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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:
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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 NeroFiddled
2.85/5  rDev -1%
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 ChainGangGuy
2.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a fizzy, foamy, white head. Light lacing on the way down.

Smell: Aroma smelling of malt, rice, and corn wrapped up in some floral notes.

Taste: Light pale malts with a mild corn sweetness. Spoonful of rice. Floral hops with a light, cleansing bitterness accentuated by the crackling carbonation. A couple lime leaves. Finishes dry and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high, fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: A refreshing, crisp lager that's fine for Asian restaurant drinking, particularly if sake bombs are called for.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev +18.1%
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 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 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 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 tone77
3.01/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 2 liter can! Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, slight grains. Taste is crisp, not very flavorful, mild notes of grains. Feels light in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I Fear that American beer making is one thing that Japan imported from the USA along with the Baseball and the Hotdogs.

Pours a clear yellow brew.

Smell is light and lemony with a mild sweet smell I don't think is malt.

Taste is light and a bit sweet. Nice light brew, but hop free as far as I can taste.

Mouthfeel is OK, beats Coors or Budweiser, but is inferior to an average European beer.

It is drinkable and probably is pretty optimum for Sushi, but I like mixing a little soy sauce and wasabi in a small amount of a good Doppelbock and dipping my sushi in that. Of course I might be a bit weird!

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Photo of bark
3.5/5  rDev +21.5%
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 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 Beerandraiderfan
2.54/5  rDev -11.8%
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 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 Suds
2.59/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this one in a six-pack of tiny cans (4.5 oz each). Three of these cans, when poured into the same glass, presented a very nice-looking beer. Clear, effervescent, and topped with a puffy, one-inch head.
The aroma is disappointing - Very faint citrus and not much else. Taste is a bit watery and thin, but there is a touch of graininess and a dry, crisp, lightly bitter hop finish. Refreshing. Although I tried the beer on a cool December afternoon, I could see it as an above average 100-degree day lawnmower beer.
Seemed a little too carbonated, but it wasn't horrible.
Result: it's akin to a middle-of-the-road everyday lager.....

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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 tavernjef
3.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is a pale clear yellow with a white head of foam that faded fast, leaving some smallish bubbly lacing. Smells faintly of sweetish malt and grain of bread or cornbread with barely a hop in the back. Taste is crisp and grainy with a slight sweet cornbread taste thats smooth and easy. There's a little hop in the back, but hardly noticeable unless a big swig is taken from your glass. This is a OK drinker, nothing outstanding, a bit airy and watery, thinned out and could use some body and flavor.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev +22.6%
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 Reagan1984
3.43/5  rDev +19.1%
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 david18
2.9/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is ubiquitous at sushi restaurants and has a certain refreshing appeal but I'm not really sure it stands our from among the many adjunct lagers we see here in the United States.

The look is very light and fizzy. Not much aroma to speak of. Overall, an ok tasting beer, which can be refreshing but not a real standout in my mind.

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Photo of Todd
3.18/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Redrover
3.15/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big brown bomber. I forgot to look for a freshness date.

Beer pours a very light gold with a big head (possibly chemical agents). Virtually no lacing.

Smell is very nondescript. Not bad, but not great. Hints of malt. If you close your eyes, perhaps some hops.

Taste is decent, but not outstanding. tends towards sweet with malts/adjuncts leading the way. A little more hops and this beer would be better. Beer pairs very well with tempura and sushi, so that's a plus.

Drink when cold as this beer looses zip as it warms. Fairly easy to drink, but I would recommend 12 oz bottles so the beer doesn't warm. All-in-all not a bad beer with the appropriate food, but not one to really enjoy on its own.

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Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pleasant medium gold with lots of carbonation and a decent snow-white head, good lace. Aroma of malt and some mild hops. Taste begins with sweet malt and a sting of carbonation, towards the end of the taste the malt fades and bitter lemon hops come into play. Finish is a touch dry. A pleasant, drinkable beer.

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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 CuriousMonk
2.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grassy honey nose, some spice notes. Yellow gold,quickly dissipating medium head. Slight biscuity sweetness, good bitterness. Very fizzy, light to slight medium body, pretty crisp finish. This is a fairly basic, but solid easy drinking beer. Maybe it is all those sushi nights and sake-bombs that make me think so fondly of this beer, but it just seems to have an extra quality over many other similar such Pale Lagers.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.96/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber colour with a two-finger sized, bubbly white head that is reduced to a thick, bubbly lacing after about a minute or so.

A semi-sweet aroma that has a lot of corn & rice upfront for the adjuncts and is followed by some malts and hops but these are subdued.

The grain from the smell is nowhere near as strong in the taste & the rice isn't that apparent either. There is a nice grassy hop flavour & some mild malts, as well some light citrus.

Light in body & very smooth to drink, this one has high carbonation but doesn't seem too gassy. There is a nice, crisp & dry finish to it & it is rather refreshing.

A pretty solid performance here from what is essentially a mass-market pale lager. Better than I thought it would be.

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