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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.54/5  rDev -11.5%
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 bala747
2.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While this beer is not a great beer the marks I give it don't do it full justice as Sapporo, or Asahi or Kirin are the kind of beers I drink after a couple of heavy duty Trappist or German beers, just to cleanse the palate and to bring the evening to a close. This pub I frequent knows me well enough to know that the moment I ask for one of the Japanese beers it is going to be the last for the evening.

A: Pale yellow and extremely bubbly with big bubbles. Head fizzles out to about half a centimetre but retains it for a surprisingly long duration.

S: Rice, maize and other adjuncts with some hint of metallic smells. Nothing else virtually.

T: Again, heavy on the adjunct flavours and maybe a hint of grass, mildly bitter aftertaste

M: Very crisp mouthfeel with lots of bubbles. Surprisingly pleasant and light bodied

D: This is one good thing about Japanese beers, they are extremely drinkable. The light body and lack of heavy flavours or even hoppiness makes it perfect to round off an even of drinking fine beers, or on a hot day.

Overall, a decent beer but pretty indistinguishable from any other Japanese beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.01/5  rDev +4.9%
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 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 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 joshuadlight
3.13/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Its another rice adjunct lager.
Its not very good in the smelling department.
Its not very good in the tasting department.
Its not very tasty or smelly at al.
But its very drinkable. Had like 4 in a row. I just had to ignore the smell and the taste. The sushi was delicious though.

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Photo of DT7
2.95/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Straw yellow with a nice creamy white head. Like most japanese beers though the head does not retain itself for very long

S-Smells of hops, rice, malt and water

T-Hops, Rice, Citrus, a little bit of honey at the end

M-Crisp due to the carbonation, quite refreshing

D-Drinkable, it is a session beer. One that is easy to drink but doesn't pack a lot of complex flavors. This way the taste doesn't get to overwhelming after a few

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Photo of smcolw
1.53/5  rDev -46.7%
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 ChainGangGuy
2.94/5  rDev +2.4%
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 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 rye726
1.53/5  rDev -46.7%
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 hdofu
2.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much one can say about this beer except its malty sweet and goes down easy with sushi. Has a nice good white head a gold color, has a relatively boring taste which makes a good palliate cleaner for sushi. Has a grass smell with lite floral taste. Not bad beer by any stretch and easily drinkable

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Photo of dohastmich
2.45/5  rDev -14.6%
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 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 Overlord
2/5  rDev -30.3%
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 metallistout
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I rated this one in the mindset of thinking that Budweiser and Michelob are made of rice. Shouldn't they be considered Rice Lagers? I would have to say that if I measure this beer up to Budweiser there is no contest. Sapporo brings home the trophy. At least I understand why they use rice. Does japan have any other grains. All in all it's not a bad lager. Even matching it up against Heineken I would say Sapporo wins.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : lager très pale, pétillement, mousse abondante non persistante
Smell : nez de céréales, florale
Taste and mouthfeel : aqueuse
Drinkability : bière correcte, dans le style des pilsener Allemandes

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Photo of biggmike
2.98/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I’m partial to ales, so consequently I was surprised that this was better than anticipated. Smooth and drinkable and not over-carbonated like American pale lagers. Nothing spectacular, but not heinous like American macro-brews. Aroma was almost undetectable, and lacing was minimal.

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Photo of aquatonex
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried a new Japanese restaurant, decided to go with the Sapporo this time. I thought I had rated it like ages ago, but, apparently not.

Nice can. Pours with a yellowish wheat color and a tall foamy head with not much lacing. Smells like generic beer, but doesn't have any skunk which is good. Taste was light, bubbly, with slight wheats. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth actually, and I was expecting skunk at each level but did not detect it. A good beer to just down when you've had too much wasabi.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.92/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an extremely pale yellow, with a light amount of foam on top. Plenty of carbonation keeps the foam intact. The head did not disipate, even after the beer was gone. Smell is a bit like raw grain husks, with some floral aromas as well. Taste is rather simple. A bit of a dry bread and cracker taste, some floral notes afterwards, and even a small amount of vanilla. Mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated. Gave my throat a prickly sensation, and left me with a bit of gas. However, it's quite refreshing. A decent session beer. For what it is, a simple thirst quenching lager, it's quite good.

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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 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 ReDave
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting shaped can. Pours a light gold with a thick white head. Sweet malty smell. Taste reminds me of the old "dry beers" of old. [are those still around, will have to look up] Pretty light beer. Does seem to go well with my sushi....

Not every going to be a regular, but I do have some of the old bumpy 22 oz bottles from some time ago that i like to use for home brew...

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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 Phatz
3.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay, so it is a rice lager, get over it. Some criticizing reviewers say it smells and tastes like rice, DUH! I had this on tap at Which Brew in Easton PA.

Appearance: Served a clear light golden color with a foamy white head.

Smell: I instantly knew it was a rice lager just by the smell. It is clearly a sweet rice aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very clean on the palate with rice malt and slight hop character adding the carbonation in creating a crisp smooth almost creamy mouthfeel. Dry clean finish.

Drinkability: This is exactly what it is and nothing more. As a standard rice lager it is not bad and would be quite drinkable if that is the style you were looking for.

Hope this is helpful.

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