Sapporo Draft Beer | Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

Sapporo Draft BeerSapporo Draft Beer
237 Ratings
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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Added by canadianbarman on 03-24-2001

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2.25/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -47.2%
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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1.75/5  rDev -38.4%

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 nickfl
3/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of smcolw
1.53/5  rDev -46.1%
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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2.94/5  rDev +3.5%
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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3/5  rDev +5.6%

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

Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev +19.7%
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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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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2.13/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

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1/5  rDev -64.8%

Photo of tone77
3.01/5  rDev +6%
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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2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of stevoj
1.85/5  rDev -34.9%
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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2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -12%

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

Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev +5.6%
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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2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

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2.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Here comes the prototypical fizzy yellow beer. Doesn't retain a head. Fizzes up white, but crashes with no wave. Aroma was mild nothingness of grain, rice type of thing.

Taste, well there's lots of carbonation, a little twinge of hops and bitterness. Six row I'm thinking and rice. Watery, good for food I guess. I don't know why it is so relatively expensive, I guess its because it comes from half way around the world, or they just have a good marketing department to make people think this is exotic and imported.

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3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bark
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%
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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