, differenciated only by the marketing purpose words "draft beer"; appearance on the average; cereal flavor; hops smell; good with asian and mexican food; 75% recommended; try too with cheese and snack.

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Photo of pootz
2.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

There is NO similarity between this fluid and draught beer! It has a dark gold color, good white frothy head that slowly dissipates, a flowery (pilsen hops) nose and then the let down….. Nice grassy start then a heavy bread-like heavy taste and a sweet finish. Some sort of lingering after taste (sorry I don’t have my beer thesaurus handy) but the finish was so much unfamiliar from the draughts I am used to I have to assume the thing is a marketing scam. This beer can only appeal to “Mr. Roboto” who buys on image ….not beer taste….certainly not draught beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.41/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This clear light golden brew is topped off with a medium sized fizzy white head. Carbonation is evident. Smells skunky and moldy. Taste is not much better although I do detect a drying effect on the buds that isn't bad. There is hardly any perceivable malt backbone in this thing. Very light body. A little too carbonated which makes it less drinkable. If there was no other choice on a 100 degree day, I'd drink this. Otherwise I wouldn't.

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Photo of dohastmich
2.45/5  rDev -14.9%
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 jcalabre
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I originally sampled this beer on 9 May 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
Standard macro yellow w/ white head. However, this is definitely a cut above the rest. I actually could taste some malt and hops. Nothing to write home about, but certainly better than Buttwiper

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Photo of BeerBob
2.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brought home a 650ml (22oz) can of Sapporo Original Draft Beer. The can was a three piece, a wielded steel seamed can body with two roll seamed ends, the bottom end being steel and the top end being aluminium. The can body was fluted from top to bottom and also uniquely tapered near the bottom.

Sapporo Original Draft pours a light golden with a fleeting head. Taste of hops and slight malt come and go. Refreshing but somewhat thin for a pilsner, the can is far more interesting and distinctive.

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